Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Odds Aren’t in J. Law’s (And Your) Breath’s Favor

Bad Breath CaseThe prospect of sharing a passionate kiss with Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is THE dream for her admirers. But her on-screen partner Liam Hemsworth, who played Gale in The Hunger Games, begs to differ. In fact, he considers it a nightmare.

“Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” he admitted on The Tonight Show, referring to her breath issues.

Jennifer admits to consuming garlic or tuna meals before her make-out scenes. Fortunately, the co-stars just laughed it out. But for most people, bad breath is no laughing matter. It results in social struggles and episodes of embarrassment.

The Root of All (Breath) Evil

Brownsburggentledentist.com, a local family dentist, says nine out of 10 cases of foul breath originate from the mouth. In some unique cases, bad breath originates from other medical issues of the body, which includes lung infection and liver disease. Mouthwash and breath mints are convenient solutions, but to totally resolve it, find the root cause.

As Jennifer Lawrence found out, some food and drinks trigger that unpleasant smell. Garlic, onion, coffee, and alcohol are the primary culprits. If you’re a big fan of smoking, it’s time to quit, especially if you want minty fresh breath.

Some people think fasting is the best solution — it’s not. When you stop eating, the mouth becomes dry and encourages the release of foul-smelling substances.

How to Stay Fresh All Day

One of your best bets in preventing foul breath is easy — stay hydrated and add fresh foods (e.g. apple, parsley, or celery) to your diet.

Regular oral hygiene is also a sure way to avoid bad breath. Apart from keeping the breath fresh, your goal is to eliminate all harmful bacteria. Allowing these microorganisms to reside in your mouth results in tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Brush and floss twice a day and stay away from sugary treats. Also, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

So, did Jennifer ever apologize to Liam for her bad breath? Not really. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she joked.

Three of the Cheapest Ways to Make Your Home Burglarproof

 Burglarproof House in CanberraCrime figures have reported published just recently showed that many parts of Canberra, particularly those in the inner north, have shown a considerable decrease. However, this is not the case for areas in the inner south. Property crime rates, which includes burglary, have jumped, with theft cases going up to 44 percent and property damage rising to 53.8 per cent.

Whether you live in the north or the south, these numbers should already prompt you to take action and make your home more secure. You do not have to shell out a huge portion of your savings just to make your home burglarproof. You can start with these three cheapest home-security improving tactics.

Upgrade your doors, especially the front, back, and garage door.

You need to think like a burglar in order to figure out how they come to gain access to their victims’ houses. And as with most petty thieves like them, the first thing they usually try out is the front door, followed by the back door, and lastly, the garage door.

When these parts of your home have already aged, it is the time you upgrade them. Through the help of a highly reliable Canberra doors manufacturer such as monarowindows.com.au, not only can you up your home’s security, but also its overall value, as new doors increase kerb appeal.

Get rid of your old and draughty windows.

Another cheap yet effective method to deter burglars is through replacing your old and outdated windows. These are the weakest components of your home. Thus, when burglars cannot enter your home through any of your exterior doors, the next thing they will do is mess with your window locks.

And just like with new doors, getting replacements for them will both enhance your home’s security and overall value. To make it even more secure, consider investing in screens, which add another layer of protection.

Do not underestimate burglars; get these cheap yet effective crime deterrents so you and your loved ones can sleep soundly at night.

There’s More to Content Than Just Hitting the “Publish” Button

Content WritingFor some writers, creating a new blog post signifies the end of their work. Once they click the “Publish” button, that’s the end of it.

On the contrary, it’s not.

The work doesn’t end after your write and submit your articles. Your to-do list stretches after posting it and comes with follow-up tasks, which promote better visibility and engagement.

Following the suggestions below maximizes blog post value.

Never Stop Revising

The best blogs are the results of numerous drafts. According to PayPerContent, provider of content creation services, quality pieces undergo endless revisions. If you think otherwise, might want to re-read and reconsider your article before posting.

Investing some time in editing avoids misspelled words, wrong grammar, and out of context thoughts. Reading your draft aloud also helps. By proofreading and revising multiple times give you an error free content.

Share to ALL Platforms

Content is useless if no one reads it. Instead of just letting it sit on the site, share your blog post right after publishing.

Social media platforms are the best places to start. Use your Facebook and Twitter account to your advantage by sharing the blog link. Other than getting visits, it also allows early traction. As you spent hours writing the article, spare a couple of minutes promoting it to receive maximum exposure and user engagement.

Link from Old Posts

If your site has a number of evergreen content that receives multiple clicks and shares, use these to your advantage. Old posts can help in driving more traffic to new posts. Go back to your most popular content and find ways to incorporate links towards your latest post.

Apart from increasing direct traffic, linking older blogs builds a stronger framework for your visibility.

Publishing good content is not enough; don’t be satisfied with just uploading pieces online. Running the extra mile does wonder for you and your website.

Are Pizza Vending Machines the End of the Pizza Industry?

Pizza Vending MachineIt seems that the national food, the good old’ sloppy hamburger, is about to be overrun by pizza soon enough—as the first pizza vending machine is about to go mainstream.

According to Pizzeria Vecchia, the first ever pizza machine in the United States is referred to as the “Pizza ATM.” But, instead of shooting out bills, it will provide hungry college students in Xavier University with some homemade pizzas fresh out of the machine.

What You Need to Know

Concerns over this almost absurd vending machine have recently made rounds where it was reported that Paline, a European Company, started this innovation. But, apparently, the whole vending system isn’t yet fully automated. And the reason the Pizza ATM is located near the kitchen of the Xavier University is because the pizza itself is still prepared by the staff in the college. So, what’s happening here is that, chefs still bakes the pie and then feeds it to the machine for distribution.

A Trend that Can Boost the Industry

At a glance, the invention of pizza machines could easily mean the obsolescence of pizza places—but in application—the Pizza ATM can instead raise the cheese and tomato industry to higher levels. The mainframe of the machine is capable of processing 70 pizzas at once. This is exciting news for a lot of restaurant chains because it translates to faster service. The service crew can feed in premade pizzas even before their shops open and leave the machine outside for a 24/7 operation.

Small Beginnings for a Huge Crowd

The Pizza ATM in Xavier University has encouraged not only its students to try the service, but also anyone looking to verify if the vending machine can really match the actual thing. Currently, a 12-inch pizza cost around $9 to $10 depending on the additional toppings.

“We were looking for a cost-effective way to solve this problem of having a late-night pizza option on campus. We liked the idea of being the first school to have this high-quality machine,” Xavier Assistant Vice President Jude Kiah said in the interview. 

The Impact of Offshore Buyers on New Zealand Home Sales

Foreign Homebuyers in AucklandForeign homebuyers acquired 1,749 properties in New Zealand out of the 57,678 homes that were sold in the second quarter of 2016, the New Zealand Herald‎ reported.

If you’re looking to sell property, there is good news. House valuations across the country have reached more than NZ$600,000 for the first time, according to Quotable Value data. In Auckland, the value of homes rose even further, increasing to almost NZ$1 million.

Overseas Hunters

The number of homes purchased by offshore buyers represented 3% of the total between April and June. In the first quarter of 2016, foreigners also accounted for the same percentage of sold properties. Non-residents in Auckland acquired 900 properties during the second quarter, up by one point to 5% on the first quarter.

The Chinese tax residents purchased almost half of the Auckland homes sold in the previous quarter. In terms of overall transactions, those with New Zealand tax residency represented 60% of home sales.

Although the latest data does not show a register of home ownership amongst overseas buyers, it could indicate the current trend in the country’s real estate sector, according to Land Information New Zealand Deputy CEO Russell Turner.

Valuable Possessions

The Quotable Value House Price index said that the average value of homes in New Zealand has reached NZ$602,434, while Auckland average values hit NZ$992,207. Several factors led to the increase, Quotable Value national spokesperson Andrea Rush said.

These include low interest rates, robust investor activity and high net migration that have propelled house valuations in many parts of the country.

Some places such as Hamilton are currently seeing a shortage of supply of homes to meet a steadily increasing demand, particularly for properties priced between NZ$400,000 and NZ$600,000, according to Stephen Hare, Quotable Value homevalue Hamilton valuer.

Before you jump the gun and put a for-sale tag on your property, check in first with experienced real estate agencies to make sure your home could be sold for the highest possible price.

Are MacBooks Made for Hipsters Hanging Out at a Coffee Place?

Mac Computer in New ZealandThe question has been floating around for the past couple of years — ‘Are Apple products, or MacBooks, to be specific, made for hipsters hanging out at a coffee place?’

With the beautiful craftsmanship of a MacBook, it is easy to see why it has become popular. Despite its edgy hardware, common hard drive issues and screen problems may occur. A Mac repair shop in New Zealand lists down possible repairs a MacBook may need:

  • Disassembling
  • Memory upgrades and/or replacement
  • Hard drive crashes
  • LCD replacement
  • Hinge replacement
  • Old case replacement
  • OS upgrades
  • Software issues

Hipsters, given their lack of depth, when it comes to technology, are more than likely to seek repairs when panicking over a MacBook malfunction. Since most hipsters choose the MacBook for its user-friendly software and aesthetic appeal, it is unlikely they know much about computer specifications. Well, that’s the assumption.

Perception

A netizen comments how Apple devices have immediate brand recognition. And for some, MacBooks are a way for these people to maximise their uniqueness. A handful of people on the internet agree that hipsters hang out in coffee shops with their MacBooks for people to recognise them.

Another point to make about Apple devices is how it is the brand of the youth. Older people, too, are choosing to use MacBooks because it makes them look younger. Similarly, it is about the brand, although MacBooks are the choice for people specialising in graphics.

Conclusion: Are MacBooks for Hipsters in Coffee Shops?

Many responses have come up online, both serious and comedic answers. Constant debates are up on the internet until now. This involves the comparison and contrast of PCs and Windows versus Apple and the iOS.

It is one thing for a person to carry the hipster label, and another to have a MacBook while sipping a frappuccino in a trendy coffee shop.

In all seriousness, the MacBook is a computer that does not serve to comply with the needs of a serious developer or user. Its popularity relies on its sleek design and convenience — which is not a bad thing, at all, especially for hipsters.

4 Interior Decor Ideas for Your Office

BlindsYour office is your home away from home right? This is the place where you believe, and pursue your goals with passion. In fact, some people spend more time in the office than they do at home. If you don't need the decorate to be fit for your guests, then do it for yourself and your employees. You deserve to work in a warm, beautiful and inviting environment.

Here are some ideas to help you create an ideal office space with window blinds:

Use vertical window blinds

You are wrong if you thought that grey roman blinds are only suitable at home. The Online Blinds Shop and other window treatment suppliers are seeing and increase in online purchases specially the popular vertical blinds. These blinds are not only stylish, but are also one of the most practical and affordable ways to decorate your office. These blinds can block out excess sunlight, regulate temperatures and guarantee your privacy.

Look professional with fabric vertical blinds

You definitely want to keep things interesting without losing professional touch. If this is your goal, then fabric vertical blinds are a good choice for your office. These fabric-covered window treatments ensure that your office will always look appealing. Furthermore, they're available in different colours and patterns.

Install ideal decoration with faux wood blinds

Vertical blinds made from faux wood give a variety of decorative options. Apart from this, they are an economical investment. They are durable, easy to maintain, and can give the office an antique feel. Vertical blinds also keep your office neat, smooth, and clean. There are different varieties to choose from, like ribbed blinds. If you want a classic office, then this is the way to go.

You can never go wrong with blinds to improve your office interiors. If you're feeling lost, consult a supplier for reliable advice.

Bending for Relief: Eliminating Post Workout Muscle Pain

Recovery WorkoutWorking out offers that familiar feeling of having achieved something. However, after the training is done for the day, you’re left with sore pain in your muscles. You rely on the protein shake you ordered online to make you feel refreshed.

Why don’t you consider trying a recovery workout? Yoga is an ideal way to lessen body sores and muscle spasms after a hard workout at the gym.

Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge)

Begin by doing adho mukha svanasana or the downward-facing dog. Step forward with your right leg in a high lunge position and put your foot in between your hands. Raise your arms above your hand and place your hand together in a namaskar or prayer position. Ensure that your toes and knees line up.

Slowly bring your left knee down and slide your left leg back as much as you can. Your foot must be flat on the floor and your heel must be up.

By this time, you will feel a wonderful stretch in your groin and the top of your left thigh. Just like before, make sure your right knees and toes line up. To exit in reverse, do the high lunge again and then the downward-facing dog. Repeat the exercise with the left leg.

Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend C)

Start by standing with your legs at least four feet apart. Maintain pigeon toes, wherein your heels are out and your toes are in. Intertwine your fingers behind your back, then inhale.

Stretch your spine while slowly looking up at the sky. Exhale as you carefully bend forward from the hip. Go down as much as you can, so the crown of the head faces the floor.

Relax your shoulders and neck while you allow your head to hang there. Maintain straight legs and have your knees pushed back. In case you have injuries, you may keep your knees soft. 

Yoga is one of the best post-workout exercises to try, because it does not stress joints and it comprises of extensive stretching that relieves muscle strain.

Be Smarter, Be Fitter, Be a Better Personal Trainer

Personal TrainerYou cannot give something that you do not have; food, money, love, and most especially, knowledge. Professors take years and years to earn their Master’s degree and eventually, Doctorate degrees just to be able to efficiently teach their students. Managers study and learn the tricks of the trade to be able to do their jobs well. No matter what your profession is, learning is essential, even in becoming a personal trainer.

That is why there are different levels of professional trainers in Australia. Enrich your passion for training and building a healthy body and become a certified instructor by taking personal trainer courses.

Enrolling in Institutions

Enrolling in institutions enriches your knowledge about fitness, which is necessary for keeping a healthy lifestyle and to becoming a personal trainer. Further studies will not only increase your knowledge, but will also help you keep up with the latest trends in the fitness industry that can help you be a more efficient personal trainer to your clients.

Different academic institutions offer a variety of courses. You can specialise in being a personal trainer, a master trainer, a fitness instructor, massage therapist and even a nutritionist. All these courses are taught by academic and fitness professionals, which ensure that you only learn from the best. Plus, courses are flexible and can help you transition from a student to becoming a professional trainer.

Using Your Knowledge in Your Workplace

The knowledge you gain from learning to be a certified personal trainer can further improve your skills and help you become a licensed personal trainer in no time. Enrolled to become better? The knowledge and skills that you have acquired will make you a better and more effective trainer to your clients.

Indeed, you cannot share something you do not have. Learn more and be able to teach more and do more in your line of work.

Reasons for Dental Fear and How You Can Overcome It

Dental Visit in BloomingtonNo matter your age, visiting a dentist may make you feel uneasy. And, uneasy is an understatement; most people are actually afraid of the dentist, for various reasons. If you’re one of them, you’re not alone, but you can curb your dental fear. To do it, start by understanding why you’re scared of the dentist, and work it out from there. 

ElletsvilleGentleDentist.com has seen a lot of patients struggle with dental fear. While their gentle approach helps put them at ease, overcoming the fear is largely an inside job. Below are some reasons why you’re scared of the dentist, and how you can shake the fear off, for good.

A Visit to the Dental Office Means Pain

The drilling, the surgery, the injections, tooth adjustments and etc. all point to PAIN. If you have a low tolerance for it, visits to the dentist are everything horror movies are made of. If you left with a locked jaw or a swollen mouth, then that’s a reason to avoid a second visit at all costs.

Pain due to dental procedures is inevitable but necessary. It’s important to realize that in order to maintain good oral health, you’ll have to bear with the sometimes invasive treatments. Pep yourself up by understanding that it’s all for the good, and this visit is one appointment less for you.

If your kid needs the pep talk, center on the same idea, and add some treats (like icecream after tooth extraction or a movie after the visit) to counter the pain with something pleasant.

An Appointment is a Scolding Session

It’s your dentist’s job to remind and teach you to keep those pearly whites strong and cavity-free. But, if every visit is about drilling it in your head, then that’s another story. It’s up to your dentist to improve their approach, to be more accommodating and less intimidating to patients. You can’t always expect that to happen, but you can nudge them into making it so, by opening up about your fears.

“Hi, doc. I get intimidated rather easily, so I’d appreciate it if you lighten up a bit,” is a nice way to put it clearly. Good dentists take this as a point for improvement, so if yours would, then hurray for an appointment that’s more on actually talking and less on nagging.

Most other reasons for dental fear comes back to these two. While they’re understandably intimidating, you don’t have to stay afraid of the dentist. In fact, you can work with them to turn your dental fear around.