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Penguins are not just for Christmas

Penguins are not just for Christmas.   These penguins

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When You Take 10 Second Clips From Justin Bieber's

  When You Take 10 Second Clips From Justin Bieber's Song

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American Idol exclusive performance

American Idol exclusive performance Kelly Clarkson rocking AMERICA with our latest hit!!!!   Kelly's emotions run as high as her vocals while performing her intimately personal song "Piece by Piece".  More on this terrific talent

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Oscars 2016 Live Coverage - SEE IT HERE FIRST

Oscars 2016 Live Coverage - SEE IT HERE FIRST

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Elton John and Lady Gaga 'Don't let the sun go dow

  Elton John and Lady Gaga 'Don't let the sun go down on me'

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Love My Music? Then Buy My

Love My Music? Then Buy My $1,000 Album… Photo Courtesy of Heights label HotMilk Records. Would you pay $1,000 for an album? Welcome

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5 Beauty Commandments To Live By

5 Beauty Commandments To Live By Want to know the secret's of daily beauty then read along and discover the youthful glow everyday.     Most of us have a tried-and-true skin-care routine, whether it involves two, six, or even 12 steps. When you're lucky enough to stumble upon that ideal regimen — you know, the one that generally keeps your skin happy and freak-out free — you're probably reluctant to change things up. We get it. That said, the wild world of beauty still has some secrets out there worth uncovering. And it turns out, many of them are hiding outside of your medicine cabinet. Together with Neutrogena®, we asked seasoned makeup artist and beauty vlogger Sona Gasparian to share her top five beauty commandments. What we found most inspiring is that many of her tricks start in the kitchen (think: the wonders of coconut oil and vegetables). This video might just be the kick your morning routine — or afternoon snack — needs.

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£24k for an Adele ticket? But there could be a bar

£24k for an Adele ticket? But there could be a bargain in the next seat   Prices for gig tickets on secondary sites can be extortionate, but take a closer look and you can still find fair prices Adele at the Brit awards, February 2016. Photograph: Justin Ta A rather apocalyptic report in the Observer on Sunday noted how much one might pay to get tickets for Adele’s UK tour. It found that you could be charged up to £24,000 to see the superstar at the O2 in London, if you went through “secondary ticketing sites”. That was true. There were sellers asking those prices, but that doesn’t reflect the whole picture. Get Me In, the site that was – alas no longer; the listing has disappeared – offering four seats in row R of the top tier of the O2 for £22,000

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26 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Be Healthy

        26 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Be Healthy by Sadie SalazarJune 18, 2014 7:42 AMSAVE  SHARES2k   You want to be healthy, but sometimes it seems like being healthy is a constant uphill battle. But what if being healthy was as easy as ABC? 

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Movies coming in March

Movies coming in March   We want to make it easier for you to digest an entire month's worth of movies in one sitting, so we've created these groovy little calendars you can use to get caught up on the month's most notable movie

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Asian Music at it's BEST, maybe I introduce 'GFRIE

  Asian Music at it's BEST, maybe I introduce 'GFRIEND'.

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Lucy Goes To Berlin | Lucy Moon

Lucy Goes To Berlin | Lucy Moon   I went to Berlin for my 21st. Here's a short video about that. Subscribe for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/meowitslucy Become a patreon: http://www.patreon.com/meowitslucy

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Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD

Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD         Follow us on Facebook for photos, behind the scenes, and updates! http://www.facebook.com/evosiastudios Learn timelapse! Sign up for one of my upcoming workshops! http://www.evosiastudios.com/workshops/

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Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

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Taylor Swift - Latest single

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Before They Were Famous by Jon Platt

  Before They Were Famous......

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2 Delicious Vegan Dinner Recipes

2 Delicious Vegan Dinner Recipes

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The Most Beautiful 4K Video Available Today

The Most Beautiful 4K Video Available Today

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These are the top Google searches from 2015 : #1 i

The Emergence of “Connected Life Platforms” Connected life platforms is a phrase Google has coined for devices that represent “Internet of things”, which also connect to each other. You know how you can control your Nest thermostat with your Pebble smartwatch? Google sees more of this type of thing going on in 2015, and it has the data to back it up: Searches related to the Internet of Things grew 2.5x this past year. Searches for wearable tech grew 3x this past year. Searches for smart lightbulbs are up 36% from last year. 4.9 billions connected things will be in use globally in 2015, up 30% from 2014. Takeaways for marketers: All of these connected devices will create more data, which Google suggests using to create better experiences. You can also use data-driven insights to step up your customer

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Girlfriend vs

Girlfriend vs. Boyfriend Pranks Compilation "Top 5 Pranks" 2015   Top 5 Girlfriend vs. Boyfriend Pranks Compilation! Subscribe to YesBuzzYes for the Best Prank Videos! SUBSCRIBE HERE --))

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Watch This Little Girl Spread Love And Joy

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The Perfect House Pet

The Perfect House Pet.......A Siberian Tiger Roarrrrrrrr!!!!     As the cubs grow up Giles thinks it's time for Spot and Stripe to start socialising with the adult tigers. Taken from Tigers About The House. Subscribe to BBC Earth:

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Britney Spears - Want a Piece of me LIVE

  Britney Spears - Want a Piece of me LIVE

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This Baby Penguin's Reaction To Seeing A Human For

  This Baby Penguin's Reaction To Seeing A Human For The First Time Is Too Sweet

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Chicken & Asparagus Pasta and Other Spring Recipes

Stockholm and Swedish Meatballs   View more travel words Last November, after our epic trip to Iceland, Mike and I took advantage of the budget airlines in Europe and headed on over to Stockholm. In my mind, Stockholm was a city full of gleaming white buildings, new and shiny, kind of like Ikea on steroids. What I found, when we landed, was the complete opposite: Stockholm was a charming European city, much like all the other European cities I’ve been too – full of historic buildings, quaint squares, and friendly locals. We spent our time in the city doing what we do best: wandering and eating. It was the complete opposite of Iceland (where we spent all of

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Shahi Maanh Daal (Creamy Black Lentils)

Shahi Maanh Daal (Creamy Black Lentils)   Enjoy India's staple vegetarian dish simply with rice or as one element of a Punjabi feast By Gary Rhodes Rating: Serves: 4 as a side dish Cook Time:   Prep Time: 10 minutes Effort: easy

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Fish Recipes We Love

Fish Recipes We Love   Looking for some winning fish recipes? This little roundup features some of our family’s favorite fish recipes that are quick and simple to make and easy on the wallet. I didn’t grow up loving fish, but I married a Fisher. I figured it out. Turns out, I love salmon and shrimp. Homemade tartar sauce makes me wild to eat fish. And chowder with fish or shrimp? Sign me up! It was just a matter of finding the right seafood and methods of preparation to help me love fish. Do you love fish? Do you need the right fish recipes to help you embrace this delicious, lean protein that is so very good for you? I got you covered! Here are some of my favorite fish recipes that are quick and simple to make and easy on the wallet.  Remoulade Tartar Sauce Dress up your favorite grilled or fried fish with this homemade Remoulade Tartar Sauce. It’s packed with flavor and a little Cajun kick. It takes just a few minutes to prepare so be sure to make it in small batches so that the texture and flavors are fresh. And then dip away. Go here for the recipe.

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Make Money Blogging by Jon Platt

Blogs that make the most money - and how to set up your own   As research shows fashion bloggers typically earn £1,116 a year, we look at blogging success stories - and explain how you could make it pay .newGigyaShare { display: none !important; }       770             0       10

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MAKE MONEY WITH EMPOWR - SEE HOW EASY IT IS!!

MAKE MONEY WITH EMPOWR - SEE HOW EASY IT IS!!   https://youtu.be/kivzt2lnPK0

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How to Empower Employees

How to Empower Employees   Three Parts:Being a Strong LeaderEncouraging EmployeesGoing the Extra MileQuestions and Answers Employee empowerment is a term that describes an employee mindset of responsibility, accountability, capability, and autonomy. In terms of business, empowerment is the opposite of micromanagement. This is why it is beneficial for managers to empower employees, thus fostering employee reliability and a team-work environment. If you are interested in promoting employee empowerment in the workplace, you do not have to be a college business major to succeed at this task.   Steps Part 1 Being a Strong Leader <img alt="Image titled Empower Employees Step 01" src="http://pad1.whstatic.com/images/thumb/a/af/Empower-Employees-Step-01.jpg/aid1393303-728px-Empower-Employees-Step-01.jpg" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn"> 1 Adopt traits of a good leader to promote employee empowerment. To empower your employees, you have to be a role model. If they don’t respect you or think you’re hypocritical or lazy, it’ll be hard for them to feel empowered by you. Here’s how to be a good role model for your employees: Be accountable for what you say and do, and expect the same from your employees. Listen to what your employees say. Show sincerity when dealing with employees. Be a good example of discipline. Avoid taking credit for team accomplishments. Communicate regularly and effectively. Focus on positive, winning attitudes. Keep asking "What are the key traits of highly effective leaders?" Make a list, build and develop those skills. <img alt="Image titled Empower Employees Step 02" src="http://pad3.whstatic.com/images/thumb/4/49/Empower-Employees-Step-02.jpg/aid1393303-728px-Empower-Employees-Step-02.jpg" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn"> 2 Delegate tasks clearly and concisely. Make sure there are no gray areas when assigning specific duties to specific employees. That way, employees will know exactly what is expected and there will be no room for passing the buck. Also, entrusting employees to responsibly complete a task improves their confidence and pride in their work. If you tend to be a micromanager, you want to empower your employees by trusting them enough to let them work on their own. Give employees more responsibilities so they will feel motivated to succeed. If they feel like they’ve been working at the same company for a long time without being given additional tasks or duties to perform, they will feel like they are not progressing. When delegating tasks, make sure each employee knows exactly what is expected of him to avoid any future miscommunication. <img alt="Image titled Empower Employees Step 03" src="http://pad3.whstatic.com/images/thumb/6/6e/Empower-Employees-Step-03.jpg/aid1393303-728px-Empower-Employees-Step-03.jpg" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn"> 3 Give up some of your power in favor of employee autonomy. When you feel more certain that your employees are skilled and dedicated enough to take responsibility for their own tasks, allow them more freedom in defining the methods by which they will accomplish those tasks. This makes their work feel more exciting and rewarding, since they’ll feel like they have more of a say in the work they do. For example, if your ace marketing exec insists that telecommuting part-time would aid creativity and productivity, provide for that flexibility. You can set routine meetings with your employees and check in with them about their progress without making them feel stifled. <img alt="Image titled Empower Employees Step 04" src="http://pad2.whstatic.com/images/thumb/9/9c/Empower-Employees-Step-04.jpg/aid1393303-728px-Empower-Employees-Step-04.jpg" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn"> 4 Be friendly without being a friend. Though you should avoid being that “cool boss” who is too friendly with all of his employees, it doesn’t hurt to smile at your employees, make small talk to show you care about them on an individual basis. Don’t be that boss who is too busy to say hi to his employees, and who storms by looking busy and frazzled all the time; take time to make your employees feel cared for, no matter how busy you are. If you want to empower your employees, you have to make them feel like you actually know each of them a bit. They’ll have a hard time wanting to do a good job if they feel like you don’t know who they are. Get to know a little bit about each employee, such as the names and ages of their kids, their favorite things to do outside of work, or where they’re from. Asking about these small details will make them feel like you care. If you are too busy to say hello to your employees, get to your office 15 minutes early every day. This will give you time to feel less frazzled when you walk into the office each morning, and to make more time for your employees. <img alt="Image titled Empower Employees Step 05" src="http://pad1.whstatic.com/images/thumb/c/c3/Empower-Employees-Step-05.jpg/aid1393303-728px-Empower-Employees-Step-05.jpg" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn"> 5 Be respectful. To motivate employees, you have to respect them as human beings and employees. Give instructions in a respectful manner, don’t be rude and take time to acknowledge their questions or concerns before embarking on a new project. Also, be respectful of their time and don’t ask them to stay late

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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

  AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL   by Judge Roy Moore America the Beautiful, or so you used to be. Land of the Pilgrims' pride, I'm glad they'll never see Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand, Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is built on sand. Our children wander aimlessly, poisoned by cocaine, Choosing to indulge their lusts, when God has said abstain.

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The top viral marketing campaigns of all time

What is viral marketing? Viral marketing is an idea that spreads--and an idea that while it is spreading actually helps market your business or cause. Two kinds of viral marketing: The original classic sort in which the marketing is the product and which a self-amplifying cycle occurs. Hotmail, for example, or YouTube. The more people use them, the more people see them. The more people see them, the more people use them. The product or service must be something that improves once more people use it. A second kind has evolved over the last few years, and that's a marketing campaign that spreads but isn't the product itself. Shepard Fairey's poster of Barack Obama was everywhere, because people chose to spread it. It was viral (it spread) and it was marketing (because it made an argument--a visual one--for a candidate.) Something being viral is not, in an of itself, viral marketing. Who cares that 32,000,000 people saw your stupid video? It didn't market you or your business in a tangible, useful way. Marketers are obsessed with free media, and, as is often the case, we blow it in our rush to get our share. We create content that is hampered or selfish or boring. Or we create something completely viral that doesn't do any marketing at all. I wrote the first mainstream book about viral marketing. It's free (still) eight years (and millions of downloads) later. Download 2000Ideavirus.pdf I haven't updated it or made it pretty, but I think the core ideas stand up pretty well. (I even talk about the Zipf's Law and the long tail, but didn't realize it at the time). Here's how the book itself is an example of viral marketing: 1. I posted the PDF for free. Three thousand people downloaded it on day one. 2. The file is small enough to email to your friends. I encouraged people to do just that. 3. Some people mailed it to fifty or a hundred people. It spread. 4. That's just viral. The marketing part? I released a $40 souvenir hardcover edition. People knew the idea but didn't like the format or my design skills. So they paid a lot for a book they had already read. It went to #5 on Amazon (#4 in Japan). We sold the rights in dozens of languages. And the paperback rights. And it helped me get speaking gigs. BUT! 5. That's not why I did it. If I had done it as a clever way to sell books, it would have failed. It would have failed because I would have somehow tried to track it, or added friction, or tried

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Check out these beautiful cakes

 

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The Blogger’s Guide to Facebook

The Blogger’s Guide to Facebook   From Jeff: This is a guest post by Keri Welch. Keri lives in the Greater Seattle area with her husband and three boys. She loves to read, watch movies, listen to new music, and blog. You can find her at her blog Pop Parables, via Twitter (@popparables), or on Facebook. If you’re a blogger, you need to be on Facebook. It’s just that simple. It’s the largest social network in the world, and it’s a place where people are constantly sharing content — it’s a breeding ground for bloggers to share links and market themselves. But you need to do so wisely. It’s not like Twitter or Digg or Reddit. The rules of Facebook are simple, but important to follow. Photo credit: Thos Ballantyne (Creative Commons) The Blogger’s Guide to Facebook First up, you need to create a Facebook page (right after creating your own personal profile). Once you’ve done that, you’re probably wondering what you should do. How should you be using this social network to help your blog? Fear not. Guidance is here. Facebook is a place to hang out with your readers. Like a party, it has a laid back vibe, where people like to mingle with others and have a good time. It’s not necessarily a place to have a intense debate or deep discourse. Consider Facebook an opportunity

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Statement Lighting Shopping

Statement Lighting Shopping  As an interior stylist, I know that great lighting can MAKE a room. Why? Well, it adds drama to your ceiling, colour and texture to your scheme, and sets the mood for the room. A show-stopping light fitting can take your breath away and that is why it’s called ‘Statement Lighting’. Let’s go shopping for the perfect light. My hunt for statement lighting started way back in October. Before I had these Geo Flock drum shades from BHS  (£40 each) and they were perfect stop gap, and I loved the proportions but the colour wasn’t right.  Tired of these two matching shades in my living room, I wanted to swap them for something a little more….well, exciting.   What did I want to replace them with? This question was followed with months (and months) of internet research and deliberation. I was seriously struggling to find the perfect statement light. Maybe because it is for my own home…who knows? After endlessly hunting around, I called on the help of design experts: a gang of amazing homes bloggers. With them all ears, I ran past them my light choices for a Yay or a Nay! On the top of my lust list are the Tom Dixon lights from Heals (in my main images). But at £255 EACH (and I need two – so make that £510)

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2016 Grammy Winners, With All Music Reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                       2016 Grammy Winners, With All Music Reviews By Chris Steffen   The parties are over, the performances have concluded, the in memoriam montages have been stoically observed and all the awards have been handed out. Here's the list of all this year's winners, along with links to the AllMusic reviews for each. Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989 Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight" Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls" Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight" Best Metal Performance: Ghost, "Cirice" Best R&B Album: D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

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Maroon 5 -Sugar

Maroon 5 -Sugar

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Counting Stars - One Republic by Jon Platt

Counting Stars - One Republic

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Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt

Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt   Are you slightly dreading the inevitable pile of chocolate that Easter brings every year? Do you want a fun way to burn off some of that sugar-induced energy that the kids will be no doubt be bouncing off the walls with? I’ve got just the thing for you to pull out of the hat come Easter Sunday, in the form of this fun energy burning Easter egg hunt! It takes just minutes to set up – I’ve even created a free printable for you, all you need is a sheet of paper, a pair of scissors and some plastic fillable Easter eggs and you’re good to go! This Easter will be a rather out of the ordinary for us, as we have just bought our first house and will be renovating it over

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Super Bunnyhop looks at the first level of

Super Bunnyhop looks at the first level of every main Sonic game by Hero of Legend

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3 Little Words That Will Change Your Life Forever

3 Little Words That Will Change Your Life Forever Shutterstock True Story: One rainy afternoon a few years ago, I was driving into Seattle for a networking event when my husband called me from his office in Tacoma. As I listened to him, I noted the barely perceptible panic in his voice: something unexpected had come up, and he needed the car for an off-site meeting. Since I was in the car, traveling up I-5 at 65mph in the opposite direction from him, he clearly had a problem. There was a time when I would have sighed, said, "I'll be right there," and gotten off at the next exit and turned around. He called me with a problem; I had to save the day, right? I would have felt mildly annoyed but, in a twisted way, virtuous for having come to his rescue and fixed his problem. (And my strong introvert side would have felt relieved... no networking event!) But that's not how this story ends. I listened to him and said, "Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that. How else can you get to the meeting?" We brainstormed some solutions for a moment, he said, "I'll figure it out," and we hung up. And I forgot about the conversation until I got home later that evening. It was a true turning point for me. It was one of the first times I'd intentionally taken a concept I learned in coach training and put it into practice personally:   To see and hold others as whole, capable and resourceful.     While the three words are simple, the concept is a game-changer. If I choose to hold someone

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Happy St Patrick’s Day 2016

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2016   THURSDAY 17TH MARCH 2016    Celebrating the life and Spiritual work of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland . . ABOUT ST PATRICK St Patrick’s Day 2016 – Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.” [Read more about Saint Patrick for St Patrick’s Day 2016]

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Traditional

Traditional English Food       Cornish Pasty or Oggie and Bedfordshire Clanger The word "pasty" comes from "pasta". Originally made with hard pastry as a container, rather than something to be eaten, when it was taken down tin mines or out into the fields. The pastry forms an sealed pastry envelope. Originally containing almost anything the Cornish Pasty now contains seasoned chopped root vegetables and minced beef. The Bedfordshire Clanger is (or was) a variation on the same idea using a suet crust.     Lancashire Hotpot Lamb and black pudding slow cooked in a covered casserole with sliced potatoes layered on top. Lancashire Hotpot recipe     Fish and Chips Fish (cod, haddock, huss, plaice) deep fried in flour batter with chips dressed in malt vinegar. In the north often served with "mushy peas" (mashed processed peas). Not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop ("chippie" in north of England) to eat on premises or as a "take away" or as US would say "to go".     Shepherds' Pie A lamb pie cooked in a casserole with a layer of mashed potato acting as a lid.Cottage pie is the beef version Shepherds' Pie Recipe     Sandwiches - slang "butties" or "sarnies"

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I Want to Share Something Interesting

I Want to Share Something Interesting 50 Interesting Facts 1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side. 2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. 3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. 4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it. 5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.   6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. 7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing. 8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night. 9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. 10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. 11. Dalmatians are born without spots. 12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. 13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’,

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10 Amazing 911 Calls From Kids

  10 Amazing 911 Calls From Kids     by Grace Murano +   Strange Stories                 1 The panicked little girl who called 911 after accidentally moving the Elf on the Shelf A 7-year-old girl from Old Bridge, New Jersey called 911 in a panic after she knocked over her Elf on the Shelf. Isabelle LaPeruta was terrified she had ruined Christmas, as she thought the elf would lose its magic after she accidentally hit it with a ball. The police are required to visit a home if a child calls 911. Isabelle's mother, Lynanne LaPeruta, had been upstairs taking a nap and awoke to Isabelle trying to dismiss the police from the front porch. Luckily for her, they were very understanding. “To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf. She's going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency. In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us.” (Source) 2 The 2-year-old who called 911 because she couldn't get her pants up The cops are always there to help, even when the emergency is fashion related. When 2-year-old Aaliyah Garrett from South Carolina needed help putting on her pants, she declared it an emergency and called 911. Her grandfather, not knowing she had made the call, answered the door to Deputy Martha Lohnes. As he explained that there was no emergency, a half-dressed Aaliyah hopped up behind her grandfather and waved vigorously to the deputy, all the while trying to put on her pants. Deputy Lohnes sat Aaliyah down and helped her out, one leg at a time. Next, Aaliyah asked for help with her shoes. (Source) 3 The 5-year-old boy who crawled through the wreckage and dialed 911 after a car crash In 2015, a brave five-year-old boy used his mom's phone to call 911 after she was killed in a car crash alongside his big sister. Ellen Caswell,

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Beyond Barriers with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge] “D

Beyond Barriers with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge] “Don’t Accept Limits”                                                            Samsung Newsroom throws the spotlight on creative individuals who embody the ethos of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In this, the first article in a series of three, we meet American cyclist and all-female cycling team owner Kelli Samuelson.       For Kelli Samuelson, carving new niches has become second nature.   Life has thrown her plenty of curveballs, but in overcoming them, Kelli has ventured into unchartered territory for female riders and set the stage for other barrier-breaking females.   An aspiring professional with dreams of competing at the top level of the sport, a hip injury found

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JURASSIC WORLD by Jon Platt

 JURASSIC WORLD 

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Sony's first 4K enabled Smartphone

<img src="//lotus.se-mc.com/image/api.sonymobile.com/files/xperia-z5premium-white-2000x2000-a84635415f4de4f3c2fa2d8d4dd0a530.png?wid=165" alt="Xperia Z5 Premium has an outstanding 4K display" class="image "/>  PHONES Xperia™ Z5 Premium Introducing the world’s first 4K smartphone <img src="//lotus.se-mc.com/image/api.sonymobile.com/files/xperia-z5premium-white-2000x2000-a84635415f4de4f3c2fa2d8d4dd0a530.png?wid=165" alt="Xperia Z5 Premium has an outstanding 4K display" class="m-product-img "/>    £599.00 Buy now    Facebook  Google   <img src="//lotus.se-mc.com/image/api.sonymobile.com/files/xperia-z5premium-white-2000x2000-a84635415f4de4f3c2fa2d8d4dd0a530.png?wid=110" alt="Xperia Z5 Premium has an outstanding 4K display"/> <img src="//lotus.se-mc.com/image/api.sonymobile.com/files/xperia-z5premium-white-2000x2000-a84635415f4de4f3c2fa2d8d4dd0a530.png?wid=110" alt="Xperia Z5 Premium has an outstanding 4K display"/> Xperia™ Z5 Premium  £599.00 Buy now  A 4K display in your hands It doesn’t get clearer than this Imagine the best of Sony TV technologies delivered in a smartphone. A super-vivid and sharp display, right in the palm of your hand. Meet Xperia Z5 Premium. With a 4K Ultra HD display, this 5.5” smartphone packs in four times the resolution of Full HD for an unrivalled viewing experience. <img src="//lotus.se-mc.com/image/www-static.se-mc.com/blogs.dir/0/files/2015/07/xperia-z5-premium-display-look-sharp-ppi-8df8eae3919d70316473a82a19d54c82.jpg?wid=580" alt=""/> Look sharper See every detail with more pixels per inch         Xperia Z5 Premium takes a giant leap in display technology, adding more pixels to reach an ultra-sharp 806 PPI. That’s around 10x the pixels of a Full HD TV, and more than double most smartphones. Learn more about our displays Big content. Big quality. Upscale to beautiful 4K     The Xperia Z5 Premium scales up your photos and movies to incredible 4K quality, while retaining every detail. In fact, it makes everything look better than ever. See every leaf and feel every sunbeam when videos are upscaled to 4K. Zoom in and see every minute detail when photos are upscaled to 4K. See every leaf and feel every sunbeam when videos are upscaled to 4K. Zoom in and see every minute detail when photos are upscaled to 4K.

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From Sydney to New York, landmarks go dark for Ear

From Sydney to New York, landmarks go dark for Earth Hour By Afp From Sydney's Opera House to New York's Empire State Building and Paris's Eiffel tower, landmarks worldwide dimmed their lights Saturday for the 10th edition of the Earth Hour campaign against climate change. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories were expected to take part in WWF's Earth Hour this year, organisers said, with monuments and buildings such as Berlin's Brandenburg Gate plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30 pm local time. The annual event kicked off in Sydney, where the Earth Hour idea originated in 2007. SHARE PICTURE   Copy link to paste in your message +4 The Sydney Opera House pictured on March 19, 2016 before the lights were turned off for the Earth Hour campaign ©William West (AFP) "We just saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge switch its lights off... and buildings around as well," Earth Hour's Australia manager Sam Webb told AFP from The Rocks area. Earth Hour's global executive director Siddarth Das

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Star Wars bubble bath millionaire

Star Wars bubble bath millionaire wins battle to build 'London's biggest mega-basement' featuring banquet hall, Turkish bath, two bars plus space to store his cigars... at a cost of £70MILLION   Robert Beecham, 65, punched the air in delight when the Camden council approved his lavish megabasement plans The extension to his £15million Primrose Hill mansion will be 200ft long - the equivalent of seven London buses It will include a bar, gym, pool, jacuzzi, cinema, Roman-style tepidarium, salt grotto and a room to store cigars Mr Beecham made his fortune selling Star Wars merchandise after receiving a product licence to do so in the 1970s By Corey Charlton for MailOnline       A tycoon who made his fortune selling Star Wars bubble bath has been given the green light for what is believed to be London's biggest 'iceberg' mega-basement. Robert Beecham, 65, punched the air in delight as the plans for his home in Primrose Hill, north London were given the go-ahead. The redevelopment of the £15million mansion includes the huge 200ft-long basement, the length of seven London buses. SHARE PICTURE   Copy link to paste in your message     Copy link to paste in your message   Robert Beecham's Primrose Hill home (pictured) looks relatively modest from the street, but will soon feature a 200ft-long megabasement that will include two bars, a pool, gym, jacuzzi and Roman-style tepidarium

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What's your favourite food?

What Your Favorite Food Says About You   Choosing a favorite food can be hard — after all, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. It could be a childhood favorite, homemade classic, or even a sign of your culinary adventurousness — but whichever your favorite meal is, it could be more telling than you realize. In fact, your favorite meal reveals much about your personality, interests and habits, not just your culinary taste. So what’s your favorite meal telling everyone? We’ve outlined 14 of the most popular ‘favorite foods’ — and what each is saying about you. Next time you reveal your favorite, you’ll realize you might be revealing much more than just that… 1 Hamburger and Fries Shutterstock You are the ultimate slice of Americana. You probably own American flag denim shorts, and 4th of July is your favorite holiday. You like reliability, and it doesn’t get more reliable than a hamburger and fries. 2 Caviar Getty We’re going to be honest here — you’re probably a snob.You get irritated when the face of your Rolex gets scratched by your purebred’s diamond-encrusted collar. Enough said. 3 Pie Shutterstock You may be from the South, and definitely come from a long tradition of home cooks. You think everything tastes better homemade, and know the best way to wash down lunch is with a glass of sweet tea or lemonade. Your favorite pie recipe is one that’s been handed down through generations, and is the best-kept family secret.

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Who is the real Sia? The story behind the wig-wear

Who is the real Sia? The story behind the wig-wearing singer who REFUSES to show her face and once contemplated suicide while battling alcohol and drug addiction   Bianca Soldani for Daily Mail Australia     She caught the attention of audiences the world over with her bizarre performance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. With her back pointedly turned to the crowd, Australian singer songwriter Sia Furler's pitch-perfect tones reverberated through the amphitheater while two dancers, including actress Kristen Wiig, dressed in nude bodysuits and matching platinum wigs, writhed around the stage in her stead. But with 25 million record sales and a string of accolades to her name, why does the woman behind the wig refuse to show her face? Scroll down for video  Who is the real Sia: She's sold over 25 million songs and was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2015 but why does Sia Furler feel the need to hide her face? 'It's horrible, I just wanted to have a private life,' the intensely camera-shy 39-year-old told the New York Times last year of her meteoric rise to fame. 'Once, as my friend was telling me they had cancer, someone came up and asked, in the middle of the conversation, if they could take a photograph with me.'    Struggling to project an extroverted persona whilst on stage, the fame-shunning singer's unwillingness to be in the spotlight has escalated to the point where she hides her face behind masks, heavy paint and, most recently, a blonde bobbed wig. Sia refused to appear in the cover art or the music video of her latest single Chandelier and featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine with a paper bag over her head in October 2013. Writing over the front of the bag read: 'This artist is responsible for over 12 million track sales, has a new single on the Hunger Games soundtrack and doesn't want to be famous...' Sia & Maddie Ziegler wear white wigs to 2015 Grammys   Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00       Bizarre: The Australian singer-songwriter had her back to the audience while singing her hit Chandelier at the Grammys on Sunday night, she let Kristen Wiig (left) and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler (right) dominate the stage in her stead Copy link to paste in your message Attention detracting: The fame-shunning 39-year-old, pictured here after her Grammys performance, rarely shows her face unobscured while on stage   More recently, Sia raised eyebrows when she took to the stage on the Ellen DeGeneres show inside of a giant white box, earlier this month. Only her head could be seen poking out of the top but a blonde wig with long bangs completely covered her eyes and nose. In similar performances on US talks shows Late Show With Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live, she was seen spooning Girls creator and star Lena Dunham - who also donned a platinum wig - while lying face down on a bed and singing covered in face paint, with her back to the audience respectively. Sia also obscured her features in behind-the-scenes footage released of the filming of her controversial music video for Elastic Heart. The blonde was seen sitting in a director's chair while she explained her creative choices but a large bunch of bananas was superimposed to cover her face. Copy link

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Mary Berry's lemon fudge cake

Cheat’s Chocolate Trifle             This one’s either for people who don’t like to cook or for devoted cooks who nonetheless need something really speedy. First, you need to zip round the supermarket to collect the ingredients, then, after the cherries have soaked, this is all made in moments.       Serves 8   Ingredients  3 double-chocolate-chip American-style muffins  7 oz (200 g) dark chocolate (75 per cent cocoa solids)  1 x 680 g jar pitted morello cherries, drained and soaked overnight in 3 fl oz (75 ml) dark rum

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Breaking News Across The World

Brussels attacks: Airport security under the spotlight again Tom Symonds Home Affairs correspondent Global airport security is again under the spotlight following the attacks in Brussels. Is it ever possible to prevent a suicide bomber entering an airport to kill and maim? In 2003, the British government ordered the military to use tanks to protect London's Heathrow Airport, after receiving what it claimed was a credible and "chilling" threat against airport passengers. The following month, tour operators said it had been a "public relations disaster". American travellers thought Britain had declared martial law and bookings plummeted. Three years later, a ban on liquids in the air was introduced, resulting in long queues, and forcing airports to redesign their security procedures. The rule remains in place, disrupting the positive experience of air travel for passengers. Increasing security always has an impact and as the maxim goes, if we have to change our lives, the terrorists have won. As a result, secure air travel is always a compromise. Airports are generally designed around a clear security "line" - the central check-point where passengers' documentation is checked, they are scanned for concealed items and sometimes swabbed for explosives. They then pass into

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Brought tears to my eyes

  Brought tears to my eyes.. The Best ad of 2014

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EL SALVADOREAN PURPUSA'S HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM?

EL SALVADOREAN PURPUSA'S HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM?

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Mango fruit nutrition facts by Jon Platt

Mango fruit nutrition facts   “The king of the fruits," mango fruit is one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it numero-uno among new functional foods, often labeled as “super fruits." Mango is one of the delicious seasonal fruits grown in the tropics. The tree is believed to be originating in the sub-Himalayan plains of Indian subcontinent. Botanically, this exotic fruit belongs within the family of Anacardiaceae, a family that also includes numerous species of tropical-fruiting trees in the flowering plants such as cashew, pistachio,...etc. Scientific name: Mangifera Indica. Ripe mangoes-popularly known as Safeda in India. Mangoes-Alphanso, known for rich taste and flavor. Mango is a tropical tree cultivated in many regions of India, and now its farming has been extented wide across the world in many continents. After flowering its fruits generally grow at the end of a long, string like peduncle, with sometimes more than one fruit to a peduncle. Each fruit measures 5 to 15 cms in length and about 4 to 10 cms in width, and has typical “mango” shape, or sometimes oval or round. Its weight ranges from 150 gm to around 750 gm. Outer skin (pericarp) is smooth and is green in un-ripe mangoes but turns in ripe fruits into golden yellow, crimson red, yellow or orange-red depending upon the cultivar type. Fresh mango season lasts from April until August.   Mango tree-Mangifera indica.   Mango comes in different shapes and sizes depending upon cultivar types. Internally, its flesh (mesocarp) is juicy, orange-yellow in color with numerous soft fibrils radiating from its centrally placed flat, oval-shaped stone (enveloping a single large kidney-shaped seed). Its flavor is pleasant and rich, and tastes sweet with mild tartness. A high-quality mango fruit should feature no or very less fiber content and minimal tartness. Mango seed (stone) may either has a single embryo, or sometimes polyembryonic.   Health benefits of Mangoes Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds. According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers. Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucos and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Fresh

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Denim darling! Kiernan Shipka rocks butterfly prin

Denim darling! Kiernan Shipka rocks butterfly print two-piece at Coachella party  By Brittany Valadez For Dailymail.com       She might be just 16, but Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka is quite the fashion darling. And the teen star showed her stylish side in a two-piece denim number as she mingled with the stars at Coachella on Saturday. The starlet went for a '90s vibes in her denim-on-denim look. SHARE PICTURE   Copy link to paste in your message   Rock high waist denim shorts by Valentino like Kiernan Shipka Read more →

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Avril Lavigne Greatest Hits Check it

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Are YOU cleaning your teeth all wrong? From making

Are YOU cleaning your teeth all wrong? From making small circular movements to brushing the tongue, experts give their 6 step guide to getting the perfect pearly whites   Many of us fail to give our teeth the attention they deserve - or are unwittingly brushing our them in the wrong way Denplan has created a 6-step guide showing people the correct technique - which includes brushing the tongue  Comes as research found 34% of people miss dental appointments and 11% do not seek help for bleeding gums London-based dentist Dr Mervyn Druian argues the UK is a 'third world country' when it comes to dentistry        There is nothing as beautiful as a shiny white smile.   Yet many of us fail to give our teeth the attention they deserve - or are unwittingly brushing our them in the wrong way. Failing to do this properly can lead to a build up of plaque - which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. And gum disease - known as gingivitis to dentists - has been linked with other health issues including including heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes and even certain types of cancer. Just yesterday, scientists revealed a link between harmful bacteria in the mouth and pancreatic cancer - thought to be cayreleased into the bloodstream. The advice comes as research from private dental insurers Denplan found 34 per cent of people admit to missing their dental appointments.  And almost half of people said they wouldn't see their dentist if they experienced bleeding gums - with one in ten reporting they would Google the problem instead. Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing - which begins with angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements. It is also important not to forget to sweep the tongue - which can harbour the bacteria. Here, we reveal the six-step guide to good brushing... SHARE PICTURE   Copy link to paste in your message   Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing, as many of us are unwittingly doing this wrong. It involves angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum (top right, step 1) and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements. The biting surface of the teeth (bottom left, step 4), the inside surfaces and the tongue (bottom right, step 6) should also be cleaned         HOW TO BRUSH TEETH PROPERLY Step 1 Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line.  Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth. Step 2

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The London Loot-athon: Outrage as dozens of people

The London Loot-athon: Outrage as dozens of people are filmed brazenly snatching bottles of water left for marathon runners  Video shows mob stealing bottles of water minutes into the marathon One man even brought a trolley with him to pile up crates of the water  Dozens of people were involved in the theft in Deptford, south-east London By Amie Gordon For Mailonline       This is the shocking moment a group of people including parents with children were seen stealing bottles of water from London marathon runners. The mob were pictured descending on tables laid out with liquid in Deptford, south-east London. Eyewitnesses say a group of opportunistic thieves started stealing the bottles minutes after the front runners had passed through. One man even brought a trolley with him to pile up crates of the water which should have been much needed refreshment for the athletes. Moment Londoners appear to steal London Marathon water bottles   Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 Play LIVE Mute   00:00 Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:25 Fullscreen Need Text Video Quality 576p 540p 360p 270p Foreground---WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagenta

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Mother is forced to live with BALLOONS under her s

Mother is forced to live with BALLOONS under her skin before life-changing surgery to remove growths covering half of her face  Jennifer Hiles suffers from facial arterial venous malformation  Life-threatening condition causes blood vessels to become tangled - leaving her disfigured and bullied throughout her life Is having surgery to remove the tangles from her face in May Has balloons under her skin to stretch it so the excess can cover scars By Madlen Davies for MailOnline         A mother whose face was left disfigured by a life-threatening disease is living with balloons underneath her skin to prepare her for surgery. Jennifer Hiles suffers from arterial venous malformation (AVM), which causes 'tangles' of veins and blood vessels to form beneath her skin, which spread like the branches of a tree. The condition, which can also causes excess bleeding and even heart failure, has nearly killed her on several occasions - and she has been bullied throughout her life. While many surgeries to remove the tangles from her face have failed, she is about to have one final operation which doctors are confident will work. They will cut out all the tangles of blood vessels - and will also remove her nose and rebuild it from her jaw. Until the operation, Mrs Hiles has had balloons inserted into her skin, to stretch it so the excess can be used to cover the scars. She hopes the operation will stop people calling her names and allow her to live a normal life with her husband and two children Marlina and Kiah.   Jennifer Hiles, 28, suffers from arterial venous malformations, where blood vessels form into tangles beneath her skin. She is pictured with her two daughters Marlina and Kiah at home in Huron, South Dakota Mrs Hiles, pictured here as a child, has nearly died from the painful condition, which has got worse over time. She says she has faced a lifetime of bullying and unwanted stares She said: 'I just want to be able to spend all of my time with my kids without people looking at me and calling me names. 'I just want to not be shy and be who I am without worrying about what people will think. 'AVM is so hard to deal with - it makes my gums bleed and has completely eroded the bone in my teeth, if they fall out I could bleed to death.'   Meet the South Dakota mom living with balloons in her face

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The Saturdays

  The Saturdays 

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The Chase: Bradley Walsh accidentally offends Hayl

The Chase: Bradley Walsh accidentally offends Hayley Tamaddon with nose jibe   THE CHASE presenter Bradley Walsh was left red-faced and in fits of laughter on a celebrity special of the programme tonight when he accidentally poked fun at Hayley Tamaddon's nose. By Shaun Kitchener

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Chariots of Fire sequel being made by Chinese film

Chariots of Fire sequel being made by Chinese film company as it failed to win British funding Chariots of Fire, starring Ben Cross and Nigel Havers, is one of the most famous British films, but the sequel will not be made - or possibly even screened - in the UK Credit: 20th Century Fox/Everett/Rex Features   When Chariots of Fire won an Oscar in 1981, its writer famously told Hollywood "The British are coming". Not when it comes to its sequel, it appears.  Joseph Fiennes, who will star as Eric Liddell in a new continuation film, has revealed it must be made by a Chinese film company, after no UK filmmaker would fund it. Fiennes, who is attending Cannes to publicise the film, said

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Eurovision 2016 winner: Ukraine beat rivals Russia

Eurovision 2016 winner: Ukraine beat rivals Russia and Australia in tension-filled climax - and four other things we learned     Highlights from Eurovision 2016 Play! 01:20    1. Ukraine win the day Ukraine have won Eurovision with a political, heartfelt and serious song about something with intense personal meaning to the singer, Jamala. It's a song about Stalin's forced deportation of Crimean Tatars, including members of Jamala's own family, in 1944. In the run-up to the contest, Russia complained that Ukraine shouldn't be allowed to sing this particular song, as Eurovision generally bans overtly political songs, not least when they have contemporary resonances like this. But Jamala was eventually cleared to compete, and in the end she ended up going head-to-head with pre-contest favourite Russia's Sergey Lazarev for the title.  Her win proves that emotional and high-quality music can triumph at Eurovision, and the contest will always have a political element, no matter how much the organisers try to pretend it's about music above all else.

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Eurovision TOP song - RUSSIA 2016

  Eurovision TOP song - RUSSIA 2016

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Sia -Cheap Thrills

Sia -Cheap Thrills

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Hubble clocks faster cosmic expansion

Hubble clocks faster cosmic expansion   By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent Image copyright NASA/ESA Image caption A Hubble Space Telescope image of UGC 9391, one of the galaxies in the new survey The Universe may be expanding up to 9% faster than previously thought. This new assessment comes from the Hubble Space Telescope, which has significantly refined the rate at which nearby galaxies are observed to be moving away from each other. It reinforces the tension between what we see happening locally and what we would expect from the conditions that existed in the early cosmos. These have implied a much more sedate trajectory for the recession. Science now has a big job on its hands to try to resolve the conundrum, says Adam Riess from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore, Maryland, US. "To be honest, with this latest measurement we've really gone beyond what we might call 'tension';

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University of East Anglia experts find 'lost city'

University of East Anglia experts find 'lost city' was created by nature   Image copyright UEA Image caption The formations found off Zakynthos were created up to five million years ago Ancient

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Have you got what it takes to be a spy?

Have you got what it takes to be a spy?   By Emily Young BBC News Image copyright Reuters/Thinkstock Image caption Would women make better spies? Emilia Clarke has said she would love to play Jane Bond Wanted: Tough, intelligent, patriotic person who can keep national secrets. I'm not sure Mumsnet would be the first place I would think of to advertise for a spy, but it's part of a new strategy by UK intelligence agencies - MI5, MI6 and GCHQ - to try to broaden their appeal to women. Some Mumsnet users joked they would be perfectly suited, since they, as middle-aged women, were so used to being invisible. Others were less sure. ShatnersBassoon wrote: "Yes, people who can't help but type their every passing thought into an online forum would make great spies" while iseenodust said: "I have experience in sitting in cafes and love people watching." But the agencies believe more women should be encouraged to apply not just for legal or ethical reasons, but because it will make the country safer. As the film industry chatters about the possibility of a female James Bond (Rolling Stone has even mocked up a Jane Bond trailer starring Emilia Clarke), the government is busy looking for a real-life one. But - male or female - what qualities do you need to make it as a spy? 'Ethically flexible' Former MI5 officer Annie Machon says it depends a lot on which of the government agencies you apply for. There are three: MI5, the domestic security service MI6 (now called Secret Intelligence Service or SIS), which gathers intelligence overseas GCHQ, often referred to as the listening agency because it runs the electronic eavesdropping operations Image copyright

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40 Fun Orlando Facts

40 Fun Orlando Facts ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Thanks to its year-round sunny weather, high quality of life and attractions, Orlando is a well-known city. Despite its status as a recognizable city, Orlando features many facts that are not so well known. 1. There is no official documentation of how Orlando received its name. Four known stories of its inception exist, but no conclusion has ever been reached. 2. Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes. 3. Lake Eola is actually a giant sinkhole. Its deepest point is 80 feet. 4. Church Street Station, also known as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot, was built in 1889 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SunRail now has a stop nearby. 5. The City has over 100 parks and 21 community centers offering athletics, camps and social programs. 6. The first highway in Central Florida was Colonial Drive, which was originally paved brick. 7. The tallest building in Orlando is the SunTrust Center at 441 feet. 8. The City of Orlando has a fully functioning pottery studio at the Downtown Recreation Complex. Classes and programs are offered for all ages. 9. There are over 50 swans at Lake Eola, from five different breeds – whooper, royal mute, trumpeter, Australian black and black neck. 10.

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See inside Michael Jackson's Las Vegas mansion: Mu

See inside Michael Jackson's Las Vegas mansion: Music legend's luxury 'Thriller Villa' on the market for $9.5million The music legend rented the mega-mansion until his death, and now fans get a glimpse inside the stunning complex   Michael Jackson 's stunning Las Vegas rented mansion has hit the market - giving fans a first glimpse inside his extravagant lifestyle. The music legend rented the huge home, dubbed the "Thriller Villa" on the listing, until his death in 2009, and now it's on sale for a whopping $9.5million. The complex spreads across 1.7acres, with a 24,276-square-foot main house and a 2,983-square foot guest house. But it doesn't stop there, as there is also a medieval chapel - with each feature shown in full in a dramatic promotional video.   Kristen Routh Silberman Reality Huge chandeliers and a medieval feel     Kristen Routh Silberman Reality It's a tribute to Michael   The footage shows each room of the stunning home, with the singer's music playing in the background, and gives an insight into his private life away from

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Blueberries by Jon Platt

Blueberries In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries — rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts — because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits. As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. They have also enjoyed great popularity around the world in cuisines from Asia to the Mediterranean. For more on the Healthiest Way of Preparing Blueberries, see below. What's New and Beneficial About Blueberries After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory. While participants in the study consumed blueberries in the form of juice, three-quarters of a pound of blueberries were used to make each cup of juice. As participants consumed between 2 to 2-1/2 cups each day, the participants actually received a very plentiful amount of berries. The authors of this study were encouraged by the results and suggested that blueberries might turn out to be beneficial not only for improvement of memory, but for slowing down or postponing the onset of other cognitive problems frequently associated with aging. New studies make it clear that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. There's no question about the delicate nature of many antioxidant nutrients found in blueberries. These antioxidants include many different types of anthocyanins, the colorful pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red. After freezing blueberries at temperatures of 0°F (-17°C) or lower for periods of time between 3-6 months, researchers have discovered no significant lowering of overall antioxidant capacity or anthocyanin concentrations. Anthocyanins studied have included malvidins, delphinidins, pelargonidins, cyanidins, and peonidins. These findings are great news for anyone who grows, buys, or picks fresh berries in season and wants to enjoy them year round. They are also great news for anyone who has restricted access to fresh blueberries but can find them in the freezer section of the market. Berries in general are considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI). GI is a common way of identifying the potential impact of a food on our blood sugar level once we've consumed and digested that food. In general, foods with a GI of 50 or below are considered "low" in terms of their glycemic index value. When compared to other berries, blueberries are not particularly low in terms of their GI. Studies show the GI for blueberries as falling somewhere in the range of 40-53, with berries like blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries repeatedly scoring closer to 30 than to 40. However, a recent study that included blueberries as a low-GI fruit has found that blueberries, along with other berries, clearly have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Participants in the study who consumed at last 3 servings of low-GI fruits per day (including blueberries) saw significant improvement in their regulation of blood sugar over a three-month period of time. (Their blood levels of glycosylated hemoglobin, or HgA1C were used as the standard of measurement in this study.) It's great to see blueberries providing these clear health benefits for blood sugar regulation! If you want to maximize your antioxidant benefits from blueberries, go organic! A recent study has directly compared the total antioxidant capacity of organically grown versus non-organically grown highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum L., var. Bluecrop) and found some very impressive results for the organically grown berries. Organically grown blueberries turned out to have significantly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries, as well as significantly higher total antioxidant capacity. Numerous specific antioxidant anthocyanins were measured in the study, including delphinidins, malvidins, and petunidins. The antioxidant flavonoid quercetin was also measured. WHFoods Recommendations In our Healthiest Way of Eating Plan, we encourage the consumption of 5-10 servings of fruits-plus-vegetables (combined) each day. We believe that the balance between fruits and vegetables can vary from day to day, depending upon personal health factors, personal taste preferences, and optimal combining of foods in recipes as well as meals. We recognize that our recommendation calls for a more generous amount of fruits and vegetables than the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The CDC recommends between 1.5-2.5 cups of fruit and 2.5-4.0 cups of vegetables per day, as well as a target goal of at least 5 fruit-plus-vegetable servings (combined) per day. We recommend that you set your fruit goals higher than these CDC amounts. Based on the scientific research, we believe it's going to take closer to 3 fruit servings per day (consisting of one cup's worth of fruit per serving, or 3 cups total per day) to provide you with optimum health benefits. With respect to berries in particular, we recommend that you include berries at least 3-4 times per week within your fruit servings. In several of our sample meal plans, we include berries on a daily basis! It would definitely not be a mistake for you to include a serving of berries in your daily meal plan! With respect to blueberries in particular, you might be surprised about the number of blueberries that can fit into a single cup. The average weight for a small, lowbush blueberry (also sometimes called a "wild blueberry") can be close to 1-2 grams, meaning that a weighted cup's worth of wild blueberries will contain 100-150 berries!   Blueberries, fresh 1.00 cup (148.00 grams) Calories: 84 GI: low    NutrientDRI/DV  vitamin K32%  manganese25%  vitamin C19%  fiber14%  copper9% This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Blueberries provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Blueberries can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Blueberries, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart. Health Benefits Description History How to Select and Store Tips for Preparing and Cooking How to Enjoy Individual Concerns Nutritional Profile References Health Benefits In the popular press, blueberries have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits. While we prefer to think of all the World's Healthiest Foods as rightful superstars, we can understand many of the special accolades being given to this wonderful berry. Most health research on blueberries involves their phytonutrient content. Anthocyanins - the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red - are usually the first phytonutrients to be mentioned in descriptions

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Lasagna Recipe by Jon Platt

Lasagna Recipe   This is the perfect lasagna recipe that pleases even the pickiest eaters time after time. There are so many different types of lasagna recipes as well as many diverse variations of the beloved Italian favorite. The dish did originate in Italy, not the rumored British Isles. The word is derived from the Greek word lasana or lasonon, which refer to the cooking pot rather than the pasta dish we’re all so fond of. The reason why it’s so popular has

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Monterey Chicken with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes

Town's streets plunged into silence because there's a job nobody wants The local council in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, has got Heritage Lottery cash to hire a town crier but sadly there's no one to do the shouting   Council bosses bought the gear but can't find a town crier A town crier trial had to be called off when no one turned up for the audition. Residents in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, had been called upon to showcase their best bellows as part of a competition to find the market town’s first ever crier.

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Town's streets plunged into silence because there'

Town's streets plunged into silence because there's a job nobody wants The local council in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, has got Heritage Lottery cash to hire a town crier but sadly there's no one to do the shouting Council bosses bought the gear but can't find a town crier A town crier trial had to be called off when no one turned up for the audition. Residents in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, had been called upon to showcase their best bellows as part of a competition to find the market town’s first ever crier.

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Beauty and the Beast - Exclusive Trailer

  Beauty and the Beast - Exclusive Trailer

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Why do you have blue eyes?

  Why do you have blue eyes?

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11 Make-Ahead Breakfasts To Save You Time In The M

11 Make-Ahead Breakfasts To Save You Time In The Morning Start the morning off right.            S     In an ideal world, we would all start our day with a delicious, nutritious breakfast. But that’s not real life, is it?   View this image › Ailbhe Malone ID: 9065075 Because for most people, myself included, breakfast looks more like this. View this image › Disney For added accuracy, imagine Mushu is informing Mulan that the trains are also running late. ID: 9065069 So, here are some easy, tasty recipes that you can make in advance, so that no matter what happens, you’ll still have a yummy start to your day.   View this image › Sian Butcher / BuzzFeed ID: 9065095 1. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Muffins   Proper Tasty   Proper Tasty   With just six ingredients, these muffins are easy peasy to make in advance. Then just wrap them up individually in the fridge, and grab one in the morning. You can reheat them in the microwave if you like, but I think they taste just as good cold. Get the recipe here. ID: 9065211 2. Breakfast Granola Cups

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Here’s A Video That Shows You Four Ways To Make Th

Here’s A Video That Shows You Four Ways To Make The Ultimate Nachos Looks like it’s time for a nacho party!    Stumble              1. Nachos Four Ways   View this image › ID: 9147171 2. Here’s a video that shows you how to make them: youtube.com ID: 9147164

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Cherry Lemon Cheesecake Dip

Cherry Lemon Cheesecake Dip     After experimenting in the kitchen with a new apple galette, I realized I had some whipped cream cheese with sugar and vanilla left over. And of course I can’t let that go to waste. It would be just wrong of me, right? So I dug in my cabinets and came up with this Cherry Lemon Cheesecake Dip based on ingredients I had on hand like lemon pudding and cherry pie filling. This cheesecake dip is a perfect appetizer or dessert year round. For the holidays, consider switching out the lemon for white chocolate or french vanilla for a beautiful red and white color scheme. Chocolate would also work well. I found the cherry and lemon together to be a refreshing combination, but blueberry pie filling with the lemon would also be delicious, don’t you think?

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Independence Day and food in the land of immigrant

Independence Day and food in the land of immigrants   by Terry B We are a nation of immigrants. Appropriately enough, our eating on the 4th of July holiday weekend, a time that celebrates our nation’s birth, illustrates why this is a good thing. We started Friday night at Lao Beijing.  Chicago’s Chinatown is rich with restaurants serving up authentic regional cuisines from many corners of that vast nation. We’ve sampled many of them and have our go-tos, depending on what we’re craving at the moment. This is not Americanized shopping mall Chinese food. This is food prepared by immigrant chefs and line cooks from traditional recipes or skills learned in the kitchen, aimed at regional Chinese palates. Occasionally when we order too adventurously, our servers will say, “No, that’s for Chinese people only.” Often, we’ll order it anyway. Sometimes, they’re right. Other times, we’ll discover something amazing. Saturday was notable for where we didn’t eat. Errands

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The Best Croissants in Paris and Baking at Le Peti

The Best Croissants in Paris and Baking at Le Petit Mitron               After my breakfast with Guy Savoy, I made my way to the 14th arrondissement to meet Didier Lavry at Le Petit Mitron, a baker who had just been awarded the second prize in le Meilleur Croissant au Beurre d’Isigny AOP. That would be the best croissant competition in France, Paris section, then. Don’t you just love France for that? We have spoken about croissants before. The importance of craft, technique and detail. Real butter (and the best of that), time, and freshness. A straight croissant not a curved one, curved croissants are made with margarine and are not the real deal. Dare I say they are joyless and a waste

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24 Easy Ways To Make Money On The ... by Jon Platt

24 Easy Ways To Make Money On The Internet     So it turns out that the internet is good for more than just porn and video games – you can make money off it too! Think of the internet as a giant country called Imaginationland. By playing your cards right, you can make some easy money online doing things you’re already doing. Here are some lifehacks to start you off: <img src="http://cdn-media-1.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2015/04/Working-from-Home-370x208.jpg" width="370" height="208">   1. Website Building If the internet is a country, then websites are like real estates. I’m hoping by now you have a general understanding that real estates are valuable in the physical world – digital real estates work the same way. By building a website, you’re creating your own plot of online “land.” You can fill this land with whatever you want, but you have to promote it through social media (and anywhere else you can think of) for this to be successful. When you build traffic to your land, you can sell people whatever you have to offer. In order to build a website, you need a host (i.e GoDaddy), a template (i.e WordPress), and content. The first two parts are easy to find, and content is only as difficult as you make it. You can post blogs, items for sale, pictures, videos, or whatever you want. Opening up your own website gives you the potential to make money from the avenues I’m going to mention. 2. B2B Marketing An online business model I love is utilized by GetVoiP, an affiliate marketer based in New York. GetVoiP acts as an agent for business communication providers. They maintain updated listings of VoiP providers, including ratings, comparisons, consumer reviews, in-depth knowledge of market and end-user trends, and expert opinions from business professionals on a variety of topics related to business consumers. By not only keeping abreast of news, but providing detailed analysis of products being offered, GetVoiP is able to generate traffic to their site and increase their clout with businesses. The more online clout you have as a business, the more money you’ll make. If you’re known for making lasting connections (as is the case with GetVoiP above), then you’ll have no issues building your online brand. You’ll be recognized in your community and begin to build a buzz in your industry. Tracking your numbers (how many people view your site, click each ad, and make a purchase from that click) gives you the leverage to expand this part of your business, enabling you to continue building your online rep. <img src="http://cdn-media-2.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2013/03/If-a-person-gets-his-attitude-toward-money-straight-it-will-help-straighten-out-almost-every-other-area-in-his-life.-370x208.jpg" width="370" height="208">   3. Google Adsense   <img src="http://cdn-media-1.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2013/08/08130029/bbcf7233fab351cc8e6bcaf57dab6c36.jpg" width="450" height="471" alt="bbcf7233fab351cc8e6bcaf57dab6c36"> If that sounds like too much technical information for you, there is an easy button – Google’s advertising platform is as simple as signing up, enabling (on Blogger) or pasting a small code on your website, and allowing the advertisements to automatically roll in. The problem with this program is that you don’t get any commissions – and you don’t get to control the ad content. This is useful for some, but powerful users will want something a little more robust. 4. Amazon Associates Amazon has an Associates program for site owners and bloggers. They offer a search tool to find the right products and services from their site and a variety of ad styles to display on your site, including text-based and banner images (digital billboards) like this: Each item purchased through your Amazon links give you a commission. It doesn’t take high volume traffic to achieve results, either. I began making money with the program when I only had 1,000 hits per month on my site. They can apply your earnings to your Amazon account balance, issue you a check, or direct deposit into your bank account. If you love Amazon, you’ll love their associate’s program. Click here for another Lifehack dedicated to Amazon Associates. 5. Rakuten Linkshare Amazon and Google are far from your only options for online advertising. Rakuten Linkshare is a great place to search for other affiliates for your ads. Through their program, you can get customized ad links, email links, and banner ads for Starbucks, Walmart, iTunes, and a slew of other popular brands. With this program, you can also find smaller companies, regional or specialized brands, and more. I run a combination of Google, Amazon, and Rakuten’s programs, and my monthly income is approximately $150 from these programs. It’s not a lot of money, but it’s also not a lot of work for residual (it means recurring…since the ads are permanent…) income. 6. Company Referral Programs

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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No M

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money By NomadicMatt I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter< about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. The near universal answer? Money. This is something I hear from everyone I talk to: “Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.” This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. I answer this question in a plethora of posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Long-term readers might even be getting sick of me discussing this subject because it is one I talk about so much. One of the questions on my recent Q&A was about how someone who doesn’t work in travel can actually afford to travel. “What can they do?” they asked me. Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact: You do not need to be rich to travel. Let’s repeat that. You do not need to be rich to travel. I sure wasn’t. I had an average-paying administrative job the year before I left for my first trip. It wasn’t a lot after taxes (I had less than $15k to live on for the year after taxes and loans were paid off). Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. How? I made it a priority. If travel is not a priority for you, you will always find some other things to spend money on and you’ll never have “enough” money to travel. I never have enough money to go shopping or buy a new electronic gadget because I spend my money on travel, so there isn’t much left over for non-priority expenses. Everything I do is focused on having more money for travel (and other things I love like sushi, movies, and nice dinners)! What is your savings priority? Is it travel? If it is travel, what is keeping you from saving money? What are you spending it on? A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of writing out your expenses and then cutting them to save money for your trip. I offered 20 tips on how to do so — the same tips I used before I went away. At the time, I was still paying college debt, and yet using those tips managed to save over $20,000 for my initial trip around the world. “But Matt, I work a minimum wage job/am a student/live on Social Security/am underemployed/live with my parents/spend a lot/have kids/[insert other excuse here] and no matter what I can do, I’ll never be able to do it. I can’t even pay back my student loans. What do I do?” The Ultimate Guide to Cheap Travel What do you do when you are in that boat? What do you do when prioritizing your budget and using my 20 tips to grow your bank balance won’t even work? Many things. So the focus of today’s “you don’t need to be rich to travel” reminder is to discuss all the ways you can travel for virtually free. You don’t need a lot of money to begin. Even if you don’t earn a lot or have debt, there are ways to go overseas still. If you feel that no matter what you do you will never get ahead by saving money, follow this guide to ultimate travel frugality and see the world on the ultra-cheap: Work Overseas — Not making enough money at your job? Why not get a job overseas? There are plenty of opportunities in the world as long as you aren’t picky — and after all, this isn’t a career you are starting, it’s just a way to earn money for travel. Here are some jobs you can get to pay the bills and fund your travels: Au pair Bartender Hostel worker Waitress/waiter Farm worker (very popular in Australia and New Zealand) Dive instructor (some certification required) Tour guide Cruise ship worker Casino worker Seasonal worker at ski resorts

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Healthy Raspberry Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding

Healthy Raspberry Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding   Share                              If you’ve been looking to change up your breakfast routine (and boost your snacking game), make this Healthy Raspberry Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding!  It’s so light and refreshing, so smooth and creamy, you will FALL. IN. LOVE!   Nuff said   The year before I went to college and eventually started this blog, I got inspired to live a healthier lifestyle than the one I was living.  At the time, I had just quit working at a pretzel joint in the mall.  I only worked there in the summer between semesters, but in that short period of time I had gained 12lbs.  TWELVE POUNDS IN ONE SUMMER! I had enough.  I wanted to get healthy.  I wanted to feel better and treat my body better.  A girl can only take so many butter-drenched pretzels   I went to the grocery store and stepped into the produce section — part of the grocery store that I wasn’t all too familiar with.  I looked at the leafy greens and carrots and beets.  A few steps further and I got to the salad dressings, vegan fix-ins, and bottled juices and smoothies.  I always liked getting fruit smoothies at stands and restaurants, and I didn’t own a blender back then, so I thought that getting smoothies from the grocery store was an easy way to get in a few servings of fruit without having to wash, chop and prep anything at home. I scanned through all the bottles, looking at the ingredient lists, nutrition labels, and price tags.  I eventually decided on getting about 6 different flavors of Bolthouse Farms® smoothies and protein shakes.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were, and after that, I kept returning back and back again for the Blue Goodness smoothie and the Blended Coffee Protein Plus…  deeeelicious!  

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How I Transformed My Life through Better Habits

How I Transformed My Life through Better Habits     “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.” – Confucius Life is a funny thing. There is no road map. The best we can do is hope for a strong upbringing, surrounded by a good family and people who care for us. After that, we pray for their love and support as we try to fumble our way through adulthood. How many of us actually know what they’re doing when they graduate high school? What about college? I sure as hell didn’t. I grew up as a kid who always succeeded. Every challenge put in front of me I knocked out of the park. As I transitioned out of my parents’ home and into the real world, I felt this enormous amount of pressure to continue succeeding. I realized quickly that I was a small fish in a much bigger pond. Like so many others, I struggled to adapt to life as a young adult. It was about 7 years ago – I was in college, working part-time, had a mountain of

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El Salvador Travel Guide

El Salvador Travel Guide The Essential Guide to Exploring This Magnificent Country   Situated in Central America, El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in the region. Somewhat of a bypass on the tourist trail, many people miss out on immense expanses of natural beauty, forests, beaches, and even the opportunity to view some archaeological sites. El Salvador is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors without the crowds as you make your way around Central America. Typical Costs Accommodation – You can get a room in a shared hostel dorm room for as little as $5 USD and a private room for about $10 USD. Nice hotels start around $30 USD. That will get you air conditioning, a very comfortable bed, and breakfast. Food – Simple meals cost just a few dollars, especially at the street stalls. For European food or fast food, up your budget to about $5 USD. Overall food is very cheap here. Transportation – City buses in San Salvador cost $0.35 USD, and this is much the same as the other cities. A taxi ride is usually around $5 USD. Country wide buses cost less than $10 USD per single journey. There is no train service in El Salvador. Activities – Diving is likely to be your most expensive outing if you choose to do it, which will be around $75 USD for two dives. Other than that most of the parks cost only a few dollars. Money Saving Tips Snack on fruit – Fruit in Central America costs just pennies. You can pick up a bag of mangos for around $0.50 USD. Eat healthy and save money. Go camping – While hostels are pretty cheap, you can camp at many of them for half the cost. Bring your gear, sleep under the stars, and save money. Hitchhike – Hitchhiking is a very popular method of getting

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5 Real Ways to Actually Make Money... by Jon Platt

5 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online     How many articles are there about making money online? Thousands?  Millions? Enough? Probably. But there’s a problem. Too many of them are just sales pitches to convince you to sign up for some seminar, webinar, training session or some other way to become an online millionaire. They really give online money making a bad name. But it is possible to make money online. I mean, the people selling all of those millionaire pitches are making money, right? There are legitimate ways to make money online. The problem is that the real ways to make money aren’t “get rich quick” schemes. Most of them require a lot of work and sometimes a lot of dedication before seeing a return on your time.  But if you really want to make money online, work from home or turn an idea into a business, you can do it. You can even earn money with apps if you don’t want to venture all the way to the computer. I’m going to tell you about all kinds of legitimate ways to make money online.  Since we are talking about legitimate jobs, you’ve got to be…well, legitimate. Many of these options are real jobs that require you to put in hours if you want to get paid. They also require real work. Here are some tips for actually getting the job: Take it seriously. Yes, you’re applying for an online job. Yes, you can do the work in your underwear, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a “real job”. You must treat it as such or they aren’t going to treat you as a serious candidate. You aren’t the only one who wants to work in their underwear. In fact, the competition online is likely higher than it is in your local area. Be professional. When you submit a résumé, don’t type it in ALL CAPS and please don’t avoid the caps lock like the plague. Know how to use it without looking incompetent. Write in complete sentences with proper grammar. Of course, there will be exceptions, but even with the exceptions, you must keep it professional. You’re building their view of you. Give some, but not all.  Whether you’re providing writing samples, a photography portfolio or links to your work, give them enough examples to get the idea, but not so many that they don’t even know where to start. And while we’re on the topic, give them some of your background information, but don’t tell them your life story. Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).   1. Websites That Pay Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. There are all kinds of websites that will pay you for various things, such as shopping, taking surveys or testing products. No, I’m not getting paid to promote any of these and no, these websites won’t make you a millionaire, but they are great for earning some extra cash. I’ll leave out the scams. Here are some legitimate websites that pay: Swagbucks – Swagbucks is great for earning some extra cash. You can do a variety of things to make money, from taking surveys to using their search engine. You won’t get rich, but you will earn a few bucks. If you have the time to kill, you can spend it earning some extra cash, instead of surfing the web. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, since you’re going to be taking surveys, shopping, etc., so if you want to maximize your return, sign up with both websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you (like Swagbucks) and you get $5 just for signing up.  I won’t continue to list survey sites one after another down the list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club. Project Payday – Project Payday is one of those sites that has testimonials of people who have earned thousands of dollars by getting paid to get trial offers. I’m not saying you’ll earn thousands, but it is legit and you can earn some extra cash. They assume that by paying you to do a free trial, you’ll either like the product and purchase it, or forget to cancel the trial and get charged for it. If you can keep track and cancel before you get charged (if you don’t want the product), then this is a great site for making some money. User Testing – User Testing pays $10 a pop for testing websites. A test usually takes about 15-20 minutes. The purpose is for a website owner to watch someone, who is new to their site, try to navigate it. The value that the site owner gets by watching an actual user experience is worth a ton, but $10 isn’t a bad pay-out. Fiverr – Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks or spend a few bucks if you need some of the services people offer. Basically, everything is $5. You either pay $5 or charge $5. They call them “gigs.” You can offer your services however you choose. If you sell art and you’re fine selling pieces for $5 each, that’s a gig. If you’re a graphic designer and you want to offer your services for $10/hour, simply offer a 30 minute gig. If they need two hours of graphic design, they pay you $20, or $10/hour by buying four gigs. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following.  Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic (more on blogging below). 2. Freelance Writing Freelance writing is one of the most popular ways to earn money

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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Avocado by Jon Platt

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Avocado There are some amazing avocado benefits for your health and appearance. If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, here’s why it’s well worth including more of this extremely healthy fruit in your diet. Also ahead is how avocado helps high blood pressure and constipation, why it’s beneficial as a arthritis treatment, important for pregnant women and has even been shown in studies to help you live a longer and healthier life. Here’s a list of the top 10 benefits of eating avocados and just why they are considered so good for you. 1. Cardiovascular Health  Coronary heart disease is still the biggest killer in the USA and UK and it is essentially a disease of inflammation. Many experts now believe that high consumption of pro-inflammatory processed vegetable oils are a significant risk factor in cardiovascular disease. They advise lowering polyunsaturated fat intake and increasing the amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids in your diet. Avocado is an excellent source of monounsaturated oleic acid. Research has shown this beneficial form of fat reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood at the same time as increasing the more beneficial HDL cholesterol. As well as lowering LDL cholesterol, studies like this have found eating avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another common predictor of cardiovascular problems. That eating a high fat food like avocado can actually lower the amount of fat in your blood clearly shows that all fats are not equal. It’s important to get enough of the right ones if you value your health and, as you’ll see ahead, doing so can have many benefits for losing weight, improving your skin and much more. If you’d like to increase your intake of monounsaturated fats, while reducing polyunsaturates, then replace damaging vegetable oils with a good cold-pressed avocado oil like this. UK readers can also find the fair trade and organic avocado oil I use here. Avocado oil is an excellent cooking oil, much healthier than polyunsaturated vegetable oil and even better than olive oil, particularly for high-temperature frying. Aside from their beneficial monounsaturated fats, avocados also contain a rich variety of other heart-healthy nutrients. The high levels of vitamin E in avocado help prevent cholesterol oxidation, while their potassium can regulate high blood pressure that may lead to both heart disease and kidney problems. Avocados are also an excellent source of folate, known to reduce dangerous homocysteine levels in the blood, another predictor of cardiovascular disease. Folate is a nutrient many of us are low in and it is especially important for pregnant women. This wonder fruit even contains phytosterols for reducing cholesterol absorption, as well as significant amounts of dietary fiber. The fiber content of avocados moderates blood sugar levels, guards against both cardiovascular problems and diabetes, and helps prevent constipation. 2. Avocados for Blood Pressure Many people don’t get enough of the mineral potassium in their diet. This deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, which is in turn a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Avocados are particularly rich in potassium, even higher than the often touted bananas, and a good food to eat for normal blood pressure and a lower risk of kidney failure and heart disease. Aside from healthy blood pressure, the oleic acid and dietary fiber in avocados help normalize blood sugar levels, providing further benefits for heart health and lowering the risk of diabetes. 3. Cancer Prevention Avocados are a good source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants protect your body’s cells against cancerous changes due to free radical damage and are considered your front line of defense against numerous diseases. Alpha-carotene appears to be especially important for cancer prevention. This study found a significantly lower risk

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How to Start a Successful Blog Today by Jon Platt

How to Start a Successful Blog Today   By Joshua Fields Millburn Overview: Starting a Blog Follow the step-by-step instructions in this blog post to learn how to start a blog in less than an hour. We used this process to create our successful blog, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show. Starting a Blog in Five Steps: Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option. Design your blog using a simple theme. Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel. Select the best plugins for your blog. Write compelling content that adds value to readers. NOTE: The Minimalists‘ blog is hosted by Bluehost. For only $3.49 a month, Bluehost can help you set up and host your blog. Because The Minimalists is a Bluehost affiliate partner, our readers can use this link to receive a 50% discount off the monthly price and a free domain. How to Start a Blog or Website: Step-by-Step Instructions and Video So you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we. We were clueless. When we started The Minimalists a few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog. We could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a beautiful website. But good news: it’s easier than you think. We’ve learned a ton during our ascent to 4 million readers. And now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in creating a successful blog. Here’s how we started our blog, step by step, followed by an instructional video, as well as additional rationale and insights: Domain and Hosting. The first thing we did was go to Bluehost and register our domain. We didn’t even need to set up a WordPress page first, which is the platform we use, since Bluehost does all that for you. Bluehost’s basic price is $3.49 a month, which works for 99% of people (note: readers at The Minimalists can use this link receive a 50% discount off the monthly price and a free domain). Then, we did a simple free install of WordPress through Bluehost. When we had questions we were able to chat with the “live chat” folks at Bluehost for free; they pointed us in the right direction and made the set-up super easy. Theme. A good theme gives you the look and feel you want for your blog, allowing you to design your blog exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder (we certainly weren’t), then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. Plus, once you purchase a theme, which are inexpensive for the time they save you, you own it for life. A theme has two halves: the framework (the bones) and the Child Theme (the beauty): Framework. There are several WordPress theme frameworks on the market, but Genesis is without a doubt the best and most flexible choice. Genesis is the first half of your theme. Many themes merely handle the aesthetics of your new blog, but Genesis provides a necessary foundation for your Child Theme. Simply go to StudioPress and purchase the Genesis Framework. Child Theme. After you get your Genesis Framework, you’ll want to find the right Child Theme (which is just a silly way to say “blog design”). The Minimalists uses the beautiful “tru” theme, which is available at BYLT, the Genesis Community Marketplace. Head on over to BYLT, browse their carefully curated collection of themes, and find the design that’s right for you. Modify Your Blog. Once we had our domain, hosting, WordPress, and theme, we spent a lot of time tweaking the theme to get the look and feel we wanted (i.e., making our vision a reality). Then we spent even more time tinkering with the theme and arguing about it and tweaking it some more. We also set up a free Feedburner account so people could subscribe to our site via email and RSS subscriptions. And then we established a free

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Sushi Bowls with Sriracha Mayo

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7 Creative And Effective Ways To Make Money

  7 Creative And Effective Ways To Make Money <img src="http://cdn-media-1.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2013/12/7-Creative-And-Effective-Ways-To-Make-Money-On-Twitter.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="7 Creative And Effective Ways To Make Money On Twitter">   There are plenty of ways to make money online,

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Sunset and Summer: Strawberry Honey Banana Creamsi

Sunset and Summer: Strawberry Honey Banana Creamsicles   strawberry, honey and banana creamsicles Summer has settled in over the last couple of weeks, brilliant clear skies and ever-lengthening dusks. Water parks have opened for the season and county fairs abound. I’m dressing Isabelle in t-shirts and shorts so I can enjoy her chubby arms and legs before they lengthen and thin away into little-girlhood.   sunset celebration weekend One very warm (shall we say hot)weekend we made it down to Sunset’s Celebration Weekend in Palo Alto. This yearly event has the magazine throwing open its doors for the public to visit its gorgeous, California ranch-style campus, see food demos, get home and garden inspiration from exhibits and talks, and enjoy some wine and music. Basically, a great kickoff to the summer festival months. sunset’s outdoor kitchen Sunset’s amazing outdoor kitchen where they were serving up pizza from their wood fired ovens. Total envy for this gorgeous space. Fabio’s cooking demo Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani does a cooking demo for an adoring crowd.  Water fountain play Kids found plenty to amuse them; here they turned a fountain display into a toddler water play area. It was toasty hot – could you blame them?

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Cultivating Gratitude – A Guided Journal for a Pos

Cultivating Gratitude – A Guided Journal for a Positive Mindset   Take a Fun and Colorful Journey with Author Beth Bunchman!     Cultivating Gratitude: A Guided Journal for a Positive Mindset  by Beth Bunchman Call me honey because I am on a big roll. I am in the midst of a great string of books that I’ve been sent to review on Self Help Daily. One after the next, they’ve just been exceptional. It makes it kind of tough to review them, actually, because I want to devote enough time to each one. I also worry about them getting lost in the rush of reviews – which is why I take care to “group” reviews of different books within the same time frame. Today’s book is (I reasoned) a perfectly beautiful one to close out the week with. I resonate with this book – from the colorful cover to the entire attitude and vibe, this book and I are simpatico and, I have a feeling, it’s beautiful author and I would get along famously. From the Back Cover: Write, doodle, & brainstorm your way to a positive mindset. In this journal you will focus on nurturing and nourishing your mindset for greater overall health and happiness. Within these pages you will find thought-provoking journal prompts, ample space for writing or drawing, and numerous garden-themed doodles for coloring. You can plant seeds of gratitude, grow your gratitude garden, and watch your life landscape begin to shift in just minutes a day. Benefits of this gratitude practice may include: improved sleep, stronger immune system, greater optimism, decreased anxiety and depression, higher quality relationships, and a sense of community. While the title of this colorful, upbeat book is, “Cultivating Gratitude,” I think it could have just as easily been “Cultivating Happiness” – truth be told, there are so many wonderful names it could call itself. However, in the end, the one it goes by is probably the best because

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Clarins Autumn 2016 Make Up

  Clarins Autumn 2016 Make Up   Clarins Autumn 2016 Make Up Clarins Autumn 2016 Make Up Instead of a nude toned palette, this year, Clarins are giving us four quads of nudes – each designated to a particular eye colour. I think this is really helpful – not all nudes are the same and not all nudes are a good tone match for either complexion or eye, so the fact that it’s all been sorted out first is very handy. I also think that the shadow formula has been given an upgrade. I seem to remember last year’s Clarins palette being a bit dry and dusty, where as these formulas are anything but. They’re beautifully velvety and blend to perfection. The first palette, above, is 03, Brown.

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Soothe Your Skin

  PRESENTED BY AVEENO Natural Remedies To Soothe Your Skin Oppenheim Bernhard via Getty Images If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, you’ll know how irritating it can be to try and find that perfect remedy. From nasty side effects, to astronomic prices, caring for sensitive skin can be a minefield of research, trial and error, and downright frustration.  Luckily, some of the best remedies are provided by mother nature herself. From aloe vera to oatmeal, we’ve had a rummage in nature’s bathroom cabinet for our favourite natural cures for soothing sensitive, sunburnt or irritated skin. Nenov via Getty Images Aloe vera juice Aloe vera has long been used to soothe skin and tame inflammation and can count Gwyneth Paltrow among its many modern day fans. Most people know aloe vera as an effective

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How To Prepare Yourself For The Perfect, Stress-Fr

How To Prepare Yourself For The Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation Dougal Waters via Getty Images ADVERTISEMENT #ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;} If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for another vacation before you’ve even finished unpacking your suitcase from the last one, it’s time to do something a little differently before you hit the road for this extra-long July 4th weekend. It sounds like extra work, having to prepare for vacation. But turns out, if we don’t take a few crucial steps, we’ll end up sabotaging our free time. Matt Richtel wrote for the New York Times last year about setting out to find a way to avoid what he calls “the seven-day trap” of a week-long getaway: “three days impatient to be relaxed already, two days actually being relaxed, and then two final days of dread before going back to work.” He didn’t mean reminding the boss you’ll be gone, leaving detailed documentation of who is covering what and emailing around your in-case-of-emergency contact information — although those are all good ideas. Richtel’s point was that a busy brain can keep you from fully relaxing, and that it’s nearly impossible to ask your mind to just cool it at the drop of a hat. In that spirit, here are some de-stressing steps to take to help you shift seamlessly from work mode to vacation mode — and back again. 1. Don’t stress about leaving things the way you’d like to come back to them. Maxim Zarya via Getty Images Maybe you’ve heard that a de-cluttered desk is a decluttered mind, or are in a constant battle to empty your email inbox. “Many of us stress about doing extra work before leaving in hopes of cutting down on the amount you have when you come back,” says psychologist J. Kip Matthews, vice president of Athens, Georgia-based AK Counseling and Consulting, Inc. “But it seems like there’s always a lot of work when you get back,” no matter how you prep, he admits. While some people might benefit from a little prep work beforehand, it won’t make re-entry easier for everyone, says Teri Bourdeau, clinical associate professor at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences. For others, the prep only adds more stress, says Matthews. “Focus and prioritize

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Chicken Caesar Wraps

Chicken Caesar Wraps These Chicken Caesar Wraps make a really lovely and quick light supper or lunch for those days that its just to hot to cook, or when you are lacking in time and inspiration.  Wit a bit of salad on the side, you have a delicious meal that  is  really very simple to make.   They're also perfect to take on picnics or as a brown bag lunch for either work or school. They make a big change from the normal sandwich and are very healthy, especially if you choose to use

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45 Ways To Live Life To The Fullest by Jon Platt

45 Ways To Live Life To The Fullest Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. – The 14th Dalai Lama Do you feel like you’re “sleep-walking” through life? Do you wish you had more freedom? Do you wish you had more adventure? Do you wish you had more time? Do you wish you had more love? Do you dread Monday mornings? (Photo: Charles Haynes) Are you still trying to figure out how to live life to the fullest? If so, you’re far from alone. the sad thing is that most people go through life having never really experienced what life has to offer. What you need to understand is that everything holding you to a life you don’t want to live is a prison created by your own mind. That doesn’t mean you can just wish yourself into a new life, but it does mean that you can actively work towards living life to the fullest. Reading this article, you’ll find ideas you can put into practice to make your life better. Some of these ideas you’ll have heard before, some of them you’ll dismiss. Some of these ideas you’ll be able to put into practice right away, some of these might plant the seed for ideas you’ll put into practice for the future. Still others you’ll spend your lifetime working towards. Without further ado, here are 45 ways to live life to the fullest: 1. Create a bucket list and start checking things off. You will die one day, but before you do, experience as much of this world as you can. 2. Set goals and write them down. Set goals by month, year, 5 year, and 10 year periods. Know what you want to achieve for each stretch of your life, and make sure to look back and see if you actually made the progress you wanted. This list will constantly evolve and you won’t reach every one of your goals, but writing your goals down will make it more likely that you will achieve them. 3. Don’t live for others. Don’t choose your path in life based on the expectations set on you by others, whether its your parents, friends, or society in general. 4. Live for others. Don’t let others choose your path for you, but don’t choose a path that will hurt those around you. Its easy to get caught up in your own life, but if you don’t take care of those you love, what is it all for in the end? 5. Maintain an internal locus of control. There are 2 kinds of people, those who focus on what they can control, and those that focus on what they can’t. Don’t blame others for your own failure – there’s always someone out there who was dealt a worst hand that made more of it than you did. 6. Don’t complain. If you’re not happy with something in your life, you can complain about it, or you can actively work to change it. Which one will you choose? 7. Don’t be jealous. Not because its morally wrong, but because jealousy is a destructive emotion. Its also a symptom that you’re not living your life to the fullest – people who are fulfilled can celebrate other people’s success. People who aren’t fulfilled fill up their emotional void through negative emotions. 8. Don’t be a crab in the bucket. You’ve heard the expression “crabs in the bucket” – its the tendency crabs have for pulling other crabs back down, right when they’re about to climb out. When you break from the norm, you’ll get pushback from your loved ones. Its not jealousy – they genuinely care for us. But people living the life society tells them

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Disney's BFG

  Disney's BFG The Big Friendly Giant

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Hyundai Elantra Sports

    <img src="http://media.caranddriver.com/images/16q3/669366/2017-hyundai-elantra-sport-official-photos-and-info-news-car-and-driver-photo-669531-s-429x262.jpg" alt="2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport"> 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport The compact FWD sports sedan could be making a comeback.          Official Photos and Info                After a foreign-market tease, where the U.S.-market Elantra’s Korean twin gained a turbocharged Sport model earlier this year, Hyundai has finally unveiled the Sport headed for our shores. As you’d expect, just as our Elantra sedan is the same as the Korean-market Avante, our Elantra Sport is pretty much the same as the Avante Sport, and that’s exciting news if you’ve been eagerly waiting for a sportier Elantra. We’re not sure how many buyers are holding their breath for an Elantra with an injection of extra spice, but the Sport will slide in just below the hottest compacts, cars such as Volkswagen’s GTI, Honda’s forthcoming next-gen Civic Si, and Ford’s Focus ST. Okay, yeah, the Veloster Turbo is a sport-compact Hyundai already available to U.S. customers, but it’s weird-looking, has asymmetrical

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Easy Fruit Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

  Easy Fruit Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing Simply the best and easiest fruit salad! You can use fruits in season but the BEST part is the dressing!  

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5 Proven Ways to Generate Revenue From Facebook

5 Proven Ways to Generate Revenue From Facebook     What's This?   Facebook, with its 800+ million users, presents a huge opportunity for business. But the first question people ask is, "Can it really generate money?" If you've read any of the Facebook marketing case studies over the last year, you've seen examples of small business profits and boosts in ecommerce sales via Facebook sharing. If your business is ready to move toward Facebook profits, your next question should be: "What distinguishes profitable and unprofitable Facebook marketing campaigns?" First, consider your revenue model. What steps will get your users to buy? How do you attract their attention in the first place? What does the conversion funnel look like? And how does Facebook fit with the marketing channels that already work for you, like email, text messages and affiliate revenue? There are a number of strategies companies use to do Facebook business effectively. Let's look at five of them. 1. Advertising-Based Ecommerce Marketers can leverage the massive reach and highly customizable targeting of Facebook's ad platform. They can create ads that take clickers straight to an ecommerce site, bypassing fan marketing entirely. The ads-direct-to-websites option is often overlooked, but can be immediately profitable. If you're not 100% sure about committing to the time and creativity required for fan marketing, then test direct-to-site ad traffic first.   For example, Vamplets.com, which sells plush vampire baby dolls, achieved a 300% ROI on ecommerce sales in its

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Are You Ready for Mr Nice Guy? 8 Signs You’ve Foun

Are You Ready for Mr Nice Guy? 8 Signs You’ve Found Him         Why is it that women seem to gravitate more towards the bad guys? We state we want a guy that will rub our backs, pick up groceries, help with the kids, and even be handy around the house, but when that guy comes along…we run the other way. Instead of opening up your arms to a quality man, you find yourself more willing to invest your time with someone who’s the complete opposite of this. Somehow you’d rather put up with the headache, stress, and strain of being in an unhealthy relationship… but why? Are good guys intimidating? Are good guys boring? Do good guys lack backbone? Do you NOT have a good idea of how you deserve to be treated? Do nice guys turn you off? Or, do you simply not have a CLUE what a good guy really is? Of all the mistakes women make when trying to find a long lasting relationship, I believe that letting a good man pass them by is at the top of the list. You can get so wrapped up in the superficial and the aesthetics of a guy, that you completely overlook the things that will matter most. Some women will say that “all the nice guys are taken”, others will say “they don’t exist”, but the truth is, there are very attractive nice guys out there waiting to sweep you of your feet. How Do You Know He’s a Nice Guy? I’ve certainly had my fair share of “posers”. In other words, guys who pretended to be nice in the hope of getting into my pants. Therefore, I understand

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Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches {with Video!}

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches {with Video!}   Hi guys! I hope you’re having an awesome spring-soon-to-be-summer. And where there is spring (and-soon-to-be-summer), there should be old-fashioned sugar cookies, ice cream and sprinklage! Recently, I chatted on Facebook live about working with Coral Tv

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Last Tastes of Summer with Upside Down Berry Cake

Last Tastes of Summer with Upside Down Berry Cake   With Fall just around the corner, now is the time to quickly get in those last minute desserts that utilize the fruits of the summer. A great one to do just that is this sweet Upside Down Berry Cake from Taste of Home. My mother made it as dessert after a ham dinner last week and it was the perfect finish to the meal. Light but full of flavor, this dessert tastes fabulous served with ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream. Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, halved 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 3/4 cup sugar 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry or strawberry gelatin 1-1/2 cups

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Blood Orange Margaritas {with Infused Tequila}

Blood Orange Margaritas {with Infused Tequila}   Welcome to our bar. If there’s one citrus I love during this time of year, it’s blood oranges. I’m such a fan, I use them in every cocktail I can think of during peak season. Of course, I also had to make some blood orange infused tequila so I could extend their life just a bit. Naturally, the first use for said infused tequila was a round (or three) of these blood orange margaritas. In addition to the infused tequila in these blood

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Follow by Jon Platt

Follow How Can I Get Started Investing in the Stock Market? Dear Lifehacker, I've built a decent amount of savings over the years and I'm ready to start investing some of it. I've heard I should put some in the stock market, but all I really know is how to look up a company's symbol. How do I get started investing? What do I need to know? Sincerely, Lost Exchange Dear Lost, You've already made a good move by asking first. While it's certainly possible (even easy) to make money investing in the stock market, it's also possible to lose really quickly if you don't know what you're doing. Before you take any action, do your research and wait until you're ready to dive in. As Warren Buffett says, investing is a no-called-strike game. That is, there's no penalty for not swinging. Some early investors may also not want to get involved in directly investing in stocks right off the bat. You can buy shares of mutual funds or ETFs which are essentially managed pools of money wherein another company invests in a wide variety of stocks and you get a portion of the returns. We'll come back to that, but first let's go over the basics of how individual stocks work and how you get returns on your investment. Learn Some Basic Terminology Most people are aware of a stock's price. Investors and analysts talk about a company's price going up or down on the market in a given day. However, out of context, a stock price gives very little information about the health or value of a company. To truly understand how well a stock is doing, you need to look at a variety of factors. For that, we need some definitions. Outstanding Shares - This refers to the total number of shares of a company held by all its investors. This number is used to calculate other key metrics like Earnings Per Share and Price to Earnings ratio. Dividends - Once a company reaches a certain level of stability and profitability, it can choose to start paying dividends. During a growth period, profits are usually reinvested in a company so it can grow more (which also benefits investors), but once growth stabilizes, a company can choose to pay dividends to shareholders. Shareholders can then choose to reinvest those dividends to get even more shares of stock. Earnings Per Share - This is the amount of money that a company earns per share of stock. It's calculated as a company's net income minus dividends on preferred stock divided by the average outstanding shares. So, if a company makes $50m and there are 18 million shares outstanding, then one share is worth $2.78 worth of the company's income.

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4 Steps to Monetize Your Blog Thro... by Jon Platt

4 Steps to Monetize Your Blog Through Affiliate Marketing WHAT'S THIS? BY LEYL MASTER BLACK

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Blog Your Way To Success With Empowr

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Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Every... by Jon Platt

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'           Sayer Ji, Founder Thanks to GreenMedInfo. This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic's pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists. Benefits of Black Seed The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt. Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun's tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300

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5 Creative Ways To Earn Money On I... by Jon Platt

5 Creative Ways To Earn Money On Instagram     In the past year, Instagram has become a real force to be reckoned with in the marketing world. Since January, it has gained 100 million monthly active users, with the total currently sitting at a hefty 400 million monthly and 75 million daily users. That’s pretty astonishing. So it’s no surprise that brands are now dedicating a substantial percentage of their social media marketing budget to this image heavy channel. So what does that mean for you? Well, now is the perfect time to cash in on its growing popularity. If you’re prepared to put in the time and commitment, you can easily find yourself in a position where you can start making serious money from your Instagram account. Still not sure what to do? No sweat! I’ll guide you through the main ways to cultivate an income through Instagram and make a name for yourself in all the right places. Ready? Then let’s begin. What You Need To Do First: Attract followers First thing’s first: what’s your following like? You should know from the start that most brands will expect a strong and loyal following in order to build a working partnership. If you’re lacking in this department, there are a few simple ways you can increase your amount of followers whilst building a professional look for your account. Fill out your bio with all the right information: This includes your contact information, what you post about and where you’re from. Add in a few keywords and even a couple of hashtags to ensure you’re easily findable by the right kind of followers. Something like: Beauty Blogger from San Francisco with a penchant for travel. Business inquiry: business@beautyblogger.com Post regularly: To grow numbers, you want to be posting several images every day… but be warned, don’t post all at once or this will actually work against you! If you can’t commit to that many posts, then just make sure you are publishing one quality photo every day. Take good photos: Which leads me to my next point! Make sure your images are of the best quality with attractive effects. There’s no point posting a weak image, so really take your time to make sure you are producing ones of the highest quality. (I'm currently using a Canon DSLR camera to take photos. You can buy one from Amazon (click here). Use relevant hashtags: It’s unlikely your images are going to travel very far without relevant hashtags. Familiarise yourself with the best ones to do with your field of interest and make sure you are including them in every single post. I am using the TagForLikes app for ideas and to save my custom ones. Engage with your followers: You cannot expect all interaction to come directly to you. Make time every single day to engage with your followers or anyone involved in your industry by commenting on and liking images. If you communicate with authentic content, people will be drawn to check out your account and, hopefully, join your loyal rank of followers. Okay, so you’ve boosted your follower count – sweet! Now it’s time to start making money. How-TO: Make Money on Instagram 1. Affiliate Marketing Affiliate marketing is basically when you promote a product and get paid per sale. You’ll often see bloggers doing this with sidebar banners promoting their partners (affiliates), or even

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Discover The £5 Solution to a Wrinkle Free Face -

Discover The £5 Solution to a Wrinkle Free Face - ALL EXPOSED TODAY! Various sources across the internet have exposed a HUGE celebrity secret to erase wrinkles - without botox or surgery!   How do Hollywood starlets look so radiant and youthful well into thier 40's, 50's, and even 60's? Is it always expensive botox and dangerous plastic surgery? According to various sources, the answer is NO! So if they aren't all using surgery to stay looking great, what is their secret? Keep reading, it's excitingly effective, safe, and cheap!   A high profile doctor has been giving advice to clients (rumoured to include celebrities) to look 10 to 15 years younger fast, but are scared of the potential risks of surgery or botox. Many online sources have expressed suprise over how shockingly simple, cheap, and effective his technique was! Read on...   “Countless aging celebs are reported to have admitted they avoided surgery and look 20 years younger thanks to the simple advice.” The Best Skin Solution You’ve Never Heard Of   The wrinkle secret has been reserved for high paying celebrity clients...until now. Consumers have reported throwing away thousands of dollars on expensive anti aging products or dangerous surgical procedures that make big promises that often do far more harm than good. As a result, a few weeks ago this simple solution was shared!   This anti aging miracle was reportedly found when multiple celebrity friends and clients were constantly reaching out to a high profile doctor hoping for a solution to look younger to prolong their career without going in for surgery.     “She looked 15 years younger in literally 2 weeks!”   The doctor was reported to have been thrilled when after months and months of pain staking tests and research, his team came across 2 products that when combined supposedly took 10 to 20 years off women’s appearance in just a month. More shockingly it is safe, and costs next to nothing to try! The two products are Retinolla Skincare Formula and Revoluxe Gold Serum.   “This is the anti aging miracle of the decade as far as I'm concerned.”     So what is it?   2 Key Ingredients For Anti Aging:   1. Vitamin C 2. Hyaluronic Acid These are both natural ingredients that work together to erase wrinkles and fine lines at the cellular level – below the surface of the skin – which is why they’re so effective.   Vitamin C, The Fountain of Youth: The first piece of the anti aging puzzle discovered was Vitamin C. "Vitamin C is the secret to cheat your age” Vitamin C penetrates deep into damaged skin and stimulates new collagen – a protein which makes skin appear plump and firm. It's all the rage in beauty circles, much in part because of a 2009 study stating, applying non-prescription Vitamin C to your skin caused a large reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. This is why

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10 easy ways to make quick cash

10 easy ways to make quick cash By Jasmine and the Moneymagpie team     Want to make quick cash right now? Check out our ten top ways to make money fast, with the least amount of effort possible. Perhaps you’re looking for easy ways to make money online from the comfort of your sofa, or perhaps you want to make sure your credit report is accurate and up to date so you can get the best deals. Here are our 10 easy ways to make quick cash, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for weekly quick-cash-making and money-saving ideas.   Make money with Toluna Toluna is a great site to join up to. You not only earn points which you can later redeem for fantastic prizes, but you also have the opportunity to get free goodies. Toluna have loads of products they need to have tested, such as hair gel and lip balm, so if you sign up you can get new things every month. Right now, for example, they’re getting people to test out men’s hair gel and some glossy lip balm.  Sign up to earn points and get freebies today. Claim your FREE money-making email & eBook today Sign up for FREE to our Make Money Newsletter and every Tuesday we’ll send you the inside tips YOU need to succeed. Grab hold of our expert cash advice and run with it – it’s been created with the sole purpose of making you quick cash. What’s more, each issue also contains a lot of special bargains designed to save you cash, PLUS every new subscriber receives a FREE copy of  our ‘8 Ways to make £80 in an hour’ eBook. Not yet a newsletter member? Become part of our team today and discover what you’ve been missing.   Make quick cash selling your things Make quick cash from your junk today! Clear your cupboards and your debts and quickly see how to make money by selling your old books, CDs and games. A survey by Swapgame  found that we could be debt-free as a nation if we sold our £1.8 billion of unused computer games! We have a few article here that can help you get started: Make Money Selling old Books, CDs, DVDs and Video games Make money on eBay  How to make money on ASOS marketplace We even have a video on

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Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes

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Rainbow food: do you want to eat in technicolour?

Rainbow food: do you want to eat in technicolour?        © Provided by The Telegraph You might remember the Skittles adverts of old. The technicolour sweets have been around for almost 40 years, encouraging us to ‘Taste the Rainbow’ with their tropical, sour and wild berry flavours.     The rainbow cake, a layered tower of fun and birthday cheer, has also been a long-term

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Here's What Caffeine Actually Does To Your

Here's What Caffeine Actually Does To Your Body   Replay Video         3 Quick and Easy Summer Drinks for Kids

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Ice cream that will never melt no matter how HOT i

Ice cream that will never melt no matter how HOT it gets invented just in time for summer     

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Scientists create glasses-free

Scientists create glasses-free 3D for the movie theater 

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Who will die in the new season of Game of Thrones?

Who will die in the new season of Game of Thrones?            

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Top Tips for Creating an Established, Profitable W

                 Top Tips for Creating an Established, Profitable Website           Creating an established, profitable website can take a lot of time and effort. Providing you have the time and money to plug into it, you could end up with a successful site if you’re consistent. This will take months, at least. Perhaps even years. You obviously want your site to realise its full potential in the quickest amount

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Chocolate Cake Balls with Strawberry Frosting

Chocolate Cake Balls with Strawberry Frosting   I intended on making these cake pops, but then I couldn’t find lollipop sticks. Instead I invented the cake unpop! It’s not like the stick adds that much anyways. Never mind the stick, the important parts of these Chocolate Cake Unpops with Strawberry Frosting is the the fudgey chocolate cake and the fruity, tart strawberry frosting. Oh, and there aren’t any dates in these chocolatey treats either. You may not care, but that makes me very happy.

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Nothing to Sneeze At: Self-Help for Allergies

Nothing to Sneeze At: Self-Help for Allergies   By Christy Johnson, Ph.D.   Got allergies?  Hay fever?  Unfortunately we are learning from many news sources (Time, CNN, Huffington Post, etc.) that climate change is lengthening allergy season so the need for relief is increasing.  Closing windows and doors helps

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How To Start Your Own Business by Jon Platt

How To Start Your Own Business Starting your own business is one of the most powerful ways to take control of your life and make extra money month after month. You can start with just a few hours a week. And best of all, you get to choose your hours, pick projects you find exciting, and meet interesting people. With the help of the step-by-step systems you’ll find here, you can start getting clients faster and boost your earnings when you want to. I’ll even show you how to build enough steady income that you can quit your day job, if you want to. I’ve covered how to make more money elsewhere on this site. Right here, I’m revealing the advanced strategies behind launching a successful business that gives you the freedom to share your skills with the world — and create something people will pay you for, even when you aren’t working. These are the same techniques I’ve spent over a decade and a million dollars refining. I’ve gathered over 1,000,000 data points while creating 15 different products that cost anywhere between the price of a latte to over $12,000… and I’ve helped over 1,000 students launch their own businesses, too. You’ll learn the systems, strategies, and shortcuts I only dreamed of having when I started out… so you can launch faster and earn more. Of course, all the business-building knowledge in the world isn’t very helpful unless you have the right psychological mindset and tools. That’s why I’ve invited some of the world’s leading experts on time management, productivity, and work/life balance to share their best secrets with you. Now – the #1 requested IWT topic of all time: How to start an online business   How to start an online business – 3 things you need to know I want to show you the truth about starting a successful online business. Unlike unscrupulous marketers whose entire business is creating ebooks about creating ebooks, I’ve spent years teaching over 100,000 readers how to live a rich life — automate their finances and get out of debt, find their Dream Jobs,negotiate better salaries, and finish tasks they’ve put off for years. Why do my students keep coming back? Why do they buy at a rate 1,235% higher than prospects? And how do I still have a refund rate much lower than the industry standard, despite a generous money-back policy? I’ll share how I do it — and how you can, too.

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How to Start a Profitable eBay Business With £50!

How to Start a Profitable eBay Business With £50! Can you really start a profitable eBay business with less than £50? Yes, you can and in today’s blog post I’ll guide you through the exact system you can use to create a real business on eBay with a tiny starting budget! Quite often I get emails from people who want to start selling on eBay but they’re out of cash. Literally. People who have lost their jobs or students who are simply students! I almost always recommend that they start with the Used Goods concept as that’s the only business model on eBay where you can turn a decent profit WITHOUT investing huge amounts of money buying wholesale stock. If your budget is at least £500, I recommend you check out these two concepts instead: Best products to sell on eBay How to Start an eBay Business on a budget But if your budget is smaller than that, stick with me as in this guide you’ll learn exactly how to start selling on eBay and more importantly – make profit from day one! We’ll get into more detail on how this concept works in a minute, but for now let’s just get clear on what you’ll need to run this system: An eBay account A PayPal account (if you haven’t done so already, you need to upgrade to a Premier account) £50 (you can start with less, but £50-£100 is ideal) 1-2 hours a day to spend on this project (or more if you like!) Basically that’s all you need to make this work! If you’re totally new to eBay and your account has no feedback, I recommend you get some feedback before you start selling anything. People are very wary of buying anything from an account with 0 feedback! It’s really not worth it to start selling with 0 feedbacks when you can easily get 5-10 feedbacks in a few hours’ time. The easiest way to get this done is by buying some cheap stuff on eBay in the first place. I’m talking about £0.99 items with free shipping. Just make 5-10 purchases and get your first 5-10 feedbacks. You can purchase some presents, household goods OR even stuff you’ll need for your business. For example: paper, shipping labels, envelopes or jiffy bags – all in small quantities just to get you going. I’d say 5 feedbacks is the minimum to start selling but if you can stretch it to 10, that would be much better. Many sellers will leave automated feedback when you make payment OR when you leave positive feedback for the seller. So what you want to do is simply buy the item, make payment and leave positive feedback straight away. In the vast majority of cases you’ll get positive feedback automatically. On the rare occasions that this doesn’t happen, simply contact the seller and ask them to leave feedback for you. Here is a sample message that you can use for this: “Hi XYZ, I recently purchased this item from you and have left you positive feedback. I would be most grateful if you could do the same for me. Thank you, Andrew Minalto” You don’t need anything more complicated than that! Sell off unwanted items from your house! Once you have 5-10 feedbacks from buying cheap items from other sellers, you’re ready to start selling yourself! You’ll have to upgrade your eBay account to a Seller’s account (free) if you haven’t done so already. eBay will simply ask you to verify your identity, ask how you’ll pay your eBay fees and what payment methods you’ll accept. This process will take just a few minutes in total. When you’re done, it’s time to start listing your first items! But before you do, there’s one more task you need to take care of – you have to learn how to create listings that sell! Don’t be put off by how daunting this sounds – there’s no magic involved here and listing creation is something that anyone can do. I have actually put together a complete guide to walk you through the process, which you’ll find here: Anatomy of a Perfect eBay Listing. Listing creation skills will be crucial to your success with this system, so don’t skip this step! Learn how to create good looking listings – it won’t take you more than an hour or so. Once you create your first listing, then you can simply duplicate that listing for all the other items you sell. If you take decent product pictures, use eBay listing template from Spicy Auction Templates & format it following my guide, you simply can’t go wrong here. It’s a simple copy and paste process. Speaking of product images – don’t be too concerned here about image quality. Sure, it goes without saying that you want GREAT images BUT you don’t need professional equipment to make it happen. Even a decent, modern smartphone with a good camera is okay to use. Product photography is very important for all eBay sellers, especially if you’re selling used goods (people are less sure about the condition) so I’ve written an extensive guide on every aspect of product photography which you can find here: Product Photography Guides But remember, you’re selling USED products in this system, so no one expects PRO quality images! Most importantly – I DO NOT recommend using any stock images (images from Google etc.) with this system! You want your customers to see the EXACT item that’s for sale. Not some fancy stock images! Okay, so once you have mastered the art of creating listings that sell, you can actually start selling! To get some practice, start with unwanted items you can find around your house. Stuff like: Anything that is gathering dust on your shelves will be perfect for this task! The main idea here is to get you some experience before you move onto selling money making items. PLEASE NOTE! If you’re already selling on eBay or have done it before, there’s no need to execute this step. You can start off directly with money making items. The main goal for this step is to: Improve your listing creation skills; Earn more feedbacks. But if you already have an established account with at least 30-50 feedbacks AND know how to take good pictures and create listings, you can skip this step completely and move onto… The System The idea behind the Used Goods Concept is very simple – you buy undervalued used items on eBay and sell them back on eBay for a healthy profit. First, you have to understand what an undervalued item is. eBay is a massive marketplace where millions of people buy and sell on a daily basis. A large number of the sellers are professionals (like you and me), but most of them are actually “normal people” who use eBay to get rid of their old stuff – unwanted games or a movie they only watched once. They’re the people and listings we’ll target in this eBay business concept. To make this more visual, let’s take a real life example and go through the steps you need to take to make this system work. Let’s imagine you have £50 you can invest in this business. For that money, these are the kind of items you’re looking for: Video Games Blu-rays, DVDs Toys Clothing Mobile Phones Tablets Handbags, accessories Sports Equipment Other similar items In a word – you’re looking for used items that can be purchased for less than £50. If you’re good at or have knowledge about a specific category of goods, choose that! It’s always easier to work with items you know a lot about, and it will make the buying/selling experience much easier. But even if you don’t have “expert status” in any of these categories, you can still make this work with simple goods such as video games, movies or toys. For our example, let’s pick video games – one of the most suitable category of goods for this system. First of all, this market is massive. Secondly, new games/versions come out on a regular basis and many people just put their used games up for sale on eBay. What you do is simply check Amazon or any other large online video game shop and pick one popular game to start your research. It can be any console and any game, not just the latest releases. I picked Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS4 for this example. Now, my task is to determine the TRUE market value for this used game. The first step in this process is to get some invaluable data for our item using… Terapeak What is Terapeak you may ask? It’s the world’s most popular and feature-rich eBay research tool. With the help of Terapeak you can easily check a product’s price, competition, total sales, best listing format and much more! If you’re serious about starting an eBay business, even if it’s just a hobby for you, I strongly recommend you get a Terapeak subscription as without it, you’ll simply be wild-guessing about the potential of ANY product and this basically means gambling with your money on products you have no real idea about at all. So if you haven’t done so already, sign-up for Terapeak (a 7 day free trial is available) and check out some of my tutorials so that you can use it to its full capabilities. Okay, now back to our system: Login in to your Terapeak account and do a search for the game you’re interested in, in this example: Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS4. In Terapeak, make sure you have: Enabled the USED filter (so that results are displayed only for used games) Narrowed down results to the most suitable category (in this case Video Games & Consoles > Games) Click the magic GO button and wait for the results! What we’re looking for here are: Average Price (in my example it shows £25.96) Sell-Through Rate (in my example it shows 91.30%) Total Sales (in my example it shows £5605) IF the sell-through rate is below 50%-60%, drop this item and look for a different one as it’s quite difficult to sell an item with a sell-through rate of less than 50%. Ideally this number should be in 60%-80%+ range. The sell-through rate is VERY IMPORTANT as it tells us how much demand there is for this item on eBay. A 90% sell-through

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Rainbow Lemonade Sangria

Rainbow Lemonade Sangria Recipe by Cheeky Kitchen                              Prep Time20 min Total Time30 hr 20 min Servings12                    Rainbow Lemonade Sangria   Lemons are soaked in neon color for 24 hours, then frozen until firm and served in Mason jars full of sweet white sangria. A perfect party punch your guests will ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh’ over! Ingredients 1 cup water                                                                                                   1   (2.7 oz.) box Betty Crocker™ neon gel food colors                                                                                                   4    lemons                         

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Amazon Lets Customers Call Out Grocery Orders

Amazon Lets Customers Call Out Grocery Orders The Dash device can be used like a dictaphone to add items to an online basket, and is now available in parts of London.   Amazon's Dash stick is available to customers in parts of London now.

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Disney Could Track Park Guests Using Their Feet

Disney Could Track Park Guests Using Their Feet   The system would let Disney build up a picture of what rides, shops and shows pique visitor interest throughout the day.   Disney could use the system to track guests in its parks

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How To Make $500,000 A Year On Twitter

How To Make $500,000 A Year On Twitter   UberFacts founder Kris Sanchez has turned his addictive Twitter feed into a wildly lucrative business. But not everyone's buying it. <img src="//d.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/1280/poster/2014/10/3036880-poster-p-1-how-to-make-500000-a-year-on-twitter.jpg 1440w," alt="" class="poster"> [Photo Illustration: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company, Rubber Duckie: Flickr user Daniel Rothamel, Crying Boy: Flickr user Michael Bentley, Whale: Flickr user Biodiversity Heritage Library, Money: Flickr user Tony, Wolf: Flickr user Matt, Britney Spears: Flickr user Rhys Adams, Beer: Flickr user Tambako The Jaguar, Girl Crying: Flickr user E. Ream Photography] Nicole LaPorte                                                       Kris Sanchez is tapping furiously on the screen of his iPhone 6. "It gets harder"—-tap, tap, tap—"and harder as you go," he says, staring intently at the sleek appliance. "You have"—tap, tap, tap—"less time."   Kris Sanchez It’s a blindingly sunny morning in October, and Sanchez, founder of the uber-popular Twitter account UberFacts, is sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe in Beverly Hills showing me a feature on the about-to-be-released UberFacts Android app. (An iOS app already exists.) He's playing a game called UberTap, in which you try to tap the screen a certain number of times within a certain number of seconds. Say, 80 times in 10 seconds. It’s mindlessly addictive (wait—what about 100 times in 10 seconds?), and has absolutely nothing to do with the weird, Ripley's Believe It Or Not-type trivia that has made UberFacts one of the most powerful brands on Twitter. "I really want to give people a variety of things to do," Sanchez says, pushing up the sleeves on his dark green leather jacket to reveal a small tattoo on his wrist that says "wealth and prosperity" in Chinese characters (the other wrist says "love" also in Chinese characters). The 23-year-old former dancer—he studied theater in high school and was among the hundreds of dancers who performed at the Microsoft Kinect launch in 2010 in Times Square—is wearing jeans and purple high-tops. His dark hair is cut in a thick Mohawk, the tips bleached the color of burnt caramel. "I want people to be able to do more than just read facts all day long." Of course, the greater public's love of doing just that is what has made Sanchez one of the top 100 influencers on Twitter, as well as one of the richest. By spewing out tens of thousands of the most "unimportant things you’ll never need to know," as the UberFacts Twitter page cheekily pronounces, Sanchez has accumulated over 7 million followers since launching the account in 2009 when he was a bored college student at SUNY New Paltz. ("Total hippie town, drum circles. I only went there for a year.")

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Vegan Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cake

Vegan Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cake   There are not many sugary things I have met and not instantly hit it off with. Naturally sweet or not-so-naturally sweet–I’m usually a fan. But there is one exception that comes to mind: cotton candy. Do you know where the inspiration came for inventing cotton candy? Me either. But I’m guessing it was those little balls of fur and dust and fuzzy stuff that inhabit the 2 inches of darkness between the couch and the floor. Dust balls. Dust bunnies. Call them what you wish, every house is home to at least a few. Those of us with pets have double the population usually. But it’s those little buggers that ruined cotton candy for me. They are all I can think about when I put that stringy sweet stuff in my mouth. Nope, no thank you. I’ll take my sugar in a more normal texture please. Aren’t you glad I painted that lovely picture of dust bunny mouthfeel in your head? And on that note, I want to assure you that there is no actual cotton candy in this cake. However, with these two vibrant colors there was no more perfect name for this 5 layer frozen frosted cake feast. So for color and fun factor, it will still be called a Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cake. Raise a Pint Recipe Contest When Alisa from Go Dairy Free asked me if I wanted to be a part of the #RaiseAPint recipe contest hosted by So Delicious, of course I said yes in about negative 2 seconds! Come up with a crazy over-the-top dessert recipe using my favorite ice cream? Heck yeah! I knew I wanted to use So Delicious Creamy Cashew Cashewmilk Ice Cream because its my favorite vegan ice cream. I’m also a big fan of Cocowhip because it tastes just like cool whip only vegan. And cool whip and I go way back. So then all that was left to figure out was the over-the-top part… One thing Instagram has taught me is when you want to make things pop and shine, color is the way to go. Lots of color. And layers. And ice cream now that I think about it. People seem to be drawn to cold, creamy, complex, and colorful. Pitaya is one of the brightest fruits, so I knew that pretty pink puree had to be

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Top 5 Supplements for Good Health

Top 5 Supplements for Good Health #article div.mainColumn p { margin-bottom: 5px; } #article #contentColumns div.mainColumn img {padding-bottom:20px;} .article-author { padding: 10px 0 15px 0; }     1) Multivitamin Even healthy diets contain nutrient gaps. Thankfully, you can count on a daily multivitamin to help fill in those gaps and provide your body with some valuable nutritional insurance.† Gender and age-specific formulas make the right multivitamin choice for your specific needs even easier. 2) Fish Oil If oily/fatty fish like salmon and anchovies are not a part of your regular diet at least twice a week, then it may be worthwhile to supplement with fish oil—a source of the heart healthy

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Smoked Salmon Pizza with Caramelized Onions

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How to Sleep Smarter, Not Necessarily Longer

How to Sleep Smarter, Not Necessarily Longer   I want to talk about one of my FAV things in the world: Sleep. Seriously. I. Love. To. Sleep. Just ask my husband. He used to get annoyed by it… but over the years he’s learned to love all of me. My favorite birthday present is the chance to sleep in. At first Ryan thought I was joking, but I wasn’t. I was dead serious— give me sleep or give me no presents. So every year on my birthday, Ryan takes the kids out of the house in the morning and I stay in dreamland until my body decides it’s time to get up. No alarm clock. No noises. Just me and my bed on this lovely day. The truth is: Sleep is essential to a healthy, happy YOU! Yet that doesn’t mean we need to hibernate like a birthday bear. We just need to sleep smarter so we can reap the benefits. Ya ready? Raise your hand if you… • Struggle to fall asleep once you lay down at night • Feel tired no matter how much you sleep you get (or caffeine you drink) • Wonder if you’re ever getting enough sleep Last week, I read an article about the importance of quality sleep and how everyone needs a different amount to function at their peak. Wait…what? You mean the standard 8 hours of shut-eye that has been ingrained in us since childhood may not be right for everyone? And there are things we can do on a daily basis to help promote quality sleep? #gamechanger HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED? We all have different individual sleep needs. There are some lucky ones among us who can get away with 5-6 hours of sleep a night (I am definitely not one of them!), and others who need 10-11 hours to get through the day without feeling fatigued. Most of us though, need somewhere between 7-9 hours a night to function at our peak.

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Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of dia

Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease   Could a doctor's visit one day result in a prescription for chocolate? According to a new study, it is possible. Researchers suggest that consuming a small amount of chocolate every day may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Eating chocolate every day could lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, say researchers. Study co-author Prof. Saverio Stranges - visiting academic of the University of Warwick Medical School, United Kingdom, and scientific director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) - and colleagues publish their findings in the British Journal of Nutrition. Chocolate is often perceived as a treat that should only be enjoyed from time to time. Given its high fat and sugar content, this is no surprise; overconsumption can lead to health problems, such as tooth decay and obesity. However, studies are increasingly suggesting regular, moderate chocolate consumption may yield significant health benefits, particularly when it comes to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has the highest cocoa content, which means it has the highest levels of

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How this Family of 4 Traveled the World for $130 a

How this Family of 4 Traveled the World for $130 a Day By NomadicMatt   It’s been a long time since we’ve had a blog post on family travel on this website so today, I’m excited to introduce to you Cliff from Live Family Travel. His San Francisco based family spent ten months traveling the world on a career break. They homeschooled and enrolled their kids in schools overseas, spent time with family, saw the world, and bonded as a family. And, they did so, on a budget this nomad is impressed with. Today, Cliff is going to share how his family did it – and advice for other families looking to do a big round the world adventure. My dream of taking my family on a world tour began in Nicaragua in the summer of 2012 with my two daughters, who were three years old and six months old at the time. Most people thought my wife and I were crazy to go to Central America with two little girls. But, for three weeks, we relaxed at the beach in San Juan del Sur, rode horses through the countryside, and hung out in the bustling town of Granada. It was an experience we vowed to repeat. Over the next couple of years, we traveled together to various destinations, including Puerto Rico, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala. We enjoyed these short trips but, the more we traveled, the more I wanted to go longer – I wanted a year-long trip around the world. In 2015, that dream became a reality as we spent 10 months traveling in 10 countries. But to make that happen we needed to be creative with how we saved and spent our money. How We Saved Money and Budgeted for Our Trip My family lives in one of the most expensive areas in the world: Silicon Valley outside San Francisco, California. Housing prices are extremely high and the overall cost of living is higher than most cities in the United States. I worked as a marketing manager in technology companies while my wife took care our two daughters. After our trip in Nicaragua, we decided that we would make family travel a priority in our lives. From July 2012 to December 2014, we saved approximately $40,000 USD, which equates to $1,333 USD per month. Saving that much money on one salary in one of the most expensive areas in the world was not easy. It took some crafty saving skills, but here is what we did: I worked freelance jobs. I earned extra money for work on short-term marketing projects, in addition to my full-time job. Now with the on-demand gig economy, there are many great options to earn extra money, including Uber, Lyft, and Wonolo. We refinanced our mortgage. With a lower interest rate for our home mortgage, we saved over $500 USD per month. I reduced my 401(k) and 529 contributions. Instead of putting all of my savings into my retirement account and my daughters’ education accounts, I decided to reallocate about $500 USD per month to our travel funds. We reduced our spending. We cooked most meals, capping our food budget at $1,000 USD per month. We also stopped buying unnecessary electronics, clothing, and toys, limiting our discretionary spending to $500 USD per month. By earning more, spending less, and reallocating a portion of my savings to travel, our travel budget gradually increased to a point where we felt comfortable enough to take time off to travel the world. But in order for this trip to really make financial sense, we needed to do something about our house while we were away. We did this by renting our house with a family found through Craigslist. Thankfully, this area is in demand and after accounting for our mortgage, insurance, and taxes, we were making $500 USD per month profit from

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7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Ac... by Jon Platt

7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Achieve Better Success in Life   By Christina DesMarais                 CREDIT: Getty Images

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Facts And Myths About Acai Berry

Facts And Myths About Acai Berry by Shabir Daya Increasingly, more and more people are starting to experience the health-giving benefits of superfoods such as Goji berries, Noni fruit and Acai berries. A superfood can be defined as a food that offers superior nutritional value for the amount of calories it contains. Acai berries are considered one of the top superfoods, generally due to their incredible antioxidant properties, and are said to have numerous other health benefits. Unfortunately this has resulted in numerous supplement manufacturers and distributors making outrageous claims about the wonders of this berry. Whenever a product becomes popular, as Acai has, false claims seem to pop up everywhere. But before I investigate these, let’s find out more about Acai. Acai berry is a dark purple colour fruit which is similar in shape to a grape. These berries grow in huge clusters near the tops of palm trees, which grow in the Amazon rain forests. Each Acai berry contains just 10% fruit and pulp and a large seed, which has no benefits, so harvesting this fruit is laborious since the tree has no branches and each cluster of berries needs to be cut and brought down manually in order to preserve the fruit and pulp. Acai evolved from obscurity of the rain forests into the cities of Brazil where it was mixed into health-giving smoothies. Surfers and sports people claimed that it boosted their energy levels. Finally scientists latched onto this and found that Acai did indeed have some beneficial properties.  The benefits of Acai The taste of Acai berries is often described as a fruity red wine flavour with chocolate overtones. They are highly perishable and therefore should be consumed within 24 hours. Within the nutritional pulp and skin,

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Home by Jon Platt

  Home What is Mindfulness? Uses Research Teachers Resources Neuroscience Events Evidence base <p><img src="http://analytics.mrsite.co.uk/piwik.php?idsite=84345" style="border:0" alt="" /></p>       What is mindfulness and how is it practised?   An Introduction to Mindfulness    Have you ever started eating a snack bar, taken a couple of bites, then noticed all you had left was an empty packet in your hand? Or been driving somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Most people have! These are common examples of "mindlessness," or "going on automatic pilot." In our modern, busy lives, we constantly multi task. Its easy to lose awareness of the present moment as when we become lost in our efforts to juggle work, home, finances, and other conflicting demands. As humans we are often "not present" in our own lives. We often fail to notice the good things about our lives, fail to hear what our bodies are telling us, or poison ourselves with toxic self critism. Human minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future. Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism can have

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Mediterranean Kale Salad

    Mediterranean Kale Salad You will find that I have minimal kale salads on the site. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that I’m lazy. The whole process of massaging and letting kale sit with some lemon juice feels like too much of a process for a simple salad. By the time all of that happens, I could have made and eaten a salad that used easy greens. However, I’m slowly coming around (it’s only taken me six years), primarily

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What does being 'British' mean to you?

What does being 'British' mean to you? Ava Vidal looks at the differences between 'British' and 'English' and how different people relate to them  .newGigyaShare { display: none !important; }       217             0

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The age gap between you and your partner dictates

The age gap between you and your partner dictates how long your relationship will last   © Provided by Mirror Along with love, death and heartbreak, the concept of age has spawned countless well-known sayings. "Age is just a number", "act your age, not your shoe size", and, "a man is only as old as the woman he feels"(we assume this also applies vice versa). Age gaps in relationships are fascinating to

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What time is Olympic Games opening ceremony for Ri

What time is Olympic Games opening ceremony for Rio 2016 and how long does it go on for? By Jasmine Johnson & Michael Cantillon    The range of starting times is vast. The ceremony starts at 20:00 in Brazil, 01:00 in Denmark and 11:00 in Fiji The dress rehearsal took place on Sunday with Rio residents getting a little taste of the action What time does the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony start? The Olympic Games curtain-raiser begins at 20:00:00 local time on Friday 5 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. For times elsewhere around the globe, see below. Follow the Olympic Games opening ceremony with Rio2016.com Where does it take place? At the famous Maracanã, officially the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho. The stadium will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and the decisive matches of the men's and women's football tournaments (both finals and one semi-final in each). The iconic venue was modernised for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and can hold 74,738 spectators. Where can I watch the show? It will be on TV where you are, (unless there's a delay like in the US), but Rio2016.com will be covering the event live on its live blog from 14:00 local time on Friday. Check back in. We'll have a ton of lovely things to tell you about. Who is responsible for the show's creation? Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles and producer Daniela Thomas have created an opening ceremony with a budget which is a tenth of Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony. Meirelles, who directed the wildly successful Brazilian movie City of God, said: "I'm very glad we're not spending money like crazy. I'm happy to work with this low budget because it makes sense for Brazil."  How long does the opening ceremony last? For just over four hours. There will be dancing, lights, fireworks, some history, some celebrites... Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen will make an appearance at the Maracana (Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro) Then the Parade of Nations begins, starting with Greece then, in (Portuguese) alphabetical order, all the other countries. The Refugee Olympic Team are the penultimate participants with Brazil bringing up the rear. Expect the biggest cheer of the night for them. And some samba!  How can I best follow Rio 2016 on social media? Facebook facebook.com/rio2016 Twitter  English: Rio2016_en (twitter.com/rio2016_en) Spanish: Rio2016_es (twitter.com/rio2016_es) Portuguese: Rio2016 (twitter.com/rio2016) Vinicius Mascot: ViniciusRio2016 (twitter.com/viniciusrio2016) Tom Mascot: TomRio2016 (twitter.com/tomrio2016) Instagram - Rio2016 (www.instagram.com/rio2016/)  Snapchat - Rio2016    Weibo (China) - weibo.com/5917680267/ What are the exact opening ceremony start times across the world? Country Code Country Time Time Zone GMT AFG Afghanistan Saturday, August 6, 03:30:00  AFT GMT+4:30 ALB Albania Saturday, August 6, 01:00:00  CEST GMT +2 ALG Algeria Saturday, August 6, 00:00:00  CET GMT +1 ASA American Samoa Friday, August 5, 12:00:00  SST GMT-11 AND Andorra Saturday, August 6, 01:00:00  CEST GMT +2 ANG Angola Saturday, August 6, 00:00:00  WAT GMT +1 ANT Antigua and Barbuda Friday, August 5, 19:00:00  AST GMT-4 ARG Argentina Friday, August 5, 20:00:00  ART GMT-3 ARM Armenia Saturday, August 6, 03:00:00 AMT GMT+4 ARU Aruba Friday, August 5, 19:00:00  AST GMT-4 AUS Australia: Sydney Saturday, 6 August, 09:00:00 AEST GMT+10 AUS Australia: Adelaide Saturday, 6 August 2016, 08:30:00 ACST GMT+9:30 AUS Australia: Perth Saturday, 6 August 2016, 07:00:00 AWST GMT+8 AUT Austria Saturday, 6 August 2016, 01:00:00  CEST GMT+2 AZE Azerbaijan Saturday, 6 August 2016, 03:00:00  AZT UTC +4 BAH Bahamas Friday, August 5 2016, 19:00:00  EDT UTC-4 BRN Bahrain Saturday, 6 August 2016, 02:00:00  AST GMT+3 BAN Bangladesh Saturday, 6 August 2016, 05:00:00  BST GMT +6 BAR Barbados Friday, August 5 2016, 19:00:00  AST GMT-4 BLR Belarus Saturday, 6 August 2016, 02:00:00  MSK GMT +3 BEL Belgium Saturday, 6 August 2016, 01:00:00  CEST GMT +2 BIZ Belize Friday, August 5 2016, 17:00:00  CST GMT-6 BEN Benin Saturday, 6 August 2016, 00:00:00  WAT GMT+1 BER Bermuda Friday, August 5 2016, 20:00:00  ADT GMT-3 BHU Bhutan Saturday, 6 August 2016, 05:00:00  BTT GMT+6 BOL Bolivia Friday, August 5 2016, 19:00:00  BOT GMT-4 BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina Saturday, 6 August 2016, 01:00:00  CEST GMT+2 BOT Botswana Saturday, 6 August 2016, 01:00:00  CAT GMT+2 BRA Brazil: Ilha Fernando de Noronha Friday, 5 August 2016, 21:00:00 FNT GMT-2 BRA Brazil: Rio Friday, 5 August 2016, 20:00:00 BRT GMT-3 BRA Brazil: Manaus Friday, 5 August 2016, 19:00:00 AMT GMT-4 BRU Brunei Darussalam Saturday, 6 August 2016, 07:00:00  BNT GMT+8 BUL Bulgaria Saturday, 6 August 2016, 02:00:00  EEST GMT+3 BUR Burkina Faso Saturday, 6 August 2016, 23:00:00  GMT GMT BDI Burundi Saturday, 6 August 2016, 01:00:00  CAT GMT+2 CAM Cambodia Saturday, 6 August 2016, 06:00:00 

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Going for gold! Meet Team GB's glamour squad who a

Going for gold! Meet Team GB's glamour squad who are set to get pulses racing at the Rio Olympics The 2016 Olympics officially kick off with tonight's opening ceremony  This year's cohort include a cosmetics model and a selfie-loving sprinter Tennis champ Heather Watson loves nothing more than a sultry Snapchat While heptathlete Katarina Johnson Thompson said of a recent fashion shoot for Dulux: 'Glamming up was a whole new experience for me' By Unity Blott       All eyes will be on Rio's Maracanã Stadium tonight for the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony, which has already been tipped to be the 'sexiest ever' with a special appearance from Gisele Bündchen. And as Team GB look to top the 47 medals won at Beijing 2008, some of the squad's top sportswomen will no doubt attract almost as much attention for their gym-honed physiques as their athletic prowess thanks to their sizzling social media accounts. Among the glamorous athletes waving the flag for Great Britain this year are gun-toting teen from Berkshire, an Olay model and a selfie-loving sprinter. FEMAIL meets the new cohort of Team GB poster girls set to get pulses racing this year. AMBER HILL SHARE PICTURE   Copy link to paste in your message   Skeet shooter Amber Hill, who will celebrate her 19th birthday this month, described herself in a recent Daily Mail interview as a ‘typically girly teenager’ with a penchant for pink Amber recently developed her own range of pink cartridges (she gets through 500 a week) which she hopes will encourage more women to get into sport Skeet shooter Amber, who will celebrate her 19th birthday later this month, described herself in a recent Daily Mail interview as a ‘typically girly teenager’ with a penchant for pink who calls her gun her 'baby'. In fact, she recently developed her own range of pink cartridges (she gets through 500 a week) which she hopes will encourage more women to get into sport.  Amber, who hails from Berkshire, has been shooting since the age of 10 - but is also proving a hit on social media with her fun-loving photos, showcasing her jet-setting lifestyle as well as her love of reality TV. Glamorous Amber Hill shows off her shooting talent in Malaga         LIVE MinimizeExpandClo Copy link to paste in your message               The een has been shooting since the age of 10 - but is also proving a hit on social media with her fun photos, showcasing her jet set lifestyle, as well as her love of reality TV She often shares post-workout images, showing off her toned abs as she does five gym sessions a week - although she also reveals she also loves to treat herself to a slice of cake Each of Amber's Instagram snaps attract hundreds of comments from besotted fans who gush that she is 'sooo beautiful' and beg her to follow them back She also often shares post-workout images, showing off her toned abs as she does five gym sessions a week - although she also reveals she also loves to treat herself to a slice of chocolate cake.  And it seems her followers can't get enough of her snaps, with each post attracting hundreds of comments from besotted fans who gush that she is 'sooo beautiful' and beg her to follow them back. HEATHER WATSON Tennis champ Heather Watson has been grabbing headlines this summer after her star turn at Wimbledon, partying with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Rita Ora Heather loves nothing more than a sultry Snapchat selfie. The 24-year-old has been kicking back in Florida where she's teased her fans with glamorous poolsside snaps Heather (with partner Henri Kontinen) kisses her trophy following their victory in the Mixed Doubles Final at Wimbledon last month, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look on The 2016  mixed doubles champion has been grabbing headlines this summer after her star turn at Wimbledon, partying with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Rita Ora.  Since then, the 24-year-old has been kicking back in Florida where she's teased her fans with glamorous poolside selfies. She's been lauded for her fashion credentials of late, recently turning heads on the red carpet in a beaded black gown with a racy thigh-split and a summery lilac mini dress. Guernsey-born Heather's recent sporting victories have seen her racking up the party invites.  Heather Watson dives into pool after early morning workout

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World Wide Web Celebrates 25th Anniversary

World Wide Web Celebrates 25th Anniversary It has changed the lives of millions of people around the world, and today the web marks 25 years as a publicly available service.   The WWW has changed the way people interact all over the world                        By Richard Suchet, Sky Reporter It's the place where we can communicate without speaking, where we can meet people we might never have crossed paths with, where we can shop and bank and watch movies. It's an easily accessible repository of mankind's knowledge. It's almost hard to believe what the World Wide Web has become in just 25 years. British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee It was made publicly available on the 6th August

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Thousands Strip Naked To Go Blue In Hull

Thousands Strip Naked To Go Blue In Hull Life models gather at dawn to pose a series of art installations to celebrate the city's relationship with the sea.  

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Why everyone is obsessed with this Japanese model

Why everyone is obsessed with this Japanese model   

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Make Money With Google AdSense by Jon Platt

Make Money With Google AdSense                                                                                                    AdSense is great, and if you want to learn more about it read on. But you should know, I actually make more money with affiliate marketing than AdSense. click here to sign up for my 5-star course. What is Google AdSense? How Much Can You Earn? Creating Your Site for AdSense How to Join Success Tips Best AdSense Themes Not Making Much Money? Not Getting Approved? Getting Disabled From AdSense Why Earnings Change AdSense Infographic AdSense Alternatives What is Google AdSense? AdSense is one of the most convenient ways to make additional money from your website. All you do is copy some code into your site to display the ads, and you earn every time someone clicks. You may also earn from impressions in some cases. All this is derived from a program they call AdWords (pay per click marketing). You often see these ads displayed above the free/organic results and along the right side of the page on Google.com. These are called Sponsored Results, and the advertisers are paying a certain amount of money per click for these ads. AdSense is your revenue share from AdWords ads. When someone clicks, you earn roughly 68% of the click and Google gets the rest. AdSense is an auction-based system that allows advertisers to compete for those spots. Whomever has the highest bid and most "quality" ad, gets the top spot and so forth. It's a great program that can help drive additional income to your website, and it's really best for websites that are mainly content driven. The more content you have, the more Google can get a sense for what your site is about and better match the ads to your website. Please make sure you read this entire article. AdSense is not a get-rich-quick scheme and it takes a lot of work to make money. Don't think that just because you join, you are guaranteed to make big money.   How Much Can You Earn With AdSense? The commission you receive per click depends on how much advertisers are paying Google for the particular ad. You will earn a share of that amount.  I've heard of earnings anywhere from 2 cents to $15 per click. Getting over $1 is probably very rare, although it does happen from time to time. However, you will find that most of your earnings will be on the lower end of the spectrum. It's important to note that I cannot estimate how much you will earn based on your traffic. People always want to know what the average amount is per click. No one knows the answer to this except Google, so don't let anyone try to tell you any different. It would be impossible for myself or any AdSense publisher to give this information because the ads all cost different prices and we have no idea what advertisers are paying. However, there are some niches that obviously pay more. So it is logical to believe that keyword phrases like sex, make money, etc. may earn you more per click since these are highly competitive keywords that are searched for quite a bit on   The more competitive the search term, the more the advertisers pay and the more you earn as a publisher. Even though Google will not reveal how much you are earning for each ad that is clicked from your site, you can still login to your account at any time and see the total amount of revenue you've generated that day, week, month, year, etc. For example, if you see that you've made $12.60 today from 9 clicks then you can calculate that your average click-thru commission was $1.40 per click.  That's as detailed as their stats will get.  Also remember, that's only an average.  You won't know how much each specific ad brought in. The amount you'll earn also depends largely on the amount of targeted traffic you receive to your own site, how well the ads match your audience's interests, the placement of the ads on your pages, and of course the amount you receive per click. Ideally, you should create a site on a topic you know a lot about.  That way you'll have a much easier time creating

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What is Resveratrol? by Jon Platt

What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a natural compound found in red grape skin, Japanese knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum), peanuts, blueberries and some other berries. It is a powerful antioxidant produced by some plants to protect them against environmental  stresses. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are believed to be the cause of aging. Japanese knotweed is the plant source with the highest resveratrol content. A large amount of resveratrol is produced in the skin of grapes to protect the plant against fungal diseases  and sun damage; therefore wine has higher levels of resveratrol compared to other natural food. Overall, red wine contains small amounts of resveratrol, less than 1 to 2 mg per 8 ounces of red wine. However, red wine has more resveratrol than white wine because red wines are fermented with the grape skins longer than white wines. Hence, many of the antioxidants including resveratrol that are naturally present in the grape skins are extracted into the wine. Resveratrol is also present in the seeds and pomace of grapes. Grapes grown in humid environments tend to have more resveratrol than grapes grown in more arid environments. The theory behind this phenomenon is that grapes grown in humid environments produce more resveratrol in order to fight  damaging fungus (i.e. grapes grown in arid environments do not need to produce as much resveratrol to survive). Resveratrol has been hypothesized to be responsible for low rates of heart disease in the French population compared to other populations, in spite of the fact that they have many risk factors including a high fat diet, smoking and consumption of high amounts of coffee. All of these are known contributors of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks. In theory, this benefit in the French population is due to the consumption of moderate amounts of red wine, which is a source resveratrol. Other ingredients in wine or other factors may contribute to longevity seen in the French. Resveratrol is available as dietary supplements from red wine extracts, grape seed extracts and Japanese knotweed extracts among others. Most supplements on the market are derived from Japanese knotweed because this plant has one of the highest concentrations

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I produdly present

I produdly present.....to the celebration of RIO 2016....a flashback to....   THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES OPENING

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Waterbom Bali: Still The #1 Waterpark In Asia

Waterbom Bali: Still The #1 Waterpark In Asia By Erin & Josh Bender   As the Python abruptly regurgitated our stiff bodies into the iridescent blue pool, our expressions of wide-eyed jaw-gaping astonishment melted into infectious giggles. Quite possibly we had just enjoyed one of the best waterslides in the entire world, and we’d done it as a family. I am not sure how many times we have been to Waterbom, but it never gets old. The first time would have been over a decade ago, back in 1999, and most recently in January 2015.  The Viper – an intertwining, twisting waterslide Before this year we had visited back in 2012 when we kick-started this blog and our epic nomadic journey (you can read about here). But we were pleasantly surprised with the substantial changes in the park over the last three years, transforming from one of our favourite waterparks, to one of the best in the world (according to TripAdvisor).    Exclusive Discounted Waterbom Tickets! Here's an insider tip: buy your ticket securely online via Klook (recommended) and receive a US$3.20 instant credit by using their mobile app (iOS, Android) and code "WX2Y3" (via "Mine" > "Promotions" inside app).   So What’s New? As I write this, 3 slides have been torn down to make room for 4 newer, faster and taller slides which will open in the first half of 2015. Say goodbye to Smash Down, Race Track and the Boogie Ride. It’s okay, I didn’t like those ones anyway, even if Josh did. Haha! Later this year Waterbom plans to open the first Flow Rider (stationary wave pool) in Bali. Yay! Those are so much fun. While we were in Bali we took the chance to try the new slides that have been launched since our last visit. The Python – This was a family favourite and is one of the widest waterslides in the world (with segments up to 6 metres in diameter). 3 to 4 people ride in a circular tube through a twisting, funky yellow-and-pink slide to splash down in a shallow pool. Lots of screams of delight on this one.    Green Vipers – One of Waterbom’s newer rides, this slide utilises the latest generation fiberglass materials. The Green Vipers start at a lofty 19.62 metres in the air with an ultra fast and silky smooth ride. 

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19 Amazing Airline Travel Hacks You'll Need for Yo

19 Amazing Airline Travel Hacks You'll Need for Your Next Flight              1. Get extra Wi-Fi time by rolling back your computer’s clock. Via Fly.com If an airport gives you an hour of Wi-Fi, make two hours out of it by rolling back the system clock before the first hour is up.   2. Keep your kids occupied during a flight with gel window clings. Via Holly’s Art and Crafts Corner  Like stickers, the fun might wear off sooner than you’d like, so we suggest packing a few sets. 3. Breeze through security by picking the checkpoint farthest to the left. Via The Denver Post Lines to the left tend to be shorter. Studies show most people are right-handed and are more apt to head right in security lines. Do the opposite and get through security faster.     4. Watch movies from your phone by turning your sunglasses into a makeshift stand. Via The Huffington Post   5. Make layovers fun for kids by packing an inflatable beach ball. Via Armelle Blog This is a great option when there’s no airport play area and the kids need an outlet for their energy, especially before a long flight.   6. Keep your luggage fastened with zip ties. Via

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How to keep your skin looking younger and boost co

How to keep your skin looking younger and boost collagen production You might not know what it is, but collagen production is key when it comes to keeping your skin looking young, plump and wrinkle-free   Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity. When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself. But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south. Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production... 1. Up your vitamin C intake for young skin Orange juice A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels. “Vitamin C is crucial to the ­formation of collagen - without it amino acids can’t be linked to form the protein,” says dietitian Jo Travers from thelondonnutritionist.co.uk. “Good sources are red pepper, dark green leafy veg like broccoli and sprouts, tomatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit.” Skincare that contains vitamin C is also thought to encourage collagen repair (it’s usually listed on the label as L-Ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate or ascorbyl phosphate). We like Liz Earle Skin Repair ­Moisturiser,

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Get Inspired: How to get into Gymnastics

Get Inspired: How to get into Gymnastics     Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Max Whitlock demonstrates different exercises for you to try at home Fast Answers Why get into gymnastics? Gymnastics helps to improve your flexibility, balance and co-ordination as well as boosting concentration. Who is it for? From toddlers learning motor skills to adults looking for a fresh way to workout, everyone can get a kick out of learning gymnastics. Is there a cheap option? Whether it's bouncing on a trampoline, doing cartwheels or hanging from monkey bars, you can work on your gymnastics for free! What if I want a proper workout? Gym-fit classes are a great way to combine gymnastics with traditional fitness classes to give you an all-round workout. Can I take it to another level? Once you join a British Gymnastics affiliated club, you'll be supported every step of the way by expert coaches. Is there a disability option? Mainstream gymnastics sessions can be adapted to include people with physical or learning disabilities. Find out more below. Is there a family option? Help your children unleash the natural gymnast inside them by attending pre-school gymnastics sessions. So where can I take part? Go to our Activity Finder to get into gymnastics near you. Useful links British Gymnastics  Scottish Gymnastics  Welsh Gymnastics  Gymnastic Northern Ireland  English Gymnastics  Some people do gymnastics just to improve their physical condition, others enjoy competing in regional, national and international competitions, but by far the biggest reason is the fun factor. You'll find clubs in almost every town and city across Britain, running sessions for every age and ability and British Gymnastics  have a tool to help find the perfect gymnastic activity for you. Read on for information on all different versions of the sport. Aspire to be like: Max Whitlock Men's artistic gymnastics Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. How to get into men's artistic gymnastics Your muscles flex, your heart pounds, you tuck into a spin and go for the perfect dismount. Men's artistic gymnastics  is all about strength. Club sessions are designed to help you learn the six activities that make up the sport (the floor, the pommel horse, the rings, the vault, the parallel bars and the high bar). Then, as you get to grips with the core skills, you'll learn to perform powerful routines full of exhilarating moves. Women's artistic gymnastics Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return

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THINGS TO DO IN BALI, INDONESIA - THE ONLY TRAVEL

THINGS TO DO IN BALI, INDONESIA - THE ONLY TRAVEL GUIDE YOU NEED!              Feeling overwhelmed with planning your Bali itinerary? Look no further! Here is my personal travel guide for you, with tips on things to do and where to stay in Bali... How to describe Bali in a few words? Imagine lush vegetation, endless rice terraces, white and black beaches, world-class surfing, ancient culture, countless temples and volcanic mountains. And all of this can be found on one tropical island: Bali. Tell me about any other island that has as much to offer as this paradise island! Tough call.           Bali became so popular because it has something for everyone. You'll find all kinds of travelers there, from the backpackers who travel all across Southeast Asia, the spiritual yogis, luxury travelers, families, divers, surfers...   They all come to Bali, mainly for one reason:  It's an excellent value for a good price, and the variety that Bali has to offer is unlike any other tourist destination in the world.   But Bali isn't perfect. The island has been overrun by mass tourism over the past years. The good news is that Bali is a huge island, it takes over three hours to drive from the southern tip to the North. You can still find less touristy spots in Bali and enjoy a laidback lifestyle far away from the crowds.     Let me take you on a virtual trip. If you have no time to read the whole article, give me at least three minutes of your attention and check out our video above. It's all filmed in Bali, made with love and it will give you a good impression of Bali within seconds. You can thank me later... :)       Top Things to do in Bali   Still there? Awesome. Let's get into the details! I spent in total six weeks on the island. During my trip to Bali I visited Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Ubud and the island Gili Air (the last one is not part of Bali anymore, but it's easy to reach. More on that later).   Let's talk about activities and sightseeing in Bali, what to see and where to go. Bali is a huge island with an endless list of places to visit and things to do. If you're traveling to Bali for the first time and aren't sure where to start, this list might be helpful.   Without further ado... Here are the best things to do in Bali - I hope you'll include some of them in your Bali itinerary...     01 | GET LOST IN THE  ANCIENT TEMPLES OF BALI   Believe it or not, but there are thousands of temples in Bali. You don't need to visit all of them, but make sure to explore a few of these peaceful places. The most impressive temples are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Saraswati, Bedugul, and of course the Besakih temple, the holiest of all of them. Dress modest and cover your knees and shoulders when visiting the sites.     02 | TREK A VOLCANO BEFORE SUNRISE    There is nothing more magnificient than reaching the top of a volcanic mountain and witnessing the sunrise! If you're in a good shape and physically fit, you should hike one of Bali's volcanoes. You can't get closer to heaven.     There are four volcanoes in Bali: Mount Agung, Mount Batur, Bratan, and Mount Merbuk. Keep in mind that all of them are active, it's highly recommended to go with a guide. The most beautiful one is Mount Batur, with breathtaking views over a caldera lake. You can reach the top (1.717m) within a 2-hours hike.       03 | EXPLORE THE ENDLESS RICE TERRACES OF BALI   Bali wouldn't be Bali without the lush rice terraces in all shades of green. You can find rice paddies with breathtaking panoramic views all over Bali, most in rural areas around Ubud. The most famous rice terraces are the ones in Tegalalang, a half hour north of Ubud.      I recommend to hire a motorbike and drive yourself to the rice terraces. The ride itself will be amazing. You'll get the most spectacular views during sunset or even better, during sunrise. Come as early as possible to avoid the crowds. The pictures above were taken at Tegalalang, early in the morning before 6 AM. Was it worth it to get up that early? You bet...     04 | LEARN SURFING IN KUTA   When people think about Bali, surfing is one of the main reasons to visit this island. Bali offers world-class surfing opportunities, but it's also one of the most affordable places in the world to learn surfing. The waves in Kuta are perfect for beginners, as they break over soft sand, not corals.    There are plenty of excellent surf schools along Kuta Beach that offer professional lessons. If you're on a budget, just walk along the beach and you'll meet local guides who are happy to teach you how to surf for a small fee. Advanced surfers should check out Uluwatu, Canggu and Nusa Dua for the perfect wave.    

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James Cameron's Deep-Ocean Dive, Diagrammed

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Visiting Thailand: A First Time Visitors' Guide

Visiting Thailand: A First Time Visitors' Guide A first time visitors guide to Thailand including specific travel tips on when to go, what to do & city tips for Bangkok, Chiang Mai & the islands Posted by Adam Gotta love that skyline! Bangkok is always impressive. This week I’m in Thailand for the first time in three years. THREE YEARS! I’m here on an OUT Adventures group trip which is giving me the chance to rediscover everything I love about amazing Thailand. Plus see more than a few places and have more than a few experiences that I somehow missed on all my previous holidays in Thailand. Revisiting one of Southeast Asia’s most touristic countries, I realize how big of a tourist destination this country is. For many, Thailand is the beginning of many Asia backpacking and travel adventures. I still remember when I landed in Bangkok the first time, I didn’t experience as much of a culture shock as my new-found friends along Khao San Road. That’s not to say that the noises and smells of Bangkok didn’t strike me — but it was all a bit less than I was originally anticipating. Thankfully, this is a country that’s full of exciting and interesting surprises but it’s also all very approachable. Give credit to the famous Thai smile & service for that. Thailand is a beautiful country and if you’ve only got a two-week holiday, there’s unfortunately a lot that you’ll miss out on. Below, though, you’ll find a beginner’s guide to one of the easiest, friendliest and most gay-friendly destinations in Asia.   OUT Adventures is a gay-owned tour operator and travel agent. I’ve known about the Toronto-based company for years and this is the first time I’m getting to experience one of their small group tours. Their travel philosophy is a good one: adventures, responsible tourism and a lot of fun! If you don’t believe me, check their Instagram feed to see what typical tours look like. Visit Out-Adventures.com to learn more about their package gay tours in destinations around the world and look out soon for my full review of the gay tour experience.   A First Time Visitors’ Guide to Thailand Thailand Travel Tips If you’ve only got so much time in Thailand, there are a few hotspots you’ll want to check out. With more time, there are plenty of other cities and locations to visit across the country, but for a two-week itinerary that takes in as much of Thailand’s diversity as possible, plan to hit up Bangkok, Chiang Mai and an island in the south. Remember: Thailand is a big country and offers a huge variety of destination types. From the world-class city of Bangkok to the mountainous natural wonders in northern Thailand and the relatively pristine beaches of the south, Thailand has a bit of everything for everyone. For a two week trip to the Land of Smiles, it’s easy to get a sample of the best of each. When to Visit October to April is the tourist high-season. Over the summer months you’ll experience the rainy season and hot, hot, hot weather. But then again — you can also get bargain deals on tours and hotels. If you plan your trip around some of the more interesting festivals and holidays (Loi Krathong, or the Lantern Festival, in October/November and Songkran in April), then you’re sure to have an amazing cultural experience. Read about my trip to Thailand during Songkran here. One of Bangkok’s top tourist attractions is the Grand Palace. On your way to visit, you might be stopped and told that it’s closed, but don’t trust these tuk-tuk drivers! It’s a popular travel scam. Trust

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Salted Caramel Brownies by Jon Platt

Salted Caramel Brownies Dessert  doesn’t get any better than this. Pssst! Short on time? Try the quick and easy version of this recipe here!   These are every bit as rich, decadent, and indulgent as they look. A super thick and fudgy brownie filled with chocolate chips topped which a sticky layer of salted caramel. If you’re into ooey, gooey, and fudgy– you do not want to miss out on this recipe.   I mean, really. Stop what you are doing and make these brownies.     Ok. Let’s talk about this recipe.   It is so, SO, so easy. I simply used my current favorite homemade brownie recipe (from these Triple Decker Bars) and a jar of caramel sauce sprinkled with sea salt.   I adore this brownie recipe. Which says a lot, because anyone who knows me knows that I am a box-mix-brownie girl. But these brownies? I’d pick these over a box mix. Let’s talk about what makes them so thick and fudgy… basically, it comes down to using a few really good ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, CHOCOLATE, a little bit of cocoa powder to intensify the flavor, and a little flour.   The proportions of the ingredients are really important to the fudginess of these brownies. You’ll see that compared to the amount of flour there is a LOT of butter

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The Best Activities You Can Do To Reduce Stress An

The Best Activities You Can Do To Reduce Stress And Calm The Mind       Stress and anxiety

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Foolproof Ways To Increase Your Energy Levels

Foolproof Ways To Increase Your Energy Levels          

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How to Get 10x More Traffic Without Spending a Dim

How to Get 10x More Traffic Without Spending a Dime on Advertising     This is a guest contribution from John Stevens of Hosting Facts. If you want tons of traffic, you better be ready to pay for it, right? Not true. Besides the obvious – share content on social media, connect with influencers, invest in SEO – there are dozens of clever hacks you can implement to get more traffic for free. In this post, I’m going to share 7 unusual tips you can use right away on your blog to get more traffic and shares, without spending a penny on advertising. 1. Turn your images into an imgur.com album, and share it on Reddit If you’re like most bloggers, you probably share your posts to a relevant sub-reddit, collect some upvotes and call it a day. But what if I told you that you could get twice, even thrice the traffic through a simple hack? Here’s how: by turning your blog posts into Imgur.com albums. Imgur, for the uninitiated, is an image hosting site founded by a redditor. It is now one of the fastest growing websites in the world, thanks in no small part to its close integration with Reddit. More importantly, Imgur has evolved into a platform of its own with a thriving community where people shares images and albums. You can use this to your advantage by turning your blog posts into images and sharing them on both Reddit and Imgur. This tactic works due to two reasons: You get traffic from two sources – Reddit and Imgur’s user-submission gallery. Redditors are more likely to upvote an Imgur link than a link to a website. Imgur, for instance, consistently ranks as the most submitted domain on Reddit. Here’s an example: the site KickAssFacts.com frequently turns its list of factors into visual albums and shares them on Imgur and Reddit. This album earned close to 350,000 views: Follow the steps below to use this method. Step #1: Turn blog posts into images Start by turning your blog posts into images. Not every blog post would work with this tactic, but if you work in any consumer-focused niche – say, cooking or photography – you’d be right at home. This template from KickAssFacts is a good place to start – an illustrative image with white text and a black outline. You should be able to do this MS Paint or any other image editor of your choice. If you’re not comfortable with image editing, you can even simply use images and write your content in the image description box on Imgur. This album of photography tips is a great example: This tactic works best with list posts. Thus, if you have a blog post about “7 Lighting Tips for Photographers”, you would turn each of these 7 tips into separate images. Do remember to add a watermark to your website URL at the bottom of each image.: Step #2: Turn images into an album First, make an account on Imgur.com by clicking here. After you’ve made an account, sign-in and click on “Upload Images” in the navigation menu. On the pop-up screen, click on “Browse Your Computer”, then select all the images you made in step #1. Make sure to select “Create an album” and click on “Start Upload”. Once you’ve uploaded the images, click on “Edit image titles or descriptions” in the right sidebar. Here, you can add sources or text to each image. If you’re making a claim, it helps to add a source. It’s also a good idea to include a link to your website at the bottom of the last image in the album. This way, people who’ve seen your album can click on the link and check out your site.

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How to Train Like an Olympian

How to Train Like an Olympian   Whether you just want to shed a few pounds, run a marathon, or be the best you can be in your sport, these 5 strategies used by Olympians can help you reach your ultimate goal.   Olympic athletes not only have natural talent, dedication, and drive, but they devote a great majority of their lives to their sports so that they can be the best in the world. An Olympic athlete must train hours each day to perfect their skill and maintain their amazing physical condition. As a matter of fact, the aspiring Olympic athlete spends an average of 8 hours a day, 7 days a week training their body and their mind. To have that amount of dedication and drive, there are specific physical and mental strategies that Olympic athletes use. So with the XXX Olympiad just around the corner, today’s episode is the first in a two-part series that is going to teach you how to use 10 different Olympic athlete strategies in your own training, whether you just want to shed a few pounds, run a marathon, or be the best you can be in your sport. Here are the first 5 strategies: How to Train Like an Olympic Athlete Strategy #1: Build a Foundation   Olympic athletes can train over a decade to reach their long term goal of winning a gold medal! While you can’t reverse the clock and start training as a toddler to reach your personal goal, you do need to build a solid fitness base. And depending upon your current fitness level, that can take as long as 6-12 months. This is a step that is often skipped by many who jump straight into a heavy

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BUDGET CHICAGO: EXPLORE AND SAVE

                     BUDGET CHICAGO: EXPLORE AND SAVE   Visiting Chicago on a budget? No need to come home broke with this 2-day Chicago sightseeing itinerary that packs in free (and cheap!) things to do in Chicago.       Are you looking for free things to do in Chicago? Going sightseeing with a budget in mind is easy to do. Here is the skinny on ways to see Chicago on the cheap. From two days that cover everything from a wallet-friendly beer tasting to free neighborhood tours, to top tips on how to save money in Chicago — plan your stay with this guide.   DAY 1   MORNING/AFTERNOON ❏ Wander around the palms and ferns at the free Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest and most stunning in the nation. ❏ Go behind-the-scenes at the Goose Island Fulton Tap Room on a 1-hour brewery tour and tasting (three drink samples, plus a souvenir beer glass, for $12).   EVENING ❏ For dinner, head to Exchequer Restaurant and Pub in the Loop for award-winning pizza and ribs. ❏ Late in the evening after the last show (except on Fridays), enjoy free improv on the famous stage of The Second City. This Chicago original has an incredible list of alumni (Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray among them) so its worth the trip just to walk the hallways plastered in their photographs. ❏ Sleep well at the Best Western River North Hotel. With its central location, indoor pool, free wifi and one of the cheapest on-site parking prices for a downtown hotel, this is a great budget bet.   DAY 2   MORNING ❏ Grab breakfast to-go at downtown Intelligentsia Coffee. This cult-coffee chain has expanded beyond Chicago and is known for its pioneering philosophies... as well as its thoughtful preparations. Grab a sip and pair with a fruit or pastry from the snack case.   AFTERNOON ❏ Schedule a free Chicago Greeter visit (10 days in advance), requesting interests such as African American Heritage or LGBTQ Chicago, or choose from more than 40 interests and 25 diverse neighborhoods. Schedule at ChicagoGreeter.com.   EVENING ❏ Stop at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park for a sunset photo op. The stunning skyline-reflective sculpture (better known as "The Bean") is a sightseeing-must and the entire park is open to the public daily, no admission fee. ❏ For dinner, have Italian beef and crinkle cut fries at Portillo's. This classic combo will only set you back about $8 but leave you stuffed!   Bonus: 7 Money Savers   If you don't mind sleeping in a dorm and sharing a bathroom, staying at a hostel is on-trend. Hostelling International (HI), in the heart of downtown, offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast and linens. Lincoln Park's Chicago Getaway Hostel has many of the same amenities, but also offers some private rooms with bath.

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This $14 Billion Man's 3 Simple Ways To Make Money

This $14 Billion Man's 3 Simple Ways To Make Money From Stocks   While many know of Warren Buffett, another incredibly rich man is happy to share how he's made his billions in the stock market.                                          Source: Flickr user Pedro Ribeiro Simões.     Want to make money in the stock market? One man worth billions shares the simple answer to his success. Ray Dalio. Source: www.insidermonkey.com via Flickr. A man you've never heard of  Warren Buffett has long extolled the value of patiently saving and investing in a low-cost index fund to prepare for retirement. But those who want to invest in stocks can learn from another man who is also happy to share his wisdom. Ray Dalio manages Bridgewater Associates, with $165 billion at its disposal, and he himself has more than $14 billion to his name. It's estimated in 2010 alone he made more than $3 billion after his firm delivered a mind-boggling 45% return to investors.   Yet

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Exploring Cornwall Week

Exploring Cornwall Week   

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How Writing Makes You a Better Person

How Writing Makes You a Better Person     It’s easy for me to say that writing can make you a better person. I’m a writer. But I’m also convinced that the deliberate act of writing is a worthwhile endeavor for any person, no matter who or where—and certainly no matter why. Writing is mental and physical exercise, and it requires something specific of the practitioner, namely, that he or she is willing to try and express something meaningful. As a professor, I persistently encourage my students to look at writing in this way—as exercise —and I ask them to write almost as regularly as they practice skills  more specific to their professional pursuits. The problem? I wasn’t practicing what I preached, so, I began holding myself accountable for 3 writing sessions per week. I soon realized that I came out of the action

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From Unemployed to Self-Sufficient: My Story of Pe

From Unemployed to Self-Sufficient: My Story of Personal Transformation     “Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” – Thomas L. Holdcroft A few years ago, I found myself out of work and very dispirited. I had been applying all over the city for months, but so far, had no offers.  I felt like I was running myself ragged, and yet spinning my wheels and going nowhere. When I realized that in my desperation I had started applying for jobs that I knew I would hate even before I got to the interview stage, I knew that something had to change. I had always wanted

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3 Simple Habits for Daily Mindfulness

3 Simple Habits for Daily Mindfulness by HENRIK EDBERG “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

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How Apps Are Making Entrepreneurship Possible for

  How Apps Are Making Entrepreneurship Possible for More People   To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be a bit of a soothsayer, able to see the future and to predict what your customers will want before they know they want it. After all, entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of innovations, right?   Steve Jobs had that skill. Bill Gates has it, too. But as simple as it sounds, it takes a little guidance to figure out which way the winds of change are blowing, especially if you are a rookie. Apps for entrepreneurs. Right now, it’s blowing toward apps. How? Lots of jobs available these days are location independent. There are literally hundreds oflegitimate home-based jobs any entrepreneur can do easily. And every tech savvy entrepreneur already knows that you can do your business effectively with nothing but a smart phone. Related: How to Start a Business with No Money from your Smart Phone Yeah, all those extraordinary capabilities you think entrepreneurs possess? They don't do it alone! Besides having an amazing team to support their day-to-day endeavors, they also use cutting-edge apps to bring their A-game.

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Top 25 Inspirational Quotes by Olympic Athletes

Top 25 Inspirational Quotes by Olympic Athletes    The Olympics are an exciting time, but don’t spend the next two weeks sitting on your couch watching the athletes perform.  Take a look at these inspirational quotes from some athletes, past and present.  Let them serve as inspiration and motivation for all that you do.  Remember, whatever our fitness level, we’re all training for something.  While you may not be training for a gold medal, you very well may be training for six-pack abs, or to fit into an old dress, or any number of things.  Train with the same intensity and determination of the athletes below and good things will surely follow. Jesse Owens “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” –USA track and field gold medalist Mark Spitz “I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” –Mark Spitz, USA gold medalist in swimming Mia Hamm “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” –Mia Hamm, gold medalist in women’s football Dana Torres “Never put an age limit on your dreams.” –Dara Torres, USA gold medalist in swimming Michael Phelps “Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” –Michael Phelps, USA gold medalist in swimming Joey Hagerty “We have a heard of gold, and that’s what this medal is right here. It’s a team that will never give up.” –Joey Hagerty, USA medalist in gymnastics

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Ho

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell We're a long way from the Start Menu now 1990s revisited ... How Microsoft thinks we'll use Windows 10 from next year IDF16 First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles. Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets. The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It is designed to work on any normal PC, not just high-end graphics rigs; the emphasis is on the fact that anyone with a half decent machine can use the new UI. The Holographic Shell will run and present universal and so-called mixed reality apps in a multitasking 3D space in a connected VR headset. It doesn't matter if applications have classic 2D interfaces or new 3D controls: they'll be thrown together into a realtime-rendered make-believe world around the user like some kind of 1997 Silicon Graphics Inc tech demo. When you wear your "six degrees of freedom" headset, you can manipulate the 3D desktop using a Wii-like remote control, basically pointing at dialog boxes and icons hovering in the air and clicking on them rather than moving a mouse pointer on a 2D screen. Here's what Microsoft reckons Windows Holographic will look like on a modest Intel NUC box, running at 90 frames per second:

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8 Amazing Blogger Weight-Loss Transformations

8 Amazing Blogger Weight-Loss Transformations Discover how real people turned slimming down into a successful blogging career If you're trying to lose weight, health experts recommend writing down what you eat. Why? Because it works! A Kaiser Permanente study found that those who jotted down their intake lost twice as much as those who didn't. The following eight people not only started a food or exercise journal, but did so for the whole world to see, sharing all or a portion of their weight-loss journey online. Read their powerful stories and check out the drastic transformations. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Roni, 34, from Baltimore     Blog: RonisWeigh.com; Total Pounds Lost: 70 How I Did It: I finally realized that not everything revolved around how I looked in a bathing suit. I stopped seeking some insane vision of skinniness and joined Weight Watchers with the intent of learning how to eat, not reaching a certain size. The small shift in focus made all the difference for me. How My Blog Helped: I decided to post a weekly update on my blog to report my progress. This small commitment to post the good, bad and ugly was a huge part of my success. It gave me a place to face the emotional side of weight loss: I celebrated my losses, cried about my gains and vented when I felt like whining. Top Tip: Set non-weight-related goals to build your confidence. Sometimes the scale will not be your friend, so you should set goals that are within your control: Sign up for a 5K, start a food journal or blog and commit to it, ditch the diet soda, have a four-day-a-week walking goal. Declare the goal, reach it and then set another. Theodora, 27, from New York City   Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Blog: LosingWeightInTheCity.com; Total pounds lost: 55 How I Did It: I started working out with a trainer twice a week and doing cardio three or four times a week on top of that. I cut way back on fried food, refined carbs, dairy and red meat, and added in lots of fruits, veggies and lean protein. After a few months of being a gym rat, I took up running so that I could work out outside. A little over a year later, I've run three half-marathons, a marathon and countless other shorter-distance races. How My Blog Helped: I started my blog for two reasons: to hold me accountable and to help me professionally. I was as unhappy with my career at the time as I was with my body. I started taking pictures of all of my meals and blogging about them, which kept me on track and helped me connect with other supportive, health-focused people. My blog also helped me land my current job as a social media specialist. Top Tip: Remember that you don't have to be perfect to lose weight. If you get off track, you just get right back on. Don't let yourself sabotage the rest of the day or week or month. It's like getting a flat tire—you fix it and move on, you don't poke holes in the rest of your tires. Ben Davis, 24, from Little Rock, Arkansas

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How to Sell on Amazon – The 10 Bes... by Jon Platt

How to Sell on Amazon – The 10 Best Kept Secrets The daily grind was driving me insane. I knew “someday” that I wanted to own my own business, but I just wasn’t sure what that business would be. I wanted Freedom–Freedom from the daily grind, from the monotony. Begging for time off just wasn’t an enjoyable thing. I worked for a big company and dreaded going to work every day. Sometimes driving out to a client site, I’d think, “what if I just kept driving by and skipped work forever?” I guess I didn’t have the nerve. I kept showing up each day, in pain because I did not enjoy the work I was doing. Before owning a business, I felt trapped. I didn’t want to wait a whole year for “raise season” for a raise. I wanted my income tied to my performance. If I worked harder, I wanted it acknowledged in my pay check. I got up the nerve and turned in my resignation and took a sales job hoping that it would help me build the skills to own a business someday. “Someday” doesn’t have to be so far away. The new sales job was really a struggle. I had some great weeks, but it became obvious that things weren’t going so well for the whole account, and people were jumping ship like crazy. For some reason, I kept sticking it out, enduring the pain. This wasn’t like me. I know I can be successful. Why am I having such a hard time? Worries of a family to provide for and a mortgage payment hovered over my head. How were we to make it? I looked into so many opportunities. I searched how to make money online and as you can imagine, ran into a lot of junk. A lot of stuff that was either over my head, ethically challenged, or just plain outdated. I didn’t need a quick fix; I needed something that could provide for my family year after year. Something that could be reliable, not just providing cash to pay the bills but money I could use to build a better life for me and my family. To make a long story short (which is impossible at this point), I finally made my decision and started a business. I like to pay attention to details, and I noticed that there were a lot, and I mean a lot of details that people were missing in a certain arena. The business I eventually started was the business of selling real-world products on the Internet. Specifically, selling products on Amazon.com which is the major place to sell online. So many Internet entrepreneurs were missing the boat. Little details that made a huge difference in selling on Amazon were being missed by most of the sellers. Key Amazon Selling Details such as: What type of account to establish How to create a good listing What types of product variations to create How to run great promotions What type of fulfillment to use How to take great pictures How to follow Amazon’s guidelines How to create new items How to encourage reviews How to prepare for the Holiday Retail Rush But why Amazon? Other marketplaces such as eBay.com, Buy.com, Overstock.com, definitely provide opportunities, but there are certain benefits that Amazon.com offers to its sellers that put it heads and shoulders above the rest. I wanted a business I could run from home without having to hire employees. Amazon provided the means for that solution. I wanted the freedom that having my own business could offer, but I also had a number of things that I did not want in a business. I did not want a business that: Worked me to death Made it so I could never see my family or travel Would tie me up shipping onesie-twosie orders every day Made managing returns and refunds a pain I didn’t want to become chained to my business. I wanted a business that would let me: Take a dream vacation to Paris Have time to walk my kids to school while everyone else is heading off to their jobs Experience the freedom to “do my own thing” Establish a good “emergency fund” of savings (I didn’t like being at the end of my rope) Have time to work on my own interests outside of business One of the Amazon services that few know about (in fact, it’s one of the best kept secrets) is a fulfillment  service

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City Price Guides For Budget Travel

City Price Guides For Budget Travel “How much does it cost to go backpacking through Europe?” That’s the question everyone wants to know. This is why we created our City Price Guide Series. Each guide outlines how much you can expect to spend during an average day while traveling on a backpacker’s budget. The daily cost consists of a night in a hostel, three meals, a snack/adult beverage, an attraction, and daily public transportation. Note: These daily costs guides are designed for strict budgets — so you may want to add a little extra wiggle-room to your daily budget for those times you can’t find the best deals or want to splurge a little.   Amsterdam, Netherlands Average Daily Cost:  €40-€70 (Approx. $50-$83) Amsterdam is a world class city that’s become a popular destination for multiple reasons — but cheap prices isn’t one of them. See complete price guide for Amsterdam   Antwerp, Belgium Average Daily Cost:  €39-€57 (Approx. $43-$67) While Antwerp is best known as the center of the diamond trade, it’s actually a hidden gem thanks to its medieval architecture, vibrant nightlife, fashion scene, and art. See complete price guide for Antwerp   Athens, Greece Average Daily Cost:  €27-€55 (Approx. $30-$61) Athens is one of the most popular cities to visit — mainly for the many grandiose ancient ruins. See complete price guide for Athens   Barcelona, Spain Average Daily Cost: €30-€60 ($36-$70 USD)  If you hunt for a cheap place to stay Barcelona ends up being a fairly good value — by Western Europe standards. See complete price guide for Barcelona   Berlin, Germany Average Daily Cost: €33-€42 (Approx. $40-$50) Berlin has been the cheapest capital city in Western Europe for years so it has been attracting budget travelers for years. Prices are rising but there are plenty of great deals to be found on lodging and food. See complete price guide for Berlin   Bruges, Belgium Average Daily Costs:  €36-€63 (Approx. $40-$70) Bruges isn’t the cheapest place to visit but most travelers spend just a day or two in this fairytale village — so it shouldn’t hurt your budget. See complete price guide for Bruges   Brussels, Belgium Average Daily Costs:  €48-€71 (Approx. $52-$78) Brussels is home to the EU parliament and many jet-set business professionals — which means prices are high. See complete price guide for Brussels   Budapest, Hungary Average Daily Cost: Approx. $20-$45 Budapest has a lot of great stuff going for it — a great nightlife scene, beautiful architecture, loads of history, and super cheap food, alcohol, and accommodations. See complete price guide for Budapest   Cologne, Germany Average Daily Cost:  €38-€54 (Approx. $40-$58) Germany’s fourth largest city has an amazing cathedral, great beer and the prices are affordable.

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Learning to Hear God Speak

Learning to Hear God Speak   She fought the wiggles, tried her best to stay still as I formed her slightly damp hair into braids.  And the questions came. They come at the most unexpected times, I’m learning.  Kids don’t often let the deep and heady questions spill out when parents are ready to give 100% attention.  No, they come out slowly in the quiet corners of the room, when we are busy, distracted, and trying to get their hair to submit itself into a decent pair of french braids. How come God never talks to me, mama? She is five.  She wouldn’t have asked if she didn’t care, right?  Some adults go half their lives (longer?) without ever taking the time to think through this, to ask this question.  She speaks with the purest sense of wonder, just as she might ask why the sky is blue or why the Shar-Pei has so many wrinkles. And I don’t want to mess it up – this small in-road to her heart, this delicate foundation she is building.  I want to say all the right things and make it age appropriate.  I don’t want to minimize God or marginalize her understanding, yet I need baby steps and God, help me.  I have about 60 seconds to nail this before I’ve lost her attention completely.

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The Magic of Diagon Alley: My Can't-Miss Experienc

The Magic of Diagon Alley: My Can't-Miss Experiences        Warning: My Harry Potter obsession is about to come at you in full force.  You guys. The struggle is real. Now that it's June, what I like to call my "homesickness" for Disney World and Universal Studios is kicking in hard core. Our occasional visits have picked up in frequency to be about once a year, normally right about now. This year we're going in December, though, and as pumped as I am for the Christmas festivities, it's killing me right now. Disney Fanatic posted this picture on Facebook on Monday, and I almost cried.  So to help sooth my despair, I thought I'd share the gloriousness that is Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando with you all.  When I was with my mom and brother in Florida last June, we missed the soft opening by two days. It was painful. So obviously, I had to go back. What was supposed to be a family trip this February turned into just me and Ken, and I finally got to experience Diagon Alley and everything it had to offer. We spent a day at Disney World first, because I just cannot be in Orlando and not ride Splash Mountain. We then stayed in a partner hotel across the street from Universal for two days so we could soak in as much time as possible with Harry. Ken had never been to Universal Orlando, so our focus wasn't just Diagon Alley originally, but it turned out to be where we spent most of our time. Because it's seriously so fantastic. Ken fell in love. And he will be the first to admit that he doesn't love Harry Potter nearly as much as I do. This re-cap will be a picture frenzy of all the things I recommend experiencing at Diagon Alley, which are underlined. Please enjoy, and try not to drool. But I won't judge you if you do.  This captures our excitement pre-Diagon Alley pretty accurately. It rained all day, but Ken said it was "authentic London." I would have rather not had wet Converse than "authentic" weather, but whatever.  Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes is really the first thing you see as you enter through London. The shop is tiny, but we were still able to peruse reasonably well. It is so well done, with so much detail. Make sure to check out the fireworks going off on the ceiling and Umbridge on her unicycle. Hilarious. And it's for sale, so you can have an annoying Umbridge of your own!  I think the only thing we bought here was candy. Exploding bonbons are my favorite. They're white chocolate drops with citrus flavored pop rocks inside. Good stuff, but even better is coming up later.   Pin It

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Best Route 66 Attractions

Best Route 66 Attractions   We didn’t make it to LA on either of our Route 66 road trips (because we were restricted by time and our end and start destination was Phoenix), but we covered a lot of ground between Chicago and Arizona. Here are some of the best Route 66 attractions we saw, and a few that are still on my list for next time. Blue Whale, Catoosa Just outside of Catoosa, Oklahoma, lies a large blue whale in the middle of a pond. Constructed in the ’70s as a gift for the owner’s wife (who collected whale figurines) the whale gained popularity as a swimming waterpark by drivers along Route 66. The whale has small slides on either side, where children used to slide into the pond. These days, the friendly-looking whale is just a reminder of what used to be and I wouldn’t recommend sliding into the green-looking pond anymore.   Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro I talked about Lucille’s in my first Route 66 post as it was owned by the “Mother of the Mother Road”, Lucille Hamons. Situated in Hydro, Oklahoma, Lucille used to pump gas and exchange stories with truckers and drivers who stopped at her humble station. It also used to be a small motel, although these days it’s just a cool place to snap a photo. The Old Motels of Tucumcari We drove through Tucumcari on our way out to Arizona and then spent the night there on our trip back (sadly not at one of these motels). Iconic signs for retro-style motels litter the main street of this town and give you an insight into the original glamour of

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Double Decker Neapolitan Cheesecake – Our 1000th R

Double Decker Neapolitan Cheesecake – Our 1000th Recipe!         Double Decker Neapolitan Cheesecake Well it certainly is a momentous occasion on Rock Recipes today as we post our 1000th recipe to date. This website started on September 25, 2007 as a means of providing recipes to family and friends who were always asking for them. Before that time I almost never wrote down any of the recipes for my kitchen experiments but that was soon to change. Around that same time I was preparing for yet another surgery on a badly busted ankle, after which I would spend several months in a wheelchair before spending several more months on crutches while having countless hours of physiotherapy. Knowing that I was going to have plenty of time on my hands to write recipes (it was actually a full year later that I was finally able to discard my walking cane) I decided a recipe blog was a good thing to use up that free time and at least put it to some productive purpose. With the able assistance of Spouse and an ocean of patience from her as well, many of the first 150 recipes or so  were prepared and posted from that wheelchair. The chair barely fit through my narrow kitchen doorway and one of the strongest visual memories I have of that time is the paint being scraped from the kitchen door frame from the countless times that wheelchair was forced through it. I later graduated to an office chair on wheels pushed by a cane to move around the kitchen and finally to a high bar stool to reach counter top level before finally being able to stand for short periods to cook after about 6 months. That all may sound a bit of an ordeal to some reading this but for me, who had routinely worked two jobs and about 60 hours a week for countless years before my accident, it was a bit of a lifesaver; the prospect of going from flat–out busy to dead stop was not one I would have handled well. Rock Recipes was something to focus on that would make the most of all that time and it certainly filled that purpose very well during those days.   A year after starting the website, I returned to college to study business for 3 years before returning to the workforce in my current position at Memorial University. Through it all, I continued to blog basically what our family was eating and our readership continued to steadily grow. On that first day, Rock Recipes had 169 page hits, all family and friends no doubt, whom I had emailed to go visit the site. Over 5 years later we now get tens of thousands of page hits

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Next for NASA: Planned Missions Through 2030

Next for NASA: Planned Missions Through 2030         NASA has accomplished some awe-inspiring things since it was formed on July 28, 1958. From putting man on the moon to the Mars Rover's recent explorations of the Red Planet,

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17 Gestures That Make Men Feel Loved

17 Gestures That Make Men Feel Loved   Every man feels and receives love in different ways, so not all of these ideas are going to work for you, but at least a few of them will! Pick three this week to use to show your man how much you love him!  1. Food is the way to a man's heart. Make a list of his favorite snacks, treats, and meals - and make one of them for your husband, just because.  2. Put yourself first. Your man is going to feel loved when you take care of yourself. Make time to eat right, exercise, and look your best, so that you can feel your best. Take care of yourself emotionally, too. Love where you are at in life and be optimistic and grateful.

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4 SIGNS YOU ARE MEANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD

4 SIGNS YOU ARE MEANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD A Lesson From The Bestselling Book "People Over Profit" DALE PARTRIDGE·MILLIONAIRE LEADERSHIP I journeyed down this path as a social chameleon for years. Becoming all things to all people. I would change my clothes, conversations, habits and hobbies all in hopes to impress those around me. Life is the most difficult exam of all. Many people fail because they try to copy others not realizing everyone is answering different questions.   It wasn’t until I was 25 staring at the face of an opportunity that would change my life forever. I had been an entrepreneur for almost 7 years with my sights set solely on profitability; because money was what the world said would make me valuable. But the chase was tiring. My efforts resulted in a six figure income while my heart screamed the truth: putting only money in my pockets would never put meaning in my soul. I needed to change. But to what?   It was this moment I realized becoming who I once was, was better than becoming someone else.   I realized the real me, the little boy from my past was not just capable, but qualified to change the world. I turned to what I knew was true of my heart and my hands. I loved to build and to elevate others. I loved charity, children, and big change. But I needed my passion to become a profession. And then it clicked. Shift my focus from from making a million dollars, to helping a million people. It was this adjustment that cured the brokenness of my pursuit and healed the heart behind it. It was the beginning of the real Dale, the birth of putting people over profit, and the start of what I was meant to do. The lesson is this: You are worthy how you are. Your uniqueness is actually vital to your life’s mission. If you change you, you might miss your calling. Nobody was intended to become someone else in order to find their purpose. Quit the false you and step into the adventure 

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5 Travel Websites That Will Help You Save Money

5 Travel Websites That Will Help You Save Money   If you are a solo traveler who is constantly trying to plan new trips, certain travel websites can help tremendously. Traveling is a privilege to many, and having the funds to do so can be quite difficult.

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How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Closing Ceremon

How to Watch the 2016 Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony     The games wrap up on Sunday night

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Team GB's Rio 2016 kit designed by Stella McCartne

  Team GB's Rio 2016 kit designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas: The fashion verdict       Tom Mitchell, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tom Daley and Olivia Breen wearing the Team GB kit Credit: PA Stella McCartney has once again teamed up with Adidas to create kits for over 600 athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games, creating performance wear that is both technical and will hopefully make British athletes stand out on the global stage.  Rather than a minimal approach, McCartney's aesthetic this year is busy with a focus on bold logos and patriotic emblems. As expected there is a strictly red, white and blue colour palette, with loud letterbox red Boost trainers and matching socks.

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Complete guide to marketing a successful iOS app

Complete guide to marketing a successful iOS app: How to make money on the App Store Want to know how to make money on the App Store? In this article we discuss ways to market an app successfully on the App Store: how to climb the charts, how to sell in-app purchases, and what price you should set for your app.     You've made a fantastic iPhone and iPad app. What next? In this article we discuss the various strategies you can use to market an app successfully on the App Store: how to get to the top of the App Store charts, how to sell more in-app purchases, and what price you should set for your app. We even discuss the problem of app cloning, something that afflicts every successful iOS app. iOS development and marketing  is a tough gig, make no bones about it. Recently a number of devs have revealed their revenue and cost figures, and it's become painfully clear that small indie devs, the lifeblood of iOS innovation, face a huge battle edging out the larger software companies and their swollen marketing budgets. (We discuss this in Why Apple should pay more attention to indie developers in the App Store.) But don't despair. Small app developers can make good money on the App Store, provided they've got a great app, a strong marketing strategy and a bit of luck. We'll do our best to help with the second of those in this article - and big app developers may learn a thing or two as well. Here are the sections in this feature: How to get your app approved by Apple How to improve your app's search visibility How to get to the top of the App Store charts What price should you set for your iOS app? Discounts and sale prices How to sell more in-app purchases How to get your app reviewed by the media How to make money on the App Store: How to get your app approved by Apple We'll assume you've designed a great iOS app. (Easier said than done, obviously! For help getting started on that path, take a look at How to get started with Apple's Swift app programming language and Best Mac for app development) But the first step on the road to marketing your work successfully is for some developers the most intimidating: you need to get your app approved by Apple. Which means treading carefully around Apple's curatorial restrictions: sex and religion are mostly off limits, for instance. Francesco Zerbinati, an Italian indie app developer, found the approval process relatively painless, but stressed to us the importance of doing your preparation and striving to understand Apple's rules and regulations. You need to take this part of the process just as seriously as the design of the app itself. "First, I read the iTunes app review rules before sending my app," he said. "Then, when the app got reviewed the first time, it was rejected because in the screenshots there was an image of a Kindle (it's called PriceRadar - you use it to monitor price changes of Amazon items). I had to re-upload the screenshot images and wait another 7 to 10 days for the review to be completed. It was the only time my app was rejected. "I would recommend to any new dev to read the rules very carefully." So get reading - but expect headaches anyway. <img title="How to get your app approved by Apple" alt="How to get your app approved by Apple" src="http://cdn2.macworld.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3594331/How_to_get_your_app_approved_1000.jpg" height="534" width="1000" />   How to make money on the App Store: How to improve your app's search visibility Search is a mature, sophisticated field in the open web, and the old silly tricks - keyword stuffing, unreadable repetition, link farming - won't get you anywhere any more. If you want to do well on Google, you just need to write good articles that people want to read. There aren't any shortcuts. But App Store search is a long way behind. Run a search for the name of a popular app and you may well see that app appear top of the results - but it'll be followed by a mess of unrelated rubbish that stuck the established brand in their keyword fields and got away with it. And this in a market that Apple curates. Here's an example. I was looking for the iOS version of Ghost Stories, a rather nice board game. So I searched for 'ghost stories'. <img title="How to market an iOS app: How to improve search visibility" alt="How to market an iOS app: How to improve search visibility" src="http://cdn2.macworld.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3594331/How_to_market_an_iOS_app_Search_1000.jpg" height="750" width="1000" />   The game I'm looking for is in fourth spot - and note that its name is exactly what I searched for. Ahead of it, among a mixture of slightly dodgy-looking but relevant free apps, is some sort of ebook reader app that apparently mentions stories in its description. And this is standard fare as these things go - I've seen much worse search results. At least the app I was looking for came up somewhere on the first page.

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How To Make Him Miss You: 10 Things To Do In Your

How To Make Him Miss You: 10 Things To Do In Your Relationship   © Konradbak We all know that distance makes the heart grow fonder. When we are together all the time with someone, it can become quite boring and even annoying after a while, depending on the relationship. Being together constantly can take a huge toll on how you feel about each other, which is why experts recommend that giving each other reasons to miss each other may just be the best thing that you can do for your relationship. When distance is involved, we remember why we love the person so much and, believe it or not, focus on them more than when they are right beside us. It’s like dating all over again when you go back to your own homes at night and think about each other until you get back together. While you may not be able to go to that extreme, nor should you, there are some real good tips on how to make him miss you often enough to keep that spark and interest alive. 1. Create Unexpected Distance © Isabel Poulin In a relationship, we get into a routine. We leave the house at a certain time in the morning and come back together at a certain time. Rarely do we go off our schedules, so we expect our partner to come back at the time they said they would. While you don’t want to not show up when you are supposed to all the time, doing it once in a while can help remind him of how much he likes being around you and it is a great tip on how to make him miss you. To do it, don’t call and let him know you are going to be late. Instead, wait about 30 to 45 minutes after you are supposed to be home to send him a message that you are running late at work, or in traffic, or wherever you are. That will be enough time to make him start to wonder where you are and think about you, but not too much time where it will seem rude that you didn’t bother to let him know what was going on. You can also do this when you are supposed to meet him for a date. When he is sitting around waiting for you, he will feel weird. You two are normally sitting together on a date, and without you there, he will feel the distance between you and start to miss your presence. Just please don’t do this all the time. If you do, it will become more of a disrespectful thing that makes him angry with you than an unexpected distance that makes him miss you. Rotate this idea with a few of the following ones to maintain the health of your relationship. 2. Insist On Alone Time © Wavebreakmedia Ltd Psychologists recommend that you should balance your time together and apart to maintain a sense of well-being as an individual and as a couple; however, most of us don’t find that balance. Between work (that isn’t really alone time), spending time with family and friends, and going to engagements as a couple, it can be hard to find any alone time. Moreover, many people don’t want to ask for alone time because they feel like they are going to offend their partner. Telling someone that you want to get away from them for a while is not exactly the kindest thing to say, and hurting your man’s feelings is not something that you likely want to do. Alone time really is beneficial for you if you use it properly. Use it as a time to go over goals, recharge, and connect with yourself in a way you can’t do when other people are present. It will inspire and uplift you if you appreciate it. But, having alone time is not only beneficial to your well-being, it is one of the top tips on how to make him miss you, because as we know, distance makes the heart grow fonder! It’s important to discuss alone time in a kind and compassionate way. For instance, tell him that you need some time to work on your individual goals, and that requires you to be alone and have some quiet time to think.

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Olympic Athlete Poops His Pants, Finishes Race

Olympic Athlete Poops His Pants, Finishes Race

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This map shows where 25 iconic movies were filmed

This map shows where 25 iconic movies were filmed in New York City                    Thanks to its bustling streets and landmarks,

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by Jon Platt

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The 5 best things I ate in London: The Greatest Hi

The 5 best things I ate in London: The Greatest Hits   There’s always a culinary dilemma you face when visiting a city you love: do you go to your tried-and-true favorites, or do you branch out and try the hot new places that have popped up? I’ve been to London nearly a dozen times over the past three years, and while I spend considerable stomach space exploring new venues, there are a few classics that have become fixtures on my London To Eat list. This is that list. I’ve written about food in London before, and I’ll certainly write more in future — but consider this, for now, the definitive list of my ultimate five things I enjoy eating in London: the best of, the greatest hits, the favorites I return to every trip. 1. Ceviche My boyfriend took me here on our very first trip to London and ever since, Ceviche has become the place I always return to in London. Maybe it’s the ceviche, fiery and flavorful; the smooth pisco sours, or the hip Soho vibe — but we always pay this joint a visit, even if we’re only in town for a couple days. Small tip: the lighting in the back is quite dim so we prefer to sit

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Review by Jon Platt

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review   Despite being one of the world’s biggest Android manufacturers, Samsung — like most OEMs these days — has been feeling the burn of shrinking market share and declining sales. Although last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 signaled a major shift for Samsung in the design department (a great one, we might add), the device ultimately fell short in a few key hardware areas many longtime fans cared about most. The Galaxy S6 had a smaller battery than the Galaxy S5 and removed the convenience that comes with having a removable battery and micro SD card slot.       For this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung is not only gunning for new customers with one of the most compelling handsets on the market, but trying to win back old users or perhaps those that were holding off on upgrading their S5s. With a bag full of tricks at its disposal, is the Galaxy S7 not only a worthy successor to the S6 but the S5 as well? Read on for more. Design & Hardware If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s no arguing that the Galaxy S7 looks nearly identical to last year’s Galaxy S6 and we’re okay with that. Although last year’s S6 did share a few design characteristics with the iPhone 6/S, the Galaxy S7 distances itself from Apple’s design with a few small changes. For one, Samsung no longer seems to be pursuing the dream of building thinner smartphones every year, adding a little junk in the Galaxy S7’s trunk and increasing battery capacity to 3,000mAh. That’s actually the same size as the larger phablet Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus that launched last year, now crammed into a petite, 5.1-inch smartphone. This is easily one of our favorite aspects of the Galaxy S7, the fact that it’s one of the most powerful smartphones you can buy in a footprint many Android OEMs are now calling “mini.” It’s a huge win for us. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The S7 still features the same sturdy aluminum frame as the S6, sandwiched in between two silky smooth pieces of 2.5D glass. This time around, the back glass is slightly curved, mirroring the design we saw on the Galaxy Note 5. The thickness of the phone also makes the camera housing protrude a lot less, sticking out about as much as the iPhone 6S’s. There’s nary a sharp edge or corner to be found. The Galaxy S7 is smooth, svelte, and gives you that premium feeling up until recently, only HTC or Apple was able to provide. Samsung has officially retired both the forest green and darker red colors for the Galaxy S7, launching only the silver, black (it’s really black this time), and gold options here in the US. Strangely absent is the white model we saw at MWC, but there’s always the possibility this will come at a later date. Display One the display front, you’ll find Samsung’s tried-and-true 5.1-inch AMOLED panel. At 2560 x 1440 resolution, it’s very similar to last year’s model, only Samsung’s made the display about 25% brighter, while allowing you to better customize auto-brightness to suit your tastes. It’s also much whiter/cooler than the display on the Galaxy S6, noticeably so when holding the 2 side-by-side. The gamma is a bit too punchy for our tastes but with deep blacks (a little too deep) and colors that pop, it’s the quality you’ve come to expect from Samsung and one of the best reasons to buy the phone. Nobody comes close to this quality. Nobody. New for the Galaxy S7, Samsung has added an “Always On” display, a sort of widget that displays the time, date, battery life, notifications and other helpful information right on your sleeping phone. Additional Always On widgets can be downloaded and some even come as part of the many themes available in Samsung’s Theme store. To help reduce burn-in, the widget changes position around the display every so often. Samsung says the hit to battery life is minimal — about 0.8mAh per hour — which didn’t seem to impact battery life much at all during our testing. Still, for those that want to milk every last drop out of their devices, you’ll want to keep it off (don’t worry, it’s not enabled by default). Storage (return of the micro SD card) After stripping away a micro SD card slot in last year’s S6, Samsung wised up and added it back in the S7. Although it supports up to 200GB cards, Samsung made the controversial decision to remove the ability to use the SD as internal storage (adoptable storage), a core Android feature introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This, apparently, had something to do with Samsung using the more advanced UFS standard for internal memory on the Galaxy S7 and not wanting the big differences in read/write they’d encounter by using slower micro SD. There is a hack to enable adoptable storage in the S7 that doesn’t require root, but you’ll need to have a knowledge in ADB to get working. Even though adoptable storage is a core Android feature, in the end, manufacturers get the final say in what features to leave in or take out. As it stands, only the 32GB Galaxy S7 is available in the US and with 8GB of that being used just for the system OS itself, you’ll need to stay on top of managing all the apps, games, photos, and videos you have stored on the device. Sure you can still move some apps to the SD card, but not every single app or game supports this feature. Managing storage is never fun and while there are plenty of cloud storage apps and services available to users, the vast majority of casual users won’t even bother. Remember, last year’s Galaxy S6 came in 3 storage options: 32, 64, and 128GB varieties. We would have loved to have seen at least a 64GB Galaxy S7 here in the US, even if we had to pay a little more for it. Water resistant and IP68 certified Like the Galaxy S5 before it, the S7 marks the return of a fully water resistant smartphone. Using careful, clever design, the phone is capable of withstanding up to a 1 meter fully submerged in for about a half hour thanks to its IP68 dust/water resistance rating. This doesn’t mean the phone is meant to be taken into water, it’s more or less an added layer of protection to prevent any damage should an accidental drop into water occur. We have to admit, not a single device we’ve ever owned has gone to a watery grave, but the same can’t be said of our friends and family. Accidents happen and the added peace of mind introduced in the Galaxy S7 is certainly welcomed. The best part about water resistance in the Galaxy S7 is the annoying charging port flap we saw in the S5 is no longer a requisite. In the event that water is left over in the charging port, the S7 is smart enough to detect moisture and will refuse to charge until dry. Should that be the case, wireless charging is still an option. If there was a downside to the waterproofing of the Galaxy S7, it’s that it’s made the once great speaker of the S6 sound horribly tinny, muffled and all around terrible. But alas, that’s just something that comes with the turf (the waterproof screen covering the speaker doesn’t allow for water or much air to pass). Wireless charging Leading into the next big hardware feature, the Galaxy S7 once again brings support for wireless charging. It’s pretty much the same as we saw in last year’s model and that’s great. Where other Android OEMs have slowly moved away from wireless charging in their devices, Samsung is still sticking with it, going the extra mile by incorporating 2 major wireless charging standards and even adding support for fast wireless charging for less downtime. You’ll need a wireless fast charging compatible base, but relatively inexpensive 3rd party options are plentiful on Amazon. Wireless charging, while not as convenient as traditional wired charging, still has its benefits. Should you find yourself making a pit stop in Starbucks, the Galaxy S7 is one of the few devices you can set on their wireless charging tables and juice up. Micro USB with Quick Charge 2.0 Whatever the reason Samsung chose to stick with a micro USB port over the newer Type C standard, we applaud them for it. Micro USB has been around for the better half of a decade and all of our favorite electronic devices are already using it. That means we have countless cables laying around and they’re so common that, should you forget to bring one on a trip or outing, there’s a good chance someone out there can spot you. We’ll admit, the reversible nature of USB Type-C is nice, but it’s still the wild west. The vast majority of 3rd party cables — at least right now — are faulty and could end up frying your phone. Oh, and heaven help you find a cable at your local Target or Walmart should you ever lose one. USB Type-C might be the future, but we’re more than content hanging onto micro USB for just a little while longer. Just until Type C gets its sh*t together. Our only complaint is that Samsung made the strange move to stick with Quick Charge 2.0 — not the even faster Quick Charging 3.0 spec — despite being supported by the new Snapdragon 820 processor. The battery still charges plenty fast enough, getting us from 0-100% in just under an hour. Oh, and should you decided Fast Charging just isn’t for you (some believe it’s not good for long term battery health), Samsung added the option to turn it off in the Settings app. Just remember that the phone only Fast Charges while the display is off, so if you’re in a hurry to get juiced up the quickest, you’ll want to leave the phone alone. Fingerprint sensor

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Speed Up a Slow PC

Speed Up a Slow PC   A slow computer can be incredibly annoying.  Who wants to waste precious time waiting on a slow computer to start up or load a program?  No one does.  If you want to speed up your computer, here are a few tips. You should check to see if you have any missed system updates.  The updates may take a few minutes to load, but once they are complete, your computer will show signs of improvement. Also, if your security software is outdated or lacking in quality, you should update it.  A weak security system or no security system

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Earn Money With These Task Based Apps

Earn Money With These Task Based Apps

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15 Ways to Feel More Powerful in 15 Minutes

15 Ways to Feel More Powerful in 15 Minutes Feeling powerful begins with inner strength. Regardless of social status, ethnicity, gender, or skill set, people of all ages and backgrounds have the capability to be strong, courageous, and authentic. Historically, feeling “powerful” meant exerting authority over others in a battle of good vs. evil. Sometimes, evil (negative energy) wins—we develop relationships with people who may hurt us, stay at jobs that make us feel dissatisfied, and stress out over minute details. Today, I encourage you to harness that strength and exchange those negative attitudes for self-empowerment. To channel your inner warrior, here are 15 simple 15-minute exercises to feel more powerful every day.  1. Wake up earlier. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, challenge yourself for one week or one month to wake up 15 minutes before you usually do. Having more time in the morning before starting your day means more control—over your routine, your breakfast, your health, and your sanity.   2. Meditate. There’s immense power in focusing on the present moment. Too often, we dismiss our emotions or attitudes and ignore the initial spark of innovation or romance because we’re afraid of commitment or rejection. Addressing them head-on is very humbling and builds self-awareness, potentially leading to giant positive leaps. 3. Write things down. Each day is laden with hidden insights, and documenting thoughts about your day (both positive and negative) is cathartic. Seeing your strengths, weaknesses, goals, regrets, and worries written on paper somehow makes them more real. Owning up to your vulnerability is powerful.

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Top 40 Father Daughter Wedding Songs Of All Time!

Top 40 Father Daughter Wedding Songs Of All Time!   The dance with Dad is a significant, touching moment in a wedding, and one that should not be missed! If you are looking forward to your father daughter dance but haven’t a clue which song to select, check out our list of the top 40 best father daughter wedding songs!   Most brides start with the thought of staying away from cheesy father daughter wedding songs. The great news is that not every father daughter wedding dance song you will hear is tacky, there are lots of gems out there. There are classic father daughter songs, some alternative father daughter dance songs and even some more popular father-daughter wedding dance songs to choose from. Top 40 Father Daughter Wedding Songs 1) John Mayer, ‘Daughters’ 2) Fleetwood Mac, ‘Landslide’ 3) Billy Joel, ‘Lullaby (Good Night, My Angel)’ 4) Natalie Merchant, ‘Kind & Generous’ 5) Luther Vandross, ‘Dance With My Father’

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GINGERBREAD CHEESECAKE DIP

GINGERBREAD CHEESECAKE DIP Share This Gingerbread Cheesecake is always a party favorite for the holidays. Make it for you next holiday get together and I guarantee you’ll be the most popular person in the room! I have another great festive dip for you to bring to your holiday parties, a Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip. This dip has the flavor profile of gingerbread and the rich, creaminess of cheesecake. It’s wicked easy to make and everyone’s going to love it! I think someone may have even licked the bowl clean at the last holiday party I brought this to… COOK’S NOTE – GINGERBREAD CHEESECAKE DIP: This dip will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. Just don’t place the decorative sprinkles (if using) on

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Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash While we can all agree that cats are safest from the dangers of predators, disease, and traffic when kept indoors, walking your cat on a harness and leash can be a wonderful way to let your feline companion enjoy a bit of outdoor time while ensuring his safety. Taking your cat for walks can alleviate boredom (and the behavior problems associated with it) and is a great way to exercise your kitty and reduce obesity. It also comes in really handy for travel and trips to the veterinarian! With a little bit of patience and training, you can teach most cats to walk on a leash. Here's how:  Use A Harness Designed for Cats This is especially important. There are thousands of harnesses on the market, but many fewer designed specifically for a cat's anatomy - which differs from dogs. You can choose from cat harnesses, walking jackets, or 

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How to Create a Self-Care Plan

How to Create a Self-Care Plan... and Why You Need One ( During any hectic time in your life, it becomes so important to take good care of yourself.  Whether

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12 Thrift Store Items Worth Cash

12 Thrift Store Items Worth Cash Do you love combing through thrift stores for deals and steals? Many people do, and might even consider it a hobby or addiction! But did you know your thrifting hobby could actually be profitable? Many thrift stores have gold mines on the shelf just waiting to be found. The trick is, knowing what you are looking for. Take a peek below at 12 Thrift Store Items Worth Cashthat you should be keeping your eyes peeled for. 12 Thrift Store Items Worth Cash 1. Silver items. Whenever thrifting, always comb through the baskets and bins of silverware as well as the jewelry cases. Often times, sterling silver items get tossed into these bins

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DISABLING THE PAST 88 LION’S GATE ENERGIES

  DISABLING THE PAST 88 LION’S GATE ENERGIES There is a lot of buzz in the collective right now which means I think we’re due for a detailed energy report on the latest wave coming through because it’s a BIG one. Normally I reserve my energy reports for the newsletters but this one coming through needs to be shared and expressed. Right now there is a lot of emotional intensity, division, and in general it’s a psychological shadow mess out there as we have neptune, pluto, saturn and uranus retrograde all being major power players out there. The political friction is also building allowing people to enter more entropy and chaos in the collective stream. There is many individuals getting emotionally triggered as the collective is spending a lot of energy on politics. We also have something totally different coming up, The incoming Lion’s gate energies. The Lion’s gate is something that happens every year starting on July 26th – August 12th. The window usually last roughly for about a week or so with it’s peak being on August 8th.  The Lion’s gate occurs as the sun moves into leo but what this stargate is renown for is it’s a 8/8 day. Last year it was extremely powerful as a full 8/8/8. This year it’s an 8/8/9. Regardless Stargates are based on astrological alignments, numerology and the placement in the sky allows for a particular mathematical design to be created. We can call this a portal but really it’s a geometry. Naturally we are an intricate calendar system ruled by numbers. The energy coming through is highly intense. It seems there is a lot of processing going on. When I do energy reports, I take in multiple perspectives because this helps get a more accurate assessment. I ask around, look into various groups, and observe my feeds on different media. It blew my mind how many are feeling the way I’ve been feeling and experiencing similar symptoms. This one is effecting TONS of people especially the sensitive/awakened folk! I’ve particularly noticed specific symptoms coming up for the collective. LIONS GATE ENERGY SHIFT SYMPTOMS Body Load – This energy is heavy, it is pushing us present and wanting us to slow down. This can manifest as fatigue, wanting to stay in bed all day, feeling drained, exhausted after a full night of rest, desiring to sleep more like 12 hours instead of the regular 8. It is creating a body-load to process what is coming through Pineal Headaches – Feeling the top of the head hurting, splitting or building with pressure in the crown/third eye area. There seems to be lots of sinus activity as if this is a mental expansion and our “perception” is being worked on. Cold and Flu-like Symptoms{The Vibrational Flu} – feeling kundalini body aches, direct changes within the nervous system, feeling the immune system being lowered as we work on intense clearing. Sinus issues – Again the pineal/pitutary glands seems to be getting strong work done. Usually mental clarity will follow after the healing takes place Dizziness & feeling ungrounded – Feeling it’s much harder to ground your energy, it’s a literal “shifting” feeling, like the world can feel at a tilt. this can also create nausea or upset stomach because the shifting can get so intense. if this is you, work on grounding foods such as proteins and root veggies. Bizarre cravings of comfort food – There is a whole thread about this one, plus I saw a video stating the same thing! Strangely as our body releases we  can unconsciously react and reach for our comfort food such as sweets, junk food and pleasure food. When in doubt just listen to your body and Roll with it Having Visions/ Hallucinations – There was a moment I was in contemplation and the walls suddenly morphed into a fluid geometry, pulsating back at me, just for a moment. Then quick as it came back to normal. Shaping, rebuilding, this visions or hallucinations are not to be ignored, they are a symbol coming to light from your subconscious. Try to see what symbols are coming up and how they connect. Timeline Jumping – We’re seeing into various choices and how they intertwine with our given reality. This creates a multi-demensional perception of who we are and what we are trying to achieve. It’s a bizarre feeling. It’s like looking into different parallel realities but then popping back into this one. Manifestation is extremely stronger for this reason. Timeline Jumping will start becoming more fluid once we start noticing it.

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Decluttering Tips: 5 Habits for Your Home

Decluttering Tips: 5 Habits for Your Home   New Year’s Resolutions…  I’m only 5 days late (did anyone else feel like the holidays stretched out until yesterday?), but that delay has given me plenty of time to think about these things we commit to doing.  You know, the ones we are determined to accomplish: weight loss, cleaning, and a million other habits… but we simply can’t sustain them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good commitment and challenge, but I think there is also something to be said for needing ways to sustain and complete the goals we set out to accomplish.  Like an uncluttered home.  You can try all the millions of tricks for cleaning out every drawer and closet, but if you don’t have a system in place to continue a healthy habit in your home, the chaos can creep back in no time at all. I think there are two major areas of decluttering: habits and function.  It’s not just about how much we can throw away (though that’s nice, too), but rather about our entire mindset and the structures we have in place to help us. I started with 10 decluttering tips for your home, but this post got too long!  So today, I’m sharing 5 habits to help you keep an uncluttered home.  Come back Wednesday for 5 more suggestions. 1. Have a “landing zone” for things you (and your kids) bring home.

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How I Made $1,200 in One Day Flipping Flea Market

How I Made $1,200 in One Day Flipping Flea Market Stuff I recently quit my ‘real job’ as a home insurance inspector, and am now focusing more time on my flipping business.  (That will be a whole other post soon.)  I have accumulated a

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Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez - We Don't Talk Anym

  Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez - We Don't Talk Anymore.

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VISIT SCOTLAND – TWO-WEEK ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

VISIT SCOTLAND – TWO-WEEK ROAD TRIP ITINERARY I’ve been able to visit Scotland once for a wedding and once for an amazing two-week trip around the isle. Planning a two-week, or even one-week, trip is always a little daunting, so I put together what I think is the perfect two-week itinerary for a road trip around the country to help get your planning started! I consulted the advice of Emily, my sweet friend from Scotland, so rest assured that this itinerary has the stamp of approval from a true Scot. Your 2 Week trip to Scotland begins in Edinburgh. Just so you know, Edinburgh doesn’t rhyme with ‘Pittsburgh. It’s pronounced “Edinburrah.” What to Do: Tour the Castle Visit the Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s residence when there) Go on an underground tour of the haunted vaults (really fun, but quite spooky) Peruse the National Museum of Scotland Where to Eat: The Gardener’s Cottage (located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill) Locally sourced food and a menu that changes on the daily. This place is about as charming as they come. The Witchery (located at the base of the castle)This restaurant has enormous amounts of ambiance and will truly be an experience. Be sure to make reservations in advance.

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Greece by Jon Platt

  Greece, Travel Guides TRAVEL GUIDE: HOW TO SPEND AN AMAZING WEEKEND IN ATHENS   Everywhere around me I heard negative stories about Athens, as I told people I was about to go visit for a life-changing conference. It was dirty, ugly, busy and hot. Or so they said. Turns out “they” aren’t always the people to listen to. Because when I visited the city in autumn, I was swept off my feet by it. I ADORED Athens. If you’re looking for a change from the classics in Europe (Paris, Rome, London), I can definitely this Greek Goddess. Sure, you’ll get lost every three minutes because the city is essentially a life sized maze with random wriggly figures they call ‘letters’, but it was also a place I never felt unsafe, and always ended up discovering cool new places when I went for a wander. Athens does require a little guidebook on what to expect though. Athens is interesting. It’s not easy, like Paris. It’s a bit like the Shoreditch of Europe. Run down, dirty and chaotic, but with creativity and colors popping up everywhere, something I deeply enjoyed. Here and there an ancient building pops up, in the middle of a roundabout sometimes. No biggie. If you visit this right after the bliss of the Greek Islands, you’ll struggle to adept. If you visit this looking for a unique destination full of character in the spring or autumn: Athens should 100% be your next destination. Here’s what to see, eat and where to party in Athens.   SIGHTS TO SEE – MONASTIRAKI SQUARE One of the liveliest areas in Athens is Monastiraki, a square right in the city centre. If you exit the metro to the square, you are immediately blown away by the business of the market stalls (during the day) or the street performers (during the night). Surrounding the square is food heaven (or rather.. lots of little restaurants) and a little sneak peek into the archeological sights you’ll find trough out Athens. – PLÁKA If you’re into old city centres with cute winding streets (and let’s be real.. who isn’t?) then Pláka area is the place to be. Yes, you will encounter a million tourist shops selling the same plastic poo, but the area itself is adorable. It takes you trough little alleyways and cobblestoned streets all the way to the top of the hill, from which you almost bump into Acropolis. – ERMOU Shopaholics must venture down to Ermou street, a 1.5 kilometer long street that has all the major chains. About three quarters of the way in you’ll find Kapnikarea, an adorable little church. I love how they treasure these things in Athens, and how it can exist in between new

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is t

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Take note, this is the big-screen phone to beat 5 stars - Pocket-lint editors choice £699 For Display and HDR potential, design and build quality, software refinement, great camera, S Pen feels natural and adds plenty of useful features that define the phone Against Sound quality from those speakers, price point is obviously prohibitive for many, iris scanner of little use given how good the fingerprint scanner is 3 Comments   The Samsung Note family is characterised by one thing: the inclusion of a stylus(that's S Pen in Samsung speak).  Previously, the Note stood slightly apart from other devices because of its size. However, as phones have grown, it has been accepted that bigger is a bit better, and the Note has become increasingly normal.    Because of its release later in the year than the majority of smartphones, it has the chance to evolve and expand from Samsung's regular devices. In the case of the Note 7, it builds on the Galaxy S7 edge, a device that's accomplished in its own right. The result is a handset that takes everything good about the S7, adds a dab of polish, introduces new features and throws in the S Pen for good measure. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Familiar design In a moment of blink-and-you'll-miss-it design, the Note 7 doesn't step too far from the design of the S7 edge. That's a good thing, as Samsung's use of the curved edge is one of the things that stands it apart from the majority of flat phones already out there. The phone looks great with those curved edges, but that aspect of the design is more about aesthetic than functionality, as we'll discuss later. The build is great quality, with a sandwich of glass hemmed in by a metal edge, symmetrical in its design from front to back, enhanced with waterproofing to save you from those little "oops" moments. The use of glass means a glossy finish and the biggest problem you might face is fingerprints making the phone look smeary, especially in the "Blue Coral" finish we first saw the device in - as shown in many of our pictures. For the long-term loan of this review device we've received the more subdued black finish ("Black Oryx" if you want the full marketing shebang). Over time that glass rear may become more noticeably scratched than a metal phone - even if it is Gorilla Glass 5 - as we've experienced with other phones before. POCKET-LINT Importantly, however, the Note 7

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10 Unexpected Signs You Don’t Get Enough Protein

10 Unexpected Signs You Don’t Get Enough Protein   Protein is integral to supplying your body with energy, helping you recover after exercise, and keeping you feeling full and satisfied after a meal. Protein also plays an important role in the repair, growth and maintenance of your muscles – an important element in helping you further develop your yoga practice or fitness regimen.   Protein is one of the most vital components of your diet, and adequate protein intake is essential to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Luckily, protein can be found in a variety of foods that you eat every day, from meat and fish to legumes, dairy, quinoa and seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables and protein supplements.

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Gear VR

Gear VR Supreme comfort You're ready to explore new worlds, engage in tense action. You need a headset that's well made, and engineered to fit better than ever before. Like the Gear VR. Strap holder Anchored securely to handle epic moves   Weight 345 g for extended sessions(312 g without front cover)   Foam cushioning Soft with the right amount of comfort Complete focus With the Gear VR you get a bigger field of view, smoother images. Incredibly low light leakage and reflection prevention. It's game on. Convenient control With a tap or a swipe. The larger and now completely flat touchpad exists for precision and control. The new Home Key takes you straight back to Oculus Home. HOME KEY Press to return to Oculus Home BACK KEY Press to return to previous menu TOUCHPAD Tap or swipe the level surface for easy control The Galaxy connection Gear VR works seamlessly with Galaxy smartphones. Compatible with both USB Type-C and Micro USB, you just need to snap on the connector module for your phone, and you're done. USB Type-CGalaxy Note7 Micro USBGalaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+,S6, S6 edge Oculus Home This is where your VR journey begins. Browse through games and experiences or explore what's new on the Oculus Store. Meet up with friends and discover a world of possibilities—all from your virtual home. *Availability of updates and services may vary by country or region. Optimized for Gear VR

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How to Create a Facebook Video Ad That Moves Peopl

How to Create a Facebook Video Ad That Moves People to Action Are you using Facebook video ads for your business? Want to improve your conversions? Well-structured video ads command viewers’ attention and prompt them to take action. In this article you’ll discover five steps to crafting the perfect Facebook video ad. Discover how to create a Facebook ad that moves people to action.   Listen to this article: Audio Player 00:00    00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Listen now: Play in new window | Download Why Facebook Video Ads?

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How to Save Money Living Paycheck to Paycheck

How to Save Money Living Paycheck to Paycheck   Living paycheck to paycheck is no fun. Trying to save while living paycheck to paycheck is no walk in the park either. But yet, the only way to defeat living in this abusive cycle is to get ahead to the best of your ability. This is why it’s so incredibly important to take the first step and save your first dollar. Saving while living paycheck to paycheck shouldn’t be optional. It’s a given if you truly want to overcome this way of living. I’ve been listening to the people (you) and one of my most popular articles here at LAAB is How to Get a Month Ahead on Little Income. In this article, I’ve given you an example of how Terri made strides to overcome the paycheck to paycheck cycle. Today I want to provide more helpful ways on how you can save money while living paycheck to paycheck. I understand this is no easy task, but again, this isn’t optional!  Start small and take baby steps. Before you know it you’ll be ahead and living paycheck to paycheck will be a thing of yesterday.   Budgeting There is no way around budgeting!  If you want to get your finances together, save more money, and overcome paycheck to paycheck living, it all starts with having a plan for your money. However, before you create your plan, you need to know what you’re spending your money on. Further Reading: How to Create a Simple, Easy Budget for Beginners If you’ve never tracked expenses before, this is where you need to start. Tracking your expenses allows you to get an overall picture of your spending habits. It will help you learn what you need to cut back on and will tell you where you may actually need to spend more money.  Create a Savings Goal Once you’ve tracked your expenses and created a budget, now it’s time to determine your savings goal. Let’s focus on one important savings goal that will help you defeat a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle – an emergency fund. If you’re currently in debt, set a minimum savings goal of $1,000. I elected to save a minimum of $3,500. It’s best to have emergency savings to maintain a bare-bones budget in the event of a medical emergency or job loss. So if your savings goal is $1,000, you simply need to divide this by the number of paychecks you will receive during any given timeframe. Let’s say your goal is to save $1,000 in a year and you’re paid bi-weekly. Divide $1,000 by 26 (number of paychecks) and you will need to save roughly $40

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The different uses of programming languages

The different uses of programming languages

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How to Photograph Fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks Who’s ready for fireworks?  They are saying that our local fireworks are supposed to be bigger and better than ever this year.  Don’t they always say that?  I’m holding them to it.  Well, if I can stay up that late. I do have to work at 8am on the 4th.  Rough, right?  Maybe I’ll just have Nate photograph the fireworks for me. Hmmm…

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History of Computers; From the Abacus to the iPad

History of Computers; From the Abacus to the iPad [Infographic]

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6 Ways to Give Yourself a Mid-Year Boost

6 Ways to Give Yourself a Mid-Year Boost   “What you resist, persists” – Carl G. Jung Mid-year is the time of the year I find myself needing a boost.  In the beginning of the year, we’re still buzzing with energy from our holidays and ready to get to conquering the year.  Towards the end of the year, you realise you only have so much time left to get yourself into gear before the holidays roll around again and we start fresh with a new year.  That leaves us with mid-year equidistant from both the January-New-Year motivation and the OMG-it’s-almost-December shock. The mid-year slump hits me hard creatively.  I set out at the beginning of the year with big plans for my blog and a full editorial calendar.  My ideas flow easily and the motivation to get to work is there.  But as the months pass, I slide down into a rut.  The ideas dry up a bit and my drive slows to snails’ pace.  I’m no longer so sure about all the things I had planned and believed in.  

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This Is the iPhone 7 You Should Buy

This Is the iPhone 7 You Should Buy Apple’s newest iPhone is here, and you’ve got just a few short hours (12:01am PT) to figure out which one is the absolute best deal. Although Apple didn’t change up design much, the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7's have more points of contrast than just size this time around. So, which one is the best for most people? Which carrier? WHAT? We’re here to help. For most people... Buy the 128GB non-glossy black 4.7-inch iPhone 7 on Verizon. Why iPhone 7? The decision between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was incredibly tough this year, but the reality is that the iPhone’s bigger size is still polarizing for most would-be iPhone users. For $120 more, you do get an extra telephoto lens for better zoom and depth mapping. But in day-to-day smartphone usage, zoom isn’t that important and you can easily add bokeh effects in post with a variety of photo apps if it’s something you really, really need. But the normal iPhone 7 camera is getting all the upgrades that really matter. This time around, the smaller phone has optical image stabilization as well as the much improved f/1.8 aperture lens and quad-LED flash. This should make either camera an absolute champion in low-light scenarios, so why spend more? Why 128GB? Despite some of Apple’s more head-scratching decisions regarding the iPhone 7, its updated storage is a 100 percent blessing. For years, we’ve been saying that 

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iPhone 7 release date UK, iPhone 7 price, iPhone 7

iPhone 7 release date UK, iPhone 7 price, iPhone 7 specs: iPhone 7 launches, pre-orders from 9 Sept - where to buy the iPhone 7 Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 alongside its bigger sibling the iPhone 7 Plus during a special event on 7 September. The iPhone 7 has IP67 water- and dust-proofing, a faster 12MP, f/1.8 rear-facing camera and 7Mp front-facing camera (up from 5Mp on the iPhone 6s), new colour finishes - Jet Black and (matt) Black, replacing the old Space Grey - and much more. Read on for all of the information you need about Apple's new iPhone 7, including the iPhone 7's release date in the UK, the iPhone 7's price, and all of the iPhone 7's new features and specs. There's a lot to cover, so let's get started. iPhone 7 release date: When is the iPhone 7 coming out? The iPhone 7 was announced on 7 September, and will be available to pre-order from 9 September, which is this Friday. Pre-orders will start at 8.01am UK time, and will continue until the official onsale date on 16 September. That date will be for 30 countries including the US and UK. Another 30 countries will follow a week later. iPhone 7 price: How much does the iPhone 7 cost? The iPhone 7 is available in five colours: silver, gold, Rose gold, black and Jet Black. With the exception of Jet Black (which is only available for the more expensive 128GB and 256GB storage options) these are each available with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage. UK prices start at £599 for the 32GB models. iPhone 7 pre-orders: Where to buy the iPhone 7 UK Pre-orders of the iPhone 7 will kick off at 8.01am on the Apple Store Online, but will also be available from third-party carriers and stores. Follow the links below to go to the pre-order pages for each vendor, and bookmark them ready for Friday's early start. We'd recommend pre-ordering as soon as you can to avoid disappointment - if you pre-order too late you may find that you have a longer wait before the iPhone lands in your hands, and expect huge queues outside Apple Stores on launch day. Click here to pre-order the iPhone 7 direct from Apple. This is likely to be the busiest place to order on the day.   iPhone 7 release date, price & specs: Design The iPhone 7 looks broadly similar to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6 before it, but there are some key differences. As expected (indeed, most of the announcements I'm going to talk about were leaked ahead of the event), the antenna has been redesigned to fit inside the enclosure: in his traditional video, Jonathan Ive said the design "essentially makes it disappear". This gives the phone smoother lines and less cluttered design - something that is also helped by the controversial loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack… but we'll come to that later.   There are now five colour options: silver, gold and Rose Gold as before, but Space Grey is replaced by two new black finishes - a gloss Jet Black, and a matt black (that's just "black" - that's the name of it). Jet Black is sort of more expensive than the other options, in the sense that you can only get it if you go for the middle or top storage option.

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY LEARNING ITALIAN WILL CHANGE YO

TOP 10 REASONS WHY LEARNING ITALIAN WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE Learning Italian changed my life. It led me down a new path in life I had never imagined. So, if you’re considering learning Italian but are sitting on the fence, these 10 reasons will inspire you to take action once and for all! A Brief History of Italian The Italian language has been around since the 900s. The first known written text resembling what we now recognise as the Italian language was a legal document regarding a dispute over land ownership between southern Italian monasteries. Known as the Placiti Cassinesi, the documents date back to the years 963-960. The Italian language didn’t become standardised until the time of Dante Alighieri, the most famous Italian writer of all time. Dante Alighieri penned La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), which was completed in 1320, a year before his death.  In the late Middle Ages, the vast majority of poetry and literary works were written in Latin, but Dante was a proponent of vernacular literature that used the common language of the people. He wrote The Divine Comedy in the Tuscan dialect, a highly unorthodox choice that would set the standard for Italian literature and position Tuscan Italian as the language of high culture and the basis for the ‘standard’ Italian spoken today.  For this reason, Dante is often referred to as the “father of the Italian language”

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How to Sell on eBay and Not Get Scammed

How to Sell on eBay and Not Get Scammed making money how to sell on ebay and not get scammed How to Sell on eBay and Not Get Scammed Everywhere you look, there are articles recommending you sell your unwanted goods (aka clutter) on eBay. That used to be excellent advice. Now? Not so much. Maybe. The rules have changed considerably over the last 12 months and those rules do not bode well for smaller sellers.

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HOW TO GET SPONSORED POST OPPORTUNITIES

HOW TO GET SPONSORED POST OPPORTUNITIES   If you have been hanging around the blogging community for any amount of time, you have undoubtedly seen countless sponsored posts. They are on social media and blogs and come in all types. When you start thinking about the possibility of monetizing your blog in this way, it can seem kind of overwhelming. There are so many different ways to get opportunities for sponsored posts and so many different ways that you can do it, that it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all! I have had many of you email me asking questions about sponsored posts and there are honestly so many little things that go into the opportunities, that I thought it would be great to give you all a resource for those things! If you still have a few questions at the end of this post, feel free to leave them in the comments or email me! OR sign up for one of my blog consultations so we can talk about the best opportunities for your goals and your blog (and have a cup of coffee together for an hour)! Here’s the rundown: Work with media companies There are a ton of these out there as well, so I will share some of my personal favorites with you. Most of them require you to apply and be accepted, but even if you are denied, you can apply time and time again until your blog is exactly what they are looking for. Linqia: Application required. The company chooses campaigns that they think will work well with your blog and social media following and then you are given the decision to accept or decline based on deadline, pay, and topic. For these campaigns, you get paid per click until you hit a “threshold” that is determined by the interaction within your “community.” The more clicks you get over your threshold, the higher it will be next time. *I would also like to note that it is completely against the ethics rules of Linqia to ask people to “click around” on your posts or your direct links. You are able to direct people to your posts, but not specifically ask people to click to help you make money. Also,the link above to sign up is an invite from me and is a referral link.

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Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake If you like earthquake cake, then you're going to love this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake ...it's simple and oh so delicious! If you have never made an earthquake cake, you're missing out.  I was recently introduced to them and boy am I glad I was.  I made a Red Velvet one, a Chocolate Fudge one and now this pumpkin one.  I love how the cream cheese is gooey and seeps into the batter while the butterscotch chips melt perfectly into it too.  This cake is quite simple to make, but doesn't skimp on taste.  If you're looking for a quick, easy and delicious dessert to make this season then you'll definitely want to try this one!   1 box of white cake mix (you DO NOT need the ingredients on the box) 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice   1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree 1/2 C butter 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. vanilla

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A QUICK CHEAT SHEET TO THE UNIX/MAC TERMINAL

A QUICK CHEAT SHEET TO THE UNIX/MAC TERMINAL   When it comes to learning how to code, one of the toughest things to learn is the command line. Not because it’s tough—it’s actually not too difficult. But rather because it is intimidating. That’s why I put together a cheat sheet of regularly-used commands in the Unix command line (see below). This isn’t meant to be some visually appealing infographic, filled with fancy gradients and sexy charts. Instead, it has been created to act as a quick reference guide. Moreover, as a way to memorize the basic commands. The only way to ever become comfortable using the command line is to memorize, memorize, and memorize some more. Luckily, lots of these commands are like their written out name. They have been created to help, not confuse. So, “exit” does in fact mean toexit the terminal. Take a look below at the Unix commands cheat sheet, perfect for your Mac terminal. (If you want to save this for later use, right-click and “Save As“.) Again, the only way to ever be a successful programmer is to learn how to work in the command line. It’s unavoidable.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Embroiled In TOTAL RECALL PR

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Embroiled In TOTAL RECALL PR Disaster: Specs & Hardware Detailed   1   Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is FINALLY official. Here's everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note and when you can buy one Samsung officially unveiled its sixth-generation Galaxy Note phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, on August 2 2016 at one of its special "Samung Unpacked" events in New York, USA. The latest Galaxy Note has skipped a number as Samsung allegedly wanted to keep the name consistent with the Galaxy S7 flagship series. The new 5.7in Android-based phablet has, of course, been the subject of much gossip, rumours, and leaks ahead of its official launch. Although it's quickly becoming a tech-journo cliche, it's nonetheless true once again with the Galaxy Note 7 that with the wraps taken off there are not many surprises following a long trail of rumours which have revealed, mostly accurately, near every detail of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung’s next BIG THING to hit up the rumour mill will be the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship, which is scheduled for launch inside early 2017 in its usual spot - likely a day or two ahead of MWC 2017 in late February or early March. However, in 2017 there is a MASSIVE potential curveball on the cards and it goes by the name of Samsung Galaxy X. Why’s it a curveball? Simple: the Galaxy X — which is believed to feature multiple models — will be the first commercial handsets that are completely flexible, meaning you will be able to fold and flex them. Samsung has been developing this tech for years, and in 2017 it will finally be ready for public consumption. How the Galaxy X will effect the Galaxy S8 remains to be seen. Will it replace it? That doesn’t seem likely given how much sway Samsung’s Galaxy S brand commands in today’s mobile space. What’s more like is that it will be a side-brand like the Galaxy Note series. But if the rumours ring true and the Galaxy X is a truly flexible handset the reaction from consumers could be HUGE. I mean, the status-quo of mobile design hasn’t really changed since 2007, save for the advent of ever-larger displays. The Galaxy X and the technology behind it stands to seriously shake things up on the mobile front by showing consumers that they can have phones that change shape, flex and roll-up. I mean, just think about that for a second — it’s HUGE. And, importantly, it’d give Samsung a huge marketing advantage of Apple and pretty much everybody else in the space. Interestingly, it seems the Galaxy Note 7 may be indicating a product shift for Samsung; it's the first Galaxy handset with a curved EDGE display that isn't explicitly named with the EDGE moniker bolted on the end and, what's more, it has been launched solo, without a flat-screen alternative model, like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 series. This has been enough on its own to get punters speculating about the possibility that all future Samsung flagship models may be single-model launches with a wholesale shift to curved EDGE displays, and without the need anymore to flag the feature in the naming convention, as it's now a familiar fixture for Galaxy fans. Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, some new info gives further weight to this line of thought, Samsung's head of mobile, Dong-jin Koh, spoke to the Korea Herald during an interview in New York after the Note 7 event, where he said, "Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)." However, with the Galaxy X waiting in the wings with an innovative new form factor, we are left to wonder how long the fixed-curvature of the EDGE display will be around before fully flexible and folding OLED phones dominate the Samsung Galaxy portfolio. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Issued Over Battery Fire Issue: Sales Put On Hold Oh dear. Things aren't looking too great for the Galaxy Note 7 right now. Following its expected enthusiastic launch and reception, little problems are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. First we heard how the Galaxy Note 7's S-Pen stylus could become jammed in its containment slot, and then reports started bleeding out that the handset was catching fire. Initially we regarded this somewhat cautiously, as the handsets catching fire when consumers use dodgy third-party chargers are not at all unusual. However, it seems this is the real deal, this is not down to user error and Samsung has now issued some statements on the problem, as well as issuing a recall and temporarily halting sales. This is sure to put a damper on Samsung's bottom line and there are already reports of investor concerns and share prices dropping in reaction - a Reuters report claims the firm's market share value dropped by as much as $7bn. Samsung's initial response from a spokesperson said, "In response to questions on Galaxy Note7, we are conducting a thorough inspection with our partners. We will share the findings as soon as possible. Samsung is fully committed to providing the highest quality products to our consumers." Following this, the firm has now revealed more details. "As of Sept. 1, a total of 35 claims were registered with Samsung's service centers at home and abroad. Only 24 units on a scale of 1 million were affected by the battery problem. By putting our top priority on customer safety, we've decided to halt sales [of Galaxy Note 7] and offer new replacement handsets to all customers." So yes, you can get a replacement handset. According to reports, Samsung designed the Galaxy Note 7 battery cell, but the production was delegated to third parties, it's claimed one of these third party manufacturers has produced the batteries present in faulty units.

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Infographic: The Most Fabulously Festive Cities in

Infographic: The Most Fabulously Festive Cities in the World

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12 awesome Instagram features you're probably not

12 awesome Instagram features you're probably not using   The best Instagrammers know the app like the back of their hands and can use every feature to its fullest to pull off a post that will garner tons of likes. If you've spent any good amount of time with Instagram, you probably already know most of these features. But we know that not everyone has time to dig around and experiment with the app. No problemo — we've got the 12 best Instagram features you're probably not using.   1. Manage your filters #nofilter is always the way to go. Okay, if you still love the filters (there are now 40 of them!), you don't need them all clogging up your filter strip, forcing you to scroll through all of them. You can actually pick which filters you want to appear and sort them in the order you want them to appear. To do so, swipe to the end of the filters, tap the "Manage" gear icon, and then select the filters you want. To arrange them in a specific, order, tap the left side (the three lines that look like hamburger menu) and slide them up and down the list.   IMAGE: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLE 2. Send posts in your feed to friends Did you know that Instagram has a built-in messaging system called Instagram Direct? Well, it does — it's the box icon in the top right corner. Instagram Direct's main purpose is to let you send private photos (with accompanying text) to friends or groups, but you can also use it to send photos you see in your Instagram feed to your friends. To send a photo from your feed to your friend, tap the right arrow icon below a 'gram and it'll bring up a "SEND TO" list, and from there just select the person you want to send it to.   IMAGE: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLE 3. Straighten, adjust perspective, and rotate photos This only works if your photo is cropped to post as a square (1:1) and not any other aspect ratio. To access the straighten and adjust perspective tools, first make sure your photo is a square. Then tap the wrench icon and then tap "Adjust" (it won't appear if your photo is not a square). From there, straightening a photo is as easy as swiping left and right on the slider to adjust the degree. The same thing goes for the tweaking the vertical and horizontal perspective. You can also rotate a photo by hitting the rotate icon in the upper right corner.   IMAGE: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLE 4. Link more social network accounts Facebook and Twitter are the two most popular social networks for sharing Instagrams, but there are a handful more that can be linked. Tumblr, Flickr, Swarm, Weibo, Ameba, ミクシィ/Mixi, and VKontakte are also supported. To link these accounts and make them options for sharing, tap the gear icon from your profile, and under "SETTINGS" tap "Linked Accounts" and then tap the accounts you want to add. You'll be asked to input account details and passwords, of course, for each one. The next time you go to post a 'gram, you'll see these newly added accounts as shareable options.

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A to Z About iOS 10 Features & Release Date

A to Z About iOS 10 Features & Release Date In Year 2015, iOS 9 had created a sensation in the smartphone world with its rich features. Since then, iOS 9 has been appreciated by the users for its great performance and functions such as split screen, slide over, picture in picture etc. This year also, Apple is working hard on its next generation iOS 10 which would probably be the most advanced & innovative iOS till the date. It is expected that apple will announce this new mobile OS in June 2016 at world wide developers conference (WWDC). It will be officially available for consumer after few months of its beta release. World Wide Developers Conference 2016 Dates Apple has released the dates for WWDC 2016 which will take place on June 13 2016 to June 17 2016 in San Francisco. That means we only have to wait for a few weeks before Apple reveals iOS 10. The iOS 10 beta will be available to developers at the same time, while public beta may launch in July, as they did it same for the iOS 9. You will be able to download iOS 10 beta in June 2016 & final release may take place in September. I have collected several

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5 Things You Can Only Find at Disneyland Paris

5 Things You Can Only Find at Disneyland Paris   Since the early '90s, Disneyland Paris has emerged as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations—up there with Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A hotspot for families seeking a day of escapist fun, Disneyland Paris has managed to balance its classic Disney feel with cutting-edge thrills that wow kids of all ages. We’ve tallied up a list of five things that make Disneyland Paris truly unique, from the classic Disney magic of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to new attractions based on Disney films like Ratatouille and Finding Nemo. C'est magnifique! LES MYSTÈRES DU NAUTILUS A walk-through attraction that takes guests to the depths of Captain Nemo’s submarine, Les Mystères du Nautilus traces the steps of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. An updated and retooled version of what was once seen at California’s Disneyland from 1955 to 1966, the immersive theme takes adventurers through six dimly

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How To Adjust Facial Features In Photoshop

How To Adjust Facial Features In Photoshop

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7 Commands Dogs Need to Know in Public Places

7 Commands Dogs Need to Know in Public Places   By Linda Cole A well mannered dog is a reflection on his owner. Socialization is an important part of a dog’s education, along with learning commands that can help keep him safe. There are lots of great summer activities and adventures you can enjoy with your pet. Whether you’re off to a free outdoor concert, heading to the beach or a family picnic at the park, there are certain commands you should teach your dog before going into any public place. Knowing that your furry friend understands and follows specific commands makes every outing safe and fun for everyone.

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Avril Lavigne - Sippin' On Sunshine

  Avril Lavigne - Sippin' On Sunshine

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7 BEST HIKING DESTINATIONS IN ENGLAND

7 BEST HIKING DESTINATIONS IN ENGLAND   This is a guest post by Emma Higgins from one of our favorite travel blogs, Gotta Keep Movin’. She has been up to some amazing adventures recently, and we are excited to have her share some of her favorite hiking spots in England with you!  With endless rolling hills and verdant greenery, England is packed with prime hiking spots. While putting together my print guidebook, A Year in the UK and Ireland, I’ve had the chance to walk in countless different places around the country, and each of them are special in their own unique way. Here are the best hiking destinations in England. 1. THE LAKE DISTRICT An old classic. The Lake District in north England is one of the best places in the UK for hiking, and more or less every other outdoor activity you can think of. This National Park’s undulating mountains and vast bodies of water (the largest in England) are prime locations for adventure. Top spots for a walk include the area next to Keswick – where you can scramble up the peaks of Skiddaw or Blencathra and look out over Derwentwater – around Coniston, or along the Langdale Pikes. That said, every inch of the Lake District is worth hiking across, so you can’t go wrong. 2. THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST With an official coast path that runs along its entirety, the north Norfolk coast in east England is the perfect place for people that love to walk by the ocean. This area is particularly suitable for those who aren’t keen on trekking up hills – it’s one of the flattest

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Rainbow Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie   Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie! I was going to share this rainbow smoothie closer to St. Patrick’s Day, but I couldn’t wait any longer! It’s so fun and makes me smile.   There is just something about rainbow food that makes me feel joyful – anyone else feel that?! It’s probably because rainbows bring about thoughts of sunshine, spring, and baby animals.. hahaha :)  I wouldn’t call this your average breakfast smoothie, I mean it does have 7 layers, but it’s the type of smoothie that would be perfect for special occasions like birthdays or st. patrick’s day! How fun would it be to stick a gold chocolate coin in the bottom of the glass before adding the smoothie. That way when someone is finished drinking it, they find gold at the end of the rainbow!! To make this rainbow smoothie you will need quite a bit of fruit. Some of the items you’ll easily be able to find in the frozen fruit section, like strawberries, blueberries, and mango, but here’s my secret to frosty & thick smoothies.. if a smoothie recipe calls for peaches instead of buying a bag of frozen peaches which can be kind of pricy, buy a can of peaches, drain the juice, place the peaches in a ziploc bag and toss in the freezer. Instant frozen fruit! I do this with bananas too. I’ll slice up a whole bunch of bananas, place the pieces in a bag and put them in the freezer so I have frozen bananas I can use whenever I want to make a smoothie. I do this with pineapple too. Buy it in a can, drain it, put it in a bag and freeze it. Since you will be layering each smoothie of top of each other, you want to make sure that each smoothie isn’t too liquidy. If they are too liquidy the smoothies will blend together instead of appearing as separate layers. But you’re saying “BETH! My smoothie is too liquify, what should I do?” Pour the layer that is too liquidy into a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a while and it will thicken up. I want to address the blue layer. I tried to make a blue smoothie using just blueberries, yogurt, and a banana. As much as I wanted it to be blue, it was purple. So to get the blue layer to actually be blue, I simply repeated the yellow layer (since it’s the lightest color) and added blue food coloring. A rainbow just isn’t a rainbow without blue! If you are opposed to using a small amount of blue food coloring to achieve the blue layer, it’s totally fine to skip that layer! If you want to go the all natural route, here is a tutorial for how to make natural blue food coloring, or you can buy natural blue food coloring here or here as well. Once you have prepared all of the smoothies, carefully layer each smoothie, in color order in a glass. I like to use a spoon to gradually add each smoothie color, making sure that I don’t pour too much in too fast, otherwise the colors may mix too much.

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This has to be one of the craziest but most out of

This has to be one of the craziest but most out of the world AMAZING desserts I have ever made! Oreos and cookie dough are a match made in heaven. Oreos are amazing, cookie dough is amazing but together WOW! So so good! When I was making my Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles I thought why not put this together? So I pressed down a few of the cookie dough balls to flatten them, gently twisted open a few Oreos and put them together. I dipped 2 in chocolate and when I took my first bite I was in heaven! I am not kidding when I say it has to be one of the best desserts I have tasted in my life! I felt a little sinful though thinking of the calories… lol

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Top Vegetarian Protein Sources

Top Vegetarian Protein Sources   If you're a vegetarian you need to provide your body with foods that contain the essential amino acids that are used as building blocks of protein in the body. Every time you eat food of any kind your body breaks it down into three basic groups: A) Useful stuff  B) Energy C) Waste. Useful stuff are foods which contain vitamins and the amino acids the body needs in order to create more complex molecules which then form what everyone sees: like hair, skin, eyes, muscle and so on. Energy comes from foods which contain either sugar or fat and depending on your body’s energy needs some of it will be used up immediately while the rest will be stored for later. Waste is everything your body cannot use or process and everyone knows what happens to waste. Vegetarians and Vegans who train can still source everything they need for the body to build good quality muscle by eating a variety of foods which can be used to source the amino acids necessary to build protein in the body. The table below provides some

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DIY Household Products That Save Money Without Che

DIY Household Products That Save Money Without Chemicals of person who prefers to have your household merchandise without the flame retardant or other weird chemical, then you will appreciate this collection of do-it-yourself products. The other good news is that this helps you save money, so perhaps that is even a more compelling reason for you to give these a try! Some of these are not about going chemical-free as much as they are just finding handy hacks for your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.      Body Wash Want to know how to create a much cheaper, cleaner version of your favorite body wash? This site has the full scoop. The price differential definitely makes this worth it on cost alone. The ingredients are shown below.   Mouthwash

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Coconut Shrimp Curry

Coconut Shrimp Curry   Coconut Shrimp Curry – Try this amazing recipe  for this tasty and flavorful coconut shrimp curry, comfort food at its finest. My friends, I have a special dish for you today and I promise you will love this coconut shrimp curry. If you like curry dishes, you will want to make this. In Romanian cuisine we don’t use coconut milk or many of these ingredients found in this dish and this is why I like to experiment and try different type of dishes. When I started this blog my husband asked me if I won’t run out of recipes. I laughed and said there’s no way I will ever run out of recipes. Yes, I’ll run out of the recipes I know, but there are so many different types of cuisines out there, it’s impossible to run out of recipes, unless you are afraid to try different things. But not me, I’ll try anything once, if I like I’ll have it again, and if I don’t, well at least I can say I tried it. But back to this recipe here, I love curry dishes with coconut milk in them, they’re rich in flavor and the dishes look amazing. I mean look at the color of this curry, it’s gorgeous. Although you may think there are a lot of ingredients in this dish, there really aren’t and it was a very quick dish to put together. It makes a wonderful dinner or even a great lunch if you have left overs. 4.8 from 16reviews coconut shrimp curry  

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7 Tips for Writing Emotion Into Your Story

7 Tips for Writing Emotion Into Your Story Have you ever finished reading a book and walked away feeling nothing? No attachment to the characters, no joy in their success or sadness in their failings. As a writer, this is one of my biggest fears. What if somebody reads my book and feels no emotion towards it? That’s about as large of a failure as most writers can imagine. So how do we avoid this pitfall? How do we write emotions into our story? A difficult question, since “emotion” is a rather slippery word that is hard to define and even harder to teach people. But I think it's a question worth exploring. Ready? Okay, here we go:  1. Ask yourself why your reader should care. Before you start trying to write an emotionally engaging story, you have to know why it’s important that your readers are engaged. While the answer “Because if they aren’t engaged they won’t like my book and then I’ll never sell my stories” is a very profound and noble response, you’ll want to dig a bit deeper. Why should they care? What will they take from it? We didn’t feel sympathy for Faramir because he was in an unfair position. We were touched by his story because we witnessed that somebody can stay kind and brave through bad situations. We cheer on Black Widow, not because her past was hard, but because we like seeing that people can correct and rise above their mistakes. Do you see where I’m going with this? 

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Minority Report finally becomes a reality: new hi-

Minority Report finally becomes a reality: new hi-tech video wall will let law enforcement agencies sift through data with a wave of their hand Could be used by intelligence agencies to track huge amounts of data Firm says its technology will 'fundamentally change' the way we use computers By MARK PRIGG   The hi-tech computer system behind the film 'Minority Report' - where Tom Cruise speeds through video on a large screen using only hand gestures - is making its way into the real world. American computer experts have revealed the software has become a reality - and they hope to sell it to law enforcement agencies around the world. The interface developed by scientist John Underkoffler has been commercialized by the Los Angeles firm Oblong Industries as a way to sift through massive amounts of video and other data. Minority Report: The hi-tech gesture controlled system Tom Cruise used in the hit film has become a reality thanks to a US film Gamers have been able to control their Xbox in a similar fashion with Microsoft's Kinect add on.

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Detox Smoothie – Triple Berry Chia

Detox Smoothie – Triple Berry Chia I have been loving this detox smoothie lately. Although writing recipes for this site keeps me on track with mostly healthy meals, my snacks are typically whatever I can quickly grab: chips or pretzels, etc. So I really wanted to come up with something equally as quick and convenient, but also new and interesting and more nutritious too. This detox smoothie, filled with mixed berries, banana, and healthy chia seeds, fits the bill perfectly! First, the mixture of berries gives this detox smoothie a deep pink, beautiful, vibrant color that just looks delicious. And this detox smoothie tastes wonderful too, slightly sweet and slightly tart. With a rich and creamy texture that’s thick enough to eat with a spoon!   And it’s such a healthy, nutrient-rich recipe too. Because it’s vegan, it has absolutely no saturated fat or cholesterol. And (per serving) this detox smoothie is packed with: a ton of detoxifying and hunger-satisfying fiber (13 g, 53% DV) a surprising amount of filling protein (5.8g) lots of manganese, potassium (12% DV) a surprising amount of calcium (14% DV) and tons of immunity-boosting vitamin C (82%DV) This detox smoothie recipe makes six generous portions, so it’s easy to store individually sized portions in the fridge or freezer for a quick and easy snack or breakfast anytime. Or if you prefer, it’s simple to cut this recipe in half to make just a few servings. Here is the complete, printable recipe for Triple Berry Chia Detox Smoothie:   Triple Berry Chia Detox Smoothie   Author: The Scrumptious Pumpkin Nutrition Information Serving size: 6 Calories: 211 Fat: 4.7g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 39.2g Sugar: 22.1g

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ONE COUPLE'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD

    ONE COUPLE'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD My name is Amy, I’m from the UK and I just arrived in New Zealand yesterday to start my round-the-world trip,” I told the boat-load of strangers as we took it in turns to introduce ourselves. “Ah, you’re fresh then!” replied the Rock Boat guide as we sailed the paper-flat waters ofthe Bay of Islands. I nodded, assuming he meant that I was a fresh new traveller, because I certainly didn’t look fresh after stepping off a 24-hour flight just the day before. I looked around at the international collection of tourists gathered on the boat deck; all were at different points in their travel adventures while mine was just beginning, and in ‘fresh traveller’ style I was cramming every second with action.  Hiking the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand, 2013 The Magic of First-Time Travel I vividly remember those first few magical weeks of travel after Andrew and I touched down in Auckland three and a half years ago. We were like baby explorers in our brand-new backpacks with our maps andcarefully-planned itinerary. Everything was new and exciting: picking up a rental car, checking into our trendy hostel in Ponsonby, slipping on our flip-flops for the first time and picking up (ludicrously expensive) groceries from the supermarket. The Bay of Islands We walked around with stupefied grins on our faces, marvelling at everything: “Did you hear that Kiwi accent!”, “Check out that weird tree!”, “There’s a volcano!”, “Look at all those sheep!” We were like my two-year-old nephew Alfie who screams with delight at such mundane, everyday sights as buses, ducks and lawn mowers and looks up at you while pointing his tiny finger, expecting you to be equally mesmerised. Our first night in Auckland On our first evening I remember walking around the harbour in Auckland; boats bobbed on the sea, music and laughter filled the air from bars, lights shone off the water and the Skytower blinked like a beacon in the darkness. Everything was deliciously different, our thoughts were all punctuated with exclamation marks and just being there was an adventure. Paintballing (!) on the Rock Boat in New Zealand The next day on our drive up to the Bay of Islands we stopped at a beach and I scrawled: “We’ve arrived!” in the sand. Our stunned brains, which had just escaped a snowy UK winter, struggled to process the fact that we were now standing barefoot on a beach in bright sunshine quite literally on the other side of the world. After years of saving and dreaming we had finally become travellers. My message in the New Zealand sand Travelling at 100 Miles Per Hour As incredible as that first month was, I’m also surprised that we didn’t

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How To Tone Your Butt? Let’s Learn The Safest & Qu

How To Tone Your Butt? Let’s Learn The Safest & Quickest Way! Do you have a flat butt and want to get rid of it? Do you want to shape it like Jen Selter or any other model? You may have inherited your flat butt or got one after losing weight. We know, it can be a bit distressing for you, if you like to wear tight fitting clothes and you may be secretly hoping for a fuller, shapelier bottom (like Kim Kardashian). To find your answers, you may end up with various Google searches like – How to get a bigger butt? Well, it’s not that difficult to get one – It all depends on you. Did you know that your hips are made up of 3 types of gluteal muscles? Medius Gluteus Minimus Gluteus Maximus Gluteus These 3 muscles are covered with a layer of fat and play an important role in our overall wellness, conditioning, and strength. You may not know that your glutes are what helps you stand upright from a sitting position or a squat, climb stairs and stabilize the pelvis. If you are having a flat butt and feel bad about it then you need to work on those three gluteal muscles to get bigger hip. Gluteal Muscles Diagram When your glutes enlarge, it gives the butts an athletic, firm, and sexy appearance that you have always wanted. By exercising your glutes consistently from all angles and eating the right the kind of food, you’ll be able to shape your bums. When you go to the gym to burn your fat and stay in shape, you do a lot of movements that are potentially great for your glutes. However, it will help you to get bigger buttocks if you know how to maximally activate your gluteal muscles during the exercises.     Do You Want To Know Exercises For A Bigger Butt? If you have a flat hip and want to get Perfect Brazilian Butts, you need to do some hard work, which is good for your assets as well as your body. There are many exercises that you can do at home without any equipment like lunges, squats, plank and some more. All these common exercises have the potential to get your gluteal muscles firing on all cylinders. However, most people are not hitting their glutes correctly while doing these exercises. You’ll be able to completely transform your workout and your butt, if you learn to do these exercises over, with an emphasis on your hips. We have listed a few bigger butt exercises that can help you to learn how to maximally activate your gluteal muscles.

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Hyperloop Explained: How Elon Musk's Futuristic Tr

Hyperloop Explained: How Elon Musk's Futuristic Transit System Works (Infographic) By Karl Tate              

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Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Which i

Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Which is best? By Chris Barraclough    We compare Google's big new Pixel XL phone with Samsung's mighty Galaxy S7 Edge, two brilliant and premium 5.5-inch phones. Which massive Android mobile is best for you, and what's the difference in terms of specs, camera tech and other features? Google just launched its mighty Pixel XL smartphone, available to buy in late October here in the UK, along with the standard (and dinkier) 5-inch Pixel phone. The Pixel XL is the true flagship however, packing a massive 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, along with a powerful 12-megapixel camera and the latest Snapdragon processor for blistering performance. So how does the Pixel XL compare with the Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung's own powerhouse 5.5-inch phone? And which is best for you? Here's our full Pixel XL vs S7 Edge comparison review to help you make up your mind. And check out our full hands-on Pixel XL reviewfor more info on Google's mighty mobile. Pixel XL vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Specs at a glance PHONEGALAXY S7 EDGEGOOGLE PIXEL XL Screen size 5.5-inches 5.5-inches

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BAILEYS DARK CHOCOLATE GUINNESS BREAD

BAILEYS DARK CHOCOLATE GUINNESS BREAD "Rich and dark chocolate Guinness bread laced with chocolate chips and walnuts then frosted with a sweet Baileys glaze." We’re in the homestretch for Saint Patrick’s Day (3 more days!) and I’ve certainly been feeling it this year, what with all the boozy desserts I’ve been throwing at you. But at the same time, all of these recipes have been insanely popular this year, so it’s hard for me not to give you more of what you clearly want. Or, at least, that’s how I justified buying a 12 pack of Guinness and three bottles of Baileys. I can justify a lot of things when it’s “for the blog.” This recipe comes from another belated Christmas gift from my mother, a cookbook called Quick & Easy Dump Cakes by Cathy Mitchell. And according to my mother, she’s had this cookbook forever, and she knew she would be gifting it to me once she saw how I lit up when she told me about it. I guess that’s a side effect of this blog; ever since began this crazy journey from lazy-foodie-turned-sorta-cook I’ve become so interested in “classic” recipes. Not that the Quick & Easy Dump cake book is especially old – the hardcover has a date of 2014 – but while writing this post, I had a hard time finding where to purchase it online, which makes me think maybe it’s falling out of publication. Which is a shame, when there are recipe treasures like this Which is a shame, when there are recipe treasures like this inside. I’ve baked with Guinness before, and though I can’t handle drinking the beer, it always makes for the perfect combination with chocolate – especially dark chocolate. It gives this bread a rich taste on its own, and the added chocolate chips and walnuts give it that extra bit of character. But my absolute favorite part? The glaze. And I know, I keep going on and on about Baileys lately, but I just can’t help myself. Baileys has become one of my all-time favorite liquors. Sometimes I wonder how I ever lived my with my life before discovering the magic of Irish cream. I never want to go back to those dark times again. So I can’t make any promises, but this might be the last boozy dessert I have for a while… maybe. Possibly. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to those three bottles of Baileys…

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With the Gear S2 smartwatch, Samsung finally gets

With the Gear S2 smartwatch, Samsung finally gets wearables right.            BERLIN — Humans have been wearing watches for centuries, but to look at the recent history of smartwatches, you'd never know it. They are, with few exceptions, a motley bunch.Samsung has been a chief offender, kicking out an extraordinary number of devices that appear largely unacquainted with fashion and the anatomy of the human wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: the best Android sm

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: the best Android smartphone you can buy          The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is an excellent phone which addresses the company's past mistakes CREDIT: RHIANNON WILLIAMS/TELEGRAPH  Rhiannon Williams  24 MARCH 2016 • 12:20PM    Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones went on sale this month around the world, with the high-end phones starting at £569 here in the UK.  The new models follow in the footsteps of previous flagships the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, revealed at last year's MWC, and according to Samsung have seen "stronger than expected" pre-orders in the lead-up to sale.  Samsung has learned from its past mistakes, when the S6 failed to sell in the volumes it anticipated, while demand for the edge was far higher than the company anticipated. Looking for an iPhone alternative? Here's how the Galaxy S7 Edge measures up.  Samsung Galaxy S7 - video review

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Japan for first timers – 25 useful tips

Japan for first timers – 25 useful tips Japan, a wonderful country that may seem enticing and intimidating at the same time. It took us a while to get there, but after just a few hours in Tokyo, we knew we would be back. And we ended up going there 4 times within 1.5 years. I wish I’d known some things before our first visit. It would have made travelling easier and even more enjoyable but it doesn’t mean discovering them ourselves wasn’t fun. If you’re planning to visit Japan for the first time, here are our 25 useful tips & things to know.   1. Convenience stores are really convenient FamilyMart, 7-Eleven, Circle K, Lawson and Daily Yamazaki stores (the konbinis) are everywhere and offer lots of useful products and services. Hot meals, sushi, alcohol, ice cream, bathroom essentials, ATMs, coffee – you can get there almost anything you may need on a trip. Most have also a small area with a kettle, microwave and bar-style seating space. Payment by credit card, cash or IC (Suica or similar) card. 2. Look up Restaurants, shops and cafes may not be on the street level – buildings in Japan are often very narrow but tall. Look up to see what’s on higher floors or find a building directory near the main entrance. 3. Go to the basement Big department stores and shopping malls usually hide a real foodie paradise in the basement. Bento boxes, sweet treats, sushi, teas, fruits, hams and cheeses plus sometimes a few restaurants. Last hour before closing they mark down bento boxes and you can get a good dinner for 50% or less. 4. Trains are ALWAYS on time No matter if you need to catch a local train or a shinkansen, you need to remember they will be on time. When we were using our JR Pass for the first time, I had to remind myself that when the ticket says “15:24” it will be exactly that time. Not (how I’m used to in Australia or Poland) “sometime around 15.24”. It’s good to remember this when you have the last train to catch or need to be at the airport at a certain time. 5. Toilets are amazing They clean themselves, clean your butt and private parts, have warmed seats and flushing sound to cover your sounds. Widely available, not just at home or fancy hotel – even public toilets in the most shabby-looking place. They are possibly the best thing ever. One day I’ll bring one with me as a souvenir. 6. No bins in sight If you like to eat and drink on the go or have a takeaway coffee be ready to carry your trash. There are no bins on the streets. It’s a good idea to keep a plastic bag in your backpack to use as a trash bag and dispose of it at your hotel. Bigger convenience stores have bins outside, next to the entrance. 7. Cash? Always carry some cash, especially if you’re outside of big cities, where card payments may not be widely accepted. But even in Tokyo, you may have to pay for dinner with cash. We usually carry‎

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MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN JAPAN YOU NEED TO VISIT (

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN JAPAN YOU NEED TO VISIT (PART 1) by Shigeki Abe January 21, 2015  Japan is full of natural wonder and beauty. While Tokyo and Kyoto might get all the attention, there are some jaw droppingly beautiful places in rural Japan. In this multi-part post, we’ll explore places which have officially been named, “The Most Beautiful Villages of Japan.” 日本で最も美しい村連合( Nihon de mottomo utsukushii mura-rengō)or “The Association of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan” was established in 2005 to help conserve and enhance the Japanese rural heritage. As part of their work, the association names certain area of Japan as “the most beautiful villages in Japan”. Towns that receive this recognition get many benefits, such as conservation development, tourism awareness, and government sponsored local craft/food fairs. Currently there are 49 villages that have received this prestigious designation. Criteria for recognition include: Less than 10,000 population Having regional sustainable resources Previous and on-going efforts taken for sustainable use of local resources Local resources must be protected by public means, such as zoning and Ordinance In part 1 of this series, we’ll explore the gorgeous places in Hokkaido. Biei ( 美瑛 町 ), Hokkaido Biei is famous for its wide fields and hills, and is used as a backdrop for many Japanese commercials and TV programs. The bright colored farm fields attract thousands of visitors. The “Road of Patchwork”, “Hills of Zerubu” and “Shikisai-no-oka” have some of the most spectacular views. The hills are painted with lines and patches of alternating colors,  which can be explored not only by foot, but also by bicycles and golf carts — definitely a must-see in Hokkaido. Although the hills may look like vast parkland open to the public, but most of them are actually private property of farmers, tending to various crops such as pumpkins, potatoes, melons, wheat, beans, sweet corn, and tomatoes. So once you’ve enjoyed the view, you can head over to the shops and buy various products that are actually produced in the field. Don’t miss the different seasonal flavors of soft-serve ice cream including melon, lavender, and pumpkin! The Blue Pond (Aoiike) is also a must-visit place especially for photographers, where the natural minerals gives the water an extra blue. The reflection of the trees and branches are magical and spectacular

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How I Afford To Travel: 1 Year, 15 Countries, And

How I Afford To Travel: 1 Year, 15 Countries, And Just $2,000 By Catalina  One of the questions that I get asked the most is how I afford to travel. If you’ve ever seen my Instagram it would seem like I’m always jetting off to some new location and that I don’t have a concern in the world about money. Well, believe it or not, Instagram isn’t real life. Shocking, I know.  So today, I’m here to reveal exactly how I spent 1.5 years living abroad and visited 15 countries, when I only left my hometown with $2,000.       1. Working Abroad 2016 was a pretty big year for me, and most of the epic adventures I had in 2016 took place while I was, believe it or not, working. I know it sounds crazy, but I promise I’m 100% serious. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy over the summer of 2014, I made a connection with a tour guide at a student travel company. Months later, I applied and was hired to work as a sales person and tour guide for this very company. With co-workers on a company retreat in Liguria, Italy Essentially, through selling trips to students studying abroad in Italy, I was able to live in Florence in free company housing and travel all over Europe on the weekends. During my time working for a student travel company in Florence, I visited 10 countries and over 20 cities. I traveled almost every weekend, and all of my expenses on these trips were covered. 

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rosewoodhotels.com / grangehotels.com / Chelsey Pippin / BuzzFeed 1. The Drawing Room, Southbank benugoc.oilinternet.com benugoc.oilinternet.com A secret bookcase fittingly leads you through the BFI Southbank's Benugo Cafe and into the cosy Drawing Room. Books line the walls of the intimate cocktail bar, and comfy armchairs make it the perfect place to escape with some booze and a book. 2. The Fable, Holborn thefablebar.co.uk thefablebar.co.uk This book lover's paradise tucked away in Holborn Viaduct is a prime spot to take your favourite book on a date, or to pick up a new read. The charming bar has literary decor, lovely lending selection, wonderful natural light, and a great drink selection of course. 3. The Society Club, Soho Facebook: thesocietyclub Facebook: thesocietyclub Bookstore plus bar... is there any more perfect business plan? The cosy and well-read Society Club in Soho has figured it out. With a wide drink and snack menu and even wider selection of books, the bar will keep you in great company. 4. Scarfes Bar, Holborn rosewoodhotels.com rosewoodhotels.com The Rosewood London hotel knows a thing or two about comfort, made clear in the delightfully cosy Scarfes Bar, without a doubt a book lover's dream bar. The classy spot has an epic collection of books and comfy spots to sit and read, not to mention a killer cocktail menu. 5. Bush Theatre Bar, Shepherd's Bush hirespace.com

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How to help your child feel less anxious

How to help your child feel less anxious By Claudia Hammond Every child, just like every adult, feels anxious sometimes. But for some, anxiety can take over, stopping them doing the things they enjoy. Research by Prof Cathy Creswell from Reading University, the author of books on how to overcome anxiety in childhood, has demonstrated that there are things that parents can do to help alleviate their child’s anxiety. Here are some tips based on her research and on other recent studies on anxiety. 1) Be aware that it’s natural for childhood anxiety to move through stages. Four to eight year olds might worry about ghosts, monsters or animals, while older children are more likely to fear getting hurt through real but rare events such as murder, terrorism or nuclear war.

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VISITING THE HARRY POTTER STUDIOS IN LONDON

VISITING THE HARRY POTTER STUDIOS IN LONDON JUL 22. 2016 It’s no secret that I’m one of the biggest Potterheads to ever live. I’ve read all of the books at least twice, and watched each movie more times than I can possibly count. And I have my own wand. So during my last trip to London, visiting the Harry Potter Studios in London* was a must. Obviously. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, visiting the studio will instantly become your favorite London memory. I am 100% sure of this. Why? Well, because your favorite books and movies will come to life before your eyes. You’ll see, and learn about, exactly what went into making those eight magical movies, over ten beautiful years. And it’ll be so mind-blowing that you just might break down into tears. It’s just that brilliant. *Oh, and just to be proper, this excursion is formally referred to as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London; but we’ll be calling it the Harry Potter Studios from here on out. Also, this post contains affiliate links. VISITING THE HARRY POTTER STUDIOS IN LONDON: For Potterheads, this is the ultimate London experience. Hands down. Sure, seeing Big Ben and riding the London Eye is nice and all, but for me, the real London highlights were walking down Diagon Alley, seeing the Fat Lady and the set of the Weasley Burrow, and drinking Butterbeer. Nothing compares to all of that, guys. And as you can imagine, when we arrived in Leavesden and climbed aboard the shuttle bus, the excitement was real. (To avoid navigating trains and shuttle buses, you can 

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Apple's iOS 11 update ends support for iPhone 5 an

Apple's iOS 11 update ends support for iPhone 5 and 5C Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Apple's iOS 11 mobile operating system will not be available for the iPhone 5 and 5C or the iPad 4 when it is released in the autumn.

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Election results 2017: Exit poll predicts Tories t

Election results 2017: Exit poll predicts Tories to be largest party The Tories will be the largest party but may not have a majority, according to the general election exit poll. The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the Tories could get 314 MPs when all the results have been counted in Thursday's election. Labour would get 266, the Lib Dems 14, UKIP none and the SNP 34, the NOP/Ipsos MORI poll for BBC/ITV/Sky suggests. Labour held Newcastle Central with a smaller swing from the Tories, of 2%, than the exit poll suggested. Polling expert John Curtice, who helped compile the exit poll, said it was the "first sign" the country was "drifting away" from the Conservatives. The Newcastle constituency won the race with Houghton and Sunderland South, another Labour hold, to be the first of the night to declare its result. To get an overall majority, one party needs to get 326 seats. The exit poll suggests the Conservatives would be 12 short of an overall majority. It suggests Labour would gain 34 seats, the Conservatives would lose 17 seats, the Lib Dems would gain six and the SNP lose 22 seats. Election results live updates What happens if no-one wins the election? Full UK results breakdown Find the result where you live The Green Party would be unchanged with one seat and Plaid Cymru would still have three MPs, according to the poll. In total, 30,450 people were interviewed as they exited 144 polling stations across the UK. Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon cautioned against reading too much into projections. Labour's John McDonnell agreed that it was too early to call the result,

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Tom Cruise's The Mummy gets some grim reviews

Tom Cruise's The Mummy gets some grim reviews Image copyrightUNIVERSALImage captionAnnabelle Wallis co-stars in The Mummy with Tom Cruise The reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise has received some scathing reviews from critics. The film, which is released in the UK on 9 June, also stars Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe. Writing in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said: "This has some nice moments but is basically a mess. "The plot sags like an aeon-old decaying limb: a jumble of ideas and scenes from what look like different screenplay drafts." 'Monster fail'

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Call for drug test services at all UK festivals an

Call for drug test services at all UK festivals and clubs after successful pilot By Michael BaggsNewsbeat reporter FROM THE TOPIC Share this article 3 days ago   Facebook Twitter Email There's a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services, in an attempt to reduce deaths. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in "serious health harm". They want festival-goers to be able to test their drugs on site to make sure they aren't carrying dangerous substances.

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London attack: Goodwill and planning got NHS throu

London attack: Goodwill and planning got NHS through Image captionDr Malik Ramadhan, divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital The NHS puts lots of effort into planning for a major incident - whether it is a terrorist attack, a cyber-attack, an outbreak of infectious disease or simply a major power cut. But what the past few months have shown is that the dedication and goodwill of staff play a vital role. After both the Westminster Bridge and Manchester concert attacks, hospitals ended up turning away doctors, nurses and other staff who were volunteering to come in. The actions of Dr Malik Ramadhan, divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital, where 12 of the London Bridge and Borough Market victims were taken, are a perfect illustration of this. Multiple casualties Dr Ramadhan had finished his shift and was cycling home over Tower Bridge at the time of Saturday night's attacks.

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XBOXING CLEVER

XBOXING CLEVER  Microsoft’s ‘Project Scorpio’ successor to the Xbox One to be revealed at E3 next week New gaming system expected to be 'world's most powerful console' By Jasper Hamill 9th June 2017, 3:22 pm   Updated: 9th June 2017, 3:23 pm  Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing

'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online Image copyrightPAUL_BRIGHTON/GETTY How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used. "Sizzlin' beans", "dynamite beets" and "twisted citrus-glazed carrots" tempted diners to fill their plates. Healthy labels, such as "wholesome", were a turn-off, even though the dishes were identical in every other way. Seductive carrot... The experiment took place over the whole of the autumn academic term. Each day, a vegetable dish was labelled up in one of four ways: basic - where the description was simply "carrots", for example healthy restrictive - "carrots with sugar-free citrus dressing" health positive - "smart-choice vitamin C citrus carrots"

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6 Summer Tips for Unwinding, Recharging and Taking

6 Summer Tips for Unwinding, Recharging and Taking Care of Yourself by HENRIK EDBERG “Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris The summer is here. And for many of us it’s a time of vacations, a time of being free from school or a slow time at work or in your business. So it’s a good time to focus on taking extra good care of yourself

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FISH COLLAGEN: THE BEAUTY PROTEIN

FISH COLLAGEN: THE BEAUTY PROTEIN  17.02.17    Beauty   Collagen   Important   Aging   Health   Healthy    Posted By Elavonne Beauty

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Four Meditation Practices to Quiet Your Mind

Four Meditation Practices to Quiet Your Mind lizlamoreux Like    Share photo by Vivienne McMaster | Be Your Own Beloved I often hear people say things like, “I want to start a meditation practice, but I don’t have time” or “I just can’t sit still that long” and so on. But meditation doesn’t have to be sitting still for 15 minutes to an hour as you try to think about nothing without moving your body. Meditation can instead become a self-care practice you use to simply quiet your mind. But you have to try it in order to really begin to feel the positive effects on your body and soul.  Here are four meditations that are perfect for beginners and even seasoned practitioners who need to get back in touch with their beginner’s mind. You don’t have to be a yogi to try these meditations. They’re accessible for anyone and you can try any of them today.

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4 Signs You May Have Had a Past Life

4 Signs You May Have Had a Past Life   If you've ever wondered why you have a fear of heights or look into the eyes of a stranger and feel as if you know them, the answers may be found in your past lives, says Brian Weiss, MD, the author of Miracles Happen. As told to Joan Podrazik Photo: Thinkstock

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Why You Need More Magnesium

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Facebook drone in successful test flight

Facebook drone in successful test flight 30 June 2017   From the sectionTechnology These are external links and will open in a new window

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'Very strong' climate change signal in record June

'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat By Matt McGrathEnvironment correspondent 29 June 2017   From the sectionScience & Environment These are external links and will open in a new window Share this with Facebook

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The Beginner’s Guide to The Full Moon Party in Tha

The Beginner’s Guide to The Full Moon Party in Thailand   I had heard many legendary stories of the infamous Full Moon Party, and I was NOT going to miss it when I made plans to travel to Thailand! The massive party takes place on a stretch of beach on Koh Phangan island in Thailand. Each month, on the night of the full moon, thousands of people come from all over the world to partake in the festivities and dance all night long. Here’s what to expect at The Full Moon Party in Thailand!   My friend Lindsay and I took a morning ferry to Koh Pha Ngan from Koh Samui to partake in some pre- Full Moon Party festivities. We ended up meeting some awesome Italian guys on the ferry and made plans to meet up for the party that evening. I had also made some awesome new friends Sevi (from Germany) and Katy (from the UK), that I met while snorkeling in Koh Phi Phi, who were also in Koh Pha Ngan for the party. So, we all met up in Thang Sala to spend the day on the beach preparing for the party. That’s the beauty of traveling in Thailand. You meet SO many other travelers! Piled up in a Tuk Tuk and ready to party!   Getting There Depending on where you’re coming from, the two closest islands to Kho Pha Ngan are Koh Samui and Koh Tao. There are inexpensive ferries running daily between all the islands. The actual beach party is located on Haad Rin beach on Koh Pha Ngan island. From Bangkok: The fastest way to Koh Pha Ngan is to take a short flight to Koh Samui and catch a ferry to the island. There are also budget-friendly overnight bus & boat options you can purchase from travel agents in Bangkok.   Where to Stay Accommodation typically books up solid on Koh Pha Ngan the week before and after the Full Moon Party. Book in advance to make sure you have somewhere to stay. Or, do what I did, and leave your bags at a friend’s hotel and stay out all night. After experiencing it, I

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32 of the Quirkiest, Most Colorful Cities in the W

32 of the Quirkiest, Most Colorful Cities in the World There’s nothing I like more than traveling around colorful cities and neighborhoods teeming with bright hues. I’m usually already wide-eyed and thrilled to be traveling somewhere new. Add bursts of color in unexpected places and I suddenly find myself inspired and dare I say, even a little giddy?pin Since I’m always adding to my ridiculously never-ending list of places I want to travel, I figured the best people to ask were travel bloggers. The enthusiastic response surprised even me – they contributed 30 different colorful cities and neighborhoods around the world, from Ireland to South Africa to the US to Argentina. Here they are below – followed by two of my personal favorites, including one that’s sure to surprise you! Penang, Malaysia Ria of Life in Big Tent Penang Island (Malaysia) and especially George Town is rich with history, colorful details, and inspiring places. It’s a place where your walk around can be turned into never-ending discovery trail. For example, this colorful buildings complex I found by accident in Jalan Kek Chuan. I was just walking around and searching for the murals (Penang is also famous for the street art projects). There is not much story behind these buildings, only that the street name was given after Lim Kek Chuan, the co-founder and first President of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce, who owned 17 shop houses along this road in the 20th century. And the new picturesque look is a result of building restoration. Now in this place known as Kau Keng Choo, you can find cozy restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores. Inspired? Check out how to get to Penang Island. Strasbourg, France Paula McInerney of Contented Traveller Strasbourg is in the breathtaking Alsace region of France and its ties with Germany are palpable. This city is both medieval and modern in some very interesting ways. The houses are your typical fairy tale houses of many different colors. Strasbourg is a series of twisting and turning cobble-stoned alleys with crooked half-timbered houses, with geraniums cascading from the window boxes. It is hard to go past the magnificence of the Gothic cathedral that dominates the city. Here in the Cathedral Square, The Notre Dame reins supreme, surrounded by more stunning houses and an amazing old gothic house that is now the restaurant, Maison Kammerzell. You will see street artists and performers and tourists aplenty. People come here for a reason – the city is beautiful. Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa Erika of Erika’s Travels Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the brightly colored neighborhood of Bo Kaap is home the majority of Cape Town’s Malayan population. Many of the residents of Bo Kaap are descendants of slaves from Southeast Asia, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. These slaves were brought to the Cape by the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s and have established a community that is as culturally diverse as it is colorful. The population of Bo Kaap is predominantly Muslim, which is reflected in the many minarets scattered throughout the neighborhood.  The bright colors of Bo Kaap were introduced to the neighborhood after Apartheid in the 1990s. The vibrant hues intended to bring joy to the residents of the neighborhood during the celebration of Eid and have since evolved into a cornerstone of the area’s identity. The Bo Kaap neighborhood sits at the foot of Signal Hill. The town’s mountainous backdrop creates a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful rows of multi-colored houses. Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa Natasha of The World Pursuit Many people see the bright buildings that make up Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, but just right down the street is another vibrant neighborhood – Woodstock! Woodstock was known for its high crime and drugs a few years back, but is now going through a bit of urban revival and gentrification. Everywhere you look there are bright buildings, street art, fantastic coffee shops, and trendy restaurants. A day tour around Woodstock should definitely not be missed while in Cape Town. Annecy, France Janet of Journalist on the Run When planning my current trip across Europe, there was only one destination I knew I had to pass through. Annecy, a small town in France right next to the Swiss border, has always fascinated me. To be found on every European bucket list out there, this picturesque town is one of the most colorful you will ever visit. There are hanging baskets and flowers lining every street, all the buildings are painted in a variety of pastel colors, and the town’s location on the beautiful Lake Annecy simply adds to its charm. Notting Hill, London, England Natasha of World Inside My Pocket   In West London, you can find the adorable little district of Notting Hill. Notting Hill is quite a famous neighborhood, known for being the setting of the Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts blockbuster and also the location of the crazy, annual Notting Hill Carnival. Notting Hill Carnival originated from race riots in the 1960s, when the district was far from the affluent area that it is now (an apartment in Notting Hill nowadays will set you back £3,246 per month on average).   In the center of Notting Hill you can find Portobello Road, home to Portobello Market, which just celebrated its 150th birthday! Portobello Road is undeniably one of the most photogenic spots in London, boasting long miles of beautiful terraced streets of pastel-colored houses. At the market, which open each and every day of the week, you can buy all sorts of things: from antique trinkets and furniture to edgy vintage clothes and accessories that will have all your friends back home jealous. I love visiting the market and buying a whole load homemade jewelry before kicking back and relaxing at one of the many old traditional London pubs that are dotted down the street. My favorite thing about Notting Hill, though, is just how damned pretty it is! Chefchaouen, Morocco Jon of Jon is Travelling The historic medina of Chefchaouen, with its hashish hustlers and sea of blue lanes and houses, is unlike anywhere else in the world. This little city set among the rocky Rif Mountains has had a history almost as colorful as its buildings. Chefchaouen was founded in the 15th century as a fort designed to thwart Portuguese invaders and was also ruled over by the Spanish for half a century in the 1900s. Today it’s a popular tourist spot, largely thanks to its proximity to Tangier (and therefore Europe) as well as its unique monochromatic color scheme.   Burano, Italy Mia of Travel with Mia Burano, Italy is a small, charming island located in the Venetian Lagoon just 40 minutes by ferry from Venice. The houses in this colorful fishing town are almost identical on the interior, but the exteriors set them apart with their unique hues. According to legend, fishermen painted their houses in vibrant colors so they could find them in the early morning fog. However, some say it was to help the men find their way home after a drunken night at the pub! Which do you believe? Legends withstanding or not, the color scheme in Burano is so carefully planned that if anyone wants to change the color of their home they have to ask the government for permission. Once permission is granted, the homeowner will be given a list of  acceptable colors to choose from. No matter how the colors are chosen, Burano is stunning and no trip to Venice, or Northern Italy for that matter, would be complete with popping by for a visit. Havana, Cuba Laura of Savored Journeys The brightly-colored colonial architecture that can be found all over 

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5 Mantras That Will Change Your Life

5 Mantras That Will Change Your Life By Matt Caron   Sometimes it’s easy to get caught in the thick of life and forget we have so much innate power within ourselves. I find that when I’m really down, using a mantra can really lift my spirits and remind me I’m more than just my difficulties. When using these chants, visualize the meaning and words reverberating through your entire body. Focus deeper and deeper, until you feel like the words are almost a part of you. Listen to the videos! They’ll help you get the chant down. Om

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How To Cleanse Your Kidneys Almost Instantly Using

How To Cleanse Your Kidneys Almost Instantly Using This Natural Home Drink When you live an unhealthy lifestyle, these toxins build up and make it harder for your kidneys to do their job. That’s why it’s so important to stay hydrated and detox your kidneys (as well as your liver) every once in awhile. This habit can help prevent kidney disease, kidney stones and toxic build-up within your body. How Can Parsley Help Your Kidneys? Parsley is full of vitamin k, vitamin A, vitamin c, folate and iron (1) which are important

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WHAT TO DO IN ZERMATT IN 2 DAYS

WHAT TO DO IN ZERMATT IN 2 DAYS Posted by Arzo Travels | Aug, 2016 | Destinations, Europe, Switzerland | 9  Looking for things to do in Zermatt? Find ideas what to do in Zermatt in 2 days. Zermatt is an incredibly popular tourist destination – in winter and in summer. I am not a skiing person so I visited Zermatt on my last Switzerland trip for the first time and was very looking forward to spending 30 hours in that little car free town. HOW TO GET TO ZERMATT As Zermatt is a car free town, I had to leave my car in Taesch, a little village close to Zermatt. There is a big covered big car park in Taesch, which charges about 13€ for 24 hours of parking. I then took a train which brought me up to Zermatt. For a person like me, who tends to forget things in the car it, was not ideal though because I had the ride back as I left my camera in the car and pay another 15€ for the return ticket. I could also have gone directly by train, hike or cycle up. So there are quite some ways get to Zermatt. WHERE TO STAY IN ZERMATT I stayed at a lovely 4* hotel with a great view of the Matterhorn. The prices were very reasonable (summer prices are normally better than the prices in winter), but since Zermatt is not geographically very big, I would recommend staying at a hotel depending on the price and service. Read my review of that lovely hotel here or check out the prices and rates for hotel in Zermatt here. ZERMATT TOWN In Zermatt, all buses or taxis are electric – and as Zermatt is not so big, you can easily walk to many places or use the bike. However, one of the first things I noticed in Zermatt was actually something else: many tourists, flower pots and ads for luxury watches (and shops) hanging everywhere (the tourists did not hang there, though). After checking in at the hotel (if you are looking for accommodation in Zermatt, read my review of the hotel here) I strolled through Zermatt and really liked the Vispa river with its quite strong current and its unusual gray/white color (glacier water). The scenery is extremely beautiful and is one of those peaceful and cute places you can stroll through for hours – though it is quite small.

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Adele fans will get booking fee refunded for cance

Adele fans will get booking fee refunded for cancelled shows FROM THE TOPICMUSIC 5h 5 hours ago   Share this article Facebook Twitter Email Eventim UK says it will now refund booking fees for anyone who bought tickets to Adele's cancelled Wembley shows. Many fans had complained at losing £5.50 per ticket booked. The singer cancelled the last two dates of her world tour, due to take place on 1 and 2 July, after damaging her vocal cords. Eventim UK now says it will give people their money back due to the "short notice" cancellation of the gigs. In a statement to Newsbeat, Eventim UK said: "In light of the short notice cancellation of Adele's final Wembley Stadium shows on 1 and 2 July, we have been working closely with the event organiser to resolve the issue in all parties' best interests. Morerelated stories "Therefore on this occasion we will not only refund the face value of the tickets but also the booking fees." The company says it will be processing the payments over the next few weeks. Before the announcement, fans tweeted about losing out on cash.  Follow

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How to Ground Yourself Spiritually

How to Ground Yourself Spiritually by Sarah Petruno FEBRUARY 5, 2016 When people refer to grounding and having groundedness, all that means is the extent to which your soul and your energy are connected with the Earth and the energy of the Earth. Being grounded means that your Soul is anchored to both your physical body and the physical earth.   All organisms and objects existing on the physical plane of Earth not only receive their energy from the Earth, but also deposit their energy back into the Earth. The energy in your body consists of the energy from your soul, the energy from the Earth, and the energy from the Divine. As a physical and spiritual being, you receive energy from within yourself, and both realms to stay balanced, centered, and healthy.   With our busy lifestyles, we have jobs, families to tend to, errands to run, and chores to do, and we find ourselves spending very little time outside and even less time focusing on ourselves. Throughout the day, we are consistently in a sort of battle with ourselves to maintain a sense of groundedness.We find ourselves stretched thin and pulled in a million different directions, none of which are pulling us back down to Earth. If you are finding yourself in high-stress environments, at home or at work, daydreaming a lot, or getting overwhelmed and preoccupied, it might be that you are being pulled away from that connection with Earth energy. Grounding allows us to: Calm down

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SANTORINI ON A BUDGET

SANTORINI ON A BUDGET   Confession, I became obsessed with the idea of visiting Santorini after seeing The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. The buildings, the beaches, the sunsets…I was in complete awe of the place. So obviously, I came to a quick realization that I had to go. But once I shared my dream of visiting Santorini with friends and family, I was quickly told that Santorini was expensive. Regardless, I was eager and determined to visit Santorini on a budget. The opportunity to visit Greece finally came when we chose it as our honeymoon destination. However, we had to plan wisely, considering we were paying for half of our own wedding. So with a little help from our Honeyfund and with a little research, we were able to plan our dream trip to Santorini. We did it on a budget and didn’t have to compromise on comforts or all around fabulousness.  Santorini on a Budget… Fabulous & Affordable Accommodations The island of Santorini is loaded with incredible accommodations, ranging from cave dwelling hostels, homey Air B&B’s and underrated hotels. You shouldn’t have to compromise by visiting a “cheaper” destination when you have your heart set on a place as wonderful as Santorini. With accommodations being one of the most expensive components of travel, here are my recommendations on where to stay in Santorini that is easy on the wallet. Caveland Hostel  This hostel is more like a hotel. With rooms ranging from private doubles and dorm rooms in authentic cave dwellings, Caveland Hostel provides a true Santorini experience. The hostel is complete with a huge pool, dinners at a traditional Greek Tavernas, and organized events with other travelers. The sense of community at Caveland makes for a great environment for both backpackers and solo travelers alike. The location is in the middle of the island, with being 5 kilometers away from Fira, the capital of the island. Staying at this hostel is the perfect way to keep your trip to Santorini on a budget! Price for 3 nights in 10 Bed Dorm: 45 Euros/$54 USD Blue Waves Hotel

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50 WAYS TO RELAX WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY

50 WAYS TO RELAX WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY

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11 Natural Anxiety Supplements That Really Work

11 Natural Anxiety Supplements That Really Work BY LOUISE CARR Anxiety is a common problem of our age. Stress manifests in all areas of our life, from work to relationships, money to health, and it can results in uncomfortable levels of anxiety. While it is normal to sometimes feel anxious and worried, it is not normal and healthy to suffer from near-constant anxiety. It is important to seek expert medical help if you suffer from anxiety, and there are also some excellent natural anxiety supplements and remedies that can help you feel calmer and more in control. Natural anxiety remedies include herbs, vitamins, and natural supplements and the great news is that these supplements do not cause side effects, which are often a problem with prescription medication. Healthy sleep supplements may also help, since insomnia and other sleep problems often go hand in hand with anxiety and other mental health problems. Natural Anxiety Supplements and Remedies 1) Chamomile A calming cup of chamomile tea helps to produce a feeling of calm as well as ease levels of anxiety. Chamomile is a traditionally calming drink and used before bed although its powers as a specifically anti-anxiety supplement are still not completely known for sure. That said, it has no known side effects and chamomile tea is a good remedy

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Nine unique things you must do in Berlin

Nine unique things you must do in Berlin   When planning my weekend in Berlin I obviously consulted guide books and other travel blogs to help me plan an itinerary, but one of my favourite things to do in new cities is to come across things you wouldn’t necessarily find in the guides. So here are nine things unique things to add to your Berlin itinerary: 1.Visit the Museum of computer games A museum dedicated to the history of computer games, from Pac-man to Nintendogs this museum has them all, a completely interactive museum that is good fun for everyone. Make sure you sign the waiver before playing on the pain station! Visit their website here 2. Free walking tour Join a free walking tour run by German students for all the insider information on Berlin. These guys know the city better than anywhere else and it is also a great way to meet other travellers! These tours run three times daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm starting at the one80 hostel in Alexanderplatz.

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5 Luxury Hotels Close to Central Park in NYC

5 Luxury Hotels Close to Central Park in NYC 2nd May 2017       2.55k

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2 Most Effective Natural Ways to Get Rid of Spider

2 Most Effective Natural Ways to Get Rid of Spider Veins

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This Amazing Garlic Recipe Will Re... by Jon Platt

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DIY Anti Aging Cream For Wrinkles, Crow’s Feet, an

DIY Anti Aging Cream For Wrinkles, Crow’s Feet, and Fine Lines Preventing and getting rid of wrinkles is certainly no easy feat, but it IS definitely possible! Expensive creams and serums will only break your bank, but this DIY anti aging cream will ensure your wallet stays nice and fat, while your wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines diminish right before your eyes! We’ve found an amazing combination of all natural oils that, when used together, create the ultimate anti aging powerhouse! DIY Anti Aging Cream

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HOMEMADE RASPBERRY PEACH LEMONADE

HOMEMADE RASPBERRY PEACH LEMONADE THIS RASPBERRY PEACH LEMONADE WILL HAVE YOU DREAMING OF A WARM SUMMER BREEZE! FRESH, BRIGHT, AND DELICIOUSLY SWEET, IT’S THE PERFECT SUMMER DRINK! Feeling absolutely ready for summer?  Just one sip of this raspberry peach lemonade and you’ll be instantly dreaming of those laid back summer days filled with sunshine, warm breezes and a perfect blue sky!   How’s the weather been in your neck of the woods?  We were having BEAUTIFUL mid 70’s/low humidity weather, and now we’re back to barely pushing 60 and rainy half the time.  Grrrrrrr.  If you’re having weather like that, fear not, because this raspberry peach lemonade is one of those drinks that can truly take you away.  One sip and you’ll be blissfully laying out in the sunshine.  Okay, so you won’t REALLY be out in the sun, but you’ll feel like it! Just look at that perfect summery color!  The secret is in the simplicity.  No complicated ingredients here folks… just 5 easy ingredients is all you need!  Don’t worry if you can’t find fresh peaches… frozen ones work just fine too (just thaw them first).  In a pinch, you could even use a premade lemonade and you would cut your required ingredients down to 2, plus water! I like to look at this recipe as a base, or a method, rather than a precise thing.  For instance, you might find that you want more peach flavor, so feel free to add more peaches, or more sugar if you like a sweeter lemonade.  You could also use the same method with different fruits to create your own amazing lemonade concoctions!  Strawberry or watermelon lemonade anyone? While this lemonade is certainly perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up, it’s also perfect for a party!  Imagine walking out to your guests with a tray full of these fun, fruity, sophisticated lemonades… you’ll be a rockstar! So this summer, or any time really, give your taste buds a treat and whip up this easy peach raspberry lemonade!  Fun to make, even more fun to drink!

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Travel And Packing Trade Secrets

Travel And Packing Trade Secrets One witty person had once declared that there are two kinds of travelers in the world – those who packed light and those who wished they had. If you plan to travel and it is your first time, check out the following list of packing tips and guidelines. This list of time-tested advice on packing had been compiled and consolidated by people who know the best about travels. In fact, they are considered the most-traveled individuals in the whole world. Packing list First, make a packing list. This is to eliminate panic on last-minute packing. It can also serve as a guide when repacking your things after your trip. In an extreme case of your luggage getting lost, you can use for claims or additional identity papers. When doing the list, check on the events you are going to and list down possible clothes for each occasion you intend to attend. Choose outfits that go together well based on complimentary colors. Or go back to the old reliable blacks and other dark-colored clothes.

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Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be

Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman Image captionWhittaker was announced in a trailer after the Wimbledon men's final Jodie Whittaker has been announced as Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord - the first woman to get the role. She was revealed in a trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year's Christmas special. Whittaker, 35, said it was "overwhelming, as a feminist" to become the next Doctor. All the Doctors so far, from Hartnell to Capaldi She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day show. Media captionSee how Jodie Whittaker was revealed as the next Time Lord The Huddersfield-born star

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Finland naked swimmers bid for biggest skinny dip

Finland naked swimmers bid for biggest skinny dip record

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Preview of the Yayoi Kusama Exhibit at the Hirshho

Preview of the Yayoi Kusama Exhibit at the Hirshhorn One of the biggest art exhibits of the year has landed in Washington DC. Starting today to May 14th, 2017 you’ll be able to enjoy Kusama’s infinity mirrors at the Hirshhorn museum. Note: this exhibit is now closed at the Hirshhorn The exhibit consists of 6 infinity rooms. All of which put you in a room lined with mirrors for a truly unique feeling.  I was lucky enough to get a preview of the exhibit’s first day in DC. With about 60 other Instagrammers we got an early sneak peak at the unique exhibit. The Infinity Mirror Rooms The first room is entitled Phalli’s field which is a field of stuffed cotton with red polka dots.

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Clean Your Colon In Two Weeks by Jon Platt

Clean Your Colon In Two Weeks. This Recipe Helps You In Removing 8 Kg Of Waste From Your Body   July 24, 2016 admin

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Here’s Why Everyone Should Walk 30 Minutes a Day

Here’s Why Everyone Should Walk 30 Minutes a Day BY LOUISE CARR Don’t panic if you want to get fit and healthy but you have no time – there is something you can do in just 30 minutes that will really make a difference to your wellbeing. Simply walk 30 minutes a day and benefit from better health. Even walking for less than half an hour makes a big difference.   Walking brings numerous health benefitsfrom improving heart health to lowering your disease risk and helping prevent obesity. Find out more about the health benefits of walking here. What Happens When You Walk 30 Minutes a Day? Experts say that walking is an underrated activity that is perfect for all fitness levels. It is free and simple, and it can help you become more active. Walking regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases.

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What Owl Cafes Are Really Like in Japan

What Owl Cafes Are Really Like in Japan January 16, 2017 Last year, we visited two different cat cafes, so this year, we wanted to check out an animal cafe that was a little out of the norm. Japan is the master of stepping up the game once they find a fad. Since cat cafes were such a hit, they took animal cafes to another level and created an owl cafe. There are a couple of owl cafes in Tokyo and we visited the one in Akihabara called Akiba Fukurou.  You can only visit this owl cafe by making a reservation, so make sure you book online in advance. Each time slot is an hour and they fill up pretty fast. We made our reservation the day before our visit and received a confirmation email soon after. You pay when you get there (¥2000, which is about $20), so no need to make a payment online. The location was pretty easy to find and there were plenty of chairs outside for customers if you happen to arrive early. We were a bit early and it was chilly outside, so we hung out at a coffee shop across the street.  Our reservation was at 3:00 PM and the doors opened promptly at that time. We paid our fee and were directed to hang our coats and bags. Then we were given a quick guide of do's and don'ts. This only took a few minutes. Then after that, we were free to walk around and take photos and pet the owls. There were probably about 20 owls sitting on their posts and if we wanted to hold one of them, we had to ask one of the staff members to help us. There were two staff members with interesting white uniforms and they were both helpful and friendly. 

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10 Important Meditation Tips For Beginners

10 Important Meditation Tips For Beginners June 22, 2016 RASHMI VILAS Meditation for beginners Meditation can bring inner peace by removing the stress. The younger generation is mostly stressed and one of the effective ways to come out of stress is by doing meditation. It is necessary to follow the proper way to practice meditation. The simplest way to start meditation is focusing consciously on the breathing pattern. Free the mind from all sorts of thoughts that come up and keep yourself calm. Meditation is a great stress buster that alleviates stress and other emotional problems. The practice of meditation provides relaxation to the mind and is known to cure many chronic ailments as well. There are a large number of individuals who try to meditate at some point in their life, but only few of them are able to sustain and continue to meditate in the later part of their life. 10 Meditation Tips For Beginners: Meditation has several health benefits. It lowers anxiety, increases concentration and provides a feeling of well-being and happiness. For a complete meditation experience, there are a few basic requirements. One needs to take care of certain things, which appear to be simpler, but has a greater impact on the entire process. Let us take a look at a few tips that beginners should take into consideration while practicing meditation. 1. Know The Purpose Of Meditation: Meditation is not purpose specific. There may be several reasons for various individuals practicing meditation. Many of them take up meditation to calm the mind, connect with the inner self, to breathe better, to improve health, to visualize goals, to control anxiety, to improve creativity, to become compassionate or to be mindful. It is important to identify your need for meditation and then move ahead.   2. Plan A Time For Meditation: For beginners, it is important to choose a convenient time for meditation. It is better to follow the same time each day for this purpose. There should be no disturbance, so that meditation can provide you relaxation and enjoyment. This not only maintains a disciplined approach

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September Is Back, The Saving Challenge: 25+ Ways

September Is Back, The Saving Challenge: 25+ Ways To Save Money September is back! And with it, all the new season stuff, new school books for the kids, new seasonal clothes and coming back to work after holidays. How scary is that! After the summer, I always struggle. I look back at my accounts and I think… oh my gosh! what did I do? Yeah, plenty of money spent on holidays, fancy dinners and parties. I never regret what I did, but I always try to look forward to finding new ways of saving money. And you know what? It’s challenging and it’s fun. Below are over 25 different ways to save moneyeach month. If you do all of the below, you may be able to save hundreds or thousands of dollars each year. Remember, little savings can add up to be a lot! These tips might help you to pay your debt or to save money for that 20% deposit you need for your future house. Related articles: How Did I Save $179.67 in My Car Insurance 10 Tips To Save Money And Increase Your Savings In A 30% How To Earn Passive Income As A Part Time Employee   Sign up for Swagbucks and Ebates. Swagbucks help me earning gift cards which I can use at Amazon, and it’s very easy. Swagbucks give you points by using its search engine (just like Google), then you can redeem these points for gift cards. I already redeem 3 Amazon gift cards for $50 and it feels great.  Very easy! Plus, you’ll receive a free $1 bonus just for signing up today! Ebates works similarly. Instead of points, you will earn money when you shop at more than 4,400 retailers. You just need to sign up and see all the available offers and discounts. Also, you will receive a $10 cash back if you spend 25$ online. Average savings: $120+ a month Start a blog. Having your own blog will not help you cutting your expenses, but it will help you to earn more money. Read: How To Start Your Own Blog With WordPress Step-by-Step. I know plenty of people who have started a blog and now earn thousand of dollars a month. Other even make a living out of it. On top of that, it’s very fun! I now earn around $800-$1,000 a month from my blog and the extra money is helping a lot to boost our savings. If you are thinking about starting your own blog, I created a tutorial-guide that will help you start your own blog for cheap, You need very little investment, starting at only $3.95 per month (this deal is only through my link) for blog hosting. Additionally, you will get a free blog domain (valued at $12-15) through my Bluehost link, only if your purchase is for at least 12 months of blog hosting. My recommendation is for you to be self-hosted. This is important if you want to monetize your blog because your website will look more professional. Average earnings: $6,000-6,500 a year (in my personal case) Join Vindale Research With Vindale you can earn a good extra money every month just by doing a couple of these surveys a week. You can join Vindale Research here. They are one of the best survey companies considering the payout and time spent. The best thing is that before taking any survey you’ll be able to see how much will they pay and the time to complete. I only do the ones which pay between $2 to $20 and last month I made nearly $200. Average earnings: $190+ a month

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How to Plan an Interrail or Eurail Train Trip Arou

How to Plan an Interrail or Eurail Train Trip Around Europe by Erin | Published: November 28, 2016 14 The best way to travel Europe is by train. It may not be the cheapest (flight prices can be ridiculously low), but it’s the most comfortable, relaxing, and easiest. There’s no need for the endless queuing like in airports, and most train stations are in the heart of the city. And you can enjoy the views along the way.   In September we did our third trip with an Interrail pass, which allows you to hop on trains all over the continent. We travelled from London to southern Spain via France, Switzerland, and Italy. Our first Interrail experience was when we were newbie backpackers aged 19 and visited 10 countries in a month, and the second was three years ago when we travelled from London to Sicily via France, Germany, Slovenia and Italy. We loved each of our Interrail experiences, and despite travelling at a faster pace than we usually do these days, we find train travel much less tiring than flying. Mountain views on the TGV train from Milan to Paris What is an Interrail/ Eurail Pass? An Interrail Global Pass is a rail pass that allows you to travel on most trains in 30 countries in Europe. Although you need seat reservations for some trains (I’ll cover that below), you can hop on and off many trains without having to buy a ticket. It makes European train travel easy and often saves you money. You can buy passes for various time periods, such as seven days of travel within one month, 15 days continuous, or one month continuous, which is the pass we’ve always used. Interrail also has one country passes for individual countries, but the Global Pass is the most popular and best value. Interrail passes are for European residents. Everyone else can travel with a Eurail pass instead. These are similar but have slightly different time periods available—there are passes for up to three months continuous. How to Buy an Interrail/ Eurail Pass Our final stop on our latest Interrail trip was Lubrin, Spain. Here’s us with our completed passes. You can buy passes online from Interrail.eu or Eurail.com and get them delivered to your home. You must buy them before you start your trip. There are currently early bird sales with up to 20% off passes until the end of 2016. You can use the pass to travel now or next summer. Prices vary depending on the length of the pass and your age. It’s cheaper if you are under 25 and choose 2nd class. If you are on a budget, 2nd class is totally fine. We love travelling first class, but mostly that’s because we work as we travel and first class carriages are quieter and more likely to have tables and power points. In many cases (especially on slower regional trains) the difference between first and second class isn’t huge. Sample early bird prices are €407 for a one month continuous Interrail Global Pass for under 25-year-olds or €532 for the same pass if you are over 25. See all the price options on the Interrail or Eurail websites.  You can order a pass up to 11 months before your trip starts. For Interrail passes, your start date will be printed on your pass. For Eurail passes, you don’t need to choose a start date, but you must activate the pass before your trip starts at a European train station or online. Is an Interrail Pass Worth it?

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Self Care by Jon Platt

Self Care / By Jane Travis Self care ideas for when you're short on time If I had a pound for every time I heard 'I don't have time for self care, I'm too busy' I would be - well, maybe not a millionaire, but taking a whole lot more holidays!  It's one of trio of reasons people give, along with 'I feel selfish/guilty' and 'I don't deserve it'.  All 3 are complete nonsense, of course.   So here's a list of self care ideas for you to try that take 5 minutes or ​less. Enjoy! 1.  Breathe Okay okay, I know you probably ARE breathing!   But when you feel stressed or anxious your body flips into the fight/flight mode, and part of this is a change in the breath you take as it becomes very shallow.   To counteract this, focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can be amazingly beneficial as it triggers the rest/digest response, which is the polar opposite of fight/flight. ​ The rest/digest response will automatically calm down the body, reducing your heart rate, relaxing your muscles and other physical responses.  Here are 5 Simple Breathing Exercises for you to try.   2.  Write Maybe you feel stressed, or overwhelmed, or angry, or anxious.  Maybe you feel confused or unsure.  Whatever you feel, writing will help. And to get you started, take a look at How To Start A Journal, which walks you through the whole process. Currently available as Pay What You Want

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Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms By Leo KelionTechnology desk editor Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionBitcoin's value has dipped and soared as opinion about whether it will split has shifted The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a "civil war" among its adherents first grew and then subsided, although they have not gone away altogether. On Sunday, the value of one bitcoin dropped to about $1,863 (£1,430) before bouncing back to $2,402 on Wednesday, according to data from the news site CoinDesk - still some way off a June high of $3,019. What's at stake? Bitcoin risks becoming a victim of its success. The popularity of the financial technology has caused transactions to be processed slower, with some users complaining of having to wait three days or more for confirmation of trades when the backlog was at its worst, in May. Moreover, fees have also risen, hitting a high of $5 per transaction at the start of June. That makes it too costly to justify its use for some purchases,

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What to Pack for a Vacation in Greece

What to Pack for a Vacation in Greece Spending a summer on one of the many Greek islands? Lucky you. You may be wondering just what to pack for Greece. The islands are beautiful, swarming with history, and are populated with some of the friendliest people in the world. The first time we landed in Santorini we were out of our element. We were on a European backpacking trip, and little did we know how posh and romantic the island was. Now, with a couple of Greek island trips under our belt, we know better. Here is the ultimate list of what to pack for Greece.  What to Pack for Greece Essentials Flip Flops: Seriously, bring a pair of comfortable flip flops to wander around the Greek islands in. The key word here is comfortable as there will be a lot of walking involved. Yes, you could wear tennis shoes everywhere for optimal support, but Greece is a laid back place with a lot of sunshine. So you don’t want to seem too uptight or get those ugly tennis shoes and sock tan lines around your feet. I have sung praises about my rainbow sandals for years. Since I bought them in 2009, I have only had to get a new pair once and that was only because my first pair got stolen in Thailand. They have arch support, are comfortable, and look great. Sunglasses: There is a lot of sunshine on those Greek islands, especially in the summer. Make sure to bring a pair of killer sunglasses with you. Sunscreen: I know I sound like a broken record…but the sun, yano. You need to protect your face with some strong sunshine. Our favorite to use is Peak Sunscreen because it’s eco friendly and water resistant. Tennis shoes: The hiking in Greece is fantastic all year round, and a good pair of tennis shoes will save your feet. My go to hiking shoes are my Merrell Moab ventilators, they have held up in every situation I put them through. Swimsuit: You’re going to Greece! A swimsuit is a must unless you’re on some of the famous nudist beaches.  A good swimsuit always makes me feel good on the inside, I love this line of bathing suits on amazon. If you want the price to be halved, just purchase some bottoms – it’s perfectly acceptable to free the nipple on the beaches in Greece. Beach Tote: Don’t forget a beach tote before you go to the beach in Greece! I love ones like thesethat pack up small in your suitcase. And they hold more than you can imagine. They are also water resistant! Wind resistant coat: 

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© Contando Estrelas

  © Contando Estrelas Spain / SEE & DO The Most Underrated Places to Visit in Spain in 2017  Tara JessopUpdated: 8 June 2017 When it comes to holidays in Spain, the likes of Barcelona, Madrid and the Costa del Sol usually top the lists. Discover somewhere slightly more off the beaten track with these underrated, stunning Spanish destinations.  Ciés Islands It’s the Mediterranean coast of Spain which usually attracts attention come the summertime and yet the shores of Galicia on the Atlantic ocean are truly spectacular. Located just off the coast from 

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Eiffel Tower knifeman held by police amid terror fears   Image copyright

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Interrailing for grown-ups – why now's the time to

Interrailing for grown-ups – why now's the time to explore Europe by train "When I’d told friends I wanted to go on an InterRail, they’d doubted the pass still existed"  Chris Moss, travel writer  5 AUGUST 2016 • 10:44AM     Frseeeeeeeeefrong. I was on the 9.38 from Trieste to Milan, half listening out for that famous onomatopoeic train sound from Ulysses while thinking about the previous evening, which had begun with a trip to the former city’s little James Joyce museum, followed by an aperol spritz at the Caffè San Marco, a glass each of refosco and malvasia, a long chat with a Greek publisher, a short one with the former Italian ambassador to Bulgaria, then a swift Martini, dinner with an Italian journalist, then a brandy… Out of the window, I watched as the steeples of Venice, the foothills of the Alps and lakes Garda and Iseo, slipped by. We entered a spring shower and then, just as soon, left it behind. I was feeling drowsy when a smiling man appeared with a trolley. “Café, signor? White, black?” ADVERTISING “Capo in b, per favore,” I said. I’d been in Trieste, capital of coffee and picked up a bit of the lingo. A few days earlier, I might have asked for kava, or a melange, or kaffee. "Trieste was now one of my favourite cities" CREDIT: AP When I’d told friends I wanted to go on an InterRail, they’d doubted the pass still existed. Even some travel editors weren’t sure. Then they queried my age: 49 years and 11 months and two weeks, they said, was not the time for InterRailing. I agreed – I did one 30 years ago, while at university – and then politely disagreed. Because I love trains, like slow travel and am tall (ergo hate plane seats) and, anyway, all the kids are in Malaysia and Chile now, or on Ryanair, so someone has to tour Europe by rail. Which is how I found myself setting out from Totnes on the slow Waterloo line, there to Tube it to St Pancras for the Eurostar service to Brussels – the day after the March bombings – to connect to Amsterdam. That first trip probably sounds like hell, but it was merely a warm-up. I had chosen Amsterdam because I’d ended my teenage InterRail trip there. It hadn’t changed that much and was still a lively, slightly shabby city, full of people who looked like dropouts or at least opt-outs. "Amsterdam hadn’t changed that much and was still a lively, slightly shabby city" CREDIT: PAULO AMORIM/PAULO AMORIM In time-honoured InterRail fashion, I only stayed a day and a half, limiting my tourism to a sprint around the zoo and the Micropia museum of micro-organisms and a look at the Van Gogh collection: the main exhibition was rammed, but a sideshow, on the art of prostitutes, was empty and educative. On a blue, drizzly dawn the following day, I set off for Copenhagen, taking a series of five trains over 11 hours. There used to be a night train, but it had recently died. A bad day’s travel, a good day’s? I’m not sure. I arrived dizzy with visions of boggy fields, dun skies, cold platforms and rolling-stock interiors. Post-Noma, Copenhagen claims to be a foodie capital. I joined a Danish Delicacies tour, tucking into hot dog, pork crackling, porridge, chocolate and beer. Not so delicate, but definitely delicious, though I can’t help feeling foodie revolutions are what rich cities do when they don’t have the energy

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24 Simple Tips To Get Younger Looking Skin

24 Simple Tips To Get Younger Looking Skin February 13, 2017 BHASWATI SONOWAL Temporary glows and instant brightening creams, we are talking to you. We crave for the kind of healthy skin that stays. What we really want is to get a healthy skin from the inside. So how do we go about it? What are the ways to foolproof health of the skin? Here we have enlisted all the simple tips and home remedies for you to obtain the youthful looking skin. 24 Simple Tips On How To Get Younger Looking Skin: The following tips will surely help you get that flawless, younger looking skin you’ve always wanted. 1. Hydrate Yourself:  This is the most important of all beauty tips for younger looking skin. Water makes up to around 65% of your body, and depriving yourself of it is a big no no to fabulous skin. Drink 8-10 glasses of water to keep your skin hydrated. Carry a bottle wherever you go, do not deprive your skin of water. Switch to tender coconut water; it is healthier than the aerated drinks that lead to toxin releases in the body, causing breakouts. [ Read: Natural Ways To Get a Beautiful Skin ] 2. Eat a Balanced Diet: Have a healthy meal that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of pulses and fresh fruits like oranges and watermelons. Vegetables on the other hand, help to retain your skin’s glow. 3. Skin Care Routine: Follow a skin-care routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Cleansing gets rid of the gunk, toning handles the pore issues and moisturizing is extremely important for the skin texture. 4. Exfoliation: Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. You can do this at home by using yogurt, oatmeal, and rosewater. Stick with natural skin care routines over store brought ones. Spare your skin of the harsh chemicals. 5. Be Sun Safe:

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If You Have Done 10 Out Of These 16 Things You're

If You Have Done 10 Out Of These 16 Things You're A Serious Runner *takes picture of blistered feet and sends round* Posted on August 1, 2017, at 11:39 a.m. 1. You've googled "public loos" while researching a new running route. Fox / Via imgur.com You've had nightmares about being caught short while out. 2. You plan your social calendar around your runs rather than vice versa. Paramount Pictures / Via leftphalange.tumblr.com Sometimes you just have to deal with the FOMO. 3. You stay away from cobbled streets at all costs... 51 Minds Entertainment / Via businessinsider.in Just the thought of a rolled ankle makes you have heart palpitations. 4. That goes for high heels too. youtube.com / Via gifsoup.com The horror. 5. You've started to dread the sight of stairs. Walt Disney / Via christopherscottauthor.wordpress.com "Don't worry about me. I'll just wait down here!"

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Simon McCoy Takes The P*ss Out Of The Dog Surfing

Simon McCoy Takes The P*ss Out Of The Dog Surfing Championships Bravo, sir.  George Bowden HuffPost UK BBC newsreader Simon McCoy stunned viewers on Monday with a masterclass in British sarcasm after being forced to report events at a dog surfing competition. McCoy was tasked with narrating footage from the World Dog Surfing Championships in Pacifica, California - and brilliantly conveyed the level of his enthusiasm for the event. “Bear in mind it is August,” he caveated before reading a script peppered with canine puns. “Some events have really big waves, some have small waves,” he added dryly. Advertisement - ADVERTISEMENT -

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20 great things to do in Milan

20 great things to do in Milan If you’re heading to Italy’s capital of chic, then check out our essential checklist of places to visit, art to admire and food to devour BY VALERIE WATERHOUSE  Things to do in Milan: The view from the Duomo looking towards the Unicredit Building     1. Be inspired by The Last Supper Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is undoubtedly Milan’s best-known attraction, but tickets are almost as hard to get hold of as front row seats for a Prada fashion show.  Those lucky enough to enter the hallowed refectory (attached to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie) get 15 minutes to examine the expressions of consternation, hostility and despair on the faces of the disciples, just as Jesus reveals his imminent betrayal. Thanks to Leonardo’s experimental technique, the fresco is famously flaky – but that doesn’t detract one iota from the experience of seeing it in the ‘flesh’.   2. Take in the view from the Duomo roof 500 years in the making, the spiked gothic cathedral that is the Duomo has been compared to a wedding cake and a ‘hedgehog’ (D.H. Lawrence).  Its imposing interior contains some magnificent treasures but, for a truly breathtaking experience, climb the 150 steps (or take the lift) to the roof. Here, visitors can admire some of the 3,600 statues and 135 spires, many carved from pink Candoglia marble – and get a closer view of the famous gilded copper ‘Madonnina’ atop the tallest spike. On a fine day, the view stretches far beyond the city to the snow-capped Alps.   3. Get some culture at the Teatro alla Scala Typically Milanese, the discreet, neo-classical façade of Teatro alla Scala, the world’s most famous opera house, belies its opulent interior – featuring acres of red velvet and gilded balconies. Tickets to world-class opera and ballet performances aren’t as hard to get hold of as you’d think, if you’re prepared to be flexible about seating. Look out for a superb programme of popular operas throughout 2015, under new musical director Riccardo Chailly.   4. Hop on (and have dinner) on a tram Synonymous with the city and a piece of living history, Milan’s original yellow and orange 1920s and 1950s trams have varnished wooden seats and iconic fluted glass lampshades. Today, the city’s rolling stock also includes 1970s models and the new-fangled, dark green ‘caterpillars’ – but for a taste of the original version, hop aboard the number 1, taking in some of Milan’s most symbolic monuments as you go. Alternatively, book an evening ride on 

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THE MOST SCENIC DRIVES IN CORNWALL

THE MOST SCENIC DRIVES IN CORNWALL    The most scenic drives in Cornwall Does the thought of empty country lanes, stunning coastlines and whitewashed clifftop villages appeal to you? Then Cornwall is maybe the best county in England for your road trip. Are you a landscape lover, history buff, outdoor enthusiast or do you just prefer to laze on a secluded beach? Cornwall has what you’re looking for. By the bucket load! Check out the most scenic drives in Cornwall, complete with routes and maps to inspire your next driving holiday in the UK.   Cornwall’s most scenic driving routes

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Skiing in Gstaad

Skiing in Gstaad I spent a brilliant four days in Gstaad, Switzerland skiing and snow-biking for easyJet magazine. Surrounded by stunning scenery, an abundance of snow and few skiers it was a great experience to capture the beauty of Gstaad. Staying in a five star spa hotel was also an added bonus to the trip. It’s a hard job, honest.

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What Is The Paleo Diet? by Jon Platt

What Is The Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf Building A Healthy Paleo Diet LEAN PROTEINS Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline. Okay To EatAvoid Fruits Dairy Vegetables Grains Lean Meats Processed Food & Sugars Seafood Legumes Nuts & Seeds Starches Healthy Fats Alcohol HEALTHY FATS FROM NUTS, SEEDS, AVOCADOS, OLIVE OIL, FISH OIL AND GRASS-FED MEAT Scientific research and epidemiological studies show that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline. Saturated fat has been demonized by our health authorities and media. What is the basis for this position on Saturated fat? Are current recommendations for VERY low saturated fat intake justified? How much saturated fat

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21 BEAUTIFUL QUOTES THAT INSPIRE SELF-LOVE

21 BEAUTIFUL QUOTES THAT INSPIRE SELF-LOVE September 16, 2016 57 Comments 21 quotes to help inspire self-love, and make it easier to see how wonderful you are and the beauty within yourself. Think about how not loving yourself is holding you back. When we choose actions that support our mental, physical and spiritual well-being, self-love can become a certainty. As moms, wives, friends, sisters and daughters, it’s very easy to love other people. Why is it so hard to love ourselves? IF YOU CAN REALLY COME TO A PLACE WHERE YOU LOVE, ACCEPT AND RESPECT YOURSELF, IT CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE. 21 Quotes. #Selflove can change your outlook on life. @fitapproach #believe #popsugarselect CLICK TO TWEET Let your heart shine, your mind open, and your insight deepen with these 21 beautiful quotes to inspire self-love:

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Top 6 Historical Sites in Berlin

Top 6 Historical Sites in Berlin An important regional city in the 18th century, Berlin rose to become the capital of the German Empire, before being dramatically torn in two in the fallout of World War II. For tourists today, there are a large number of absorbing and affecting monuments in Berlin, which commemorate and shed light on its turbulent past. Now the city is a thriving modern metropolis and if you’re planning to visit, Guiddoo has curated a list of the top 6 historical sites in Berlin, from the grandest to the smallest. Berlin Wall source - wikimedia.org No visit to this city would be complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall. The wall tragically separated loved ones in the Cold War years that followed World War II, acting as a physical dividing line between the Allied West and communist Soviet East Berlin. November 1989 saw the wall triumphantly pulled down and today only around a mile of it still stands. The longest section, running along the Spree River, is now the world’s largest open air gallery, known as the Eastside Gallery. After the Berlin Wall fell, international artists arrived to cover what remained with around 100 politically charged and emotive paintings, murals and graffiti. Since then it has become a poignant graphic memorial to freedom. Look out for one of its most memorable works, My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, also known as The Fraternal Kiss, which was created in 1990. Recently restored by its artist, the Russian painter Dmitri Vrub painted a large close up of communist leaders Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing each other, in a reproduction of a photograph from a political event 1979. Holocaust Memorial

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How to Clear a Stuffy Nose by Jon Platt

How to Clear a Stuffy Nose Eight ways to clear a stuffy nose             Stuffy nose relief A stuffy nose can be annoying. Your nose drips. You sound funny when you talk. And just when you want to blow your nose to finally breathe again, nothing comes out. Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is actually caused by inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses. These irritated vessels are usually triggered by a cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection. Regardless of the reason for your stuffed-up nose, there are easy ways to relieve it. Here are eight things you can do now to feel and breathe better. We pick these items based on the quality of the products, and list the pros and cons of each to help you determine which will work best for you. We partner with some of the companies that sell these products, which means Healthline may receive a portion of the revenues when you buy something using the links below. HUMIDIFIER 1. Use a humidifier A humidifier provides a quick, easy way to reduce sinus pain and relieve a stuffy nose. The machine converts water to moisture that slowly fills the air, increasing the humidity in a room. Breathing in this moist air can soothe irritated tissues and swollen blood vessels in your nose and sinuses. Humidifiers also thin the mucus in your sinuses. This can help empty the fluids in your nose and return your breathing to normal. Put a humidifier in your room to ease the inflammation causing your congestion. Purchase the Amir cool mist humidifier today. SHOWER 2. Take a shower

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What Are The Top 10 Positive Emotions?

What Are The Top 10 Positive Emotions? By Kari Henley 170

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16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet by Jon Platt

16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet 16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet 16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet 16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet 16 Ketogenic foods to get you into ketnosis   The ketogenic diet has become quite popular recently. Studies have found that this very low-carb, high-fat diet is effective for weight loss, diabetes and epilepsy (1, 2, 3). There's also early evidence to show that it may be beneficial for certain cancers, Alzheimer's disease and other diseases, too. A ketogenic diet typically limits carbs to 20–50 grams per day. While this may seem challenging, many nutritious foods can easily fit into this way of eating. Here are 16 healthy foods to eat on a ketogenic diet. 1. Seafood Fish and shellfish are very keto-friendly foods. Salmon and other fish are rich in B vitamins, potassium and selenium, yet virtually carb-free (4). However, the carbs in different types of shellfish vary. For instance, while shrimp and most crabs contain no carbs, other types of shellfish do (5). While these shellfish can still be included on a ketogenic diet, it's important to account for these carbs when you're trying to stay within a narrow range. Here are the carb counts for 3.5-ounce (100-gram) servings of some popular types of shellfish (6, 7, 8, 9, 10): Clams: 5 grams Mussels: 7 grams Octopus: 4 grams Oysters: 4 grams Squid: 3 grams Salmon, sardines, mackerel and other fatty fish are very high in omega-3 fats, which have been found to lower insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese people (11). In addition, frequent fish intake has been linked to a decreased risk of disease and improved mental health (12, 13). Aim to consume at least two servings of seafood weekly. SUMMARY:Many types of seafood are carb-free or very low in carbs. Fish and shellfish are also good sources of vitamins, minerals and omega-3s. 2. Low-Carb Vegetables Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and carbs, but high in many nutrients, including vitamin C and several minerals. Vegetables and other plants contain fiber, which your body doesn't digest and absorb like other carbs. Therefore, look at their digestible (or net) carb count, which is total carbs minus fiber. Most vegetables contain very few net carbs. However, consuming one serving of "starchy" vegetables like potatoes, yams or beets could put you over your entire carb limit for the day. The net carb count for non-starchy vegetables ranges from less than 1 gram for 1 cup of raw spinach to 8 grams for 1 cup of cooked Brussels sprouts (14, 15). Vegetables also contain antioxidants that help protect against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage (16, 17). What's more, cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli and cauliflower have been linked to decreased cancer and heart disease risk (18, 19). Low-carb veggies make great substitutes for higher-carb foods. For instance, cauliflower can be used to mimic rice or mashed potatoes, "zoodles" can be created from zucchini and spaghetti squash is a natural substitute for spaghetti. SUMMARY:The net carbs in non-starchy vegetables range from 1–8 grams per cup. Vegetables are nutritious, versatile and may help reduce the risk of disease. ADVERTISEMENT 3. Cheese Cheese is both nutritious and delicious. There are hundreds of types of cheese. Fortunately, all of them are very low in carbs and high in fat, which makes them a great fit for a ketogenic diet. One ounce (28 grams) of cheddar cheese provides 1 gram of carbs, 7 grams of protein and 20% of the RDI for calcium (20). Cheese is high in saturated fat, but it hasn't been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. In fact, some studies suggest that cheese may help protect against heart disease (21, 22). Cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a fat that has been linked to fat loss and improvements in body composition (23). In addition, eating cheese regularly may help reduce the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging. A 12-week study in older adults found that those who consumed 7 ounces (210 grams) of ricotta cheese per day experienced increases in muscle mass and muscle strength over the course of the study (24). SUMMARY:Cheese is rich in protein, calcium and beneficial fatty acids, yet contains a minimal amount of carbs. 4. Avocados Avocados are incredibly healthy. 3.5 ounces (100 grams), or about one-half of a medium avocado, contain 9 grams of carbs. However, 7 of these are fiber, so its net carb count is only 2 grams (25). Avocados are high in several vitamins and minerals, including potassium, an important mineral many people may not get enough of. What's more, a higher potassium intake may help make the transition to a ketogenic diet easier (26, 27). In addition, avocados may help improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In one study, when people consumed a diet high in avocados, they experienced a 22% decrease in "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and an 11% increase in "good" HDL cholesterol (28).

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Why You Can't Go Out Seeking Love

Why You Can't Go Out Seeking Love Too many people are preoccupied with finding the ideal partner. However, the most successful relationships are ones that have happened out of chance. You can't go out looking for love, it has to come and find you.   It is much more beneficial to concern yourself with improving your character. Finding a counterpart is not going to bring you the kind of happiness your self-worth will. You don't need another person to make you feel good about yourself, you can do that all on your own; something many people fail to realize.

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Asian Culture Facts and History - Interesting Info

Asian Culture Facts and History - Interesting Information About Asia Posted By John Asia is the world’s most populated continent with the greatest diversity of culture. Asian culture is colorful and immensely interesting. It is a result of the continent’s long history. Different ancient civilizations have passed down their traditions and practices to their descendants. The following discussion consists of many interesting Asian culture facts as well as Asian culture history. Festivals: Different interesting festivals are celebrated around the continent all of which are full of colors and amusing celebrations. Some of the most popular festivals celebrated in Asia are discussed below. Eid Eid is a religious festival celebrated by the Muslims of Asia twice a year. It originated from Saudi Arab from where Islam began spreading around fourteen hundred years back. One of the two Eid festivals, known as Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan when Muslims observe obligatory fasts. On the other hand, the second festival is observed two months and ten days later after the obligatory pilgrimage is performed in Mecca. It is known as Eid-ul-Adha and is celebrated by the sacrifice of an animal, such as a cow, goat or camel. Both of the Eid festivals are a time of family celebration. Chinese New Year The Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival. The Chinese people celebrate it with great excitement. Families gather at their ancestral homes to share the happiness and joy with their relatives. The celebrations of the New Year last for two weeks. Diwali

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Dogs can understand human speech, scientists disco

Dogs can understand human speech, scientists discover Brain scans discover evidence that dogs process language in a similar way to humans and are only truly happy if a praising tone of voice is matched by the actual words spokene Dogs, seen here around an MRI scanner, appear to having an understanding of some human words Eniko Kubinyi Dogs understand what some human words mean, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science. In a world-first experiment, academics in Hungary trained 13 dogs to voluntarily lie in an MRI scanner to monitor what happened in their brain when the researchers spoke to them. They discovered that dogs’ brains process language in a similar way to humans, with the right side dealing with emotion and the left processing meaning.  It was only when both sides of the brain agreed they were hearing praise that the dog was truly happy. READ MORE Dog refuses to leave his dead master's coffin after Italy earthquake While this was only the dogs’ “word-meaning representation”, it still shows they had an idea of what message the specific sound of an individual human word was designed to convey. Lead researcher Dr Attila Andics, of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, said: “During speech processing, there is a well-known distribution of labour in the human brain.  “It is mainly the left hemisphere’s job to process word meaning, and the right hemisphere’s job to process intonation. The human brain not only separately analyses what we say and how we say it, but also integrates the two types of information, to arrive at a unified meaning. 

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What Happens If We Throw an Elephant From a Skyscr

 

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World Championships 2017: Mo Farah misses out on f

World Championships 2017: Mo Farah misses out on fifth consecutive distance double       Watch: Edris shocks Farah in 5,000m Mo Farah missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row as he finished second in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships. The 34-year-old, who won 10,000m gold eight days ago, was swamped by his rivals in the final lap and Ethiopia's Muktar Edris broke clear to win gold. Britain's Farah kicked again to take silver at the London Stadium in his final major track championships. Britain's men won a stunning 4x100m relay gold as the women took silver. "It's been a long journey but it's been incredible," Farah told BBC Sport. "It didn't quite hit home until after I crossed the line and had a couple of moments to myself when I realised - this is it. "I gave it all - I didn't have a single bit left at the end." Four-time Olympic champion Farah will finish his track career with a record of 10 golds and two silvers in major championships. He is set to focus on marathons after his final track appearance at the 5,000m Diamond League final in Zurich on 24 August.

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Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defe

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests By Katie SilverHealth reporter, BBC News Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionStudy finds taking

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Beyoncé - Sweet Dreams by Jon Platt

 

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Man wins $11

Man wins $11.8 million jackpot after betting $3 on Las Vegas slot machine

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7 Ways to Rest When You Have a Busy Life

7 Ways to Rest When You Have a Busy Life By Lynn Daue   DOUGAL WATERS VIA GETTY IMAGES We’re all busy. Between professional and personal commitments, domestic duties, and childrearing (if you have children), the hours fill up fast. Additionally, it’s easy to fill whatever spare time we do happen upon with the minutiae of everyday life. The busier you are, the more you need to build in time for rest and rejuvenation. Without committing to time for yourself, you will find a way to fill your time with busy work and stray tasks. Do this for too long, and you will burnout. It’s inevitable. Prevent burnout by engaging in one of these (in)activities. 1. Go for a walk The beautiful thing about walking is that you can do it casually, on a whim, wearing heels, or all-out with a Camelback and hiking boots. Which means that you can fit it into your schedule whenever you have 10-20 minutes, wherever you are. If you have a brief moment, head out for a stroll. If you’re wearing heels, meander. If you’ve got a pair of tennies, hit it hard. Walk in silence and/or through nature if you can, but if you

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How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide

How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide Matthew Karsten330 How To Start A Travel Blog Blogging Tips Travel blogging has given me the freedom to travel the world for the past 6 years. Want to start your own? This detailed guide will show you exactly how to start a travel blog. Already have a blog? Make sure to read my more advanced post about the secrets of professional travel blogging. I’ve been working as a professional travel blogger for the past 6 years, and earn six figures annually from blogging. So I regularly receive tons of email asking for tips about how to start a travel blog. I know, I get it. Seeing constant photos from my adventures in your Facebookor Instagram feeds makes it look like a dream job. After all, I get paid to travel the world! I admit it’s a pretty sweet gig. But travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. Far from it. I rarely share the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this lifestyle possible. It’s taken me years to learn how to become a professional blogger. So today I wanted to share a useful guide for how to get started travel blogging. How To Start A Travel Blog: Pick A Good Travel Blog Name Choose Hosting For Your Blog Install Free WordPress Software Learn How To Use WordPress Get A Professional Blog Theme Download Some Useful Plugins Important First Steps Enroll In A Travel Blogging Course What Should You Write About? Making Money With Your Blog 10 Simple Steps to Start Your Travel Blog How To Start A Travel Blog Starting your very first travel blog is actually pretty easy. If you follow my guide, you can have your own blog up and run today. Now keep in mind the following advice is for those who are prepared to take travel blogging seriously, as some of these steps require spending money. If you just want to blog as a hobby, you can always start a simple travel blog for family & friends on WordPress.com. It’s totally free! However if you’re interested in making a living with travel blogging like I do, keep reading. What Should You Call Your Blog? 1: Pick A Good Travel Blog Name My first travel blog was called YearAroundTheWorld.com. Do you see the obvious problem with that domain name? Well, I didn’t, not until 3 months later. I was backpacking through Central America, blogging about my experiences and having a great time — when I suddenly decided I wanted to travel for longer than a year. Shit! What do I do now? Make It Short & Memorable Your travel blog domain name should be relatively short, easy to type, easy to spell, easy to remember, and easy to share. I recommend brainstorming by writing down a bunch of words you think will best describe your blog. Adventure? Food? Culture? South America? What do you want to write about? Who are you? What is your passion? Write everything down and start playing with different combinations of words. Try using a thesaurus. Ask your friends for advice & suggestions. Avoid Hyphens & Numbers This can be difficult to do these days, but it helps to avoid using hyphens or numbers in your domain name because otherwise you’ll be forced to explain it to someone. For example: POTENTIAL READER: “You have a blog? Cool! Where do I find it?” YOU: “Oh, it’s called expert hyphen vagabond the number 100 dot com.” As you can see, this type of domain isn’t the greatest for word-of-mouth marketing, which happens to be the best kind of promotion. Avoid Overused Words Avoid trademarked company names or words that may be overused in the industry. Sure, you can pick something like Nomadic Bob, Adventurous Wendy, or Wandering Clarence. But domain names like

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Beauty and the Beast (From "Beauty and the Beast"/

 

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Sonic Mania' First Impressions - The True 'Sonic 4

Sonic Mania' First Impressions - The True 'Sonic 4' Has Arrived, and I'm Begging You Sega, I Need It On Mobile In July of last year, we posted the debut trailer for Sonic Mania, a brand new game in the Sonic franchise that was a throwback to the speedy blue mascot's glory days of the 16-bit era. While the game wasn't officially announced for mobile, there were a couple of reasons I wanted to share that trailer with our audience. First, I'm a huge Sonic fan and simply wanted to make sure other huge Sonic fans saw the news. Second was that it felt like the fitting next chapter to a saga that really began on mobile in the first place. Heading up the Sonic Mania development was Christian Whitehead, a long-time Sonic fan and prominent member of the Sonic fan community who really became known outside of those circles when he unveiled a prototype for a mobile remastering of Sonic CD way back in July of 2009.   Subscribe to the TouchArcade YouTube channel   We interviewed Whitehead about his process and the technology behind his remastered Sonic CD prototype, and it got Sonic fans so excited it felt like there was no way Sega would not want to officially green light the project. Well, as many feared, the project went completely silent and it looked like Sega did indeed pull the plug on the whole thing. Then, more than two years later in August of 2011, we got 

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LEAVING THE 9-5, STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS, AND PUS

LEAVING THE 9-5, STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS, AND PUSHING THROUGH SELF-DOUBT  by : CATHERINE BEARD  2 WEEKS AGO 1 SHARES

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Sonic Mania - 25th Anniversary Debut

 

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British Airways safety video - director's cut

 

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£3.5bn 'UK Disneyland' theme park due to open in 5 years Paramount is behind the proposals CREDIT: PARAMOUNT

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bangkok coconut curry noodle bowls by Jon Platt

bangkok coconut curry noodle bowls JUMP TO RECIPE • PRINT RECIPE These Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls are quick to throw together and packed with veggies and brown rice noodles. Healthy AND easy. CLICK HERE TO PIN THIS RECIPE This this this this thisssss.  I am eating this Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl for L & D every day right now and I guess you could say it’s going alright. Alright as in –> creamy coconut curry sauce clinging to brown rice noodles (these are the ones I buy) with bright green asparagus nuggets and crunchy broccoli bites and carrot shreds and basil ribbons and a little pop of purple cabbage, because we’re all about eating the rainbow around here. That is SO MUCH MORE than alright in my spicy noodle loving book. Does it win your heart over even more if I tell you it takes less than 30 minutes to make? It’s the truth. Last night I made this for dinner (again) – I started things around 8:30pm, and we had our steaming rainbow bowls of it on the table before 9pm. So just take one of two things from that: a) I’m not lying when I say this is a 30 minute super-quickie little coconut curry noodle bowl meal, and/or b) we are those people who eat dinner at 9pm. Wait, does anyone even do that? Just, here, take some chopsticks.  Okay, so what is this exactly? Probably a good question to ask about many-most-maybe-all of my recipes. This is a spin off of the Bangkok Curry from Noodles & Co. because fact: I eat at Noodles & Co and I likey.  It’s also kind of Pad Thai inspired (think this 

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Improving Workplace Relationships | Shari Harley

 

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Difference between Protein and Fat

Difference between Protein and Fat   Proteins and fats play a very vital role for the human body. It is the essential element and nutrient for the body that signifies the well-being of the health and also helps in fighting off diseases. They are known as the micro-nutrient. There is a major relation between proteins and fats. How? Let’s understand both the terms. Proteins are the primary building blocks for one’s body’s tissues. They are polymers of amino acid. There are hundreds and thousands of different proteins that are all made up of different combinations of amino acids. There are only twenty different amino acids that are important for humans. These are combined together in various combinations to form proteins for the body. Human can only produce 11 of the 20 amino acids, while other nine amino acids are to be produced by basic food, also known as the essential amino acids. Proteins come primarily from meats, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fish, and there are other vegetables that have some proteins too. The different amounts of fat and carbohydrates are contained by each source of protein. Proteins serve two broad purposes in the human body: Structural proteins and functional proteins. Structural proteins form most of the solid material in the human body. Whereas, functional proteins help carry out activities and functions in the human body. Fats are a sub-group of lipids and are known as triglycerides. Fats are the fatty acid esters of glycerol and are the primary energy depots of animals. The energy depots are used for storing energy that may be required by the body during deprivation of food. Fats are generally soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water.  In a medical or biochemical context, the term ‘lipid’ is used to refer to fat in both liquid and solid states. Fats play an important part in chemical and metabolic functions. Fats are broken down in a human body by enzymes

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Matterhorn

Matterhorn The Matterhorn, the king of mountains, is the most-photographed mountain in the world. It is myth and emblem for Alpinists and photographers alike, as well as Switzerland’s most famous landmark and symbol. 360°Panorama      The Matterhorn has a magic attraction, both for day-trippers who love the view and for Alpinists who love a challenge and dream of climbing the peak of the Matterhorn at least once in their lives. The most popular ascent route is the Hörnligrat. Base Camp Matterhorn / Hörnlihütte Height 4,478 m First ascent  14 July 1865: the Matterhorn was the only remaining famous 4,000-metre peak to be conquered. First climbed by Edward Whymper, Douglas R. Hadow, Charles Hudson, Francis Douglas, Michel-Auguste Croz, Peter Taugwalder senior, Peter Taugwalder junior. On the descent, four climbers fell to their deaths: Douglas R. Hadow, Charles Hudson, Francis Douglas and Michel-Auguste Croz. Tips in the village Zermatlantis, the Matterhorn Museum, with Matterhorn room: exhibits include the snapped rope from the first ascent (original) Hotel Monte Rosa with commemorative plaque for the first ascent. Guided tours. Hotel Matterhorn Lodge: Matterhorn-themed hotel. Guided tours of the village Vernissage cinema, documentary film “Whymper's Weg aufs Matterhorn”, original sound with subtitles in German/English/French Mountaineers’ cemetery with memorial stones to Peter & Peter Taugwalder, Michel-Auguste Croz Tips for visitors Rothorn Gornergrat Matterhorn glacier paradise Tips for hikers Matterhorn glacier Trail, Trockener Steg - Schwarzsee Hörnliweg trail, Schwarzsee - Hörnli hut (for hikers with a sure foot and a good head for heights) Five Lakes Walk, from Blauherd Matterhorn: tips for mountaineers Mountain guide necessary Only for climbers with a sure foot and a good head for heights Demands stamina and a good level of fitness 2-day trip, usually from the Hörnli hut Essence of the Matterhorn Thanks to its shape and its free-standing position, the Matterhorn is considered to be the epitome of a mountain. There is no better-known mountain in the world whose natural shape is so close to a pyramid. 100 million

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Bioglan brings supergreens to UK

 

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Here's Why You Should Mute Your Phone When on Hold

  Here's Why You Should Mute Your Phone When on Hold By Staff on 19 Aug 2017 at 2:00PM

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: 8 little-known facts about his

Sir Bruce Forsyth: 8 little-known facts about his career By Ian YoungsEntertainment & arts reporter Image copyrightREUTERS Sir Bruce Forsyth, who has died at the age of 89, hosted some of the biggest shows on British TV of the past 60 years - from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to Strictly Come Dancing. As well as the prime time game shows for which he was best known, there were many other sides to his long career, from movies to a TV sitcom and attempts to crack America. He made his TV debut before World War Two Sir Bruce is the only entertainer whose career spanned the entire TV era. He made his first appearance at the age of 11 on Come and Be Televised in 1939, just three years after regular BBC TV broadcasts began. He performed a song and tap dance routine and was interviewed by the programme's host Jasmine Bligh, who asked what his ambition was. He replied: "I want to become a star and buy my mum a fur coat." Days later, BBC TV was suspended because of the outbreak of war. Bruce turned professional three years later and his first advert in trade paper The Stage read: "Bruce Forsyth: available for anything." Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES He nearly quit showbiz before his big break arrived But he didn't find stardom until the age of 30, when he was chosen to host Sunday Night at the London Palladium on ITV. Before that, he was a jobbing performer on the variety circuit. "I gave myself five years and I thought, if I don't do any good in five years, I don't want to end up being a frustrated performer [so] I'll get out of the business," he said. "And the five years were nearly up, and I got the job at the Palladium."

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Get paid to travel – become a travel blogger

Get paid to travel – become a travel blogger Could you build a successful career as a travel blogger? This expert guide could help you on your way... Emma Higgins Becoming a travel blogger seems like a great idea in theory, but as you get the ball rolling the process can get increasingly overwhelming. To be full time and make a living from your travel blog, it's not quite as simple as just throwing up a few posts and having a Twitter account or Facebook page. Being successful in blogging takes a lot of strategy and good business sense, as well as talent for telling stories and presenting them in a way that inspires people to see the world.  From finding your niche to website design, social media tips, and knowing your audience inside and out, this guide is designed to take you from the beginning stages right up to how to make money from your blog, with advice from some of the most successful travel bloggers in the industry.  1. Start with your passion Consider what you enjoy about travelling – people, food, wildlife, history – and make that the central theme of your blog. Passion is at the root of great writing, and making that shine through in your blog will keep readers interested. Sticking to what you love will keep your enthusiasm and motivation up, too. Remember, you don't have to cover everything about travel on your blog. If you don't go to museums when you're travelling, don't bother writing about them; if you love camping but hate hostels, stick to camping advice. You don't need to catch everyone in your net – do what you love to speak to the people who love it too.  2. Experiment You might not have a blog topic that you want to fully commit to right away – and that's fine! In these first stages, the most important thing is that you're writing something. Don't be afraid to experiment and play around with different ideas. Write often and about a range of different things – what you find the most enjoyable will quickly make itself known.  "Finding your niche sounds really complicated, but it's really just about finding your passion and distinctive voice, and then pursuing that relentlessly,” says Bret from Green Global Travel. “It's OK if you don't find it right away, or if the path meanders a bit along the way. It's more about following your instincts, trusting your gut, ignoring all of the noise that says 'successful bloggers have to do this or that', and blazing your own trail.  “It takes time, energy, experimentation, passion, patience and persistence to build a brand you truly believe in. But once you do, it makes all of the other elements that make up the business of blogging fall into place a lot more easily and organically."  Bret and Mary from Green Global Travel are some of the industry's most influential voices on the topic of deciding a focus for your blog, having spoken and written about blog branding many times. 3. Put some thought into your design First impressions are key – and this philosophy also applies to websites. Creating a strong design for your blog – one that's easy to navigate and understand – is important as this is

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3 reasons to book yourself an eye test

3 reasons to book yourself an eye test Monday, 9 January 2017 by Callan Smith-Sheerin When's the last time you had an eye test? If it's been two years or more, it's time for a check up. This isn't just to check that you're wearing the right prescription contact lenses or glasses, but can detect eye conditions as well as a number of other health problems. Book

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HP Spectre 13 review: The ultraportable king

HP Spectre 13 review: The ultraportable king   Image 1 oOur Rating    The fastest and slimmest ultraportable money can buy, the HP Spectre 13 is a class act The HP Spectre 13 is both ultra thin and light, which will make you forget that you're carrying it around. It looks the part, with intricate details, from HP's minimalistic logo to the hinges; but can it hold up against the current super-slim laptops? This is HP's golden boy, almost literally, as the 2016 Spectre 13 looks positively gorgeous with classy shiny gold detailing on the hinge and back edge of the 13in laptop. Everything about the design is perfect, with not a single flaw to be found. The carbon fibre and aluminium chassis is reassuringly sturdy, and barely flex more than a single millimetre when put under pressure. Obviously, it’s stunningly slim, at a mere 10.4mm it's more than a shade thinner than the 2016 MacBook yet weighing 1.1Kg, it's just a tad heavier. With its 13in display, the Spectre does have a relatively sizeable footprint when compared to other top ultraportables, but then you get the benefit or that slightly larger display, so it's well worth it. Unsurprisingly, the stunning looks don’t come cheap, with prices starting from £1,150 with a dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM. Upgrade the i5 to a faster 2.5GHz i7-6500U processor, which is the model I reviewed, and you’ll have to fork out over £1,300 for it.

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What is QLED? Demystifying the future of TV tech

What is QLED? Demystifying the future of TV tech image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/dolby-vision-1.jpg image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/dolby-vision-1-150x150.jpg image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/quantum-dots-1-150x150.jpg image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/quantum-1-150x150.jpg image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/samsung-4-150x150.jpg image: http://ksassets.timeincuk.net/wp/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/lg-oled-2-150x150.jpg 1 / 5 Credits: Trusted Reviews more January 4, 2017           Samsung has just unveiled a new QLED TV range at CES 2017, which might just be the finest TVs available when they launch. But what exactly is QLED, what will it mean for your future TV viewing experience, and should you buy a QLED TV or an OLED telly? Our guide explains all you need to know. What does QLED stand for? As always, we’ll start by explaining what QLED actually stands for. In truth, it’s a bit of a fudge, because the full expression it’s derived from is ‘Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode’. QDLED doesn’t sound so good, though, so many have taken to dropping the ‘D’. Hence, QLED. Name-changing aside, QLED is essentially a new variation on the quantum-dot TV technology that headlined Samsung’s 2016 SUHD (Super UHD) range. We’ll explain what’s actually new when it comes to QLED in a moment, but first, let’s take a quick look at why quantum dots are such a prized asset for televisions.

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BIZARRE SEA CREATURE COULD TEACH HUMANS TO DO THE

BIZARRE SEA CREATURE COULD TEACH HUMANS TO DO THE LOCOMOTION  ANDREW J MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES There’s teamwork—NASA putting people on the moon, for instance, or the Mighty Ducks triumphing over Team Iceland—and then there’s teamwork. A gelatinous sea creature called a salp knows this better than anyone, forming long chains of neurologically connected individuals that work together for the greater good. That is, eating and not dying. A new study helps unravel the complexities of the salp’s jet-powered, aggregate lifestyle, showing how a creature that's actually dozens of individuals manages to get around at all. Fascinating stuff in and of itself, and potentially big news for designers of underwater vehicles. Salps have a goofy way of going about life. Each individual in a chain can reproduce sexually to produce a solitary individual, which you can think of as a barrel. Through one end it sucks water, filtering out planktonic food. It fires the water out the other end as a jet, propelling itself forward. This solitary salp reproduces asexually to make another chain of salps. How a solitary salp gets around is fundamentally different from how a fish moves. “When a fish wants to produce thrust, it ‘wiggles’ its body and fins, with the side effect of increasing drag from the ideal, stretched straight hydrodynamic shape,” says aerospace engineer Daniel Weihsof the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a coauthor of the study. Salps, on the other hand, largely maintain their shape as they jet around. Plus, living together in long chains reduces the surface area exposed to the water, further reducing drag. So as an aggregate, you’ve got what is essentially a chain of engines, which you might think could

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101+ Best Coconut Oil Uses and Ben... by Jon Platt

101+ Best Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits for Home and Beauty Katie - Wellness Mama 807 Comments Updated: July 18, 2017 This post contains affiliate links I’ve said before that I am with coconut oil like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is with windex: Coconut oil has a wide array of health benefits, hair and skin uses, and uses around the home. I was using it a decade ago before it became popular and widely available in grocery stores. These are some of the reasons why I love it: Coconut Oil Benefits This tropical oil is beneficial in many ways: Coconut Oil for Hair– This nourishing oil has been used for centuries in hair and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for certain hair types. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products. To Moisturize and Nourish Skin– The same properties make coconut oil great for skin as well. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation. Digestive Help– Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida. Great Source of Healthy Fats– Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk. Mental Boost– Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance. Hormone Support– Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production. Immune Support– The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support. Great fat for cooking: Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use. Coconut oil is a superfood with a powerhouse of uses in cooking, beauty recipes, natural remedies and around the home. Such as: Coconut Oil Uses This versatile oil has hundreds of uses in the home, in beauty recipes and in cooking. My favorite uses are: Uses for Coconut Oil in Cooking and Recipes A great cooking oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter. Try adding to foods or smoothies daily for energy Or emulsify into coffee for a homemade coffee creamer (The only way I’ll drink coffee) In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils To season cast iron skillets It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism when used in foods In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters Add to a filling and energy boosting Brain Power Smoothie Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!) Use as a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking Or try your hand at making coconut based grain free granola recipes My kids love these homemade meltaways (like candy) Use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer Or make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack Bonus: Download a complimentary copy of my Coconut Oil Handbook digital guide with dozens of ways to use coconut oil in your home. Click Here to Download! Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily It can help improve sleep when taken daily When used in food, it may support healthy thyroid function Some studies show that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly Topically, it help skin heal faster after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically Some studies show it can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil) There are 

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The Magnificent Mura: Wandering Through Medieval C

The Magnificent Mura: Wandering Through Medieval Charmer. Posted on April 4, 2017   Hiking in the stunningly beautiful Catalonia During my hiking adventure in Catalonia, I kept to the GR 5 trail. It’s a wonderful 200+ km path circling the Barcelona in a wide arch. The trail sometimes crosses with others and at times it runs hand-in-hand with another. For quite a while the GR5 trail is joined by the Els 3 Monts trail. At one spot I had to decide if I wanted to move on along the GR 5 or if to make a detour along the Els 3 Monts to the village of Mura. In addition to possibly losing a day, I knew the trails takes you down to the valley, which meant a lot of climbing up the next day. Could I ask for a better spot for a wild camp? Is walking to Mura worth the detour? I didn’t know much about this village. I’ve already passed by a few cute towns and didn’t think much about going off to see another one. After one of the most spectacular wild camping spots in Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac (well, maybe except for the frost and wild boars visit) I went to find out if the detour is worth my time. At the Tourist Information office (Centre d’Informació del Coll d’Estenalles, grab the park’s map in pdf here), the Park Ranger convinced me to go to Mura. She even called a few places to check accommodation as it was still before the main tourist season. She said that Mura is “something else”. In a few hours, I found out she was quite right.  TIP! The Park Ranger also confirmed a very important rule: although the law in Catalonia forbids wild camping if you are a hiker and can’t make it to an accommodation before sunset – you can pitch your tent as long as you leave in the morning and leave no trace.  TIP! The Tourist Information spot is the perfect place to leave your car (there is a big parking lot) or come by bus to start your hike toward Mura. There are buses reaching this spot from Terrassa. It would be the perfect weekend getaway from Barcelona, as the walk from the TI to Mura is about 10 km one way.  The magnificent natural beauty of Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç The weather was great, the landscapes even better, so off I went. The hike itself toward Mura from the Park offices is just brilliant. After the initial climb, there is mostly walking flat or downhill. The ground is rocky and tricky – be careful to not lose your footings on the gravel and rocks. Words cannot describe the beauty of the surrounding area – I hope the photos can portray it at least in some way.  That’s the spot where the two trails separate. GR5 continues to the left, Els 3 Monts turns sharply right. Even though I was hiking in mid-February,

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a Fromagerie Is Opening In Bloomsbury, London, And

a Fromagerie Is Opening In Bloomsbury, London, And We Couldn’t Brie More Excited A very important date for the diary 🧀   Lifestyle writer at HuffPost UK If you eat cheese like it’s going out of fashion, listen up.

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Despicable Me 3 by Jon Platt

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New Banksy 'Dismaland' theme park launch

 

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10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People at Work

10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People at Work Need Tips for Dealing With Difficult Coworkers, Bosses, and Friends at Work? Human ResourConflict ResolutionVIEW ALL  By Susan M. Heathfield   1  Rise Above the Fray: Dealing With Difficult People at Work Enis Aksoy/Getty Images Difficult people are found in every single workplace. Difficult people come in every variety that you can imagine. But, how difficult a person is for you to deal with depends a lot on such factors as your self-esteem, your self-confidence, how closely you must work with him on a daily basis, and your professional courage. Dealing with difficult people is easier when the person is just generally obnoxious or when the behavior affects more than one person. You can team together to address the behavior or inform management to get help addressing the employee issue before it spirals into negativity. Dealing with difficult people is much harder if the individual is publicly undermining your professional credibility or attacking you personally like a bully. But you can do it. Here are tips  2  How to Deal With a Bully at Work vm/E+/Getty Images Do you think that you work with a bully? You do if you regularly feel intimidated, dread to work anywhere near a particular coworker and feel dismayed and upset about having to go to work. If you are yelled at, insulted, and put down, you work with a bully. If you have felt psychologically or physically threatened at work, you work with a bully. Do you have a coworker who talks over you at meetings, who regularly criticizes your performance, and steals credit for your work? If you answer yes to these questions, chances are that you’re one of 54 million Americans who has been targeted by a bully at work. Learn more about how to deal with a difficult bully at wo

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Make Money Online on empowr – Blog... by Jon Platt

Make Money Online on empowr – Blogging There are so many ways that you can make money online on empowr.   Posting blog post or blogging is the most easiest & funniest way.   On empowr, you can earn from blog post that you share share directly from your homepage or from your feed page and your blog post must be viewed by someone via their home feed page within 24h since the blogs are posted. First you need to go to your home page or profile page, look at the left navigation bar, scroll down your mouse a little bit, you will see the “EXPLODE” menu, click into “Blog” menu. Feed & Profile pageBlog menu My Blogs: you can find all your published blog here. New Post: add a new post into the exist blogs. New Blog: create a new blog. Import: you can import blog post from wordpress, blogspot,… but this function does not work as my experience. Need Ideas: if you do not

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Fall into beautiful night sleep

  Fall into beautiful night sleep

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How to Get More Fats in Every Day on the Keto Diet

How to Get More Fats in Every Day on the Keto Diet It took me a while to stop being scared of fats. I mean, a good few decades of learning that fats are the enemy will do that to you. I’m not the kind of person to dwell on regrets, but when I think back to the issues I had when I was young and on a low fat, high carb diet – sugar addiction, eating disorders, acne, weight gain and mood swings – it’s hard not to regret that I didn’t know about keto earlier. When you first switch to keto, making sure you get more fats in is paramount. And at first, it can seem really hard and actually quite scary to be eating up to 200g (or more) or fat a day. I kind of ‘dipped my toes in ‘ with eating fats in the beginning. I was probably eating around 100g a day (and even that felt like quite a lot). But it took me a while to adapt and I was so tired, and after reading around I realised that if you want your body to burn fats, you’ve really got to up that fat intake especially in the beginning. If you don’t get enough fats in, there are a few things that are likely to happen: You won’t get enough calories in. This is really detrimental, especially when you are adapting in those first few weeks. Even if your main priority is to lose weight, you must make sure you are eating enough so that your body and brain are not stressed, and you don’t go into starvation mode. The bottom line is if you’re hungry – eat. The keto diet is not about losing weight as quickly as possible, it is about healing your body and your relationship with food so that you will naturally find your ideal weight. You will not keto adapt (or it will take a lot longer). If you want your body to primarily burn fats for fuel (which is the goal with eating keto), you have to send a signal that there are plenty of fats available. This is crucial in the adapting phase. If you drastically reduce carbs without replacing those with fats, your body will not adapt – it will just assume that there isn’t enough food available and will start

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Notting Hill Carnival: Thousands enjoy sound, sals

Notting Hill Carnival: Thousands enjoy sound, salsa and sun 43 minutes ago   From the sectionLondon Image copyrightPAImage captionDancers from the Paraiso School of Samba observe their own minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire Hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on Notting Hill for the final day of carnival. Rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture and celebrating community cohesion, the event took on extra significance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Colourful floats passed within half a mile of the blackened tower and revellers were encouraged to lower their music and walk respectably. People were asked to wear green to remember the victims of the fire. Media captionSounds and colours from the 2017 Notting Hill Carnival

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Olives 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Olives 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits Olives 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits Olives are small fruit that grow on olive trees (Olea europaea). They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits. They are related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds and pistachios. Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart, and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer. The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce extra virgin olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet. Olives are often enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, tapenade or pesto. Olives are oval-shaped, with the average olive weighing about 3–5 grams (1). Some immature olives are green, and turn black when they ripen. Others remain green even when fully ripe. In the Mediterranean countries, 90% of olives are used to make olive oil (2). Contents Nutrition Facts Fat Carbs and Fiber Vitamins and Minerals Plant Compounds Processing Health Benefits of Olives 7.1 Antioxidants 7.2 Hearth Health 7.3 Bone Health 7.4 Cancer Adverse Effects 8.1 Allergy 8.2 Heavy Metals 8.3 Acrylamide Summary Nutrition Facts Olives contain 115–145 calories per 100 grams, or about 59 calories for 10 olives (assuming that an average olive weighs 4 grams). They consist of 75–80% water, 11–15% fat, 4–6% carbs and minor amounts of protein. The table below contains information on the nutrients in olives (3). Olives - Nutrition Facts TypeOlives, ripe, cannedOlives, pickled, green Serving100 grams1 large (4.4 g) 1 small (3.2 g) Custom General Vitamins & minerals General information   Amount Calories 115 Water 80 % Protein 0.8 g

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My 30 Best Travel Tips After 6 Years Traveling The

My 30 Best Travel Tips After 6 Years Traveling The World Matthew Karsten525 Travel Tips It’s now been 6 years since I sold everything and left the United States to travel the world. These are the best travel tips I’ve discovered along the way. It all started when I took a one-way flight from Miami to Guatemala City, leaping nervously into the unknown and leaving much of my old life behind while embarking on an epic travel adventure around the world. It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve learned a lot since I first left. To celebrate my “travelversary”, I’ve decided to share a collection of my best and most useful travel tips to help inspire you to make travel a priority in your life. Feel free to share your own best travel tips at the end! 1. Patience Is Important Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes freakouts happen regardless. Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse. 2. Wake Up Early Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in. READ MORE: 15 Common Travel Scams 3. Laugh At Yourself You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously. Once a whole bus full of Guatemalans laughed with glee when I forced our driver to stop so I could urgently pee on the side of the road. Returning to the bus and laughing with them gave me new friends for the rest of the journey. 4. Stash Extra Cash Cash is king around the world. To cover your ass in an emergency, make sure to stash some in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars worth. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did. Some of my favorite stash spots include socks, under shoe inserts, a toiletry bag, around the frame of a backpack, even sewn behind a patch on your bag. READ MORE: How To Protect Your Money Traveling 5. Meet Local People Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language. Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do. 6. Pack A Scarf I happen to use a shemagh, but sarongs also work great. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications. It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, and much more. I can’t tell you how many times a scarf has come in handy around the world. 7. Observe Daily Life If you really want to get a feel for the pulse of a place, I recommend spending a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you. Slow down your train of thought and pay close attention to the details around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation — and you’ll see stuff you never noticed before. 8. Back Everything Up When my laptop computer was stolen in Panama, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my ass. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency. Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online with software like Backblaze.

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New transport for London tube service

New transport for London tube service. The future is coming

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SUN'S OUT, GUNS OUT

SUN'S OUT, GUNS OUT Brits out in force as temperatures soar to 28C at Bournemouth beach on first day of the air show – but rain is on the way Heavy downpours will batter the North of the country as temperatures plummet overnight By Holly Christodoulou 31st August 2017, 3:04 pm Updated: 1st September 2017, 11:36 am Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) BRITS flocked to sunny Bournemouth beach today on the first day of the air show as temperatures rose to 28C - but heavy thunderstorms are rolling in. The North and central parts of England will be hit with downpours as the sizzling Bank Holiday weather is washed away. ALAMY LIVE NEWS 13 Two sunseekers pose on top of a tank on Bournemouth Beach today on the first day of the town's air festival ALAMY LIVE NEWS 13 Holidaymakers check out a gazelle helicopter in Bournemouth on the first day of the air festival ALAMY LIVE NEWS

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Canned Tuna, 3 Ways

Canned Tuna, 3 Ways by Silvana Nardone in Healthy Recipes, May 22, 2016 PRINTEMAIL (0) Comments Because it’s one of our favorite healthy convenience foods for a quick lunch (or dinner), we’ve taken canned tuna — high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids — beyond the classic mayo-laced sandwich salad. Garlicky tahini, rich avocado and creamy Dijon vinaigrette are swapped in for heavy mayonnaise in these three easy recipes that take canned tuna to the next level. Zucchini Noodles Tuna Nicoise   Serves 2 2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 small clove garlic Salt and pepper 2 zucchini, spiralized One 5-ounce can tuna, such as Wild Planet 10 green beans, trimmed, halved and boiled until just tender 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved

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The Health Benefits of Salmon

The Health Benefits of Salmon by JULIE BOEHLKE  Last Updated: Jan 28, 2015   Overview Salmon is a type of fish found in both fresh and salt water. There are several species of salmon, such as the sockeye, pink, coho, chum, chinook, and Atlantic. Salmon is not only tasty but has considerable health benefits; when baked, broiled, seared or grilled, salmon is among the most heart-healthy of dishes. Omega 3

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How To Become A Summertime Morning Boss – For Peop

How To Become A Summertime Morning Boss – For People Who Hate Mornings 🌞 🙏 💪  11/08/2017 12:55 by Hannah Thompson, commercial writer First up: a disclaimer. We know that being a morning lark or a night owl has been shown to be genetic. The circadian rhythm that our body clocks work to – dictating when we feel alert and when we’re ready to sleep – isn’t wholly in our power. But, if getting out of bed is the worst part of your day, we promise that doesn’t mean that you’re a lost cause. Here’s how you can coax your system towards the dawn and away from the dusk – becoming a morning time boss who’s ready to dominate the fresh day. (Yes, even on Monday.) Let’s do it.

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Apple iPhone Event Confirmed For 12 September

Apple iPhone Event Confirmed For 12 September This is the one we’ve been waiting for.  31/08/2017 18:10 Technology editor, HuffPost UK X

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ow to Sell Your Photos Online for More Cash with L

How to Sell Your Photos Online for More Cash with Less Work PUBLISHED OCTOBER 5, 2015 DISCLOSURE: WE MAY RECEIVE COMPENSATION IF YOU SIGN UP FOR OR PURCHASE PRODUCTS MENTIONED BELOW.   Photography is big business these days. Webmasters and businesses use images for their websites and marketing materials. People purchase artwork for their homes. All of these photos need to come from somewhere. As a freelance photographer, you have numerous options to sell your photos online. And this can be a great way to create passive income that earns while you’re working on other things. What Kind of Photos Do People Want to Buy? Right now, one of the biggest consumers of online photography is bloggers and website owners. Every piece of content created from blog posts to social media updates needs an attractive image. Here are a few categories that are in demand. Photos of people Photos of work situations (at the office, carpenter, steward, etc.) Photos of travel Photos of cities Close-up photos Photos of things (screws, medication, signs, books, computers, tools, bags, cables etc) Photos of nature Photos of animals That doesn’t sound too crazy. Right? You can totally do this. And on a budget. I’d also suggest taking a look at the most popular images in each category on the sites on which you intend to list your photos. This will give you a good idea of what’s hot at the moment. Creating the Best Images Possible Let’s be frank. If your photos are

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10 Sentences that Can Change Your ... by Jon Platt

10 Sentences that Can Change Your Life Brian Lee Brian Lee is Chief of Product Management at Lifehack. Full Bio The power of a sentence is tremendous. A single destructive sentence can ruin somebody’s life, make your day, or change your mood. Fortunately, there are some sentences that can give us power to go on. We have sorted out 10 powerful sentences that can change your life for the better. #1 “People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.”     #2 “Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”     #3 “You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”  

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Stressful Day? 20 Things to Add to Your To-Do List

Stressful Day? 20 Things to Add to Your To-Do List   Having a stressful day? You’re not alone! Must of us have quite a lot on our plates, and I bet most people have at least one stressful day a week. (No science to back that up —  just some personal experience!) I figure, if stressful days are going to be part of our lives, why not do what we can to make the most of them? After going through a pretty stressful day myself recently, I spent some time reflecting on what could have made (or, in some cases, did make!) the day better. Here are the top 20 items I’d recommend adding to your to-do list if you’re having a stressful day (… or week… or year…). Call or text a friend One of the best things you can do when you’re having a tough day is reach out to someone who uplifts, inspires, and encourages you. It’s not always easy to open up when you’re having a tough time, but it’s worth reaching out to those who love and care about you. Even a small bit of encouragement can make your day a bit easier to cope with.   Tell someone “I love you” Obviously, I recommend only doing this to someone you know and love, but saying “I love you” can have a really positive impact on how you feel. Focusing on someone else — and not on your own stress — is a great way to take a step back and shift your mind to a more positive place, and putting love out into the world —  even if it’s just in the form of three little words —  cuts down on stress.  Write about how you feel Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, it can be useful to jot down your feelings when you’re overwhelmed. Just getting them out of your head and onto the page or screen can give you a bit of perspective and make whatever burden you’re carrying a little bit easier to manage. (Bonus: Google your specific situation online and use someone else’s writing to remind you you’re not alone!) Celebrate what’s working When we’re stressed, it’s tempting to focus on what’s not going right or how much you have to get done, but a simple shift in perspective can really make a big difference. Instead of paying attention to what’s not easy, take a moment to pause and celebrate what is Focusing on the things that are going your way will make it easier to tackle the things that aren’t.  Eat something healthy

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Easy apple crumble recipe

Easy apple crumble recipe Lynn Wright / 05 April 2015 Tweet   When it comes to puddings, the humble apple crumble has always been a firm family favourite. Bursting with juicy fruit and a buttery, crunchy, crumble topping, the perfect apple crumble is quick and easy to make. Cooking time 35-40 minutes Serves 4

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42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself Celestine Chua I'm Celestine Chua and I'm the Founder of Personal Excellence where I share my best advice on how to achieve excellence in life. Full Bio Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek to improve yourself and become better? If you do, then we have something in common. I’m very passionate about personal growth. It was just 4 years ago when I discovered my passion for growing and helping others grow. At that time, I was 22 and in my final year of university. As I thought about the meaning of life, I realized there was nothing more meaningful than to pursue a life of development and betterment. It is through improving ourselves that we get the most out of life.   After 1.5 years of actively pursuing growth and helping others to grow through my personal development blog, I realize there is never an end to the journey of self improvement. The more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there I don’t know, so much that I have to learn. For sure, there is always something about ourselves we can improve on. The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth. Whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.   As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are: Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to. What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself? Some books I’ve read and found useful are Think and Grow Rich, Who Moved My Cheese, 7 Habits, The Science of Getting Rich and Living the 80/20 Way. I’ve heard positive reviews for The Tipping Point, Outliers and The Difference Maker, so I’ll be checking them out soon. Photo credit: Source Learn a new language. As a Singaporean Chinese, my main languages are English, Mandarin and Hokkien (a Chinese dialect). Out of interest, I took up language courses in the past few years such as Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian. I realized learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience. Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn? Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating. Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc.  Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally. Take up a new course. Is there any new course you can join? Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills. It doesn’t have to be a long-term course – seminars or workshops serve their purpose too. I’ve been to a few workshops and they have helped me gain new insights which I had not considered before. Create an inspirational room. Your environment sets the mood and tone for you. If you are living in an inspirational environment, you are going to be inspired every day. In the past, I didn’t like my room at all because I thought it was messy and dull. A few years ago, I decided this was the end of it – I started on a “Mega Room Revamp” project and overhauled my room. The end result? A room I totally relish being in and inspires me to be at my peak every day.

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Your Set Point for Happiness

Your Set Point for Happiness How flying coach provides a lesson in happiness. Source: Fotolia_4375731_XS copy Have you ever boarded a plane and as you headed to your coach seat, you first walked through business class? Let's explore what this experience can teach us about happiness. Next time you’re flying coach, perform this simple experiment: As you walk past passengers seated in their big fluffy business class seats, check out the expressions on their faces. Does every single one of them have a big smile as they embrace flying in luxury? As a professional observer of human behavior, I’ve done this experiment countless times, and the answer I come up with every time is the same: They don’t look any happier than the other passengers. So what does this have to do with happiness and bringing about more of it in our lives? The Set Point for Happiness We humans are creatures of habit. We

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Can cuddling up to man's best friend help you slee

Can cuddling up to man's best friend help you sleep better? New research from the U.S. aims to answer the question once and for all whether sleeping with your furry friend is a bad idea for a good night's sleep. Anchiy / Istock.com     17

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Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl [Official Video]

 

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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Dangerous hurricane Imra sett

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Dangerous hurricane Imra setting all kinds of records Weather information you can trust at www.MySuncoast.com/Weather or follow me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SuncoastWX Sep 7, 2017     0

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Why the Conscientious Mind Is a Successful Mind

Why the Conscientious Mind Is a Successful Mind Anna Chui Editor. Life Enthusiast. Amateur Musician.  DouglasHostetter was a conscientious objector to war who found himself faced with the dilemma of having to fulfill his military obligation during the Vietnam War in 1966. As a conscientious objector to war, Douglas refused to carry or use a weapon or participate in any of the violence of war. Instead, he opted to serve by teaching English to Vietnamese children. He also opted to live outside the heavily guarded walls of the American camps. He lived in a bungalow completely exposed to enemy forces. He had no gate, walls or weapons to defend himself. He insisted on fulfilling his service in a non-violent manner and was able to dedicate himself to providing quality education to surrounding Vietnamese villages on his terms.1         Being tagged a conscientious person, on the surface, seems to like it would be a pretty good way to be classified. But the truth is that those who truly commit to living a life of conscientiousness subject themselves to a lifetime of sacrifice and to the possibilities of being ostracized and misunderstood. A Conscientious Life Is a Fulfilled Life—but Not Necessarily a Happy One Many personality psychologists believe that there are five basic dimensions that comprise a person’s personality. Experts call them the “Big 5”.2   These are a set of five broad personality traits and include: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

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SHARES by Jon Platt

SHARES  Share  More   Intermittent Fasting - The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack Curt Pedersen Curt is the founder of Stayfitcentral.com, a blog that publishes cutting-edge information to help you build the body they deserve.  Intermittent fasting is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Last month alone there were over 246,000 searches for the phrase ‘intermittent fasting’ on Google alone. This search volume shows how popular it’s become. Scientists and nutrition experts like it too and are saying it’s the way of the future for losing and keeping weight off and new books and articles on the topic are being published daily including best selling books like ‘Eat Stop Eat’ and ‘The 8 Hour Diet’. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years. I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, carbohydrates, or eat 6-7 meals a day. This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting and details why it is the greatest weight loss diet

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Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves Share this with Messenger

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Scott Kelly—NASA

Scott Kelly—NASAA massive snowstorm blankets the East Coast of the U.S., visible in a photograph taken from the International Space Station on Jan. 23, 2016. SNOWSTORM

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GOOEY CHOCOLATE FLAPJACK BITES

GOOEY CHOCOLATE FLAPJACK BITES We’ve all been watching too much Bake Off in the office and it’s got us craving sweets and treats, so we’ve been playing around with some new recipes and these have been a huge hit! The recent granola launch has also meant that we’ve had tons of granola in the office, so we used some of it in this recipe, which is delicious – although I’m sure you could just use simple oats instead. The base of this is so gooey. It’s made of just five ingredients: granola, coconut, peanut butter, rice syrup and a pinch of salt. It’s gooey and coconuty and tastes so good sandwiched under the creamy chocolate layer with medjool dates, cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut

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11 Benefits of Lemon Water You Didn't Know About

11 Benefits of Lemon Water You Didn't Know About   I was first introduced to the concept of lemon water when I started doing yoga. An avid drinker (of water!), it was refreshing to learn a new spin on an old favorite. When I started having a glass of lemon water every morning, it was after learning only two of the benefits of lemon water. Little did I know just how many there are! Why lemons? Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!) Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below. 11 Benefits of Lemon Water 1. Gives your immune system a boost.     Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days. 2. Excellent source of potassium. As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. 3. Aids digestion.     Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

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The Importance of Cuddling

The Importance of Cuddling How skin-to-skin contact benefits both babies and moms. Recently, many hospitals have started to emphasize skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns. After my own son Edwin was born, he was immediately placed on my chest, touching my skin, for an extended period of time. This seems to be the new trend, and for good reason. Research suggests that skin-to-skin contact has immediate positive effects for babies, and can effectively reduce crying, stress, promote sleep, and even help establish a breastfeeding routine. In fact, research suggests that the effects of skin-to-skin contact can be long lasting, especially for premature babies who generally require incubators after birth and don’t often receive skin-to-skin contact from their mothers right away. For example, premature babies who are given massage 

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How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think   The role of inhibition in language, thought, and emotion. Posted Sep 09, 2017 About half of the world’s population uses a second language in their daily lives. Some areas of the world, such as Switzerland and Singapore, are bilingual hot spots where virtually everyone speaks two or more languages. However, even in America’s largest cities, there are sizable populations that speak a language other than English with family and friends. The naïve view is that a bilingual is a person who speaks two languages with native-like fluency. However, this kind of “balanced” bilingual is rare. In the vast majority of cases, bilinguals have a dominant native tongue and a second language they can speak with some effort. These are the kind of bilinguals that Spanish psychologist Albert Costa and his colleagues reported on in a recent article in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Costa and colleagues work in Barcelona, another bilingual hot spot where many people speak both Spanish and Catalan. The team was interested in finding out if speaking a second language affected people’s abilities to make decisions. You might think that because speaking a second language is so effortful, their 

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The top 15 healthy foods

The top 15 healthy foods Last updated Tue 20 June 2017 By Christian Nordqvist Reviewed by Natalie Olsen, RD, LD, ACSM EP-C 8806   Nuts, pulses, and grains are in important part of a healthy diet. Here we provide details of the top 15 foods considered to be the most healthy, according to surveys and sources across the United States and Western Europe. There are numerous diets that promote weight loss, sometimes in an unhealthy way. Fad crash dieting, for instance, is potentially dangerous. The most important thing to remember, is that a balanced diet is the true secret to healthful eating. Contents of this article: Nuts, pulses, and grains Greens, fruits, and berries Fish, meat, and eggs   Nuts, pulses, and grains Nuts, pulses, and grains can be highly nutritious. Here are some of the best: Almonds First on our list is almonds. Almonds are rich in nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin E, iron, calcium, fiber, and riboflavin. A scientific review published in Nutrition Reviews found that almonds as a food may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The authors wrote: "The message that almonds, in and of themselves, are a heart-healthy snack should be emphasized to consumers. Moreover, when almonds are incorporated into a healthy, balanced diet, the benefits are even greater." Almonds have more fiber than any other tree nut. Brazil nut Brazil nuts, (Bertholletia excels) are some of the most healthful nuts on the planet. In Brazil, they are called 'castanhas-do-pará' - which translates as "chestnuts from Pará." Pará is a state in northern Brazil. They are rich in protein and carbohydrates. They are also excellent sources of vitamin B-1 (thiamine), vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. Not only that, but they contain one of the highest amounts of 

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3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs

3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs New research shows sleep deprivation may increase the risk of Alzheimer's. Posted Sep 11, 2017 has been clear since the beginning of time: If we don’t get enough of it, we falter. Sleep deprivation has been identified as a factor in countless tragedies including friendly fire incidents in the military, train accidents, plane crashes, industrial and automobile accidents, and medical misjudgments. Some of us have personally experienced the agony of sleep deprivation when pulling all-nighters in school, taking care of a newborn baby, doing shiftwork, driving for long periods of time, or trying to meet a looming deadline. The effects of sleep deprivation may be subtle at first: our thinking may be a bit more sluggish, our

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ldi Is Selling a Giant 3-Liter Bottle Of Prosecco

Aldi Is Selling a Giant 3-Liter Bottle Of Prosecco This Christmas Cheers to that!      Getty Images

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ACKED LUNCH IDEAS WITH BRIOCHE PASQUIER PITCH

pACKED LUNCH IDEAS WITH BRIOCHE PASQUIER PITCH September 13, 2017 By Ciara Attwell Three delicious and easy packed lunches for both adults and kids alike with Brioche Pasquier Pitch With the kids now back to school I wonder how many parents are already getting packed lunch fatigue?! Coming up with new and healthy lunch ideas that the kids will actually eat can be really hard work. There’s nothing worse than preparing a super delicious and nutritious lunch only to find it pretty much intact and uneaten after school! 

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Film Review:  The Florida Project

Film Review:  The Florida Project   A film about people living in rundown Florida motels has won raves at the Toronto Film Festival and at Cannes. But is that praise deserved? Critic Caryn James weighs in.  Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter Share on Reddit

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Apple Iphone X :  Parody

  Apple Iphone X :  Parody

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Patti McConville/Photographer's Choice/Getty Image

Patti McConville/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images  Clean up Your Bedroom in 15 Minutes Your bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place where you lie down at the end of the day and let your worries drift away. Instead, your bedroom quickly turns into a storage area where you dare not let anyone enter. Learn a quick cleanup for your room that will let you find the bed and the floor. Here's how. Grab Your supplies Few of us have supplies to clean the bedroom actually stored in our bedroom. Gathering all supplies together before beginning the job will keep you from getting distracted and

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Things to Do in London in September 2017

Things to Do in London in September 2017 September is festival month in London as the capital comes alive with an array of city-wide celebrations, many of which are free to attend. image: https://cdn.londonandpartners.com/visit/whats-on/special-events/totally-thames/93241-640x360-totally-thames-tower-bridge-640.jpg The weather in September is normally warm as the capital enjoys the last few weeks of summer. September is one of the liveliest months in London, with the city welcoming an exciting line-up of architecture, fashion and music festivals. September Events in London Enjoy a month-long celebration of London's river during Totally Thames. See large-scale art installations, catch concerts in unusual spaces and explore the history of the Thames through free exhibitions and archaeology walks. Back on dry land, nose around some of the capital’s most interesting buildings during Open House London. This month is also your last chance to explore 

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Vietnam by Jon Platt

Vietnam From Ha Long Bay to Ho Chi Minh City   From the vertiginous rice valleys of Sapa in Vietnam’s north stretching to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions that will seduce both budget and top-range travellers. Down to onward travel   Welcoming foreign tourists and their dollars since the late 1980s, enterprising Vietnam has rapidly developed a well-trodden trail of attractions. Vietnam’s war-torn history—the French, Americans and Chinese have all left their own unique and not-often positive stamps on the nation—as well as its stunning and varied geography, amazing cuisine, plentiful beaches and near-endless shopping are all reasons to travel to the fast-paced Communist nation. Pagoda-hopping in Cholon. Photo: Stuart McDonald Our Vietnam travel guide is here to help you get the most out of each and every one of your trips to Vietnam. We begin with some simple guidelines below, aimed at first-time travellers to the country. The big questions every first-time traveller has: Absolute highlights Popular destinations Alternative destinations Tropical islands National Parks War History What to do When to go How long to go for What it will cost What to watch out for Absolute highlights There is a lot more to Vietnam than Ha Long Bay and Hoi An! It is a country, however, where it really pays to follow the maxim less is more. Don't be overly ambitious in what you're trying to see, especially if you're factoring in a lot of long distance travel. If your time is limited, keep yourself to one area of the country as Vietnam doesn't lend itself to high-speed travel. Slow down and try the soup! Hello Hoi An. Photo: Cindy Fan Hanoi: One of the most beautiful of the colonial Indochinese cities, Hanoi is often the start or end point of a trip to Vietnam, and what a great welcome or farewell it is! Oozing with charm, the city has gone through wholesale changes since Vietnam swung open its doors to tourism, but it remains true to its essential personality and is an amazing city to experience. Ho Chi Minh City: As cyclo drivers rest easy below vast neon billboards, the emerging Vietnamese middle class—smartphones in hand—cruise past, draped in haute couture on their imported motorcycles. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City—Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city. Hoi An: Canary yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, rickety wooden shops aglow with red silk lanterns, rippling green fields of rice, baskets laden with silver fish: Hoi An is redolent of a bygone era, or the 17th and 18th centuries, to be exact. Phu Quoc Island: Lying in a hammock, looking out over a glassy Gulf of Thailand glowing amber from the setting sun, consider yourself lucky to be in the know about one of Vietnam’s best kept secrets. Sadly, developers have taken notice of the island’s potential and change is afoot and Phu Quoc is being primed for mass tourism—get here quick! Can Tho: In the heart of the Mekong Delta, and often referred to as Vietnam’s rice basket, Can Tho is home to many orchards and farms, and it’s the goods from here tourists flock to see in the floating markets dotted around the city. Top of page   Popular destinations Ha Long Bay: A cruise on Ha Long Bay—or the Bay of the Descending Dragon—for many represents a pinnacle of their experience in Vietnam. Out on the Bay of the Descending Dragon. Photo: Sarah Turner Sapa: Choice views of the Muong Hoa valley and Mount Fansipan are the prime commodity on sale in Lao Cai’s signature destination, Sapa, a hill station high in the mountains and a vestige of the French colonial era. Hue: Straddling the truly beautiful Song Huong (Perfume River), Hue first rose to prominence in the 18th

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TIRAMISU NAKED CAKE WITH MASCARPONE FROSTING

TIRAMISU NAKED CAKE WITH MASCARPONE FROSTING September 18, 2017 by Lucy Parissi 6 Comments This Tiramisu naked cake with mascarpone frosting is creamy, rich and has a bit of a kick! Well Tiramisu means ‘pick me up’ after all… This recipe is made and sponsored by Tesco’s new range of lactose free products.  These days there seems to be an increasing number of products that cater to food intolerances and allergies. A few years ago you would be hard pressed to find gluten-free anything, now there’s great choice of products, certainly in all big outlets. Now Tesco have a great new range of products for those suffering from lactose intolerance, as I discovered at their recent event at Jenius social. Chef Lesley Waters was on great form giving us a cookery masterclass using the new products, and nutritionist Christine Bailey was on hand to answer questions about lactose intolerance. If you are suffering from the fairly unpleasant effects of lactose intolerance – which I will not go into for fear of turning you off my recipe! – you will know that creamy cheese and yoghurt are big no-nos. Well, I am glad to reveal that the Tesco products are totally lactose-free and taste rich, creamy and completely indulgent. Report this ad There’s mozzarella, mascarpone and (my favourite) blue cheese, lovely crème fraîche, as well as a range of yoghurts, from thick Greek-style to breakfast pots. All these were used in Lesley’s delicious recipes, starting with canapés and dips, a super-tasty pea risotto with crumbed chicken for main and ending with a tangy tropical cheesecake and rich tiramisu for dessert. I had great fun recreating the risotto and tiramisu aided by a little bubbly and my partner Becky of Munchies and Munchkins (so great to finally someone I know from the virtual world IRL). When it came to serving ourselves, or rather ‘plating’, we were all a bit over-enthusiastic, but the food was genuinely so delicious that I could have licked my plate. Lesley was a fantastic teacher and I went home not only with a very full belly – and a very heavy goodie bag – but with a brain swimming with lots of ideas for new recipes I want to try. One of them was the tiramisu we created at the event… but naturally I wanted to turn it into a layer cake!

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Making money blogging is something a lot of new bl

Making money blogging is something a lot of new bloggers try their hand at, but for many it doesn’t work out. Why? Not enough pageviews. Not a big audience. Too new. Well, what if I told you, it’s possible to make money from blogging without traffic or having a big audience? Yeah, I know. It sounds a bit ludicrous.  But, I’m a freelance writer and I get paid to blog. If you’re interested in blogging for a living, I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog for your business. Blogging For Cash If someone had told me when I first started out as a freelance writer that I would make $600 on a post, I’d think you’re crazy. What? People actually pay for words? For a blog post? Really? Yeah, I would have been shocked. But, in only two short years I worked my way up from landing my first gig at a $100 per post to making $600 from my last client blog post. If you’re interested in getting paid to blog, here are the steps I took to dodge the low paying blogging gigs and get paid what I’m worth. 1. Established My Name I was new to the blogging and freelancing world when I first started. I had no idea what WordPress was, didn’t have a Twitter account, and I sure as heck didn’t know what a blog was. Yeah, I know, right? But, I wanted to stay home and raise my twins and when I found out about freelance writing, I thought I could totally do this. The blogs I was reading were from other moms who were side hustling as a freelance writer. I knew that if I wanted to get paid for my writing I had to get my name out there. I signed up to some freelance marketplaces but never had any luck with them.

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WHAT IS ENERGY HEALING?

WHAT IS ENERGY HEALING? 

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INDY by Jon Platt

INDYTECH GOOGLE PIXEL 2: PRICE, RELEASE DATE AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW Last year's original earned very high praiseH Google is preparing to unveil brand new smartphones this week, in the wake of major launches from both Apple and Samsung. The company is expected to reveal two high-end handsets, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, which will go head-to-head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X. The 2016 versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL were widely praised, and feature what many users consider to be the the best smartphone camera ever made. Big things are therefore expected from their successors. Design The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL may have been celebrated, but it wasn't because of their design. Unfortunately for many, their successors are expected to look very similar.  Multiple leaks suggest that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will feature a fairly prominent “forehead” and “chin”, unlike the “edge-to-edge” S8, Note 8 and iPhone X.

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Blindness breakthrough: Single gene injected into

Blindness breakthrough: Single gene injected into the back of the eye reverses one of most common types of sight loss Breakthrough made in treating retinitis pigmentosa, which 20,000 Britons have Single gene injected into the back of the eye found to restore vision in mice Animals' blindness cured so that they again responded to beams of light The eye continued to make vital protein which restores sight for 15 months after  Oxford researchers says their work goes further than other on the disease By Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 20:00, 2 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:00, 2 October 2017   Scientists have used gene therapy to reverse one of the most common causes of blindness. A single gene injected into the back of the eye restores vision, by fixing a problem which stops the retina detecting light. The breakthrough, in mice experiments, saw the animals' blindness cured so that they again responded to beams of light and could see objects placed in their cage. Crucially, the eye continued to make a vital protein which restores sight for 15 months after the initial injection. Researchers at the University of Oxford says the gene therapy goes further than other work on retinitis pigmentosa, which affects more than 20,000 people in Britain.

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Jim Carrey says the old him is gone, meet his repl

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Skillet

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Skillet 09/10/2017 12:05 Lisa Roukin Le Cordon Bleu chef, cookery teacher, gluten-free

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Sunday Sweets: Modern, Funky, Cool!

Sunday Sweets: Modern, Funky, Cool! October 8, 2017 Traditional cakes are awesome, sure, but sometimes you want a crisp, modern twist: (By Torta Deliziosa) ...like this! Check out that 3D grid pattern. Stunning!   Another clever design: (By Sweet Sensations, Inc - now closed permanently - & featured here) Those paper-like bubbles add just the right amount of interest - no color needed!

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The Mindset for Overcoming a Fear of Failure

The Mindset for Overcoming a Fear of Failure ATTITUDE

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FEATURED by Jon Platt

FEATURED The Best You Can Be: 6 Tips To Bring Out Your Inner Potential By Guest Contributor Last updated Sep 26, 2017   0

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Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash

Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash SELF IMPROVEMENT After Las Vegas, How Do You Deal With Fear? By Dr. Irene Conlan On Oct 5, 2017

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Playbulb String are phone-controlled fairy lights

Playbulb String are phone-controlled fairy lights you’ll want to put EVERYWHERE Cat Hood August 19, 2016

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SOME THINGS TO SMILE ABOUT THIS WORLD SMILE DAY

SOME THINGS TO SMILE ABOUT THIS WORLD SMILE DAY Em Clarkson   October 6, 2017 Happy World Smile Day!! I know, I know, there's a day dedicated to bloody everything at the moment and you can't keep up. Me neither. But this is one that I can definitely get on board with. In a study done recently it was discovered that 20% of Brits feel that they smile enough, so just in case you're one of them, today I'm going to try and fix that for you!  IT'S FRIDAY. End of the working week. A good excuse for a drink. Ability to have a lie in tomorrow. Friday's fucking great, smile about that. YOUR LIFE IS A GIFT. Ah a bit deep and heavy, but it's true. Take a quick moment to think about the world and space and the concept of time and travel and solar systems. It may make you feel small, but it might also make you realise how lucky you are to be here, how your life is a blessing and how you must use your time here to do something great.  BANGING YOUR HEAD AGAINST A WALL BURNS 150 CALORIES AN HOUR. So even if everything is shit and falling

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How to Find Your Passion for Anything by Jon Platt

How to Find Your Passion for Anything   Posted on October 23, 2007 by Scott Young |    There’s a big myth in our culture: that passion can only be spontaneous. You either love your job or you don’t. You either enjoy exercising or hate it. You are interested in reading books or you find them boring. That passion can’t be forced or created. I disagree. Passion can be created. Even for things you don’t currently enjoy. By tweaking the activities and pursuits you engage in, you can find a passion for anything. All it takes is a bit of patience and an open mind. The benefit is that you end up loving the things you have to do anyways. Exercising, learning, studying, working and almost any pursuit can be made into a passion. And if you know how to do it, existing passions can be turned from mildly interesting to exciting. The skill of finding your passion is like turning up the dial

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How To Stop Emotional Eating by Jon Platt

How To Stop Emotional Eating   Posted on October 10, 2017 by Prakhar |     Today, the purpose of eating food is not only to help us survive but to gain pleasure from it. We eat food for many reasons like – celebration, boredom, depression, stress, or just because it’s time to eat. Our ancestors didn’t have this luxury of eating food whenever they wanted. They had to work hard to hunt or gather the food. Today, it is becoming easier than ever to get food. The problem is that as our

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5 Ways Photography Can Change

  5 Ways Photography Can Change Your Outlook in Life     by val.hirst A lot of people turn to photography as a hobby, because aside from providing them with a fun and engaging activity, it also gives them a means of expressing their creativity. But there’s more to it than that. In many ways, photography can also positively influence your mindset and change the way you approach life. But if you need a bit more convincing, here are some of the ways photography can benefit your journey to self-improvement: It heightens your self-awareness  Photography trains you to spot a possible subject from afar, and to compose a good photo in an instant. This practice increases your mindfulness because it encourages regular use of your senses. When applied to everyday life, self-awareness can help enhance your relationship with yourself and other people because it enables you to get to know yourself better and therefore communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs on a more solid level. It enables you to appreciate the good in the bad  If you were to examine

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Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose

  Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits

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Big-brained dolphins and whales lead 'human-like l

Big-brained dolphins and whales lead 'human-like lives'    The behaviors of 90 different species of dolphins, whales and porpoises showed that the bigger the species' brain, the more "human-like" their lives, according to a new study.  (ULTRAMARINFOTO/GETTY IMAGES)

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PERSONAL GROWTH by Jon Platt

PERSONAL GROWTHPRODUCTIVITY HOW TO GET MINDFUL ABOUT YOUR GOALS AND ACTUALLY MAKE THEM HAPPEN  by : CATHERINE BEARD 4 WEEKS AGO   I’ve loved self-help and personal growth advice ever since I can remember. I feel like I have a good awareness of myself and what I’m capable of, and I’m always interested in learning how I can continue to grow as a person. The only problem is when I get influenced by what other people are doing, I want to do it all. A lot of us think we ‘should’ be doing things because we’ve listened to a podcast, read a book, or watched a video where someone shared habits or goals they’re working on. Suddenly we feel inspired to set the same goals. We might even feel guilt-tripped into doing them. If you’re constantly setting new goals, they might not align with what’s truly meaningful to you. You might just end up getting burnt out from your own ambition.   Are you suffering from goal setting burn out? Here’s how to set intentional goals. CLICK TO TWEET That’s why it’s so important to get 100% clear on the WHY for your goals. You need to set meaningful, crystal clear goals in order to stay on top of them. Ready to start setting new goals for yourself and actually follow through with them? Think of this as a mini-guide to help you get clear on your goals, break them down into manageable action steps, and hold yourself

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'I want to give people hope for our world'

'I want to give people hope for our world' Animals, Real life, Africa

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20 surprising uses for ketchup

20 surprising uses for ketchup money off, Money Saving If you thought tomato sauce was just for meal times, think again! These handy hacks and tips show just how versatile ketchup really is. Shine your copper with tomato sauce If your cooking pans or copper trinkets are starting to dull, shine them up like new by massaging them with ketchup and watching it dissolve away the tarnish. Restore your hair after a chlorine swim Repair any chlorine damage to your locks by rubbing in some ketchup and letting it set for about 20 minutes. Be sure to swill it out thoroughly afterwards though! Decorate your home with ketchup bottles When you’ve run your ketchup bottle dry why not wash it out and use it as a storage container for glitter, sequins or craft items? They make great paint dispensers for when the grandchildren are painting too and the squeezy action hopefully prevents any accidental knocks and spills spoiling your cream carpet. The glass bottles could also make a small homemade vase for a lovely bunch of flowers. Make pancakes with a ketchup bottle Bake a neat and tidy batch of steaming hot pancakes by using a ketchup bottle to squeeze out your batter mixture into the pan. Alternative icing nozzle

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TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

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HALLOWEEN SPIDER WEB CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

HALLOWEEN SPIDER WEB CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES October 10, 2016 by Nicky Corbishley  so striking – the kids will love helping to make these Halloween Spider Web Chocolate Cupcakes. Melty chocolate, smothered over fluffy, light, choco-banana cupcakes. I could eat A LOT of these things! I know spider’s webs are a bit cliche for halloween, but who cares. I’m all about the traditional (and easy!). I use my favourite moist chocolate banana cupcake recipe here (the same one I use for my chocolate banana sundae cupcakes). A lot of the moisture comes

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Witches Brew – A Halloween Cocktail

Witches Brew – A Halloween Cocktail 2 WEEKS AGO+1 This ‘Witches Brew’- halloween cocktail is so stunning. Based on a Purple Hooter, the vivid colour is dramatically beautiful, but with a dark eerie feel perfect for a halloween party.     Save   Served in sugar rimmed shot glasses this witches brew is a wonderful addition to a party at any time of year.  But the dark purple colour makes it extra perfect (is that even a phrase???) to serve up as a halloween cocktail. If you want a longer drink, replace the lime juice with a citrus soda and serve in a highball with crushed ice. I would still rim the glass with sugar as I love the sweet hit you get and it looks so pretty!   Save   If you can find it, black sugar would be a great to use on the glass rim, but for those looking to use what is already in their pantry (assuming I suppose black sugar isn’t in there!!!) I mix lime juice with some dark purple food colouring, dip the glasses in that and then into castor sugar, The food colouring soaks into the sugar giving it a purple hue.   Save

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Easy Green Halloween Pasta

Easy Green Halloween Pasta posted in Food by Amsterdam and Beyond One of my very first blog posts was about The End is Near Halloween party. Last year around this time, B and I went to my friend Melissa’s for the evening, got all spooked up, and then hit the town for a night of monster mashing. But before that, Melissa served a deliciously-squeemish green pasta dinner, one I have been wanting to recreate all year! So today, in lieu of the upcoming spook-holiday, I give you Easy Green Halloween Pasta!

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Why we don’t tell our kids the truth about Santa

Why we don’t tell our kids the truth about Santa I think most parents have asked themselves if they should tell their kids the truth about Santa at some point and to be honest, there is no right answer to this question. This is one of those things that each family has to decide what they consider is best and what goes according to their beliefs. For a brief moment I questioned if we should celebrate Santa Claus in our home. I wondered what would happen if we did and my kid found out later that he wasn’t real. I also wondered what Christmas would be like without Santa. I thought about my own childhood… In my family Santa came every Christmas, in person.

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Gratitude Journal Prompts

Gratitude Journal Prompts by Roxanne 

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Recipe: Sea salt hot chocolate from

Recipe: Sea salt hot chocolate from Hot Chocolate by Hannah Miles, photography Steve Painter (Ryland Peters & Small).  Recipe: Sea salt hot chocolate

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NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA CHEESECAKE

NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA CHEESECAKE by Nicky Corbishley    I made this delicious no-bake cheesecake! My gluten intolerant mum-in-law was coming round for dinner, so I thought I’d try something different.  I couldn’t decide between a vanilla cheesecake or a strawberry mousse cheesecake, so I ended up mixing the two.  It went down a treat, and you really couldn’t tell it was gluten free. With the exception of the chopped strawberries on top, It was all done and in the fridge within half an hour (need to wait for an hour for the mousse to set before putting the strawberries on top).  This is a great make-ahead summer dessert and one to add to the favourites list.  If you’re not gluten intolerant, just use the same amount of regular digestive biscuits for the base. NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA CHEESECAKE  

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The Year 12,018 Calendar IS OUT NOW – A new calend

 

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EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE OREO CAKE

EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE OREO CAKE By Nicole The beloved oreo cookie steals the show in this amazing vegan chocolate cake! This oil-free cake is perfect for birthdays and special occasions! Well hello there, everyone! I hope you all are doin’ well. I mentioned in the post for my Vegan Cranberry Flax Muffins that I would doing a recipe for my birthday cake and well.. here it is! This past Thursday marked my 26th birthday! I have officially lived for a quarter century. I would absolutely have to say that this last year has been one of the best! 25 will go down as a year of learning and growth within myself. Success! Cake is definitely in order. For my past birthdays, my mom or S.O. would order a cake from a bakery and it would be all pretty and taste delicious, but tummy aches were definitely to be had. Last year they ordered me a vegan cake from a specialty bakery here in YYC, but it fell short of my expectations, to say the least. What the fudge man. What the fudge. So this year I decided to take my birthday cake into my own hands. I had initially planned to do a chocolate cake (OF COURSE) with a vegan bavarian cream filling. I’ve probably had that combo 5-6 times of my last 7 birthdays, in non-vegan form. Apparently, I’m a big fan of that combination! But last minute I decided to go with a chocolate-oreo cake instead. Not sure why I changed my mind, but what the hell, I’ll run with it. Oreos are my favourite variety of sh*tty grocery store shelf cookies, so I’m definitely okay with a little oreo indulgence!  The chocolate cake itself is super simple and easy, nothing crazy. I subbed applesauce instead of oil in the cake in an attempt to mildly mitigate the caloric load of all them oreos. And to be honest, the oil was not missed at all. The icing is actually really simple too – it’s just a basic vegan buttercream with a healthy an insane amount of oreos added to it. So all in all it’s really quite a basic cake recipe, but the cake and icing together is just bomb AF. I am definitely not upset that I decided to make an oreo cake! So hello 26! There’s seriously no better way to begin another year of life than with a nice giant slice a’ cake! If you’re like me and think oreos are the GOAT definitely try this recipe out! Enjoy, friends!       Print Vegan Oreo Cake

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Jupiter Is In Scorpio: Here's What That Means, And

Jupiter Is In Scorpio: Here's What That Means, And How Flower Essences Can Help You Get Through It Katie Hess Photo: Averie Woodard

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How to Connect With Someone Deeper Within a Short

How to Connect With Someone Deeper Within a Short Time Craig J Todd I Making friends and building relationships is not easy for most of us. Often the problem is moving beyond traditional conversation lines, such as: “Hi, how are you today?” and “Not the best weather, let’s hope it’ll be better for the weekend.” These lines do at least get you into a conversation with someone, but often their response closes down the interaction immediately: “I’m good thanks” and “The weather should be fine for the weekend.” ARTICLE VIDEO SUMMARY

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NO BAKE MALTESERS SLICE

NO BAKE MALTESERS SLICE By Lauren Matheson  It was almost 18 months ago that I first published a recipe for this no bake Malteser Slice on the blog and looking back at the photos I took along with the post itself I cringe just a little bit.  I have been meaning to update this recipe and it’s photos for such a long time but just couldn’t justify making this delicious and easy slice for no reason, so when I was planning our little man’s 2nd birthday celebrations, I knew I had the perfect excuse. I decided to alter this recipe just a little and used milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate for the base, both versions taste great, I think it really comes down to personal choice. I also couldn’t resist using my Thermomix to make this Malteser Slice, whichever way you choose to make it your are guaranteed to end up with something pretty amazing.  To say this slice was popular with our guests is a little bit of an understatement.  It was quickly eaten and I gave the last few remaining pieces away as I knew the temptation would be too much for me. After the success of this slice, I experimented a little bit more and cam up with this ULTIMATE Mars Bar and Maltesers Slice which you also REALLY need to try!!

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MEATBALL PARMESAN BAKE

MEATBALL PARMESAN BAKE THIS HEARTY MEATBALL PARMESAN BAKE COMBINES HOMEMADE MEATBALLS, MARINARA, AND ITALIAN CHEESES IN ONE SKILLET OR PAN.  PERFECT FOR SUBS, PASTA, AND MORE! Velvety soft homemade meatballs combine with robust marinara sauce and savory Italian cheeses in this ultra hearty meatball Parmesan bake.  Serve these meatballs with pasta, use them to make meatball subs/sliders, or just serve them along with a crusty piece of bread!   Okay guys… doing a little flashback here (throwback… Monday?), to my very FIRST post ever (back in 2014).  I was going to just republish it, but knowing what I now know about SEO (search engine optimization), that old post is pretty, well, bad.  Basically in order to optimize posts for the web (aka, the all-mighty Google), you need to have a strong keyword, metadata, subheadings using the keyword, etc… and that original post doesn’t even have a keyword, and the title is all kinds of screwed up lol.  I’ve still left it up, so if you wanted to hop over, feel free to here.  Here’s the original photo from 2014… but promise me, no laughing!     I’ve gone back and forth a few times about just deleting that old photo, but I actually kind of like it.  Certainly not because it’s a good photo… technically it’s actually a pretty terrible one, but I like it because of what it represents.  When I posted that recipe, with that photo, it was a HUGE step for me.  Introverted, shy, and definitely not one to “put myself out there”, I tentatively dipped my toes in the blogging waters.  I fully expected to fail.  But what I discovered instead was an incredible passion… a hunger and purpose.  And here I am just about 2 years later, blogging full-time, as a career!

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The Science Of Snacking

The Science Of Snacking There’s nothing worse than the insatiable desire to pick at food all day . How do you prevent cravings without deprivation? BABES ON THE RUN Food isn’t the enemy. In fact, eating can help you lose fat. Women tend to have more food cravings than men. We also skip meals more often as a strategy of reducing calories consumedwhen we want to lose weight. I think it’s fair to say that no good decisions are made on an empty stomach. When you don’t eat regularly, deprivation leads to all kinds of junk food cravings, hunger and anxiety. And by satisfying these urges when your stomach is grumbling, an urge for chocolate quickly escalates into a binge that ends in a food coma.   Skipping a meal here or there won’t cause harm. However, when it becomes a habit and causes mindless overeating or food binges, it can result in harmful metabolic changes in the body. So how do you manage on a day to day basis without blowing your diet or living in a constant state of denial?

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Raspberry Peach Smoothie Shake

Raspberry Peach Smoothie Shake   This Raspberry Peach Smoothie Shake is bursting with bright raspberry flavor! With a short and simple ingredient list, this vibrant smoothie is quick and easy to make. This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s August, and I’m officially in denial about how quickly this summer is wrapping up! Yes, I’ll be back to teaching soon and my kids will be heading back to school. But even though the leisurely summer pace of our days is coming to an end, we still have plenty of warm, sunny days ahead. It usually stays warm here well into October, which means we’ll continue to make smoothies just about every day! Our favorite smoothies are full of fresh fruit flavor.  We love to use milk in our smoothies, along with Greek yogurt, to add creaminess and protein. This Raspberry Peach Smoothie Shake is made with just fruit, yogurt, milk, and a touch of honey. We’ve been making it on repeat whenever we crave a cool, refreshing drink that doubles as a healthy snack. This fruit-based smoothie shake is like a cross between a fresh fruit smoothie and a healthier milkshake. It’s so good you’ll want to make it every day, too! I used Fairlife milk in this Raspberry Peach Smoothie Shake, and I have to say I’m hooked! I’d never tried Fairlife milk before, but recently noticed it among the other milks at my grocery store. Fairlife is part of the REAL® Seal family of products that offers consumers essential nutrients that both children and adults need for everyday life. Fairlife is unique in that it’s ultra-filtered so it has 50% more protein and 30% more calcium compared to ordinary milk. It also has 50% less sugar and is lactose-free. Using REAL® dairy, like Fairlife milk, in your smoothies and shakes means that your summer drinks both taste great and provide essential nutrients and protein. When you see the REAL® Seal on a dairy product, it lets you know that that product is made from real dairy from cows on U.S. dairy farms. Can you spot the REAL® Seal on the milk in the photo below?

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Every now and then, I love to splurge a little and have something deliciously satisfying and perfectly comforting, like this simple and hearty Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad! This potato salad only takes 5 ingredients – red potatoes, cheddar cheese, salty crispy bacon, creamy ranch dressing and sliced green onions. What’s not to love there? Yeah, this is a side dish you’ll have on repeat especially during these warmer months ahead.  What makes this potato salad easy to make and why it calls for so few ingredients is because it’s made with a bottle of ranch dressing. I know, normally I’m all about making things from scratch but sometimes when I find a good product I love a good shortcut. I made this potato salad with the new Hidden Valley® Ranch Simply Ranch Dressing. I’m actually really excited about this product! It’s bottled ranch dressing made without any artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. Instead it’s made with real ingredients like buttermilk, garlic, onion, herbs and spices and I like it better than the original! It has a delicious flavor and of course that same classic velvety smooth creamy texture.

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FROZEN GINGERBREAD HOT CHOCOLATE

FROZEN GINGERBREAD HOT CHOCOLATE  By Ciara Attwell A deliciously festive recipe for frozen hot chocolate flavoured with subtle gingerbread spices!  At this time of year I always get obsessed with gingerbread flavoured everything; cookies, cakes, lattes… if it’s gingerbread I’ll have it please! I’ve seen lots of gingerbread hot chocolate recipes around recently. Toddlers and hot chocolate don’t mix very well in my experience so I decided instead to make my own frozen version which the whole family could enjoy.   The ingredients are pretty simple; just your normal hot chocolate or hot cocoa, some frozen yogurt or ice cream, vanilla extract and gingerbread spices. I topped it off with some whipped cream and chocolate shavings (and a little gingerbread cookie too!) but it tastes just as delicious on its own. This is the first time I’ve made a frozen hot chocolate and I have to say I was really impressed. I thought I would miss the warming comfort of hot chocolate but this drink is so tasty and is actually quite refreshing!

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How to: Mental Health Journal

How to: Mental Health Journal July 23, 2017 14 Comments  Mental health journaling is a really good activity to get involved in. Writing down your feelings helps process difficult thoughts. Keeping a track of your mood everyday really, really helps. Although, I must admit when I started tracking my mental health, I found it incredibly hard. It took a lot of energy to stop and go through the good and bad from each day, everyday. However, I changed my journaling style from writing pages and pages to a few simple structured techniques for tracking how my day had been. Journaling has become

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How to Form a New Habit (in 8 Easy Steps)

How to Form a New Habit (in 8 Easy Steps) Tired of setting goals and not achieving them? The trick is to chip away at your goal in small, incremental steps. In other words, when you know how to form a new habit (related to your goal), then you can turn success into a series of daily actions. Today’s post can help you get there. We’ve taken the process of building habits and turned it into a simple eight-step process that you can immediately implement. Let’s get to it…   Step 1: Focus on One New Habit If you want to know how to form a new habit the biggest topic you need to understand is ego depletion and how it holds you back. Ego depletion is “a person’s diminished capacity to regulate their thoughts, feelings and actions.” It impacts our ability to form new habits because our supply of willpower is spread out among all the areas of our lives. Because of this, it’s important to work on only one habit at a time. That way, your store of willpower can be channeled into completing that one habit, increasing the odds of success. So the question is: “What one new habit do you want to form?” Identify it now and learn everything you can about how to do it right. Become an expert in this activity and do a deep dive on every content related to getting started. For instance, one of my main habits is writing.  This is something that I do every day, and I’m always working hard to get better at it on a daily basis. The important point thing here is to identify a habit you can do all the time, something that will fit into your life and can be completed on a daily basis, even when you don’t feel like it. Step #2: Form a new habit? Commit for a MINIMUM of 30 days. Some people say it takes 21 days to build a habit, while others claim it takes up to 66 days. The truth is that the length of time really varies from person to person and habit to habit. You’ll find that some habits are easy to build while others require more effort. My advice is to commit to a specific habit for the next 30 days (or a month to keep it simple).

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Kid Friendly Recipes

  Kid Friendly Recipes   healthy strawberry santas

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EASY SEAFOOD PAELLA RECIPE

EASY SEAFOOD PAELLA RECIPE   An easy seafood paella recipe cooked right in my cast iron skillet!  A delicious seafood paella for today’s busy cook!  According to this History of Paella article, paella combines the Roman and Arabic cultures. Arab conquerors introduced rice in Valencia. The word “paella,” may have stemmed from the Arabic word “baquia,” which means leftovers. So, historically, paella was introduced as the delicious solution to leftovers. And depending on where you live, you would utilize ingredients available in that region. It makes sense then that there are many variations of paella today! But even as we get creative with paella, there are two constants in a good paella recipe: Spanish saffron–thankfully, we need a little bit of this expensive stuff– and short-grain rice or Calasparra rice. close x

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5 THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY, TO HAVE A MORE PRODUCT

5 THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY, TO HAVE A MORE PRODUCTIVE WEEK.   If you are like me, having a productive week is super important. I no longer want to live the “I hate Mondays” and “I can’t wait for this week to end” kind of life.  It’s tiring and frustrating, to be honest, and complaining about it doesn’t make the week any shorter. I realized the reason we’re always whining about the long week is because we don’t take the time to plan for it realistically. A week planned in advance will be a super productive week. At the end of it, you’ll think, “That week was fast!” You will barely believe it. So, it’s time for you to adjust your mindset. Plan your week in advance to set yourself up for a super-productive week. I assure you, this will be simpler if you are a “doer” and not just a “read and take no action” type of person then this post for you. 5 THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY FOR SUPER PRODUCTIVE WEEK. Sunday is the best day to plan for your week. They say “A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.” So, if you want to have a super-productive and less-overwhelming week, check out my recommended activities below to get you there. 1.FILL IN YOUR WEEKLY PLANNER A weekly planner is simply a book that allows you to plan and keep track of your responsibilities and schedule your time and goals appropriately. Planning your week is one of the most important things you can do to have a productive week and can make difficult tasks easier throughout the week. THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR PLANNER: Using a distinctive highlighter like this one, cross out all the things you achieved last week.  Next, write a to-do list for the next five 5 days. These are specific tasks you intend to complete during the week. Determine what your key goals for the week will be. What do you intend to achieve this week? By writing down everything that needs to get done in the week, you will have a better picture of what needs to be accomplished and set your priorities accordingly.   Remember, a weekly planner is only useful if you follow it. Make sure that you put it somewhere where you can easily, and frequently, refer to it; in your handbag, for instance. RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED WITH PLANNING YOUR WEEK FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY: A planner- there so many different planners out there, which is bit confusing.So if  you are looking to get planner check out this one specific. A pen-you can get a pen here in amazon if you need one.by the way always have more than one pen at home you know how these pens are, easily misplaced. A highlighter-

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Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You H... by Jon Platt

Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy Leon Ho Leon Ho is the Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he started in 2005 as a way to share his personal productivity hacks to make life easier. Full Bio When we talk about happiness, we think about staying happy all the time – every single day, every single minute with zero negativity. We try to pursue this constant state of “happiness” as our goal, and avoid anything that may take it away from us. But what is the meaning of this type of “happiness”?  It’s like your favorite food.  The more you have of it doesn’t always mean the better.  On the contrary, when you only have a chance to eat it sparingly, that’s when you really savor every bite of it.  So is it the food itself that makes you happy, or is it how valuable it is to you when you are eating it? ARTICLE VIDEO SUMMARY

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Winter Detox Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup (Sl

Winter Detox Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup (Slow Cooker) jump to recipe A soul-warming Moroccan sweet potato lentil soup recipe. This soup is made in the slow cooker and requires hardly any work at all. Plus, it makes the whole house smell warm and cozy! It about that time again! SOUP TIME. Which, in my very humble opinion is the best kind of time there is. Unless it’s chocolate chip cookie time, which, goes without saying, is obviously better. And which obviously this is NOT. Ahem, what? Where were we? Detoxing. That’s right. Bringing you this moroccan-style detox lentil soup loaded with all the goodness straight from your refrigerator plus pantry with tons of soul-warming spices to brighten up these cold, cold winter days. Now that’s what i’m talkin’ about. So January. We’re already half a week into 2017 guys. How? But also – I don’t know if it’s just me – but is anyone else just now officially starting the detox from all the holiday eats and treats? Anees’ birthday is the day after New Years Day so we tend to get a slow start with the whole January cleanse thing. But with all of the birthdays and parties finally out of the way, i’m just itching to get another pot of this warm lentil soup on and am ready to hit the clean-eating reset button now. Of  course, lentil soup isn’t just limited to those of us that are desperate for a reset either. In fact, it’s even more delicious if you decide to serve it with pan-fried pita wedges and a healthy dollop of whipped greek yogurt or sour cream to just mellow out all those glorious spices. I kept this lentil soup completely vegan/vegetarian friendly so everyone can enjoy this. Know that it’s easy to make this a more protein packed meal though. Just sauté ground turkey, chicken, beef or lamb or any other kind of ground protein you like and add it straight into the crockpot with all the other ingredients. You’ve instantly got the perfect bagged

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Galaxy mirror glaze cake

  Galaxy mirror glaze cake A scrumptious chocolate sponge with fluffy vanilla buttercream decorated with a spectacular shiny glaze and glittering stars By Asda Good Living,   </form> Galaxy mirror glaze cake Ready in: 210 mins Serves: 30 Price: per serving Mirror glaze tips: The temperature of the glaze has to be just right. Too hot and it won’t be thick enough; too cool and it won’t flow over the cake. Stir the ingredients for the glaze – don’t whisk as this will create air bubbles. You can make the sponge and the glaze mixture up to 3 days ahead but you’ll need to apply the glaze on the day you’ll be serving the cake. Store the baked sponge in an airtight container and the glaze in the fridge. To use glaze from

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Motivational Monday || Adventure

Motivational Monday || Adventure Aloha Sprinklerinos, Merry Monday to you. A new week, a new month, a new year- a triple whammy today. Much excite!

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How to Read 10X Faster and Retain More

  How to Read 10X Faster and Retain More Brian Lee Brian Lee is Chief of Product Management at Lifehack.  A speed reader can read a book in 50 mins while it takes 5.5 hours for an average person to read the same book. That’s enough time to … Read 365 books in a year      Reading is a profound human ability, and its one that doesn’t receive enough attention these days. We expect everything to come to us quickly, and information is no exception. At this point, most people are scrolling and surfing instead of actually reading. According to a study by the Pew Research Center,1 around 26% of adults in America didn’t pick up a book at all in 2016. When we mindlessly scroll, we aren’t learning in the same way that we do when we read. Avid readers experience decreased anxiety when they get lost in a book, and reading builds empathy.2 There are plenty of reasons to crack open a book on a frequent basis, if you want to know more you can read Reading With Purpose Can Change Your Life.   Reading doesn’t have to be a slow process. If you think that reading is too time consuming, you might want to give speed reading a try. You can read 6 times more books if you know how to speed read When you speed read, you can take in significantly more information than the average person. A recent study suggests that the average adult can read about 300 words per minute. Proficient speed readers can read around 1,500 words per minute.3 For those of you keeping score at home, the speed reader is able to consume five times as many words as the average adult. There are a few anomalous individuals who can read even more. To put that into perspective, let’s say that the average book is around 100,000

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Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms

Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms Written by Agnieszka Weiner on October 14, 2017 in Main Courses, Pasta   Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms – a Few Words about Seasonality Even I can’t believe that I started working on the Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms recipe over a year ago. I made it once, wasn’t entirely happy so several days later I cooked an improved version of it. I wrote down the recipe, but I was too much in a rush to take photos. So, I had to prepare it again. Except, busy with some other jobs, I didn’t get to it on time – the chanterelle season was over… This made me realize how I more and more appreciate seasonality of vegetable and fruit. I know for some of you it may be obvious, but it was not always the case for me. For some time I used to buy e.g. fresh tomatoes or strawberries all year round. I didn’t really enjoy them in winter as they hardly had any taste. But I think it was the fact that I COULD buy them in winter I enjoyed the most. Again, some of you may be surprised that it was such a big deal for me. But it was. Up till I started my university all produce in Poland was seasonal. There was a season for strawberries – May and June, and there was a season for oranges – December. (Just to clarify: oranges don’t grow here, but even in deep communist’s times we had them for Christmas thanks to mercifully ruling party leaders). Thus, when finally, the system in Poland changed, we could experience what people in the West had for ages, e.g. strawberries in winter. Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms – a Delicious and Lighter Dish I am sure I wasn’t the only one overwhelmed with the choices and possibilities back then. But nowadays I make better decisions. I know that even though tomatoes are available all year round, in December they will never taste as good as they do in summer. So, I should enjoy them in summer almost to the point I have enough of them. And the same applies to mushrooms or my favourite chanterelles. Thus, I quickly will share this recipe for Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms so you will have a chance to enjoy this fantastic lighter* dish while chanterelles are still in season. *This Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms is lighter than you would expect because I replaced part of the tagliatelle with courgette prepared with spiralizer. If you – just like me – still learn to appreciate zucchini, this is a great way to introduce more of it into your diet.          Courgette Pasta with Mushrooms  In this dish spiralized courgette replaces some of the pasta which makes it lighter but still delicious. Prep Time 10 minutes

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First a Habit, Next a Lifestyle

First a Habit, Next a Lifestyle  

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Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting I’m on a roll with cupcakes lately. Sorry to anyone dieting and following my blog, I don’t know what it is but I’m just craving them lately. At least you can bookmark the recipe for an upcoming birthday because you NEED to try these Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting! That’s a need. Really though these are one of my all time favorite cupcakes. Who knows maybe I say that a lot but these would definitely make it to top 5 – along with Chocolate Cupcpakes, Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes or Pina Colada Cupcakes (they’re just too cute with those little tiny umbrellas), and Carrot Cake Cupcakes (and they carrot decoration is a must :)). Oh but then there’s the strawberry cupcakes, and the cheesecake ones with a salted caramel sauce should definitely be in there somewhere. Because cheesecake is life! Yeah I have a hard time with favorites. I need to share a post with all the cupcake recipes I’ve made in a collection because I’ve shared so many cupcake recipes. You can never have too many to choose from!  These coconut cupcakes are soft and fluffy and perfectly moist. I even dare say they’ll likely be on of the best cupcakes you’ll ever taste! They are perfectly coconuty (but don’t worry they’re aren’t little shreds of coconut in the batter, I saved that for topping. It’s just a naturally coconut flavored cupcake made with coconut milk and coconut extract). These are simply Heaven in cupcake form. And don’t even get me started on the Coconut Buttercream Frosting! So dreamy. I actually made these a few weeks ago, I got ahead with recipes to share and now I just have to sit here and stare at them and wish so badly I could reach through the screen and grab another. Guess I’ll just have to make them again soon, it’s got to be someones half birthday right??

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New Zealand Road Trip: North Island Itinerary

New Zealand Road Trip: North Island Itinerary This is the second part of our back-to-nature New Zealand road trip itinerary. The first part focussed on the South Island, and this part takes us to the North Island. In the first post, I also explained all the logistics of our road trip in New Zealand: how much we spent, the kinds of places we stayed, and the experiences we were looking for. I suggest reading that one first then delving into this one for all the North Island details. A road trip in New Zealand’s North Island Wellington Days 12-15 Our time in the North Island began in Wellington, which was named one of “the world’s coolest small capitals” by Lonely Planet. After almost a whole month in nature, it was a bit of a shock to be back in a city environment and we didn’t love Wellington as much as we thought we would. That said we were biased because of our mood and I think the city has a lot to offer. There were lots of excellent restaurants and cafes and we enjoyed the city’s creative vibe. The botanical gardens are also beautiful. For more info on Wellington, I recommend reading Liz’s post as she lived there for a while and loved it. Accommodation in Wellington We did a home exchange in Wellington, using the website Home Exchange. I’ll be writing more on that soon as it has become one of my favourite ways to travel. Travel to Wellington We got to Wellington by taking the Interislander ferry from Picton. The first half of the three-hour journey is beautiful, taking you through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. After that, you’re on the open sea, which was pretty rocky. I felt very sea sick, which didn’t mix well with all the wine from the day before!  While in Wellington, we walked everywhere. Tongariro Days 15-16 We had grand plans for Tongariro and really want to do the one-day Tongariro Crossing hike, but we both injured ourselves so had to pull out. The Wanderlusters have written a guide to the hike here. As we couldn’t do it, we opted for a shorter walk from up near the Whakapapa Apline Chairlift. The chairlift itself wasn’t in use but we walked around the area and got a great view of Mount Ngauruhoe, which was Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. Accommodation in Tongariro We stayed at the Adventure Lodge and Motel, which was clean but basic and run by a rather unfriendly woman. But she was really knowledgeable about the area and this would be a fine place to stay if you’re doing the hike (they give lifts to the start of the hike in the morning). It cost NZ$110 (£55) for a double room. Travel in Tongariro We hired a car in Wellington, which we kept for the next five days before collecting a camper van in Auckland. We used Omega Rentals again. The journey from Wellington to Tongariro was meant to take four hours, but we hit traffic, which made it more like five. Lake Taupo Days 16-17 Lake Taupo is the North Island’s answer to Queenstown, filled with lots of adventure activities and gorgeous nature to explore. It’s a laidback little town that you could easily spend a few days in. We were there for just one night and used that time to walk along the lakeshore, visit the magnificent Huka Falls, and relax at the amazing Wairakei Terraces, a little complex of thermal pools, fed by the mineral-laden Wairakei geothermal steamfield, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. It’s one of the most beautiful thermal spas I’ve ever been to, and spending the evening there bathing in the pools as the sun went down was magical. You can also take a self-guided tour of a re-created Maori village, including an artificial geyser. Accommodation in Taupo We stayed in a double room at a friendly hostel called Tiki Lodge Backpackers, which cost NZ$80 (£40) for a double room. It’s in easy walking distance of the town. Travel to Taupo The drive from Tongariro to Lake Taupo took one hour. It’s a beautiful drive with some pretty viewpoints along the way where we stopped for a picnic. Rotorua Days 18-19 Rotorua is the place to go to see New Zeland’s thermal activity and learn about Maori life. Nicknamed ‘Sulphur City’ it’s the North Island’s most smelly destination, home to steaming hot springs, impressive geysers and bubbling mud pools. Thirty five percent of the population is Maori and there are a couple of centres you can visit to learn more about Maori life. A few years ago there was a rift within the main Maori tourist attraction, which resulted in it being split in two. On one side is Te Puia and on the other side is Whakarewarewa Village. We chose to go to Whakarewarewa as this is a little village where Maori people still live today and we felt that

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How to Program Your Mind to Kick the Bad Habit

How to Program Your Mind to Kick the Bad Habit Brian Lee As you’re reading this, you may be checking your phone or Facebook, slouching in your chair, or snacking without thinking. Perhaps you’re reading this right before bedtime even though you know that the light from your electronics can negatively impact your sleep pattern.1   We are all guilty of some of these things from time to time. The Love-Hate Relationship With Bad Habits Having bad habits doesn’t make someone a bad person— even if you are aware that your behavior could have a negative impact on your health or well-being. If you are having trouble making a change, you’re likely telling yourself one of two things: I’ve been [insert your habit here] for such a long time, and it doesn’t seem to be affecting my life that much. It would take too much effort to quit, and I don’t think it’s necessary. I’ve been doing this for so long that I don’t know any other way to function. I don’t think that I can quit. Bad habits have become so ingrained in everyday behaviors that it is bound to be tough to change them. These routines are such a part of life that even knowing the potential negative impacts might not be enough to change them.2   For example, a stressful phone call at work could be a trigger for you. The stress might make you want to eat an entire bag of chips. That bag of chips gave you some level of satisfaction. The reward is happening on a chemical and hormonal level in your body. Even though you know that snacking excessively is unhealthy, your body may crave junk food whenever you are under stress.3   Before you know it, for good or for ill, you’ve initiated the process of habit-formation.

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Your Body Clock: How to Get Healthy by Simply Chan

Your Body Clock: How to Get Healthy by Simply Changing the Timing of Your Daily Activities Your body has an ideal time for every activity. By learning to live in sync with your body’s internal clock you will improve your performance, health, and well-being. 4:30AM has been my waking up time for over 2 years. It's taken several years to adopt this routine, with many setbacks. And I'm still working on it, with ups and downs. But when I follow my routine it does wonder for my productivity, concentration, and well-being. The thing is, just because I wake up early, doesn't mean that I put in more hours into my working day. The boost in productivity happens only thanks to the change in timing. Timing is everything, and it applies to more than just your wake up time. Your eating, work, exercise, rest, and sleep can take you out of balance if done at the wrong time. For example, say that you eat a late dinner and go to bed immediately. The food will not get assimilated well by your body and will create toxins. Your body has an ideal time for every activity. By learning to live in sync with your body’s internal clock you will improve your performance, health, and well-being. The knowledge of our biological clock is not new. In fact, it’s at least several thousand years old. For example, Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical science, prescribes what activities you should do during the different phases of the day. This knowledge is also backed by the modern science. Researchers are studying the circadian rhythms, also called a circadian clock. It's a 24-hour hormonal cycle that tells your body when to wake up, eat, work, rest and sleep. Our body clock is a small group of cells made up of unique ‘body clock’ genes. These cells turn on and off and tell other parts of the body what time it is and what to do. Belle Beth Cooper, Buffer Nature tells you when to be awake and sleep. In the same way, it has special times for when it’s best for you to eat, think, learn, be active and rest. The day consists of 6 phases, 4 hours long each, and each phase has certain activities that fit best. Let’s take a look: Sync your daily routine with your internal body clock: best activities for morning from 6AM to 10AM Phase 1: Morning 6AM - 10AM The sun is rising, and you should be already awake to welcome the day. If you sleep past the sunrise, you may feel tired, heavy and sluggish for the rest of your day. In the morning, your mind is calm and focused, which makes it a great time to read and learn. Take this time to reflect and connect to your inner self. If you practice meditation, this is a great time to do it. Keep your breakfast light. A heavy meal before 10AM can be hard to digest. Your breakfast needs to be warm, especially during the colder months. Your body may feel a bit heavy and slow. Exercise and other physical activity is beneficial in this phase and will jump start your day. Morning Activities: Wake up before the sunrise Connect with your inner self, practice self-reflection and meditation Exercise and do other physical work Eat a light and warming breakfast

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11 Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn't Know Abou

11 Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn't Know About Have you ever heard people criticizing your choices in having caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee? Though over-indulging in anything will have negative consequences, having an extra cup of black tea might not be as bad as you might have imagined. Personally I love my perfect cup of tea. It’s how I like to begin my day—not to help me wake up, but rather I like to enjoy a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. When it comes to herbal, green or black tea, different things suit different people and a doctor’s recommendation should never be overlooked, but for most of us, indulging in a cup or two of black tea might in fact be a healthy life choice, as some studies have shown. Both green and black tea are made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, but with different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process. Below are 11 health benefits of having a cup or two of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits.

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This Is What Happens When You Drin... by Jon Platt

This Is What Happens When You Drink Only Water For 30 Days Gloria Donaldson The body—each molecular cell, tissue, and organ—relies upon water to remain alive and workable. Water provides a kind of health therapy, along with sustaining your life. It greatly impacts specific body operations and the maintenance of good health. When you only drink water as your primary beverage, outstanding things can happen. Undertaking a special water regimen is not easily achievable for some, but positive consequences are possible. Here’s what can happen when you drink only water for 30 days, without changing your diet or exercise

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COOKIE MONSTER CUPCAKES

COOKIE MONSTER CUPCAKES BY ALLI My youngest turned one way back in September and we had a Cookie Monster party for him as a family. My kids love Sesame Street and Cookie Monster is one of their favorite characters. It only seemed right to focus his little party around that furry cookie fanatic! These cupcakes are perfect for a Cookie Monster party because they’re so easy to put together. No crazy piping of fur or drawing on silly eyeballs. They’re one of my favorite cupcakes I’ve made. And my kids thought they were hilarious.   Cookie Monster Cupcakes

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25 Ways to learn Faster

  25 Ways to learn Faster

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Whole30 Bruschetta Grilled Chicken

Whole30 Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Save Whole30 Bruschetta Grilled Chicken – classic fresh bruschetta flavors take ordinary grilled chicken to another level!  A simple five ingredient recipe!  At this point in the summer, I am always looking for new ways to use all the tomatoes coming out of the garden.  And let’s face it, one can only make/eat so much salsa!  This recipe is one of my favorite ways to fancy up boring chicken with some awesome summer flavors. Bruschetta is one of those things I could eat on a regular basis without ever getting tired of it.  Of course I love the bread and fresh mozzarella that often goes with it.  But this recipe is so simple and tasty, I honestly don’t miss the carbs and cheese!   Bottled balsamic glaze/drizzle is an option if you want to skip the step of reducing the balsamic vinegar.  Just be sure to check

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Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living... by Jon Platt

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life by Henrik Edberg “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer. Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favorite tips from him. 1. Approve of yourself. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behavior and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling. If you, on the other hand, approve of yourself then you tend to become relaxed and gain inner freedom to do more of what you really want. This can, in a related way, be a big obstacle in personal growth. You may have all the right tools to grow in some way but you feel an inner resistance. You can’t get there. What you may be bumping into there are success barriers. You are putting up barriers in your own mind of what you may or may not deserve. Or barriers that tell you what you are capable of. They might tell you that you aren’t really that kind of person that could this thing that you’re attempting. Or if you make some headway in the direction you want to go you may start to sabotage for yourself. To keep yourself in a place that is familiar for you. So you need give yourself approval and allow yourself to be who you want to be. Not look for the approval from others. But from yourself. To dissolve that inner barrier or let go of that self-sabotaging tendency. This is no easy task and it can take time. 2. Your limitations may just be in your mind. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” So many limitations are mostly in our minds. We may for instance think that people will disapprove because we are too tall, too old or balding. But these things mostly matter

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Ed Sheeran - Perfect [Official Lyric Video]

  Ed Sheeran - Perfect [Official Lyric Video]

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Vegan Vegetable Soup

Vegan Vegetable Soup This soup is absolutely delicious and it’s so easy to make and it gives you a great workout. The hardest part is doing all that chopping and waiting for it to simmer. But just wait till you taste the results of your hard labour. This vegan vegetable soup is one that you’ll definitely want to add to your dinner rotation. It is probably one of the healthiest things you can have for dinner. This recipe calls for half fresh vegetables and half frozen so you still get all that freshness but have the ease of pre-cut frozen veggies too. Feel free to use all fresh if you they are easily available and not too costly. Use organic where available as well to give it added taste.

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10 Intuition Hacks f

10 Intuition Hacks  By Susan Storm In everyday life, it’s very difficult to come across people using introverted intuition in an obvious way. While many people mistype as INJs, most of them are actually ISJs who thrive on proven facts and personal experience over flashes of insight and symbolism. Intuition is a very mysterious function and many times when INJs (or ENJs) use it in real life they are met with confusion or resistance from a largely sensing culture. As a result, many intuitives have to rely on their less-preferred functions to try to explain themselves to the outer world. INJs find that they have to rely on either Te (extraverted thinking) or Fe (extraverted feeling) in the outer world, and many wind up relying on inferior sensing to try to navigate a world that is tailored much more to sensing types. But what is introverted intuition?  Introverted intuition is a perceiving (information-gathering) function. Carl Jung called the perceiving functions “irrational” and that’s because they aren’t decision-making functions. Introverted intuitives focus on the subjective, internal world of the unconscious to find abstract and symbolic connections and relationships between the unconscious and the environment. Ni-users see intrinsic patterns and connections everywhere and examine them internally to find their significance. They know how to shift perspectives to see things from many different angles and points of view simultaneously. Gary Hartzler, one of the founding board of directors for The Association for Psychological Type said of Introverted Intuition “It is first and foremost

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Electric Energy Photoshop Action

  Electric Energy Photoshop Action

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HOW TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE AND FEEL MORE ENERGIZED

HOW TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE AND FEEL MORE ENERGIZED in WELLNESS  You’ll learn how to incorporate a self-care practice into your routine so you can feel happier, more energized and enjoy each day. I’ll admit that self-care has been a bit of a buzzword lately in the wellness community. BUUT it’s for good reason. I’m a firm believer that self-care is an essential part of a well rounded healthy lifestyle. Gone are the days where you need to eat perfectly, work out 6 days a week to feel and be healthy. I love that the conversation around health is changing and moving in a more wholistic and sustainable direction. Because god knows there’s more to life than obsessing over calories.

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Here’s a super cute recipe for Grinh Kabobs! These

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Motivation Monday

  Motivation Monday 6 reasons to stay motivated this Monday.

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Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Three Ways!

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Three Ways! By Jenn  Today we’re getting cheesy with three super tasty, super melty, vegan grilled cheese sandwiches! I think it’s safe to say that y’all are well aware of just how much I love my melty cheese. It’s an addiction that runs deep, influencing my meal choices and recipe development on a daily basis. Whether it’s an ooey gooey bowl of mac and cheese, an easy cheesy stuffed spaghetti squash, or an epic game day cheese ball, cheese is sorta my thing. When the super sweet folks at Daiya reached out and challenged me to take my obsession with all things melty and create a swoon-worthy plant-based grilled cheese sandwich I was fascinated. Could it melt? Could it stretch? Could these dairy-free slices-o-cheeze deliver a comfort food experience that only a grilled cheese sandwich could provide? To my delight, the answer is a resounding YES! YES! 1000X YES! If you’re new to Daiya, they’re the creators of delicious plant based alternatives to dairy products. Their products are perfect for anyone who’s dairy-intolerant, allergic, vegan, or simply living a healthy lifestyle sans-moo-cow. I wound up creating not one, but a trio of grilled cheeze amazingness. You’re going to do a double take, I just know it. Guys, this is the real deal! These plant-based slices were shockingly melty. Deli counter american cheese melty! Crazy awesome, right? Wait… did I mention how MELTY they are?! The best part (obvs!) is that they taste great too. Each bite was everything I wanted in a sandwich! Ready to get cheezy? Let’s do this! To make things easy, all recipes below will be for one serving (aka one grilled cheese sandwich) but y’all know the drill by now – they’re easy enough to double, triple, or quadruple as needed. Since the pilot and I were diving into each of these, I doubled each recipe so we each had our own easy cheezy sandwich!   Hello indulgence! This sassy sandwich is perfect for game day! Serve it up as a meal or slice into little squares for an easy party appetizer. They’re a total touchdown!   2 votes

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Getting Started With A Bullet Journal

Getting Started With A Bullet Journal   by Jocelyn I have taken the plunge and have started a bullet journal. I know, I know, I am rather late to this party, but better late than never, right? So today I wanted to share with you my initial thoughts and for those of you who are still to give this a try, or perhaps haven’t even heard of it, I’ll share a few tips for getting started with a bullet journal. A bullet journal is a system for keeping yourself organised created by Ryder Carroll. It’s a free-form planner, journal, log and more. It’s very flexible as you can tailor it to your needs. The Kit So first up, what am I using to bullet journal? Well, I shared my unboxing video over on my YouTube channel last week, as I received a gorgeous parcel of stationery from Bureau Direct. I have a Leuchtturm 1917 dots A5 notebook, which is proving to be perfect for the job so far so I am really pleased with it. I’m writing with a Lamy Safari fountain pen, along with then using

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The Reasons Of Self-Doubt and Steps To Deal With I

The Reasons Of Self-Doubt and Steps To Deal With It.     Jolie Choi       We have all been there. At some points in our lives, we all question ourselves whether we are doing good enough, what consider as successful or are we capable for all the uncertainties that might come up as we grow older. We doubt about decisions and choices we made or simply feeling “I am just not good enough for that.” That’s what we called- Self-doubt. Self-doubt occurs when we are lack of confidence or feeling incapable of doing things we need to do. People who doubt about themselves panic about things would go out of control or not going the way as they expected. A Certain level of self-doubt is good because it indicates you understand what you need to improve in order to do a better job! (just remember that doesn’t mean what you are doing is not good!) However, persistent fear and self-doubt can hugely affect your life, in a bad way. How Self-doubt Affects Your Life? Let’s picture this. Your boss has assigned you an important task because he thinks you are the most suitable person in the room. But instead of taking it as a recognition of your work performance, you started to panic. You panic about whether you are capable of doing a great job and failing to perform well will become a big joke at work. You spend time stressing over every single decision you made and picture how things might go wrong. It’s not surprising that fear will then play a big role in your own little drama. It brings you to his best friend named procrastination. You delay your work and feeling demotivated. At the end of the story, you hand in your work at the very last minute and of course, it’s not hard to guess you will have the feeling of “I can actually do better than this”. Causes of Self Doubt Past Experience/ Mistakes Why is that? I have no doubt that past experiences can have a huge impact on how we react, especially if you have had bad experiences before like a really broken relationship or being fired without a concrete justification. Past experience can shake and rattle our beliefs. however, you have to understand that your past cannot be altered but you need to stay stuck with it. Keep referencing to past experiences without learning from them is just a waste of your bright future! What you need to understand? You have to understand that your past cannot be altered but you need to stay stuck with it. Keep referencing to past experiences without learning from them is just a waste of your bright future! Childhood

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Cute ‘N’ Tasty Reindeer Cupcakes

Cute ‘N’ Tasty Reindeer Cupcakes   Are you looking for a family treat for the holidays. Who could resist these Cute Reindeer Cupcakes? These Christmas themed cakes are really easy to make and a great way for you and the kids to have fun together in the kitchen over the festive season. Christmas is such a great time to get cooking with kids and this reindeer cupcake recipe is sure to capture their interest. These Reindeer Cupcakes are surprisingly easy and quick to make, taste delicious and I think the results look stunning! Last year we made some of these Rudolf cupcakes for the school Christmas Fayre and the whole batch got sold in minutes! They were a huge hit with the kids and grown ups. Before you get busy with our Reindeer Cupcake recipe below you might like to bookmark some of our other  favourite reindeer activities too. Can you tell I’m a total reindeer nut he he!   Cute Reindeer Cupcakes – Christmas Cooking With Kids  Ingredients For Reindeer Cupcakes 200g Butter 200g Sugar 4 Eggs 200g All Purpose Flour 60g Melted Butter 2 Tablespoons Cocoa 175g Confectioners Sugar 8 Curly Wurlys Candy Eyes Red Smarties   How To Make Reindeer Cupcakes I like to keep things as simple as I can in the kitchen especially in the run up to Christmas when I always seem to be so pushed for time. To make this Christmas reindeer cupcake recipe really simple I pop the

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6 OF THE BEST 10-MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATIONS ON YOUT

6 OF THE BEST 10-MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATIONS ON YOUTUBE   YouTube has a considerable amount of 10-minute guided meditation videos to search through and enjoy! I know with school, work and just from the chaos of life, it seems impossible to take the time to meditate but you should find the time! I think the effectiveness of meditation should not be determined by the length of time, but instead of what you do with the time. I love how Tony Robbins says, “If you don’t have 10 minutes for yourself, you don’t have a life!”. I agree with his statement. We are never too busy to take the time to do something for ourselves – even if it’s just 10 minutes. [bctt tweet=”If you don’t have 10 minutes for yourself, you don’t have a life. – Tony Robbins” username=”miagoros“] What makes the following 10-minute guided meditations the best to me?

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Bipolar & Guilt: 3 Steps to Clear Your Conscience

Bipolar & Guilt: 3 Steps to Clear Your Conscience Guilt can be a healthy emotion and powerful motivator—as long as you don’t let it overpower you. Some steps that may help:

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Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints Recipe

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints Recipe Ingredients For the dough: 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

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5 FAVORITES: DAILY REMINDERS TO KEEP LIFE IN PERSP

5 FAVORITES: DAILY REMINDERS TO KEEP LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE  MICHELLE PHAN Perspective is an incredible thing. People are used to their own worldview – they’re used to staying within their own box and seeing things through their own lens. As comforting as that is, it’s important to think of things in a close up and individual and a universal way too. Every now and then we could use a little reminder that we’re all human. Sometimes the simplest concepts are easiest to forget. Repeat these notions to yourself when you need a little pick-me-up or even a reality check on a bad day, and you’ll never lose perspective.

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Pizza Mash Roll

  Pizza Mash Roll

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13 Ways to Be Inspired and Pump Up Your Creativity

13 Ways to Be Inspired and Pump Up Your Creativity by Kate It is a problem any and every creative experiences at least like ten times* in their life: Error 404: Inspiration and Creativity Not Found (Did you mean pizza?) Frustrating, right??? And so, I share to you 13 ways to be inspired and pump up creativity. These are things I found through the ever-wise Google, most of which has worked for me. Enjoy! *this didn’t come from any real statistics, just personal experience haha 1 | Take a walk Or if you’re up for it, do regular exercise. Did you know that taking a walk—or, essentially, letting your body move—helps in the improvement of your creative inspiration? Apparently, a casual walk can help you see things in a new perspective and voila! Inspiration! So fellow non-outdoorsy peeps, y’all have no excuse not to walk, ‘kay? It could just be a walk around your house or pacing in your room or taking the stairs. So long as you give your brain that stimulating effect after a brief exercise, you’re good to go!  2 | Listen to music And I don’t just mean any music. I mean, listening to music that strikes you and your mind in a positive way. Like has that ever happen to you? You hear a certain song and you’re just struck with this feeling? Like a crack appeared and light went in. The song triggered a gear inside your mind and made it whir into action. Have you ever had that? Depending on the kind of music that you want when you’re in a particular mood at a particular time, your brain will be able to go into “mind-wandering mode” where most of our creativity happens. It’s like the Pillar of Creation is where stars are born, ya know?* Here are three musicians that gives me that “struck” feeling: Owl City – synthpop, experimental pop, beautiful lyrics AURORA – ethereal music, enchanting voice, amazing lyrics telling stories In Love with a Ghost – lo-fi indie music, no words but is incredibly soothing

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3 Steps to Take Towards Your Dreams Today

3 Steps to Take Towards Your Dreams Today   by hugsandlattes ·  Like Cinderella says, “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” But not all dreams happen while we are asleep. Some dreams are planted into us while we are awake. Those dreams are contrived by our passion to change the world, to leave a legacy, to make our life matter. We all crave purpose. We want to know why we were put on the Earth at this specific time and place in the world. And as a result, each of us have a dream placed somewhere deep inside ourselves that both terrifies and excites us – because that dream could be the dream that give us true purpose in our life. Maybe we don’t think about too often because we have practical things to do. There are groceries to be bought, laundry to be washed, work projects to complete. You know what those are called? Distractions We like to use those distractions as excuses to say no. But what if we didn’t allow that fear to paralyze us? What if we didn’t push the dream down deep inside our hearts, and instead made practical steps to move towards our dream? What if we allowed ourselves to open our hearts and actually dream? What if we didn’t

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How does your body know you're full? - Hilary Coll

  How does your body know you're full? - Hilary Coller

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5 Reasons That Feeling Good Should Be A Priority

5 Reasons That Feeling Good Should Be A Priority   Why do we need to feel good? Wayne Dyer said that feeling good is what you should do every day of your life. He was a man who lived an incredible and enlightened life, so it may be wise to listen to him. You may make many different choices throughout your day, but one that should be consistent is to feel good. In fact, the benefits that come from it makes it an absolute priority in life. Following are 5 reasons that feeling good should be a priority. 1. It Promotes High Self-Esteem © Angelo Cordeschi | Dreamstime Stock Photos When you feel good, your self-esteem gets a natural boost. And when that happens, a bunch of good things happen. For instance: – You stop worrying about what other people think. – You start strutting your sexy self, knowing that you are looking good. – Your relationships, career, and health improve. – You are willing to take more chances – You are more willing to test out your abilities to see how successful you can be. The Truth About Learning To See The Good In Others

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CRANBERRY MIMOSA by Jon Platt

CRANBERRY MIMOSA in A cranberry lover’s version of the standard mimosa. Tart cranberries pair perfectly with a sugar-rimmed glass and sparkling champagne bubbles! I’m going to get right to the point – this drink right here will lend itself to a holly jolly Christmas! Say hello to the Cranberry Mimosa. I know some people don’t care for orange juice, but that doesn’t mean they should have to forfeit mimosas at brunch. With that said, these are more than suitable as a holiday party cocktail. The tartness of the cranberry juice pairs perfectly with the sparkling bubbles. It’s a glass full of holiday cheer! 

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Who am I? A philosophical inquiry - Amy Adkins

 

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5 SIMPLE NIGHTLY ROUTINES FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE DA

5 SIMPLE NIGHTLY ROUTINES FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE DAY   In my experience, the best way to ensure a super-productive day is to set myself up for one the night before. Having a nightly routine is a must to make that happen. I was inspired to write this post to share my nightly routine with you so you can set yourself up for a super productive day too. These nightly routines and activities will help you prepare and get in the right mind frame so you can start the day running. You will you become a better, more productive version of you both at work and at home. Having a productive day creates a happy, fulfilled, and well-balanced life. So, stay focused on these 5 nightly routines and take action! QUICK TIDY UP Set aside approximately 10-20 minutes each evening to quickly tidy up around the house. Why? You will no longer need to spend hours of your precious time on the weekends to tidy up and clean the house. By leaving things lying around, it creates potential distractions and loss of focus in the morning. Waking up and getting ready for work in a messy house can keep you from finding the things you need quickly. QUICK ACTIONABLE TASKS Fold laundry and put it away. In the kitchen, either load and unload the dishwasher, or wash your dishes after every meal. Try to put everything back in it’s place; magazines, books, etc. If you continually lose items, like your keys or your phone, try using this cool device that helps you track down your precious items, so you’ll never lose them again. Start tidying up every evening for 10-20 minutes, so the house is beautifully clean when you awake, and you can focus on what matters most in the morning.

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Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate 'Tis the season to be jolly!  And the season to host all those festive holiday get-togethers.  Whether it's an afternoon sledding party, a holiday brunch, girls' night in, a fun cookie or gift exchange, or a casual Christmas get-together with family, this Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate is the just the thing to serve up.  Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this recipe's creation and this post.   When it comes to a fun holiday get-together, nothing beats a delicious warm-your-heart-and-soul hot drink to enjoy.  Especially when that hot drink involves chocolate. And when that delicious warm-your-heart-and-soul treat combines chocolate with caramel like with this Caramel Hot Chocolate?  Well, that's even better! The ease and convenience of being able to make and serve this hot chocolate in the slow cooker makes it a perfect choice to serve a crowd or to serve at an event that spans over a period of time.  Keep that slow cooker going on the WARM or LOW setting, and this hot chocolate is at-the-ready to enjoy for hours.  Which makes it wonderful for an open house ... or an afternoon of sledding ... or for so many different types of gatherings with loved ones. Truly, it couldn't be easier to make, either. Simply grab your slow cooker and pour in milk chocolate chips and a good dose of caramel ice cream topping ...   Then add a combination of milk and rich-and-creamy half-&-half ... image: image: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vx9NZIC_Dj0/V2QpCtRsWBI/AAAAAAAADC4/hHMCUda7BzgZE1LKcxx9We3WoQyDX54OwCLcB/s180/pin-this.png Now when it comes to choosing that milk and half-and-half, be sure to choose REAL

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Why do you need to get a flu shot every year? - Me

 

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5 Ideas To Inspire You To Create A DIY Meditation

5 Ideas To Inspire You To Create A DIY Meditation Room At Home   With our lives being so incredibly busy, and our homes as areas to eat, sleep, bathe and entertain, it’s so important to carve a nook in which to relax. And not the sit-on-the-sofa-watching-Netflix type of relax either. A space where you can be still in peace, and well, just be. If you don’t have enough space in your home to dedicate to a meditation room (or Zen Den as I like to refer them to!) then don’t worry – even keeping a few items in the corner of your bedroom is perfect, and will create the space you need to relax. When creating a sacred space such as a meditation room, I like to think of the 5 senses and how we can incorporate them into the area.

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CREAMY, FOUR CHEESE SPAGHETTI

CREAMY, FOUR CHEESE SPAGHETTI  by Kristin  This Four Cheese Spaghetti is ultra creamy and garlicky. It comes together in under 20 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal.   Save   I’ve been wanting to make a variation of this recipe for months now, and I finally set out to create my version this week. I have seen pre-shredded packs of the 4-Cheese Italian blend before, in fact I used it in these Italian Chicken Quesadillas. But twice I searched my local grocery store for this blend and came up empty handed.   Save   So the other day I was craving this creamy four cheese spaghetti and decided I was going to pull it together with whatever was in my fridge. Which happened to be Romano, Parmesan, Mozzarella and cream cheese. Close enough for me!   Save   The cream sauce for this recipe comes together quickly, so it’s best to start it when the spaghetti is about halfway finished. Melt some butter and olive oil together then add a whole lot of garlic, because, well, garlic.  

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Nutella Hot Chocolate by Jon Platt

Nutella Hot Chocolate   posted by Allison Mattina  Nutella Hot Chocolate ~ Quick and Easy Hazelnut Flavored Nutella Hot Chocolate! Perfect to Warm up with on Chilly Winter Days!   Hello! Meet my new obsession. The easiest, tastiest, TWO ingredient hot chocolate.  I’m wondering how I ever made it through winter without Nutella Hot Chocolate. Where has this been my whole life? I’m making up for lost time… Bring on another mug. We have a tradition of drinking hot chocolate on the day we decorate our house for Christmas. As night falls, we turn on all the Christmas lights and enjoy our hot chocolate by the glow of our tree. Sometimes we have plain hot chocolate, sometimes we have White Hot Chocolate and sometimes the adults spike our hot chocolate. This year I took the simplest route possible and I stirred Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread into warm milk, which gave us Nutella Hot Chocolate! You can serve this hot chocolate with only the milk and Nutella or you can add additional flavors. I chose to whisk in a little unsweetened cocoa powder for a stronger chocolate flavor. You could also add a shot of espresso (totally doing that next time), a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a splash of vanilla extract. You can go so many different directions with this; they will all be delicious!

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How to Stop Holding Yourself Back

How to Stop Holding Yourself Back  by Katie How do you know if you’re holding yourself back? If you have goals you’ve held on to for years and never made progress with, there’s a chance you’re doing it. Here are four ways that you can stop holding yourself back and start achieving more in life. How To Stop Holding Yourself Back 1. You’re making excuses

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The Science of Happiness by Jon Platt

  The Science of Happiness

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Christmas Cookies

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Christmas Cookies   Adorable Mickey & Minnie Mouse Christmas Cookies! Fun Disney themed holiday cookies for a party, gifts or cookie exchange. No-Bake Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas Cookies made with Oreos! I’ve been busy filming videos for my YouTube Channel and couldn’t wait to give you a preview of these cute Mickey & Minnie Mouse Christmas Cookies! Two things I absolutely love… Disney treats and making cute Christmas cookies! We just got back from Disney World and I was inspired by all of the beautiful Christmas decorations to make these fun and easy no-bake Disney themed Christmas cookies. MORE IDEAS YOU MIGHT ENJOY The week before our trip, I was in Orlando for work and the

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ALMOND CREAM CAKE by Jon Platt

ALMOND CREAM CAKE Light, moist and velvety, this Almond Cream Cake has a homemade cooked, whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with the almond cake. Decorate the cake simply with sliced almonds. Save     If you’re looking at this cake and happen to remember the pinkalicious cake we recently posted, you’ll think that we’re in an almond kind of mood. It’s true. We do love our almonds. What is sad is that this Almond Cream Cake has been sitting in my “to-do” pile for 3 months. Anyone else have a to-do list like this? It’s not that I wasn’t excited about sharing it with you, or that it didn’t taste as good as the other treats we’ve been sharing. Quite the opposite, actually. I wanted to give this cake the credit that it was due, and with the busyness of the holidays, I kept pushing it aside until I had more time.   Save   Well, your wait is over, my friends.  Let me tell you about this cake. First of all, it’s a completely homemade white cake. That means from scratch. No boxed mix. I love boxed cake mixes because they turn out perfectly nearly every time.  But making a cake from scratch has always been this challenge that I’ve wanted to tackle. In finding a delicious recipe for white cake (which happens to be my favorite flavor), we had several failures. I wanted a moist cake, but I wanted it to have a light crumb and be thick, but not heavy. We tossed aside several different attempts, but when I saw how this cake baked up? I knew this was it. For a homemade cake, this one beat the rest. It’s velvety and moist. Can you see the texture in this photo?   Save   Something about it reminded me of an angel food cake, maybe the pure whiteness or the light crumb. It has a classic cake texture, though and baked evenly and beautifully.  The recipe uses cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. All purpose flour has more protein in it (10-12 grams in all-purpose as opposed to 8 grams in cake flour), which forms gluten when you mix it. This causes the cake to be more “holey”. The less gluten there is, the more tender the cake is. The starch in the cake flour helps to stabilize the cake. There’s more science behind the reasons you should use cake flour when baking a cake. Although I like learning the science behind baking and sharing it with you, sometimes it is just easier to let the experts explain it. You can read more of the science behind cake flour here.   Save   The second special part of this cake is the frosting. Although we love our buttercream recipe, I was wanting to try something a little different for this cake. I’ve always loved whipped frosting because it is less sweet than many store-bought buttercreams. I searched for a delicious whipped frosting and came across this recipe that got rave reviews. It’s a cooked frosting…something I had never tried before! This frosting takes a bit of time to make, but one spoonful and you may just be hooked. When you make the frosting, it is important to follow the directions carefully. You’ll want to cook the milk and flour together over medium heat until the mixture is very thick and resembles mashed potatoes. Don’t undercook this! It took about 10 minutes for me to get my mixture to this texture. Stir constantly while it is cooking so it doesn’t burn on the saucepan.   Save   At this point you’ll probably be questioning how in the world this is going to taste good on your precious cake. Trust me. It will. Let the flour and milk mixture cool to room temperature and add the almond extract. You can speed up the process by placing the pan on ice if you’d like. It cools within minutes if you use this trick. Also, stir the frosting a few times while it is cooling. This will prevent a film from developing over your frosting. Stirring it and even placing plastic wrap right on top of the frosting will help to keep your frosting smooth. While this is cooling, take the granulated sugar and put it through your food processor to make the grains of sugar finer. Why do this? In the next step, you’ll cream the butter and sugar together until there is no graininess left. It will take less time if you process the sugar first. Or you can use a superfine sugar such as this one. Once the butter and sugar are completely creamed together (beating about 5 minutes), add the cooled flour mixture and you are going to beat the mixture with the wire whisk attachment for a good 5 minutes. The mixture will go from having a separated look to coming together into a beautiful whipped cream. Just when you think it isn’t going to work it will start getting fluffy and look like a delicious whipped frosting. Go ahead. Sneak a little taste. Just be warned that you may not be able to stop eating it.  

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Key Factors For Successful Goal Achievement

  Key Factors For Successful Goal Achievement

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12 Byron Bay Cafés Everyone Should Visit At Least

12 Byron Bay Cafés Everyone Should Visit At Least Once 1.  Folk @folkbyronbay / Via instagram.com Folk is all about ethical, plant-based food. They also have a resident pooch that's goddamn cute, if you're looking for another reason to pay them a visit. 2. Roadhouse Café Bar @roadhousebyronbay / Via instagram.com With a focus on sustainable farming and whole foods, the Roadhouse will leave you feeling satisfied. This pork chilli con carne is a menu highlight of the Bangalow road bar. 3. Bayleaf Café @bayleafcafe / Via instagram.com If you love good coffee, be sure to order a cup of Byron Bay Marvel Street coffee from Bayleaf. They also do a great cold drip, if that's your thing. 4. The Pass Café

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Keep going and never quit

 

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TURKEY, CRANBERRY & BRIE ROLLS

TURKEY, CRANBERRY & BRIE ROLLS By Ciara Attwell A delicious festive take on the classic sausage roll, made instead with turkey mince, cranberry sauce and brie. These mini pastry rolls will make a fantastic appetizer or party snack this Christmas! Everyone loves a sausage roll at Christmas but for a festive twist why not try my Turkey, Cranberry & Brie rolls instead this year? These little bites will make such a great addition to the Christmas party buffet!   These rolls are really easy to make. I use a sheet of ready-made puff pastry but you could of course make your own too. The filling is made with turkey mince, garlic and spring onion plus one secret ingredient – a chicken stock cube! Turkey mince can sometimes be very bland but the stock cube adds tonnes of flavour. The puff pastry is then spread with a layer of cranberry sauce, adding a delicious sweet flavour, and then rolled up and cut into 16 bite-sized rolls. So delicious! These rolls taste amazing hot from

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ROASTED MAPLE SPROUTS WITH HAZELNUTS

ROASTED MAPLE SPROUTS WITH HAZELNUTS I know that brussel sprouts have a bad reputation for being the worst vegetable, but when you find the right way to cook them they are actually incredibly delicious! Traditionally Christmas sprouts are always boiled, which takes away all their flavour and doesn’t give them a great texture, so instead we need to roast them – it totally transforms the sprout! Roasting them gives the sprouts a delicious crispy texture and an awesome flavour. They are a very savoury vegetable though, which is why I like pairing them with a little sweetness so that you have a wonderful range of flavours in each bite. I roast these sprouts in small pieces with little potatoes and a sprinkling of chilli flakes until both the sprouts and potatoes turn a beautiful golden brown, I then add in some roasted hazelnuts for a great nutty crunch before tossing everything with juicy pomegranates and a little maple syrup. I’ve made a video with Waitrose, which is below, which shows you exactly how to make this recipe so you can impress

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HOW TO PRACTISE SELF CARE LIKE A BOSS (FREE WORKSH

HOW TO PRACTISE SELF CARE LIKE A BOSS (FREE WORKSHEET + 50 WAYS TO DO SELF CARE SHEET!) It’s wonderful that self care is becoming more of a thing these days, more of us are becoming aware of the benefits of self care and are making a conscious effort to find out how to practise self care in our lives, which is fantastic. However, self care for some of us is just another to-do on an endless list of things that don’t get prioritised over taking care of the kids, cooking dinner and keeping on top of general household stuff. I get how hard it can be to incorporate more self care into your life, it’s something I still struggle with. So many evenings are spent scrolling through Facebook on my phone and before I know it an hours gone and I’m knackered and ready for bed. I started keeping a Bullet Journal at the end of May to track certain habits and I was alarmed to see that my joy and meditation columns of my habit tracker looked especially empty. The great thing about the habit tracker system in Bullet Journals is that you’re quickly alerted when you see those blank squares and then it’s time to adjust. Check out my post on How to use a Bullet Journal for Health and Wellbeing here! Now, first of all let’s get clear on what self care really is:  Something that I’ve seen happen with some women in my Facebook group is that because they see exercise and healthy eating as self care but forget that too much focus on either of those things can become negative, and that there needs to be other forms of self care in the mix to create balance. Self care really is a layer above the simple eat well and move stuff that if you’re looking to truly practise self care like a boss, you need to think

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10 tips to stay madly in love with your spouse

10 tips to stay madly in love with your spouse by Chrissy Powers      You know those women who just make motherhood look like pure magic? Chrissy Powers is one of them for us. A licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego, she writes about all things life, love and parenting with her two boys and surfer husband on ChrissyPowers.com. We’re pretty stoked about having her share her insights here. Get more Chrissy in your life on Instagram. The truth is I love my husband. He’s the man I chose to “do” life with—he’s in the trenches of parenthood with me, he loves my body in all of its various shapes and sizes and he cooks! But every mama knows that the months after childbirth

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7 of the best Christmas markets and festive places

7 of the best Christmas markets and festive places to go in Europe by Lorraine Loveland With autumn cooling into winter, finding places to go in Europe for a quick getaway can be the perfect remedy for the dark nights. With a host of countries getting in the festive spirit too, you’ll find plenty of cheer and great shopping and we’ve put together some of the best Christmas markets to get you in the mood. Leisurely city sightseeing on cobblestoned streets delicately laden in snow. The soft twinkle of lights emanating from cabins. It’s more than enough to put us in a festive mood. And if that isn’t quite enough, steamy cups of mulled wine and the rich aroma of local delicacies will draw you in like a warm embrace. There is something charming about Europe’s best Christmas markets. Visiting them gives you a sense of a pop-up Christmas card unfolding before your eyes. Here are seven of our favourite destinations for a Christmas market city break – it’s enough to delight even the biggest of bah-humbugs. But before you dive in – join us this Thursday, November 24, as we talk Christmas markets, in a Facebook Live event from 6pm. Follow our page to get notified when it starts. Places to go in Europe for the best Christmas markets 1. Visit the Advent Town of Austria We have travelled extensively in Austria and visited Christmas markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, and a number of small towns. One of our favourites though was in the tiny town of St

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My Favorite Law of Attraction Resources

My Favorite Law of Attraction Resources  

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People will respect you more if they know you tell

    People will respect you more if they know you tell the truth. This one is an absolute fact. Those who lie get known to be liars, and no one wants to be known as a liar. Those who tell the truth are immediately more trustworthy. You know any information you pass to them won’t be passed on else if they say it won’t. Gaining trust from another person is vital to building and maintaining friendships. We all know a few drama llamas, and surprise surprise these people tend to be liars. And people don’t tend to trust them with their secrets. You won’t get caught out telling stories.

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Mini breaks are fantastic

Mini breaks are fantastic. My partner and I have recently returned from a visit to the Lake District and we are both feeling so much better for it. The wind was howling, we stayed at a cottage completely in the middle of nowhere (single track roads down steep hills, over stone bridges, right in the heart of the countryside, perfect) and walked until we couldn’t feel our legs anymore. For us deciding on a place to visit was easy: we both enjoy the outdoors, aren’t massive people people and live in the UK. There are so many spectacular secluded destinations all within a few hours drive, however it got me to thinking: how does someone plan the perfect mini break? How do we make the most of those precious few days away? So I’ve decided to put a little list together outlining some of the things I did, and wished I had done. Selecting a destination. This one can be difficult. Are you a fan of big cities or secluded villages? Do you enjoy fine restaurants or pub grub? Do you want to stay in your own country or travel abroad? Think about the things you enjoy and would like to make the most of over the course of a few days. The essence of a mini break is for it to be only a few days long, possibly a long weekend. We travelled on the Friday and returned on the Monday, not much time to make the most of anywhere. However we knew straight away the Lake District was for us, but if you prefer more hustle and bustle maybe consider a city break. I’d highly suggest checking out 

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5 ways to boost your mood

  5 ways to boost your mood We’re all guilty of it, waking up on the wrong side of the bed, the world is against us and we could think of nothing better than wallowing in self pity all day. Or is that just me? Well, I’ve put together a list of tips which I use to overcome these negative feelings, boost my mood and generally make the world seem a little bit brighter! 1. Yoga. If you haven’t ever tried yoga before you should definitely start (I have a board dedicated to yoga on my Pinterest page). You gently stretch, breathe deeply and focus on nothing other than the feeling of moving and being connected to the Earth beneath your feet. Nothing elevates my mood more than a few simple stretches. Seriously, give it a try.

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7 Ways You Can Make Yourself Smile Today

7 Ways You Can Make Yourself Smile Today  DALINDCY KOOLHOVEN The best way to brighten up your day is to SMILE! But that doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes, simplicity is all that it takes to have a better day. If I’m having a rough day, I usually do one of the following things to bring a smile on my own face.

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Self Improvement – No More Excuses

Self Improvement – No More Excuses   Self improvement is a topic I am quite passionate about. Would you answer yes if I asked you one of the following questions: Would you like to make more money? Would you like to lose weight or improve the way you look? Would you like to achieve financial independence? Would you like to spend more time with your family? Yep, I thought you might say yes to at least one (if not all four) questions. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t want a little self improvement in those areas. And we all intend to work on them, someday. We say things like: “Someday, I’ll work my way into my dream career.” “I’ll start that exercise program

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11 Ways You’re Wasting Time And How To Change

11 Ways You’re Wasting Time And How To Change  BY MICHELLE SCHROEDER-GARDNER -  Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with it is up to you, but you may be wasting time each day which can hold you back from reaching your goals. If you are able to figure out where in your day you are wasting time, you may be able to: Start a side hustle Make more money Pay off debt Spend more time with your loved ones Learn a new skill Have more fun in life Travel more Reach a dream of yours, and more! Just think about it: What do you think you could do with an extra 5-10 hours, or even more, each week? You might even be wasting time without knowing it. You might not realize how this wasted time easily adds up to a huge number of hours.  Hopefully today's topic will help you find hours in your week, no matter how they are lost. Here are 11 ways you're wasting time and how to change that.   1. Checking your email over and over I'm guilty of checking my email numerous times throughout the day. It's a problem I have, but I am slowly getting better with lots of room for improvement. Checking your email can waste a lot of time. By dedicating your time and focus towards checking your

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Important life lessons I’ve learnt on the path to

  Important life lessons I’ve learnt on the path to happiness     You’re not entitled to anything. This counts for happiness, for love, for affection, for money, for food. You are not entitled to it. Just because you are walking this planet doesn’t mean you are entitled to it’s resources. You are not just a taking machine, you have to give something back, that’s the only way. You cannot expect someone to expend all their love on you without giving some love back. You also cannot expect money to be given to you, you have to work for it. This is probably the biggest realization I faced during my darkest times. It is humbling, and inspiring. There is so much more going on in the world aside from your issues and needs. Take solace in this fact. Give something back.

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Miracle Morning using the Bullet Journal

Miracle Morning using the Bullet Journal   I’ve had a morning routine for years and thought it was pretty great until I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Erod. After reading his book I realized that my routine was lacking a few key pieces, most importantly the silence (and the first half of the S.A.V.E.R.S. routine)! So I figured I’d walk you through my updated morning routine step-by-step, show you how I use my time and how I incorporate my bullet journal. (If you are not familiar with bullet journaling, learn more here).   For those of you who are familiar with the book I use the S.A.V.E.R.S. method and structure my morning using those basic principles. The timing varies every morning, the only thing that remains constant is my gym time.

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How To Encourage Someone To Believe In Themselves

How To Encourage Someone To Believe In Themselves And Their Dreams There are few things more frustrating and upsetting than seeing someone important to you lacking in confidence. Most of us are exactly the same. We refuse to see the spark and the potential in ourselves, but we can see it so clearly in those surrounding us that we want to shake them. We get so frustrated that we can’t seem to make them understand how wonderful they are.   Although we’re often a bit biased when it comes to our friends and family, the fact that they don’t think they can achieve something doesn’t mean you’ve got an inflated view of their potential; it means they’ve got a deflated view of it. We’re normally pretty realistic about the abilities of the people we love, and far more realistic than they themselves are.       Look In The Mirror If you want to convince someone that they’ve got what it takes to achieve their dreams, you should start by taking a look at yourself. I wouldn’t mind betting that you’re far harder on yourself than you are on anyone around you. You make huge demands of yourself, neglect yourself, and beat yourself up when you don’t get things ‘right.’ Understanding that is an extremely important start to getting your head around why someone else might not believe in themselves, even when, to you, their potential is blindingly obvious.

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Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate C... by Jon Platt

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies by AVERIE SUNSHINE    In my cookbook, I have a recipe for Carrot Cake Cookies with cream cheese baked in, but I’ve never tried it with chocolate chip cookies or as a way to substitute for butter until now. I adapted my favorite Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookie recipe and replaced some of the butter with cream cheese and am in love with the results. My favorite recipe calls for 3/4 cup of butter and for these cookies, I used a combination of 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup cream cheese. You wouldn’t think that just a simple quarter-cup swap of butter for cream cheese would effect results that much, but it did.   They’re so soft, moist, and with a richness to the dough like no other cookies I’ve tried. The dough seems more buttery, which is ironic since there’s actually less butter used, not

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8 ways to foster gratitude in your students

8 ways to foster gratitude in your students Classroom Management, Facebook2Pinterest4

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10 Greatest leadship Quotes

  10 Greatest leadership Quotes

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10 Signs Your Life Is Too Complicated

10 Signs Your Life Is Too Complicated “Life is hard enough, you don’t have to embellish the drama!” – Marianne Williamson When you take a walk down a busy street some time – stop and look around you. Observe. What do you see around you? Zooming cars? Rushed pedestrians? What about their faces? Do they look anxious? Hurried? That’s life. Not only some large metropolis, but life in general. We live in a world where people “ought to stay busy” even if they don’t know why. When we try to regain some semblance of control, we are too often (and too unnecessarily) filled with overwhelm. When it comes to life’s problems, we too often have a panoramic view at a time when we need to zoom in. Modern society has regrettably “claimed” many lives by making it all seem too complicated. Unfortunately, too few of us make an attempt to simplify things. Instead, most of us add to the complexities of life by not prioritizing or making poor decisions (or decisions others think we “should” make.)

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EASY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE

EASY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE Okay guys, this is the last “summery” recipe that I am going to share. I think it is safe to say that I am in a little bit of denial that fall is just around the corner, if not already here. The sun’s beaming rays are slowly disappearing from their daily presence causing the average temperature to drop about 10 degrees. But no matter what the weather is like, easy tomato bruschetta with balsamic glaze is the perfect dish to add some colour and excitement to your table.   Bruschetta is all about getting the perfect blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil together and immersing them in olive oil to bring out their intense flavours. When this blend is placed on top of toasted garlic bread and drizzled with balsamic glaze, gastronomy is born. I am not going to lie, this is one of my go-to “show-off” dishes. Why? Well, it looks on par with restaurant bruschetta, yet I find is amusing because it is so easy to make. It basically comes down to chopping up some vegetables and toasting some bread! Yup, that easy. Excuse me while I take a little break to chow down on this bruschetta. I should have invitedsomeone over to share these with, but hey, I guess that just means more for me! Win! And it is too bad that my hubby is working today, or he would have helped me devour these… well maybe it’s not that bad because like I said, more for me  BALSAMIC GLAZE This recipe also calls for balsamic glaze. Balsamic glaze happens to be the easiest thing to make. You only require one ingredient: balsamic vinegar. You simply evaporate the liquid to create a thicker sauce. When you are drizzling the glaze onto the bruschetta, it is inevitable that you may make a little mess. But making a mess may possibly be the best part. It takes the dish from boring to fascinating.  

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Real-Life Love Stories That Will Remind You True L

Real-Life Love Stories That Will Remind You True Love Does Exist J.S. von Dacre J.S. von Dacre is an agency-represented British writer, wanderluster, and advocate.  A long time ago, someone told me one of the truest love stories. It was this: the real value of your life is how well you loved and were loved back. In an age where people, places and moments are too easily replaced, societal norm has acclimatized to a kind of social media dating that is anything but normal. I have often pondered what impact this modern re-invention of romance would have on me if I were 10-years-old today. I grew up where liking a boy meant a stomach of fluttering butterflies if he looked at me. At 10-years-old, my idea of romance or love stories was the way your reflection danced into someone’s eyes and how that made you feel. I have never stopped believing that or living by that. Here are some inspiring love stories to restore that faith in love that the 10-year-old you had: 1. True love knows no obstacles or distance. Despite abject poverty and social stigmas of his “untouchable” caste, Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia1   earned a place as a student at the College of Art in New Delhi. Following his painting of Indira Gandhi, many people wanted him to draw them. One of those was Charlotte Von Schedvin, who was traveling in India. They soon fell in love and got married. Charlotte, however, had to return home to Sweden. She offered to pay for Pradyumna’s plane ticket, but he had too much pride to accept and promised he would make the money on his own. After a year, he had still not saved enough. Selling all of his possessions, he made enough to buy a bicycle. He then cycled for four months and three weeks, covering 4,000 miles across Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria, and Denmark to get to Sweden. They are still happily married 40 years later, and live in Sweden with their two children. Pradyumna became a well-known artist and is a cultural ambassador. When asked about his arduous journey, his reply was, “I did what I had to, I had no money but I had to meet her. I was cycling for love, but never loved cycling. It’s simple.” 2. You are never too old to find love. In 1946, Anna and Boris had only been married for 3 days in Serbia when he left for the army.

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HOW TO FINISH YOUR FIRST SONG

HOW TO FINISH YOUR FIRST SONG KATIE LOTT   HOW TO FINISH YOUR FIRST SONG     By katie Lott

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The Lost Garden of Heligan

The Lost Garden of Heligan We didn’t plan to visit the Lost Garden of Heligan on our trip to Cornwall. We thought about visiting the Eden Project again after many years but had second thoughts when we considered the throngs of tourists. Then we spotted the signs of Heligan and decided to give it a go. And we’re so glad we did too. We were only missing a couple of young children to fully take advantage of this hidden gem. It’s a fantastic family day out! The history of the Lost Garden of Heligan – in brief At the end of the 19th Century, the Tremayne family left Heligan in a dreadful state. During the First World War, the allies used the Lost Garden of Heligan as a convalescence hospital for officers. Then during World War Two, American troops used Heligan as their base. The Tremayne family eventually sold the estate and yet it remained neglected. Thick brambles and sprawling ivy threatened to engulf the gardens forever.   Enter John Willis! John is a descendant of the Tremayne family. He discovered the derelict gardens in the early 1990s and began a mammoth restoration project. One that still continues today. There is so much to explore! There’s secret gardens surrounded by high walls and ornate steps and a jungle complete with its own Burma rope bridge, water features and ferns.  There are wonderful woodland walkways and lush fields filled with wildflowers set to a backdrop of the ocean.

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Drinking water at the right time by Jon Platt

  Drinking water at the right time

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Vinci's smart headphones play music, no phone requ

Vinci's smart headphones play music, no phone required It’s like having Alexa and a light show on your head. Roberto Baldwin

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If You Don't Know What To Do With Your Life, Read

If You Don't Know What To Do With Your Life, Read This. Michelle Kennedy Hogan Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end. Or a crossroads. Or on a path that seems to go nowhere. No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how to proceed, then you need to reevaluate. When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had to pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How do you know what’s going to make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 and you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?” You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going to make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if you’re current position — or school track —

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10 Fun and Creative Winter Date Ideas

10 Fun and Creative Winter Date Ideas Winter has officially arrived in Utah this week with a couple of snow storms, which means it is way too cold for this Arizona girl! Sometimes the cold can put a freeze on creative date nights. It's just way too cold to do certain things, so Netflix marathons or movie nights can become the go-to date. But winter doesn't need to bring along the end of fun, creative date nights. Here are a list of 10 of my favorite winter time date night ideas--most will let you stay cozy and warm, but a couple will require braving the elements. Don't worry... they are so fun it's worth it.  1. Host A Hot Chocolate Bar Invite some friends over for a fun, cozy night with delicious drinks to warm the soul. Hot chocolate bars are so much fun and pretty easy to put together. I'm

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SIGNS YOU ARE AWAKE OR AWAKENING

SIGNS YOU ARE AWAKE OR AWAKENING  

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Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato

Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato ‘A delicious twist on the classic Alfredo. Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato will change your ‘go to’ quick dinner forever’ – Hungry now?  Sometimes your belly just calls for the simple things in life. The simply gorgeously, creamy and flavoursome things that is. Pasta alfredo is one of those dishes that you won’t see being made the same way twice; an ambassador of variation if you will. For me? I like a classic penne with some very ‘non classic’ additions. Here I’ve thrown in some bacon, sundried tomato and a good helping of basil. This combination, in addition to the traditionally smooth and creamy alfredo sauce, will absolutely blow your tastebuds (in the best way possible). People are always so surprised when I show them the recipe for this because it really does taste like so much more effort has gone into it than actually has. Okay, that makes me sound lazy. But it’s kinda true. This recipe is SO simple and requires such little ingredients; which is quite hard to believe after how beautiful it tastes. So smooth and silky, yet tangy and bursting with flavour. The other fantastic thing about this recipe is the definition of a quick dinner. You know, there really is nothing worse than getting back from work and having to slave away in the kitchen when you don’t have the energy. On average it takes me around 20-25 mins to knock up this dish from start to finish, prep included. The perfect dinner to add to your meal rotations.   I’ll have to assume by now that if you’ve made it this far you’re not on a low-cal diet. Yep, this alfredo sauce is rather indulgent. But hey, treat yourself. You deserve it 🙂 Let me know how you all get on folks, can’t wait to hear! Until then, I’ll

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True beauty by Jon Platt

True beauty. How to define your inner character. April Savage    Source

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HYBRID INCLUSIVE MOBILITY?

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21 Oddly Satisfying Pics That’ll Soothe Every Perf

 

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5 THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR ROUTINE WHEN YOU WORK

5 THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR ROUTINE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME   After being a contractor for 3 years at Microsoft and 2 years at Google, I am now unemployed due to the time limit on contract jobs. I have to be honest and tell you that it feels weird. This past year, I worked so hard to create the perfect routine: working on my blog in the morning going to work at 9:30-10 exercise 3 days a week at work have dinner at work or head home to have dinner with my husband at 7:30 watch a couple of episodes from a show read in bed Now I feel lost. Creating a new routine takes time, and I think I am feeling overwhelmed so I don’t do anything. I have been unemployed for one and a half weeks and I am already tired of TV…. So I decided to get my sh*t together and create a new routine. This is what I have done so far, but I would love to get your ideas in the comments! 1. SCHEDULE WEEKLY DATES WITH  FRIENDS The first thing I did was to tell my friends that I will have more time to see them!! So I told them that we needed to set a time to hang out every week. As a result, my friend dyed my hair blue last Monday  and we decided to hang out together every Monday afternoon while her little one is napping and then play with him when he wakes up. It feels good to see people on a regular basis. I know that if we don’t set a weekly time, I will be lazy to drive to Seattle  (I can be lazy when I’m all cozy and warm at home) 2. SCHEDULE MASTERMINDS WITH PEERS A few of my friends are entrepreneurs and we love to talk business. That’s actually almost all we talk about. So we decided to meet up every week to catch up on our lives and inspire each other to grow our businesses. I have two masterminds: Coffee with my friend Marika from Dirtie Dog Photography to talk about our photography businesses. (I will let you know when I have everything ready to open)

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Christmas pudding fridge cake

Christmas pudding fridge cake Preparation time over 2 hours Cooking time no cooking required Serves Makes 1 x 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding Give your fridge cake a festive twist by setting it in a pudding bowl and topping with white chocolate.

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Perfectly Soft and Creamy Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Perfectly Soft and Creamy Scrambled Eggs Recipe by Joanne  Learn how to make scrambled eggs that are soft, creamy and delicious. Jump to our Soft and Creamy Scrambled Eggs Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make them.   We always use low heat and never use milk or cream — just eggs, butter (or olive oil) and salt.   How to Make Soft and Creamy Scrambled Eggs Here are six tips for making the best scrambled eggs at home. Use a nonstick pan and a silicone spatula When it comes to eggs, we use our favorite nonstick pan — you know, a nonstick pan that actually isnonstick. It’s taken us ages to find a pan we like. We’re always on the lookout for more options, but the pan that has found a place in our kitchen is the Scanpan Pro IQ. We’ve had it for over a year now and still love it. We also grab the most pliable silicone spatula in our kitchen. The flexibility lets you swirl and sweep the eggs easily as they cook. They are also easy to clean — a huge win in our book. A simple recipe — You only need eggs, butter and salt — no milk or cream I’ve never understood why people add extras like milk, cream and even sour cream to eggs before cooking them. Milk and sour cream waters them down and to us, the cream is just unnecessary. If you use quality, fresh eggs and cook them low and slow (more on that soon), you don’t need anything else. Just salt and maybe a grind of black pepper. It’s pretty common (and delicious) to cook scrambled eggs in butter, but olive oil works nicely, too. If you want to give it a try, stick to lighter, fruiter olive oils. Don’t crack eggs into the pan It may add another dish to clean, but it’s really important that you crack eggs into a bowl and whisk before adding to your pan. The eggs don’t need to be whisked forever, just do it until the egg white and egg yolks are blended. Use Low Heat

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10 TED Talks to Encourage Personal Growth

10 TED Talks to Encourage Personal Growth   What is TED Talk? You most likely know what TED Talk is but if you don’t I’ll give you a little background.  Under the slogan “Ideas worth spreading”, TED Talk is an online non-profit organisation dedicated to sharing ideas and encouragement through inspiring speeches from some of the world’s greatest minds, and it’s all free! One of my March goals was to listen to inspiring and motivating podcasts and videos some of which I found through TED Talk. Since I’ve found so many amazing talks I thought I would gather my favourite ten about personal growth. These talks have changed my way of thinking and helped me grow as person, I’m sure they will inspire you too!

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MATTHIAS GIRAUD + SUPERDRY SNOW

MATTHIAS GIRAUD + SUPERDRY SNOW THE ULTIMATE ADRENALINE RUSH AT HEAVEN'S ELEVEN Written by Bec Loades in New Collections on the 5th December 2016 / 0 Comments For a second season Superdry has collaborated with French base-jumper, extreme skier and skydiver Matthias Giraud for their new snow collection. Consisting of a large selection of high-tech and après jackets, snow trousers and carbon infused base layers, Matthias has offered his expertise from the mountains to create Superdry clothing perfect for hitting the slopes. Yet again, Superdry have produced a collection that combines style with performance and offers options for those who love to go loud with bright camouflage or for those who prefer to stick to more subtle and muted tones of grey, navy and black. We particularly like the Snow Windbomber jacket in grey marl, with a double layered collar to keep you warm and plenty of pockets to conceal your smart phone and wallet from any moisture. Matthias Giraud is an ideal match to aid the design of Superdry's snow collection as he has a vast amount of experience out on some of the toughest mountains in the world. He’s been chased by an unexpected avalanche and once lost a ski during his attempt to be the first ski base-jumper off the Matterhorn. He certainly has an abnormal lack of fear when it comes to a challenge and he knows exactly what he needs kit-wise to achieve his goals. From personal experience of wearing Superdry's snow gear whilst snowboarding, it really does fit well and Matthias Giraud confirmed the brand's success on that front. As a brand that is more focused on casualwear, their snow collection still fits into this category as it can be worn on and off the slopes. It also fits perfectly with their continual expansion of their activewear into the sports market. Matthias Giraud MenswearStyle was invited to meet with Matthias to discuss the new season collaboration and his relationship with the brand. The launch revolved around the release of his impressive second short film with Superdry which involved a base-jump

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Captured in nature, the perfect Christmas card

Captured in nature, the perfect Christmas card By Daily Mail Reporter      It is

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From whale watching to craft whisky: 11 reasons yo

From whale watching to craft whisky: 11 reasons you should go to Nova Scotia       By Kitty Meadows For Mailonline       Tucked away on Canada’s eastern coast and almost completely surrounded by water, under-the-radar Nova Scotia packs a mighty punch when it comes to delivering on a fun holiday with plenty of surprises. From its ultra-friendly locals, and zingingly fresh seafood, to its fascinating Indigenous and celtic history, you’ll find plenty of reasons to start planning a trip; here’s eleven to get you started! Peggy’s Cove With more than 8000 miles of coastline, no wonder Nova Scotia boasts some 160 historic lighthouses, including Peggy's Point Lighthouse (pictured) With more than 8000 miles of coastline and those famously rough Atlantic waves, it's no wonder Nova Scotia boasts some 160 historic lighthouses. One of the most famous is in the still active and idyllic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove with its much-photographed Peggy’s Point lighthouse, which has been guiding fishermen home since 1868. Whale Watching There are 12 different varieties of whale to spot flipping their tails in local waters, including Humpback, Minke, Fin, and Right whales (Pictured: Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy)  You’re never more than 40 miles away from the sea in Nova Scotia, and all that water means there's some pretty fascinating marine life to view. There are 12 different varieties of whale to spot flipping their tails in the Bay of Fundy, including Humpback, Minke, Fin, and Right whales. You’ll also be able to spot plenty of seabirds, along with seals and porpoises. The Titanic Halifax, Nova Scotia, has a fascinating link with the tragic tale of the Titanic and you can learn more at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Waterfront Did you know that Halifax has a fascinating link with the tragic tale of the Titanic? For many who died at sea that night in 1912, their story ended in Halifax and you can learn more at the Maritime Museum of

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Nurturing Potential with Teamwork

  Nurturing Potential with Teamwork

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5 Facts About American Bobtail Cats You Have To Kn

5 Facts About American Bobtail Cats You Have To Know   That causes a shortened tail, also have emerged in various places over time, from Japan to the Isle of Man. Occasionally they get detected by the ideal folks, and sew! Such was the case with all the American Bobtail, which descends out of a short-tailed kitty obtained by John and Brenda Sanders during a vacation to Arizona. They called him Yodi, and that he became the father of the breed at the swinging ’60s if he had his way with all the Sanders’ feminine, Mishi, after they came back in Iowa. The trait was due to a dominant gene. They invited the kittens to additional cats with naturally short tails which were found in a variety of places throughout the United States and Canada. They encouraged the cats to be big and sturdy with a wild appearance but also a sweet temper. Every one the cats used to develop the strain were non-pedigreed domestic shorthairs and longhairs. Now, after 50 decades, such outcrossing is no longer necessary because now the cats have pedigrees longer than their tails. Bobtail to its breed class in 1989 and gave it full awareness in 2002. The American Bobtail typically weighs about 8 to 13 lbs. American Bobtail Personality WallDevil.com Let us say you love the Golden Retriever’s character, but His size and power level are somewhat more than you can manage. American Bobtail lovers say you should have a peek at their feline instead. He is a fan with a heart of gold who is devoted to his folks, follows them around, loves to play, walks well on a leash (following training, of course), and welcomes guests with a smile. This is a Wise cat who loves puzzle toys, learning tricks, And playing draw. He isn’t as outspoken as some breeds, but he conveys his joy using chirps, clicks and trills, as well as the standard purr and meow. The American Bobtail has an adaptable nature, so he is a good traveler. Long-distance truckers and Rvers find him to be an fantastic companion. The cats have also found a niche with some psychotherapists due to their loving and intuitive nature. The exact same adaptability and kindness makes him a good family companion and suited to a variety of lifestyles, from relaxed to life threatening. How To Keep Health & Care American Bobtail PurrfectCatBreeds.com The two pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats possess varying Incidences of health issues that could possibly be hereditary in nature.

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4 MENTAL HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNERS

4 MENTAL HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNERS I’ve grown a massage practice from the ground up in several different cities. Each time, I knew building a successful business would take a lot of hard work, and I knew it might have been easier to work for a spa or get a regular job—but I had found something I loved and experienced the freedom of having my own business, so I never wanted to go back. Also, I feel I have a gift, and it would be a disservice not to share it with the world. Through my own trial and error, I have found there are four simple mental habits necessary to 

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I traded high heels for muck boots': Woman tells h

I traded high heels for muck boots': Woman tells hows she quit a stressful, high-flying job in New York City to raise baby GOATS on a farm - and she says she's happier than ever   Leanne Lauricella, from Mansfield Township, New Jersey, left her job in New York City to pursue her love of animal care Since acquiring her first two goats in 2014 she has since taken in more goats, a miniature horse, a pig, a small donkey and two rabbits  Her Instagram account, where she shares pictures of nuzzling creatures, pigs and goats snuggling and goats in baby bouncers, is hugely popular After acquiring more than 30,000 followers overnight when she first gave up her job, Goats of Anarchy now has more than 266,000 fans By Miranda Bryant    A former city worker has told how she left her career to start a new life looking after rescue goats. Now, two years on from her dramatic life change, Leanne Lauricella, from Mansfield Township, New Jersey, has developed a collection of animals - including a miniature horse, a small donkey, a pig and two rabbits. Her Instagram account, Goats of Anarchy, where she posts picture updates of her growing collection of animals has also proved a huge hit - with more than 266,000 followers. Dedicated: Former city worker Leanne Lauricella, from Mansfield Township, New Jersey, pictured with two of her goats, quit her career to take care of her animals full-time Risk: Leanne, whose goats are pictured in a baby bouncer, said she took a 'leap of faith' in pursuit of happiness Poser: Since acquiring her first two goats in 2014 she has since taken in more goats, a miniature horse, a pig, a small donkey and two rabbits Online stars: Her Instagram account, Goats of Anarchy, where she shares pictures of nuzzling creatures, pigs and goats snuggling and goats in baby bouncers, is hugely popular Although she said she had a 'great job' in New York City, she hated the commute and suffered from stress.  'I often asked myself, "Is this what life is?" I was feeling completely unfulfilled and I knew there had to be something more,' she told CountryLiving.com. Her goat family started after she visited a farm that had baby goats which inspired her to adopt two of her own. After getting Jax and Opie in 2014 she would spend the evenings looking after her animals when she got home from work and started expanding her backyard farm.

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PUT ACTION VERBS IN YOUR SENTENCES

PUT ACTION VERBS IN YOUR SENTENCES   “Put Verbs In Your Sentences” I have heard Dr. Phil say this phrase many times on his popular daytime television show. I look forward to this point in the show because the viewer can finally hear what his “prescription” is for the guest that day. These statements generally contain actionable verbs that the guest can start accomplishing immediately. Yeah! Action verbs by definition are “expressions of physical or mental action“. Doesn’t this sound about right? You need both physical and mental action when it comes down to setting those goals AND eventually conquering them. Today, I am going to give you info on how you can start using actionable verbs to start making action plans. I will finish up the discussion by providing two ways to keep you on track while you work towards the goals that you set for yourself. Turn Action Verbs Into An Action Plan Generally, when we make goals for ourselves, the “action verb” of the goal is one of the largest factors. How are you going to succeed with that goal that you have set for yourself? Be specific. Put action verbs in your sentences. Once you have “action sentences”, make an action plan. This combo will make a difference when you actually want to reach your ultimate goal. For example, how often have you made a note of saving more, spending

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Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes

Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes is pan seared and cooked to perfection and topped with a garlic herb butter compound.  This is the best steak that I have ever had!!  Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes My youngest son is such a steak and potatoes guy.  He won’t eat anything else but I can count on him to eat a good steak.  He actually was in the kitchen with me helping me make this recipe.  He loves to cook with me.  He even told me to make sure to “sear the steak”, and to give the potatoes a slightly “charred” edge.  With his help, we were able to create one of the best steaks that you will ever eat! You start by cooking the potatoes in a delicious garlic herb butter.  It really brings amazing flavor to these potatoes.  Garlic herb butter potatoes?  My heaven. MY OTHER RECIPES

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How I’m Striving To Simplify My Life | Declutterin

How I’m Striving To Simplify My Life | Decluttering The Mind In my journey to minimalism getting rid of the bad things in my life is just as important as the unwanted and unneeded things in my home. To me, decluttering everything from the things I own to the thoughts in my mind are what minimalism entails. While minimalism is partly about the number of things I own it’s also about my willful thinking. Minimalism is about taking into account the purpose and worth something (possessions, ideas, people) brings into your life and then being conscious about what you choose to keep in your life. Decluttering the Mind Today

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5 Steps to Align Every Day Life with Your Spirit

5 Steps to Align Every Day Life with Your Spirit on CONFIDENCE , GIFTS AND TALENTS , SELF-WORTH , GREATNESS , BALANCE by KATE What is a spirit for you? What does it mean in your life? I believe the spiritual part of our lives is incredibly important. When we connect with ourselves, deeply and truly, we find "the missing part" of our life. We close the gap, emptiness that used to haunt us before. This feeling of not enough or growing fear to fall into the vacuum in the middle of the street. The connection is the answer, with your own self first. What do I mean by that?    Through my practice, I was observing that lack of connection is one of the reasons for anxiety, depression, panic attacks. These symptoms are usually the best guides, not torture ( I know it definitely seems this way!) on our way. Once I was talking with my friend how we came to doing what we do and loving the life so much. When I was telling him my struggles with anxiety, depression, and medications, I was surprised and deeply touched as I honestly already forgot how HARD it was. I exhaled some deep gratitude in the world and suddenly realized: the only reason I do what I love, take courage to do what I want, even if I am afraid is because I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE.    My body, producing all the chemicals of anxiety and depression, will simply kill me if I will try to do what isn't right for me. I just CAN'T stand dishonesty, doubleness, arrogance, attempts to hide real feeling and thoughts or soul, love, abundance substitutions. It's not like "oh god I can't stand it, so pure me, the world is so hard...". (*Bullsh*t, the world is beautiful). But I simply better kill myself than do that. As easy as that. Simple. As 2*2. I just don't have any other choice. So I take full and complete responsibility to create a different world for myself.    Do you have a choice?    If you try to live your life, do, create, communicate, take shower through the power of your deepest values, through the prism of your Soul and heart I have some ideas for you here.   We live our lives on different levels: spiritual, material, emotional, intellectual. Soul, Body, Heart, Mind.We learn different lessons on all the level, develop ourselves through all the areas. I believe all the levels are very important as this the beauty and art of life to align our values with feelings with everyday life and health with beliefs and our deepest desires with honesty to your heart and respect and appreciation to the way you live your life. This alignment is what I call connection with your own self.    If You have a perfect life in one area, but a hole in the other, this is where emptiness comes along, reminding that something needs your attention. What is it? Where is the gap you need to fill? And how do all these areas LOOK, TASTE, FEELS in real life? What can you DO to balance your life right now?    Here is some ideas to help:     I call it S.P.I.R.I.T formula. These practical steps help to balance your Soul, Mind, Heart and Body. And it stands for:    1. S - Self-Love    Why Important:  Self- love is a big term. It includes all areas of life. Respect to your emotions and feelings, love to your body. It clears our mind and clean negativity as many of our negative thoughts, worries and beliefs come from distractive self-image. What are we worried about most of the time?

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27 + Beautiful and Colorful Bird Types from Around

27 + Beautiful and Colorful Bird Types from Around the World that You Should Know by Sophia Carolinne Colorful Birds – There are so many different selections, shapes, and attributes of all different types of birds. In regards to just how vibrant their plumage is, and also exactly how unique as well as eye-catching they are, I though these little critters would certainly be just one of one of the most vibrant as well as one-of-a-kind bird worldwide Colorful birds: Among terrestrial pets, birds are possibly one of the most colorful in terms of physical look. As expected, the magnificent screen of various colors and patterns shown by different bird species is very important due to the fact that birds themselves can acknowledge shades. Features of Colors in Birds In regards to physical look, a lot of bird exhibit sex-related dimorphism, a quality where men are very distinguishable from women. Men seem to be a lot more colourful as well as more amazing compared to women for one noticeable reason: to draw in females during mating. Vivid Plumes Collectively talking, bird feathers are referred to as the plumage. Specifically, the plumage color in birds are created in two various processes: On one hand, colorful feathers are brought about by numerous pigments created by birds. Such pigments are melanin, carotenoid, and also porphyrin. The pigment melanin produces colors that vary from light yellow to reddish-brown approximately the darkest black. The pigment carotenoid is what generates the colors varying from bright yellow to orangish-yellow. For instance, the interaction of the pigments melanin and also carotenoid produces an olive-green shade. Finally, the pigment porphyrin produces a selection of shades such as brownish, bright red, pink, as well as green. On the various other hand, bird plume colors are produced by the structure of the plumes themselves. Significance, as opposed to the pigments, colors are made when light obtains refracted by the healthy proteins located in the plumes. Evidently, 3 architectural plumes exist particularly: Iridescent Feathers: Rainbowlike feathers can alter their color at various viewing angles. Non-iridescent Feathers: Non-iridescent plumes could alter from blue to brownish depending upon the light problems. Ultraviolet Feathers: Ultraviolet feathers could mirror light found within the ultraviolet array. Henceforth, listed here are the 25 most attractive birds of the globe in the Class Aves (birds) of the Pet Kingdom with Phylum as Chordata. Listing of Colorful Birds Below we go! Thanks for visiting the globe of colorful birds! 1. Red Necked Tanager Bird flickr.com Colorful Birds – The Red-necked Tanager is a beautiful tanager, with primarily bright grass environment-friendly underparts; a dazzling scarlet-red chin that widens over the cheeks, neck and also nape; a dark blue crown and also throat; as well as orange-yellow wing coverts. The Red-necked Tanager is limited to eastern South The U.S.A.; it is virtually native to eastern Brazil, but the distribution also includes nearby eastern Paraguay and also northeastern Argentina. There are three subspecies of Red-necked Tanager, which differ mostly in the degree of the throat patch and in the details of the coloration of the head. 2. Chinese Duck flickr Colorful birds – Mandarin chinese duck is a close relative of North American Wood duck. This lovely bird can be located in Eastern Asia, China, Russia, Europe as well as certain components of North America. Mandarin duck can endure in various environments. It typically occupies areas near lakes, ponds and rivers, yet it can be likewise found in broadleaf and also coniferous woodlands as well as near the urban areas. Number of Chinese ducks in the wild lowered because of habitat loss as a result of logging. Pouching is another variable which affects variety of Mandarin ducks in the wild. Although its population is greatly minimized, Mandarin duck is not on the checklist of endangered varieties. 3. Blue Crowned Pigeon arkive.com Colorful birds – Testing the traditional view of pigeons, the western crowned-pigeon is the largest pigeon in the world, gauging up favourably to a tiny turkey, and in spite of being a close relative of the spheric dodo, it is also among the most lovely. With appealing blue feathers as well as a deep purple spot across the shoulders, men and females look comparable. The complements to this bird are the mask of dark blue feathers extending from the slim bill via the eye, as well as the fan-like crest of lacy light blue feathers in addition to the tiny head. This types could additionally be partially or entirely black 4. Blue/Azure Kingfisher daintreerivertours.com The Azure Kingfisher is a small kingfisher with a long slim black expense and a short tail. The head, neck, upper components and bust sides are deep azure blue with a violet (purple) sheen. The neck has an unique orange red stripe on each side and there is a small orange spot before each eye. The throat is pale orange-white, rating to orange-reddish on stomach as well as undertail. The flanks and sides of the bust are washed purple to violet. The legs and also feet are red. The sexes are similar. Young birds have a darker cap and also are usually duller. 5. Paradise Tanager flickr.com Colorful Birds – The Paradise Tanager is the quintessential various colored neotropical bird. This incredible tanager delights seeing birders throughout much of the Amazon.com basin, where it forages in the canopy of lowland evergreen woodlands

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Best Pics Top 66 Underwater Fairytales Wallpapers

Best Pics Top 66 Underwater Fairytales Wallpapers There’s no doubt that Elena Kalis has one of the most amazing underwater photo sets you’ve probably ever seen. This Russian photographer creates scenes that are at once light and playful and then dark and mysterious. The best part? She asks her own kids to be a part of the process.

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MY TRIED AND TRUE TRAVEL TIPS FROM PACKING TO EXPL

MY TRIED AND TRUE TRAVEL TIPS FROM PACKING TO EXPLORING In April, I celebrated my one year anniversary of ditching the day job to take this blog full time. One of the things I’ve been able to do now a lot more than before is travel. Well, I traveled a lot with my old job, but it was work related and not as fun as blog traveling (I mean come on, exhibit A, B and C for starters). Traveling for work is great though as I had a system down pat. I knew exactly what I needed to wear and bring for all my trips. But traveling to explore a city is completely different. Over the last year I’ve finally mastered packing well, traveling smart and have a handy dandy check list I rely on heavily to make sure I cover everything. Today I thought I’d share some of my best travel tips and best packing tips. From surviving the airport, to how to look somewhat put together when walking for miles exploring. Let’s get started! MY BEST TRAVEL TIPS THE BEST PACKING TIPS I have a packing list that I’ve mastered over time that lives on my TO DO list on my phone. I’ve found myself adding, deleting over time to refine it to be just right. It hasn’t failed me since and here’s what it consists of: Tops (both dressy and casual) Bottoms Workout outfit (even if you don’t work out when you travel, bring it!) Sneakers Comfy flats Heels Lingerie/socks Pajamas Light jacket (always a hoodie no matter what) Laptop & charger Charger Backup iPhone charger Cash Headphones Book Weather related items – umbrella, boots, gloves Passport and spare card in a separate bag Toiletries (I keep a toiletry bag packed at all times and just grab and go with it) Snacks Okay before you think, duh, anyone knows to bring that shit. Here’s the thing. This is just your outline. I like to pack my outfits and stick to a color theme. I choose either brown or black for the trip. This way I’m keeping shoes, accessories and so on to a minimum as they’ll get more use if I stick to a theme.  For my outfits, I also like to try them on prior to packing to make sure things go together and I feel comfortable. This is also a great time to figure out how to make that boring outfit a little cuter. I tend to grab jeans and a tee, but for my last trip to DC, I swapped my jeans for a denim skirt that made my look instantly more stylish without sacrificing comfort. When you try things

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6 Foods That Help Reduce Anxiety

6 Foods That Help Reduce Anxiety   Anxiety is a common problem for many people. It’s a disorder characterized by constant worry and nervousness, and is sometimes related to poor brain health. Medication is often required as treatment. Aside from medication, there are several strategies you can use to help reduce anxiety symptoms, from exercising to deep breathing. Additionally, there are some foods you can eat that may help lower the severity of your symptoms, mostly due to their brain-boosting properties. Here are 6 science-backed foods and beverages that may provide anxiety relief.     1. Salmon Salmon may be beneficial for reducing anxiety. It contains nutrients that promote brain health, including vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (1, 2, 3, 4). EPA and DHA may help regulate the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which can have calming and relaxing properties. Additionally, studies show these fatty acids can reduce inflammation and prevent brain cell dysfunction that leads to the development of mental disorders like anxiety. Consuming adequate amounts of EPA and DHA may also promote your brain’s ability to adapt to changes, allowing you to better handle stressors that trigger anxiety symptoms (5). Vitamin D has also been studied for the positive effects it may have on improving levels of calming neurotransmitters (6, 7). Even a few servings of salmon a week may be enough to promote anxiety relief. In one study, men who ate Atlantic salmon three times per week for five months reported less anxiety than those who ate chicken, pork or beef. Moreover, they had improved anxiety-related symptoms, such as heart rate and heart rate variability (8). SUMMARY:Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which may assist in anxiety relief by promoting brain health.     2. Chamomile Chamomile is an herb that may help reduce anxiety. It contains high amounts of antioxidants proven to reduce inflammation, which might decrease the risk of anxiety (9, 10, 11). Several studies have examined the association between chamomile and anxiety relief. They’ve found that those diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experienced a significantly greater reduction in symptoms after consuming chamomile extract, compared to those who did not (12, 13). Another study found similar results, as those who consumed chamomile extract for eight weeks saw reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety (14). While these results are promising, most studies have been conducted on chamomile extract. More research is necessary to evaluate the anti-anxiety effects of chamomile tea, which is most commonly consumed. SUMMARY:Chamomile has been shown to help with anxiety reduction due to its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory effects.       3. Turmeric Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin, a compound studied for its role in promoting brain health and preventing anxiety disorders (15, 16). Animal and test-tube studies suggest that curcumin may boost the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the brain by helping your body synthesize it more efficiently (

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Types of Migraines

Types of Migraines   One headache, two types If you experience migraines, you may be more interested in how to stop the intense pain caused by migraine headaches than in identifying which type of migraine you may have. However, being aware of the two types of migraines — migraines with aura and migraines without aura — will help you be better prepared to seek the right treatment.     WITH AURAS Migraines with auras You may think of “aura” as a new-age term, but when it comes to migraines, there’s nothing ethereal about it. It’s simply a physiological warning sign that occurs in your vision or other senses, alerting you to the onset of a migraine. However, auras can occur during or after migraine pain begins as well. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 15 to 20 percent of those with migraines experience auras. Warning signs Migraines with auras — which were formerly called classic migraines — commonly cause you to experience visual disturbances in conjunction with your other migraine symptoms. For example, you might see zig-zagging

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Berry Beautiful Smoothie

Berry Beautiful Smoothie.   A berry smoothie that’s loaded with antioxidants is great for your skin – and a delicious way to start your day! Did you know that a berry banana smoothie is really great for your skin? Berries are full of antioxidants and vitamin C which help protect skin from free radicals which can cause skin cancer. Vitamin C also increases elastin and collagen and keeps your skin hydrated. Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries contain fatty acids that can improve the smoothness of your skin and decrease inflammation. And bananas have vitamins A, C, and E, which heal and protect skin and slow the aging process. You know what they say – a berry smoothie a day will keep the dermatologist away! (Is that a saying? No? Well, it really should be). You need to make this smoothie – it tastes amazing and is so good for you! If you don’t need to be dairy free, you can use regular milk or water if you prefer. This berry smoothie is: loaded with skin-smoothing antioxidants perfect for breakfast or a snack vegan, gluten free, and dairy free

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10 Tips On How To Survive In The Woods

10 Tips On How To Survive In The Woods Camping and outdoor adventures are a treasured pastime of this great nation. Unfortunately, you cannot always account for something going wrong when you are out alone in the woods. Survival can be very difficult in more unforgiving circumstances that can be found in the wild, and you should get yourself prepared for this possibility with these survival wilderness tips: Remain Calm The absolute worst thing that you can do when things go sideways on a hike or camping trip is to panic. With a clear head, you can make rational decisions and better plan your next thing that has to be done in order to stay alive and stay alert for potential rescue. Get A Fire Going Another critical aspect of your survival is going to be warmth and food preparation. This is done through building a fire. While you don’t need a substantial burning inferno, you should have a decent flame going so that you don’t have to constantly be babysitting it to prevent it from going out. An ideal fire can last for a couple of hours without you having to adjust it or add on to it.

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How to Mentally get through the holidays (In One P

How to Mentally get through the holidays (In One Piece) The holidays can be a mental disaster. I know the feeling of dreading going home or to certain family’s homes because you want to avoid the drama. I know the feeling of sitting on eggshells to avoid the crazy talk and the food fight that could erupt at any moment. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! You can enjoy the holidays (and your family) and come out with your mind intact. In today’s post, I share some tips to get through the holiday season in one piece. Let’s face it there is always that one family member that you just don’t agree with. There is that member that pushes your buttons, gets on your very last nerve, and purposely drops sly comments to get a rise out of you. But this same family member gets invited to the table every year because they are family. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid our family’s dysfunction but we can protect ourselves mentally. Here’s how to get through the holidays without giving your gritty family members the satisfaction of your soul. Avoid the political talk Don’t do it to yourself. Don’t

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It May Not Be Easy to Love An Old Soul, But It's L

It May Not Be Easy to Love An Old Soul, But It's Life Changing Lori De La Cruz   There is a special type of person in this world who is often misunderstood. They tend to be the loner, the free spirit, the wide-eyed innocent lover. They see the world for all it can — and should be — though the world rarely sees them. They are the old souls, the dreamers, the people so in-tune with life, so intuitive of

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Here Is How You Can Turn That Frown Upside Down To

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The Coffee Facts

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Places to go and things to do in Innsbruck – a tim

Places to go and things to do in Innsbruck – a time capsule of culture by Terry Lee It’s a winter sports playground. But there are many things to do in Innsbruck year-round that reveal the culture, style, and elegance of this Austrian city. Its old town is a time capsule of culture and history. Baroque, neo-classical and medieval architecture reveal Innsbruck as a city of grandeur and splendour. For all of this Innsbruck is not a stuffy place. It complements its rich history with modern lines and the vibrant pulse of a city looking to the future while treasuring its past. And fear not if you love the countryside, Innsbruck is a city where nature steals the show, with the Tirolean Alps dominating its skyline. Plus within minutes of the old town you can be up there, thousands of metres above the city. Innsbruck is a tale of two cities (as rightly, is this feature) – its imperial history melding with the modern. While the Hofburg is the symbol of imperial Innsbruck, the city has a few new wonders too. Not least its two mountain access points designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid. Here’s some of our favourite historical, arty and cultural places to go and things to do in Innsbruck. But first, see our favourite places to go in Innsbruck…     An imperial city – cultural things to do in Innsbruck Royal Court Church The Gothic Hofkirche or the Royal Court Church was built in the 16th century and has a number of unusual attractions. There’s a 450 year-old Ebert organ and an extravagant altar with a silver-embossed wooden Madonna in the Silver Chapel. Well worth a visit is the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage, next door, but accessed through the same entrance. It has a large compilation of cultural artefacts highlighting the history of the Tirol. However the main attraction is the empty tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, an elaborately carved black marble cenotaph encircled by 28 huge bronze statues. The giants are historical characters – from Maximilian’s two wives, to medieval Brit, King Arthur. They’re not just life-like but the bronze work is so good, it reveals much about life at the time – from hairstyles to fashions. For those with a juvenile sense of humour there is a well-worn codpiece that has been so well rubbed over the years it shines like a beacon among the other darkened statues. Imperial Palace Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace, built in 1460 is testament to the grandeur, wealth and influence the city had. It is considered one of the most culturally significant buildings in Austria. The building’s Gothic structure was extensively updated in the 1700’s by Empress Maria Theresa, who added Baroque and Rococo stylings. The palace’s opulent rooms are an insight into the wealth of the Habsburg rulers. The huge banquet room, also known as the Giant’s Hall, with portraits of Maria Theresa’s children and grandchildren is one example. But the name of the hall refers to the original frescoes of Hercules that decorate the room’s ceiling. It’s a perfect place to lose yourself among imperial artworks.

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The 10 Habits of Long-Lasting Couples

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Soft Baked Gingersnap Cookies (+ Video)

Soft Baked Gingersnap Cookies (+ Video)   These Soft Baked Gingersnap Cookies are thick and chewy, and full of rich molasses, ginger, and spices for a wonderful Christmas cookie everyone will love!     Advertisement: Your video will begin shortly.: 0:01       Christmas cookies are my favorite thing to share for neighbor gifts. I’m not very good at the homemade Christmas candy thing, but cookies — I can do!       There are some cookies that you only make around Christmas time. Mostly because they have that distinct holiday flavor, but that doesn’t mean you cherish those cookies any less. These soft baked gingersnap cookies are sure to fill your holiday with wonderful flavors and memories.     That’s what makes Christmas special to me — traditions, memories, flavors, food. These soft baked gingersnap cookies are sure to make your tastebuds happy with warm molasses, rich spices, and a soft, chewy texture.   Report this ad  

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Helen Musselwhite's Multi-Layered 3D Paper Creatio

Helen Musselwhite's Multi-Layered 3D Paper Creations! I could not resist sharing the intricate paper cuts of Helen Musselwhite with you today. As a self confessed lover of paper cutting and naturally inspired artwork, I could look at her creations all day. "As you’ll gather from my work, a lot of my inspiration comes from the British countryside. The beauty of it never ceases to amaze me." Sourced  I particularly love the intrigue created by the multiple layers Helen creates within her work that reveal deeper detail within her designs. The use of solid colours provides vital contrast between imagery and layers and he inclusion of decorative detail and pattern adds femininity and a child like quality to Helen's designs. They would be perfect to make a statement in any room!

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Incredible Digital Artwork from the Mind of RHADS

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HOW TO SPEND THREE DAYS IN PARIS: AN ITINERARY

HOW TO SPEND THREE DAYS IN PARIS: AN ITINERARY I get it! How do you spend only three days in Paris and feel like you’ve seen enough of the city to go home and tell your friends ‘I’ve been to Paris‘? The trouble is, the city of lights is just so vast and there is so much to explore! But if you plan it right, three days in Paris can be just the right amount of time. Besides, even a brief trip to the city is magical… I’ve just stepped off the bus home from a couple of days in the city and while there, I packed in as much as I possibly could! From snapping the Eiffel Tower to visiting the Louvre. Day One Visit the Eiffel Tower What is more Parisian than catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower?! Start your day off with an iconic photo walk along the Seine. Start at Trocadero (metro line 9) and you’ll be greeted with a stunning water mirror shot of the Eiffel Tower. From there, head east towards Notre-Dame and Île de la Cité. One of my favourite places to take photos of the Eiffel Tower is Passerelle Debilly, a small passenger footbridge that was first opened for the World’s fair in 1900. Ever since then, it’s accommodated millions of pedestrians, all eager to get a better view over the Eiffel Tower and Seine river. The light from this bridge is perfect around sunset. It’s worth noting that it’s pretty lovely during the day too… Check out the Louvre After walking along the Seine for about 40 minutes, passing iconic sites such as the Alexandre iii bridge and the Tuileries garden, you’ll reach the world famous Louvre with that iconic glass pyramid. When you think of the Louvre, your first thoughts are probably of elbowing your way through selfie sticks to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. But the Louvre museum offers so much more than a maybe smiling muse. Home to medieval ruins and plenty of priceless artifacts from around the world, the Louvre also happens to be the largest museum in the world. 

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The Ultimate Chocolate Yule Log

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It's SNOW TIME! But can you take the day off work?

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7 Things You Should Never Do to Your Human!

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4 Seriously Beautiful Ways To Decorate Your Christ

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The Minimalist Life Cleanse: Revisiting your journ

The Minimalist Life Cleanse: Revisiting your journey to a simpler life Many months ago I shared my interest in minimalism, via a series of 3 posts, giving advice on how to simplify different aspects of your life to achieve a more minimalist life. What Does Minimalist Mean? The term has been associated with interior design, and the idea of having simple furnishings, only a few decorative details and a paired-back palette of colour. It was style that was focused on achieving peace, simplicity and functionality within the home. These days, the word has become synonymous with a movement and a lifestyle choice, not simply a style of decoration. Legions of people are retraining their thought patterns, steering themselves away from their consumerist nature, and just generally learning to live with less possessions. Some people go as far to apply minimalism to all areas of their life, simplifying everything from their social circle to their career choice. The minimalism life cleanse focuses on this idea somewhat because you can't really achieve long-lasting minimalism in just one area of your life without giving attention to the others. The series was launched a fair few months ago so I thought it might be time to encourage anyone who followed it back then, or has only recently found it, to revisit the core message of the series. So lets take stock of where you're at on your minimalist journey and revisit the steps from Stage 1, 2 and 3. The Home How tidy is your personal space? Does it feel a joy to be in? Consider your wardrobe. How many items of the clothing have you worn more than once in the last 6 months? How many items in there have you not even touched in that time? When did you last empty out your pantry or fridge? How many items do you have stockpiled which keep getting pushed to the back of the cupboards and never used? How

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17 Things Men Find Very Attractive In Women

17 Things Men Find Very Attractive In Women I think it’s obvious what men do not find attractive, but what makes them crazy? All men want to find a woman who has these 17 irresistible qualities: 1. Calmness For

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CINNAMON SUGAR SOFT PRETZEL BITES

CINNAMON SUGAR SOFT PRETZEL BITES by Aimee  These cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites are perfect soft pretzels with a chewy pretzel crust coated in cinnamon sugar. Perfect served with a warm cream cheese dip!  Pin these cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites for later. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will get a very small percentage in commission. There is no extra cost to you. I only link to products I use or own. Your help in supporting us and our blog is appreciated.  Ever since I made my soft pretzel bites last year I have been wanting to try homemade cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites! Well, I finally had an excuse to make them and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner!?   These soft pretzel bites are perfectly soft in the middle, with a chewy soft pretzel crust, and are coated in cinnamon sugar! These pretzel bites are best eaten warm and fresh, but if you’re going to eat some the next day zap them in the microwave for about 10 seconds to warm them up! They’re delicious plain or dipped in a warm cream cheese frosting! I made up a quick altered version of my cream cheese frosting (because its the best ever!) and it was the perfect dip for these cinnamon sugar bites! They’re perfect for a fun party, (aka when you’ll be watching the super bowl in a couple weeks!?) or just when you’re craving some soft pretzels from the mall! Now you can make them at home whenever you want, and they take less than an hour to whip up!   CINNAMON SUGAR SOFT PRETZEL BITES  

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Gratitude Conversation Starters

Gratitude Conversation Starters By Terri Thompson How often do you talk about gratitude with your kids? I try to make gratitude an ongoing conversation at our house. I don’t ever want my girls to take our wonderful life for granted. Even though we have had some trials and some not-so-good days, we are still very fortunate. It’s not always easy to have that conversation and sometimes I’m at a loss. I don’t want to ask the same questions every day. That’s an easy way to get everyone to lose interest! I want to get my girls thinking and looking at all areas of their life. I want them to look at the little things, not just the big picture. So, I started brainstorming and jotting down questions. When I was done, I had a set of Gratitude Conversation Starters to use to get us talking.