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Product Review: Artnaturals Bluetooth Diffuser

Disclosure: Artnaturals was courteous enough to provide sample products for the purpose of the review. All opinions listed herein are my own.

Everyone likes to have a home that smells welcoming to guests (and frankly helps cover up any food scents or other odors).  Most of us rely on candles but diffusers, now growing in popularity, may be a better and more sustainable option.

Many of us are somewhat familiar with diffusers. Often they come in sleek little bottles that sit on our desks at work. But what if you had one that gave out a pleasant mist in controllable increments and worked as a bluetooth speaker?

Artnaturals Bluetooth Diffuser does just that.

Previously, the folks at Artnaturals sent me their bluetooth diffuser to try out in my home office space. After using it for a while, I thought I’d share my thoughts with all of you.

Let me begin by saying that I’ve never actually owned a diffuser of my own but had been thinking about purchasing one as I’ve become increasingly interested in the use of essential oils (thanks hair care research) especially as it relates to managing mood and energy.  This opportunity gave me a chance to really see how I felt about it.

What I Loved

I think that the Top 16 essential oil pack is a great selling feature of this combo. What’s best about that is that with the purchase you also get, what I call, a recipe book that provides some potential mixes for you to try out in your space. It helps provide a strong foundation to work from, and to be honest I haven’t tried even half of the mixes and I’m already a few months in.

I also think that the design of the diffuser/speaker itself is neat. If you watch closely, you can see the mist escaping from the top of the spout when the diffuser is on. It also has a clock which is a nice add-on, especially if your diffuser is in a space without another visible clock.

But, by far, having control over the diffuser is the best-selling point for me. You can simply have it turned on until your water-oil mix runs out and/or you can put it on specific time increments such as 1 hour, 3 hours or 6 hours. This makes it great for creating a specific feel in an environment, whether that’s the work place or your home.

There is also a feature that allows the diffuser to show different colored lights when it’s on. Again, you have control over this so you can opt for no lights or opt for one color the whole time which can add a little ambiance if you’re looking for that extra little touch.

And ultimately, the diffuser with 16 essential oils retails for less than $60. That means you’re getting a diffuser, bluetooth speaker, and a nice set oils for a damn good price. It’s a great value.

What Could Use Improvement

I don’t think that the bluetooth speaker has the best sound quality., to be honest. I  didn’t expect it to provide super high quality sound. But, it works just fine for ambient and instrumental music. Surprisingly though, it can get quite loud (it has volume controls) so it has that going for it on the plus side.

Overall, I think that an electronic diffuser is a great idea because it gives you a lot of control over how often and how much you diffuse in your space. I wish that the smells lingered more often, but then again, maybe that’s just to the fact that we tend to assimilate to smell very quickly.  Needless to say, my home office nook smells pretty good and it’s fun to play around with different scent combinations to create different moods.  I personally think the set I tried out would make a great gift for someone who’s learning more about oils and their use in the home or office. And, the style is simple, yet decorative enough to not be so disruptive to most spaces.

To learn more about Artnaturals and to buy the Top 16 Essential Oils and Bluetooth Speaker set.

 

Foods for a Healthy Life

There are plenty of important reasons to eat well. If you eat nutritious foods your life expectancy will increase. Eating healthy makes your mind work faster and stronger, which ultimately increases your working efficiency throughout the day .

Today, we have a collection of some food items which are not only healthy to eat, but will also satisfy your taste buds.

Apples

The apple is high in fiber and has different cancer prevention agents. And, isn’t biting into a fresh apple satisfying? On the off-chance that you find yourself hungry between meals, apples are a great option.

Avocados

Avocados are great to eat and chock full of vitamins. They’re stocked with solid, healthy fats (as opposed to carbs). Avocados are rich, delectable and high in fiber, metal and ascorbic acids which are good for digestion.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B and fiber. Bananas are outrageously advantageous and will help give you a quick energy boost in the middle of a long day.

Incline Beef

Incline hamburger is among the best sources of carbs out there, and its packed with bio-available iron. To add flavor to your beef and find best ways to cook sumptuous beef checkout this cooking guide.

Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast are low in fat and calories, however phenomenally high in protein. It’s an amazing supply of many nutrients. Grilling chicken on a top quality charcoal grill  enhances the taste of chicken breast and adds a bit of rustic charm.

Almonds

Almonds are stacked with cancer prevention agents called cell reinforcements, and fiber. Studies demonstrate that almonds will help your bones stay strong and they promote overall wellbeing.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of the best supplements of the world, which is why they are often thought of as superfoods. One ounce (28 grams) contains eleven grams of fiber, and a larger amount of manganese (which is good for your liver and overall wellness).

Peanuts

Peanuts, who are, in fact vegetables, not nuts are high in supplements and cancer prevention agents. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of peanuts on lowering cancer risk.

Be that as it may, peanuts are awfully high in calories which makes it an incredible food to consume as pre workout food. It gives the energy required while no matter what kinds of workouts you do.

Chime Peppers

Chime peppers are accessible in numerous hues. They’re firm and still awfully sweet, and boast a great supply of cancer prevention agents and ascorbic acid, which helps digestion.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a brilliant supplier of fiber, fat-dissolvable vitamins,  and contains a decent amount of carbs (in contrast to other vegetables). It’s a healthy, nutritious food that tastes decent when grilled or boiled for soup.

Carrots

The carrot often comes across as just another boring veggie. But, it’s uncommonly delicious and firm, and stacked with nutrients like fiber and fat-dissolvable vitamins. Carrots, additionally, are frightfully high in caroteneantioxidants and beta-carotone.

If you want healthy life full of energy without any problems then I recommend you to try to eat more of the healthy foods listed in the collection above. You will definitely see the miracles in your life in terms of health and overall well-being in the years to come.

Author bio: Tushar is a scrumptious food connoisseur who loves to write about lifestyle, food, fitness ,technology and positive life .you can connect with him on Twitter.

Cooking 101: A Guide to the Perfect Steak

We all know that summertime means it’s grilling season.  And who doesn’t love a perfectly cooked steak when you’re drinking beer with friends on your backyard patio? Summer’s great isn’t it?!

Some of us out there are more adept at preparing steak than others. Well, today’s post can help with that.  If you’re a newbie to the grill this season then you probably think you have a lot to learn about meat doneness and preparation.  Making steak for a gang of friends isn’t necessarily the easiest thing, especially as people can be very particular about their steak is cooked. For me personally, I’m a medium rare kind of guy but I know friends of mine who balk at the idea of any bit of pink in their steak. That’s alright I judge them too 🙂

But, there’s no reason to fear with the “Complete Guide to Steak”, which has been shared with us from the folks over at ereplacementparts.com.  Check it out below!

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Tips for Choosing and Cooking Steak Perfectly

Source: eReplacementParts.com blog

CityBrunch Launches new Bottomless Brunch App in NYC

How many weekend hours do you spend trying to find the perfect bottomless brunch place for you and your friends?

What if there was a way to find the hottest and best deals all in one place? CityBrunch offers you just that.

The app just completed beta testing and has now launched in one of the biggest brunch meccas in the world, NYC.  Soon, it will look to expand to other major cities. But for now, only those in NYC will be able to reap its benefits.

Here’s what CityBrunch offers via its description in the Apple iTunes store:

CityBrunch connects you to the best bottomless brunches in your city and offers special promotions for brunch.

CityBrunch allows you to see the details of the bottomless deal, cuisine type, location, phone number, and menu of your favorite bottomless brunch restaurants in your city.

Use CityBrunch to plan your weekend and finally enjoy boozy brunch, your way.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be a beta tester on the product and I have to say, it certainly does offer a lot at only $.99. In the app you can search by cuisine type, bottomless brunch deal and even neighborhood so that you don’t have to wander too far from your bed. It’s a handy little app that could very easily serve all your brunch needs.

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In the future, the app will likely continue to build on its easy to use interface and offer more features as time goes on. Additionally, I’ve talked with its creator and they hope to launch an app soon for Android devices.

To download the app, via the App Store. Additionally, you may follow CityBrunch on Facebook as well.

Happy eating and maybe I’ll see you at brunch! 😉

 

What’s the deal with hair loss vitamins?

Balding and hair loss is one of the biggest causes of worry for men as we age. In past generations, hair loss has represented the change from sexually viable to unattractive, older and less virile. In recent years there has been a shift in attitudes, yet that doesn’t stop many men from worry about receding hair lines and balding, in general.

As such, hair transplants and other methods such as scalp treatments and massages have all emerged as helpful tools in our effort to beat, or at least slow down, the aging clock and hair loss.

Hair vitamins have also emerged with the promise of offering men help in this area. There are also a multitude of products aimed at women as well. Many of them contain biotin, which has been shown to help produce healthy and vibrant hair, skin, and nails.

I recently came across a product called iRestore, which has products that claim to reduce genetic hair loss by “thinning by inhibiting the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which triggers the hair miniaturization process.”

Now I can’t vouch for this product as I haven’t used it myself, but it certainly represents an alternative to often expensive surgeries and other treatments that men seek out to combat hair loss. iRestore even has an entire hair loss system and laser (!) that claims to help stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss.

Could it be the missing link for many men’s battles with hair loss? If you’re interested, please visit iRestorelaser.com for more information and to purchase.

Weigh in on the hair loss product market in the comment section below. Have you tried anything out there? What’s worked and what hasn’t?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’m sure others would too!

Could magnets be the key to a better morning routine?

Most of us don’t like the process of getting ready in the morning, but what if there was some way to make the process a bit quicker AND easier?

What if your mobility was an issue?

MagnaReady was created by Maura Horton when she realized that her husband, diagnosed with Parkinson’s, needed help buttoning his shirt. In an effort to foster independence and autonomy for him and others with dexterity issues, she created MagnaReady.

Here’s what’s cool about MagnaReady shirts…they look just like any other shirt. The buttons, and shirt styles, look like any other popular shirt on the market. Decorative buttons line the outside to ensure that you always keep a neat personal appearance.

Here are some other key points about the shirts:

  • Wrinkle-free
  • Wash & dry at home
  • All you have to do is toss it on and press the two sides of the shirt together. Magnetic technology in the buttons automatically ensures the buttons will attach facing the right direction.
  • Shirts are available for both men and women and sell for $64.95

Here are some of the available styles:

 

For more information visit: magnaready.com.

Would you give these a try?

 

Relationships in the Digital Age: Dating Ironies in Today’s World

The face of dating has changed dramatically over the last decade. There are quite a few reasons for this: from the rise of mobile interactive media such as Tinder and Badoo, to the fast pace of life and our inability to approach dating with patience.

The rise of the digital dating age seemed to be the next logical step for our technology-centric society. And sure, while this has given hermits and reclusive people a chance at reproduction, it has also transformed the dating terrain for large portions of the population that grew up learning to meet girls at clubs, work or any other example of real-life.

However, whether you like it or not, digital dating is here to stay and it is growing in popularity. So, to prepare yourself for engaging in the medium of romance with success and not awkward terror, here are some sheer ironies for you to watch out for when using online dating platforms.

Whatever happened to face value?

While good looks do help with getting a foot in the door when it comes to dating, they will only get you so far. We have been raised in a society that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, a man by his hairline or a woman by her waist line; and while we all like to believe that we are a little less shallow than that, dating platforms have been set up, and are used in a way that is contrary to our positive self -image.

So why then, is a user’s image on a dating platform the most important piece of information you can get? Sure, you don’t want to be surprised by a hot date with a blonde donning a swastika tattoo on her forehead; but surely getting to know someone requires a little more than a few photos, a generic one-line description and a list of unimportant interests like ‘handbags’, ‘makeup’ and ‘sleeping’.

Now everyone is photoshopped

You would think that the shallow nature of online dating would give those who are aesthetically challenged quite the handicap in the dating world; though not necessarily.

If there is one thing that has always been true about digital dating, is that you rarely get what you see. But as photo-editing software and applications become more advanced and user-friendly, it’s getting harder and harder to tell who is who.

You can straighten your hair, lose a ton of weight or clear up your skin with a swipe of a finger on your phone; and everybody knows it. So why then, are images so important in the first place?

Though it’s not even the image manipulation that is the most misleading. On social media, you can be anyone you like. You can be a philanthropist, mountain climbing rock star with super-powers, a billion dollars and a doctorate. Okay, not quite, but you get the picture.

People don’t talk about who they are online, they talk about who they would like to be; or rather who they would like to be seen as. You do it, I do it, even your nan who just discovered Facebook does it. It’s human nature, but that doesn’t help when the super-model you’re supposed to be meeting up with for drinks turns out to be an oil-rig worker.

You think it may be separating us

Not all of the irony behind online dating is negative (although that might be a perspective thing). It is generally assumed that the use of digital media is separating us since it stops us from interacting in the real-world. This is a logical assumption, but oddly enough, in the land of online dating, it isn’t always true.

And what do we have to thank about that? Honestly, I think it might be ethics:

Designers of online dating platforms need to be careful not to encourage user behavior that is openly prejudice, for example. When filtering your searches on most dating platforms there are a number of options which are available, such as income and race.

In a world where we all struggle to build and navigate cross-cultural relations, dating apps put people in a position where they can meet people from different walks of life which traditional dating (being subject to social circles) would rarely allow.

So, who knows? Keep at it and you might actually shack up with a princess.

Not looking for hookups

Different users of online dating platforms have varying opinions on why they exist in the first place. They are widely believed by men to be a great place for one-night-stands and booty-calls, while more than a few of my female friends scour them for prospective long-term partners.

The varying opinions are easily settled though, by looking at how the majority of users interact with the medium; that is to say, it is mostly for flings, short term regrets and a shot at something which will likely fizzle if you’re lucky.

So why then, is everyone online so coy about it? Just about every profile on Tinder talks about anything but sex. If you want to get to know someone you need to actually meet them; so why scare prospective dates off by telling them they need to commit to you when all they have seen of you is a poorly photoshopped picture of you standing in front of someone else’s car?

Okay, fine, so it isn’t only for sex, and I’m sure that some lucky people have met their perfect matches by swiping right on their professionally edited face.

While reports on why people use apps like Tinder are varied, their CEO would like you to believe that 80% of their users are looking for long term relationships. I wonder how many of them actually find them.

What are some of your biggest challenges in dating online? Weigh in with your stories in the comment section below!

 

Guest contributor bio: Terrence Kennedy is the man’s man on a journey to self-discovery. A traveler, extreme sports aficionado, an observant wanderer, a DIY man, an ultimate outsider and documentarist of culture, sex, dating, relationship, fashion, style and gentleman’s etiquette. He has learned a lot through his escapades and continue to do so, and is happy to pass that knowledge to you.

 

It’s Grilling Season Baby! Tips So You Don’t Get Burned Buying Your New Grill

It’s almost summer which means many of us are going to be spending a lot more time outdoors and hopefully grilling up some tasty food!

One often overlooked part of the experience is finding the right grill. Here are some tips from the folks a Napoleon Gourmet Grills to help you choose the best grill for your needs:

You get what you pay for $$$ – in most cases, BBQ’s are priced according to quality. Do your research, but if you want a quality grill that’s going to last a while, be prepared to pay for it.

Buy local! – When possible, search and buy local brands as that may cut down on costs and enable you to more readily get replacements parts in the future, should you need them.

Consider size, accessories and BTU’s – Don’t go into buying blind, think about what you will be cooking, how many people you will be cooking for and the space it will be sitting in. Going into a buy without planning can result in you getting the “ol’ car salesman” and buying something you don’t actually need.

Check the warranty – be sure to ask your dealer about what is/isn’t included in the warranty. A good warranty for grills will cover 10 years for burners, sear plates and castings, which are the heart of your grill.

Stick to your budget and take care! – Think about what you can afford, and what you need. Take care of the unit you purchase, and you won’t need to buy another one until technology changes again and you want the latest innovation!

 

About Napoleon

It all began in 1976 when a small steel fabrication business launched by Wolfgang Schroeter started manufacturing steel railings in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. At that time, no one could imagine the incredible future that lay ahead for Wolf Steel Ltd. and eventually Napoleon® Fireplaces and Napoleon® Gourmet Grills.

Protect Your Skin Outdoors – Tips from an Expert

It is estimated that 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2012.

We can help reduce our risk of this by taking care of our skin properly and wearing sunscreen.

As the warmer and longer, sunnier days are here we have to be extra mindful of taking care of our skin. Yes, that means everyone!  No matter your ethnicity or skin type, there is an option for effective sun protection available on the market.  And given the rates of skin cancer in this country, why not take the extra 10 seconds in your grooming routine to protect your largest organ…your skin!

Florida based dermatologist Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick believes that men involved in outdoor sports are at a particularly strong risk. While I’m not particularly sporty myself, research has found that men often don’t consider the need to wear protection from the sun, especially when being active and doing things like running, swimming, mountain climbing, etc.  This is a trend that desperately needs to change.

In recent research, scientists found that men who engage in outdoor sports are often motivated by hoping to improve overall health and wellness and are often pretty adept at avoiding injury. But, Dr. Kirkpatrick says that when it comes to skin men just don’t consider the risks. He states, “It’s ironic that as dedicated as male sports enthusiasts are to taking precautions to reduce sports risk, protecting exposed skin is overlooked by so many.”

He recommends that anyone spending time outdoors wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for 80 minutes of outdoor activity and then reapply. If you’re an active guy Bullfrog presents some good options of sunscreens that will work for you.

Check out the infographic below for more information and stats on skin care and sun protection. And make a pledge to wear sunscreen daily starting on May 1st as it’s the start of Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

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How to Look as Cool as Your Favorite Movie Character for Less!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the folks at Sunglass Warehouse.

Many of us spend a good amount of time watching movies. Sometimes the humor is what keeps us entertained, like in The Hangover. Sometimes its the genuine badassness that hooks us like in Scarface.  From Bradley Cooper to Al Pacino to Zach Galifinakis and the Blues Brothers, classic movie characters often come with classic style.

While we can’t typically afford the threads that our favorite actors wear on the silver screen, we can get their look for less.

For those of us on a budget (like me) trying to look like these iconic characters can be tough. That’s where Sunglass Warehouse helps us out! You can find a variety of styles inspired from some of the styles in these classic guy movies.

Personally, aviator sunglasses have long been a favorite Spring and Summer style staple for me but I like to switch it up every now and then. After all, style is all about personal expression and how often do we always feel the same?  Right?!

Take a look below to see how you can have your favorite sunglass looks for less.

Click on the image to buy the recommended alternative from Sunglass Warehouse.