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Once Again Meghan Markle Speaks Up For Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart.  Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.

During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats.  Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience.  This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.

Zero-Waste Fashion

From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko.  Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.

Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic.  Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.

Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.

This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.

She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion.  Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.

She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.

This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement.  As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.

The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress.  Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.

Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials.  Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.

Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day.  How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again?  Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has...

Vacation

Top 10 Beaches for a Winter Getaway

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

This is how near we can get to the postcard image of a relaxing vacation. Fortunately, the world is full of them. But where do we go? Where do we visit? Are you in search of paradise, a place to exile yourself with a good book and the refreshing sound of lapping waves and good company? Or are you all about the action, want to surf, para-sail or swim?

Putting a range of factors into consideration, from water temperatures to visitor ratings, the average number of sunny days to proximity to bars, restaurants, hotels, bars, and nightlife here’s a compilation of the top ten world’s best beaches.

Top Ten

The beaches at the top two are both located within the Caribbean, with Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands taking the top spot, scoring 96 out of 100, closely followed by Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island in the Bahamas with 91.

In visitor ratings, they both scored full marks. Pink Sands gets only 223 days of sunshine a year as opposed to Grace Bay’s 319.

Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island in the gorgeous Seychelles sits on the third spot. In terms of restaurants, weather, and activities, it scored well. High temperatures and plenty of sunshine play a big factor in the appeal of any beach.

Playa Norte on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres tops the hot list with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). With an average of 352 days of sunbathing on offer annually, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand came out number one.

It has an almost unbelievable average water temperature of 28.9°C (84.02°F) because of the extended sunshine. If you want to reside in Thailand, Railay Beach is ranked the best for activities with 11 various options to select from at an average 4.9 rating out of 5. If 11 is not adequate enough for you, you’ll find a mind-boggling 61 different things to do back at Maya Bay.

For visitor activities, the highest-ranked beaches are Varadero Beach, Cuba; Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles and Hidden Beach, El Nido, Philippines – all top rated with 5 out of 5.

Nightlife becomes a contributing factor when the sun sets and the party starts. Grace Bay takes the cake for this one, with full marks for nightlife visitor ratings.

For choices, head to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with an unbelievable 19 major bars and nightclubs close by. For fewer crowds but proximity to great restaurants, Malmok Beach in Noord, Aruba are the best.

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

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Ivanka Trump Rocks Mom’s Cocktail Dress

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil heir Michael Hess, Ivanka wore a shiny white, gold and black cocktail dress on the second night of the lavish affair.

The 37-year-old first daughter and White House Adviser sported a swept-back updo, red lipstick and gold strappy heels as accessories in a photo shared to her Instagram story.

The Bob Mackie dress was first worn by Ivana Trump in 1991. Since then, her daughter has borrowed the fringed outfit twice. The first time being a fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra’s wedding in 2014.

Glamourous Affair

The White House first daughter and husband, Jared Kushner, in-laws Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Orlando Bloom, and Katy Perry were some of the 300 guests present at the Nonoo and Hess’ multi-day wedding celebration, held at the classy Villa Aurelia.

The Villa is said to be one of the most exclusive and wanted wedding venues in Rome.

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6 Great Candy-Free Halloween Treats Kids Love

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids a real treat this year.

Spooky Halloween-themed glow sticks

These will light up the kid’s faces when they see these funky Halloween glow sticks. Instead of a straight stick, this pack of 12 lights comes in all sorts of spooky designs.

Choose from skulls, jack o’ lanterns, stars, axes, tridents, and skulls! These amazing favors will have kids reaching away from the candy and picking up something different for the celebration.

Fearsome Stampers

These scary stampers are going to be a real hit this Halloween. The pack has lots of different spooky designs including ghosts, mummies, witches, pumpkins and lots more cool designs.

The ink used is not toxic and is fully washable so the kids can have fun stamping cards, art, and anything else that takes their fancy.

Traditional Play-Doh

Play-Doh always goes down well but these special Halloween colors are going to win the day. These are the treats that most parents will thank you for.

Less candy is always good, but these one-ounce containers come in a variety of Halloween-themed colors – orange, purple, green, black and white and can be used long after Halloween to keep the kids occupied.

Super-Cute Wind-up monsters

These monsters are completely adorable because let’s face it, Halloween is not all about being scary!

These come in packs of 12 and include all the popular monsters like mummies, skeletons, vampires and a few other creepy items like fangs and eyeballs. They can even race against each other so the fun can keep going well into November.

Halloween pencils with giant erasers

Pencils and erasers make great treats plus they are useful for doing homework!

The packs contain 36 pencils in lots of spooky designs including bats, black cats, ghosts, witches and vampires. At around $13 for a pack of 36, they are not going to break the bank and kids will overlook the candy to get their hands on them.

Squishies

Who doesn’t love those soft and completely smushy squishies? Certainly they are popular with kids and the Halloween versions will have everyone beating a path to your door.

As with regular squishies you squeeze them and then they slowly go back to their shape, but these are in spooky Halloween designs. They are also great to use as prizes if you organize any Halloween games.

These are the 6 non-candy Halloween treats we chose but there are many more out there to choose from. Not only do they mean less candy but it also helps kids with food allergies join in with all the fun. So this year why not get creative and take a look around for more great candy-free Halloween treats.

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids...

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Learn How to Sell Your Used Clothes Online or Host a Clothing Swap

While you are purchasing in quality garments, you might want to consider buying cheaper fashions by shopping secondhand or offer clothing you no longer want and make money by selling them! If you get in the practice of taking care of your clothes, you can pass them on to other people who will fall in love with them.

Here’s some advice for hosting a successful clothing swap:

Selling:

If you have high-quality clothes, you might want to sell them or get on sites that are now set up for people to sell clothing they no longer want such as Buffalo Exchange or Square Space just to name two.

Swapping:

Invite a crew, create a playlist, provide snacks, and get ready to clean out your closet. Presenting a clothing swap is one of the best ways to get rid of clothing you are not going to ever wear again. You will help stop the avalanche of clothing ending up in landfills, harming the environment.

According to the McKinsey Report, consumers have purchased over 60% more clothes in 2014 than in 2000. Over the past 20 years, the fashion industry has produced far too many clothes that are cheaper but consumers will only wear for a brief period of time before tossing them out. These clothes are the fastest growing items of waste that are filling up our landfills.

Keep Your Standards High –

You want people to buy items they’d be happy to give as gifts to friends and family. Make sure your clothes are not stained or ripped. Check over your clothes before offering them for sale or swapping.

Organize Your Clothes –

Organize your clothing in categories such as tops, pants, dresses, size, and shoes. This would only work if you have enough items to do so, otherwise, it could be overkill.

Create An Appealing Display –

Provide racks or tables so potential buyers or swappers can go through the items easily. If limited, you can also use the floor or your sofa.

Plan For Consumers Wanting To Try Items On –

Make sure they have a place to try items on such as a bedroom or bathroom as a changing room. Have a full-length mirror for them to view the outfit.

Have A Give-Back Plan –

If friends have contributed to the clothing swap, be prepared to give them back. Any items that are left behind, find organizations that will take in donations.

While you are purchasing in quality garments, you might want to consider buying cheaper fashions by shopping secondhand or offer clothing you no longer want and make money by selling them! If you get in the practice of taking care of your clothes, you can...

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The Top 10 Places You Should Visit This Fall

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

With fall right around the corner, temperatures are starting to fall and leaves are turning spectacular shades of orange, red, and yellow.  This is also the time of year when many start planning their autumn getaways.

Its time to make your plans for a weekend getaway, pack your bags, and make your airline and hotel reservations. If you want an absolutely spectacular, unforgettable vacation, we are here to help you plan for a special trip.

We have chosen the 10 hot spots that have shown a lot of activity in searches and showing a climb in tourism that is expected to last until the winter months set in.  Reports from several travel agencies have shown that Germany to Japan will offer enough excitement to entice everyone from around the world.

From frequent travelers to couch potatoes, no one can turn down these tempting destinations!

Where’s That?

Reports have revealed a rise in lesser-known locations to famous annual events such as Oktoberfest.  Travelers, in the drones, are racing to glorious places like Austria and Switzerland.  As summer travelers are slowing down, the autumn crowd is picking up.

The U.S To Mexico To Canada:

There are a lot of U.S travelers that would prefer to travel a little closer to home, not needing to deal with their passports.  The Carolinas have always been a top choice in the United States due to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.

Along for the ride are 2 cities in Mexico; Miguel Hidalgo and Tepoztlán. Another fabulous destination is Regina which is the capital of the Canadian province Saskatchewan.  It’s the second-largest city in the province and is known for its cultural and commercial centers.

Ready To Travel? In Order, Here Are The Top Ten Locations For This Year:

  • Regina, Canada (at 328%)
  • Beatenberg, Switzerland (at 312%)
  • Beppu, Japan (at 288%)
  • Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico (at 279%)
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico (at 250%)
  • Tepoztlán, Mexico (at 250%)
  • Halle, Germany (at 248%)
  • Anderson, South Carolina (at 247%)
  • Pinehurst, North Carolina (at 243%)
  • Obertraun, Austria (at 232%)

If you do not have any vacation time left, check out your own local areas for autumn events.  If you are lucky enough to live in a place that screams gorgeous foliage, go for a day-long hike or maybe travel on horseback!  Join in on the fun at delicious foodfests or festivals that are popping up everywhere with fun activities for your kids or to bring out the kid in you!

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

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Which Members of the Royal Family Fly Commercial, and Why

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if and when royals fly commercial.

Prince Harry and his spouse have voiced concerns multiple times about the current condition of the environment and where it’s headed; they have shown themselves to be highly committed to environmental efforts, but it was exactly this that confused many when they flew to Nice with their son Archie on a private jet provided by Elton John and David Furnish.

Friends With Jets

Elton has been Princess Diana’s – Harry’s mother – friend, for quite a long time, so when contention arose, he tweeted that the flight was made carbon-neutral by donating efforts to reduce emissions.

This occurrence has many wondering, however, how often royals are flying on private jets and if they fly commercial at all. According to Hello!, most royals fly commercial some of the time.

The main exception to this is the Queen herself. Her Majesty only flies private, so you would never site her on a commercial flight. Both Prince William and Prince Harry, however, have flow commercial on multiple occasions.

They even flew economy during a low-profile visit to the States in 2014. People have also seen William and Kate on commercial flights, but most often in the first-class section.

Harry and Meghan along with a few bodyguards were spotted last December in the back row of a commercial flight to France, according to the Telegraph, but they kept a few empty rows between them and the rest of the plane.

Very recently, on August 22, the Daily Mail reported that the entire Cambridge family took a budget flight to Scotland.

Of course, they were surrounded by security guards and assistants – so much so that you may not even be able to see members of the family even if you’re on the same flight!

One passenger professed as much to the Daily Mail: “The family were sat right at the front. I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No one knew they were on the flight. Later on, I realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

When the royals do fly commercial, they often try to fly with British Companies, specifically British Airways, according to Hello!.

The royal family has a special connection to the airline since the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for them back in the day before shifting to a party décor business in the late 1980s. In fact, it’s where they met and fell in love!

Depends Where They’re Going

According to Vogue, however, the main factor that influences whether a royal chooses to fly private or commercial is why they are flying.

Basically, if a royal is on public or state business, he or she is able to fly on a private jet, most often because senior members of the royal family are traveling as representatives of the family and British government.

If a royal is traveling for family trips or personal travel, they are to travel just like any other private citizen – on a commercial jet.

Of course, because of their wealth, they can always fly first class or purchase all the seats around them in economy, but they do fly commercial when it’s for their own personal purposes because of both budget and public perception.

In addition, concerns of the environment’s state have also come into play.

Many protested back in 2011 when Prince Charles borrowed a friend’s private jet. According to BBC, the royal family claimed that it was a cost-saving measure.

It most likely was, saving tax-payers from having to pay for his flight, but many were still displeased with the future king’s apparent disregard for the environment.

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if...

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Things You Should Know Before Ordering Steak at Your Favorite Restaurant!

If you like your steaks medium-rare, you need to be careful because you might not get what you are expecting in this day and age.

Most professional chefs will tell you for a medium-rare steak the temperature must be 135° to seal in the flavor and ensure the steak is tender.  The steak should also be allowed a little more time for that nice charring on the outside.

Today, ordering a medium-rare steak might end up being a great deal rarer than you were hoping for.  Many customers at their favorite restaurant have reported that when their order for a medium-rare is delivered to their table, the meat is almost completely raw!

So, Why Is My Medium-Rare Steak Raw?

It really has nothing to do with the cooking process, it’s the cost!

The cost for a high-quality rib eye is now $8 while a few years ago it was $6. We all know that the cost of living is on the rise from our rental costs to labor.  With restaurants, the competition is very high causing more high-end restaurants to try and outdo their competition both in food, décor, and even advertising.

Costs Effect The Cooking Process:

If a customer has to send their steak back because it’s under-cooked, the chef will put it back on the grill for a few minutes which will not increase the cost when it’s returned to the customer.

On the other hand, if a customer complains their steak is over-cooked, it has to be thrown out and the chef must start all over again and this leads to higher costs,  Today, profit margins are very tight and therefore a chef will show caution by under-cooking the steak.

How To Get Your Steak Just Right:

You should try to communicate with your waiter what you want in your steak. Instead of ordering a medium-rare steak, tell them you want a medium-rare + steak.

It will still be medium-rare but just cooked a little bit longer.  This will guarantee you get the steak your want so you can enjoy every morsel!  If you bring home a doggy bag, you should know how to reheat your steak without losing those incredible flavors,  Check out this link for great results.

I hope this will help you get the steak you are expecting the next time go out to eat!

If you like your steaks medium-rare, you need to be careful because you might not get what you are expecting in this day and age.

Most professional chefs will tell you for a medium-rare steak the temperature must be 135° to seal in the flavor and ensure the...

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Find Out How KFC Creates Such Perfect Crispy Chicken!

If you’ve tried to emulate KFC’s crispy chicken and failed, read on and discover their secret recipe.  Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed a bucket of KFC’s crispy fried chicken along with their side of mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

Even though their prices are the best, their popularity is due to how crispy their fried chicken is.  You now have the golden opportunity to find out how you can create the best crispy chicken with KFC’s incredible recipe!

Follow the directions below and I promise you will not be able to tell the difference.

Start With Their Spices:

First off, you must include their 11 secret spices and their incredible recipe for the breading with 2 cups of flour and coating the chicken pieces in their batter made from egg and milk.

The Scoop:

  • Two-thirds tablespoon of salt
  • Three tablespoons of white pepper
  • One tablespoon of black pepper
  • A half tablespoon of basil
  • One tablespoon of celery salt
  • One tablespoon of dried mustard
  • Two tablespoons of garlic salt.
  • One tablespoon ground ginger
  • One-third tablespoon oregano
  • Four tablespoons paprika
  • A half tablespoon thyme

Fry Right Away:

According to KFC, you should never let the coated chicken sit for any amount of time.  It should be fried right way,  If left to soak in the batter, the bread and skin will very easily soften and slide off the chicken, making for less than a crispy outcome.

You must fry at a high temperature using a good pressure cooker for that extra crispiness.  Even though you cannot deep fry with a pressure cooker, you can still get that extra crunch using a Dutch oven or a pot with a very heavy bottom.

Heat your oil to 350° or 360° and leave each chicken piece in the oil for 12 minutes.  If you have never fried, go to this link for the best results.

Now For The Secret Ingredient!

To create the perfect crispy fried chicken you need one very important ingredient to seal in all the spices, is MSG or Monosodium Glutamate which is the perfect flavor enhancer.

You can either include it in your seasoning batter or sprinkle it on after you have finished frying,  This is a very important ingredient that should not be overlooked,  If you can’t find MSG at your store, you can buy it online.

Let Your Chicken Cool A Bit:

Anyone who has enjoyed fried food knows you do not immediately dig in, it’s way too hot! Place your chicken in a warm oven for just a few minutes.  Another choice, according to KFC, set your oven to 175° and let continue to cook for approximately 20 minutes.

All said and done, you might not be able to exactly create their crispiness from your home because you really need a restaurant-grade pressure fryer for perfection. If you still need some support for frying view this handy guide.

Bon Appetite!!

If you’ve tried to emulate KFC’s crispy chicken and failed, read on and discover their secret recipe.  Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed a bucket of KFC’s crispy fried chicken along with their side of mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

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Unfollowing or Unfriending People – Part 3

Let’s face it, in the real world you know whom you want to hang out with and whom you would prefer would just go away.  Social media has tools to help you sort through how much you want to be engaged with someone or those you’d prefer to keep at arm’s length.

This is the Third Part of the “How to Unfollow or Unfriend people on your feed without feeling guilty about it” series:

Unfollow:

We all probably have someone in our family who will turn everything into a political debate about up and coming elections.  That said, a family member is not exactly some friend or a friend of a friend, they are family and should be given the benefit of the doubt regarding their comments.

You should have a heart-to-heart, face-to-face conversation with them.  If all else fails, keep in mind that elections come and go and hopefully they will eventually calm down and get back to acting like family instead of a political guru!

Unfriend:

Social media should be an uplifting experience that inspires you.  It can be a little tempting to “hate follow” someone whether a political figure, a celebrity or a past classmate you never got along with anyway.

These people can actually cause you a lot of problems. If someone is taking up too much of your space or you are spending too much time going to their page, it’s time to move on and just unfriend them.  Get out of the obsession!

Don’t Be Mean To Yourself:

There are many people who will not unfriend or unfollow others in fear of hurting their feelings, keep in mind, nine out of ten won’t even know it!  These tools do not notify people to their status such as unfollowed or unfriended!

Most people on social media have so many other people following them or they are following, they will not notice.  Understand, just because you unfriend someone doesn’t mean you dislike them, you are just setting up your boundaries on social media to make things more enjoyable for you,

How About The Block Tool?

This tool is used for serious situations on social media.  There are, unfortunately, people who use social media to stalk people, harass other people, intimidate, hurt, manipulate, and coerce people. If you fall into one of these issues and your instincts are saying you are not safe, you should use this tool.

This tool will unfriend that person but also prevent them from sending messages to you and will not allow them to see your profile.  Keep in mind, you can “report” someone using the Facebook or Instagram feature if someone is breaking the rules and regulations on these sites.

Also, if really serious, you should contact the police. This is important if the person doing this is someone you know in the real world.  Blocking people that are trying to cause an unsafe, dangerous situation is highly recommended.  In turn, make sure you never do the same to someone else.

Let’s face it, in the real world you know whom you want to hang out with and whom you would prefer would just go away.  Social media has tools to help you sort through how much you want to be engaged with someone or those you’d prefer to keep at...

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Unfollowing or Unfriending People – Part 2

Social media is hotter than ever! People flock to these sites to share pictures, stories, great videos, and just about everything else in between. What many might know, these sites can have an impact on your real-life and you should pay close attention to what is showing up your page.

This is the Second Part of the “How to Unfollow or Unfriend people on your feed without feeling guilty about it” series:

Unfriend:

How about your recent breakup with your ex?  There are people that do break up and still remain friends but those people are the exceptions.  Unfortunately, most breakups do not end well and both parties should go their own way.

Staying friends with your ex on social media can lead to even more headaches and make the situation even worse by showing you everything they are saying about you and whether they are actually moving on or not.

If you want to stay in a relationship with your ex in the real world you can have quality time but don’t use your digital platform. When you spend more time in the real world with those you care about you can use your time online to build better relationships with those you have on social media.

Unfollow:

So, your college roommate thinks posting pictures on a daily basis of his or her new baby, is stretching it a bit.

Although there are millions of people who enjoy seeing pictures of babies, pets, etc., it’s a little difficult to keep up with incredible joy when the parent is posting every single movement baby makes from walking through their home in the nude or covering their faces with their food during feeding time.

This can become annoying even if they don’t believe they are doing anything wrong. If these photos can be kept at bay, sooner or later she or he will get out of this phase at some point.  Once over this phase, you can always decide to follow them again.  Unfollowing will simply give you a much-needed break.

Unfriend:

Ok, so you have a friend who is always in super shape, is successful with everything they pursue in life, and leave you feeling totally inadequate.  You need to stop viewing pictures of their yacht in Maui.

Keep in mind, many pictures you see on social media are either fake or touched up and nothing more.  It might be time to just unfriend them for your own self-esteem.

Unfollow:

Ok, you might think it’s a little over the top to unfriend mom but there are other alternatives. Social media shows all posts from friends to their activities along with what they like, commented on, or purchased.

Over time, this will bog down your feed with unnecessary stuff, especially those who like to comment on absolutely everything they run across. Unfollowing some of the traffic will allow you to keep a good relationship with your mom!  You can then take your time reading her comments when you have the time and no feelings have been harmed.

Unfriend:

There’s always that friend that just cannot resist turning every single conversation into something political.  As of late, you can’t even turn on your news without listening to foul-mouthed people spurting off their hatred for those who don’t agree with them.

The tools offered on social media will help you set boundaries of what’s acceptable and what is not.  Unfriending some of these people will give you peace of mind and allow you to remain sane!  No one wants to be publicly humiliated on social media.  Also, ensure you are not a culprit of making social media mistakes that can damage your reputation.

Come visit us again for part 3!

Social media is hotter than ever! People flock to these sites to share pictures, stories, great videos, and just about everything else in between. What many might know, these sites can have an impact on your real-life and you should pay close attention to...

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Unfollowing or Unfriending People On Your Social Media & Why

There is a fine line between friends and enemies you have accumulated on your social media accounts. If you are dealing with people on social media you want to get out of your hair, we are going to help you sift through your feed and not feel guilty about it.

This is Part One of the “How to Unfollow or Unfriend people on your feed without feeling guilty about it” series:

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and other sites are about relationships and about sharing information, according to Diane Gottsman author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life and found of The Protocol School of Texas.

When everything goes well, social media sites are great for connecting with like-minded people, building good relationships, connecting with your friends in the real world, building followers interested in your business and other businesses like yours.

That said, anyone who has spent any time on these sites knows there is always a good chance things can go wrong by bringing people in that are nothing but huge headaches. You could have a friend who is a racist, will start an argument with others, someone at work that has an ax to grind or are on the other side of the aisle when it comes to their political views.

What was once just a fun place to hang out has now turned into a nightmare.  But, before throwing up your arms and abandoning social media, you should know about some tools that are at your disposal to clean up your site and your feed.

Unfriending Or Unfollowing People:

According to Gottsman, you should think of unfollowing someone on Facebook as taking a mini-vacation from them while unfriending is literally breaking away from the relationship.  When talking about Instagram, their set up is just a little different.  Hitting “Mute” is related to unfollowing and unfollowing is like unfriending.

Know When You Should Unfriend Vs Unfollow Someone On Social Media:

You should know how to use these tools even if you know the difference between unfollowing and unfriending someone.  We will provide you with some situations so you can follow our advice, using good etiquette, to handle some people on your social media.

Unfriend:

Here’s the scenario, you have a neighbor who throws parties for her products she’s selling online as well as offline. She is constantly hounding you to throw a party to help her make sales.

Social media has been a great place for people in marketing to show their wares and expand their down-lines,  It doesn’t matter if you are selling makeup, diet pills, clothing, essential oils, pet products or any other product out there, the bottom line, they are only there to help themselves.

These so-called friends on your site are using you to help them make more money and see to it that you follow them to the end of the sale.

If you are like-minded and want their products, that’s fine but if it’s becoming a nightmare because they are overwhelming you with their demands, you really need to unfriend them!  If your neighbor is a really good friend, sit down with them and let them know how this is making you feel and they are overloading you with demands you cannot meet.

Let them know if they continue to harass you, you will have to unfriend them.  Understand, we all have lines that if crossed are non-acceptable and causing problems.  If they are really a good friend, they will respect how you feel about this situation.

Unfollow:

It’s not a good idea to have your social media attached to your professional life.  Even if your boss is a great person, having them as a friend or follower on your social media can lead to complications.

Gottsman thinks that LinkedIn is the best site for adding and maintaining business connections.  Keep in mind, if you are already friends with someone, it could lead to problems within your business relationship, especially if you decide to unfriend them!

You could unfollow them instead, staying somewhere in the middle without totally offending them. Another avenue set a filter to not allow certain posts to show such as your recent vacation to Barbados or the neighborhood party you threw last weekend. This filter will prevent your boss from seeing them!

If you want to have people you work with, you should first check what your social media profile is saying about you.

Tune in for part 2!

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Health Lifestyle

What Can I Do If I Can’t Sleep?

Experts believe that if you or your kids can’t sleep, trying to force it will actually make things worse. If you wake up too early and think that staying in bed will force you to go back to sleep, you’d be wrong.

Trying to make yourself sleep when you can’t, will lead to stress and tension making the situation even worse. On top of that, if this goes on for any length of time, it could lead to serious insomnia.

According to studies performed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine getting out of bed when you can’t sleep will decease 70 to 80% of acute insomnia and will not turn into chronic insomnia.

During the study, researchers observed the time in bed and the sleeping habits of 416 people over the course of a year.  Many of these participants were good sleepers before the study.  Once the study started, 20% experienced acute insomnia, having problems falling asleep or staying asleep 3 or more times in a week, expanding to 2 weeks and some cases 3 months.

45% of the participants eventually returned to good sleepers but 7% who suffered from insomnia ended up with chronic insomnia for approximately as long as 3 months.  Those who chose to restrict their time in bed were more likely to get back into good sleeping habits.  Others that chose to stay in bed were likely to suffer from insomnia and eventually become chronic.

Experts believe that if you cannot sleep, spend the time reading, writing what you have put off, or some other activity.   Chances are, you will probably go back to sleep faster and have a better night’s sleep than if you chose to stay in bed and become stressed.

What You Should Not Do:

Michael Perlis, Ph.D., director and author of the study at the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program there are stumbling blocks of prolonged sleep opportunity, which can lead to your misalignment with your actual sleeping abilities.

People with insomnia usually extend their sleep opportunities by going to bed earlier, getting out of bed late, and then taking naps.   Unfortunately, this is a short-term fix because the problem over the long-term will create an imbalance between your current sleep ability and your current sleep opportunities which can lead to insomnia.

People will often overcompensate loss of sleep by changing the sleep schedule.  Choosing to stay awake instead of forcing sleep is a better strategy for the treatment of insomnia in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has been announced by the American College f Physicians and is a better treatment.

Sticking by a better sleep and wake-up schedule will help regulate your sleep within a matter of 3 to 5 days.

Your bed should be reserved for sleep or sex, not for reading, writing or watching television. According to Michael Grander, another author & director of Sleep and Health Research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, believes you should limit your time awake in bed to half an hour a week.

 

Experts believe that if you or your kids can’t sleep, trying to force it will actually make things worse. If you wake up too early and think that staying in bed will force you to go back to sleep, you’d be wrong.

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Virgin Galactic Unveils its Spaceport

The countdown for Virgin Galactic’s “Gateway to Space” has truly begun as it edges closer to being the first publicly-traded space tourism company to successfully take customers into space.

A week ago, the company showed off its new New Mexico spaceport to the public, and it looks like those first $250,000-ticket tourists are in for the ride of their life. The facility is part of the state-run Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which also hosts facilities for SpaceX, EXOS Aerospace, and other companies

The interior is reminiscent of a retro, 1960s vibe, but the technology is nothing but modern. You’ll find a barista where you can get a latte for your flight and an interactive walkway to enjoy, as well. The social hub is located on the first floor, called Gaia. Cirrus, the second floor, is where the operations center and mission control is located.

Though the third floor is yet to be revealed, the company has stated that it will be a lounge for their space-flying customers. “Each floor developed has a nice story connecting it back to social activity on Earth,” says designer Jeremy Brown. “Then moving through the mission control part of the building with lighter material references there.”

The Future is Now

Virgin Galactic’s CEO George Whitesides says, “We’re on the home stretch now.” In just a matter of weeks, the aircraft carrier will head to Mojave, where the company’s test facilities are located. There, it will pick up Virgin’s spacecraft, the VMS Unity, and transport it back to New Mexico where test flights will ensue.

Once all the kinks have been worked out and Virgin Galactic is satisfied with their finished product, they’ll be ready to take on their first commercial flight. Currently, 603 reservations have been made for spaceflight, totaling about $80 million in deposits.

They haven’t marketed for tickets since 2014, but once commercial space flights have commenced, Virgin Galactic will be offering new tickets for at least $250,000.

Back in July, the company announced that they would be merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, which will invest $800 million for a 49% stake in the company. In addition, they’ll trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

You may be thinking, “Who even has enough money sitting around to afford one of these flights?” But you’d be surprised to discover that the company received over 2,500 inquiries for reservations for the first flight in December 2018, and more are clamoring since last week’s unveiling.

When everything is set for that first commercial flight, customers will board the Unity, which will be attached to the underside of the aircraft Eve, and once the airplane flies to around 50,000 feet, the rocket will detach and launch into space where passengers will get a stunning view of both space and Earth.

For a few minutes, they’ll be free from the restraints of their seats to experience the weightlessness until it’s time to head back home. In total, the duration of the flight is going to be around 3-4 hours from take-off to landing.

The countdown for Virgin Galactic’s “Gateway to Space” has truly begun as it edges closer to being the first publicly-traded space tourism company to successfully take customers into space.

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Delta Passenger on ‘Private’ Plane Left Out One Important Detail

Vincent Peone’s video Tweet went viral last week as it showed him boarding a private Delta flight from Aspen, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah as the only passenger. He captioned the short clip, “Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet…kind of.” It seems, however, that the award-winning director may have stretched the truth a bit.

The full story is that, though Peone did board that flight as the only passenger, it never took off! Peone later claimed that his video was “100 percent true” – before he stopped filming, that is!

Well… Kind Off

“After the private jet broke down again with mechanical problems, I took a normal one the following morning,” he confesses in his tweet.

Peone feels no contrition over his post, and though he took a flight alongside other passengers the next day, he’s enjoying the moment of viral fame.

“The footage I have tells a short, funny, and positive story – because those are the kind of stories I like to tell. I make comedy!” he wrote.

He also added, “I had some laughs with the amazing crew while living the dream.”

Delta also has no negative feelings about Peone’s post but, rather, responded to his popular Twitter with a thank you for shouting out to them. Most likely, several others had no issue with his post either as it gave them the opportunity to drool over the “hot pilot” Peone had on the would-be private flight.

Vincent Peone’s video Tweet went viral last week as it showed him boarding a private Delta flight from Aspen, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah as the only passenger. He captioned the short clip, “Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet…kind...