Monday, August 12, 2019

First Date Tips for Girls

Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to avoid the awkwardness of a first date? There isn't, unfortunately. They're absolutely essential to the whole process of finding someone you’re compatible with, but they don't have to be a necessary evil that you grit your teeth and bear. These seven tips will make your next first date enjoyable whether it’s with the significant other of your dreams or not so much.
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Dress for yourself
It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking into the mirror and imagining yourself through your potential love interest’s point of view. That’s a bad idea though. Be you when you decide how you look. Put on shoes that make you feel comfortable. Maybe they have heels. Maybe they don’t. It all depends on your personality. If you tend to be a casual person, going overboard will end up working against you at the moment your date and you greet each other. You don’t want to suddenly question having selected the right earrings. The right earrings will be the ones you consider your favorite. Being yourself will keep you cool and collected.

Let fate take over

You might feel so nervous that you begin to unconsciously rehearse how you’ll greet your date and what you’ll say afterwards. You may not be able to resist forecasting every moment that will happen and prep yourself to make a sexy or smart impression. Take it a moment at a time. Chemistry will ultimately decide that you and your date see each other again. Being more talkative than you really are or less so will give a false impression when what you really want is for the person you’re with to enjoy you as you are naturally.


Don’t be mysterious
Giving mixed signals to your first date can be fatal to them contacting you a second time. Let go of old-fashioned thinking that the man should make the first move and control the narrative. A lot of guys need some encouragement. Saying that you like their smile or sense of humor can go a long way. Mentioning that you had fun and hope to see them again soon can be music to your first date’s ears. Speak with sincerity and maybe offer another idea for the next date.

A warm peck on the mouth or face can also eliminate any mystery about your feelings

Avoid long silences
You may not be the biggest talker, but when two people are face to face for the first time, not saying something for an extended period creates a bad kind of suspense. It comes down to being being polite. It’s okay to be reflective and lost in your own head when you’re by yourself but when you’re out on a date with someone you’re just developing a relationship with, the sound of your voice and the eye contact that you make with them can build interest as well as trust.

Don’t assume that your first date is paying the check
If it’s possible to agree on an eatery you’re familiar with or can Google search beforehand, that would be the best outcome. There’s nothing worse than not knowing if you’re going to pay half, whole or none of the bill when your meal ends. Life is expensive and you may not have a budget that allows sudden extravagances. Choosing a restaurant by email or text message before getting together can reduce a lot of anxiety.

Sometimes you end up just winging it and find yourself at a table for two. Make some small talk about prices as well as eating preferences while searching the menu and get a good feel for what your date’s going to have before you decide. They may offer to pay and tell you to feel free choosing anything you like. Maybe they’ll make it clear that they’re just looking to have something light. How your date handles a restaurant meal will tell you a lot about them and vice versa, which is why it can make you nervous, but it’s better to use the time you spend with a first date learning if they’re someone whose companionship you enjoy.

Relax
You’re not on a job interview or about to have a tooth pulled. Remind yourself that you’re just socializing. You can ease your nervousness beforehand by going to the gym for a good workout. Do some yoga. Don’t sit around obsessing over the fact that you’re about to meet a possible love interest face to face. Just roll with it. The person you want to continue to see again and again will be someone you can absolutely be yourself with and not have to impress.

Reading each other’s minds isn’t as effective as physical contact. Holding his hand while strolling or putting your arm in his can reduce any uncertainty that you feel good about the time you’re spending with him. There’s nothing taboo anymore about women being affectionate first. Well mannered guys actually prefer it. If there's spark's not there, don't pretend that it is but remain courteous and end the night positively.






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Friday, August 9, 2019

Breastmilk | Every Ounce Counts

I’m the proud mother of two beautiful and healthy girls. Motherhood has made my life more colorful than I ever knew it could be.
When my first daughter was born, I had no idea how challenging and intimidating breastfeeding could be. I struggled and had difficulty producing enough breastmilk. Suffice to say my quest to breastfeed was strenuous but worth it. I admire the moms out there who were able to breastfeed right away.

But breastfeeding isn’t always easy and many moms don’t know where to get help. Did you know that your local WIC clinic can help you breastfeed? WIC’s breastfeeding experts help Texas mothers breastfeed successfully day and night. From their statewide hotline and peer counselors to classes and lactation consultants, they make it easy to get the help you need. I highly suggest you check out these great resources from WIC  to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. 
After your supply is set, you may need to start pumping and storing your breastmilk.
- Call the 24/7 hotline at 855-550-6667 for breastfeeding help. It’s available for all moms. 
- Free lactation support centers available in Austin, Dallas, McAllen, San Antonio, and Houston. More lactation support services can be found here:  https://texaswic.org/breastfeeding/were-here-help
- If you’re WIC client, go see a breastfeeding peer counselor or take a breastfeeding class for help. 
- BreastmilkCounts.com – Information on everything breastfeeding related – a one-stop-resource to help mom get answers quickly and easily. Topics range from latch and breastfeeding positions to milk supply and ways to connect with a peer counselor or lactation consultant.

Whether you are sure you want to breastfeed or you are still deciding, know that breastmilk is one of the most important gifts you can give to your growing baby.


Breastfeeding Benefits Baby and Mom 

- Breastmilk is the best food for infants and small children. It provides health benefits for baby and mom that lasts a lifetime. 
- Breastfeeding is good for moms. It lowers mom’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It also burns up to 600 calories a day! 
- Breastmilk has hundreds more ingredients than formula that help baby grow and protect him from allergies and illness. Mom’s milk also changes over time to meet her baby's needs. 
- Breastmilk makes your baby less likely to have digestive problems such as gassiness, constipation,  and colic. 
- Breastfed babies are healthier and get sick less often. 
- Breastmilk is human milk for human babies. It is custom-made by each mom and changes over time to meet the baby's needs. 


When it comes to feeding time, let baby set the pace.
The benefits of breastfeeding extend over time. Every ounce counts. Breastfeed your baby for as long as you can. 

Did you know that Breastfeeding in Public is Protected by the Law

- Breastfeeding in public is 100% okay.
- Be confident. Baby should eat whenever he gets hungry no matter where mom is. 
- Breastfeeding is for anytime, anyplace. Although the idea of sharing these moments in public may cause anxiety, moms should know that it is their legal right to breastfeed anywhere they are allowed to be. 
- Breastfeeding in public can be done with confidence—most moms are already nursing in public and going completely unnoticed. 


Breastfeeding in public is protected by law. Baby should each whenever he gets hungry.
Remember, if breastfeeding gets challenging, WIC is right by your side and they’re going to help you successfully breastfeed.






Thursday, August 8, 2019

Pregnancy and Oral Care: 5 Things Every Mom Should Know

With pregnancy, your body goes through a multitude of changes. You’ve probably made lots of lifestyle changes too, to take care of yourself, and your growing little one. Some of these include changes to your diet - eating healthy, avoiding certain foods, taking vitamins, and getting lots of sleep, and moderate exercise. 

Did you know that there are special things to consider for your oral health during pregnancy? Your oral health is very important to the overall health of you and your baby. Pregnant mothers with poor oral health have a greater risk of developing serious complications such as: 
  • delivering preterm
  • delivering a baby with low birth weight
  • having preeclampsia

It is important to take care of your oral health. Here are five things that every pregnant mom should be aware of. 

Pregnancy Gingivitis

With pregnancy comes hormone changes, and these hormones can have an effect on your oral health as well as on your body and your mood. One thing to keep an eye out for is pregnancy gingivitis. 

Pregnancy gingivitis is when your gums can become swollen and irritated, from bacteria below the gum line. It happens because hormones make your gums more sensitive. 

The best thing to do is to talk to a dental professional. Clearbrook Dental is an expert in family dentistry and they might recommend: 
- Extra teeth cleanings until the baby is born
- They could also recommend you keep up with a good oral care routine at home such as brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and using a toothpaste designed to fight gingivitis 
- Don’t forget to floss

Pregnancy Tumours

Another ‘fun thing’ that happens to some women during pregnancy is the development of pregnancy tumours on their gums. These look like small “raspberry” like growths on the gums between the teeth, and also happen because of hormonal changes. The tumours are not malignant, not dangerous, and most will go away soon after the baby is born, but they can be irritating. 

If the tumours are bothering you, talk to your dentist, they may be able to safely remove them for you. 

Visiting the Dentist

Visiting a family dentist like Lambton Family Dental for a regular cleaning, and checkups during pregnancy is highly recommended. Be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant right away. They can help you determine the best timing for dental procedures, and may postpone some dental work to avoid any unnecessary risks. 

Some dentists will recommend waiting until the second trimester for filling a cavity or other minor procedures. 

You should also avoid the use of x-rays during pregnancy, unless it is an emergency, and then be sure to wear a lead apron to protect your baby from radiation. 

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness can be an unfortunate part of pregnancy for many women. It can also cause problems for your teeth, because acid from your stomach can weaken your tooth enamel, and put you at a higher risk for tooth decay and erosion.

If you vomit from morning sickness, here is what you should do to protect your enamel:
- Rinse your mouth with plain water or a mixture of baking soda and water (1 teaspoon baking soda in one cup of water) right away. Baking soda will neutralize the acid in your mouth and prevent any further erosion
- Wait 30 minutes and brush regularly
 

Good oral health is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. As you get ready for the big changes ahead, remember to take care of your teeth, practice regular brushing, flossing, and see your dentist.







Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Escape Your Day-to-Day Job With An Escape Room

The escape room sector new but it is growing in popularity and profit. 2019 has seen its first escape tragedy when teenage girls died in an escape room fire in Poland. Countless companies have since the accident revisited their health and safety policy and, more importantly, their exit routes. Indeed, as the core principle in an escape room is to find a key to unlock the padlock on the door, it can seem at first counterproductive to tell players how to get out. However, since 2007 – when the first room opened in Japan – these entertaining live puzzles have become so popular that there are now over 2,300 escape room companies in the USA only and 10,000 around the world. With the growth, escape rooms have also moved away from a simple padlock theme.

Despite the rapid growth, enthusiastic players continue to complain that there are still not enough rooms. In other words, if you’re looking for a profitable business, the escape room sector offers plenty of opportunities for new entrepreneurs. The demand is increasing every day. With premium prices for the experience, ranging from $30 for a 60-min game up to over $70 per player, it’s easy to see how launching a room with minimal investment can turn into a profit within a few weeks. Even landlords and local authorities gain from the rise of the industry as escape games can help to revive the high street. In short, if you’re looking for a new venture to take you out of the 9-to-5 dull office, starting your own escape room company might just be the thing for you. 


Everybody loves them
Escape rooms have a dual advantage. Indeed, players and enthusiasts come from a variety of backgrounds. Unlike any other industry where the demographic target stays fixed, an escape room can attract a mix of generations, professional environments, races, genders and nationalities. The sky is the limit when it comes to escape room players; ultimately, some players are even bending the rules to bring young babies or pets into the room with them. In other words, it’s the perfect environment for a new business owner as you don’t really need to run a thorough market survey to identify your audience. Additionally, the diversity of escape rooms across the world reveals a highly inspiring and creative sector. After all, who doesn’t like a real-life adventure? And that’s where the escape finds its strength. Because everybody loves an adventure, it only takes passion and creativity to open a decent escape room. You don’t need any specific skill to make it work, which is liberating when you come from an office place. 

How many rooms do you ideally need?
Opening an escape room business remains a costly investment in terms of room design and build. Many business owners choose to create most of the decor themselves – relying on certified professionals when necessary – to save costs. If you aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, you can launch a quality room for a few thousand dollars. Making a profit, however, will require to run multiple games – as you also need to cover staff and location costs. Small companies can typically cover their expenses with three rooms. Ideally, you should offer as many rooms as possible to your customers without compromising on quality. Indeed, returning players are a source of income; therefore, you need to have more than one room to offer to make sure players can come back. It’s not uncommon for a company to use multiple locations in the same town or to rent an entire office building – depending on space and availability. Staff management becomes a crucial element to success. Scheduling tools such as these https://getsling.com/blog/free-employee-scheduling-software/ can make a significant difference. Indeed, your players need a game master for each game – which makes one employee per room minimum – and you should also have someone in the reception area at all times. With opening hours from early in the morning until late at night, a real-time scheduling tool lets you manage your teams effectively. 

What the best game model?
If you’re going to appeal to your players, you need to figure out what people expect. The best way to do so as a new business owner is to play a few games yourself and understand the difference between gen 1 and gen 2 rooms, as explained here https://www.hiddenkeyescapes.com/the-key/differences-generation-1-generation-2-rooms/. Indeed, gen 1 rooms are easier to build on a low budget as they are focused around puzzles – the investment in the decor and immersion is minimal. On the other hand, a gen 2 room may be more expensive to design, but it also more profitable – as the premium fees are higher. Additionally, you should also consider the number of players as well as weigh the pros and cons of a public vs a private room in terms of profitability. 

You want to go above and beyond
It’s not uncommon for owners to want to differentiate themselves with a room that gets everybody talking. Typically, scary rooms make the news and are more likely to make your name known. A game such as North Carolina plague-themed escape room where plague zombies and a Plague Doctor are in the room with you guarantees an unforgettably terrifying experience. Should you aim for a strong scare factor to build your reputation? Experts agree that fear is the easiest trigger. However, differentiation strategy would recommend targeting a different theme to stand out in this world of terrors! 

Make the fun accessible
Just like websites, escape rooms need to embrace accessibility. Wheelchair users want to live an adventure as much as anybody else , for instance. Creating an escape room that welcomes all players, regardless of their handicap, from wheelchair users to blind or deaf players, is the only way to share the fun. It’s hard work, admittedly, to build puzzles that work for all, but it’s a creativity necessity. 

The little details that change everything
Are escape rooms just a scary adventure? Experts believe that escape rooms tap into our inner playfulness. As such, they don’t need to be scary. They only need to be enjoyable! But more importantly, they’ve come to replace events and parties for many enthusiastic players. For instance, more and more escapists ask for a ring to be hidden in the room for a surprise proposal – take a look at this romantic video. Others get in touch to request a birthday cake – or bring a birthday cake to hide in the room – for children and adults’ parties. In other words, escape rooms are replacing venues for many emotional reunions.  

What are the new market trends?
Bringing customers to your escape company is as much a matter of room designs as tapping into new target demographics. Indeed, while escape rooms appeal to a broad audience, you can’t forget that every target group has different expectations. Business customers who seek team-building experiences will prefer large rooms to accommodate their employees. On the other hand, single nights or dating games should focus on small rooms only. The key for an escape room is to remain adaptable so that the game can be set and even personalize to fit.

It’s fun but stressful too
In a customer-facing position, stress becomes a natural part of your day. You work hard to keep players happy, and ultimately, you might need to find a way to relax on the go.You need to keep a cool head to run an escape business! 

The escape room sector is booming. Now’s the best time if you’re looking for a creative and playful side hustle to escape the dull office! 







Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Visiting Lanzarote

More and more people are choosing to spend their summer vacation in Lanzarote. It has long been a popular summer destination and it seems over the past few years it has received a revitalisation as tourism is booming in the area. There are lots of fantastic vacation villas in Lanzarote where you can reside for the duration of your stay. However, whilst you can certainly find a great base, where should you visit for days out whilst visiting the stunning and sunny destination?


Top tourist attractions for those stopping in vacation villas in Lanzarote


Cueva de los Verdes
If you are visiting Lanzarote then you simply must head to the Cueva de los Verdes. You will fail to find another place like it. ‘Cueva de los Verdes’ is otherwise known as the Green Caves – this is not because of their colour but more because of a family surname. Here you will get to head underground and witnessing an incredible cave system which was formed a massive 3000 years ago. The cave formation occurred as a result of the Corona Volcano erupting. The result is truly phenomenal and no words can do justice regarding how impressive the colourful cave is.


Former home of Cesar Manrique 
Cesar Manrique was an extremely popular artist in Lanzarote who unfortunately passed away in 1992 in a tragic car accident. However, his legacy lives on in his former residence which is situated in Haria. The house takes the form of a museum and as you may imagine there is a lot of creativity, beauty and innovation to witness. After all, when you visit the home of an artist you get to take a glimpse into their creative environment. This is something that is well worth treasuring. 


Green Lagoon of El Golfo 
Whilst staying in one of the vacation villas in Lanzarote another place worth visiting is the Green Lagoon of El Golfo. This is a dramatic and unusual cove which boasts the most marvellous setting. What sets this lagoon apart is the fact that the sea has become trapped and therefore the water boasts an eye-catching green colour. You will fail to find landscape that’s so raw yet looks like it has come right out of a film. The eroded grey cliffs contrast dramatically against the shocking green colour of the water. Just don’t forget to take your camera! 


Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park consists of the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) and is a truly fascinating place. The story behind the area is just as interesting as the views left as a result. Many, many years ago – between 1730 and 1736 to be precise – a monumental number of volcanoes erupted and completely tore apart this section of the island. As you may expect, the eruption of 100 volcanoes left its mark and what is left behind is a sheer vision of beauty. 


The El Grifo Wine Museum
Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine? When visiting a museum it is very hard to find somewhere that everyone is interested in. however, if you opt for a wine museum then you have a pretty good chance of keeping everybody happy. The cellar itself is a vision of absolute beauty and will give you a great glimpse into local architecture. After all, it is always nice to soak in the culture when you visit a new location. Aside from this you will get to experience an extremely interesting journey as you see how wine making equipment and alike has progressed over the years. And of course you can enjoy a gorgeous glass of wine too! 


As you can see, there are lots of great places to visit while in Lanzarote. However, you will probably want to hire a rental car in order to experience all of them. Make sure the company is insured, so you can work with car accident lawyers who genuinely care about you if something sadly goes wrong.


If you are planning on staying on one of the vacation villas in Lanzarote this year then you definitely won’t be disappointed. Whilst abroad it is likely that you will want to witness as much of the island as possible. The five places mentioned in this article are well worth a visit and provide a fantastic way of getting the most out of your vacation. 







The Rainbow Gardens at Ark Encounter

The Rainbow Gardens are designed to remind people of the rainbow and God’s promise that he would never flood the earth again.
The Ark Encounter ground is so neat and beautiful with gorgeous flowers, trees, and other plants. A majority of the plants around life-size Noah’s ark were grown onsite.






Sunday, August 4, 2019

Apps That Do It All

We all love our mobile phones and let’s face it we’d probably be lost without them. After all, it’s rare that you actually use them to make calls but what you do use them for makes life so much more convenient.

From keeping up with your child’s school news to doing the banking while on a train heading to work, there isn’t much you can’t do. But there’s always more to discover and in this blog, we take you through some of the most useful apps that have hit the online stores this year. We’re talking iPhones of course, so if you’ve got a new iPhone X then we’ve got an app for you.
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Apps That Make you Smarter
We know you’ve got the brains and now you’ve got the app to put them to the test:


Chegg Books - if you’re a student you’ll know just how expensive it can become keeping up with the latest course book list. With this app you can buy, sell and even rent books to help keep your grades up and your costs down.

Duolingo - like Chegg Books, this is another free app that helps you to achieve your goal of speaking another language at a time and pace that suits you. It’s easy to follow and allows you to see your progress as you learn more and more. Set your daily goal and watch as your language attainment reaches new heights.

Wikipedia - you know you need this in your life. Be a clear winner on quiz nights as you read up on any fact you could ever want to know and probably some you won’t.


Apps For Professionals
Whatever profession you find yourself in, there’s bound to be an app that will make your working life that much easier. Here are some of the best:

FastCase - every statute and thousands of detailed cases in your pocket. This app is free but there is the option of a premium service if you’re willing to pay a fee, perfect for when you need some more specialist knowledge for example when you’re a Turley Law Firm Defense Base Act representation, looking for the latest test case.

Talks On Law - this does exactly what you think it does and provides the student with hours of interesting and entertaining content on all things law related. Use the search function to find the talks most relevant to you and absorb knowledge as you go about your daily commute.


Apps That Make You Healthier
There are positively thousands of these apps but not all are created equal in the goal for ultimate health. Take a look at some of the better options.

My Fitness Pal - it’s been around a while and there are good reasons why it’s so popular. Simple to use and great at the free level. There’s little reason to go to premium unless you’re looking at some specific functions. Record your activity and calorie intake and get ideas for recipes and workouts through the interesting blog posts. This free app is great.

Cyclemeter - if you’re a cyclist and need some more structure to your rides, this app will record and map your rides, analyse your data and has other features for cross country skiers, runners and so on. It’s free to start but to unlock all its best features, you’ll have to pay $9.99

Headspace - your mental health is just as important as your physical so finding an app that allows you to concentrate on mindfulness and offers some meditation exercises is a must. It doesn’t come cheap at $12.99 but does mean you’ll be committed to helping reduce the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Apps That Entertain You
Nowadays we are completely spoilt for choice and finding just two apps is next to impossible but nevertheless here are two of the best:

Netflix - just simply the best app for streaming thousands of films and box sets from across all the genres. You’ll need an account to get signed in and then the box set world is your oyster.

Apple TV - no need to go anywhere else if you’ve got an iPhone. You’ll already have the newly named Apple TV on your device and be ready to view the latest series, films and dramas.


Phones stopped being just phones years ago and are our whole world in our pockets. Get loaded up with apps that train, entertain and inspire you. From apps that help you learn new languages to apps that give you the edge in your working life, it’s all there at the touch of a button.