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Top 5 Apps To Manage Your Healthy Lifestyle

Posted By: on January 8, 2014
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Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is just the start of living a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition, exercise, and overall health can get very detailed and complicated. However, there are apps that can help make healthy living a little easier.

Calorie Count

Whether you are looking to maintain your current weight, or are trying to lose a significant number of pounds, this handy app has you covered. Calorie count has a comprehensive food and activity database. You can manually search foods, or use the barcode scanner. Not only does Calorie Count track calories consumed vs. calories burned, but it also monitors nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals in order to help you eat a well-balanced diet. Calorie Count doesn’t stop there. They also have helpful tools like the BMI calculator, and the calorie intake calculator. You can also record journal entries and support other members.

Map My Fitness

This app tracks your exercise by using the GPS feature from your mobile device. Map My Fitness uses speed, distance, and other variables to record your workouts. You can use this app to view past workouts and to map out new routes to keep your routines challenging and fresh. If you take a class at the gym, you can manually enter your workout. This app also has a food log which can help you keep track of your daily caloric consumption. You can also use this app with friends to challenge each other and stay motivated.

Moves

Moves allows your cell phone to act as a pedometer while you walk, cycle, or run by using the GPS on your phone. It is recommended that the average person walk 10,000 steps every day. This app allows you to challenge yourself on a daily basis to try and reach your daily goal.

Lumosity

Your body is not the only thing that should be exercised. Lumosity is a workout for your brain developed by neuroscientists. These scientifically designed games allow you to exercise your brain and develop better cognitive skills by enhancing your brain’s speed, memory, problem solving skills, flexibility, and attention span. Not only is your brain getting sharper, but you will have fun while playing.

Web MD

The Web MD app is great to have for many reasons. The most common use for this app is the symptom checker which allows you to input your symptoms and in return get the different conditions and ailments that may cause these symptoms. However, there is plenty more that Web MD has to offer. There is a first aid guide that you can reference in an emergency. You can also research different drugs, conditions, and treatments. There is also a pill identifier feature, as well as local health care listings.

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3 Excellent Social Media Sites for Marketing Besides Facebook and Twitter

Posted By: on November 8, 2013
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As most business owners know, social media is a highly effective marketing resource. In fact, in the online age it’s become something of a necessity for any legitimate business to maintain a social media presence.

Fortunately, it’s not only relatively easy to learn, but extremely affordable, and even companies on a shoestring budget can afford to run a campaign. While everyone knows about Facebook and Twitter, many marketers miss out on opportunities to promote themselves on other sites.

Here are three of the other top networks beyond the big two that are well worth your time.

1. Pinterest

This site caught the world by storm and has experienced some serious growth over the past couple of years. It revolves around a simple concept of creating online bulletin boards based on categories and adding items on “pins.”

With incredibly easy navigation and a clean design, this site is easy to get addicted to. Since the network is primarily used by the female demographic, it’s perfect for businesses with a strong female customer base.

If you’re in niches such as the food industry, arts and crafts, fashion, cosmetics, etc., Pinterest puts you in a position to thrive. Even if your target audience isn’t primarily female, you can still achieve success because this site is gradually catching on with men as well.

Because of a recent partnership deal with Bing, content from Pinterest is now appearing alongside Bing image searches, which can help your brand have an even bigger impact.

2. Google+

Since Google seems to have its hand in pretty much everything, it’s no surprise that the company’s created its own social network with Google+. Although many marketers were somewhat skeptical of this site at first, it’s become one of the top contenders; businesses in a variety of industries are coming on board.

Like Facebook, users create a timeline to display posts in an easy-to-digest format. This makes it perfect for showcasing articles, blog posts, videos, images, and other content.

A key feature of Google+ is the authorship program. This allows you to sync your profile with any other sites to which you contribute content. By doing this, your headshot and a brief bio will appear next to your links in Google search results.

The benefits of this are increased authority, the opportunity to come across as more personable, protection from other sites trying to duplicate your content, and general boost in SEO.

3. Tumblr

Like Twitter, this is a microblogging platform and it’s perfect for gaining more exposure and increasing the reach of your brand. Tumblr may still be laboring somewhat under the radar of many marketers, but big-name brands like Adidas, Vans, GQ, and Calvin Klein have seen plenty of success with it.

The site relies heavily upon visual elements: the majority of posts are either images or videos. That means that brands with large followings typically make their content quick and easy to digest by using lots of visuals to get their message across.

Rather than writing lengthy text-based posts, a company like Sit4Life, which sells ergonomic chairs, would benefit from posting high-definition photos of its products. Showing rather than telling in this way tends to have a bigger impact on many consumers and can help amass a sizable following.

With limited competition on Tumblr, there’s plenty of potential to thrive, especially for businesses that cater to a younger demographic. Since the majority of users are between the ages of 18 and 35, brands in certain industries can quickly gain momentum on this network.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat While Driving

Posted By: on April 13, 2010

The good folks over at Insurance.com have come up with the 10 most dangerous foods to eat while driving. We all know that driving and eating is probably not the smartest thing, although decidedly less Read On »

Video Interview With Conan OBrien’s Only Twitter Friend

Posted By: on March 7, 2010

Conan O’Brien has over half a million followers on Twitter. How many people is he following? One, Sarah Killen (@LovelyButton). On March 5th, @ConanOBrien posted this “I’ve decided to follow someone at random. She likes Read On »

Free Razors For ALL My Friends

Posted By: on May 13, 2010

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Losing Hair over Home Insurance Issues? Here Are 7 Tips to Guide You

Posted By: on November 5, 2013
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If you own your home, homeowner’s insurance is something you desperately need. You never know when disaster will strike and leave you with a mortgage and a house in need of thousands of dollars in repairs.

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Top 8 IPhone Apps for Your Car

Posted By: on October 25, 2013
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Texting while driving is dangerous, but that doesn’t mean your phone becomes useless the moment you get in the driver’s seat. Here are eight spiffy apps that may actually improve your driving experience.

1. Carticipate

Easy to download via iTunes, this app encourages users to ride conscientiously and collectively. If you’ve ever wanted to participate in ride-sharing, but had no idea where to start, this app is perfect for you.

Carticipate unites commuters through a social network of individuals — each hoping to save gas money and the environment. With it you can search for rides by location, both in the US and abroad. Traveling to Spain? Germany? Italy? No problem. Carticipate can be configured to suit a variety of languages.

2. Trapster

Forget ineffective radar detectors. Trapster uses WiFi and GPS to cross-reference for the highway patrol’s favorite hiding spots and speed traps. It’s even able to search a database for known stoplight and speed cameras.

It works by the power of other users, so once you’re on, you can contribute to the collective database, which already has more than five million speed traps recorded. Another great feature: voice alerts that warn of upcoming speed traps, as well as icons on the phone’s display. Those who register can even receive real-time text messages.

3. Parker

This clever app is designed to take the complexity and guesswork out of highly competitive city parking. Using a rooftop vantage point, this app identifies available parking spots nearby. What’s more, in certain major cities (LA, SF, Boston, and NY, to name a few) departments of transportation have rallied in support of the app, and installed electronic sensors to aid in the identification of empty spots.

The app includes special features, including the ability to pay for parking from your phone, meter expiration reminders, and block-by-block numeric counts of open spaces … to give you the best possible odds of scoring a spot.

4. Waze

An app that really will make you smarter than all the other drivers on the road, Waze can make any driver look like he or she’s been navigating the back streets of town for years.

Using crowdsourced GPS, Waze manages to provide remarkably accurate info on current traffic conditions, no matter what your location.

5. Honk

Have a tendency to lose your car? Can’t remember where you parked it or what time you put all that change in the meter? Honk will help.

Designed to keep track of all the things you’re liable to forget, Honk provides a place for notes and pics, and uses GPS. While the app still requires a bit more user interaction than would be ideal, it’s one of the best at what it does: help you find your car.

6. Gas Buddy

Here’s a no-brainer: an app designed to locate the nearest and least costly fuel around. It’s almost unnecessary to say anything else, but there’s one more perk. If you report gas prices and help this app stay vital, you’ll earn points that will enter you in various prize giveaways. Oh, and every week Gas Buddy gives away a $250 gas card.

7. Roadside America

This app isn’t free, but if you want to know what cool and bizarre roadside attractions you’re missing as you careen down the interstate, it’s worth the $3 investment.

Featuring nearly 10,000 oddities and roadside wonders — and boasting built-in special features like the “Sunset Alert,” which warns you if you’re about to miss a great photo opportunity, and “Tourist Interruptus,” which calls your phone if you’re passing by something particularly unmissable — Roadside America seems to be best road trip app available.

8. RepairPal

Finding a reliable mechanic can seem impossible, but if you need auto repair and don’t know where to turn, RepairPal is a great sidekick. It can determine what price is fair for various procedures based on your specific model, and enables users to track your repairs.

It connects with quality local mechanics, and even accesses roadside help. Worried your car is too old? If it was born in the 1990s, RepairPal has it covered.

It’s like having a really handy friend who’s always there when you need a second opinion.

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Still Afraid of the Online Age? 5 Reasons Your Business Should Take the Plunge

Posted By: on October 20, 2013
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The simple truth is that no business today can afford not to be online — including yours. Sure, it takes time, effort, and often an initial investment, and you may wonder whether it’s worth it.

There are all kinds of excuses out there, like the fact that maybe you’re a mom-and-pop diner that has always been successful through word of mouth; or maybe you already have a full clientele and don’t feel the need to do outreach. These types of excuses can get you into trouble, and eventually be your downfall.

Everyone else seems to be online, so what’s holding you back? If you’re still sitting on the fence, consider the five prime reasons to take the plunge that are listed below. You’ll never look back and your business will (finally) be keeping up with the times.

1. You’re missing customers

It doesn’t matter what type of business you have, whether you’re a staple retailer in a tourist town or you provide calligraphy services for special events. No matter who you are, you have potential customers who are only looking for your services online — which means you’re missing out.

If your business has been steady, even if it’s been picking up, you couldn’t possibly object to more traffic. Companies that are slow to go online are choosing to dismiss a number of customers.

2. Better control of your first impression

Right now, your first impression might be a little out of your hands. When customers form their first impressions solely by walking in the door, what happens to you if your clerk is having a bad day or it happens to be stock day?

When you’re online, you’re in full control of your first impression, and can be seen however you want to be. From the homepage to the contact form, you’re always in charge.

3. It’s not as expensive as you think

A website can cost as much or as little as you want to pay: anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to $10,000 plus. It’s not always a case of “you get what you pay for,” however, because there are some companies that will work with a budget and provide great quality and ongoing support.

Do your research, pick a reputable company, and you may not be out nearly as much as you think. Plus, these services might even be tax deductible, so check with your CPA.

4. You’re missing out on social media

“Being online” is more than just having a website; it’s also about integrating with social media like Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+. Your customers are here, too, and they’re happy to write great reviews.

Word of mouth now occurs primarily online, and people want to check out reviews, photos, and maybe even hashtag you before they become loyal customers. Get social, and you’ll see your business blossom.

5. Save money

You can advertise online for free, whether it’s Tweeting a sale or driving traffic with a contest. Forget old-school flyers and mailers that aren’t just time-consuming, but also costly and wasteful of valuable resources.

You can even get an app designed for you, or start a blog that brings your customers together. When you depend on online resources, the only requirement is your time, once you get the ball rolling — which means you can kiss those hefty postage fees goodbye.

If you’re ready to get rolling, make sure you have the right experts in your corner. Find a company with a good reputation that works with your budget, and you’ll be on the fast track to a growing business.

You might be making it all right (so far), but are you prepared to sustain or even go to the next level? To do so, you need to be digital.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Support Obamacare

Posted By: on October 16, 2013
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010, and its merits and disadvantages have been hotly debated ever since.

Now, with Congress at an impasse and open enrollment servers crashing, the war over Obamacare has reached a fever pitch. To help simplify the issue, here’s list of four reasons why the ACA deserves your support.

1. No more “pre-existing conditions”

This cornerstone of Obamacare is already in effect but will affect all Americans by 2014. It has garnered huge support from both sides of the political divide: 83% of Americans, in fact. A provision of the ACA prohibits insurance companies from denying access to coverage for patients with “pre-existing conditions.”

This is a huge relief for millions of Americans who’ve been charge huge premiums, or lack coverage entirely when they needed it most. Stories have surfaced about people being denied life-saving interventions because their insurance company “determined” a condition instigated the problem prior to coverage; children denied insurance based on weight; and individuals forced to self-amputate because they’d been dropped from their plan for attempting to receive surgery.

These should become horrors of the past.

2. Kids can be kids, and receive coverage

Now kids can be covered by their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old. That means 3.4 million young adults, many of whom are struggling in a deflated economy, now have access to health care.

The number of young adults aged 19-25 who had no insurance dropped from 48% in 2010 to 21% in 2012. That’s a huge change in a very short time.

This is another facet of Obamacare that a three-fourths majority of Americans like — more than two-thirds of Republicans, too. Despite bickering over details (primarily tax-related), Congresspeople and American citizens agree that health care reform is necessary, and an important part of that reform should be providing coverage to children, youth, elderly, and the poor.

3. Small businesses get tax credits

The ACA isn’t just for employees; it also extends incentives to small businesses in the form of tax credits as a means of offsetting the cost of providing employee coverage. Of course, companies with fewer than 50 workers are not required to offer insurance, but incentives are in place to encourage and simplify the choice for even the smallest firms.

Americans love these small business credits: 88% are in favor, and that includes 8 out of 10 Republicans.

4. Subsidies for individual coverage

For low- and middle-income Americans, the subsidies from Obamacare will mean the difference between affordable coverage and no coverage at all. As many as 45 million adults go without health insurance each year, and of that number a great deal simply can’t afford it.

Now, anyone who earns $45,000 or less per year (that’s about 400% of the federal poverty level) will qualify for a subsidy calculated by income and the cost of health coverage on a state-by-state basis.

Subsidized health care is no stranger in the US: we call it Medicaid. It strikes many as “unfair” that some should receive free care at the expense of others. True or not, this already happens on a far greater scale, at a far greater cost to all.

When? Every time an uninsured individual walks into an ER. Doctors usually heal based on need, not on wealth, but that doesn’t mean citizens aren’t paying.

So it’s not all that surprising that 76% of US citizens are in favor of individual subsidies. More than half of Republicans — 61% — favor it too.

The takeaway

Once the air clears and the drama in Congress dies down, it will be easier to see that a vast majority of Americans from all walks of life and political perspectives approve of Obamacare. It will be easier to remember that we, the people, voted for the creators of the ACA, and that only a few ideological extremists want to prevent the legislation from succeeding.

There are endless details of the ACA to support: increased Medicare payroll tax, the expansion of Medicaid, the insurance exchange. These are all things that will enable essential improvements to electronic health records systems, increase efficiency and quality in ERs, and raise the overall health and well-being of our country’s citizens.

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9 Steps to Organizing Your Garage

Posted By: on October 10, 2013
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Our garage often acts as the ultimate catch-all room of the house – serving as a storage facility for everything we don’t feel like putting away, while simultaneously providing a staging area for a wide variety of activities.

Over time, those activities start to bleed into one another, making the entire space difficult to navigate and no fun to be in. We’ve put together some simple steps for getting your garage in order – so you can actually enjoy using it.

In this article, we’ll focus on reclaiming your garage. Here are 9 simple steps for getting your garage in order – so you can actually enjoy using it.

1. Empty It Out

Starting with a clean slate is one of the most effective ways to organize. Ideally, get everything out of the garage and into the driveway or backyard. That way you can take a long look at the space and sort through what needs to go where. Of course, if you don’t have time to organize your whole garage at once, break it up – empty and organize one section at a time.

2. Allocate Space

You’ve got the workbench, the recycling bins, the automotive supplies, the gardening tools, and the extra storage. You may even have a few additional categories beyond these, but what’s most important right now is for you to decide how to designate your space.

It can help to map out your space and sketch out the portions that are already allocated. If the workbench is bolted to the wall, it’s probably not going anywhere. You can also mark out designated areas for big items with adhesive tape on the floor, to help your family adjust to the new rules for your garage. When there’s a big box marked out on the floor, labeled “lawn mower,” you’re a lot less likely to put the lawn mower somewhere else.

3. Go Upward

In a garage, you tend to have a lot more vertical storage options, compared to other rooms. Usually the best way to go is up when deciding where various supplies go. Shallow shelves make it less likely that items will get forgotten in the back, and deciding exactly which shelves are for what items will help ensure that everything stays in place.

For example, you might keep all the cleaning supplies on one shelf, all the automotive supplies on the shelf below it, and the infrequently used tools on the bottom shelf. There are a lot of pre-made shelving solutions you can buy inexpensively, and shelving plans are widely available, making it easy to construct your own.

Bicycles, ladders, and luggage can also be put in ceiling storage, which is an effective method of getting some of the more unwieldy items out of the way.

4. Label Everything

Labeling is critical for getting the most out of your storage, especially if you have drawers or boxes where you can’t see everything inside.

Write labels on masking tape if you don’t want to damage the storage container, and keep a detailed list of where you put these out-of-sight items (the computer program and phone app Evernote is great for this – a spreadsheet or simple written list will work too).

5. Organize Work Areas

For areas where items need to be on display rather than tucked away in boxes or on shelves (like the workbench), it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Clear everything out of the work area and put it all back again – this time with a few additions.

If you don’t have a pegboard already, get one – they’re an incredibly effective way of keeping tools close at hand while making sure they’re neatly organized. It’s also a good way to keep them from being damaged by rubbing against one another.

This also goes for your hobby or craft area, such as a gardening tool or bike repair section. Organize it, and you’ll use it more often.

6. Recycling

Depending on where you live, you’ll have different rules for recycling. If yours allows you to dump all recyclables into one bin, then you’re good to go, but if you need to sort the recycling, this is a good place to start that organization.

Stack-able bins with open sides make it easy to sort recyclables. Leaving several bins on the floor works too, but you’re going to want that floor space for other purposes. Like I said: in a garage, vertical storage is always the best option.

7. Use the Walls

Anything that can be hung from a hook should be. Often people will lean items like push brooms or shovels

against a corner, where they can fall and block the entryway. Use your walls to keep things like these off the floor and out of your way.

This is also a great rule of thumb for coiled items, like garden hoses or electrical cables. Keep them on a hook and they’ll be easy to unravel whenever you need them.

8. Get Rid of the Leftovers

After you’ve put everything back in your garage, you’ve probably found you have a few items that wound up there over the years – and which no longer have a place.

Often, these things really belong somewhere else in your house, and they’re easy to move to that location. Sometimes, though, these are simply items that you have no use for. Donate them, give them away, sell them on Craigslist, or throw them in the trash. Your garage is perfectly organized now; there’s absolutely no room for clutter.

9. Keep It Up

Finally – now that you have a clean garage – keep it that way! Force yourself to put things away properly and clean up garage messes as they occur; before long it’ll be second nature and you’ll find yourself actually looking forward to spending time in your garage.

About the Author

Nick Domino is a partner at Water Damage Defense, an online distributor of specialty water damage prevention equipment. Water Damage Defense equips homeowners so they can protect their property from the devastating effects of water damage.

 

 

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19 Tips to Become a Physically and Mentally Healthier You

Posted By: on October 10, 2013
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As the weather starts to get colder and daylight begins to get shorter, more people are likely to stay inside and not take care of themselves as well as they do in the summer months.

This may be because of the feeling of lethargy that seems to accompany the winter months and is known as seasonal affective disorder. You can fight it by trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise to beat the mood you’re in and stay healthy when the weather turns bad.

Here are 19 tips to help you become healthier, both physically and mentally.

1. If you smoke, quit

Getting support from your doctor, family and friends can help in the process.

2. Get the flu shot vaccination

This can help you beat flu season before it comes around with the cold weather. There are other health benefits, as well.

3. Keep track of the food you eat

You can minimize your weight gain by putting everything into writing. When you see it on the page, you’ll be less likely to overeat.

4. Add 30 minutes of exercise

This will benefit your heart, and likely slow the effects of aging on the brain.

5. Drink coffee

Coffee drinking can lower your risk of diabetes, mood problems, and cavities, as long as you don’t load it with cream, sugar, or other additives.

6. Eat three meals a day

Consistency is healthy, though you should remember that dinner does not necessarily have to be the largest.

7. Control portion sizes

8. Snacks are okay in moderation

9. Play sports

Strenuous physical activity is a good opportunity for exercise and creating a support system if your motivation lags.

10. Get enough daily sleep

11. Try new things

12. Do mind exercises, such as a puzzle or reading

13. Give yourself leisure time to do things you enjoy

14. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption

15. Avoid unnecessary distractions while driving

16. Give and receive hugs

This sort of physical affirmation can soothe and calm people.

17. Surround yourself with supportive friends

This is especially useful if your family is not as supportive as you need them to be.

18. Find someone to trust and confide in

This is an excellent stress reliever.

19. Make yourself a priority, whether for mental or physical health.

Becoming healthier does not just have to be a solitary program; it can involve the entire family. By being healthier, you can save yourself from stress and health care expenses as you become physically and mentally stronger.

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5 Ways to Look Like a Hot Hollywood Celebrity

Posted By: on October 5, 2013
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What is it about celebrities? They always look picture perfect! Whether on the red carpet or the big screen, celebrity style always stands out.

The good news is that you don’t have to envy the hottest celebrities anymore. Why? Because it’s possible to achieve celebrity style for yourself! Here are five ways to look more like a hot Hollywood celebrity.

1. Focus on the hair

Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Zoe Saldana are all known for their flawless Hollywood hair. If you want to look like one of these hot Hollywood celebrities, you’ll need to follow their lead by focusing on your own locks.

Whether you’re lusting after a short pixie cut or something long and sleek, there are so many celebrity hairstyles to inspire you! To achieve star-quality hair, make sure you use salon-quality products that boost volume and shine.

2. Wear sexy makeup

If there’s one thing that makes female celebrities look the part, it’s their super-sexy makeup. Although they have professional makeup artists to keep them looking great, most of us don’t have that luxury.

Luckily, your makeup can look just as gorgeous! A few celebrity makeup tips? Keep your skin looking fresh and glowy by adding a cream highlighter to your cheeks, and don’t forget to apply some thick false lashes.

3. Dress the part

Hot celebrities are known for their equally hot wardrobes. You don’t need an unlimited budget to look great, though! It’s all about shopping smart to find celebrity-inspired looks for less.

Invest in classic pieces and spend less on fun, trendy items. To create unforgettable celebrity outfits, mix those trendier pieces with classic silhouettes. When you achieve stunning celebrity style, you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

4. Take antioxidants

When it comes to looking like a hot celebrity, you’ll need to look great from the inside out. This means taking care of your body and your mind!

The best way to do this? Take plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants provide many health and beauty benefits, like healthier skin and improved mental condition. What could be easier?

5. Get your glow on

Still want to look like a hot Hollywood celebrity? Then you need to add a little color! Celebrities always have an incredible sun-kissed glow.

You can get your own by using fake tanner or body moisturizers that help you build gradual color. This will help you get bronzed like a celebrity … but not like a Jersey Shore cast-off!

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5 Ways to Make People Get Up and Dance

Posted By: on October 5, 2013
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It’s not a party unless everyone’s on the dance floor; but sometimes, those butterflies from junior high still plague us as adults. You want to have a great time, but you just can’t seem to join that circle of dancing fools, even if some of them are your closest friends.

Maybe you’re tired, just not feeling it, or otherwise inclined to accept that you’re the party pooper of the evening.

It doesn’t need to be that way. If you’re hosting a party, it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone has a great time. If you’re a guest, it’s your job to take advantage of everything the party has to offer. Here are five ways to make it easier to get up and boogie.

1. The right libations

Granted, a great party doesn’t require alcohol, but it doesn’t hurt if it’s appropriate for the guests and the event. Having at least a window of an open bar, even if it’s “just” wine and beer, can help people loosen up and make the most of their evening. Just make sure there are also suitable arrangements to get everyone home safely, too.

2. Great lighting

Bright fluorescent lights don’t exactly scream dance party. People are naturally drawn to dance when the lighting is dimmed — perhaps with a few lighting features like a disco ball thrown in. When it’s darker, people feel a little more comfortable, so consider the proper atmosphere for your party.

3. Fantastic music

This one seems like a no-brainer, but you need to choose music that your guests will like, not just music that the host prefers. What kind of party or celebration is it? Who will be attending? Cater to your guests in all respects, including the music.

4. A live band

A band is so much more than a better, more amplified source of music. It can read a crowd, encourage people to dance, and basically serve as the maestro or emcee for the evening. DJs can try to compete, but there’s an intimacy that only a live band brings to a gathering.

5. Just the right amount of space

A massive dance floor is intimidating, while a tiny one can leave people fighting for space or disinclined to give it a try. Neither is a good option, if your goal is to make sure everyone kicks off their shoes.

Work with a party planner to choose a space or dance floor that’s just right; that is, tempting enough that everyone will want a crack at it.

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