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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Travel Goals: 6 tips to help aspiring globetrotters accomplish their goals this year

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Every year, we make a list of all the things we will love to do and how we would love to make a change. But of all these goals, the hardest to cross off the list might be that you wished you had travelled more. The New Year affords you another opportunity to gift yourself a lasting memory of some of the most captivating cities in the world.

Making a list is just never enough, you have to make appropriate plans as well. Planning allows you get rid of nervous tensions or anxiety, avoid overspending and make the most out of your travel experiences.

I recently interviewed a number of influential travel bloggers, see here and here. Some of whom have been fortunate to have visited close to 50 countries.

Here are some of the tips I picked from the interview to help you accomplish your travel goals in 2017

Do not be in denial of your money situation:
Depending on your income, set up a dedicated saving account to help meet your travel goal. You will be surprised at how quickly it adds up to make a whooping sum of money. Declutter your home or wardrobe and get rid of anything that is unessential. Put them up for sale on an online market place and put the money straight into your dedicated savings account.

Plan according to your budget:
Pick destinations within your budget and start planning. Making plans always get easier once you know what destinations you can or cannot afford. If you have an endless budget, good for you as there are endless possibilities just for you.
However, all hope isn’t lost for everyone else on a low budget. You just need to be more tactical about your travel plans. Consider going to an affordable destinations closer to your country, focus on places where the currency exchange leaves you at a considerable advantage or where local lifestyle is much affordable than back home.

Explore your backyard:
Who ever said traveling mean going far away and for a long time? Explore nearby cities, visit ancient landmarks and museums or take a vacation to one of the best resorts in Nigeria. Enjoy a weekend getaway at La Campagne Tropicana Resort in Lagos or Sheraton hotel Abuja.

Get to know your own country and check off all the tourist attractions and sights on your list of things to see. Remember that awesome things are happening all around you and your travel goals might take flight if you start with a couple of “staycations”, enjoy and learn more about the place you call home.

Make the most of long layovers:
Getting the longest layover possible is recommended as your fare is likely to be cheaper. Layovers can be a blessing, whether it’s for a few hours at the airport or a night’s stay in an unknown city, take advantage of that layover time to the fullest. Enjoy 2 trips for the price of 1, as it gives you the chance to get out of the airport and experience a middle destination ahead of your final one.

Take advantage of your business trips:
Congratulations! If you are lucky enough to have a job that allows you travel. Going to a seminar in Tanzania, obviously doesn’t mean you’ll be spending the day at the beach or a game reserve. But if you have a bit of free time on your hand, enjoy a couple of touristy visits or even just hang out in a bustling city centre to feel the local vibe.

Find the right travel buddy:
If travelling solo isn’t your thing, find a travel buddy with similar interest. This may inspire you to visit places that you have never heard of before. The right travel companion may not be your closest relative or spouse. It could be your colleague or a new friend. Once you’ve succeeded in finding your partner in travel, be sure to discuss interests, expectations and budget before traveling.

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Written by: Mariam Banwo Barry

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kate Middleton stuns in Blue Gown for her first official engagement in 2017

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Kate Middleton visited the Anne Freud Centre for Children and Families in Holloway, north London to highlight early intervention for young children with mental health issues. Kate, who is patron of the centre met with young women battling emotional problems.  It was her first official engagement in the new year.

She visited the unit to learn more about its work with families who have children under five that are at risk of being taken into care.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cobalt blue coat. 

Kate Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Visit A Child Bereavement UK Centre

So stylish.

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How regulating salt intake by 10% can save your life

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Reducing salt intake worldwide by only 10% could save millions of lives, a study reported Wednesday. Experts say that salt-triggered heart attacks and strokes could be massively reduced with this change in our diets.

Most adults exceed the recommended maximum salt levels of 2gm per day, resulting in 1.65 million deaths from heart disease every year, according to the World Health Organization. Research has shown that national policies to curb salt consumption can reduce the number of people affected by high blood pressure and heart disease.

A team of researchers led by Dariush Mozaffarian from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy calculated what it would cost to put in place a “soft regulation” strategy -- in coordination with industry -- for 183 nations. They took into account age and sex distributions in each country in estimating both the costs and health effects.

The result of the study reveals,
"Worldwide, a 10% reduction in sodium consumption over 10 years within each country was projected to avert approximately 5.8 million DALYs/year related to cardiovascular diseases, at a population weighted mean cost of I$1.13 per capita over the 10 year intervention. The population weighted mean cost effectiveness ratio was approximately I$204/DALY. Across nine world regions, estimated cost effectiveness of sodium reduction was best in South Asia (I$116/ DALY); across the world’s 30 most populous countries, best in Uzbekistan (I$26.08/DALY) and Myanmar (I$33.30/DALY). Cost effectiveness was lowest in Australia/New Zealand (I$880/DALY, or 0.02×gross domestic product (GDP) per capita), although still substantially better than standard thresholds for cost effective (<3.0×GDP per capita) or highly cost effective (<1.0×GDP per capita) interventions. Most (96.0%) of the world’s adult population lived in countries in which this intervention had a cost effectiveness ratio <0.1×GDP per capita, and 99.6% in countries with a cost effectiveness ratio <1.0×GDP per capita."
The study concluded that a government supported, coordinated national policy to reduce population sodium intake by 10% over 10 years would be cost effective in all and extremely cost effective in nearly all of 183 nations evaluated.


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Friday, January 06, 2017

The dos and don'ts of earwax and healthy ear care by AAO-HNS


The American Academy of Otolaryngolgy-Head and Neck Surgery on January 3, 2017 has published updated guidelines for treatment of earwax.

"Earwax or cerumen is a normal substance that the body produces to clean, protect, and 'oil' ears. It acts as a self-cleaning agent to keep ears healthy. Dirt, dust, and other small matter stick to the earwax which keeps them from getting farther into the ear."

The Academy suggests that patients should dissuade from cleaning their ears with objects which can block the ear canal and cause diminished hearing in addition to other symptoms.

Following are a few of those listed in the update:
  • Don’t overclean your ears. Excessive cleaning may irritate the ear canal, cause infection, and even increase the changes of cerumen impaction.
  • Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. Your mother was right! Cotton swabs, hairpins and toothpicks can all injure your ears and may cause a laceration in the ear canal, a perforation of the eardrum, and/or dislocation of the hearing bones — leading to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing, and other symptoms of ear injury.
  • Don’t use ear candles. There is no evidence that they remove impacted cerumen, and candling can cause serious damage to the ear canal and eardrum.
  • Do seek a medical evaluation if you have symptoms of hearing loss, ear fullness, or ear pain, if you are not certain that they are from cerumen.
  • Do ask your provider about ways that you can treat your cerumen impaction at home. You may have certain medical or ear conditions that may make some options unsafe.
  • Do seek medical attention if you’re experiencing ear pain, drainage, or bleeding. These are not symptoms of cerumen impaction and need to be evaluated.

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Gardening Trends for 2017

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Gardening and landscaping are getting more and more popular. Even people with small backyards find ways to decorate them beautifully. A few decades ago, our gardens were only for our flowers and plants, but in the last couple of years, we saw some artistic additions. As with everything, there were trends in gardening that dominated 2016. But what does 2017 have in store for us?

Interior Design Trends to Follow in 2017

Well, probably not much will change, we will certainly see improvements on previous trends and the majority of them will carry on to 2017. If you have trouble deciding on how to rearrange your garden in 2017, we have put together a list of gardening solutions that we will definitely use in the future.

Light it up

Firstly, you should be able to enjoy your garden even at night. Rather than putting up a huge backyard light, you could put small lights in between your bushes and plants. A lot of gardening experts use this solution to light up their gardens and thus create a perfect atmosphere. This trend started a few years ago and it will certainly stay popular in the upcoming year. Additionally, you can use solar powered lights to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
You can also make a fire pit if you don’t want to add artificial light to your garden. Fire pits are great to gather around on colder nights and they will create warm and welcoming atmosphere. They will never go out of fashion, especially if you add a few chairs and tables, so you can host a relaxing gathering in your garden.

Hedges instead of fences

Gardens should be all about the natural look and you should avoid any man-made contraptions. That is why we saw a lot of gardens starting to switch to natural fences made from bushes and hedges. Metal fences don’t fit in your garden, they are ugly and take away the natural look. Instead, plant some bushes and hedges to make your garden feel like a real park or forest.
Even though hedges require a bit more maintenance it will all be worth your while once you see the end result. Just don’t forget to water them regularly so they don’t wither and you will need to trim your hedges often so they don’t lose their shape. Also, don’t forget to keep your garden healthy. You will need to protect your hedges, flowers and any other plants that you have in your garden from weeds, insects, and diseases. The best solution for this are boom sprayers. Low drift nozzles will make sure that no chemicals are sprayed on unintended areas because they can damage your plants.

Decorating The Gateway into Your Home

Create your spot in garden

A lot of people have started to create their own sanctuaries in gardens, so they can escape from the city rush. We are not talking about a table and a few chairs, but about a proper secluded spot that will be your place of serenity. Surround yourself with plants and flowers, get some nice furniture and place a small fire pit in the middle. If you want to follow the newest trends, opt for furniture that is made of natural materials that will fit perfectly into this scenery. Wood and bamboo are perfect if you want to achieve this look.

And that is all from us. We hope that you found some interesting design solutions for your garden. As you can see 2017 will be all about preserving that natural look of the backyard and garden. If you haven’t already, replace your metal fence with hedges, replace plastic chairs with wooden ones and you will see how richer and warmer your garden will look like.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Trust Smile Makeover To Get A Confident And Pleasing Personality

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You could smile your way through into the hearts of people. The power of warm and contagious smile is truly irresistible and you must be aware of that. It’s a tool that can melt and soften even the steeliest of hearts. The best thing, your charm depends a lot on the way you smile.

Some of us however are not lucky enough to have a dazzling smile. We even secretly wish to change it and get what suits us the best. We want the teeth to be much whiter, a wee bit longer and straighter so that we could attain that envy-fuelling smile.

Why smile makeover?
Smile makeover is for people not blessed with perfect teeth to get perfect smile. It is about bringing an improvement to different aspects of the teeth and perk up the value of your smile.

A smile makeover involves many things, including -

·                     It combines several cosmetic dentistry techniques

·                     The focus is on enhancing the appearance of the smile

·                     Oral health issues are treated before lifting up the charm of smile

·                     Cosmetic dentists understand your wishes and then work out a plan suiting your               requirements perfectly  

Aspects of teeth to improve with smile makeover 
Many of us are not aware about the extent and utility of smile makeover. We are not sure what aspects of teeth to improve with smile makeover to get the desired level of result.

Here is a list of things or aspects to improve with smile makeover -

#    Teeth gaps
Teeth gaps are bad for your smile. They take away facial glow and make the smile to lose their glow. If they continued untreated for long, it can have adverse impact on the tooth alignment. This situation can arrive in cases where you have either lost your natural teeth or missed them. To deal with such cases, the dentist can ask you to go with either denture (partial), dental bridge or dental implant. 

#    Tooth colour
Stained teeth surely hampers the glow of your smile. Discoloration too is a major block in having an infectious smile. Clearly, the shade and colour of the teeth are something you can’t ignore nor take lightly. The dentist may ask you to go for teeth whitening procedure and if the stains are severe, you may be asked to choose among porcelain veneers, dental crowns or composite bonding.

#    Misaligned or overlapping teeth
You may have seen people with overlapping or misaligned teeth and in such cases, smile is the first casualty. Such cases exists but cosmetic dentistry is capable of getting them treated at the earliest. Your dentist may recommend you either clear braces or porcelain veneers to get restore the magic of smile again.   

#    Tooth shape and size
Tooth shape and size do have a negative impact on your smile. The advancements in cosmetic dentistry have ensured that the size or shape of the tooth can be altered and made to suit your face type. You can thus get the tooth either shortened or lengthened through gum reduction or porcelain veneers. This is how desired results are achieved.  

#    Face Shape
Are you worried about the altering face shape? Worry not as this is something not very unusual. This happens as teeth age or wear down. In many cases, the face shape gets altered in the wake of falling out of the teeth. Orthodontics is recommended in such cases so that the glow of the smile is restored and faces get filled out.  

In overall, smile makeover is something you should trust and take benefit from as this is how a youthful and refreshing look is achieved with ease.

Author Bio-Sid Garg is an expert writer and blogger with a strong passion for writing. He shares views and opinions on a range of topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Parenting and lot more. He works for Dental Clinic and helps you find the best Dentist Auburndale NY City.

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Kate Middleton becomes a Royal Photographer as she joins Royal Photographic Society

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Kate Middleton has been made a lifetime honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of her skill and her dedication to the art of photography.  The society which is a charity that supports photographers and their work, was founded in 1853.

The Duchess of Cambridge has taken many family photos including royal portraits of her kids - Prince George and Princes Charlotte on different occasions.
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Some of the images captured by the Duchess of Cambridge
The duchess isn't the first member of the British royal family to be involved with The Royal Photographic Society.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were patrons of the society when it was first starting, and she was the one who allowed the society to use the word "royal" in its title.


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Sunday, January 01, 2017

6 Easy Career Resolutions You Need to Make in 2017


In the spirit of all the “new year, new you,” I’ve been seeing, here are six proactive career steps you need to make for 2017, regardless of whether you’re actively job searching.
    1.  Update your resume and LinkedIn. Keeping your credentials up-to-date is so important, even if you’re not in the job market. More and more employers are recruiting passive candidates, so you never know who will be checking you out online. Make sure your resume style is on point, and use these tips for avoiding the resume black hole. 

    How to invest in your brand and career in 2017.

    2.  Build your skillset. Employers want employees who are motivated to learn new skills, even more than they want employers who are willing to work long hours. The top skills employers want their employees to improve are communication, leadership, and job-related skills. Adding one of these to your resume or building upon an existing one is an excellent way to give your career a boost. 

    3.  Improve your mindset. Happy employees are good employees. The more you can keep your mindset positive and inspired, the more productive and engaged you will be in your work. 

    4.  Build your network. Like, yesterday. Don’t wait until your next job search to get moving. Building and maintaining a solid professional network is one of the most important things you can do for yourself professionally, regardless of your employment status. 

    5.  Read more. Whether it’s signing up for a blog or reading an academic journal, keeping up with the latest trends in your field will keep you engaged and updated in your field. Staying abreast of changes and developments in your field will set you apart from your colleagues and demonstrate your commitment to your career. 

    6. The Find a mentor. Working with mentors has changed my life. And you don’t just have to take my word for it. One study revealed that mentoring had a number of favorable benefits to the mentees, including improved behavior, attitudes, and health as well as higher motivation and better career outcomes. Another study in Canada had similar results. Finding the right mentor isn’t always easy, but these helpful tips can set you on the right path.

    Don’t let yourself slip into a career rut. Even if you’re perfectly content with where your career stands now, focusing on your professional development will ensure your continued success and will help you be prepared for where your career is headed next.

    These six easy resolutions will help put you on that path, but remember: the best careers are proactive. Leave that reactivity in 2016!

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Happy New Year 2017 from #FKB


To ALL my Readers/Friends,

On this January 1, 2017, I wish you 12 Month of Happiness,52 Weeks of Fun, 365 Days Success, 8760 Hours Good Health, 52600 Minutes Good Luck and 3153600 Seconds of Joy.

May the year be brighter than the one gone by; enveloped in goodness and wellbeing; bliss and endowments.

May the new year add a new beauty and freshness into your life.
May it give you the strength to face the challenges of life and courage to adjust the sail so as to take every situation to your stride.”
Have fun, joy, peace, love, care, luck and success ahead!

Happy New Year with lots of ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

- Funmy Kemmy
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Happy Holidays" Kim Kardashian And Kanye West share Adorable Family Photo

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and their kids - North and Saint West look so relaxed in the adorable family photo shared for holiday season.
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