5 Home Comfort Essentials

Are you struggling to make your home as comfortable as it could be? It’s not as difficult to get right as you might think. Here are 5 home comfort essentials.

  1. Footrests

You don’t realize how great footrests can be until you’ve actually used one! It’s a cheap, simple item, but they improve your comfort no end when you’re sitting down. They’re especially good if you’re sitting at a desk working.

They’re backed up by science too. Using a footrest is good for your entire body and will dramatically improve your posture. When something’s comfortable and beneficial to your health, you know you have to use it!

  1. Top Quality Pillows

We often hear about the importance of having a good quality, supportive mattress to lie on at night, but what about the pillows? Yes, having a good mattress is important, but, if you’re like me, you’ll place much more value on the pillows.

Having an old mattress isn’t ideal but you can get by with it. But if you have a tired, lifeless pillows that haven’t been replaced in years, it’s pretty hard to put up with. There’s nothing better than getting into bed and resting your head on a big fluffy pillow.

  1. Great Scents

Home comfort isn’t all about physical comfort, you know. Sometimes comfort relates to the overall ambience and relaxation offered by a room. And one great way to improve a room’s ambience is by making sure it smells great.

You can use candles, air fresheners or whatever you like to make it smell nicer. But, for me, the best scent is that of home baked bread! So, why not start making your own bread? You’ll have some great food to eat, and your house will smell great.

  1. Foam Chairs

Where you sit when you’re trying to relax is vital, so don’t neglect your chairs. Of course, your sofa and armchairs are important but they have to be functional as well as comfortable. That’s why you need some foam chairs or bean bags as well.

These are extra important if you’re a gamer or you like to watch a lot of movies at home. That’s when you really need that extra comfort. There are loads of types of foam chair out there, and you can browse and find more at Comfysacks.com/. Find the right style to fit your room.

  1. The Perfect Pair of Slippers

Even if we don’t admit it, we all love our slippers. One of life’s great pleasures comes from getting home, kicking off your shoes and putting your slippers on. If you don’t have a pair, you should!

But what constitutes a perfect pair of slippers will change depending on the individual. Some people like to buy a new pair regularly, and others like to have an old pair that serves them well for years. It’s all about finding the ones that are right for you.

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A home isn’t’ really a home unless it’s comfortable. So, follow these tips and make your home an haven of relaxation and comfort.

Interesting Facts About The Candy Industry

Candy has been one of America’s favorite treats for a very long time now. However, most people have little knowledge about the history of the product. Today, we’re going to present you with a few interesting facts you need to know. Not only will they give you something to talk about at dinner parties, but they will also help you to understand better the evolution of the treat. You can take a look at the infographic if you want to learn more.

Candy Corn is one of the best selling candy products of all time. It was first released in 1880, and it is still being sold in stores around the country to this very day.

Tootsie Rolls were first introduced in 1896, and most people are unaware the product was named after Leo Hirshfield’s daughter.

Toblerone was put on sale in 1908. The delicious Swiss milk chocolate was designed and created by Theodor Tobler.

Dum Dums lollipops first reached our shelves in 1928. They were called that because the manufacturers wanted to make it easy for small children to repeat the brand name. What a fantastic marketing trick.

By 1930, the Mars family created the nutty Snickers bar. It was named after their horse.

As you can see, there are many interesting facts surrounding the history of the candy industry. Now it’s time to browse through some more information featured on the infographic below. There is so much to learn that you might want to put half an hour aside to take it all in.


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Boxing: the hottest new workout for women?

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Everywhere we look around us, there is some sort of new diet or exercise fad that promises to shed the pounds within weeks. It seems we’ve tried everything from Beyonce’s Maple Syrup Diet to Chairacise, but now something has arrived which not only seems completely within the realms of possibility, but is also a great way to let off steam: boxing.

New beginnings

Without a doubt, boxing has come onto everybody’s radar in the recent months thanks to the forthcoming Mayweather Jr vs. Pacquiao fight, which will see millions of spectators betting and biting their nails on 2nd May. But far from being a sport which is primarily directed towards men, now, more and more women are choosing boxing to vent their frustrations and lose those extra pounds.

No one knows this better than the founders of Shadowbox, a new boxing studio which has just opened in New York’s Flatiron District. Daniel Glazer, founder of the club, said: “We’re going to try to bridge the gap between what’s great about the sport traditionally and bring it into the new century for women who want to be able to take a shower and blow-dry their hair and go to work afterward.”

Yes, it may be something of a boxing-ring-come-beauty-salon, but that is not to say that the regimes will not be hard work. Classes comprise shadow boxing with and without weights, heavy bag work with guided punch combinations and core and body weight exercises, all topped off with a few stretches. It particularly appeals to women, says Glazer, thanks to its lengthening and toning properties, rather than making its participants “bulk up.”

On the catwalk

Aesthetics are certainly an added benefit of this refreshing exercise, but it’s also having a substantial effect on the fashion circuit. Alexander Wang set the trend last autumn when he designed boxing gloves for his H&M collaboration. This in turn inspired Karl Lagerfield, who soon had models such as Cara Delevingne sporting lace-up boots and quilted bags in the latest campaign for Chanel. Louis Vuitton went one step further and even designed a full set of boxing accessories, retailing at an eye-watering $175,000.

It’s part of an altogether bigger ‘sportification’ trend which is currently taking the fashion world by storm for both men and women. Wei Koh, founder of The Rake Magazine, says: “There’s a blending of sportswear and formality like we’ve never seen. What’s apparent now is that we are looking for clothes that help us jump around the city, run around between meetings. It’s about comfort, technical ability and mobility.”

Of course, technical ability and mobility are two traits which any keen boxer possesses. With the new fitness trend, this is something which could be on the rise in the coming months for any New York resident looking for an exciting way of getting in shape.

Wonderful Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

We all need some time to ourselves sometimes. We work long hours during the week and then stay busy at the weekend getting out and about or spending time with the kids. But sometimes you just need to slow down and take some time to pamper yourself. But you don’t have to go to a spa to give yourself some special treatment. All you need is a bit of spare time, the bathroom to yourself and a few choice supplies. You can easily enjoy a quiet, relaxing night (or day) in, without having to spend much money at all. Follow these tips to start letting go of all that stress and becoming the most relaxed you’ve ever been.

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Gather Your Supplies

You don’t want to have to get out of the bath and run through the house because you’ve forgotten something. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started, so you’re super prepared. If you’re going to begin with a long, hot bath, you’ll need your preferred products for making it enjoyable. It could be a bubble bath, a bath bomb or some silky body lotion for when you get out. You’ll want to enhance the atmosphere too, so get something the smells good, like candles or incense, and put on some relaxing music. If you don’t already have one, it’s essential to go shopping for bath robes. There’s nothing like getting out of a warm bath, drying yourself with a huge, fluffy towel and then wrapping up in a luxuriously soft robe.

Start with a Bath

Once you have your bath supplies, it’s time to get in. If you don’t have a tub, a shower can be just as relaxing and delightful. Get your relaxing music started, whether it’s classical or pop, and dim the lights to create a tranquil atmosphere that could almost send you into sleep. While you’re bathing, give yourself a mini-massage with a loofah or exfoliate with a good body scrub. It’s also a good idea to take a pumice stone to your feet for silky smooth soles. You’ll step out of the bath feeling like a new woman.

Post-bath Care

Once you’re out of the tub and wrapped in your fluffy robe, there’s no need to stop there. Massaging a quality body lotion into your skin can make you feel blissful. You’ll feel soft all over, and it will help you feel even more relaxed than before. If you want to get dressed, put on some soft pajamas or other clothes. There’s no need to wear stiff garments and restrictive items, when you can slouch on the sofa in your favorite “relaxing outfit”.

Keep It Going

After your relaxing bath and after-care, don’t rush straight back into the real world. Take some more time to look after yourself and forget about your troubles. Sit back and do something that you enjoy that won’t stress you out. For some people that will be watching TV, while for others it could be playing video games or reading a book.

After your epic relaxation session, you’re sure to wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and raring to go. How would you describe your perfect night in?

Looking After Yourself In Later Life: 5 Things To Consider Before It’s Too Late!

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Many of us don’t like to think about it but it is important that you plan for the future; to ensure that your family members do not suffer when handling everything you’ve left behind when you pass away. Here are five things that you should consider, when preparing for later life:

Write up your will

A last will and testament is the main document that will tell your family what you’ve left behind and how your assets and properties will be divided. This document also states who will have guardianship of your children if they are under 18 and who can execute the will after your death. Your will doesn’t have to be fancy, for those who don’t have a lot of property or money, you can always prepare a simple will that includes all the things that you can remind your family of. Remember to always update your will and read up on the government rules that surround it.

Get organized

Getting organized as early as today means you ensure that you leave no stone unturned. Make a bucket list of things that you need to accomplish and take one step at a time in executing them. Having an organized plan allows you and your family the ease and convenience of arranging and executing your will.

Plan for the future

Another important aspect to consider is your memorial plan. Outlining the service allows your family to have a guide to follow if you want to be more specific about your memorial service. If you want to be buried, it’s best to find a grave plot that’s available. You may contact your local cemetery to inquire about the available plots of land. Contacting a funeral director can help you arrange the specifics for your cremation. There are also prepaid arrangements that can alleviate the costs for your family.

Secure all accounts

Your finances and other aspects like life insurance and bills need to be taken care of. Even though you’ve already passed, you still have a few obligations surrounding your finances. Make sure that your family knows about your life insurance policy and retirement plans like pensions and annuities. Remember that your family can’t claim these accounts if they don’t know they exist and the funds usually go to the state for other projects. Even your digital life needs to be secured.

Get the right equipment

If you have a condition that requires special equipment, it’s best to purchase it in advance so you can utilize it when it is actually needed later in life. It’s not enough for you to prepare funds for your later life, you should also prepare for the future expenses that can stem from illnesses that you could contact due to old age. This could mean stocking up on diapers for adults or organizing a mode of care plan that your family can do should you fall into a deep illness.

The Cheltenham Festival 2015

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Horse Racing is all the rage nowadays- hundreds of thousands of spectators across the country regularly flock to racecourses located across the breadth of the nation, and it’s not just well established race days that are enjoying the massive influx of new custom. Ascot, Redcar, York, Warwick, Windsor and a host of other cities have their own racecourses, and as economic woes ease up, many are relishing the chance to dress up, kick back and place a couple of bets at these classy, exciting race days. One of these to look out for next year is the Cheltenham Festival, known throughout the country as one of the most entertaining, family friendly racing events of the year.

Also known as the National Hunt Meeting, the Cheltenham Festival is one of horse racing’s most long-established events, and the second largest in the UK in terms of visitor numbers. The one hundred and forty year-old festival also has the second-largest prize pot available in the racing circuit, just below Ascot, and this fact, paired with the sheer number of races that take place across the four day event; 29 fence and hurdle challenges in all; means that teams, owners, jockeys and even the steeds themselves will be viewing the festival with avid eyes!

Kicking off on the 10th of March and culminating on the 13th, the festival is geared towards providing entertainment for a variety of audiences. The 10th is the most eclectic day of the series and is suitably titled Champion Day, thanks to the Stan James Champion Hurdle Race (the most anticipated race of the early season) taking place on this day. Those that like to make their time at the races a little more exciting will want to make sure Coral’s mobile app is loaded on their smartphone before they arrive; with racing news, information on the various equine contenders, odds and even live streaming of races it’s a must-have!

Wednesday the 11th is Ladies Day, a day when gals can put on their favourite frocks and exquisite hats and enjoy a fanciful day of fun and frivolity, topped off with the excellent Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase! On Thursday 12th St. Patricks Day tears through the ground, and with all manner of food, music and, naturally, drink on offer, as well as some excellent races, this day looks to be a belter!

Finally, on Friday 13th of March Cheltenham’s Gold Cup Day takes place; a true day for racing aficionados, Cup Day is packed to the brim with exciting races, celebrations and the all important podium events! If this all sounds good to you, make sure to purchase your tickets in time for the festival!

 

Why do people buy Antique Rugs?

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One of the best items in the world that can give a great representation of life through the ages are Antique Rugs. Rugs can vary in size, colour and style. Although most of us use them as a decorative ornament, they are also displayed in museums as part of exhibits. These are a great insight into the way higher-class people lived back then. Truly antique rugs date back to before the 1800’s. The sheer variety of rugs and their craftsmanship is a testament to the skill of rug makers in centuries bygone.

The demand for antique rugs has risen considerably in the last couple of years. Artisans such as those throughout Central Asia have created specific kinds of rugs. These all have  rare, highly sought after designs. The very material of these rugs is also very expensive – some of them are made from silk or cotton, meaning they can even hold up to today’s standards. Their decorative charm is irresistible to rug collectors with their colourful, vivid designs.

There is a huge range of classifications for rugs. Oriental rugs in particular originated in and around Eastern Asia. Their unique designs and colours are easily distinguishable and are a trademark of their Chinese/Himalayan origin. Other types include European and Persian rugs or even antique Aubusson carpets. Much like Oriental rugs, Persian rugs are revered for their unique patterning and colour combinations. However, the maintenance of antique rugs can be quite difficult. Those who devote their time to the collection of rugs are very particular in their treatment. Some may hang them in a similar fashion to a museum! Although it sounds peculiar, it makes a lot of sense – the upkeep of antiques can be costly.

True antique rug collectors are very knowledgeable on rugs from particular time periods. They can easily recognise what designs originate from where and even verify their authenticity. With the modern technologies available today, it is fairly easy to reproduce fake antique pieces. Novice buyers can be easily fooled by the product in question and spend large amounts of money on something that is actually a fraction of the price. It can also be hard to track down these dealers due to their patterns of movement. Connoisseurs of antique rugs should be able to tell apart an authentic piece from a fake. A thorough inspection can reveal telltale signs of synthetic design.

Antique rugs remain a staple amongst collectors of high-end décor. Their designs and patterns are timeless. The one caveat with antique rugs is that there are only so many of them. As time passes, it’s likely that they will be found in a museum rather than a home. Their price and maintenance could well make it difficult to keep them as a household item. However this is unlikely to be a stopping point for true antique aficionados. They posses amazing craftsmanship and unique aging qualities that modern carpets lack. If they are there to be sought out, buyers won’t hesitate to travel wherever they may be!

10 Ways to Bring History to Life For Your Kids

There is no subject where the gap between how boring your kids think it is and how exciting you could make it is wider. There’s a wealth of opportunities out there to pique your little ones’ interest in lots of aspects of history. So if they are starting to roll their eyes at the thought studying Vikings or getting stuck for inspiration while reading about the Romans, use these handy tips to bring the subject to life.

 Get Crafty

If you are constantly looking for the opportunity, here is the perfect time to get the craft materials in. Websites such as George Weil sell all kinds of bits and pieces for you to start your own history project. From drawing Egyptian hieroglyphics to making a roman bracelet, there are hundreds of artsy activities for you and your little ones.

 Go to the Source

There are plenty of free history resources around to get your kids inspired. Take them to a museum or a National Trust property and let them see history first hand. Most museums run free activity programmes or alternatively, you can have fun designing your own programming for your family.

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 Read in the right way

Books such as Horrible Histories put a unique spin on the subject and not only get your little one interested, but have you falling about laughing. As well as taking tips from the Horrible Histories team, it is a good idea to seize on any opportunity you get to read to your child about a subject, place or person who may pique their interest at any given time.

 Watch TV productively

It is great to make their screen time more productive by adding context to historical films such as Robin Hood or anything about dinosaurs. Combine other tips here with a movie to make a more holistic historic experience.

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 Connect to the Past

A good way to have the past make more sense to young children is getting them to make connections between people’s lives then and their own life now. For example, a trip to a Victorian school house will throw out numerous opportunities to compare and contrast classrooms and lessons over a hundred years ago and what your children experience now.

 Talk to Relatives

For historians and young children alike, there is no better resource than living accounts of times gone by. Get them to engage with Grandma or Grandad and ask them about their childhoods. It’s a great bonding experience as well as a fun way to learn.

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Get into Character

Historic re-enactments can be fun and immersive ways for your kids to learn about any era of the past. Take opportunities to dress up and live like a family of a different time period for a day.

 Cook up a Feast

A fun way to live like people used to in days gone by is to cook up a feast. There’s a host of recipes to try from Ancient Greece to NASA-approved nibbles in cookbooks such as this.

 Encourage Inquisitiveness

The most important tip is to encourage your children’s thirst for knowledge. If they ask difficult questions which you can’t answer make an effort to find the facts and show them how you have found them out.

 

The best shopping spots in Berlin

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Berlin is not just one of Europe’s best cultural hubs, but also one of the prime shopping cities. At first glance you wouldn’t think of the city as a place to find great fashion and trends. However, the capital of Germany boasts some of the best up and coming boutiques, designers and incomparable used clothing stores.
Berlin also has some wonderful areas and streets to shop in, making it a great destination for any avid shopper or fashion lover. Should you get inspired by reading this post and come to make some shopping in Berlin, you can check this website and find a nice place to stay even in the town center and keep close to the shopping areas. You can even base your search on city areas and be sure, you will stay near to the best shopping spots described in this little guide. You will see, Berlin has everything from elegant boutiques to awesome avant garde menswear. On top of the many exciting things to do in Berlin, shopping is surely one of the best.

Berlin has some great pedestrian areas with endless selections of great shops. First off Potsdamer Platz, built on the site of the old wall, has some quality chain stores and outlets in the Arkaden. The more chic area to go shopping is definitely Friedrichstrasse. This street is the main shopping area and includes sleek modern stores such as Galeries Lafayette, Donna Karan and Saint Laurent.
It is the high end shopping quarter and also has some fine dining around the area to top it off. The area of Kurfürstendamm boasts flagship stores of Chanel, Prada, Burberry and Louis Vuitton also making it one of the best places to find couture items. For amazing small boutiques and independent designers go to Neue Schönhauser Strasse where you will find modern Scandinavian styles among the numerous cafés.

Some of the finest boutiques and stores can be found in Berlin. Happy Shop, designed like a jewelry box, has styles that are very colorful and fun much like the name of the store. Any piece of clothing from here will surely brighten your day as well as your wardrobe. Chelsea Farmer’s Club offers custom designed retro English countryside wear. From incredible jackets for cocktail parties to 60’s hunting outfits, the store has everything for this type of style. Next is Darklands which has unbelievable avant garde styles for men. It has great clothes from designers such as Damir Doma and Carol Christian Poell, making it a truly unique shop. And then there are also some specialty department stores in Berlin.
KaDeWe is great for clothes and Harry Lehmann is the best place for cosmetics and health products. For sunglasses the place to go in Berlin is Lunettes. This boutique has an amazing collection of used and new sunglasses to go through making it a perfect place to find vintage sunglasses or new styles. For elegant and chic clothing a must see is Departmentstore Quartier 206. This place is where you have to go for high-end brands and styles. Second hand shopping is a big deal in Berlin and Colours is the perfect place to find a bargain. With clothes ranging from retro 60’s wear to modern clubbing styles, this store has anything you need.

Ready for your shopping trip to Berlin? What are you waiting for?

 

 

3 Markets that You Have to Visit during Weekends

Despite living in bustling capitals from around the UK, we sometimes need that downtime away from traffic and noise; to become a tourist for a day! Living in the same city for so long may have diminish the charms of London, and any other major city you reside in, but there are easy ways  to forget your responsibilities and burdens for a day and pretend that you are on holiday. A Staycation if you like! Re-explore areas you had forgotten and fall in love fall with the city again; it is bound to be an eye-opening experience!

One way we’re deciding to escape it all in our free time is heading to the many markets places dotted about. What could be better than a market with cheap and tasty street food, interesting items and vintage fashion? Depending on the category that most appeals, you’ll find a market perfectly catered for you. In this guide we will introduce some of the most fascinating markets specifically based in London; they are ideal if you want to spend a day wandering about, and hopefully to pick up a few bargains along the way too.

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Sunbury Antiques Market

Sunbury Antiques Market is the largest and longest running bi-monthly antiques market in the whole of UK. Held in Kempton Park near Twickenham,  I have always liked unique bits and pieces for my home and this is just the perfect place to pick find them – vases, furniture, accessories… anything! Being the biggest antique market in UK, it will never disappoint. As long as you are patient enough to search through the items you are guaranteed to dig out some hidden gems!

Camden Market

The Camden Market is actually consisted of a few different markets, each with a character of its’ own – namely Camden Lock, Buck Street Market, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market as well as Stables Market. Just to name five! They can be easily accessed from anywhere (close to Camden Town or Chalk Farm Tube station) and very close to each other so don’t worry about getting lost! One of my personal favourites is Camden Lock which is home to more than 100 shops and stalls. Here you will find an extensive range of goodies from accessories to Gramophones and vinyl records, there are also designers’ workshops and magic store that performs amazing magic tricks.

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Borough Market

Borough Market is famed for its food. As you can imagine, the smells are to die for.  It’s always worth treating ourselves now and then. As well as well-known gourmet food names, there are local pop up style stalls, all and all consisting of up to 70 stalls and stands as well as other stores that specialise in producing imported food. Located in the Southwark area of London, the market itself claims to have existed since 1014, and surely has some traditional European taste to offer! Come and discover this gourmet’s paradise with a range of fresh produces and condiments, bakery treats and delicious street food which is great for lunch as well as grocery shopping. There is also a wide selection of specialist ingredients and indulgent treats – a mouth-watering experience indeed!