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Addicted to Adrenaline? 5 Activities to Try This Winter

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There’s really only one thing that adrenaline junkies are afraid of – the long months of sitting idle during winter as inclement weather hampers their action-packed lifestyle. However, if you know where to look, your quest for that next hit of dopamine doesn’t have to be put on hold during the colder months of the year. To get your fix of adrenaline this winter, try giving the following activities a go.

1. ATV

ATV or 4×4 racing is very much a year-round activity. Many businesses offer custom-built tracks for riders to tackle either solo or with friends, providing the perfect wintertime activity for speed demons in search of a new challenge. From standard quad bikes to top-of-the-line Can-Ams, specialist retailers like JSW Powersports can help you narrow down which model would be best suited to your next off-road adventure.ATV

2. Zorbing

Zorbing makes this list purely for being so weird. Have you ever wanted to encase yourself in a giant, air-cushioned hamster ball and roll down a hillside? Well, that’s a thing you can do now. No, seriously. First established in New Zealand in the 90’s, zorbing can now be done in a number of different countries, in any kind of weather conditions.

3. Bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is another extreme activity that can be undertaken throughout the year at many different locations around the world. As fast as it is fun, bungee jumping is one of the most popular activities amongst adrenaline junkies.Bungee jumping

4. Snowboarding

To make the most of the winter months, snowboarding will get you out of the house and onto the slopes. A unique skill, snowboarding combines speed, adrenaline and exercise, appealing to thrill seekers of any age or fitness level. The ski slopes can get a little crowded during winter, so make sure you book ahead.

5. Indoor rock climbing

Don’t let the cold keep you from conquering a mountain. Indoor rock climbing offers a great, hassle-free alternative to real-world climbing, and is suitable for anyone who isn’t afraid of heights and enjoys a bit of physical puzzle-solving. Indoor rock climbing is also a fun way to get some exercise and stay limber during the winter months.

These are just a few of the amazing activities you can try this winter to keep the adrenaline pumping. What are some of the ways you keep yourself entertained when it’s cold? Sound off in the comments below!

Top Wearable Gadgets to Maintain a Healthy and Fashionable Lifestyle

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Trending gadgets these days not only help you be more techie or fashionable, but healthy as well. So folks who would want to become fit and trendy should have a new reason to celebrate. Here are a few of the top devices to look forward to in the market this year.

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Wearable Exercising Gadget

If you want to increase your performance and strength without lifting a considerable amount of weight, you can wear the new exercising gadget. This is a gadget that is made as an arm band encasing the biceps and forearm encased in a man-made skeletal shell in order to build muscles through the improvement of performance. This piece of equipment can be utilized to help increase the strength of the body by focusing on the bones and ligaments of the arm.

Wearable Safety Device

Upon wearing this safety device, it will enable to notify preset contacts when affected by natural disaster or in a middle of a personal attack. This will be done silently as it has an accompanying app that should reveal your location in accordance with the GPS. Additionally, it has a panic button that could record audio that should be proven useful in extreme circumstances.

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One of the fitness gadgets that can be worn is the ring monitor that should be able to ensure that you are having enough sleep. Aside from that, it can also monitor other activities being done when you are sleeping. This device embeds the monitors into a ring which allows the wearer to take complete advantage of technology without having to feel that you are already wearing it.

If you are going to buy one of these items, it is important to know that they are intended for fitness purposes as well. Not only will you feel fashionable but you will also get fit and healthy.

Show Your Cool and Ingenious Side this Valentines

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Valentines is almost here, and you might be anxious about what to give or offer to your loved one. Well, here are cool and ingenious ideas you can do this time of the year, or the years to come.

Head down to Chicago and join the Cupid’s Undie Run at Wrigleville. It is something more than looking sensual because as you run in your undies, you are also raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Plus, there are cool prizes to get at the end of the run. To cap off the event, you can join the after party at John Barleycorn. (February 13 at 12nn)

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Get married in Las Vegas. Yes, that is right. Tie the knot and have a great time with your partner as Elvis officiates your Las Vegas wedding. There is nothing cooler than that, right? After which you can choose to go betting or see cool adult shows such as the burlesque sexy show, 50 Shades parody show and a lot more. (Anytime you are ready)

Attend a masked ball in New York. There a Cupid’s Masquerade at the SKY Armory at 351 S. Clinton St. Tickets are sold at $75 each, and with it comes a grand ball where you can play any character you like and play mysterious while enjoying delicious servings of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks at the open bar. (February 13 at 7pm)

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Enjoy with the singles at Philly. Join other singles and have some fitness fun with Chalk Strength and Wellnes instructors at the Trainer Hall at 509 Spring Garden Street. There you get to have a two-hour non-stop fitness routine that is really good for your heart. After which, who knows you just might have some after party with these health buffs. (February 14 at 2pm)

Have some wine tasting at San Francisco. Head down to Union Street and engage in the second annual tasting event that includes a variety of choice wines and finger foods. Notable restaurants and wineries are hosting the event, so it should satisfy your epicurean side. (February 9)

Here’s How to Age without Making It Obvious

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What’s the one thing that scares people about aging? For most people, it’s the physical changes that make getting old quite terrifying. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it and just concede to wrinkles, age spots and gray hair.

There are a few things you can do to making the aging process not too obvious. Here are some of them:

Enjoy water and some wine

Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. This is important as it helps regulate blood circulation and your vital organs functioning properly. Wine is also good for your health, especially your heart.

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Keep yourself active

Engage in activities that let you burn calories, tone your muscles and strengthen your bones. You can join fitness classes, go swimming, run or cycle. Gardening can also be a good way to keep your body active. By doing so, you’ll keep yourself slim ad trim.

Watch what you eat

Food that bursts with nutrients is good for your body. Healthy foods don’t need to be bland; there are specialist restaurants that offer delicious but less-caloric meals on their menu. You can also prepare and cook your own food to save money. Just make sure to stay away from carbohydrates and fats.

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Prioritize skin care

Take advantage of facial treatments that help get rid of wrinkles and age spots. Use natural beauty products that can stave off the signs of aging. Wearing sunscreen is also good for your skin because the sun can dry out your skin, making you look older than you really are. Make sure to moisturize before you sleep. Avoid smoking because it can cause your skin to age prematurely.

Lastly, always have a positive mindset.

Stress can make you look old. Plus, it can cause different kind of illnesses, which can diminish the quality of your life. So, keep a positive outlook to avoid stressing yourself out too much.

How Coconut Oil Helps to Make You More Beautiful

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Coconut oil is not only used for cooking. In fact, several celebrities use it as an alternative medicine as it has numerous benefits. What not a lot of people know though is that it can also be used in one’s beauty regimen.

Here are some fantastic ways you can use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

FOR YOUR SKIN

As a moisturizer: Apply coconut oil as a natural moisturizer for your face and body. It helps replenishes your skin’s natural oils.

As a soothing balm: It help prevent irritations and outbreaks when applied topically or ingested in specific amounts.

As an anti-aging agent: Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants, which helps ward off free radicals that speed up the aging process. It can also keep your skin hydrated, making it soft, glowing and supple.

As a highlighter: It can help improve the skin’s natural pigment when you use it as a cheek highlighter.

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FOR YOUR HAIR

As conditioner: Soak your hair in coconut oil for a few hours to deep condition it. Be sure to apply at room temperature or heat it up before applying. By using coconut oil, your hair will look and feel healthier as it is rich in vitamins E, K and iron.

As an anti-frizz potion: Tame frizz by gently combing your hair with your fingers dipped in coco oil. Just make sure you keep it away from your roots.

As a cleaning formula: Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help protect your scalp and hair from germs and bacteria that can cause problems.

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FOR YOUR MOUTH AND TEETH

As a whitening solution: Whiten teeth by using coconut oil for oil pulling, which is the process of swishing oil around your mouth for several minutes.

As a decay prevention: Get rid of plaque and prevent build-up that causes tooth decay by using coconut oil.

As a lip moisturizer: Prevent your lips from chapping by using this natural lip moisturizer. It helps nourish your lips and keeps it free from flakes and cracks.

So you see? There are many uses to coconut oil. So, start taking advantage of its benefits today!

How to Make Ordinary Food Look Fancy and Cool

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Garnishing food and presenting it in the best possible way makes them more inviting and palatable most specifically to picky eaters like kids. Moms need to learn to decorate food to help kids eat healthy and eat more as some children have very poor appetite but only require some creativity to get them eating.

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Make the plate as colorful as you can.

Just remember to put only edible stuff on the plate and avoid toppers that are never for eating, otherwise this only encourages the little ones to set aside food no matter how lovely they may look.

Use white or non-colorful utensils and serving dishes.

This brings out the colors of the food even more such that the food appears more interesting than they already are. Downplay on the utensils even spoon and fork to make the food more engaging.

Offer several options.

Create different blends of dips for biscuit or veggie sticks. Make different kinds of sandwiches with varying fillings or breads. Alter the menu as often as you can so that dinnertime is never a boring time. Make meals exciting for the kids, something they look forward to every time.

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Engage the kids in preparing food.

Let them decorate their own cookies or assemble their own burgers. Often, they would love to eat what they personally made.

Carve out and garnish.

The standard breakfast can be extraordinary if you are just creative enough. Carve out a pit inside the ham and cook the egg inside. Slice up the ends of mini sausages to make them look like small octopus with a head and tentacles. Use plungers and cutters to crate varying shapes of sandwiches, cookies, fruits and other food items.

While you’re at it, organize a picnic somewhere cool like in the yard or at a nearby park or beach for some cool view. A nice ambiance and a pretty food array would surely boost your child’s appetite.

Summer’s Here With These Ice Cream Fondant Icing Cupcake Toppers

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Sunny days that seem to stretch on forever (until they’re broken by a sudden downpour) and the tinkling tune of the ice cream van doing the rounds. Good old British summertime. But 99-toting vans seem to be a dying breed, so get a little Mr. Whippy in your baking with these simple cupcakes complete with fondant icing topper.

Ingredients For Your Cupcakes

We’ll use a simple vanilla cupcake recipe, for which you will need:

• 100g/4oz self-raising flour
• 100g/4oz caster sugar
• 100g/4oz butter
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 medium eggs

This should make about 10 cupcakes in total, ideal for sharing with friends and family. Because the recipe is so basic it’s easy to whip up quickly and simple to make a larger batch.

For decorating the cupcakes gather the following:

• White fondant icing
• Pink fondant icing
• Yellow fondant icing
• Brown fondant icing
• Apricot jam – boiled and strained to remove any fruit lumps
• Icing sugar
• Cooled boiled water
• A sharp knife

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How To Make Your Cupcakes

Before making up your mix be sure to preheat your oven to 180oC/350oF and line a cupcake tray with enough paper cases.

1. Make sure your self-raising flour has no lumps by sieving it into your mixing bowl.
2. Add the caster sugar and butter.
3. Beat your eggs in a separate bowl then add to the rest of the ingredients.
4. Combine the ingredients with an electric mixer or by hand.
5. Whisk the mixture for a couple of minutes. It should have a smooth and creamy consistency.
6. Carefully spoon your cupcake mix into the cases. Fill each case about halfway as they will rise considerably during baking.
7. Pop the cupcakes into the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. When ready the cupcakes should be a golden brown colour and a skewer inserted into one should come out clean.
8. Leave the cakes to cool fully on a wire rack before decorating.

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Making Your Fondant Icing Toppers

Once the cupcakes have fully cooled, you can begin adding the toppers. Give your work surface a liberal dusting of icing sugar to stop the fondant sticking. Then it’s time to make the plaque, which will be the base to set your fondant ice creams on.

1. Knead and work your white fondant icing until it is pliable.
2. Roll it out to a depth of about 5mm.
3. Using a circle cutter that is the same diameter as your cupcake press out the appropriate number of circles.
4. Brush some of your boiled apricot jam across the top of each cupcake and then place the fondant circles on top.

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The ice creams are simple to make. First tackle the cones.

1. Knead and roll out a small amount of brown fondant icing.
2. Using a sharp knife score the surface with a crosshatching pattern to give the icing a waffle cone look.
3. Cut out small triangles of brown fondant then stick onto the cupcake using some cooled boiled water

Now for the ice cream swirl. We’ll use yellow fondant icing for this one, so just repeat the same process for each colour of icing.

1. Pinch of a small piece of yellow fondant icing and knead it in your hands until it’s soft.
2. Roll the icing out into a thin sausage shape, trying to keep it as even as possible.
3. Cut the fondant into sections about 2 inches long each.
4. Gently bend the icing into the stacked shape of a soft serve ice cream swirl.
5. Pinch the top to give it a pointed peak.
6. Fix the fondant icing into place using cooled boiled water.

Fondant icing cupcake toppers like these are simple ways to liven up your next baking project. Cake decorating doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective, so this summer add a little extra sweetness to your cupcakes with these ice cream cup cake toppers.

Add Sprinkles on Top for that Added Service

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Consumers nowadays want service that’s fast, good, cheap and unique. This is what Candace Nelson gave to consumers when he introduced the 24-hour Sprinkles cupcake ATM, which delivers personalized cupcakes in just a matter of seconds. This comes at a time when value has become pricier.

Here are some tips to help you add more value to your customers’ experiences:

Think of the people who are important to your customers, too.

A boutique for mothers can add candy jars or a play area inside their store so little children can have something to do while they wait for their moms find a dress for them. So the next time mommy’s going shopping for clothes, children will be more than happy to suggest the store. Because of the added value given by the shop, the moms who shop from them will be raving about how the company goes out of its way to get the kids entertained while they shop, something that would definitely give mothers an easier time.

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Go beyond great service.

A good example of this would be a mid-priced hotel in Monaco that offers more than excellent service to business travelers. For instance, they offer leopard- or zebra-print bathrobes instead of the usual white. Guests can request a goldfish in their room, which will be taken care of by a housekeeping staff. Aside from that, the hotel gives to guests a flower, a foreign coin, lottery treat or other unexpected treats.

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Let customers have the first dibs.

A cellar owner asked a well-known bourbon brewery to create signature liquor he will sell in his store. The brewery made five distinct flavors and sent them to the owner, to which he asked his loyal customers to taste each of the concoctions and list down their best choice. Now, how do you think customers will love the idea of ordering a drink their co-created? And how many of them will share it with their friends?

Adding a “cherry” on top of an already excellent service will not only satisfy customers and give them what they are looking for. This will also make them truly happy that they won’t hesitate to recommend you to people they know.

Ideas for Making Your New Year’s Eve Party a Blast

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Christmas may be over but the partying isn’t. There’s still that New Year’s Eve bash you should be planning for. You might be running out of ideas, so here are some suggestions on how to make your New Year’s Eve party a blast.

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Make Use of Candles

Scented candles, sculpted candles, votive candles, and whatever candles you can light up for the party venue are sure to create a unique atmosphere for your guests. Plus, there’s the dimmed lights that make fireworks display viewing even more pleasant.

Go for Colored Lights

Want some colored lighting but can’t afford a disco light? No problem. You can always replace your regular bulbs with colored bulbs to transform your venue into a disco house-like interior. Or you can cover your lights with sheer colored cloths to make them illuminate a different hue. It’s inexpensive and it’s easy to do.

Glitter and Gold Everywhere

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Have glitters and gold dusts everywhere. Make confetti in gold colored foil. Wrap wineglasses with gold ribbons, and cover champagne bottles with gold dusts. Inform your guests to come in their most sparkly and glittery outfits. Serve gold trimmed dining utensils paired with golden props like party hats and trumpets. Let the night sparkle away as you count down the time to 2015.

Serve Colorful Cookies

Remember that cookie recipe you made for Christmas, which everyone loved? You can make that again, and this time, make it more apt for the New Year. Cut those cookies into rounds and decorate them as clocks with varying shades of frostings. You can pipe in the year 2015 on the cookies, or you can cut out the cookies in the numbers 2015.

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The party isn’t going to end until after midnight and even until morning of January first. It’s best to keep everyone’s energy high to make them last throughout the night. Serve desserts first to sweeten things up, and then followed by finger-food and light snacks to keep everyone going without being too stuffed. Near midnight, put out some hearty breakfast meals, which are sure to fill your guests’ stomachs until the wee hours of the morning.