Foods and Drinks

Need a Productivity Boost? 3 Tech Tools You Need in Your Life

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There are days when you work like a fired up robot; then, there are times when you just want to sit and do nothing all day. For some people, the latter happens more often. So if you’re someone who needs a boost in your productive juices, here are five of the most useful tech tools you need your life right now:

For your physical fitness…

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Fitness bands, watches and clip-ons are a brilliant tool to motivate you to stay in shape, physically and mentally. Fitness gizmos from brands like Basic Carbon, Fitbit, Garmin and Nike are some of the most reviewed and trusted. Some of them are compatible with most operating systems like Windows and Mac, Android and iOS. Some can track heart rates, sleep, calorie intake, weight and more. In other words, you day-to-day activities will be tracked helping to motivate you do more for your physical wellness.

For office productivity…

Although laptops are still the go-to gadgets when it comes to office work, there are now high-end devices that help make you corporate life easier. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. LTE. It’s an ideal tool for a business environment because it’s light, convenient and has the ability to simultaneously run multiple screens and apps, making it perfect for video conferencing and taking notes. The ODIN, a portable smart projector that’s so small it can fit right in your trousers’ pocket and runs on battery, is a fantastic gadget to pair with your smartphone.

For keeping things in check while on the go…

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If you’re someone who needs to monitor your investments, keep a tight schedule, check emails, track sales and the like, you need to stay online all the time. And since you can’t bring a router with you when you’re outside the office or your house, you need a pocket Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot that you can take wherever you go. With this nifty device, you won’t miss any Skype calls from clients, miss a very important appointment, neglect your emails or lag behind whatever you need to do online. In addition to the tech tools mentioned above, there are several apps developed to help people be more productive. These include Toggl, Priority Matrix and White Noise, among many others. If you need more tips to keep you motivated, check back on our blog.

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.

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.

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)

Top recipes for using superfoods when juicing

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Superfoods are a great addition to any diet and all of them have their own special properties that benefit certain parts of the body. To give ourselves the best possible chance of ensuring we’re healthy from head to toe, it can be tempting to cram our meals full of these foods. However, it can all feel a bit overwhelming and time consuming. Surely there has to be an easier way of getting all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need?

Juicing is becoming an increasingly popular way to consume superfoods. It’s a quick and easy way to up our intake of fruit and vegetables and it is often more flavorful for those of you whose pallets don’t enjoy certain superfoods. However, for juicing to be a sustainable option you need to find a few recipes that works for you. Here are a few great options to make juicing superfoods an enjoyable experience.

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Superfood Juicing
  1. Green superfood juice

Green juicing is often the trickiest to master as many people are put off by the thought of drinking vegetables. However, this recipe is tasty and easy to do.

What you need

Two celery sticks

Three to five pieces of dino kate

Half a cucumber

One handful of parsley

Fennel bulb or stalk

Handful of spinach leaves

Note: This serves one so you’ll need to double up if you’re making it for another person as well.

How do you juice them?

Simply pop all of the vegetables into the juicer and blend. You can even add water if you want to loosen the consistency.

  1. Antioxidant smoothie

When people talk about their favourite superfoods two of the top performers are often coconut oil and berries, so it makes sense to create a smoothie that contains both.

This is a recipe if you want to ensure you’re full of antioxidants and its refreshing flavour makes it great for the summer.

What you need

Two table spoons of raw virgin coconut oil

Two cups of berries (choose your favourites)

Two cups of unsweetened almond milk, vanilla flavored

10 ice cubes

How do you juice them?

Start by putting in your ice cubes and then add your berries, coconut oil and milk.

Note: This serves two, simply half for a single portion.

  1. Best of both worlds juice

Fruit and vegetables work well together – just look at the results when you put apples or strawberries in salad – so don’t be afraid to combine them when juicing.

There are plenty of combinations out there but you need to be careful that the flavours complement each other.

What do I need?

Half a lemon

One Golden Delicious Apple

Two kale leaves

Two stalks of celery

One handful of Italian parsley

One cup of spinach

A small bunch of dandelion greens

How do you juice them?

Because we’re dealing with different food types juicing is a bit more complicated for this drink.

Start by juicing your greens. You might want to do this twice to create a more pleasing consistency.

Once you’ve done this put it aside and juice the celery, apple and lemon. Combine two mixtures and stir. Pour this over ice and you have a great juice that is packed full with superfood goodness.

7 Top Tips When Working With Fondant Icing

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If you’re new to the world of sugarcraft, getting to grips with fondant icing for the first time can be a bit tricky. It’s all too easy to jump right in and end up with icing stuck all over the place, crinkly and bubbly finishes, and tears and cracks all over the place.

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Sugar Craft

But don’t give up! These 7 tips will help you master the art of fondant icing decorating in no time.

  1. Keep It Under Wraps. Fondant icing can dry out very quickly. Any icing that you’re not working with should be wrapped in cling film to make sure it doesn’t dry out until you need it. Once it dries you’ll never be able to get the smooth finish you need, and the icing will crack and break easily.
  2. Dust Your Surface And Tools. As you work with fondant icing it begins to become pliable but also very sticky. This means it can stick to your work surface, your rolling pin, your hands and anything else and soon become torn and damaged. To avoid this give your worktop and any tools a sprinkling of icing sugar.

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  3. Don’t Refrigerate It. Once you’ve decorated your cake with fondant icing, don’t put the cake in the fridge. In a cold environment the icing will sweat and the sugar in it will begin to melt slightly, ruining the appearance of your cake. Instead cover your cake or place it in a sealable cake tin and leave it in a dark cupboard.
  4. Always Knead It. You can’t just roll out fondant icing straight from the pack if you want the best results. Take your icing in hand and knead it on the work surface, roll it between your hands and generally give it a good going over. You can the icing to become pliable and easy to work with, but if you over knead it you can dry it out and cracks can appear. It’s a delicate balance but one you’ll quickly understand.
  5. Don’t Use Too Much. When it comes to fondant icing, don’t go overboard. An incredibly thick layer of fondant icing can be overpowering so try to keep it about 3mm thick if possible. Also, working with large lumps of fondant can be difficult for novices so at first work with smaller amounts so your hands and wrists get used to kneading it.

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  6. Don’t Use On A Refrigerated Cake. If you’ve had your base cake in the fridge overnight, or for any amount of time, allow it to return to room temperature before applying fondant icing. The coolness will affect the consistency and make a good finish difficult to achieve.
  7. Don’t Use Dry Icing. If your icing has dried out or you’ve over-kneaded it you will find that cracks and splits begin to occur in it as you work with it. Excess icing should be wrapped in cling film and stored in an airtight container between baking sessions.

Fondant icing is an incredible medium for all aspects of cake decoration, from simple coverings to detailed models, and it works equally well on huge wedding cakes down to a batch of cupcakes. Keep theses 7 tips in mind when you’re using it and your cakes will look simply stunning.

If you want fondant icing in a huge range of colours visit Renshaw Baking today.

Summer Workout: 6 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

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The summer is approaching, and the beautiful weather is very tempting for those physically active to take their workouts out in the open. In certain parts of the world, the temperatures are already extreme even without the spring officially over. If you want to enjoy the weather and keep exercising, you need to know what to pay attention to in order to keep your performance at a top level and your body safe.

Take it slowly

If you have just recently found yourself in a region with hot and perhaps even humid climate you need to ease up on your exercises. It could be that you are traveling for holiday or work, or that you have just moved to a new country. Also, you may be one of the people who despise bad weather and spend the winter months exercising indoors. Alternatively, it could just be the sudden rise in temperature.  Whichever the reason is for changing conditions, slow down and lower your expectations. Your body needs to get used to as the heat and the loss of water from the body quickly decrease your ability to exercise.

Choose the right time of the day

If you are keen on exercising outdoors, you should pay attention to the time of the day. Start bright and early, when there is still a chance you can get a breath of truly fresh air. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. Luckily, that mid-section of the day is generally inconvenient for most people so there is not much temptation there. If you are not a morning person, you can exercise later in the day, just make sure you do not do it immediately before you go to bed as you will not be able to fall asleep for some time.

Wear the right outfit

When you plan on exercising in the sun, you also need to mind your outfit. The clothes you wear should be loose fitting, possibly of natural materials, and light colors to reflect the sun. Perhaps you feel like taking your shirt off or exercising just in your sports bra, which could make a temporary relief. However, this could have your skin exposed to sun and cause sunburns and expose you to greater risk of quick aging and skin cancer. Now that we are on the subject of sun protection, wearing a sunscreen is a must.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is probably the most important tip of all. When you exercise it may be easy to forget to drink water. You should be drinking about 7 to 10 oz of water every 10 to 20 minutes during your exercises and 8 oz 30 minutes after you are done exercising. Otherwise, you can drink water when you are thirsty but when you start your exercising routine don’t wait that long. Water is the best drink you can have. If you want to get an extra energy boost pre workout, you should avoid energy drinks, and either go for a protein shake or fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sodium and electrolytes

These elements are essential for proper functioning of the cells in your body. You can maintain a healthy level of electrolytes by taking tiny bites of carrots or celery along the way. If you have muscle cramps, don’t overeat yourself while working out. Water is the most important for keeping the right balance, thus again the proper intake of water is the key. Make sure you follow the instructions above and don’t drink too much water as that could seriously decrease the sodium levels in your blood which is very dangerous.

Know when to stop

Looking back at the first paragraph, start by taking it easy. Set lower goals until you get used to the heat. You normally stop when you finish your routine. In the meantime, if it happens that you feel faint or fatigue, that should mark the end of your workout. It means that you should stop as your body does not feel up to the task. Don’t try to push yourself, the consequences are much greater than the pleasure caused by a completed workout. You could suffer heat stroke.

Dedication to physical activity and motivation to work out in all weather conditions is amazing. You can do it safely without having to push the limits and expose your body to risk. Follow the tips above for safe and pleasurable summer workouts.

6 Ways to Boost Women’s Health

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No matter how many times women are reminded that they don’t need to conform to what society deems as an ideal example for what a woman should look like, or what she should have achieved by a certain age, many women simply exhaust themselves trying to ‘have it all’.

When you think about it, there are only three guaranteed constants in your life : Death and taxes, as well as some sort of unobtainable goal that we set ourselves. Whether your goal is to look a certain way, weigh a certain weight, or become a millionaire by the age of 30, there is usually an impossible target to reach that we set ourselves.

Our expert therapists at www.juveaaesthetics.com are well aware that some goals are truly unobtainable. However, we are here to help you realise that you can do certain things for yourself that can greatly boost your health and well-being. Here are some of our top tips to help you look good and feel much better about yourself, which can serve as a great health-boost:

1:Appreciate just how amazing your body is!

You need to realise what a natural wonder your body really is. Take a minute to marvel at its ability to grow and pop out a baby, as well as feed and nurture a new life,  to power you through a running marathon, and endure an enormous amount of mental and physical stress.

2: Realise that you can fix things

If you are unhappy about your post-partum body, hate the lines and wrinkles developing around your eyes, or want to be rid of stretch-marks, you don’t have to put up with it. With help from www.juveaaesthetics.com, you can tackle your body image issues to treat and improve them. This is great for your body confidence and mental well-being.

3: List your best bits

When looking in the mirror, focus on the things you like about yourself most. This could be your hair, your smile, your elegant hands and nails – notice your good bits and appreciate them instead of focussing on your problem areas. This can be a powerful tool to fight body image issues.

4: Count your NSVs

If you have an issue with your weight, instead of being fixated on the numbers on your scale – ditch them in favour of a tape measure. Your weight can fluctuate greatly throughout the day, let alone a week or a over a month. When dieting or exercising, track your progress by measuring your non-scale victories (NSVs). Notice your inch-loss and how much better you feel in yourself with improved moods and increased energy levels – all import NSVs!

5: Make a victory file

Keep a journal of your successes. Note down your positive progress, whether that be sliding easily into a pair of jeans that used to be too tight, when you receive a compliment from a friend or work colleague who notices some positive changes in you. Use this as positive reinforcement of just how far you have come.

6: Use positive affirmations each day

Adopting the practice of repeating positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror each day can give you a serious boost to your confidence, mood and well-being.

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.

Sleep Monitoring Jewelry

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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.