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Incredibly Useful Beach Hacks

Incredibly Useful Beach Hacks
Incredibly Useful Beach Hacks

If you spend a lot of time at the beach, you will definitely love the following beach hacks. They are not about applying sunscreen or drinking a lot of water. They are the little tricks that may help you avoid most of the beach woes. Let’s skip a long introduction and start discussing some of the best beach hacks ever.

1. Easy sand removal

One of the best and at the same time worst things about the beach is sand. Sometimes it seems impossible to remove it. No worries. Invest in a baby powder and use it all season long to get rid of sand every time your beach time is over. Apply a little baby powder and brush it off. Your skin will be soft and sand-free.

2. Fix your flip flop instantly

It is a sort of curse, but I have flip flop problems every summer, which is why I always keep a few bread clips in my beach bag. To prevent the flip flop strap pulling free from the sole, I just clip bread clips above the wide end of the thong. Okay, maybe it does not look stylish, but it is better than walking barefoot.

3. Unclog ears after swimming

This a secret a professional swimmer shared with me last year. He said that he always keeps a balloon handy when he is going to swim. The trick is to inflate a balloon several times, plugging the nose. This helps to unclog ears in a matter of a few seconds.

4. Soothe sunburn

Aloe gel is one of the best sunburn remedies. Place it in the freezer for 10 minutes before going to the beach and keep it handy in case you get sunburn. Make sure you use fresh aloe vera gel, not the lotion that claims it contains aloe vera.

5. Keep your money, keys, and cell phone

There are plenty of expensive beach lockers that promise to protect your most precious things when you enjoy swimming. The problem is most thieves know how those lockers look, so chances are your new beach locker will not do its job so you just waste your money. Get creative and create your own unique beach locker that no thief will ever notice. It may be a tampon box, a disposable diaper, potato chip or juice package, you name it. What are your ideas?

6. Fix your beach towel

Sew four pockets onto each corner of your beach towel and put whatever you take along with you to the beach – books, water bottle, sunscreen products, whatever. This way, you will keep your towel in place instead of trying to fix it every two minutes. No stress while you sunbathe.

Beach time does not have to be stressful. Follow the tips mentioned above and have the most fabulous vacation ever. If you have some other ideas, please share them with us in the comments. Summer is all about fun, and we can help each other have the happiest summer ever.




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Most Beautiful Beaches in India

Most Beautiful Beaches in India
Most Beautiful Beaches in India

India is full of amazing places. From tranquil temples to buzzing bazaars, there are many unique places to explore. Most people don’t think of beaches when they think of India, but the country has many of them. The beaches are tropical and attract thousands of visitors every year. Whether you are looking for action, solitude, or parties, here are ten fantastic beaches you can find in India.

Best Holiday Workouts

Best Holiday Workouts
Best Holiday Workouts

Despite all of the good intentions to workout during the holiday season and to not overindulge and expand out waistlines, it always seems to happen somehow! Between holiday parties with co-workers, family, friends, and then the actual holiday celebrations themselves so close together, it seems like there is no time for working out…but there is! Just because you may not be crushing your normal routine at the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout, often you actually get a better workout by switching routines and working different muscle groups. And, you don’t need a gym for a workout (gasp!) you can get a great cardio and muscle workout right in your own home, and you just need to be able to find 20 minutes in your day.

Most people tend to focus on a minimum of a solid 20 minutes of cardio with their workouts to get their blood pumping and see the benefits with their heart and also with their waistline, and then people tend to lift weights or do resistance training for another 30 minutes (or more.) What you can do at home is a mixture of both in half of the time: think circuit training! All you have to do is strengthening and toning exercises back to back without stopping to also get a cardio effect, just remember to keep a pace so that you are out of breath, but not light headed or feeling faint, just like a hard workout (and keep reminding yourself that you are only doing this for 20 minutes!)

Do each one of these exercises for 1 minute (at first, as you become more comfortable you should increase to two minutes each exercise) and alternate between all of them until you hit 20 minutes, and then you are done! If you are able to push yourself more and go longer, go for it.

If you don’t have weights, you can always make your own by filling an empty plastic bottle from your recycle bin with water and if completely full, it is too heavy for you, just pour some out until the weight is appropriate for you. It’s actually a better workout the less stable your weights are, so if there is sloshing around of the water inside your homemade “weights” your muscles will work harder to stabilize them!

Here are a few other best holiday workouts to try:

Straight Back Crunches

Straight Back CrunchesThis exercise helps to focus completely on your core abdominal and back muscles both to strengthen and tone. You want to make sure that your hands are interlaced behind your head, that you are not putting any pressure or pulling on your head or neck, and keep your knees bent and back flat on the floor as your starting position. You then want to crunch yourself up, using your core muscles to as close to a 45-degree angle as you can get, and release back to the starting position. The key is to move in controlled movements to help to tone and strengthen your muscles, and taking slow controlled breaths will help you to keep a good pace and stay controlled. If you have an exercise ball, you can also perform your straight back crunches on that.


Side Crunches

Side CrunchesThis exercise helps to strengthen and tone the external oblique abdominal muscles (your abs that are closest to your hips/waist.) This crunch has a higher degree of difficulty, and you want to get your legs at a 45-degree angle raised (roughly) 6” off the floor, and also keeping your upper torso also 6-8” off the floor, (so you are in a wide V position) with a weight in your hands with your arms stretched out, twist to the left with your upper torso and move your weight to the opposite side, keeping your legs in the same position, and bring your arms and torso back to the center. It sounds difficult, but once you try it, you will catch on quickly. You should then use similar movements but move your torso to the right side and stretch your arms with the weight to the left. Each side movement is considered one “crunch” and, again, the more controlled you are in your movements, the more strength and toning will occur.


Push Ups

Push UpsMany people dread push-ups or think they cannot do them, but you will surprise yourself and strengthen your abs, gluteals, biceps, and triceps in the process! If you are new to doing push-ups, you can start from your knees in a modified position, or if you are comfortable with push-ups, you can start in the high plank position, keeping your hands shoulder width apart, with a straight body, and on the balls of your feet. Keeping your back straight and body in line, and in a controlled motion, lower your body to 4-6” off the ground, and push back to the top position. If you cannot go that low at first, that’s OK but do as many in the optimal position as you can.


Donkey Kicks

Donkey KicksGet into the modified push-up position, and switch gears while working your abdominal and gluteal muscles. While in that modified push-up position, move so that your knees are directly below your hips (keeping your back flat), push one leg back until it is straight out behind you, allowing your leg no higher than hip height. Pull your knee directly into the center of your chest, and bring back to the starting position, then alternate sides. (If you want to add difficulty or sculpt the muscles more you can always add in ankle weights or resistance bands.)



SquatsMoving into a standing position, sculpt your lower abs, legs, and gluteals. Keeping your back straight and your feet a hips width apart, squat straight down as if you are about to sit in a chair (think butt out) as far down as you can go keeping your back straight, then stand back up.  To maintain a straight upper body posture, you can start with your back against a wall to learn how your body should feel, or you can put an exercise ball between your upper back and a wall, to make sure you are in position.

Alternate between these exercises, setting a timer to make sure that you are doing each exercise for one minute (increasing up to two), and in a controlled form, but going quickly to ensure that you are sweating and trying to catch your breath. You want to make sure that you are getting a good cardio workout and strengthening those muscles…and you can push yourself when you are only doing it for 20 minutes, so remind yourself of that, and get your workout done at home with your small window of free time. Feel healthier this holiday season and do your home workouts when you can’t make it to the gym!

In good health!



Best Holiday Workouts

Ways to Be More Successful at Work

Ways to Be More Successful at Work
Ways to Be More Successful at Work

We can hardly imagine our life without work since it is extremely important to us. First of all, we need to work to earn money, but it’s not the only reason why people spend hours at their workplace. Work is something that gives you an opportunity to do what you really like and feel that your activity is useful and even necessary for others. If you are satisfied with your job, you’ll be happier and your life will be meaningful. Otherwise work will bring you just stress and negative emotions. In order to stay positive at work and succeed in your career, you should constantly stick to certain rules. I hope that the following tips will help you to reach your goal and feel more comfortable at work.

Making Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Machine

Have you ever made ice cream without an ice cream machine? Many people think that this ice cream doesn’t taste great, but it’s super creamy and delicious and very easy to make! You will need only 2 ingredients! I make this homemade ice cream every week and my family loves it very much! Here are 6 steps to make ice cream without an ice cream machine!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Have you forgotten to get a present for an important anniversary or just been too busy to go Christmas shopping? Are you going to be in real trouble with your partner unless you can come up with a last minute romantic gift? Help is at hand if you have left it too late for deliveries and haven’t got anything else organized. Look through these ideas for last minute gifts and pick the one that will save the day.

Things to Do on a Rainy Day

It can be difficult to think of the perfect activities to do on rainy days, but you can still have fun outdoors when it’s raining! Whether it’s raining cats and dogs or barely drizzling, here are a few awesome things you can do on rainy days.

Core Reasons to Save Money for a Vacation

One of the main things you should do this summer is to save money for a vacation. Nowadays most people put off going on vacations because they are too busy or don’t have money. But the major thing to do is to go on a vacation! It’s time for you to relax and forgot about all those troubles! Check out a few core reasons to save money for vacations and make it a priority every year!

Ideas to Make Any Picnic More Enjoyable

When the weather warms up many of us start planning a picnic, and that’s why I want to share some great ideas for any picnic with you. I like using these fabulous ideas to create either a romantic or playful picnic setting. Check out a few ideas to make any picnic even more enjoyable!