It’s one of the things we all want to experience whilst we’re young: a good bonding experience away from the daily grind with our friends. It gives us a rising sense of independence, teaches us a few more responsibilities we all could use, and is generally just a good idea for exploring the world around us. You’ll never be alone and have like minded people around you, which is the main idea that separates a group vacation from a family holiday. Planning a vacation takes time and a few guts when accommodating everyone’s needs. So what are some of the best vacationing experiences you can take your friends on?
More often than you’d believe we listen to that amazing song Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann. But no matter how much we repeat the words, “Do not read beauty magazines they will only make you feel ugly,” we just can’t help flicking through the pages of yet another beauty bible or scrolling endlessly through the pages of yet another beauty blog. The reason we can’t control our urge is simple: we are absolutely desperate to find out what secrets these goddesses posing as mere-models are using to look as flawless as they do.
As it turns out, the internet has the answers for absolutely everything. It is astonishing and, let’s be honest, kind of freaky too. What we found most mind-blowing of all, though, was the fact our favorite celebrities are using weird hacks and everyday products to look as stunning as they do. And there we were thinking they looked perfect simply because they had the money to shoot cucumber juices and tea tree oils into their faces through magical laser beam treatments some hidden lab in the Hollywood Hills had managed to develop. Silly us.
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Yes, you’ve read that correctly, you don’t necessarily need to lift stuff, visit the cardio area, or take an aerobics class to ditch those extra pounds of belly-jelly. Luckily for those of you who dislike the concept of gym-going, you never have to feel self-conscious, silly or downright embarrassed again in a setting that doesn’t make you feel comfortable.
Instead, you can design one heck of a nutrition plan, stick to it religiously, and find a more inspiring physical activity to kickstart your fitness goals. All it takes is a little bit of imagination, some effort and perhaps some trial and error before you decide what’s the best blend for you!
1. Walk it off
Still, this doesn’t mean stopping at every window to look at those summer sales or soak in the sunset, both of which are intoxicating. Studies have shown that brisk walking, the kind that practically leaves you breathless, is as effective a tool for losing fat as going to the gym.
Get yourself some comfy sneakers, a pair of leggings and a snug tee, and all you’ll need to do is pick a route. If you live near a park, all the better because time spent in nature benefits your overall well-being. At first, aim at that infamous half an hour per day, but for better results, don’t be afraid to up the mileage.
2. Hit the HIIT
On the other hand, sticking just to a walking routine will likely end up boring, and your body might hit a plateau after a while. Complementing your new walk-to-work (and back) lifestyle with an occasional HIIT session can further empower your weight loss.
Luckily, the internet is teeming with various instructional videos with dozens of different combos of bodyweight exercises to create the perfect high-intensity program. Several times a week of different HIIT sessions, and you’ll be burning the extra fat very efficiently, while at the same time toning your muscles and becoming stronger.
3. Dance the calories away
Salsa, Zumba, hip-hop, you name it, it will likely be a mighty item in your weight-loss arsenal! YouTube is also chock-full of videos to guide you through your home workout, but you can also join a dance class and break a sweat on a regular basis with the help of the extra motivation of a group setting. You’d be surprised just how strenuous a modern jazz ballet class can be!
Then again, if you’re daring by nature or just want to flirt with your wild side a bit, pole dancing has become quite popular in the last few years. Weight-loss is one of the main reasons, but it’s also tremendously fun, challenging on your entire body and helps you gain confidence, as well.
4. On board!
Another weirdo on our list, but becoming more popular by the day – skating is not just a way to re-awaken your inner child, but also shed those pesky pounds. According to professor Michele Olson, the sport is surprisingly powerful for cardiovascular endurance, where just your regular board-pushing can burn up to 12 calories per minute, not to mention trying those complex stunts.
However, safety first! Make sure that you’re well-equipped with high-quality skateboard hardware and any protective accessories you might need. Then you can proceed to cruise the streets, join a skate park and look as cool as a cucumber.
Last, but not least, your diet plays a pivotal role in your weight-loss regime. No matter how much you dance, skate or run, the effects will fail to emerge unless your diet is tailored to suit your goals without harming your healthy nutrition.
In most cases, that means you need to eat fewer calories than you consume (about 500 is the healthy limit), and choose nutrient-dense foods to be your sources of healthy carbs, fats, and lean protein, in the right time intervals, accompanied with proper hydration. Choose your munchies carefully, craft your exercise routine, and watch those pounds melt away!
Guest post contributed by Diana Smith
As spaces that don’t see much traffic during the day, bathrooms are often unjustly neglected. Small bathrooms are even more often overlooked, as people instantly relate design with ‘unnecessary accessories and trinkets’. On the contrary, a well-decorated bathroom becomes a warm and welcoming escape pod. Vintage-style bathrooms are popular because of their elegant and classy fixtures. If you have set your heart on a vintage-bathroom remodeling, look for fixtures and decorative pieces that date back to the era when electricity and indoor plumbing were novelties.
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Guest post contributed by Hannah Whittenly
Even if your child doesn’t make straight A’s in school, you know your child is smart. This is a common scenario with many families. You see the brilliant mind of your child, but the grades that are brought home don’t reflect the intellect that you know is present. Fortunately, there are a few ideas to keep in mind that might offer a reason as to why you don’t see an exceptional report card.
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There are various types of decking materials available in the market. By choosing the best material and balustrades, you can add an elegant look to your house. One of the most popular materials for decking is hardwoods. It is strong, looks great and a bit expensive as well, but the quality you get is worth all the investment. Hardwoods are said to be the most durable materials, therefore choosing it for decking may be one of the wisest decision to make. In most places, decking has become a trend and a sign of class. Decking not only provides a fresh look of the house but also give a space, they prefer decking rather than going for the old traditional terrace look. In many states of the UK, decking is becoming quite common because people prefer installing a deck in their apartments than going for a terrace system. People have started considering it a substitute for the terrace. Well, if you’re searching for superior decking products and installation services, then we have all the important and necessary information for you.
Guest post contributed by Zack Davis
A bedroom is your personal space that you look forward to after coming home from work all tired and worn-out. Therefore it should be designed in a way that gives you comfort and helps you to enjoy a sound sleep. This article will serve as a step by step guide to help you create a comfortable bedroom which can refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Step 1: Select the bedroom furniture
Selecting the bedroom furniture depends on your personal taste. However, if you are a fashion freak and want the décor of your bedroom to stay up to date, then it is best to opt for a mixture of traditional and modern furniture pieces. The good thing about traditional furniture is that it looks classic and is never out of fashion. If you don’t share your bedroom with anyone, then you can go for single bed options or if you are sharing your bedroom, but it is small in size then its best to go for queen size bed instead of king size bed. Look at the head board of the bed and choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, if you prefer reading a book before going to sleep the best choice for you is to have an upholstered headboard having a comfortable surface that would soothe your back when you lean against it. Other furniture items include side tables, night stand and a rocking chair that give a complete look to your personal space.
Step 2: Select a comfortable mattress for your bed
The key to a sound and peaceful sleep is a comfortable mattress. Make sure that your mattress is not only soft but has a comfortable fabric that feels good against your skin. The kind of mattress you opt for largely determines the quality of rest you get every night. Before going for the mattress shopping set a budget range and check different mattresses for their comfort level and opt for best memory foam mattress that would provide you personalized comfort.
Step 3: Select the lightning of your bedroom
Choosing the right lighting scheme can uplift the vibe and highlight the décor of your bedroom. This does not mean that you should go for lighting that is too bright. A bedroom is a place where you look up to get some rest after a tiring day at work so the lighting scheme should be soft so that it relaxes your nerves and body. If you like reading in your bedroom, then make sure that proper light fixture is hanging above your bed that provides you with sufficient light needed for reading purpose.
Step 4: Select the paint for your bedroom
Bright and vibrant wall paints no doubt looks good and add a playful spirit to your space but opting for soothing color palettes is a good choice when you are considering to paint the bedroom walls. Neutral wall paints give a spacious look to your bedroom and have a relaxing impact on your mind and body. Moreover, subtle shades give you the leverage to decorate the walls of your bedroom according to your own style to add a bit of color and glamour to your bedroom. Hang your favorite pictures or abstract art pieces, make a collage or go with just a single statement piece the choice is totally yours.
Step 5: Add a centered rug
A small rug placed at the center of your bedroom will not only complete the décor of your bedroom but will also give a welcoming start to your day by pampering your feet by its soft fiber and fur right after you wake up and step out of bed. Moreover, the unique patterns and designs of the rug blend perfectly with the décor of your bedroom and give it a more exotic look.
Zack Davis is a well-known psychologist, content writer, and marketer for sleepholic. I’m very concerned about human health, love sleeping and enjoy hanging out with friends. You can often find me happily writing about anything to do with sleep and other related topics.
Guest post contributed by Lara Buck
Giving and receiving gifts has been a tradition among humans for a long time. Each gift we give shows how much affection or appreciate we have for the person receiving it. But even before we can buy one, the first question that is asked most often is; what gift should be brought? When you are looking for some gift for your loved one, you can choose some sheepskin boots because this stylish footwear is the best option for your wife. She can wear these boots on every season and especially she can wear these boots during the winter.
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It’s never too early to book a vacation.
After a hot summer, I’m dreaming of the snowy slopes in Colorado!
I want to introduce you Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s finest mountain resort, Chateau Chamonix. This vacation property offers the ultimate convenience of ski-in/ski-out accommodations.
Chateau Chamonix sits directly on the slopes of Steamboat’s Mt Werner. It is the ideal location for a Rocky Mountains vacation just steps away from the Steamboat Snow School, the Kids’ Vacation Center, and Gondola Square where you’ll find an eclectic mix of local shops and restaurants.
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