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Monday, August 19, 2019

7 Fantastic Ideas For Entertaining Wedding Guests


The plan for your wedding has commenced, you've picked the style of dress you want and of course the venue, and now it's time to suss the details to make your day extra special. Your wedding guests will attend to witness your wedding, awe at your beauty and admire your venue. But it's also an excellent idea to keep guests entertained, especially during intervals where guests need to wait for your arrival, your dinner and the wedding party etc.

Photo Booth
Hire a photo booth for your wedding day! It's a great way to bring your guests together and to get them in the spirit for a momentous occasion. Consider using the photo booth during your wedding party. At this point, your guests will have had a few drinks, and so they shall be more inclined to use the photo booth props and create hilarious pictures.

Fire-Breathers
For the adventurous amongst you, why not consider hiring a fire-breather/dancer to perform on your wedding day. Perhaps book a performer following evening drinks to break up the night time. From your nieces and nephews to your grandparents, a fire performer is sure to fascinate your guests.

Magician
Who doesn't love a magician? To intrigue and entertain guests young and old, you could choose a magician to put on a show at your wedding or ask them to mingle with the guests and show them some crazy magic tricks.

Fireworks Display
Just because your wedding doesn't fall on New Year's Eve doesn't mean that you can't have a fireworks display! You just need to check with the owner of the venue if a show is allowed and if it is, hire a reputable professional to create a fireworks display for you. This is the perfect way to entertain your guests and make your day a memorable one.

First Dance Performance
One of the best ways to impress your family and friends is to practice a dance routine with your bride or husband to be to perform on your big day (you could even ask the groomsmen and bridesmaids to be apart of it). But try and keep the dance under wrap so that you can surprise your guests on your big day! This is one of the best ways to get your guests up and dancing too.

Wedding Babysitter
Give some of your guests a few hours to mingle, and dance without worrying about their children. This will give your family and friends some time to enjoy themselves. To do this, you could hire a child's creche within the venue to keep the children occupied and entertained.

Fairground Rides
Depending on your budget and venue, you could choose to hire a few rides. Rides enable people of all ages, even your parents, to live their best life and feel alive within a safe environment and are fun for all the family. If you think fairground entertainment could be the ticket for your wedding, be mindful of the weather!

By using one or more of the ideas above, you can tailor your day to add excitement and awe to show your guest list a great time and leave a lasting impression.
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Are You Ready To Grow Your Team?

When you first launched your business, you couldn’t imagine for a second having more than a few people to help you. But gradually, one customer turned into ten, and twenty, and one hundred, and now you know that you’ve hit an essential growth level. You need a bigger team to tackle the increasing demand. But, as a new business owner, you need to make sure that you’re fully ready to grow your business. Indeed, growth comes at a cost. It changes the way your company works. It changes internal processes. It changes your portfolio. And, more importantly, it changes you as a manager. Are you ready for the challenge?


Make room for new talents
Growth doesn’t mean hiring more people. It means expanding the business to sustain its position on the market. As such, you need to create room within your structure for new talents. For instance, adding new services lets you hire new experts who can pretty much hit the ground running. In the long term, you’ll find it easier to diversify your offering with new talents than trying to bring someone new into an existing team and expecting them to show the know-how than more experienced members. You can, however, get entry-level roles in each team and train them accordingly. Another great idea for growth is to move to a bigger office. Your team doesn’t want to feel cramped as a result of business expansion!

Give them a chance to grow with you
Nurturing your business talent is the most critical retaining strategy you can have. Indeed, building your team goes beyond the recruiting process. You need to offer your employees the opportunity to pursue their career and stay on top of market knowledge – you can find top custom eLearning content providers that offer dedicated business skills. Indeed, the more your employees can learn with your business, the more likely they are to gain more responsibilities and be able to move their career forward with in-house promotions.

You can’t grow if they don’t stay
Keeping your employees is a tricky balancing act. Training is only one of the factors that encourage retention. But your staff are constantly looking for better options that offer them advantages they lack. Job perks play a significant role in securing a team of loyal employees. People want perks that reflect their life values and understand their needs. For instance, unlimited holiday makes it easier for staff to stay motivated throughout the year. Working hard with no reward is not sustainable. However, when working hard becomes the necessary requirement to book paid time off, long office days are more enjoyable.

Can you manage more people?
A small team is easy to manage. But imagine that your 10-people company has suddenly tripled in size. How are you going to assign task effectively to everyone? Who is going to check on each project? The answer is that you can’t do everyone alone. You need tools and experts to help you manage your team.


Business growth is the most satisfying yet challenging time for your company. Making enough room for each talent to bloom is tricky. But managing these talents effectively and productively so that they can do their best work in the set time is even more difficult. That’s why no business owner should embrace growth without a professional advisor on HR tips, task and team management tools, and self-improvement opportunities. Every growth should be shared with the whole team.
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Why Flowers Make for the Perfect Gift

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Flowers have long been a popular choice when looking for the perfect gift, and throughout our long history, a floral bouquet has always held a timeless magical quality that never fails to impress. We’ve been “saying it with flowers” for so long. If you have ever wondered what the attraction is, here are just a few of the reasons why people turn to their local florist when looking for that perfect gift.

  • Wide Ranging Appeal – Both young and old people warmly appreciate a floral gift. It isn’t only the hopeless romantics that fall under the flora spell, as mothers of all ages are always happy to receive a bunch of freshly cut flowers from their children. Flowers are readily available too. If you happen to be looking for flower delivery Bangkok companies are offering, a simple Google search will put you in touch with a local florist who can arrange the delivery of selected flowers, complete with a personal card.

  • Flowers Brighten Up Any Room – Regardless of the style or décor of a room, a selective bunch of flowers always adds a touch of natural colour and beauty. With a global network of established florists, an online search is all it takes to have a bouquet sent to your loved one. When kept in water, flowers last a lot longer, giving any setting a new dimension. The recipient can always find the ideal spot in their home or office for this kind of gift.

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  • Fresh & Natural Scent – Almost all types of flowers give off a pleasant aroma. Even though they might only last for a week or two, a freshly cut bouquet of flowers really does add a touch of natural beauty, which comes with a natural fragrance that only flowers possess.

  • The Ultimate Romantic Gesture – You only have to look at special dates like Valentine’s Day, to see how popular sending flowers can be. Among all flowers, roses have always held a special position regarding romantic love. When a woman receives a dozen red roses, she can’t help but feel great, which is why so many boyfriends and husbands send their partners a stunning bouquet of red roses. We have been saying, “I Love You” this way since the beginning of time. If you would like to make your partner’s day on February 14th or in any special occasion, make sure you place your order ahead of time, as special occasions such as Valentine’s Day are usually the florist’s busiest day of the year.

  • It’s The Thought That Counts – It isn’t just the beautiful flowers that makes a woman smile. It is also the fact that their partner went to the trouble of arranging their delivery of fresh flowers. It might not be a special occasion, and some people do not need any other reason to send flowers than their love for the recipient.

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If you would like to surprise your partner with a bouquet of freshly cut flowers, all it takes is an online search to find a local florist. With their help, your partner will very soon receive a stunning arrangement of flowers, along with a personalised message.
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NEW at ULTA | My Makeup & Beauty Purchases

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Not Sponsored: I accrued about $240 worth in ULTA points. I've been letting them accrue since October of last year. I stocked up on some favorites such as shampoo & conditioner, hair oil, toothpaste, lip scrub, body wash and tea tree oil. I saw a lot of NEW prouducts. I'm always adding to MY FAVORITES list :) So I purchased some things. 1. I use a lot of hair ties & bobby pins. I thought this hair tin would be cute to keep them in. There are several designs (here and here), but I loved this one. 2. Beauty Bakerie has released a couple of new products. One, is called Spray Your Grace Setting Spray. It's suppose to prime & set your makeup. Its also suppose to have a delicious vanilla scent. I'm curious! So it and 3 & 4. Their NEW Instabake Aqua Glass Foundation and Instabake 3-in-1 Concealer went into my basket. Their other foundation (Cake Mix) had more of a matte formula. 5. I have so many samples of Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara, but I couldn't resist the special edition packaging of this one with all the cute cherries & other fruit. I haven't purchased anything from Too Faced this year. Everything has been so lackluster :( I hope they have a good Christmas season, but it hasn't been too hopeful. 6. IT Cosmetics has collaborated with Dry Bar. The result is a mascara that's inspired by Drybar's Barrel Hairbrushes. How cute! Again, the packaging got me. If the mascara works, then that will be a PLUS.  7. I've never heard of or tried anything from Tree Hut. But this Marshmallow Lodge Sugar Scrub sounds delightful. So, I'm giving them a try. 7. Besides their Box O'Blushes, I had pretty much cut Benefit loose. Their foundation disappointed me and some other things. I use to love their Boi-ing Concealer until Tarte's Shape Tape came along. Well, they've come out with a LIQUID Boi-ing Concealer. I love the packaging with its pencil eraser top. I'll give it a try and hope for the best. It can be purchased here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Lastly, there are A LOT of NEW foundations to try. Get ready for an onslaught of reviews. I'll be doing them as well. 9. I ordered Anastasia's Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (Nordstrom, Sephora, Dillards, Macys, Selfridges) and 10. Flesh's NEW Pure Flesh Liquid Foundation. I'll be reviewing all of these products as soon as I get them. I'll definitely let you know my thoughts.

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Tim Burton Exhibition at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas

Not Sponsored: I love exhibits! If you're in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 15 - February 15, 2020 stop by The Neon Museum. They have a Tim Burton exhibit called 'Lost Vegas Tim Burton'. It features sculptural and digital installations that celebrates Burton's link to Las Vegas' historical neon heritage. More information about this exhibit and tickets can be found here. The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Las Vegas signs and art. 

All Pictures Courtesy of The Neon Museum
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Helping Your Parents Live Their Best Life

We all want to feel happy, thrived, and at our all-around best, but this is easier during some periods than at others. If you’re in the prime of your life, you have a good job, and you’re looking forward to happenings on the horizon, then it’ll be relatively straight forward. If you’ve got some health problems and you’re no longer as active as you’d like to be, then it will be more difficult. Though you’ll always have seen them as pillars of strength, it’s this latter position that your parents might find themselves in once they enter into their retirement years. And as such, they’ll need a little bit of help in order to feel at their best. This is where you can come in. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested methods that’ll have them living life to the fullest.


Stay Involved
You’ve got a lot going on, since you’re in the prime of life. There’ll be lots of exciting things happening. This will not be the case for mom and dad; their best days will be in their past, they won’t be making too many great strides forward on their own. But they still want to be involved and to have fun. So when you’re doing something exciting, invite them along. It’ll mean a lot for them to be invited out of the home and into the mix of life again.

Helping Out
Daily tasks can become a little more difficult as we age. Things like cooking, cleaning, and shopping all require a level of energy that younger people can take for granted. They might be easy for you, but they may not be so easy for your parents. So if it looks like they’re struggling somewhat, then look at helping out. You can volunteer your own time, or hire an experienced caregiver to do the job. This is an appealing option because it doesn’t infringe on your parents’ independence in the same way that moving into a care home would. They still get to live their own life, but they’ll just have a little bit of additional help when they need it.

Taking Care of Problems
Things can change dramatically once you retire. You no longer have the stability of a regular working routine, and it can feel like you’ve lost a sense of purpose, somewhat. This, combined with a more sedentary lifestyle, can lead to mental health issues that need to be corrected. So be on the lookout for signs of depression, loneliness, or anxiety, and take action if you spot any. One of the most common problems among the elderly is staying inside too much, so make sure they’re getting out of the home frequently -- it might just be the remedy for whatever’s going on.

New Experiences
Finally, let’s not forget that life doesn’t stop just because you’ve reached retirement! It’s always possible to branch out and try new things, so push your parents to have new experiences, pick up hobbies, and so on. They’ll be loving life in no time.
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7 Things To Do In San Francisco After Dark


Looking for a way to spend your evening in San Francisco? You don’t have to look far to find something to do in this buzzing city. Here are just a few of the best attractions worth trying after dark in San Francisco.

Hit the bars
San Fran has no shortage of bars. For some of the best clubs and bars, it’s worth heading to Valencia Street – it’s the heart of San Francisco’s bohemian culture. There are also plenty of quirky bars to try out including original speakeasies and various tiny bars.

Take a night tour
There are many tours that operate at night that can allow you to sight-see and learn about the history of San Francisco. A particularly good tour to try out after dark is a San Francisco horror tour. These tours involve ghost stories and tales about various gristly crimes that have taken place in the city – they’re a great way to learn about San Francisco’s darker side.

Visit Alcatraz
Many people don’t realize that you can visit Alcatraz at night. Visiting this notorious prison after dark can really add to the atmosphere and there are even opportunities to stay the night here! These tours can be popular and it’s worth booking several weeks in advance to guarantee a slot.

Take a dinner cruise
A dinner cruise can be a magical way to spend a night in San Francisco. Such cruises can take you past the Golden Gate Bridge and various other sight that look spectacular at night. On top of dinner cruises, there are also regular night cruises – these can be cheaper.

Spend a night at the museum
Several of San Francisco’s museums are open after dark on certain nights. The California Academy of Sciences is one such museum worth visiting at night – the museum hosts live music and cocktails and there are often talks on cutting edge science topics. The Exploratorium is also open every Thursday night after dark, featuring various interactive exhibits and cash bars for buying drinks.

Go to a comedy club
The city also has a big comedy club network and many of the biggest comedians regularly tour San Francisco. If you fancy a night of hilarity, why not look into some of the local comedy shows?

Catch some live music
There are also plenty of live music venues worth checking out in San Francisco. From large concerts to small local gigs, there is plenty of choice if you love your music. Bottom of the Hill and The Fillmore are two legendary venues worth trying.
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Dealing With Aches And Pains


In today’s blog post, we are going to take a look at two forms of aches and pains in further detail for better pain management.

Knee pain
More often than not, knee pain occurs because of overuse or it stems from a specific incident, such as a sports injury. The symptoms can vary too, from pain and swelling to stiffness and tenderness, with some people also suffering from an uncomfortable locking sensation, a click or grinding sensation, as well as weakness of the muscles. No matter what type of knee pain you are encountering, you need to find a specialist with a great record for alleviating pain and ensuring a return to normal functionality.

There are a wide range of knee problems, including:
  • Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Medial/Lateral Ligament Injury
  • Iliotibial Band (ITB) Irritation
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Anterior Knee Pain
  • Sport Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Post-Operative Rehab
  • Post-Fracture Rehab
  • Arthritis
  • Patellofemoral Joint Pain
  • Patella Pain 

Physiotherapy is undoubtedly the best route to go down when you are suffering from any type of knee pain or injury, as this is a safe, drug-free solution, which is extremely effective with this part of the body in particular. Plus, the therapist will be able to determine if the pain is because of something else, for example, joint pain can sometimes mean crohns disease. The treatment program put together will include a mixture of hands-on techniques and a variation of exercises, which may include postural, balance, strengthening and stretching exercises. You may also require strapping, soft tissue work and other forms of physiotherapy treatment; it all depends on your diagnosis.

Arm pain
Arm pain and injury is common and can occur in many different ways, from everyday use to work injuries to sports injuries. No matter what type of arm problem you are experiencing, you can be sure of a fast recovery when you act quickly.

Here are some examples of arm pain:
  • Muscular Strain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Biceps/Triceps Pain
  • Post-Fracture Rehab
  • Sports Injury

The most important step of the treatment is the diagnosis, which is why a health specialist will carry out a thorough assessment to get to the root of the issue. Arm pain can come from a number of different sources, such as injury to joints, tendons and local muscles while it is also frequently a source of referred pain, such as neck-arm pain. It is important to book an appointment with a therapist as quickly as possible to ensure there is no risk of the problem getting worse and being a further detriment to your normal functionality.

Once the therapist has accurately diagnosed the problem, they will then put together a bespoke treatment plan that is based entirely on your condition and your needs. This treatment is designed to reduce pain and increase functionality in the most efficient manner so that you can get back to your best. Physiotherapy is the safest solution for anyone experiencing arm pain, as it deals with the actual cause of the problem, and it is a drug-free solution.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Susu Handbags | The Angelica

PR Sample/Sponsored: Hey Everybody! The beautiful people at Susu Handbags reached out to me and asked if I would like to try one of their pretty handbags. After looking at their website, I was very excited to do so. To give you a little background, Susu the founder and chief designer of Susu Handbags lives and works in Los Angeles, California. All of her handbags are influenced by her travels, the fashion scene of Los Angeles and the world. Prior to making handbags, Susu worked for BCBG Max Azria and received a BA in Fashion Design. I always like to know a little bit of history about a designer, so I thought this would interest you as well. It always intrigues me.

Susu makes backpacks, clutches, crossbodies, shoulder bags, satchels and totes. I love crossbody bags, so I picked this cutie. I was sent the Angelica Faded Denim Clutch. You're probably saying, Kim I thought you said crossbody? Well you guys, that is the beauty of this purse. It's a shoulder bag. It's a crossbody. It's a clutch. The Angelica gives you so many options. If I had to describe the Angelica in one word, it would definitely be the word 'versatility'.


The Angelica comes in a beautiful assortment of colors: black, black leopard, coral, metallic silver, nude, orange, pink, red, turquoise, white, light blue (faded denim), denim, electric yellow, metallic gold, and rose gold. There's definitely a color that will tickle your fashion fancy. I challenged myself not to purchase it in my favorite neutral, which is black ;)  So I chose the light blue (faded denim) instead. I'm so glad I did, because not only does it pair well with black, its pairing well with all of the colors in my closet. Just look how nice it looks with my french-inspired sweater & jeans.


Another thing I love about crossbody bags is that they're no-fuss. The Angelica is super slim & sleek. Just take a look at the dimensions: (width: 7.5″-12.5", height: 5.5″, depth: 1.5″, strap drop: 21″). This bag has a beautiful diagonal flap, which has a magnetized closure. The crosshatched leather is both durable and can easily be cleaned. The Angelica has a removable chain strap, which automatically turns it into a clutch. The front & back of this bag is very polished.
 

The Angelica also has a fabric-lined interior. The one I chose has a yellow interior. Its so pretty! 


I think the last thing I want to mention, is that the Angelica can be dressed up or down. I show it here with a casual denim outfit. But since receiving this bag for over a couple of weeks now, I have worn it with business suits and tailored pants. It's also a year-round bag. It will look great in all seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. Lots of wear!


I would like to thank Susu Handbags for sending me the Angelica. Its not only a beautiful bag, but a functional one as well! I LOVE IT! That's why I paired these 'LOVE' ballet flats with it :) Did I also mention how well this bag holds up in the rain? LOL I could go on raving about this bag. There are so many positives. Just know, it's a treasure. Definitely check out the Angelica and other handbags Susu Handbags has to offer. You'll definitely find some other gems.


*GET 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE BY USING MY CODE: SWEETBLOG 
*(excludes taxes and shipping)

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fancy Flats

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Not Sponsored: I always enjoy looking at designer shoes. They're like works of art. I window-shopped a few online stores and here are a sample of my favorites. I love the textures, colors, style and prints of all of them. I mainly wear flats, so everything below is either a flat or pump. I didn't buy anything. But I've always wanted to invest in a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo flats. They're just classic. I'm also loving Altuzzara and those #5 Gucci flats. They're so beautiful!

1. Gucci 2. Sigerson Morrison (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus) 3. Coach 
4. Tabitha Simmons (Moda Operandi, Bergdorf Goodman) 5. Gucci (Neiman Marcus, Farfetch, Italist) 6. Rochas



13. Jimmy Choo (Net A Porter, Farfetch, 24S)  
19. Kurt Geiger (Bloomingdales, Dillards)
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

J-Lo and A-Rod: America’s Power Couple

It seems like just yesterday that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez graced us with their unmatched beauty at the 2017 Met Ball -- dressed to the nines and, quite literally, getting jaw-dropping reactions. It’s hard to believe that their relationship since then has flourished so much in the past two years and the couple is now engaged to be married. But how exactly did this duo get together and what happens when a triple threat (singer, dancer, actress) combines forces with one of the most famous baseball players of our time?

How It All Began
It all started with a simple tap on the shoulder. When out having lunch in LA, Jennifer recognized Alex and after finishing her meal, went up to say hi. After he revealed that he had moved out to LA, they both agreed they should hang out. She received a text not long after (that same night to be exact) asking her to dinner.

However, it wasn’t quite clear to the couple if their first date was actually a date. That is until Alex sent Jen a text from the bathroom telling her how hot she looked. Then it became a bit more clear.

We almost wish there was more to say, but from that point on, they’ve been inseparable. Combining their families, working out together, and gracing the cover of Vanity Fair.

The Engagement
Fast forward to March 9th of this year when Alex decided to pop the big question on a beach in the Bahamas.

“I planned it for about 6 months,” Alex told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “I rehearsed three days in a row, because I wanted the sunset to be perfect.”

Can you say swoon?! And let’s just talk about the rock for a minute.

It’s estimated that the ring is anywhere from 10-20 carats and ranging from $1-5 million dollars. J-Lo showed off the gorgeous moment on her instagram, while A-Rod gave us a closeup of the ring.



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J-Lo Turns 50
But the glitz and glam didn’t stop at just the stunning engagement ring. This past week, J-Lo hit a milestone birthday, and celebrated her big 5-0 with a giant party that truly brought out the Jenny from the block inside her.

But the party didn’t stop there. Just four days after he blowout party, Alex surprised Jennifer with her true birthday gift...a little red Porsche.

Her reaction: “What the hell?!”

The customized sports car retails for just over $140,000 and is the first car Jennifer has driven in 25 years.

“What do you get someone who already has everything?” Rodriguez asked. “You have to be creative.”

But Jennifer wasn’t the only one with a birthday last week. In fact, Jen and Alex have birthdays just three days apart. And, in true celeb fashion, they each had epit parties to celebrate.

So, to the couple we never knew we needed, cheers to another trip around the sun and giving us all the FOMO from your birthdays and lives together.
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Adventure on Wheels: 7 Reasons Why Buying a Recreational Vehicle Is a Smart Move

These days, pretty much everyone wants to do more traveling. Whether you get to travel for your personal or professional life, you're a lucky one.

Perhaps, though, you haven't had the means to do as much traveling as you'd like. Life does get in the way of our personal goals every now and then. Still, if you want to get out of town more often, that's understandable.

The good news is you've come to the right place with this article. Detailed below are seven reasons why buying a recreational vehicle is a good idea. Your travel dreams would be just around the corner.

After all, plenty of recreational vehicles get sold throughout the country on a regular basis. In the year 2018 alone, the industry generated $27 billion in revenue.

It's clear that if you're thinking about investing in one, now's the time to do so. Keep reading to learn why.


1. Spend Quality Time with Your Family in Close Quarters

It's common to take vacations to reconnect with your loved ones. Getting out of the house and out of town is perfect for getting some quality time with each other. A change of scenery can help you bond with your family without the normal stresses of daily life.

That's one of the most significant perks when it comes to buying a recreational vehicle. You have the convenience of having your transportation and your lodging combined. In other words, you're going to spend a lot of time near each other.

Don't let this make you feel stuck in those close quarters, though. It's important to stretch your legs every once in a while, after all. It's fortunate, then, that having your own recreational means you can take those breaks from driving any time you want.

2. You Don't Have To Stick to a Strict Travel Schedule

As mentioned above, you're in charge of your own transportation with a recreational vehicle. This draws many families to purchase one. Not everyone likes the idea of having a strict activity agenda on their vacations.

In a recreational vehicle, though, you make however many stops you want while on the road. Drive your vehicle right up to the tourist spots of your choice. From Mt. Rushmore to Niagara Falls, the entire country is at your disposal in this vehicle.

3. Traveling in a Recreational Vehicle Can Be Less Stressful

Because you don't have to plan as much in a recreational vehicle, this kind of travel is stress-free. This is true, in particular, if you consider having to book a hotel, flights, meals, and so on.

Don't waste time hunting around online for the best deals on your hotel rooms and flights. Traveling in a recreational vehicle, instead, will ease the strain of getting from one place to another comfortably.

4. There Are a Variety of Recreational Vehicles Available

As exciting as it might be to purchase your own recreational vehicle, don't get ahead of yourself. Take the time to consider what you want out of the vehicle before buying the first one you see.

For one thing, space is a huge factor you should think about. Recreational vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, of course. If you only plan on traveling with your significant other, you won't need one the size of a bus. With a large family in tow, though, don't be afraid to invest in a large luxurious recreational vehicle to suit your needs.

5. It Doesn't Have To Be Too Expensive

It's understandable to feel overwhelmed when it comes to buying a recreational vehicle. There are a lot of ins and outs to navigate when it comes to maintaining one in the long run, too. You know that buying this vehicle can be expensive.

The good news, though, is that there are ways to cover the cost without breaking the bank. You can finance the vehicle, for one thing. In fact, some recreational vehicle financing options require no credit check.

Perhaps, though, you prefer the idea of saving up your money for a recreational vehicle. That's okay, too, but financing one and paying it off will let you enjoy your new ride sooner rather than later.

6. Learn About Your Country

Of course, driving around in a recreational vehicle has educational benefits, too. You and your family can finally visit those historical landmarks you read about in elementary school.

In fact, living and traveling in a recreational vehicle can be a great setting for homeschooling. You and your family will learn a lot when you're exploring on the open road.

7. The Truth Is, Buying a Recreational Vehicle Makes You Feel Cool!

At the end of the day, it's fun to ride around in style. Owning your own recreational vehicle is a point of pride, so take advantage of it. Showing off to your friends and family is another worthwhile reason to invest in one of these luxurious vehicles.

Continue Investing in Your Quality of Life

At this point in the article, you should be convinced that buying a recreational vehicle is a great idea. There are plenty of benefits to owning. The question is, why wouldn't you buy one if you have the means.

In fact, even if you don't have the means, it's worth saving up for. Enjoy the freedom of travel with the comforts of your own home. You and your family will love spending time on the road seeing the sights with your own mobile living unit.

After all, you deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're following your dreams. Don't put them off any longer — no matter what the cost is.

In fact, that's what this blog is all about. I prioritize bringing you the latest and greatest trends in beauty, lifestyle, food, and more. There are plenty of ways to make the most of your life now and in the future.

That's why I encourage you to browse through the rest of this website. You'll find articles on pretty much every subject you can think of. It's worth the time to keep yourself informed on how to take advantage of the moments you have.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Indoor Halloween Decor

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Not Sponsored: I've always loved Halloween. I've been in FULL Halloween mode, this past week. Halloween is so much FUN! This weekend I ordered some inside goodies to decorate my home. I always hang an outdoor wreath on my door. I thought this year, I would also purchase an indoor wreath. 1. I know just the right spot to hang this Happy Haunting Wreath. I love his top hat, black & orange ribbon and black feathers that adorn him. I just purchased a bar cart (in black) for my living room! You'll never realize how many there are while sifting through looking for one. I found one that meets my living room's aesthetic. 2. This Broomstick 3-Tier Server will look beautiful atop it. I'm going to load it up with cupcakes, cookies & candy. I have an antique bench in my living room. I had it refurbished and just bought a new bench pad for it. During the holidays, I am going to add one pillow atop the bench pad. 3. Loved this Haunted House Pillow With Lights. It should look really cool at night. I've always loved pumpkins. They're so beautiful to decorate the home with during Halloween & Thanksgiving. I use real ones outside my door. These Halloween themed ones will work well inside. 4. I loved this Large Dot Pumpkin 5. Set of Three Black Pedestal Stands and 6. Small Dot Pumpkin I already have a re-use idea for the pedestals for Christmas. Yes, they're black, but I saw a great idea. I love using an item more than once. Stores put out Halloween & Christmas decor earlier and earlier. I've decided not to fight, but embrace it. My INSIDE Halloween stuff will probably go up in September. My INSIDE Christmas decorations will probably go up in November. I need 2 months to sit and enjoy them, because for me 1 month is not enough anymore. I hope this gives you inspiration for the holidays. I'll be sharing more and making a Halloween video soon.

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Solutions to Combat Sagging or Loose Skin

Sagging skin can be quite a strange thing to look at. Whether it’s because you’ve recently lost quite a lot of weight or due to ageing, loose skin can happen to virtually anyone and it can be frustrating to deal with. This is especially true if you’ve been working hard to burn fat and lose weight, only to find that you’re left with unsightly sagging skin around your stomach and other areas. Sun damage can also cause skin to age and going through pregnancy can also result in loose skin.

Thankfully, there are many ways to combat loose skin as long as you’re diligent and work towards fixing it as soon as possible. In this article, we’re going to take a look at a couple of practical solutions to combat sagging skin.


Avoiding sagging while losing weight
One of the biggest issues with rapid weight loss is that it encourages skin sagging. If you use quick weight loss methods such as very-low-calorie diets, ketogenic diets and work out every single day, then you’re going to be burning a huge amount of fat very quickly and this can cause your skin to sag. This is generally caused by the elastin and collagen that become stressed when you lose extreme amounts of weight, meaning that your skin can’t simply bounce back to provide extra firmness that you would normally expect.

Because losing weight fast is a detriment to your skin, we recommend that you take it easy when achieving your body goals. This means cutting back no more than 3 pounds per week to give your elastin and collagen time to adapt to the changes in your body and ensuring that it has time to bounce back. This still may cause significant sagging if you lose an extreme amount of weight such as 50 or more pounds, but it won’t be as severe and you can combine this with other methods in this article to help you deal with the sagging.

In addition, if you bounce between losing and gaining weight on a regular basis then it can also promote skin sagging. Try to avoid crash diets when possible and instead, adopt a healthier weight loss plan and stick to it. Remember that your diet isn’t just a one-off thing that you do for a short period of time. Instead, it’s something you should stick to for the rest of your life so that you can continue losing weight and staying healthy.

Focusing on weight training to build muscle mass
If most of your sagging skin has come from weight loss then you may be able to avoid sagging skin to some degree by simply focusing on weight training exercises instead of just cardio. Cardio doesn’t always lead to muscle gain and it depends on the type of exercises you do. In contrast, weight training can get your heart pumping into the “fat-burning zone” while also helping you work out your muscles so that they come back stronger and more defined.

This can also help with skin sagging because the areas where your skin sags can typically be hidden by muscle definition. While it can’t completely remove sagging skin, it can definitely help with the appearance of loose skin especially if the cause is from rapid weight loss. Again, this isn’t a way to “remove” the excess skin, but simply a method to lessen its appearance.

If the sagging skin is around your facial area, then facial exercises will likely not help. This is because facial exercises have not been proven to actually help reduce sagging skin. While facial workouts are popular and some people report positive changes such as reducing swelling, there are likely other factors affecting it and there has yet to be a scientific study that shows indisputable benefits.


Firming creams and supplements
Firming creams are incredibly subtle in what they do and most of them act as moisturizers that only give temporary relief in terms of appearance–they don’t actually help with reducing the effects of sagging skin. These effects can be seen immediately but they don’t last long and effective moisturizing can also give the same effect at a lower price. However, there are firming creams that contain a product known as retinoid which prevents free radical damage in the skin. This free radical damage can affect the collagen production in our skin which results in sagging and wrinkled skin. It also helps our skin maintain elasticity which actively combats loose skin, but again, the effects are subtle and not as strong as the adverts claim it to be.

In terms of supplements, there’s nothing magical that can help you fix sagging skin. However, there are supplements you can take could have some positive effects in terms of helping to reduce the appearance of sagging skin. This includes vitamin C for the synthesis of collagen, a protein that can help your body build more collagen and also collagen hydrolysate which assists with healthy and youthful-appearing skin that can also help reduce the negative effects of ageing. There are also lots of supplements that advertise healthier skin and even some which claim to help you get rid of sagging skin. Unfortunately, they can only help to reduce skin sagging and will not magically remove your excess skin.

The bottom line
So to conclude; sagging skin is excess skin. It doesn’t just magically disappear but it can retain its elasticity so that it can “bounce” back when you lose weight after a pregnancy or through rigorous exercise. However, do keep in mind that depending on your age and genetics, your skin might not bounce back at all and it will require an invasive procedure in order to get rid of it, but this can leave you with scarring that will take a long time to heal.

In short, focus on exercising to maintain your muscle mass and use supplements and creams to help reduce the effects of sagging and promote collagen production.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

These Tips Will Help You To Survive A Long-Haul Flight

Eight hours on a stuffy aircraft can feel like a nightmare. If you do a bit of preparation however then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to feel cool and comfortable throughout the whole journey.

Find Comfortable Clothing
If you want to be comfortable on your flight, then you need to wear some nice and loose-fitting clothing. You also need to take into account that sometimes aeroplanes can get chilly too, especially if the air conditioning is turned up full-blast. If you want to help yourself here, then you need to take lots of layers. Leaving your jewellery at home, or even in the hold is also another consideration because if you wear it on the plane then you’ll probably set off the alarms at airport security. When choosing your footwear, it also helps to choose trainers that are loose-fitting. The main reason for this is because sometimes, your feet can swell when you get to a higher altitude, and the last thing that you want is to feel uncomfortable for the entire journey.

Reserve Yourself A Good Seat
Choosing the right seat is also crucial. If you don’t then this will cause you major issues, and it may even make your trip unenjoyable. If you are going on a long flight, then it helps to stay away from the front of the plane as these seats are generally favoured by those with young children. If you like to move around when you are on the flight then choose an aisle seat.  One way for you to choose the best seat is for you to book as far in advance as you possibly can. This will give you the chance to choose the seat you want, and it will also help you to take advantage of any deals that might be available.

Prepare For Sleep
You will be on the plane for quite a long time, so it’s a good idea for you to bring a few essentials. Bring a lightweight blanket and a good travel pillow. This will stop you from getting neck ache when you are on the flight and it will also help you to get more comfortable. It may even be worth you searching for the best earplugs to sleep as this will help you to get that much-needed rest when you are on the plane.

Don’t Pack Too Much
It helps to bring a few comforts from home, but be careful not to take too much. If you do, then you will have to lug around a huge suitcase and you may even find that you struggle to get it in the overhead locker too. Ideally you should try and take one cabin bag and then a shoulder bag for the flight. You can keep all of your smaller essentials such as your MP3 player and even your water bottle in reach, without having to take things that you don’t really need.


Take Your Own Snacks
Sure, long-haul flight providers will usually give you some food on the trip, but it might not be what you’re in the mood for. You may end up having breakfast at dinner time or even noodles first thing in the morning. If you want to stave off your hunger, then it helps to take a few snacks with you. This can include some nuts, dried fruit or even slow-releasing carbohydrates.

Move Around
Stretching your legs is necessary for your own sanity when you’re on a long-haul flight. If you want to reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, then it helps to do gentle exercises. You might also want to keep getting up every few hours too.

Stay Hydrated
Aircraft cabins tend to be very dry so there’s a high chance that you’ll get dehydrated if you don’t drink regularly. It also helps to avoid having too much tea, coffee or alcohol, as this will only make the problem worse. If you want to help yourself here, make sure that you take a bottle of water on board with you. You can usually buy one at the airport, but if you do then make sure that it stays sealed until you get it on the plane. When you’ve finished your water, the cabin crew would usually be more than happy to refill it for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing there.

Relax
When you’re on an airline, there’s a high chance that you’ll have no mobile phone coverage. You’ll also have cabin crew who are waiting on your every need, so take advantage of this. Watch a rom-com, put your feet up if you have the option or get stuck into a good book. This will help you to make the most out of your trip and it will also give you the chance to really relax too.


Choose A Good Airline
There’s a huge difference between a good long-haul airline and a bad one. You need to do your research and you also need to read reviews too. When you do, you will then be able to give yourself the chance to make the best decision regarding your flight and you can also rest assured knowing that you’re going to be taken care of. If you’re not quite sure what you should be looking for when choosing your flight then look out for airlines that prioritise comfort, and even ones that are willing to give you extra amenities on the flight too. Little things like this can go a long way and you would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to your overall experience.

Of course, going on a long-haul flight doesn’t need to be a daunting experience and by taking the above tips into account, you can be sure to have the best time and you can also make yourself way more comfortable too. If you want to pass time even more then why not try and talk to the person in the seat next to you, and make a new friend?
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T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer and Singlepass Luxe Straightening & Styling Flat Iron Review

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Not Sponsored: My mom's hair dryer 'kicked the bucket several months ago. I purchased it from Sally's Beauty Salon. It lasted for years. I really had no MAJOR complaints about it. I had to spend a little extra time blow-drying her hair to make sure it wouldn't get frizzy or have fly-aways, but I knew it wasn't an ionic hair dryer. That was to be expected. I've been curious about ionic hair-dryers and flat-irons. I've always heard great things about them. So I decided to invest and purchase one. I was browsing Macy's website and they offered T3's brand new CURA LUXE Hair Dryer for a great price. Also, Ebates (which is now Rakuten) was offering 10% cash back that day on any Macy's purchase. It was a win-win for me, because I wanted to try the brand T3 and I NEEDED a hair-dryer pronto. LOL While I was purchasing the hair-dryer, I said let me get the flat iron as well. I had a mild heart attack when making this purchase; even with the sale price it was expensive. I went ahead and picked white, because it matches my makeup room. These hair tools are also offered in black. How did both perform? Read my review below. My mom will be my hair model. She's 71 years young you guys :) with a beautiful head of hair.


The brand T3 has a Cura and Cura Luxe hair dryer. Cura Luxe is the newest. Both are ionic. Both have a pure stream cap. Both have a cool shot button. And both have 2 speed settings. What's the difference? The Cura has THREE heat settings. The Cura Luxe has FIVE heat settings. There's also a volume booster switch (to give you fuller hair) on the Cura Luxe and the Cura Luxe has sensors (when you take your hand off the handle it shuts off). I'm glad I purchased the Cura Luxe, because I use the fourth heat setting for her hair (which you see below). I like this hair dryer for many reasons. Despite its size, it's lightweight. I love the choice of heat settings. It gives you options. It has 2 speeds (lo/high). I use the high on my mom's hair. As far as its ionic properties, it dries hair fast and even. It really straightens the hair out. My drying time with her has been cut in half. She doesn't get fly-aways. I use to have to HOLD the cool shot button on her last blow dryer. With the T3, I just press it and release. I love the volume button (again, press and release), because it truly gives her hair even more volume. As you can see, she already has a nice head of hair. If I had one complaint, I thought it would be a little more quieter. It kind of sounds like a wind tunnel. LOL I would go to ULTA to hear it for yourself. As far as performance, its really good. Ionic hair dryers are better for the health of the hair.


T3 | Singlepass Luxe Straightening & Styling Iron
The T3 Singlepass Luxe Straightening & Styling Iron is a 1" flat iron. You press and then depress the button to turn it on. It takes about a minute to heat up. It has FIVE heat settings (260°F – 410°F)! For my mom, I keep it on the fourth heat setting. The plates stop about midway the iron. This iron is long, but again very lightweight. Does it straighten hair in one pass? Yes. But I still go over a section of hair two to three times. One to straighten. Two to style. Three to curl under. Its also probably because I'm not a professional hair stylist LOL One thing is for certain, my mom's hair is straightened, looks healthy and has the most amazing shine & glow to her hair. Do you see her hair in those gifs? She's always getting compliments. I feel so proud. She goes to a professional to get her hair cut every 3-4 months. I don't cut! LOL But I do her relaxer and style her hair. Again, I see a difference using an ionic hair tool on her hair. T3 also offers a compact version of this iron and a wider Singlepass X. The shine factor gets me every time. NO PRODUCTS you guys! Just look at the pictures of her hair from the hair dryer to the flat iron! Its amazing. I'm really impressed with T3's hair tools. I highly recommend them.

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