Happy Easter

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Easter is about two things; family and food. It is a fun filled, joyful festival. For many people this festival has become synonymous to springtime fun and holidays. If you are a Christian, then you know its importance; if you are a pagan, then you have your own beliefs too. So let it be anyone, everyone has their own rituals and religious beliefs. Apart from this, Easter is all about pastels, delectable sweets, fun egg hunt games, and variety of sweets. It is like a treat of holidays in amidst of the spring season. It is ideally the first chance to party in the springs.

We all love Easter parties and the egg hunt games. So if you are hosting an Easter party this year, then here I am with few tips for having an amazing Easter (I have some tips for vegans too).

Tip 1- Do Not Forget The Eggs

Easter is nearly incomplete without eggs. And if you have kids around, then use their enthusiasm for painting the ceramic eggs before the party. You can find these readily available in market, so you can use them in your party too. Nowadays, you can also find vegan, diabetic and gluten-free Easter eggs in the market. Get your hand on these too, just for the time if you need them.

Tip 2- Go For Bright Colors

Easter is ideally all about pastels. But why not think out of the box, and go for more lively, bright spring colors. So skip the pastel palette, and theme your party with something like hot pink or bright yellow. After all this is the first opportunity to party in the springs.

Tip 3- Fill The Easter Baskets With Sweets

There are a variety of Easter goodies available in the market. Just go for something interesting and let everyone enjoy the delicious treats. For vegans, earlier finding vegan candies was a tedious job, but now deciding which one you should go for has become a difficult thing. So you can go for chocolate peanut butter eggs, vegan English cream eggs or Cadbury eggs.

Tip 4- Ask For Help With Meal

You can always ask your family for help in meal preparation instead of doing it all alone. You can also try pot luck style meal, wherein you just need to serve main course and drinks. Your guests can bring in side items, salads and desserts. This way some of your stress of preparing meal will be off you. And your guests will be able to enjoy specials made by your family.

Tip 5- Do Not Forget About Kids’ Snacks

Kids are the pickiest eaters. So always keep certain dishes in your menu that no kid can resist. Normally, pasta, fruits, and chicken nuggets should do the trick. However, if you feel you have some particular eater attending, then do not delay in making a phone call to his/her parents.

Tip 6- Take A Picture Before Hunt Game

Kids would be on their toes in anticipation of the big egg hunt game. Take a group picture before this big game begins. The elders can utilize this time for hiding eggs too, as the kids will be distracted.

Tip 7- Set Some Ground Rules For The Egg Hunt

You should set some rules beforehand for this most anticipated game. For example, set some boundaries for search, age limit, and so on. Read these rules to the kids before you start the game. This will help in causing less fuss around.

Tip 8- You Can Plan For An Alternate Search Game For Adults Too

The traditional Easter egg hunt game is fun, but why can’t one try something else. You can replace the old-fashioned egg hunt game with some other creative search games and set up prizes for different goals. This way all the participants will have a chance to win, and hence they will be much more excited in playing games. For example, you can try a simple photo game. Make a list of all the things available in your backyard, and ask the searchers to find them with photographs. Whoever finds it will receive a point, and at the end some reward to the winner.

But if you still prefer Easter egg hunt games, then you can surely opt for that anytime. After all it is tradition for a reason. Vegans can try and veganize this little game by filling the reusable eggs with sweet treats.

Tip 9- Do Not Be Afraid For Starting New Traditions

There is always a family tradition for Easter, and we hold that near and dear. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot start few new events too. So try something new when you host the party. Who knows, in coming years even those activities can become your family tradition for Easter.

These are few tips I would like to share with you if you are planning to host Easter party this year. If you have any more suggestions, then please do leave your comments in section below. Happy Easter, happy holidays.

SPRING SUMMER ’18 HAIR TRENDS

The year 2017 was all about experimenting with neon colors and bold cuts. Ramps were flooded with super sleek and straight hairdos, fancy hair accessories and pigtails which were short-lived.

This year we are looking forward more practical and wearable hairstyles. Imagine shorter cuts, above jaw fringes and bob look. Who else carries this better than Duchess of Cambridge.

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Updo throwback:

Be prepared to see a lot of throwback hair do’s this coming spring. You can wear your hair tucked in neatly at the back or that fancy ponytail with a hair accessory that will come out of your bottom jawline.

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Boy cuts and Bobs:

Brand Ambassador of Charles Worthington , Ken O’ Rourke has predicted that boyish looks and bowl cuts will make a major come back in the year 2018. Think of Linda Evangelista from ‘80s her type of looks . If you ask me , it’s a relief that it’s coming back as its great for all ages and the best thing is they require less amount of hair styling when you are on the go . so win-win.

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Windy affair:

Nothing can make you look your best then your natural texture. This season doesn’t mean undone hairdo’s instead it will all be about accepting your natural looks. Forget the tong waves, perfectly rolled waves and come to a rawer look which will be more natural to features.

You can flip it sideways like an 80s fashion or use a little bit of hair product of your choice. Styles are unlimited with that kind of look.

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Plaits and tails:

How can we not include those plaits and long tails in our spring summer fashion trends? They are so classy that they almost go with every look. Much sleeker, cleaner and trendy they are. They are sure to stay this season.

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I hope this inspired you all as we step into Spring.

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TRENDING NAIL ART/COLOR STYLES – SPRING 2018

It’s 2018 and everything’s been covered. Dress? Check. Shoes? Check. Perfectly flawless hair and makeup? Double check. But hey? Forgot your nails, didn’t we? Don’t need to fret; we’ve compiled top trending nail art designs for you;

Petal Nails
The very chic design looks incredibly beautiful, sophisticated and doesn’t look hard at all to create. Some nice warm to medium tone colors and you’ve got yourself some pretty magical fingers

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Gilded Honey
This beautifully regal look on your fingers looks incredibly pleasing. It can either be matte or normal but we suggest you go with a top layer of transparent shine. It’s a look for the Oscars!

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The Cat Eye
For a darker, more sophisticated look, Cat Eye’s is the one. With its contrasting triangular design, it will definitely compliment you well on a night out.

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The Checkerboard French Mani
Take your French manicure up a notch. The checkered style looks extremely chic is very easy to do, all you need is a black and a white nail polish and you are done!

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Tri Texture Nails
Two’s great but have you tried going three? Mixed texture from mattes, glossy and metallic nail polishes creates a funky new texture that everyone just seems to adore. The contrast should be on the same level of every color you choose and you’re good to go.

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Ocean Blue Tips
Summer’s approaching and you’re probably going to start wearing more vibrant colors and the blue painted tips are absolutely gorgeous. With a purple, yellow or even red dress, the blue tips complement the whole look.

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Fishnet Nails
The Fishnet Nails give your whole look a vibrant sultry vibe. Just add a lighter base coat and make checkered diamonds or squares with a darker color and you’re done. You’ll love if you’ve got a thing for lacy net stockings!

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Trending Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Choosing a right gift does not always have to be a headache. Especially when it comes to gifting your mom. Mother’s Day is considered to be one of the most important days in the world that celebrate the mothers in general. Starting from the earliest age at kindergarten, we are taught that everyday should be mother’s day. It is not necessarily needed to gift your mother every day, but, at least, on this day, give her something that will make her feel special. Every mom is different so we have prepared a variety of gift ideas that will make every mom happy and thankful. Depending on your budget, whether you are gifting together with other family member or alone, these creative and unique suggestions will give the gifting process a whole new meaning.

Flower glasses for fancy drinks

This set of 2 glasses made from pressed flowers are ideal for a drinks on the balcony, accompanied by nice dessert. With a bouquet of flowers, your mom can enjoy a simple lemonade or drink on a rocks.

Link: https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/pressed-flower-glass-set-of-2?cm_mmc=CJ-_-Affiliates-_-Skimlinks-_-11389065&parentid=SUGGESTIVE%20SEARCH%20RESULTS&q=pressed&utm_campaign=Affiliates&utm_content=static&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=CJ&utm_term=Skimlinks

 

Monogram Cup for morning coffee

Your mother’s morning coffee will be different when served in one of these monogram cup mugs. The hand painted art is safe for the dishwasher and the choices are various. Featuring all the letters from the alphabet and many different colors, this mug can be gifted as single for your mom or as a set for all the family members.

Link: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/colorway-monogram-mug?category=kitchen&cm_mmc=LS-_-affiliates-_-TnL5HPStwNw-_-1&color=901&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-QgDtFCUWUDXDLkbGeVQbHA&utm_campaign=TnL5HPStwNw&utm_content=1&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=LS&utm_term=562010

 

Retro Radio Clock for ambiance

This retro clock radio, inspired by a 1950 automobile, will bring the vintage vibe back into the home. It is suitable for the kitchen counter or on the bedside table. This gift will make your mom happy and it will bring fun to everyone.

Link: https://www.bonton.com/product/778259.html?CID=GOOG-PLA-AS&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2fLGBRDopP-vg7PLgvsBEiQAUOnIXJjOFwNBaEd0hLrdVyXJdyLUjdXvDs14BT-kp2u1A_UaAkVl8P8HAQ&kwid=productads-adid^53182469661-device^c-plaid^262061657161-sku^0710244260275@ADL4BONTON-adType^PLA&ranMID=36061&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-.ye4rguur3zpGdOe29sWsw&utm_source=LSAFF&utm_medium=AFL&utm_campaign=LS&CID=LSAFF-AFL-LS&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-.ye4rguur3zpGdOe29sWsw

Jewelry Box for small things

This little hand-painted floral box is perfect for storing rings or small earrings. The colorfulness of the box will fit perfectly on the bathroom shelve or on the makeup counter.

Link: https://www.thelittlemarket.com/collections/hand-painted-boxes/products/little-hand-painted-floral-box-leaves

 

Floral Tools for gardening

If your mother is flower-lover than this set is the perfect gift for her. With the colorful and vibrant design, digging through the dirt in the yard will make the gardening much funnier and interesting.

Link: http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/cabbage-rose-gardening-tool-set/32780-022.html

 

Fancy rolling pin for baking

Baking has never been more fun! With this rolling pin, the sweet or salty cookies will have different shapes. All the figures that will come out will be new, interesting and ready to be presented to the friends and family. Your mother will definitely be the baking star!

Link:https://www.etsy.com/listing/495289449/rolling-pin-engraved-folk-embossing?ref=shop_home_active_4&zanpid=2396956835438822400&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=zanox&utm_campaign=row_buyer&utm_content=977275

 

Colorful Masks for great skin

This set of six masks comes into colorful packaging and each mask is different. Your mom will enjoy herself trying the different types. They smooth, revitalize and hydrate the skin. The set is made of Blue Marine Algae Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, 24K Gold Mask, Irish Moor Mud Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask and Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.

Link: https://www.macys.com/shop/product/peter-thomas-roth-meet-your-mask-6-pc.-mask-sampler-kit?ID=2906929&CategoryID=126243#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D555%26ruleId%3D78%7CBOOST%20SAVED%20SET%26searchPass%3DmatchNone%26slotId%3D51&ranMID=3184&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-rSjfEe29r_rNo0KxrUvp1g&LinkshareID=TnL5HPStwNw-rSjfEe29r_rNo0KxrUvp1g&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-5-_-63-_-MP563

 

 

Cherry Candle for relaxation

Made of a fabulous mix of soy-based wax and highest concentration of natural oils in simple fragrance, this candle spreads a gradual fragrance to the entire room. It melts slowly and it will relax your mother’s senses. Lit in the bathroom or bedroom, it will set her mind free and transfer her to a place of enjoyment.

Link: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/black-cherry-merlot-single-wick-candle-023682353.html?cgid=valentines-day-gifts#sz=48&start=69

Nail polish set for trendiness

If your mom does not have the time for a trip to the manicurist, then bring her some nice shades so she can get her nails done at home. The newest collection of the so called “wild nudes” will give you enough option to choose the perfect ones for your mother.

Link:https://www.amazon.com/essie-nudes-polish-collection-truth/dp/B06WP7DF97?tag=goodhousekeeping_auto-append-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.g.511%5Bsrc%7C&th=1

Chalkboard Vase for creativeness

If your mother is into the flowers (like every other mom, right?) then it is time to step up her flower game with a different vase. This chalkboard one will let your mom be creative. It is fun for the whole family too. Along with a vase, buy a package of colored chalks.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/MoMA-14036-Chalkboard-Vase-Exclusive/dp/B0047PWFSO

Stamped Necklace for staying fashionable

From the accessories department, stamped necklaces are very popular now. Wearing a stamped necklace with someone’s initials or the whole name is very trendy now. This gift will make your mother happy and maybe emotional too. Engrave yourself on it and you will forever stay close to her heart.

Link:https://www.etsy.com/listing/198737304/personalized-initial-necklace-valentines?zanpid=2397015561428719616&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=zanox&utm_campaign=row_buyer&utm_content=977275

However, if you are low on budget this year, just go with the regular bouquet of flowers – all time mom’s favorite!

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Mindful March

 

March will soon be here, and we would welcome spring with lots of excitement. The most prevailing of all will be thoughts of the wonderful scenery, the beautiful sight of nature splashed before our eyes. This is the best time to improve in our practice of mindfulness. We need to enjoy the spring; we need to enjoy our lives just the way we are, right here and right now.

Mindfulness is purposefully concentrating on the present moment. This sounds easy, but somehow difficult to accomplish. Especially when confronted with some many distracting issues that bugs our minds.

Not to worry, keep all anxiety out and focus intentionally on your actions each day. I will provide some tips to help you relax, meditate and keep all stress away throughout the month of March.

How to Practice Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is inherent in all of us, lying dormant within, waiting to be tapped and expounded. Always focus on what you are thinking at every moment, when you can control your thoughts, then your emotions and feelings can be put in check as well. So, the key to mastering mindfulness lies in you mastering the thoughts you allow every moment.

Keep a check on your thoughts; try to always keep it on present activities. If you are walking down a path, focus your thought on that activity only. Enjoy your walk by capturing the breathtaking events around, and then you will realize what you have been missing out on all along. Stay mindful throughout March with these daily meditation and relaxation exercises.

Day 1 – Do a Total Scan of Your Body

Mindfulness is to nonjudgmentally focus on the present with purpose. Focus on your body today, every single part, taking note of what you feel in each part. Through meditation do a total scan of your body to create a sound connection between your mind and body.

Day 2 – Be Mindful While Eating

Focus on eating healthy meals to provide the right nutrition for every part. Spend the time today to explore on ways to keep the body nourished with sugar-free healthy diet.

Day 3 – Do Daily Chores Mindfully

Train yourself to concentrate on the present today by focusing one all your chores, do not let your mind wander off. Keep it where you are one your chores.

Day 4 – Inhale and Exhale

Help yourself to come back to the present by taking in your breath and releasing it after two counts.

Day 5 – Focus While You Walk

Consciously concentrate on all aspects of your walking today, let your mind stay on the road and on your legs. Stay mindful as you walk.

Day 6 – Stay Mindful While Driving

Let your mind stay on the act of driving, and keep it focused on the road as you drive today.

Day 7 – Listen with Purpose

Today, practice the act of listening attentively to all those that starts a conversation with you. Don’t let your mind slip away wandering off to other things when listening to someone.

Day 8 – Release Your Emotions

Set free all lingering feelings, emotions, thoughts that might want to weigh down on you today.

Day 9 – Observe You

Take time out throughout today to focus on yourself and your environment. Enjoy all you see.

Day 10 – Use the Help of a Life Coach

Spend time throughout this day to seek the help of a life coach to evaluate your success level.

Day 11 – Intentionally Focus on Nature

Consciously spend the whole day today outdoors, releashing the beauty of nature. Stay mindful on nature.

Day 12 – Live in Solitude

Take time to separate yourself for all activities and everyone and meditate in solitude.

Day 13 – Live Very Simply

Detach yourself from all luxuries and exotic lifestyle. Use today to live a very simple live and enjoy it.

Day 14 – Act Fearlessly

Let go of all fear, and anything that keeps you tensed up today. Take fearless steps today.

Day 1 5 – Give Generously

Intentionally give your all to someone today. Give your energy, time, talent and treasures to others.

Day 16 – Enjoy Freshness

Accept with great joy the newness of the day, month, or the year. Celebrate the freshness in nature.

Day 17 – Be Compassionate

Love yourself and be compassionate to yourself and other around you.

Day 18 – Laughter

Intentionally have several moments of laughter today.

Day 19 – Alternative Breathing

Utilize the ancient nostril breathing technique for relaxation

Day 20 – Morning Meditations

Rise before anyone else and practice meditation.

Day 21 – Night Meditations

Just before going to bed at night, take time out to meditate.

Day 22 – Do not Judge

Use today to practice the act of not judging yourself or anyone. Focus on this throughout the day,

Day 23 – Moving Meditations

Also learn to meditate while moving by practicing it today, while running, jogging, and while in any other motion filled activity.

Day 24 – Depend on the Divine

Learn to depend on the divine force that is greater than you, by practicing to do so today.

Day 25 – Be grateful

Remember all the things you are to be grateful for and put them down in a list.

Day 26 – Let Go and Accept

Use today to practice the great discipline of letting go of unpleasant situations and accept things you can’t change.

Day 27 – Use Your Mind as a Garden

Grow the beautiful flowers of positive present thoughts in the garden of your mind today.

Day 28 – Manage Anger

Take note of when anger starts to rise within you, use your thoughts to manage it.

Day 29 – Be Peaceful

Take time out today and practice being peaceful with yourself, your environment, and everyone else.

Day 30 – Practice Safety

Learn the act of keeping yourself, with those around you safe.

Day 31 – Putting it All Together

Use all the skills you have practiced throughout this month together in your normal daily activities.

The effects of social media on…

The effects of social media on our mental health.

The statistics place the total number of social media users to 2.46 billion users. This amounts to one-third of the total world population. This makes it a social phenomenon with a wide implication. The advent of the internet made the information flow fast. It became faster as the social media started becoming popular. The social media platforms allow the people to connect instantly. They can interact across vast distances in moments.

Lack of consensus among researchers

Due to its popularity, the social media is a subject of many studies. Its effect on the mental health of its users is a subject of many studies. Researchers across the globe are in conflict on this issue. Some conclude that it has many benefits. While some conclude it negatively affects the user. Let us consider the negative effects of social media on mental health.

Social media is addictive

According to a review study, the symptoms of addiction are present in people with excessive social media usage. Facebook was the social media platform under consideration. The symptoms of addiction disorder include the following

  • A disregard for personal life
  • Escapism
  • A tendency to conceal the addiction
  • Mental preoccupation
  • Mood modifying experiences etc.

The type of social media use depends on the natural traits of users. This was another conclusion of a study. The usage differs in extroverts, introvert and people with narcissistic traits. A study found the presence of withdrawal symptoms when people stop the use of the internet.

Comparison with others

The social media makes it easy to chalk out a comparison with others. The inherent human nature of competitiveness promotes this habit. The comparison of our life with another is bad for mental well being. This is due to our nature of drawing conclusions on this comparison. The conclusions may be either good or bad. The majority of times it’s bad since people tend to exaggerate on social media. When you try to make a comparison with the exaggerated version of others life, you fall short. This results in a feeling of low self-esteem.

Social media as a break from the routine

People turn to social media to take a break from their routine or work. The goal of the break is to seek relaxation. Another goal is to experience something that will help them feel good. This can be the result when you are involved in a social interaction. The social media experience often times gives opposite results. It may lead to depression or a feeling of isolation. The “perceived social isolation” increases with the times spent on social media. This is the conclusion of a study on social media and “perceived social isolation”. Increased social media usage increases the feeling of “perceived social isolation”.

The use of social media as a replacement for social interaction

In spite of its name, the use social media is a solitary activity. It appears to connect people socially, but in reality, it’s a false premise. The different social media platforms stimulate social interaction. The result is often loneliness. Excess use of social media makes people feel disconnected from people in their life. They also tend to feel sad.

The perception that social media will help

We don’t feel good by the use of social media. Our perception that it will make us feel good brings us back time and again. This creates an unhealthy cycle that’s bad for our mental health.

A study concludes that people expect to feel good when they start its use. They always feel worse when they stop the use of social media. Still, they keep on with an expectation of feeling good. The expectation of people was to feel better after the use, not worse. This was the conclusion of a study on what people believe to gain from social media. This tendency is similar to the symptom of other types of addiction.

Some conclusion of different studies on social media

There are many studies on the impact of social media on mental health. The conclusions of these studies give following statistics

  • The use of social media is the highest by people with a low self-esteem. They use it as a tool of self-promotion.
  • The increase in the use of social media in the last ten years is equal for both men and women. The difference is in the case of the negative effects of social media usage. This is higher in case of women.

There are many negative effects attributed to the use of social media. Two such effects are the feelings of depression and loneliness. According to studies, social media can be helpful for people suffering from depression and loneliness. This is especially true for young adults. Social media can help them connect with others that share similar interests. It can also allow them a feeling of belonging by allowing them to express views and participate in discussions.

Social media also acts as a tool to provide social education. This is through the communication with people from across the world.

Moderation is the only thing the researchers agree on. In moderation, social media is a benefit for everyone. It’s the excessive use that causes problems.

Final Thought 

It is important when using social media to remember not to compare ourselves to others. You are enough just the way you are. I hope you found this informative and helpful .

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2018 Health And Wellness Trends

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2018 is here and as expected with the New Year comes resolutions. Of these resolutions, health and wellness top the list. New trends are inevitable. Some call them passing fads, but some trends pass the test of time to be carried over from the previous year. From super foods to cutting-edge workouts, here are some of the latest trends in the health and wellness “industry”.

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Workouts

No year passes without introduction or re-introduction of a body workout regimen. This year is no different:

  • Low-intensity steady-state cardio – In the previous year, the higher the intensity of the workout the high up it ranked. However, in 2018 tempo has slowed down and the low-intensity steady-state cardio is gaining popularity. Think of slow-jogging, walking or going slow on the stationery bike in the gym. These kind of activities are capping the heart rate at 60%. This allows you to involve the mind in the whole exercise.
  • Taking fitness on the vertical – this trend is not for those who fear heights. These fitness routines involve circus-inspired routines and aerial yoga. These involve suspending yourself on a piece of fabric and building stability. The exercises are looking to build core strength and ultimately flexibility. Talk of taking the elevating the fitness literary!

Organic foods

Many people have been conscious of organic foods but this year the hype is going a notch higher. Here are some of the foods people are “organically” going crazy about.

  • Organic coffee – Coffee has been around for ages. It is the most highly consumed beverage in America. While most didn’t care where the coffee beans came from, the trend is changing. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crop. With all the info out there on the dangers of pesticides, many people are now seeking USDA-certified organic coffee beans.
  • Organic wine – In line with organic farming, grapes that make organic wine are grown without use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. Some people swear organic wine tastes better.

Superfoods

Some of the foods ignored earlier have now been elevated to new heights – superfoods heights.

  • Hemp seeds – Hemps seeds, rated high as a good source of vegetable protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, should be expected to be on a boom demand soon. Interestingly, marijuana and hemp are from the same species, however the latter lack the psychoactive component of cannabis (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, THC).
  • Cheese – A number of studies have shown Swiss cheese as loaded with goodies such as bacteria that reduces inflammation, good sources of HDL (the good fat) and that it boosts heart health. Who would have thought cheese would make it here!

Detox
Activated charcoal – Activated charcoal popularity is likely to increase this year. It has been hailed as a detox essential. Many people are incorporating it in their drinks, lattes and even in protein shakes. Next on, it will be added in unlikely foods such as oily chips and the sweetest of ice creams. Besides ingestion, activated charcoal is also being used to remove toxins from the skin. The beauties are slathering it on their faces as face masks to sap out the toxins hiding beneath the skin.

Adaptogens

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With the stresses of life on the rise, adaptogens are a trend this year. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that research has shown to lower the stress hormone, boost immunity, fight inflammation and fight fatigue.

What Health and Wellness trends Will You Be Following this year?

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Trending Valentine Gifts for her

Valentine’s is just around the corner. Although the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are over, the gifting season is not. Valentine’s is a nice occasion to show your loved ones that you care for them, with gifting them again. Most couples decide to gift one another with the regular Valentine’s gifts: chocolate, flowers, teddy bears, lingerie. But, the gifting trend has changed a lot in the past years. If you are stuck on these gifts it is time to step up your game.

Being fit today is not a trend, it is lifestyle. That is why many women adjust their work hours to have enough time for a least 1 hour of yoga, Pilates or gym. With the healthy body comes the healthy skin and dietary regime. Here you can find a list of new Valentine’s suggestion that every woman will find useful, trendy and stylish that will complement her workout regime and everything connected to it.

Skincare

Lush’s Valentine’s Collection – For personal pampering time, Lush is launching a special Valentine’s collection. The pink, heart-inspired line will feature bath bombs, body scrubs, lip scrubs, massage bars, lip gloss, shower cream, soaps and wash cards. Stunning!

Link: https://www.lushusa.com/valentines-day/

The Body Shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter – This body butter is the perfect replacement for the ordinary bouquet of roses. The base is made of British roses that deliver rich formula, glow and hydration. The infused shea and soybean oil leave the skin soft. Perfect Valentine’s gift.

Link: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us/body/body-butter/british-rose-body-butter/p/p000626?utm_campaign=us_generic&utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=Rodale&siteID=C9akW86zaQo-._DFR9qGEfkRKp6wEvnZHQ

Fitness and wellness

Jade Yoga Mat – Your fitness half will love this Valentine’s gift. Offering a slip-resistance, this base comes in various colors that could easily fit the fashionable workout gear. It will be much appreciated, for sure!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Jade-Harmony-Professional-16-Inch-Yoga/dp/B000ECD6N2/ref=cm_lmf_tit_8

Blender Bottle – Smoothie on the go sounds like nice idea when you have the perfect container for it. The Blender Bottle has nice design with shiny finish that is appropriate even to carry it to work. To accent the Valentine’s, buy 2 – so that you can be matching!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/BlenderBottle-SportMixer-28-ounce-Black/dp/B006VT9R62

Jawbone UP3 Wristband Activity and Sleep Tracker – This trendy piece is fitness tracker whose main purpose is helping stay on track with activities like running, getting fit, improving your health and even sleeping. This gift is something that will most definitely leave the recipient in owe!

Link: https://www.zavvi.com/gift-tech-stuff/jawbone-up3-wristband-activity-and-sleep-tracker-silver-cross/11062014.html?affil=awin&awc=2549_1517311959_4d5ebf8e663b016d656be1378b27eef0&utm_source=AWin-78888&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=AffiliateWin

Fitlosophy Fitbook – Modern fitness planner for the fitness junkies who are having strict goals, this will be the gift that your loved one will die over. It has 12-week goal setting page, weekly planning pages, daily food log and weekly wrap up pages.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Fitlosophy-Fitbook-Fitness-Nutrition-Journal/dp/B002LU3DFG/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1354217268&sr=8-11&keywords=striiv

Sweaty Betty High Intensity Run Bra – This sports bra, colored in red, will show the gifting resemblance of Valentine’s. The fabric, the functionality and the support are on the highest level and appropriate for the most intense workouts for the fitness fanatic.

Link: http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/underwear/sports-bras/red/pink/purple-high-intensity-run-bra/?__ja=tsid:76398~kw:1~cgn:C9akW86zaQo&utm_source=Linkshare&utm_medium=Affiliates&siteID=C9akW86zaQo-snjXiAK6.ASX01pKUhgF_A

Lululemon Yoga pants – The quality of the Lycra fabric and the colors that this brand offers are on top level. Said to resemble “second skin”, this yoga pants are suitable for both in-and-out of the gym time. Yoga pants are always welcome!

Link: https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-pants/Wunder-Under-Pant-Hi-Rise/_/prod400063?PID=8059252&CID=cj

Food

5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver cookbook – The latest book that the famous chef Jamie Oliver released offers a lot of easy and tasty recipes. Known for his unique talent to make a meal out of the most ordinary products, this cookbook provides plenty of healthy and delicious ideas.

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0718187725)

These are just some of the newest and most popular Valentine’s gifts that overwrite the usual ones. Show your loved one that you are fitness conscious and gift her with love!

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How to remain optimistic in 2018

Sometimes being optimistic is considered as bad. However, it is not. Optimism always stays in the limit. There will be no fantasies in it. It creates a hypothetical opportunity to do best and give best. For example, you are a football fan and watching a football game. In a do or die match of FIFA world cup, your favorite team is losing. What will you do? What can you do? There is nothing in your control expect prayers, wishes, hope, and optimism. Your team needs three-goal in last ten minutes. Is it possible? Yes. However, in the real world, it is near to impossible. However, not impossible. This is where optimistic people come in. They not only hope that their team may win, but they are so optimistic that, they think their team has a chance of winning the FIFA world cup. This is how your life is. It does not matter what happened in your life until 2017. The New Year is here. If you cannot change too many things, at least you can be optimistic. Optimism brings in happiness and confidence. This will lead to the success. In this article, we will guide you to how to remain optimistic in 2018.

  1. 1. Do not forget past and stay in your present

Many times, you read or heard this line. Except for the past part. People say forget the past and move on. No this is not entirely right. This is only good when you have faced too much of trauma, abuse or any kind of torture. If you have faced difficulties, challenges, and failures, then you should not forget them. They are the ones, which will keep you motivated. They will make sure that you do not repeat the mistake. By staying in present, you are looking at your future. If you work well now your future will be better. That is the optimism you should have.

  1. Think and sink that you will be happy

Being happy is the key. Nobody knows what is there for you in your future. Then why worry about it. However, not worrying does not mean you should not try to find precautions for the future. If you do not have petrol in your car, then you cannot drive your car. The car needs the fuel to move forward. That is why you need happiness in your life. This will help you to lead your life in a good way. The optimism that makes you feel and stay happy will lead you to happiness in 2018.

  1. Optimistic about the external influence

Why do you always want to be in a pessimistic zone? It is because of external influence. It may be politics, your friends, your family and it may be the weather. You can control your friends and family. But not the weather and political influence on your life. Because they need a collective effort. So try to limit the negative effect of the external influence and stay in the world of optimism. However, thinking that the rain outside your window will provide water for drinking, cools your planet and brings stability to the environment, you will have an optimistic life. If the politics is very bad then it can only get better from there. They are how you can be optimistic.

  1. Expect the reward for your work

Many people in the world work hard but do not get the reward they want. It happened to me. I needed the reward for my work very badly. I faced tough times. I did not get the reward when I needed it the most. I still do. I still do not have the reward. However, I am optimistic in this year of 2018. It calms my brain nerves. It makes me feel good. It keeps all the negative thoughts away from my mind. I do not know when I will get the reward. However, there is an optimism, which keeps me active and alive. Therefore, you need to feel that your work will not go unnoticed. You will get recognition. You will get your reward. Hope for the best.

  1. Meeting friends and family

This is one of the best ways to stay optimistic. How? At times, you may feel that there is no one in this world, who loves you. However, no you are wrong. Your friends and the family members love you. This will make you feel that you are wanted in this world. You will bring freshness to this world.

  1. Consider responsibility as love but not as work

Recently, I went through a tough time. I am still going through that phase. However, the responsibilities I have on my shoulders started to feel less weight, when I considered it as my love and care for my family instead of responsibility or the work. Love your work and love your responsibility.

  1. Play with babies and kids

If you have kids or babies, then you are blessed to have a greatest optimistic thing in your life. They keep you motivated, fresh, happy and occupied. All your stress will go out. If you do not have, kids then play with kids and babies in your neighborhood. Try it to believe it.

  1. Charity, help and faith on humanity

Do as much charity as you can. Help people. I do it whenever i get the chance to. When i go out on bike, if I see someone walking then I ask him whether i can drop him to nearest place to his destination in my route. It gives me happiness. I want to do it as much as possible. Only money cannot be. This will restore your faith and that person’s faith on the humanity. This is the best form of optimism.

I hope you find this helpful

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Cruelty Free Valentine’s 2018

Cruelty Free Make up products available for Valentine’s Day 2018

It is never boring in the beauty industry. At the end of the last year, many brands announced that they will be switching completely or introducing cruelty-free lines in their makeup brands. This flow of producing vegan and cruelty-free makeup is at its highest peak and everyone who is taking part into makeup industry is asking about it. To become or stay animal-friendly is not a hard job which proved to be trending. The awareness towards the cruelty-free environment is popular topic that concerns many industries, especially the makeup one. The newest makeup collaborations and products are coming just in time for the Valentine’s day. If you are planning on gifting or treating yourself with them, you will have a plenty of choices. Here is a list of the currently trending cruelty-free makeup product that are hitting the market and will be available this month and good treat for this Valentine:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills has always surprised its customers with beautiful products. Their latest makeup products, the eye-shadow palette, was leaked on the Internet earlier this week. According to the brand, the leaking of it has ruined what the brand worked hard for in the terms of promotion of the product. Despite this unhappy incident, the palette is stunning. It will be called “Soft Glam” and was supposed to be launched in March. The leak might just speed things up and the palette might become available just in time for Valentines’ but it has not been confirmed yet. The shades feature beautiful neutrals, mauves and pink hues. The packaging’s is attracting and cool.

Mario x Kim K. eyeshadow palette

When the queen of makeup is in question, it is without a doubt that whatever she announces or launches will be sold out within few minutes. This will be the case too with the collaboration she is announcing with her makeup artist Mario. They have been working together on eyeshadows palette and they are still keeping the shades secret. The packaging will allow you to arrange the shades as you like and refill them. This will be done by the magnetic pans positioned in the Z-palette. The launching date still remains a secret but many speculate it will be just in time for the Valentines.

CLE Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder

Innovations are very welcome in the makeup industry and if you are that lucky to get your hands on that specific products, then you have the advantage to review it and maybe grow your Instagram popularity. As a new product, announced this year, are the CLE Cosmetics Melting Lip Powders. These powders, using an innovative technology and through heat activation, are turning into long-wearing lip tints. The warmth of the lips creates the magic. The powder comes in four beautiful shades: Milk Chocolate, Barbie pink, Cherry red and Ultra summer.

Kat Von D studded kiss lipsticks

Few days ago, Kat Von D launched her lipsticks with a new formula and 40 new shades. The colors are ranging from red, purples, blues, pinks and neutrals. There is the famous White Out that was introduced as a base and provides nice shades when combined with other shades. This set of new lipsticks will feature 3 finishes – satin-matte, glimmer and metallic. The lipsticks will be weightless, long-wearing and creamy, an updated and improved version of the previous ones. They remain vegan and cruelty-free.

I hope this has inspired all you makeup lovers out there to try a new look this Valentine’s.

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