How to Throw a Great Housewarming Party

Have you recently bought a new house and waiting to break in? There is no better way to start living in your new nest than having your family and friends to help and celebrate this milestone with you. If you are looking for some mind-blowing ideas to impress your guests, check out the awesome tips below! I promise that your housewarming party will be the talk of every party for a while.

Every family has that ritual of doing the traditional “family dinner” when a special occasion pops up. You can add some more fun to those family dinners. Let’s be honest, we are all busy nowadays that we don’t really get time to check on our parents and other close ones. Family dinners are a great way to meet them all and keep in touch. It strengthens the family bond especially when you have babies at home.

The steps towards your awesome housewarming party are:


Invitations

In this modern era, there are a lot of ways to invite someone over. However, sending out postal invites still remains the favorite of all. Do not forget to mention RSVP on your cards. You might also want to call them and confirm their presence a day before the event.


Drinks

Moving to a new house is definitely worth all the alcohol in the world. It is worth celebrating. Make sure to pop open that champagne bottle but keep some non-alcoholic options as well. You would want to keep all your guests happy. The first rule of being a good host is to be considerate. If you are aware that some of your guests do not drink, keep some juices or fizzy drinks ready. You can set up a little bar to add more glamour into your party and impress your guests. All you need is beverages, lemon, and glasses! Let the happy hour begin!

Decorations

Since you newly shifted to your new house, it is quite obvious that your home is a bit bare. After all, there is a lot of shopping left to do. No matter what, you can still impress your guests by filling your home with art decoration such as photos, artworks or candles which will make it look a lot more homely.

Food

Since you are going to have a lot of guests at your place, it will be wise to prepare your snacks and appetizers beforehand. By doing so, you will be having more time to spend with your guests. You can also opt for take-out which will save you the hassle of cooking for a large number of people. Pizza or Chinese are always the best choices.

Best Ways to Maintain Weight Loss

According to a study done by Americans, only 20% of dieters manage to successfully lose weight and maintain it on a long-term basis while the others manage to lose weight but end up gaining it back. Don’t let that discourage you as there are lots of ways you can keep the extra weight off. However, these techniques include exercising and controlling stress.

Below are some tips that will help you maintain your weight :

1. Start working out

Exercising often helps you burn off the extra calories and increase your metabolism. These two factors are important when it comes to achieving energy balance. You burn the same number of calories that you consume once you are in energy balance which results in your weight to stay stagnant. If you go through studies on the internet, it has been proven that a person who is constantly physically active are more likely to maintain their weight. It is important to keep on exercising even if you have got rid of those extra weights. For a person who is trying to maintain their weight, daily one hour exercise is highly recommended. However, it is important to stick to a healthy diet.

2. Don’t skip on your breakfast

Breakfast plays a main role in your weight maintenance goals. It helps to exercise more and to the consumption of more fiber and micronutrients. It is proven that 78% of dieters who have lost maximum 30 pounds for at least a year have been eating a healthy breakfast every morning. Skipping breakfast to lose weight is a myth, instead, it makes you gain a few more pounds.

3. Consume lots of protein

Proteins help reduce appetite and increase fullness. It increases certain hormones in the body that are important for weight management and regulation. By increasing fullness, protein automatically reduces the number of calories that you consume daily. Add protein to your meals and let your metabolism work wonders.

4. Make it a habit to weigh yourself regularly

To maintain your weight, it is important that you monitor your weight by stepping on a scale on a regular basis. It helps keep track of your progress and motivates you to consume fewer calories to maintain the weight loss.

5. Lift weights

Muscle loss can lead to a poor metabolism and decrease in calorie intakes. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, it is important to maintain a balance between your weight and muscle mass.

Health and Fitness Tips For Working People

Don’t you wish that days had more than 24 hours so that you could finally have some time to execute that workout plan which you have been postponing for months now? Time flies when we are busy and we get so tired that we don’t feel like eating a healthy meal or exercising. We rush so much during the day that we neglect our health and fitness.

I cannot remember how many times I have made excuses to not hit the gym or cook my own food. Even my sleep cycle is becoming shorter due to overtime. On the one hand, my professional life was getting better and I was making more money but on the other hand, I was so focused on increasing my knowledge and skills that I completely forgot to take care of my personal life and health.

Here are 10 tips that I have personally tried which will not cost you a lot of time :

1. Sort out your priorities!

If your body does not feel healthy, it affects your mental health as well as your personal and social life. No matter how accomplished you are, you will not be able to enjoy those moments. Once you improve your diet and start working out, you will notice that you will enjoy an improved energy, focused attention, self-confidence, and happy mood.

2. Try some meal prep alternative

If you have a habit of planning meals at the last minute or always don’t know what to eat, you will always end up eating unhealthy snacks or fast food. It’s always advisable to plan your meals to make sure that you are eating healthy. Look for fast cooking recipes and don’t forget to stock your fridge. Whenever you go , make a list of all the healthy options. By doing so, you will be less prone to buy unhealthy snacks.

3. Say goodbye to bad habits!

Do you smoke excessively, can’t resist sweets or go a little too far with your alcohol? It’s high time to do something about it! I understand that it is difficult to change something in one go, but you can slowly let go these bad habit. For the past 15 years, I have always loved a red wine with my dinner, I am addicted to chocolates and been working with heavy smokers. I know it is difficult to give them up, but you can go for alternatives. Limit your alcohol intake and reduce your smoking. You can also enjoy some dark chocolates with strawberries.

4. Find ways to exercise even when you are at work

It is okay if you don’t feel confident enough to work out alone. The good news is that you can exercise while doing some other tasks. Incorporate work out techniques while doing your daily routine. Try considering standing at your desk for a while instead of constantly sitting, ditch the elevator and take the stairs.

5. Relieve stress

Stress affects your focus, health and overall performances. With constant stress, hypertension and anxiety are only a step away, which can lead to overeating or not eating resulting in weight gain or weight loss. Taking up exercise or practicing your hobby can help enormously to reduce stress. You can also try laughing therapies, meditation, yoga or listening to relaxing music.

6. Pick a healthy hotel

If you love dining out, there are a lot of healthy restaurants which are available. Make it a habit to go through a restaurant’s menu before eating out. If you find that the options are healthy enough for you, go for it! Even when you are traveling for business, try to book hotels which have gyms and healthy menu options.

7. Work out with your kids

There is no better personal trainer than your kids! A great way to work out is to play with your kids. Release the child within you by running with your kids, jumping on the trampoline or playing football. Don’t ever feel guilty to spend much time with your kids.

8. Relax

As much as your body needs to work out, it also needs to relax. Take longer baths or share a great laughing session with your friends. It helps to keep you mentally healthy.

9. Surround yourself with people who live healthy lifestyles

When everyone around you is living healthily, that will inspire you to do the same. Keep your distance from people who encourage you to have a cheat day. By finding friends with similar habits, living healthier will be an easy way of life.

10. Spend time with people you love

Hard time affect your health and fitness badly. It is important to get through them with the right mindset, and in order to do so, it is advisable to keep your loved ones close.

How To Plan The Perfect Halloween Party?

The season of the witches and wizards is here! Halloween is probably the best holiday for both kids and adults. Dressing up as witches or any fictional character and planning parties are just the hype of this season. Planning the perfect Halloween party is just as amazing as it is to decide everything about the party.

So to help you out, here are some points you will need to consider when planning the perfect party!

 

 

• Pick a theme
Setting a theme for a party is always easy as the decorations will be available. Try traditional ideas like a costume party or a marathon of scary movies. Some ideas can be dead celebrities, murder mysteries or cartoon characters!

• Set a date and time
Setting the date and time is important as your guests will have to mark their calendar for your party. It’s important that all guests are told the same schedule. It can be on Halloween night or before that, it totally depends on your choice!

• Make a guest list and send invites
Make your list ahead of setting the time and date as you will need to provide for all these guests. Don’t forget sending the invites! Also double check with all your guests days prior to your party.

• Plan your costume
Around Halloween, it’s easier to find the costumes you would want to wear. There are almost sales everywhere you go. You can always customize your costumes with materials available at home.

• Plan the decorations
Decorating for Halloween can be hectic as you would want your party to be memorable. Yes, it can be memorable but try not to overdo it! Look for decorations that are according to your theme and according to what you can afford. Decoration does not mean the furniture covers or hanging spiders, you can always decorate with your foods. I don’t mean to play with the food, but be creative with the food. Try looking up for Halloween specials on the internet!

• Drinks and food
Spending your time in the kitchen for Halloween is inadvisable! So it’s better if you prepare the food and drinks for your guests beforehand. You can always hire caterers to help you out or just order pizza for the lot you have invited. It’s always handy to do so!

 

• Plan games
If you feel like your party is going to be boring, then games are the best solution! Plan some board games or some spooky games to liven up your party.

There it goes, now you can plan the perfect party!

Becoming A Wine Connoisseur

“Where there is no wine, there is no love- Euripides”

As daunting as it is to become a wine expert, there are many people who are still confused between oenophile, connoisseur, and sommelier. Well, let me clarify; you drink wine with an oenophile, you discuss wine with a connoisseur and you buy wine from a sommelier! Simple as that!

There’s always that friend who, with the swirl of a wine glass, will leave you awestruck of their sophisticated wine skills. If you want to be that friend, then this blog is totally apt for you!

 

 

Here are some points that will help you become a wine expert:

• Start with the basics
Buy wine from the local grocery store or the local wine shop. Taste it and know the difference. You will develop your palate to differentiate between the good and bad taste. Make sure that every wine you taste you swish around in your mouth instead of gulping it directly to the back of your throat. You will soon develop your palate to taste flavor nuances.

• Learn the terminologies
Take some time to learn some basic wine terminology, it helps in understanding terms such as ‘tannins’ and ‘terroir.’ Remove the unfamiliar terms barrier by learning from the knowledgeable ones.

• Pairing food and wine
Order for a glass of wine, rather than the bottle. Wine can impact the flavor of food, and it will allow you to taste different wines with different dishes. You will start to learn combining food with wine, such as white wine, and shellfish enhance each other. You will find that some combinations when taken with food is just perfect! It always helps when you are organizing a party.

 

• Lookout for your new favorites
If you feel in love with a wine and it’s not available, try to look out for the newest available on the market. Find new wine experiences, read the labels, the stories about each wine and more. It might look discouraging but know you are in for an excellent time. Wineries always welcome new wine experts to know more about their wines.

• Sit down and read a book
Pick up a book about wines and read about it! Read till you understand everything about wine and the making of wine in different countries. This will give you a better understanding of the quality of wines and appreciate their taste.

• Taking risks
Taste as much as the variety of wines you can. It helps to develop your taste buds to the wines, buy the cheapest and the expensive wines and differentiate their taste. Step out of your comfort zone and try the newest wines!

Your journey to becoming a connoisseur has just begun! Take a class to know more!

Fascinating Rules of Etiquette Around The World

Etiquettes are manners made either to please or make you feel welcome in other countries or places. In this world full of people and different religions and societal norms, there are etiquettes which are to be respected. For example, you cannot pick up a food or drink water from your left hand as it is considered unhygienic in Africa, and many more etiquettes which will surprise you.

Sit up straight and note down!

 

 

 

  • In the United Kingdom, “What a delightful idea!” means “No, not in a million years”- So never use this whenever you start a conversation with a Brit, they might be offended.
  • In South Africa, “Just now” does not mean immediately, it means that it is going to happen in the near future and “Now now” means right now! Weird isn’t it?
  • Prepare your cheeks whenever you plan to be in France Geneva or Brussels, as people there will greet you by kissing your cheeks, it goes like that- is L-R (Paris), L-R-L (Geneva), L-R-L-R (Brussels).In Africa, it is considered unhygienic to pick up food or drink water from your left hand.
  • In Italy, the cappuccino is a morning drink. It is gauche to drink it in the afternoon or evening: Switch to espresso. So advice, don’t have a morning drink in the mid-afternoon, they will frown upon you!
  • Never tip or blow your nose in Japan, people get offended as it is a sign of disrespect.
  • If you like your friends spit on them! The Masai tribe of East Africa greet each other by spitting on each other. When greeting an elder, they spit on the shaking hand before offering it. Be prepared to be spit on when visiting!
  • In India, always use only your right hand for eating, receiving, and giving things. The left hand is to be used for only personal things such as wiping after going to the bathroom and handling items that have touched the ground, such as your shoes.
  • In South Korea, it is very rude to keep your hands in your pockets while talking to other people. It is a sign of disrespect and considered ill-mannered.
  • Never give an even number of flowers to Russian. It is considered impolite and superstitious to them. They also do not like to meet shaking hands through the doorway, it brings bad luck.
  • Cover you shoulders when you are in the Middle East. It is considered as a respect.
  • Always say “ma’am,” “sir,” “please,” and “thank you” in South America.

 

Remember these points whenever you travel these countries!