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Here Are Three Flowers And Plants That Help Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are all kinds of flowers and plants that people like to keep in their homes. All plants are supposed to help in regards to indoor air quality, but some help more than others. And since all of them do help, you can look at other characteristics of the flowers and plants, such as which ones are easiest to care for or which ones you think look best. However, it is good to start by knowing which ones are best for indoor air quality, and then you can take it from there.

One of the best flowers for inside your home when it comes to helping keep the air clean is the garden mum. Now, this isn’t just results based on research results from NASA. You would think they know plenty about air purification. So if you want the best, go with garden mums first. You can read all about the Nasa Clean Air Study here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study

Of course, you are wanting to have more than just garden mums in your home, right? The Peace Lily is another great choice, and it is also very beautiful. Have you had a peace lily before? They look so delicate, but they are on lists of plants that are easy to care for. Can you think about another plant that is always considered easy to care for? Do you have any ferns in your home? Specifically, it is the Boston Fern that people often say is easiest to care for and also is best at help cleaning the air in your home.

There are other flowers and plants that make this list, but you can do some more research if you don’t like any of these options. It can help to also explore how the plants and flowers each individually help when it comes to improving the air quality in your home and what medical benefits, such as relieve stress, these plants have.

Simple Tips For First Time Moms

You are having your very first baby! Congratulations. This is going to be a rather exciting time with a little bit of fear mixed in. Who are we kidding, you are probably filled with fear, and that is OK.

Do you want to know why?

Every first-time mom is feeling the same things you are. You are not only worried about the actual birth but if you are going to be a good mom. And not for the first year but for a lifetime!

The best advice is to not sweat the small stuff. Everything will come naturally as time goes on. So if it hasn’t happened yet, simply don’t think about it.

However, to ease your fear and make you a little more comfortable, we have some tips that you will want to remember.

One of the biggest fears almost every woman has with childbirth is the unknown amounts of pain. Some women will say it wasn’t that bad while others will make you run for the other room wincing at their stories. The truth of the matter is that every woman is different and there are many options. Pain is an essential part of the birth and the moment you hold your baby will make it all worth the while. Of course, there are always magic words like epidural that will take the edge off the birth.

Another fear many women have is pooping on the table. Believe us this is something you do not have to worry about it. This is just the fact of pushing a baby out of you, sometimes other stuff is coming out with your little bundle of joy. It is one of the messier aspects of childbirth that can not be helped. And do not worry about being embarrassed by it, you are giving birth for the first time, no one (even your partner) is ever going to mention it.

Tips for Picking Out Nail Polish Colors

Every season there is a shade of nail polish that everyone seems to wear. Trends come and go, but most any woman wants to stay on top of these trends by picking out nail polish colors that are the current style.

But, everyone has different skin tones and wardrobe pieces. These come into play when showing off the perfect nail color, too. Matching the nail polish to a particular occasion is important, too. Here are tips on finding the perfect nail polish shades every time.

If you go and get professional manicures, the best way to find a trending color is to ask. Salons are always getting the latest shades in from top nail polish manufacturers. These manufacturers have to stay ahead of the latest trends.

If you want something trendy, ask for it. The Internet is a great resource for doing more research into not only great nail polish colors but also designs or accents. Check out this board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/nail-art/

You want to pick out a great color to go with the latest look, but you also need that shade to work with your natural skin tones as well as the occasion for which you are planning to wear the color.

Social media websites are full of nail design and color enthusiasts. They show off lots of photos of the latest nail colors. Browse through them to see which shades are right for your particular skin color. You will want to wear more dramatic metallics for special occasions while toning the look down for work or everyday wear.

Fashion blogs and magazines are also full of great ideas. You can get a better idea of what styles and colors appeal to you by browsing these. When you find shades you like take note of the color and the maker so that you can get that color for your next spa manicure.

Top Reasons To Go Boating On The Gulf Of Mexico

It is typical of boating enthusiasts to cruise and explore the east coast of Florida. As a matter of fact, the east coast of Florida is among the most popular boating destinations. However, the Gulf of Mexico does bear some qualities that no other place can offer boating enthusiasts, which makes a boating on the Gulf of Mexico a spellbinding experience.

Herein we are going to explore the top reasons to go boating on the Gulf of Mexico.

#1. Unmatched Serenity – While the western coast of the Florida is abuzz with numerous boats, owing to popularity, the Gulf of Mexico is quite the opposite. The boats on the Gulf of Mexico are not many and thus it yields an aura of unchartered waters and feeling of pristine virgin territory. By receiving less attention over the years from boating enthusiasts, the Gulf Coast and the water of the Gulf of Mexico have played a great role in the preservation of the natural environment. Thus, by boating there, you get to experience and feel a sense of serenity that no other place.

#2. Amazing Destinations – There are numerous amazing destinations all along the Gulf of Mexico. From Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, to Texas, there is plenty to see and a plethora of marine attractions to explore. From the numerous destinations on the Gulf of Mexico including Tampa, Ft. Myers, Naples, and Sarasota, you are bound to find a few that will excite you and your family and friends.

#3. Wildlife Spotting – Though boating is in itself very exciting, the prospects of spotting wildlife make the whole experience a whole lot more exciting. The Gulf of Mexico bears a unique marine ecosystem that is like no other. There are numerous fish and birds to spot as you cruise along the Gulf Cost. This means that you not only get to enjoy the open water but you also get to enjoy the very best marine ecosystems in the world.

Look at this video of dolphins chasing this boat in the Gulf of Mexico:

Why the Beatles are the Best Band of All Time

Everyone has different tastes in music. But, whether you like classical music, jazz or rock and roll, you probably have a favorite Beatles song. It would seem everyone in the world has at least one. We understand that musical tastes are subjective. But with all the Beatles worldwide hits in their short time as a band in the 1960s, their constant airplay, video games like Beatles Rockband, movies like Help, Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, countless documentaries on Beatlemania, online radio stations and blogs dedicated to them… it is clear they are the world’s best if not just one of the world’s best. Can you think of any other band that has this much love and adoration across the world?

Their charm as individual people also made them favorites the world over. It is possible to utter the names of John, Paul, George and Ringo at any place around the globe and any person of any age would know just who you are talking about.

The Beatles offered some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th Century with Lennon and McCartney writing such great hits as She Loves You, All You Need is Love and Let it Be. Even George Harrison’s compositions such as Something have become mainstays of everyday airplay on radio stations for decades. And don’t forget about Ringo’s only hit Octopus’s Garden!

The Beatles music is being celebrated more than 50 years after it came on the scene. That it has never diminished in popularity or power goes to show just why they are the best band ever.

Even though John and George have passed, and John lost his life ironically to a crazed fan, the remaining Beatles still tour the world over to the delight of millions of fans of every generation playing Beatles music to their hearts delight. Numerous cover bands and Broadway shows have been dedicated to The Beatles which is why, in our humble opinion The Beatles are the best band of all time!

5 Cool Things About Nashville, Tennessee

When you think of Nashville, there’s one thing that comes to mind: COUNTRY MUSIC! But did you know there are some really cool things in Nashville that have nothing to do with Country Music? Check out this list of cool things below:

1. Did you know that in Centennial Park, right in the middle of the park, there’s an exact replica of the Greek Parthenon? You don’t necessarily associate historical greek culture with country singers. And within the Parthenon, there’s a statue of The Goddess Athena which is 42 feet tall. In fact, it’s the tallest statue in the Western Hemisphere!

2. Nashville is where Oprah got her first big break. This is not something that you think of when you think of Nashville, that the one and only Oprah was attending Tennessee State University when she hosted her first ever talk show!

3. The black and white stools in Bicentennial Mall are a reminder on the sit-in movement led by John Lewis that arose due to the segregation that occurred in Nashville. These stools are to show how far the city has come.

4. The Hermitage Hotel has had some very famous residents such as John F. Kennedy to even the legendary Al Capone. It’s the only 5 Star/5 Diamond Hotel in all of Nashville. It’s also pet-friendly so if you like to travel with your fluffy friends then it’s worth checking it out.

5. You can celebrate Christmas all year round by visiting Santa’s Pub. So whether it’s 80 degrees or 30 degrees, you can visit Santa at the North Pole and be in the Christmas Spirit. Every night they have karaoke and at $2 there’s no good reason to not get up there and sing for the crowd.

As you can see, there’s a lot of fun things to do in Nashville besides listening to country music and visiting other historic landmarks like the Grand Ole Opry and Dollywood.

3 Benefits of Owning A Cat

As much as we love puppies, there’s nothing like a cute, squishy, kitty. Cats are just as affectionate as dogs but they are far more independent and don’t require as much attention because they keep to themselves. Whether you want a cat that remains outdoors, sleeps in your lap, or just a sidekick, there are several health benefits when it comes to owning a feline companion.

Mental Health Benefits

The latest rage is owning a therapy dog, but cats have many therapeutic benefits as well. When someone is feeling stressed or anxious, there have been studies that cats can produce a calming effect on the body by triggering brain chemicals such as oxytocin. There have also been studies that autistic children are calmer and even become more social when they are petting or playing with a cat. Also, cat owners tend top have more confidence because they can use their furry friends as a conversation starter amongst peers.

Physical Health Benefits

There have been studies that show that cat owners also have lower blood pressure than non-cat owners. There have also been reports that owning a cat can reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can help prevent heart disease, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and strokes. We are not condoning buying a kitty as an alternative form of medicine but something that can help!

Environmental Health Benefits

While this isn’t a “health benefit” that affects someone directly, a study in 2009 showed that cat owners use significantly fewer resources than dog owners and overall have a lower carbon footprint. This is primarily due to the fact that cats eat less than dogs. This study explains that dogs are just as dangerous to the environment as a Hummer while cats are the equivalent of small compact cars.

If you have been on the fence on whether or not to adopt a kitten, then consider all of the benefits it can bring to you and your family.

3 US Cities You Need To See On Your Road Trip

If you are planning a road trip around the country, there are certain destinations that are absolute classics.  NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago are cities that everyone recognizes, but they might be a bit to cliche or out of the way to justify planning a trip around.  While no two road trips are alike, and you by no means need to visit these cities to have a great time, I believe that the cities below have everything you could ever want from a road trip destination.  From great food to affordable hotels, these cities will provide you with all the fuel needed to power amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.

Boston

Boston is a great city because it has something for everyone.  If you are into sports, Boston fans are truly in a league of their own.  If you are all about food, Boston boasts some of the best seafood in the nation, not to mention a Little Italy that rivals its counterpart in New York.  Boston gets a bit of a bad rap for being an unfriendly city, but once you visit, you will understand that cannot be further from the truth (unless you decide to wear a Yankee’s hat).  While Boston is great any time of the year, it might be fun to go when one of the local sports teams is in the playoffs.  Going to a bar to see a Boston sports game is really a once in a lifetime experience – they have so much dedication to their town and players that it puts other towns to shame.

Seattle

Ah, Seattle.  Land of coffee beans, beanie hats, and people who love to wear beanie hats while drinking coffee.  Seattle’s reputation kind of precedes it, as many people think that Seattle is a land of hipsters and rain.  There is no doubt that there is an excess of rain, but there are so many amazing things to see in Seattle.  If you have a good tent and raincoat, there are not too many more beautiful places to camp in the whole country.  On top of this, there are ample opportunities to go to the shore and fish or eat some seafood that gives Boston a run for its money.  We singled Seattle out on this list, but you can go just about anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and have a truly sensational time.  Maybe one day they will get their basketball team back, but for now they have some of the most passionate (albeit annoying) football fans in the country.

Austin

Austin is quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in the country, not only to visit but to live in.  The land is cheap, there is no income tax, and there is a thriving cultural scene.  Austin is a truly great city because it is so modern and well-planned.  You can go on a bike tour one day, and a brewery tour the next.  The sports games are just as present as the museums and cultural centers.  There is truly something for everyone in Austin.  Oh, and did we mention the barbecue?  No?  While the seafood in the cities above is great, there is nothing quite like Texas barbecue.  Between the tangy sauces, the fatty meats, and the tasty side dishes, it is worth going to Austin just to have one delicious meal.

For more info on travel destinations in the US, check out this video:

3 Sports You Should Play If You Are Trying To Lose Weight

Everyone has their go-to sport that they play for fun.  Some people golf, others bowl, while others play video games (eSports are a thing, people!).  While these are all amazing ways to de-stress and keep your happiness levels up, it is very important to also play sports that help you burn calories.  Playing sports is a great way to exercise without even noticing that you are getting a good sweat in, as your sense of competition and adrenaline will make you focus on the game instead of the fact that your body is killing the workout!

Basketball

Basketball is a sport that is growing immense popularity throughout the world.  Everyone knows about stars like Michael Jordan and Lebron James, and how the best players are those who are at a different physical level than their peers.  Basketball involves a lot of technique, but more importantly, it requires constant forward, lateral, and backward motion.   During any given possession, you can be jumping, running, squatting, or doing any number of physically demanding activities.  This makes basketball an amazing full-body cardio workout, as every part of your body is needed during a game.  Whether you decide to go to the park to shoot some hoops with friends or join a local Rec league, basketball is a great way to stay healthy while having fun!

Soccer

Everything I said about basketball can be said about soccer.  Soccer is a full body workout, with a bit more sprinting involved than basketball.  Soccer is such a popular sport because all you need to play is a ball and an open space.  Even if you don’t have goal posts, you can set up a few water bottles and work on your technique by dribbling the ball in instead of shooting it.  Soccer is basically a combination of long-distance running, sprinting, and plyometrics.  In any given game, professional players can run over five miles.  While you won’t be playing as long or hard as a professional, turning your three-mile run into a thirty-minute soccer session can be more fun and will certainly burn more calories.

 

Golf

Ok, I know what you’re thinking.  Golfing is a sport for old people who are retiring, not people who want to lose weight!  I completely understand that, but think about it this way: if you walk your clubs around the course instead of taking a cart, you are working out both your legs and your upper body.  On top of this, you can establish a plan for working out after your golf outing based on how you play.  For example, every time you hit the sand you have to do five pushups and leg raises, every stroke over par is a pushup and a leg raise, and so on.  This can make you focus in on your golf game, but more importantly, it will turn a sedentary sport into a high-impact workout (if you have a bad day).

What Is The Difference Between Red, White And Blush Wine?

Wine is certainly one of the more popular beverages for those who like to enjoy a vast range of flavors and vintages. There is really nothing quite like a perfect glass of wine with a good meal, or enjoying a glass or two with old friends at an event. However, if you are new to the wine world, you may be wondering what the difference are between the red, white and blush wine varieties.

Red Wine

With red wine, black grapes are used to make it, and it will include the skins for the darker pigmentation. The major difference with red wines and the other varieties are the tannins that are present. The tannins come from the grape skins.

White Wine

With red wine, white grapes are used to make it, however, there are some that are made using black grapes. The main difference here is that there is no contact at all with the skin, which is why you have the light, or white, color.

Blush Wine

Also referred to as rosé, blush wine is a wine that is made using dark black grapes, yet the skins are completely removed after some brief contact. This is a wine that contains very little in the way of tannins, so you have a medium blush color along with a naturally sweet taste.

There are a number of benefits that can come from drinking wine in moderation, especially if you have a wine that contains a good amount of beneficial antioxidants. For example, the darker wines that have a high level of antioxidants called procyanidins, along with a compound known as resveratrol, can help to improve the health of your vascular system and heart. These are just a few things that you can keep in mind the next time that you reach for a glass of red, white, or blush wine with your meal. Be careful to follow your local state law, and do not drink and drive!