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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

#FentyBeauty Creator Rihanna looks funky as Allure's Best of Beauty cover star

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Rihanna has been featured on the cover of Allure magazine October 2018 edition.

The 30-year-old fashionista sports an eclectic range of clothing and makeup for the shoot.  She also posed with flowers.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Google to discontinue Inbox App in March 2019

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Google will be shutting down its Inbox email app by end of March 2019. The search giant wants to focus more on Gmail.  Inbox was released in 2014 and has offered a more personalized email app than the standard Gmail app.

Inbox users do not need to migrate their stored emails to Gmail according to Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt because “All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail,” 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kylie Jenner stuns on the cover of Glamour UK Magazine September 2018

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Reality star Kylie Jenner is the cover star on Glamour UK's Autumn/Winter 2018 cover.  The beauty brand and mother of one was photographed in three different looks.  

Which of them is your choice?

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

The Best Cities for Team Building Activities in Europe

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Did you know that team building is known to improve communication between coworkers and creates a positive work environment? It is also worth mentioning that the relationships between people who are working together have a strong impact on both their success and performance. This is one of the reasons why team building activities are quite popular nowadays. To help you decide where to go, we’ve put together a list of the best cities in Europe for your next bonding experience.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam offers plenty of both indoor and outdoor team building activities. Whether you are after extreme challenges like raft building near the Amstel River or wish to experience more relaxing activities like indoor karting and food tours, there is definitely something for everyone here in the Venice of the North.

GlowGolf Amsterdam

Organize teams to compete against each other in a game of glow in the dark 3D golf. Each team member will get to wear 3D glasses provided by GlowGolf Amsterdam, but keep in mind that it takes some time to get used to the glow.

Eating Amsterdam Food Tour

The Eating Amsterdam Food Tour is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable team building activities in Amsterdam. Coworkers will get to visit the amazing Jordaan area and sample tasty local foods like bitterballen and Dutch licorice. Of course, this eating food tour is run by an experienced tour guide.

Silverstone Indoor Karting

Located just a short drive from the city center, Silverstone Indoor Karting is one of the most popular team-building events here in the Netherlands. It’s a great way for co-workers to bond and do something fun together. Discounts are available from Sunday to Wednesday.

Prague, Czech Republic

Besides all the cool historical attractions and landmarks, Prague is also home to an abundance of places that offer interesting team building activities. From tastings at microbreweries to a variety of escape games and scavengers hunts, the options for bonding with your colleagues here in the capital of the Czech Republic are endless.

Getaway Prague’s Escape Game

Escape games are definitely one of the most classic team building activities and Getaway Prague houses one of the best escape games in Europe. You and your team will be locked inside an underground shelter where you will need to find keys and solve various puzzles in order to escape. The game lasts for one hour.

Digital Scavenger Hunt in Prague

Send your employees to the historical center of the city with the help of Treasure Hunt Prague who are there to plan a unique itinerary for your team. This is one of the best ways to learn about the lesser-known sights in the city.

Take on a Beer Challenge

No visit to Prague with your team members is complete without sitting down to have a couple of cold ones. There are dozens of bar crawls in the city including Drunken Monkey Prague, Prague Pub Crawl, Original Backpacker Pub Crawl, and many others. This activity is definitely not recommended for any night before an important meeting.

London, UK

One of the most vibrant cities in Europe, London is packed with team building activities ranging from learning how to carve ice to exploring hidden parts of the UK’s capital. Since London is well-known for its mystery novels and dozens of crime shows, there is also no shortage of team building activities that include solving all kinds of mysteries.


There has been a fire hazard in London and you and your team need to solve some cryptic clues and outsmart the city’s agents. The great thing about this game is that up to 100 people can participate, which is great for big companies that have a lot of employees.

Ice Carving

Ice carving is definitely a unique team building activity here in London and a perfect way to challenge the creativity of your employees. Teams will get to create their own ice sculptures and they can even pick a theme.

Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Thinking about sending your employees to Dublin for some quality team building time? Luckily, Dublin boasts dozens of exhilarating options for team building activities. From murder mysteries and pub crawls to multi-sport indoor activities, visitors are spoilt for choice.

Who Killed Molly Malone Murder Mystery

Solve the death of one of the most iconic characters in Dublin together with your coworkers. This thrilling game includes iPads which will help you navigate through the city and solve numerous pieces of the puzzle. In order to solve the mystery, team members will need to listen to telephone recordings, check out forensic reports, and read newspaper articles.


In case your team is into sporty activities, Skill Zone in Dublin is definitely a team building activity that they will love. This multi-sport indoor circuit features numerous sports like chipping, basketball, batting cages, soccer, rugby, and even a 6m racing wall. Make sure to choose your teammates carefully, as the team who gets the best score wins.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

7 Things to do to Reduce Waste in Your Home Office

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Working from home doesn’t mean you’re exempted from the standard rules of office cleanliness. Having your own home office means that you are the only one in-charge of everything that happens in your workplace – including waste reduction and cleanliness. There are no managers to remind you about workplace cleanliness. There are no Human Resources people to implement rules. And there are definitely no housekeeping staff to clean the place up.

If you work from home, here are seven tips on how you can reduce waste and keep your home office neat and tidy.

Implement your own Clean Desk Policy
A staple for most multinational companies, a Clean Desk Policy not only ensures that your desk is organized, but also reduces waste in the process. Clutter like paper, food, or any other non-work related materials in your work area – all of which contribute to additional waste – are minimized.

While your own Clean Desk Policy looks and sounds easy to implement, the biggest challenge is following through. Unlike an office where there are managers and staff to remind you of the policy – for your home office, you’re on your own. Sticking to your own policy, therefore, is a matter of personal devotion.

Include cleaning as part of your daily routine

What comes hand-by-hand with follow through is commitment. And nothing shows commitment more than integrating an activity in your daily routine. Working from your own home office means that you are solely responsible for tidying it up – and you need to do it religiously.

In order to reduce waste, you need to include cleaning in your daily schedule. You’ll be quite surprised with the results once you have this practice in place. Subconsciously, the more you get used to cleaning your workstation and maintaining its tidiness, the less waste you generate. You can also hire a rubbish removal service to take care of your office waste.

Don’t eat at your desk!

One of the biggest temptations of working from home is to have working lunches/dinners at your desk. Having lunch or dinner while working is greatly discouraged. Even employee wellness programs at any office would recommend that staff to take their breaks away from their workstations.

The same goes for you too - but for more practical reasons. Avoiding eating at your desk reduces waste inside your home office. What’s more is that it keeps your workplace clean and pest-free. Rats, roaches, ants, and other pests can be quite a bother and can destroy your products and valuable equipment. You have the benefit of having a kitchen and dining area – use them.

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Reuse paper and ditch post-it notes 

One of the biggest contributors to environmental waste is paper from offices – and your home office is no exception. Of course, running a business will always involve some type of paperwork. However, it won’t hurt to reuse some paper that have already been used and are just lying around.

Another tip is to print back-to-back pages – especially for internal documents. Post-it notes also contribute to additional unneeded waste. What you can do instead is to have a planner and jot down your reminders there.

Buy refillable ink cartridges

Back in the day, printer companies highly discouraged the use of third-party ink tanks and refillable cartridges. It’s quite different nowadays; and these companies already embraced the practicality behind these. It does make a lot of sense though. There’s less hazardous waste, better environmental sustainability, and also less cost.

The same goes for your own office printer. If you’re thinking of buying a printer, purchase one that has refillable cartridges or an ink tank. If you already have a printer, you can check out online shopping websites and check for compatible cartridges and tanks. Aside from reducing office waste, you’ll also save on printing costs – and save the environment from hazardous waste while doing so.

Reuse shipping boxes 
Shipping boxes for items you’ve purchased can be recycled as package boxes for outgoing shipments. You’ll notice that this practice is common to most small businesses when sending items out to their customers. You can apply the same approach when it comes to your home business.

It is a good idea to save boxes and use them for packaging customer orders. You just make sure that you pack everything nicely and professionally. Moreover, you can also use them for storing and organizing your own products.

Digitalize everything
This is the most useful tip when it comes to reducing waste in your home office. Today’s technology has made everything more efficient and less wasteful. With online cloud storage, mobile scanner apps, email, and messenger apps, sending out and sharing documents have never been easier.

You can upload documents like manuals, contracts, and templates to a secure cloud service. You can purchase eBooks and audio books instead of paperbacks or hard-bounds. You can scan documents and share them with clients or virtual work teams through email, messenger, or file sharing services.

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While working from home gives you a lot more benefits as compared to working in a cubicle at an office, you’re not excused from ensuring that you reduce your waste. When it comes to saving the environment, everyone must do their part. And these seven tips in reducing waste, no matter how small, will make a great impact – not only for the planet, but also to your working environment as well.

Melanie Saunders is a blogger and content manager at 1300 Rubbish – experts in the field of rubbish and junk removal. Personally, a huge fan of sustainability and green living.
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Monday, September 03, 2018

How to Write a Cookbook: Recipes

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Writing Recipes That Fulfill Your Cookbook Concept and Work Great

Successful cookbook authors know how to write essays and recipes that are easy to follow for home cooks and deliver reliably excellent results.

Once you have a clear cookbook concept, use it as your guide in selecting recipes. Each recipe should stand as an example of your theme.

Let your theme help you decide how to organize the recipes in a way that best serves home cooks. Because people usually prepare only one type of dessert at a time, for example, they would find a desserts book more helpful divided into chapters by different dessert types. A beef cookbook might be best organized by cooking methods.

Recipe Writing Made Easy

Your book will come to nothing if home cooks can't duplicate your results. The easiest recipes to follow are those written as simple, formula-like instructions, following these guidelines:

Ingredients List

1.  Order. List all ingredients in order of use.

2.  Measurements. Use measurements that will help cooks shop. Say "1 medium onion, chopped," for example, and not "1 cup chopped onion."

3.  Advance preparation. Alert cooks to anything that must be done ahead. If onions must be chopped, butter softened, or chicken cut into pieces, tell cooks in the ingredients list instead of at the point where that particular ingredient will be used.

4.  Sub-recipes. List sub-recipes, such as dressings or pie crusts, at the appropriate point in the ingredients list, with the parenthetical note "(see following recipe)" or "(see recipe on page 000)."

Recipe Instructions

1.  Keep it concise. Be economical with your words. Don't say, "Put the beef, onion, bread crumbs, and spices in a mixing bowl and mix them together." Say, "In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, onion, bread crumbs, and spices."

2.  Keep the order logical. Set up the situation before calling for the action: "In a small sauté pan over medium heat, brown the beef mixture." Give oven preheating instructions early enough so that the oven will be hot when needed.

3.  Pair times with sensory cues. Give sensory guidelines and corresponding time ranges: "Simmer the sauce thick and creamy, 8 to 10 minutes"; "Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes."

4.  Break up paragraphs. Don't write instructions in long paragraphs. Start a new paragraph with each new preparation stage.

5.  Avoid telegramese. Instructions are easier to follow when they sound like spoken English.

The Final Two Elements

Two remaining recipe elements let you express your personal approach:
  • The Recipe Title
1.  Keep it concise and accurate. Pay particular attention to the qualities that make the dish special: "Fried Chicken in Beer-and-Onion Batter," not "Fried Chicken."

2.  Avoid cuteness. "Suzie's Yum-Yum Brownies" says nothing about the recipe. And don't fall into the tiresome folksy habit of abbreviating and as 'n'.

3.  Include a yield. A separate line should indicate the number of servings or pieces, such as "Serves 6 to 8" or "Makes three dozen 3-inch cookies."
  • The Introductory Note
1.  Sell the recipe. Describe what makes it special: "Lemon juice and honey give this salad a subtle sweet-sour flavor."

2.  Provide crucial information. Explain key techniques or special equipment, and list alternatives: "If you don't have bamboo steamer baskets, improvise a steamer by…."

3.  Offer substitutions or extensions. If cooks can swap broccoli for the Brussels sprouts or use the bread in a delicious stuffing, say so.

4.  Don't get needlessly personal. Avoid folksy anecdotes like, "Every time I serve this, my kids rub their tummies." Let your personality come forth through the originality and quality of the food.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

5 Tips for Producing a Small Business Event

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Organizing an efficacious small business event is not a cakewalk to say the least. There is a lot of science and arts that are put into creating an event that remains etched in the memories of the attendees for a long time to come.

A successful event can endorse your brand like no other. But the cut-throat competition makes it challenging to stand out an make a far-reaching impact.

There are many things that have to be considered and implemented while organizing an event that will yield results. Even though it is a stressful activity when you hear the attendees praising your event and your brand, you can get quite a rewarding experience.

So if you are thinking of organizing an event for your small business, here are some tips that can assist you in achieving success with it.

Create and Follow a Timeline-  The most important thing about an event is creating a timeline that you will adhere to. You should be clear about the time of arrival of the guests, the refreshment hour as well as the beginning of the main event. This is vital because the VIP attendees mostly don’t attend the entire event and only opt for the main event. You should have the contact info of each and every attendee so that they can be made aware if there is any change in the timeline.

Start Marketing Early – People require at least six to seven points of contact prior to doing any business with a company or an individual. So don’t market the event from the day the tickets start selling. This way you will be missing out on a very important thing. Prior to launching the event you should create a content. This will give the visitors a glimpse of what to expect on the D Day.  This is an affordable way to engage more clients. Apart from that, you should also have a clear idea about who your target audience are and start building strategic relationships with them in order to promote the event.

Try to Involve Other Businesses as Partners – If two or more non-competing businesses who have more or less the same line of customers can come together, all of them can benefit from the event. Each company can endorse the event to their own customers. This way they will be able to create new customers for the other business and gain new customers for themselves. Many companies have benefitted from such a strategy.

Decide the Budget for Your Event and Stick to It – You should understand that everything costs more than you expect. If you have a clear-cut budget you know what to spend and where. This is something that both small and large businesses can benefit from. When you cannot understand the exact amount, it is advisable to over-estimate. This way you will be able to cover the entire event that you are thinking of and do not have to spend anything extra that you have not already arranged for.

Treat the Attendees in the Most Special Way Possible – As said earlier, if you need your event to work you should be able to stand out. In order to do that, you must make your attendees feel special and welcome them warmly for your event. In fact, you can try to get in touch with the attendees prior to the event through the social media and the internet. Even telephonic conversations and email marketing work well in this case. You can ask the attendees what kind of chocolate or flowers they like and greet them at the entrance with them.

This will add a personalized touch and make them feel warm and welcome. Create fun backgrounds where attendees can go for photoshoots. Remember that if they enjoy your event they will not only spread positive word of mouth but will also share pictures on the social media that can spell boon for your event.

The above are some of the tips suggested by the experts of a reputed company of event management who have been in the industry for a long time and know exactly what can make you business a grand success

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