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Awesome ACV Treatments

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Awesome ACV Treatments

Awesome ACV Treatments

If you have problems with blemishes on your skin one helpful factor to consider is that you can use apple cider vinegar for acne and other skin conditions. Raw apple cider vinegar is made from organic apples and goes through a double fermentation process. During this process, enzymes and other nutrients are preserved and work together to bring out therapeutic properties.

Here are just a few amazing nutritional facts about this fermented drink:

  • Apple cider vinegar contains potassium that helps keep teeth strong, prevents hair loss and remedies a runny nose.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains pectin that keep blood pressure regular and can reduce “bad’ cholesterol.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which makes it a good defense against viruses, bacteria and fungus.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains calcium which helps keep our teeth and bones strong and healthy.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains ash which normalizes your body’s pH and maintains a healthy alkaline state.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid what reduces the speed at which sugar enters the blood after a meal.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E

Apple cider vinegar is equally as effective when taken internally as when it is applied to the skin externally. In fact, many people use apple cider vinegar as part of their daily beauty regime. It is a cost effective, 100% natural and organic way to keep your skin feeling fresh and supple.

Cooking Rice for Dinner

Trying to think of something good for dinner tonight? Maybe by reading these rice cooker reviews, you will be able to come up with something delicious.

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer

This pricey option took the longest of all the machines to prepare brown rice, but it produced consistently excellent white, brown, and sushi rice. The “fuzzy logic” technology supposedly adjusts time and temperature settings as needed during cooking, and its extensive menu includes settings for “harder” or “softer” rice as well as “quick cooking” (though the rice will be slightly firmer). Its timer and water line markings are clear and the removable inner lid is easy to clean.

Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker

For a cheap, one-button machine, this model produced impressive white and sushi rice, though brown rice was a tad dry. Its lift-off lid maintained a tight seal, so rice cooked quickly. It lacks a timer but makes an audible click as it switches to keep-warm mode.

Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer

While this cooker was intuitive, large quantities of rice were unevenly cooked—soggy in some sections, chewy and dry in others—and the quality of the rice further deteriorated as it sat in keep-warm mode. It makes a minimum of 2 cups uncooked (about 4 cups cooked) rice, which is often more than we want to make. Starchy water became trapped under the plastic gasket in the lid and made it difficult to dry properly.

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Amazing Products to Buy

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Amazing Products to Buy

Amazing Products to Buy

Most people are not aware that you can use apple cider vinegar for dandruff. It has been proven to work very effectively. Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for a variety of uses, from preserving foods to treating many medical maladies. Since ACV is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aid, it’s a perfect tool for not only treating the agony associated with dandruff, but in treating the excess bacteria and yeast-like fungus that make dandruff reoccur as well.

Since apple cider vinegar doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and specifically targets the cause of dandruff, many victims of dandruff find quick and effective relief using ACV in their daily hygiene. As you use an apple cider vinegar cure for dandruff, you can see positive results within a few days to a week of use, depending on how severe your symptoms are and how you are using ACV to treat your itchy scalp. For the best results, you­ should use an undiluted version of apple cider vinegar and avoid using non-organic varieties.

Apple cider vinegar can be used alone to treat dandruff, or can be used with other natural and traditional remedies to fully treat dandruff the most effectively. How apple cider vinegar for dandruff should be administered depends on the individual using it and how severe their dandruff symptoms are. For mild dandruff, a weekly rinse of equal parts cool water and apple cider vinegar massaged into the scalp should help manage the overly oily skin and keep nasty bacteria and skin flaking at bay.

Leggings with Style

Finding the “right” leggings is almost as difficult as finding the right bra or swimsuit or pair of jeans! The price of my favorite leggings shot up to $29.95 since the last time I bought them, so this time I bought four different kinds to test. Herein, I shall review all five options. As a point of reference, I am 5’7″ and weight 137 pounds. Black leggings are a staple in my wardrobe; I wear them all the time.

  1. Athletica “City Lights”

Hands down, my favorites. Length, cut, and fit are all absolutely perfect. But as of this writing, the price is $29.95 for a pair. Leggings just shouldn’t cost $30!

  1. Moontree “Cotton Spandex Jersey Legging”

The length is good. The waist is in the right place. The cut is good. But something about these leggings makes me feel like “this is what wearing Spanx must feel like”. They are snug, but not in a way that makes me feel like I’m wearing the wrong size. It feels like the snugness is part of the design, like in control-top pantyhose. (Remember those?)

Only the snugness is in the entire pair of leggings, calf to waist. They look great, but frankly they are almost a relief to peel off at the end of the day.

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My job works against me by making me fat

Posted by 7Villages 17 May 2016 No Comments »
My job works against me by making me fat

My job works against me by making me fat

I work as a software engineer. I hate my job. No, it’s not because of my boss and no it’s not because the pay is not good. It is not because of the many reasons why most people hate their job. I hate my job because it makes me fat.

Do not laugh. This is a serious problem for me. My job is a prison whose sole purpose is to make me morbidly fat.

Now, when I say that I hate my job, I do not mean that everything about my job is bad. Actually, many of the things in my job are quite good and that is why I cannot contemplate leaving my job. Number one, I love being a software engineer and I am very good at it. Since I am very good, I also get a very good salary. But as I will explain, this tends to work against me.

Since I am very good in my job, I have risen to a managerial position. In my kind of work, being a manager means that you do not have to do much of the donkey work. I only deal with the escalated tough issues which I deal with quite fast since as I said… I am quite good at my job. But again this works against me.

The biggest blow that my employment deals me however is the company cafeteria that is situated on the lower floor right below my office. The cafeteria is notorious for frying very aromatic foods and baking pastries whose sweet tantalizing scent is pure torture for me upstairs.

Being that I am often not very busy and my mind is thus not always fully engaged in my work, I often find myself envisaging myself munching on the delicacies below. When this happens, my whole body acts up against me. My belly rumbles like a famished elephant and my mouth salivates endlessly. At such times, I cannot focus my mind on anything else but the food cooking below. Eventually I have to order.

The cafeteria has excellent cooks who cook excellent food. Subsequently, their prices are also quite pricey. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have a job that pays me very well and the prices are affordable. For a manager such as myself, ordering for anything from the cafeteria only requires a phone call and the food is delivered right to my office. I do not have to even leave my office!

This is why I hate my job. No matter how much I would want to have a trim body, my working environment is always working against me. I have tried taking all kinds of recommended solutions to help me with my weight gain to no avail. I have tried taking white tea instead of coffee but still my intake of loads of bad calories could not be subdued.

I have tried taking food supplements that help in weight loss by diminishing appetite, but I guess my appetite defies all odds. Exercising is something that I hate and would want to avoid at all costs but I guess I have to succumb and join a gym. Or maybe I need to another job elsewhere.

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Duties and roles that are played in the management of a home

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Duties and roles that are played in the management of a home

Duties and roles that are played in the management of a home

Managing the home or housekeeping is not as easy as it may sound. Depending on the type of home, the responsibilities can be quite complex. Managing a one room house is definitely not the same as managing a mansion with over ten rooms. Unless it is in the home is of a single man, the task of managing the house usually goes to the woman of the house, the wife or the mother. Although any person can help in the duties, usually the wife is the official manager of the home. Women are naturally gifted in this area and have the skills to maintain a home in ship-shape conditions.

Before acquiring a house, the first thing that one has to consider is the number of people the house is going to house. This will then guide you to knowing how many bedrooms you need in the house. You also need to consider the furniture and items that will be going into the house. For example, if you own lots of kitchen appliances and a huge fridge and/or freezer, you will definitely need to get a house with a big kitchen.

When you have acquired your home and you have settled, then the job of managing the home can officially start. There are many activities that need to be done in housekeeping.

Chief among the activities that are necessary in the house is cooking, or providing food. This makes the kitchen a very important room. The kitchen is actually a factory since in here, raw materials go in and come out processed as edible food. Again, unless it is in the home of a single man, the responsibilities and authority of the kitchen usually go to the wife or mother of the home. The wife is supposed to plan what foods to buy, what she will cook, what time to cook, and what to throw away.

Today the woman of the house has to know more than just what she will cook but she also needs to carefully choose the food according to its health benefits. She has to know the needs of each person in the house and provide food that is nutritionally beneficial for them. She has to know when they are to be fed and what quantities each person in the house will need.

After the food is prepared it has to be served. Serving food is also an activity that can be complex in terms of the utensils to be used, how to serve the food, the quantities to be served, and the time to serve each type of food. After serving the food, the dishes have to be washed. Dishwashing is an activity that can be shared among the people in the house.

Apart from cleaning the dishes, the entire house also needs frequent cleaning to maintain it in a desirable condition. Vacuuming or cleaning of the floors has to be done often, same as dusting. Clothes and other household clothing such as beddings, curtains, carpets, etc. also have to be cleaned regularly. Many times families hire external people to provide cleaning and sanitation services.

These are just some of the basic things that have to be done to ensure that a home is a home.

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Make the First One the Right One

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
Make the First One the Right One

If you are looking for an inexpensive kayak, then these are a couple of them that you have to choose from, both equally as nice. Spend a comfortable day on the water in the Sevylor Clear Creek 2-Person Kayak. The adjustable seats let you find the perfect amount of leg room, while the spray covers help keep you dry from splashed water. The 26-gauge PVC construction lets this kayak stand up to multiple seasons on the lake and is backed up with our Airtight System, which is guaranteed not to leak. Just in case you do hit a snag, the multiple air chambers will help you get back to shore.

Enjoy the feel of a full-size kayak with the convenience of an inflatable boat when you’re riding in a Sevylo Fiji Travel Pack.  The two-person kayak comes equipped with two seats: a fixed seat in the read and a removable seat in the middle.  The semi-rigid I-beam floor and three-champer design keep the boat’s solid shape on the water.  The thick, durable PVC and Airtight System are guaranteed not to leak and the Double Lock Fast Valve makes quick work of inflation and deflation. The boat also comes with a 5-piece touring paddle and special travel bag for compact storage.

The nimble, durable Challenger K1 kayak is made of durable welded material with eye-catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow-moving river. The streamlined craft slips easily through the water, and its cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space. Inflatable I-beam floors add stability, and an 84-inch oar and high-output hand pump are also included.

Pelican Apex Kayak Review

The Apex 100 is a very beginner-friendly kayak. Its ultra-stable design makes it easy to maneuver, even for a first time paddler. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not a strictly “beginner” kayak – it will suit the needs of a variety of paddlers, both novice and experienced.

This kayak is perfect for exploring lakes and cruising down slow rivers. It’s definitely not a white water capable craft, but that should be obvious based on its design. We like that its lightweight design makes it easy to transport back and forth. This Pelican Apex weighs just 40 lbs., so it’s a breeze to carry with a friend, and can be carried by one person if need be, although it’s a bit awkward to carry because of its size.

The Apex 100 offers a surprising amount of storage space. It’s easy enough to load a good 20 lbs. of camping gear onto this craft without much of an effect as far as performance goes. The storage capacity and ample space for add-on accessories make this craft a great choice for kayak fishing, as well!

Finding the Sea

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Finding the Sea

The evolution of the inflatable kayak over the last ten years has been dramatic to say the least. No longer considered “water toys”, these boats have evolved into serious paddling machines. From whitewater to sea kayaking, inflatable kayaks have become much better at their intended purpose, rivaling hard shell boats in performance. Some whitewater boats have become serious play boats while others are best suited for running big water on your favorite rivers. Touring inflatables track straighter and faster than ever before. Whichever you choose your inflatable will pack smartly in a carrying case and store in your closet or the trunk of your car — the ultimate in convenience.

The Fire Fly kayak is designed to be a compact recreational inflatable kayak with several unique features that improve the performance and durability. It is the perfect family product for spending time on the water. Whether you are floating rivers or paddling lakes you will appreciate the quality in this stable recreational boat.

Weighing in at 4 pounds, the PackLite™ Kayak is designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak equipped with several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations.

It has 3 chambers for optimum safety, packs down to 11″ x 11″ x 5″, and features easy to use Twistlok™ and military style valves for easy inflation. When out on the water, the mesh carry bag doubles as an on-deck gear bag for securing smaller items. Paddling a remote alpine lake or stream has never been this easy!

The Play is amazingly lightweight, extremely stable and so quick to set-up so you’ll be on the water in no time. The shorter length of the Play makes it easy to maneuver whether you are exploring coves, or tackling whitewater, while the shape of the hull provides incredible stability and comfort. A fun, fast way to get on the water, the Play is the perfect recreational kayak.

The New Sporty Lagoon 1 kayak is so unique that you will have complete strangers asking questions about it. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course. It has an inner tube cover for increased rigidity and durability. It has molded rubber-grip handles, bungee deck lacing, padded seat rests, mesh accessory pocket, tracking skew and foam floor. This multi-use boat is for anyone who enjoys the water. From lakes and mild rivers, to bays and estuaries, it is a delight to get on the water quickly without lugging around a heavy cumbersome hard-shell boat.

These are all great choices when it comes to recreational kayaks.

The Basics of Kayak Buying

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
The Basics of Kayak Buying

Sunny days and warm, blue water. White sand beaches. Palm trees. Really, it’s hard to think of a good reason not to go paddling in Southwest Florida, even if you have no idea what you’re doing. That’s why we decided to team up with the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in Fort Myers and gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best kayaks beginners can buy, on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A tried-and-true, easy-to-use “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career. Shorter, wider and easier to maneuver than full-on touring kayaks, rec boats are generally more comfortable, stable, and affordable than other kayak models. And after cruising around the sun-dappled mangroves of the Gulf for three days, we can assure you, any one of these six fun-oriented rides will help you get off the couch, on the water, and over the learning curve.

Hurricane uses a unique, lightweight and UV-resistant thermoformed material called Trylon (read: fancy, shiny plastic) to create this easy-to-carry and remarkably high-performing solo rec kayak. A rear deck hatch provides a place to stash your lunch, or any gear you’d want to keep dry, and the boat’s multi-chined hull (meaning multiple angles along the hull bottom as apposed to a smooth, round profile) allows you to comfortably practice putting it on edge—a crucial step in learning quicker turns. The Santee also boasts a super-comfy high-back seat and extra large cockpit, ensuring you’ll paddle in both style and comfort, all day.

The Vision 120 SP is a perfect fit for smaller (under 6-feet tall) paddlers looking for a versatile ride that can progress with developing skill sets. Crafted from fiberglass and Kevlar-like fabric, the Vision SP is easy on the eyes and—thanks to its lightweight construction—easy on the back when carrying it to and from the water. The svelte, hollow V-shaped hull is fast and nimble, at the expense of some stability. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft provide semi-dry storage and security in the event of a capsize (key for big, open-water crossings). The Vision’s snug and secure outfitting provides both comfort and control. This is an entry-level kayak that’s also ideal for learning more advanced paddling techniques.

The Rip isn’t the lightest boat you can buy at 50 pounds, but that’s only because it’s got everything you could want in a starter kayak: a high-performance, straight-tracking hull that will help you maximize your strokes and allow your paddling skills to progress, plus a watertight stern bulkhead with a storage hatch to keep your lunch and extra gear dry. The well-padded, easy-to-adjust outfitting will persuade you to sit in it for hours on end, and the price is hard to beat. Besides, you won’t notice any extra weight once the Rip’s on the water and you’re having fun.

Taming the Sailor in You

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Taming the Sailor in You

The sit-on-top kayak, or SOT, is the most popular, widely-known kayak design today. Although some models may resemble traditional sit-in kayaks in terms of hull shape, the two types of kayaks are quite different. With a traditional kayak, the paddler’s legs and lower body are enclosed within the boat’s hull. Often, a spray skirt covers the cockpit opening and wraps around paddler’s waist, creating a seal that keeps water out of the hull. This is common in traditional white water and ocean kayaks. In contrast, the paddler of an SOT sits in a molded depression on top of the hull, with the legs and lower body exposed.

Measuring 13-feet, 10-inches long by 29-inches wide and with a total load limit of 450 pounds, the X-13 Fish and Dive Package Sit-on-Top Kayak is the ultimate cross-performance recreational and fishing kayak. The X-13 offers the storage capacity for camping trips and gear-laden fishing adventures with a perfect combination of speed and stability for fun on the water. Equipped with a large Gator Hatch in the bow with a bungee system and a large, “live well” open rear well–the X-13 can carry lots of gear including a cooler or 5-gallon bait bucket.

Both the front and rear of the kayak are equipped with 2 rod holders each for optimum fishing. The wide cockpit area features a center hatch, comfortable and dry seating, and an adjustable foot track system. In addition, the X-13 is equipped with a cup holder, eyelets, a drain plug with base, nylon hooks, bow and stern handles, and side carry handles/paddle holders. Ready to take you on years of adventures, the X-13 Kayak is backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Malibu Kayaks.

The Lifetime Ten foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak is a great choice. Here is why:

  • Designed for single or tandem use; 10-foot fishing kayak
  • (2) 2-piece sport paddles included
  • Fits up to 3 riders
  • Dry storage compartment
  • Ditty trays and shock cord for storing loose items

The Sport Fisher sit-on-top kayak from Lifetime Products is the ultimate fishing kayak! Up to 3 people can ride high and dry in balanced seating. Tunnel hull design provides ultimate stability making it possible to stand up and fish or sit side-saddle without tipping over. Durable, lightweight polyethylene plastic construction makes it easy to transport, easy to use, and easy to store.  The sit-on-top Sport Fisher kayak from Lifetime Products is designed for ultimate stability and convenient functionality. The tunnel hull design makes it possible to fish standing up or sitting side-saddle. Lots of awesome built-in features enhance your fishing experience; such as paddle clips and cradles to secure paddle when not in use, three fishing pole holders, a cup holder, and multiple foot wells for leverage when you’re reeling in that giant catfish.

The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Posted by 7Villages 24 Feb 2016 No Comments »
The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Brown sugar and white sugar may look different, but they are actually more similar than you might think. Both varieties are the product of sugar cane purification. Both go through similar separations processes in refineries. Brown sugar tastes slightly different, as it has a caramel taste and is darker brown in colour.

Refined sugar

Once the sugar cane has been harvested, it goes through several processes. It is ground to extract the juices. The raw crystals that remain and form in the juices are granules called raw sugar. It goes through several filtration and water washes, before it is ready to be called refined sugar and put on the store shelves for consumers to purchase. This sugar contains 96 per cent sucrose and 4 per cent other plant materials. When the product is vacuum-dried, it looks yummy but actually contains little nutritional value.

Molasses

Once the sugar has been refined, filtered and processed, molasses is added to the white sugar in order to change the color. This changes the nutritional value slightly; molasses contains 46 per cent sucrose, 3 per cent protein, and small amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sulfur. Molasses is used for animal and human consumption.

Which to choose

Brown sugar gives off a bit of a different taste – more caramelized. White sugar is something most people are familiar with and this is what usually goes into coffee cups and lattes each morning. Baking and cooking with brown sugar can produce food that is moister and softer. Foods made with brown sugar will have a darker appearance.

Foods with sugar

There are many foods that contain added sugar and it’s important to read the labels on the packaging very carefully. Too much sugar is not healthy in any form and should be limited in your diet. Too much consumption of sugar can cause major health issues in the long term, such as Diabetes. Here are some foods to watch out for:

  • Pop/Soda
  • Fruit flavored yogurt
  • Cold cereal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate milk

Read food labels carefully; some foods may not have fat but contain many teaspoons of added sugar (think of candy like Skittles and wine gums). If these calories do not get burned off, they will be converted to fat, resulting in weight gain.

According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day; men should consume no more than nine teaspoons. Studies from the association found that on average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar. In teenagers, that amount can skyrocket to more than 34 teaspoons. Is it any wonder why 1 in 3 people are overweight? Diabetes is a serious condition that affects millions of people across America and sugar is the main culprit.

Grocery stores are full of temptation and companies have gotten creative with their packaging and marketing efforts. Be a smart consumer and don’t put anything in your cart that could ruin your health. You’ll not only feel healthier, you will look healthier too.

The Best Calorie Counter Watches

Posted by 7Villages 09 Dec 2015 No Comments »
The Best Calorie Counter Watches

If you are ready to get into shape you may be looking for some gadgets and various other products that can help make it easier for you. With technology being what it is, there are so many options as far as gadgets and health products are concerned. When you are working out you will want to have the best of everything. Keep reading to learn about watches that can count your calories and shoes for individuals who have flat feet.

Watches

The Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband is one of the best calorie counter watches on the market today. Priced at under $130, it comes with a lot of perks that make it one of the best available.

  • Accurately track all-day stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
  • See daily stats, time of day, and exercise mode with a bright OLED display
  • Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm
  • Get call notifications right on your wrist
  • Access real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace to stay on track
  • Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones
  • Utilize the sizing tool in Product Details below to ensure proper fit.

Hummus

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern populations have been consuming good-quality olive oil and tahini for thousands of years. This type of diet that is still eaten in these regions today (which also frequently includes other hummus ingredients like beans, lemon, and garlic) has been shown to be very anti-inflammatory, and we know that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic disease.

Eating a diet similar to these healthy populations can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, to reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and to lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

So is hummus healthy? If you make homemade hummus with real ingredients or buy a quality store bought hummus then yes!

Because hummus is often eaten with pita bread or another type of whole grain, the chickpeas and grains together make up a “complete protein”, meaning they contain all essential amino acids that are necessary for the body to acquire from food and to then use for energy.

Because hummus is often eaten with pita bread or another type of whole grain, the chickpeas and grains together make up a “complete protein”, meaning they contain all essential amino acids that are necessary for the body to acquire from food and to then use for energy.

Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is also a great source of important amino acids (specifically one called methionine), which allows tahini to create another complete protein when combined with chickpeas, similarly to chickpeas and grains do.

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