Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | By: Marina

A Fresh Start for a New, Healthier Year!



The holidays have come to an end and the pounds are packing in—(hey! That rhymed). An old chapter has closed and a new one has just begun. For many people the month of January is the ideal month to press the “reset button” on everything. It is a time for new opportunities, fresh starts, and optimistic attitudes. After all, we have 365 days to alter our lives in extraordinary ways.

Changing your diet, take up a sport, stop smoking or learn how to budget for a prosperous year. Often times, nothing too big happens and that is alright as well. Staying positive never hurts the odds of succeeding throughout the year and beyond. The month of January is the doorway to new beginnings and endless possibilities. 

 

No More Holiday Feasting

 

Of course, it will be hard to put down the leftovers – if by some miraculous reason any still exist. It’s time to detoxify that month old turkey fat, put down the sugar cookies, and stop feeding the dog the terrifying fruitcake. Summer is a few short months away and many will want to look their best, but more importantly, many will want to regain a healthier diet. Instead of working doubly hard in the warmer months of spring, starting a dietary change now can be much more beneficial. Spring time is the time when veggies and greens are much more prominent and fresher. As the coldness of winter fades, it’s time to stock up some healthy eating habits, so why not get a head-start on this process at the beginning of the year? By the time spring rolls out, you’ll l be ahead of the curb.

 

Game on! 

 

What better way to follow a new diet than with exercise? Everyone knows that winter is the ire of major athletes. It is simply too cold to train outside, plus there is temptation of holiday feasts everywhere you look. As humans, we have a common interest with bears. We love to hibernate in winter – perhaps not in caves, but I digress. Contrary to popular belief, winter does not slow down weight loss. The weight gain is determined by your own willpower to eat more pie. Picking up a physical sport at the beginning of the year could be a personal goal and overall great life choice. Learning to swim shouldn’t be restricted, just because it is winter. Technology has advanced enough that heated pools exist. Amazing!

This is the Year.

 

Following the previous points to a healthier New Year, here is a very common New Year promise that is immensely difficult to keep, but very significant if it is completed, learning to stop smoking. How many people have claimed the beginning of a New Year as the year that they will finally quit smoking? Only for them to stretch down that goal until it gets warmer, then until summer ends and finally the goal reaches winter again. Quitting cold turkey is very difficult and it never really encourages staying off cigarettes. It just makes the addiction stronger. Gradually easing off smoke addiction can be done in various ways, some of the most effective aid in the last couple of years are electronic cigarettes. E-cigs save up a lot of money—for those that want to save more this year, and if the goal is a year-long process, it seems very practical to consider it. They can last much longer than conventional cigarettes with the added benefit of helping you quit. There is a variety of brands to choose from. The most popular ones are v2 cigs. For more info you can visit ecigsopedia.com. E-cigs are are still qiute new on the market but they have already become the stepping stool to a healthier lifestyle that helps wean off the addiction at your own pace.
Monday, December 29, 2014 | By: Marina

9 Beautiful Fireplaces That Will Lighten Up Your Home



On a cold winter evening, nothing else brings warmth in to your home like a fire in a fireplace. Whether you are with your entire family or just one special person, fire from the fireplace will give you the cozy feeling of home... These are some of the most beautiful.

1. Rustic ambient


Just looking makes me remember winter brakes at my grandparent’s old house. I can almost smell my grandma’s cocoa. So lovely. (picture source: Creative Ambitions)

 

 

2. Fireplace for a modern ambient


 Black and white is very popular and modern combination. Here is one example of a black and white fireplace that just fits perfectly. (Picture source: Thrifty Decor Chick)
 

3. Cozy touch for a living room

Your family time will now be even more beautiful, with mild heat coming from your amazing fireplace… (Picture source: Domaine home)

4. Increase romance in your bedroom

Would you prefer a TV or a fireplace in your bedroom? I choose fireplace, of course! (Picture source: BMA)

5. It's Christmas time!

Don’t forget to leave some cookies and a glass of milk for Santa Claus! (Picture source: My paradissi)

6. Rest for the soul





After a long day, coming home, sitting in a chair and listening to a crackling fire… Now, that means having a rest… (Picture source: Pinterest)

7. Unusual, but, very interesting idea

Soaking in the tub while the heat from the fireplace spreads through the bathroom – sounds good to me! (Picture source: Eldorado Stone)

8. Fireplace like no other

I have never seen a fireplace like this one! This is absolutely amazing idea! (Picture source: Buzznet)

9. Trick or treat?



Use your fireplace as a centerpiece for your Halloween decorations! And, if you lite a fire, it will look even scarier! (Picture source: Little birdie secrets)




Thursday, December 4, 2014 | By: Marina

Simple Math Exam Tips


When it comes to exams, Mathematics can surely be one of the most dreaded exams. Not because it involves calculations and logics, but because of other related points.

So, we have compiled some tips for you. Look into it and steady your focus on studies only.

1.    Read every question properly

Before starting your paper, it is important to read every question properly. This is important because you don’t want to get mixed up and waste time on writing the wrong answer.

2.    Draw carefully

If you are about to draw something, try to visualize it once before making it. If you have it in your mind, you can get it down on paper easily.

3.    Calculator

Mathematics is all about calculations. If you don’t have a calculator, you are wasting your time sitting for the exam. Unless, of course, the use of a calculator is restricted.

But if calculators are allowed, make sure you keep it in your bag. However, it is suggested that you should carry an extra calculator.

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4.    Look for the extra information

Well, if you are confused and feel that you are doing it wrongly, it is better to look for the extra information given there. Some questions are tricky and test your mathematics skills to the core. So, look for the extra information given there.

5.    Logic

Math questions are logical. Be sure that you know the basics and are answering the questions accordingly.

6.    Be confident

While answer math questions, you need to be confident. Every step can get you marks. So, don’t worry about the final answer. Try and focus on getting your steps right.

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7.    Look for an approximate answer

In most of the questions, you will not get an ideal number in your answer. So, look for an approximate answer (should be reasonable too). The final answer should be closer to your guess.

8.    If you think you are wrong, you…

If you think your answer is a disaster, but you are unable to find a mistake, you have two available options.

·         Leave that question and move on to the next one.

·         Take a clean piece of paper and try it again, from the start.

9.    Use calculator if you need it

There are a number of simple calculations that can be done mentally. If you are sure that the answer you have got with that mental calculation is easy and correct, still use a calculator. With this, you will be confident that your calculations are not wrong.

10.  Watch

Always wear a watch for your math exams. You need to time each answer and be sure that you will complete the paper on time.

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