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Friday, September 30, 2016

12 Apple Inspired Dinners

It is time to head to the orchard and harvest plenty of
beautiful apples! I will,of course, make apple crisps, pies, and even applesauce, but this year, my mind is going to dinner inspiration instead of just desserts!

I found 12 awesome apple inspired dinners that I will certainly be making after my trips to the orchard! From slaws to salads and so many other dishes that there has to be something on this list for everyone!

Why not add an apple to dinner? You know what they say about keeping the doctor away and all!

Which of these recipes will you try first? The apple chicken salad sounds perfect for a picnic dinner amidst the crunchy leaves. If you have a recipe that puts apples in your dinner I would love to hear about it!

My weekend Gateway at the Island!

My weekend Gateway at the Island!

With our unplanned weekend getaways, we just have one small hand luggage to carry ensuring that it doesn’t get heavy. The situation at times gets a bit tricky because we do not really know what the weather was going to be like and what clothes to carry.

I recently come back from a weekend away in Osea Island, and this was undoubted a very lucky trip for me!

The Island is about two hours ride from Central London, where I put up. Since we rode in motorbikes I could accommodate just one hand luggage with me.

With hand luggage, the space get very limited so it’s best to pack items that can be worn with a couple of different outfits.

I picked with me a pair of denim shorts that will go with any top or could also be worn over the top of a bikini.
I also took with me, a couple of bright tank tops and one white crop top. I picked a black midi skirt, which I thought would be great for evenings when it gets bit cooler and I could pair it up with the white crop top!

After spending an entire day having fun around the beaches. I quietly sneaked into my cot in the afternoon to indulge in some time alone. I logged into this site and started playing bingo games at GameVillage Bingo. Surprisingly, I won a Full-House of £50 and we went for a bit of shopping in the evening where I got myself a very cute bright blue flip-flops which was perfect for walking around the town!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Choose a Great Real Estate Broker

When it comes to buying into real estate, I have always found it imperative that you use a broker, these companies are dedicated to finding you the best deals, negotiating the best prices and working hard to manage your assets. Unfortunately, as with any industry, there are plenty of sharks out there who solely concentrate on how much commission they can make, they will treat you with a wink and a smile until the deal is done and then drop you like a bad habit once they have cash on their hip. Naturally, you need to avoid these people and find good quality brokers who look after both their interests and yours, usually these are one and the same. In order to find a great broker here are some tips that you can follow.

Check out the Reviews

Never have reviews been so important in so many industries as they are right now, and brokerage firms are no different. In todays world of social media, more people are talking to each other than ever before and businesses can even collapse through the power of the internet, this is why reading reviews can be so important when deciding upon a broker. I use a firm called Welfont for my property deals and can honestly say that the Welfont reviews that I read were absolutely correct, they are industry experts who give me complete service, work hard to make me money, get me great deals and I have a great relationship with my property manager. I chose this firm based on their feedback and it paid off, you should employ the same approach.


Whilst the internet is brilliant for reading reviews about firms, it can be manipulated by businesses to make them appear better than they are. In order to avoid falling for this, I would urge you to meet with as many firms as you have time for. After reading reviews, you will be able to quickly ascertain how good the broker is during a meeting, ask yourself if the people you are speaking to really want to look after your needs and requirements, what kind of questions do they ask? Are they prepared to listen? Do they have good industry standing? There is nothing wrong with meeting with 5 or 6 brokers to help you make a decision.

Speak to Prospective Neighbors

Speaking of reviews, it is far more likely that people will take to the internet to leave reviews about bad experiences that they have had as opposed to good ones. If you have already found the property that you wish to buy then speak to the people in the houses or properties nearby to find out which broker they used and how their experience was. What you often find is that good brokers generally have something of a monopoly of certain areas, owing to their strong relationships and trust within the area, getting feedback from your soon-to-be neighbors is a great way to help you find the best broker for your deal.

How Gospel for Asia is Changing Lives Across Asia

Gospel for Asia is a Christian based charity that has been working tirelessly across Asia for over 30 years to change the fortunes of those who are born into poverty. The work that this fantastic charity has done and is doing for those born into a life that they did not choose is staggering, each year they have helped thousands to receive food, healthcare and education and each year they are growing their efforts to help people to lift themselves out of poverty.

The organization works across the large percentage of Asia and their goal is to eventually have missionaries reach every impoverished area that exists on the continent. Currently they operate in Bhutan, Bangaldesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India, China, Laos and Sri Lanka where their missionaries are working tirelessly to rid each country of poverty.

The organization has set up several missions that it uses in each of these countries and here are just some of the operations that they have set up to help those in need.

Slum Ministry

The man who created Gospel for Asia KP Yohannan grew up in India near some of the slum villages, this early experience inspired him to create the slum ministry branch of Gospel for Asia. Through this ministry, missionaries visit the slums across the whole of Asia, teaching not only Christian values but trying to give those who live their hope and opportunity. The way in which the missionaries do this is through the teaching of numeracy and literacy along with other skills that can help those living in slums to get a job and work their way out of poverty. Alongside the education, the Slum Ministry also offers free healthcare as well as vital information about addiction, sexual health and the prevention of infections such as AIDS, infections which quickly spread through slum areas.

Leprosy Ministry

Leprosy is an awful disease, it disfigures the body and causes great pain to its sufferers as well being highly contagious. The Leprosy Ministry focusses solely on the treatment of those who suffer from this disease as well as educating those in impoverished areas about how to prevent contraction of leprosy, and what to do if they do get the disease. The sad thing about leprosy is that it is totally curable if caught early enough and the problem is that those who contract it dont have access or the finances to find healthcare.

Bridge of Hope Ministry

The Bridge of Hope Ministry aims its efforts towards Asias poorest children, it provides for over 75,000 children and aims to give these children an alternative future than an impoverished life. This ministry provides daily meals for the children, education for areas of schooling like literacy, numeracy and hygiene along with lessons from the gospel to teach the children strong Christian values. Whilst it is important to help those who are deeply affected by poverty, it is the children who will be the next generation and they are the ones who will be most likely to see an end to poverty, for this reason, Gospel for Asia set up the Bridge of Hope, teaching children that there is a better way of life for them.

What Careers are There for Intelligent Minds

Being an intelligent person comes with a little bit of added pressure, it seems foolish to have the gift of intelligence and not use it to forge a successful career. The career that you choose should match your abilities and your characteristics and you should be constantly striving to learn more and harness your intelligence. When it comes to deciding on a career choice you need to be as well informed as possible about what different careers will offer you in order to see if they will be the right fit for you. Those amongst you with natural-born intelligence should be looking into the following careers, professions that require high intelligence and a thirst for knowledge.


Being a lawyer is exclusively for those with the intelligence to do so and those who are prepared to work incredibly hard to achieve their goals. The first step on the path to becoming a great lawyer is to gain a position in a top law school, you should be looking to follow in the footsteps of people like JD Dukes and attend law schools like Duke University, Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. Being a lawyer requires hard work and dedication as well as the ability to ingest great amounts of knowledge. If you have an intelligent mind then being a lawyer is for you.


In order to be a doctor you need to study hard for many years and attain the highest grades possible to be successful, you will need to learn highly technical knowledge about the human body and be able to apply your knowledge in your practice. Doctors face daily challenges that question their abilities and their intelligence and you need to be at the top of your game if you wish to succeed. Being a doctor is also about keeping on top of advancements in the medical field and having the ability to retain great amounts of knowledge in your mind.


Teaching is one of the most noble professions that there is, using your intelligence to inspire and shape the minds of the future in order to help them realize their great potential. In order to be teacher or lecturer you must display high levels of intelligence and find specific field for you to exercise it. Whilst it may not always be one of the highest paid positions, being a teacher is incredibly rewarding and will give you a wonderful amount of job satisfaction. Some of the greatest minds over the years in all fields of academia have also been outstanding teachers, Plato, Darwin and Einstein to name just a few and a career in teaching would be a great way to utilize your intelligence. After graduating from college you need to study for a teaching diploma before you can start teaching, if you wish to go on to be a university lecturer, a higher paid and more specific field then you will need to achieve a doctorate from college to give you the best chance.

Some of the Stranger Positions within the Entertainment Business

The entertainment industry is one of the widest industries in the world. It surrounds everything that entertains people, which goes from clowns at children parties to blockbuster movies. This is why, when you start looking at entertainment industry programs, you will quickly notice that you will have to choose a specialization sooner or later. This can be a difficult choice to make. You may, for instance, have a good singing voice, but are you really good enough to be the next Beyonce? And even if you are, do you have the right contacts to make it in that world? Most people who seriously want to get into the entertainment industry choose something that has more transferable skills, which they can also use in other fields. But if you really aren’t sure, then you may want to take a look at some of the industry’s strangest jobs to give you an idea of what really is available.

Have you ever seen a mime? It is one of the most popular types of street arts around, and one that has made France famous. Mimes can stand still for extended periods of time, which is why they often depict human statutes. Others impersonate other people, or move like robots. Mimes, however, are always completely quiet. Put together, you need quite a few skills to be a good mime. You have to stay in the exact same position, sometimes for hours at a time, while people will do everything to throw you off guard. What you also may not know is that these people earn a whole lot of money!
Animal Trainers
Most of us know animal trainers from the old zoos, where they would make lions jump through flaming hoops, and make elephants sit on a tiny stool. Since programs like America’s Got Talent, however, animal training for other animals, such as dogs, has become a lot more popular. We seem to enjoy watching dogs do funny tricks, and trainers are often invited to private parties, special shows, and mall performances.
Human Billboards
This is perhaps not the most glamorous of jobs, but one that has allowed many an actor to pay the rent and put food on the table. Human billboards are literally walking advertisements. They often dress up in a costume that is linked to whatever they are advertising, and it is their role to attract people to the business that they work for. This is an incredibly difficult job, particularly because it is very hard to stay friendly and motivated.
Online Poker
Last but not least, there is online poker. Professional poker playing is perhaps nothing new, but doing this online certainly is. Of course, to become involved in this, you need a lot of luck and perhaps quite a bit of capital behind you. But the idea that online poker players would one day become a form of entertainment was unheard of, but it has now become a reality nevertheless.

Two Recognized Standards of Practice When Using Mayo Stands

In order to make sure that surgical procedures are always safe, all the needed equipment, supplies, and instruments should be provided to the CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) in order for them to prepare the sterile field. They should have sufficient mayo stands in place to facilitate this. Furthermore, they must follow the next two standards of practice at all time.
Mayo Stands and Standards of Practice
A CST should first make sure that the equipment, supplies, and instruments match those requested by the surgeons. This is a standard of practice that, unfortunately, is often forgotten. Surgeons often have their own preferences, which is why they have “preference cards” and these should be adhered to in order to maintain the safety of the patient. Furthermore, the tools should all be placed on mayo stands as per the request of the surgical team.
Second Standard of Practice
All equipment and furniture in the operating room has to be positioned and grouped before sterile items should be opened. This means that:
The CTS has to make sure that all equipment is present in the OR first, including the mayo stands.
That any unnecessary equipment and furniture is away from the OR.
All specialty and electronic equipment is tested to make sure it works before a procedure actually begins.
All suction liners are in the canister, and the suction tubing should be properly connected to the vacuum outlet on the wall.
A standalone suction system should be ready for the anesthesiologist.

Next, furniture has to be positioned and grouped properly. This means that:
All furniture that will be draped sterilely, including the mayo stands, are organized and grouped together. These items should be as far away from the door as possible, which is the idea sterile field.
The furniture that should be included and setup in the sterile field must be at least 12 to 18 inches from any wall, as well as from any equipment or furniture that isn’t sterile.
Any furniture that is not part of the sterile field, such as trash hampers, linen, sitting stools, and kick and sponge buckets, is away from the sterile field, but also away from traffic patterns.
A biohazard bag should be placed inside the trash and linen hampers.
An impervious biohazard bag should line all sponge buckets.
Next, the OR table has to be positioned. Again, the surgeon should have indicated what their personal preference is. This is generally in relation to the OR lights.
The anesthesiologist should have indicated what their preference is in terms of where their equipment is positioned. They will provide details that relate to the positioning of the operating table itself.
Next, a clean sheet for lifting, as well as covers for the arm board, should be positioned ready on the operating table. Similarly, the safety strap has to be positioned in the right position for added safety and security at all times.

Getting To Know The AspireAssist

The AspireAssist is one of the latest technologies in the world of weight loss treatment that has been FDA approved. It is a nonsurgical solution and it is completely reversible. Also known as the weight loss stomach pump, it is taking the world by storm.
What Makes AspireAssist Different?
Real results. In a clinical trial in this country, patients were found to see three times better results with the stomach pump than they would through diet, exercise, and counseling.
Rapid recovery. The procedure is nonsurgical and is completed very quickly. In fact, it usually takes just one to two hours between a patient leaving home and getting back home. Plus, they can return to work very soon.
A simple procedure. The procedure itself takes just 15 minutes to complete using “twilight anesthesia”.
A normal, healthy lifestyle. With AspireAssist, people can technically eat whatever they want. However, it comes with a lifestyle counseling program, which instills healthy behaviors in people. This means that they will be more likely to keep the weight off as well. 
A reversible procedure. Removing the AspireAssist can be done at any time, and takes just 10 minutes. Twilight anesthesia is used again, which means it can be done on an outpatient basis.
It is affordable. The device and procedure are quite simple, and therefore far less costly than bariatric surgery.

How Does it Work?
When the AspireAssist is fitted, the body absorbs fewer calories, while at the same time encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. When food is consumed, it travels to the stomach where it remains while it goes through digestion. Around an hour after a meal is consumed, food is broken down and then travels to the intestines. The intestines absorb the calories. With AspireAssist, around 30% of food is taken out of the stomach before it goes to the intestines, which means weight loss will follow. Mindful eating and careful chewing is required, however.
The AspireAssist Device
A thin tube is inserted in the stomach, connecting it to a button outside of the abdomen. After a meal, the device aspirates up to 30% of the meal through the tube, straight into the toilet, using a handheld device. This device is the size of a modern smartphone and can neatly be stored away.
What Is Aspiration?
Aspiration, the emptying of the stomach, is done around half an hour after eating and takes about 10 minutes to do. It is done privately, in the bathroom, draining food into the toilet. Only a third of the food is removed, which means there is no problem with nutritional deficiency. Over time, people can aspire less as they become more mindful of what they eat.
As part of AspireAssist, people are also provided with therapy and access to an online community of others who have the device. This further encourages healthy and permanent lifestyle changes. As such, permanent weight loss is usually achieved.

Monday, September 26, 2016

No More Convenience Food: Master Homemade Meals Today!

Most people don't tend to link the words 'cooking' and 'convenience' together at all. In fact, many of us would go so far as to say that cooking is an inconvenience to most of our lives. It takes time, it's messy, and with other family responsibilities at hand it often just doesn't seem worth the hassle. But neglecting your ability to cook fresh, homemade meals can have a severe impact on your family life and health. The notion of eating together as a family is something that is quickly being wiped from our societies - so many families are not spending time together as they once did. From a health angle, relying on takeout and microwave meals instead of home cooked ones can lead to weight gain throughout the whole family and general ill health. But what do you do if you still really don't think you have the time or skill to cook healthy meals for you family? Think again - as long as you know a few easy hacks, cooking doesn't need to be the inconvenience you thought it was.

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Batch cook

Consider how you currently prepare a meal. Do you cook just what is needed for that one evening? Or even worse, do you throw away any excess food that doesn't need to be plated up right there and then? Cooking in batches - making more than you need - is a great way to prepare meals in advance and to save your future self time. For example, if you are making something simple like a homemade pasta sauce, and the recipe says it's for three people - simply double the quantities of all the ingredients you use. That way, you immediately have another portion to serve to your family the following night. Or, you can freeze it for up to three months.

Better appliances

You can't be expected to work miracles in the kitchen if the equipment you are working with simply isn't up to par. If it takes you ages to heat up your stove, or if you oven simply doesn't cater for a family of four, you might want to think about investing in some new cookware. For example,  this 4 rack bradley smoker enables you to cook multiple cuts of meat (or other food) in it at once. So even if you have fussy kids on your hands, you can still get a good meal on the table for each of them within an hour.

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Better utensils

The same ethos goes for your kitchen utensils as well. Chopping vegetables with a blunt knife is painstaking and you are actually much more likely to hurt yourself with one. Re-stock your kitchen with a bunch of utensils that will save you time and money in the long run. Another great example of this is a crock pot, as that way you can simply put all your ingredients in there in the morning, and you will have a hearty family meal waiting for you to serve up in the evening.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Underwear Training with Harper & Easy Ups

This post has been sponsored by  Iconnect and Pampers but all opinions are my own.

It seems like only yesterday I was preparing to meet her; my belly bulged and my body ached, my bags were packed. Somehow, she is turning 3. Her hair is long and golden blonde; her legs are long and for an almost 3 year old she is tall. She knows her colors, her shapes, her ABC's and she can count to 12. She is  ready to say bye bye to diapers and is quick to announce when she needs to go pee.

We have been using Pampers Easy Ups with Harper because they are easy for her to pull up and down whenever she needs to hit the potty. I love that the sides are secure and don't have velcro to hold them together, with a little one that might need to pull her big girl pants up and down a few times before changing that is important to me.

Harper got incredibly excited to see Dora on her Easy Ups! She could hardly wait to get her easy up on and her diaper off after spying the package and I knew right away that this adventure in underwear training was going to go well, with that kind of enthusiasm, it had to!

I have a few tips to share with other moms who are potty training, I have used both of these with my kids with stellar results.

1) Make sure you have potty chairs available to your child. One potty is not enough, we have a 2 story home, so I have 2 pottys per floor available. If she needs to go, I want her to be able to go! 

2) Praise the child when she goes to the potty! We give high fives and fist bumps every time she goes. We might be high-fiving 15 times a day, but it gets excited!

3) Use a product designed with your little one in mind, like Pampers Easy Ups.

4) Let her pick out her own panties as a motivator. 

5) Don't stress. Accidents happen. Every child develops differently and when the time is right, your little one will start consistently using the potty. The best thing you can do is to be positive about the potty for your little one.

If your little one is ready to begin working towards the milestone of underwear training, you won't want to miss this chance to print a $2 coupon for your Easy Ups purchase!

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