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5 recipes liked the most in the UK– You may be a foodie and love trying different dishes while on a trip. One of the best places to explore and satisfy your taste buds is UK. The place is known for its delicious cuisine. The top 5 that are a must to try are further discussed here.Read More
This dish is similar as shepherd’s pie that is made from lamb or mutton and vegetables, and sliced potatoes. You need to use a heavy pottery dish to cook it. You should cook it at low heat as the meat can get succulent and tender. This recipe is very cheap and simply prepared that is why it is a very popular dish and people normally eat it with beetroot or pickled red cabbage.
This is the most popular sweet that the Brits mostly like to eat after dinner. This is made of cored, peeled, and sliced Bramley apples that are covered with a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar. The oven is used to bake the delightful dessert and for making the crumble golden brown. You can serve the dessert with custard made from milk, vanilla, and eggs or vanilla ice cream. Plum, peach, blackberry, and rhybarb fruits are also used in crumble. You can also use rolled oats, nuts, or ground almonds as a topping.
This dish is easy to prepare and the best family meal. It is made of minced lamb that is cooked in sauce or gravy with onion and used mashed potato to top it. This recipe can be prepared in different variations and can use other vegetables like as carrots and peas to the filling. Many people also make a layer of grated cheese that gives an extra flavor to the dish.
Fish and chips
The UK people like to eat fish and chips from many years. This is a street food that is served in a piece of newspaper or white paper. Most people like to eat it using their fingers. The fish like plaice, cod, or haddock, is dipped in batter and also deep fried. You need to cut the chips thicker and also deep-fried two times to cook the potato perfectly and make outside crispier.
How to secure the best deals on groceries – You are out in the supermarket and before you know, the bills of your grocery simply extend the amount that you have set as the weekly budget. This could be troublesome and also leave an impact on your overall budgeting. However, you need not to worry about this and opt for the best ways to secure the best deals on groceries. Here mentioned are some of them.Read More
Stick to your shopping list
Whenever you are going to purchase groceries do not forget to make a shopping list. This is important because you will be able to know what you have to purchase. Not only making the list is important but you should also stick to it. Try and avoid purchasing needless things that are not even on your shopping list.
Go for bulk purchasing
Another way of saving money on grocery is to purchase things in bulk. Purchasing the things in larger quantity can cut down the overall pricing. Also, make sure that you are getting the best deals in bulk purchasing. You can also split such orders with any of your friends.
Do not stick to a particular store
If you are purchasing from any particular store thinking that they offer the best prices then you may be proven wrong. You should not stick to any specific shop as you can get the things in a cheaper rate elsewhere. This is also possible that you get some sales at any other shops for the same items. This is the reason you should look around all the shops once a while.
Shop only once a week The less you will shop the more you will save. This can be surprising but absolutely true. If you will go for shopping once a week then you might store a good quantity of the items. This will avoid you to purchase those items next time you shop. Ultimately you will start saving money every time you go for shopping.
Using coupons can also help you to save on groceries. Keep a check on newsletters, magazines and newspapers as you can find coupons in them. You can use these coupons wisely to avoid additional expense.
Tips to stay motivated for workout :Let me start with a question this time. Have you ever started a fitness program and quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but they may stop when they get bored, they don’t enjoy it or results come too slowly. I always choose to write on those problems which I’ve gone through so that I could genuinely connect to the problem and readers. Here are several tips to stay motivated for your workout.Read More
- CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITS
If you are a beginner, then take small goals like starting with 10 mins of grass walking or one round of jogging etc and then gradually increase your limits. Also try to challenge your limits. What I mean by saying that is if you walk for 10 mins today, make a goal to walk 15 mins tomorrow and push yourself hard to complete the challenge. If you run for one round today, then make sure you run for one and a half rounds tomorrow. By adopting this you will get two benefits – (a) you will improve your stamina (b) your body metabolism will increase
Talking about me, I started by doing 20 mins of grass walking and surprisingly, now I walk for an hour and a half continuously. It took me 2 months for this big change
- MAKE IT FUN
Do you get bored of those high intensity workouts and make your workout routine a fun? If you answered yes, then you are not the correct page. Make your workout fun. It will help you stay motivated throughout your fitness journey. Include dance workouts, zumba sessions, aerobic exercises or some outdoor sports like badminton, cricket, football, basketball etc. once or twice in a week. If you don’t want to workout alone, then you can involve your friends/neighbours also. Including them will provide you a competitive environment which will force you to workout more than you do regularly. They will turn your workout into a fun class.
I personally include zumba/dance for one day and badminton/tennis for one day in my workout routine. It gives me a boost up to workout again the another day.
- MAKE YOUR WORKOUT PLAN
Rather than randomly doing any exercise, you should better make a workout plan. Give stress to a particular part of your body for one day and another part of your body for another day. Planning your workout will also set a goal for you as you will know the number of exercises you have to complete. The most important thing while planning your workout is to plan a resting day for your body to recover and relieve the stress of all the six days. Your body has worked for six tiring days and have all the rights to take rest for a day. Planning a workout isn’t easy. So I’ve come up with two plans which will help you plan your workout.
- YOGA WORKOUT PLAN
Monday – pure yoga
Tuesday – power cardio yoga
Wednesday – strength training yoga
Thursday – power pilates yoga
Friday – HIIT yoga
Saturday – pure yoga/zumba/dance/aerobics/any outdoor sports
Sunday – resting day
- GYM WORKOUT PLAN
Monday – stretching
Tuesday – back and biceps workout
Wednesday – core body workout
Thursday – legs workout
Friday – chest, shoulder and triceps workout
Saturday – aerobic/HIIT/Bollywood workout
Sunday – resting day
Choose any one of these plans and start your fitness journey now.
- DO NOT SKIP WORKOUTS
When we enrol ourselves in a new gym or in a fitness class, we all pledge to religiously follow our schedule no matter what. But how many of us are actually able to live up to the promise we made? Not many I guess. If you don’t want to lose your fitness motivation, you need to keep up with your healthy routine and not skip your workout.
- REWARD YOURSELF
Whenever you complete your goal, reward yourself with some gifts which will encourage you to complete your goal with more enthusiasm the next day. Rewards need not to be expensive gifts. They can be your favourite icecream/any other food item once or twice a week, workout clothes, a pair of shoes.
For me, I made a rule that until and unless I won’t complete my workout routine, I won’t watch my favourite TV show. It worked very well for me because watching TV is my favourite time pass.
So, that’s it on this topic. I hope all these tips really help you out to stay motivated to work out every morning. Just implement these simple five steps in your life and you will notice that your workout has become so easy and fun.
How to reduce food waste and save money : Nowadays, as I look around, I noticed that food waste has become a habit. Firstly, people buy a lot more stuff than what is needed and secondly, they eat a lot more than required which ultimately leads to food waste. You might not be aware of the fact that by these habits, we are putting extra strain on our nation’s economy and natural resources like forests/farms. Also, we are putting extra pressure on our hard working farmers. When you waste food, you also waste our precious resources (like water, seeds, feed, etc.) that go into producing it. It ultimately leads to the weakening of our nation’s economy. So today, being a responsible citizen, I am taking responsibility and have come up with great ideas on how we can reduce food waste and ultimately save a lot of money.Read More
Store Food Wisely
Always remember to keep older products in the front row of your shelf and the latest ones and the back so that the older products get used first and not get spoiled. I am suggesting this method by personal experience – My kitchen used to be very disorganised. Many times it happened that I kept some old packets and bottles somewhere inside the store and then forgot about them. By the time I used to find them, they were already expired and ultimately food and money, both got wasted. That is why I always suggest to organising the kitchen properly.
USE YOUR LEFTOVERS
Another super technique to save both food and money is to use your leftover food to make new dishes out of them. If you don’t eat everything you make, remember to freeze it for later use.
I’ll tell you what I cook out of the left over food which you can also cook:
USE OVER RIPENED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Whenever a fruit gets over ripened, do not throw them. Rather you can make a fruit smoothie/milkshake/thick shake. If there are multiple over ripened fruits, then better to make a fruit cream/custard.
Similarly, if there are over ripened vegetables like tomato/bottle gourd/bitter gourd/beetroot/pumpkin etc. then you can make soup out of them rather than throwing it away.
BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
Many people believe in buying a lot of stuff together and freezing it which leads to rotting of food and wastage of money. You can save a lot of money just by buying your grocery in limit.
Talking about me, I buy my vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. By doing this, neither the vegetables get rotten nor I have to throw them. Infact, I get fresh vegetables daily. You wont believe it but since the time I have adopted this method, I have started saving a good amount every month.
We usually buy vegetables and fruits from a retail shopkeeper due to which we get it more expensive because the shopkeeper earns his own profit. So I would personally suggest you buy vegetables from the wholesale market. I can assure you that you can save a good amount everytime you go for a purchase.
Author : Ritisha Jain
Happy Parenting : I just feel nowadays, we need to change our parenting skills. Children of new generation are not the same as the previous generation. You just must take the values and ethics from the ancient times and put it into your child in a different pattern. Let me tell you what I feel about the modern-day parenting.
- BECOME YOUR CHILD’S FRIEND
If I would share my experience with you, I have a 15-year-old daughter. She has so many friends but still I’ve managed to become her best friend and she managed to become mine. I’ve started competing with her in learning the answers/ reading the chapters. I go shopping with her, chit chat a little with her, talk about my school times with her and trust me she enjoys a lot and so do I.
Even if it’s late, I realised that the best way to know in and out about your child is becoming his/her best friend.
- TRUST YOUR GUT FEELING
Use your intuition to raise your child. I would like to tell you that there are no fixed rules or steps which are needed to be followed in parenting. Every individual is a different parent and so is every child. Tailor your parenting techniques keeping in mind, both, what suits you and what your child needs. Keep your child’s interest in mind but stay alert and very careful not to fall in the trap of helicopter parenting.
Make some time everyday to spend with your little one. It can be anywhere, like in your bedroom, parks, beaches and have a conversation with him/her. I personally feel this is a master tip among all the tips. By communicating, you get to know your child much better in many ways. I make sure to take my daughter to a park daily and we sit there for almost 30 to 45 minutes. We have conversations regarding her friends, teachers, sports, latest trends, etc. which is again so much fun to do.
Those 30 mins are the most relaxing ones in my entire day. You can also make this time very productive by teaching her values, ethics, manners, difference between wrong and right, discipline, respect etc. If my daughter does something wrong or behaves in an inappropriate manner, this time becomes the perfect time for me to make her understand and realise about her mistake. Yelling and shouting at their mistakes doesn’t work these days.
- STOP COMPARING YOUR CHILD
Now this is again a very big mistake which we as parents make. It’s high time to understand that every child is meant differently, has inherited different traits and qualities of different parents. Latest studies have proved it that comparing your child leaves a bad impact on him/her. Let me share a story of my neighbour Shamita and her daughter Diya.
Diya and one of her cousins were preparing for an IIT entrance test. Unfortunately, Diya could not clear it even after 2 attempts, but her cousin did it at once. Her parents started comparing her with her cousin. Their every conversation would end up comparing both the kids. As a result, Diya went into depression, and totally lost herself confidence. She became very unconfident about her decisions. She required a medical help to recover from that phase of her life.
We as parents always want the best to happen in our child’s life, but this method of comparing children is clearly not working nowadays because the repercussions are very bad. Nowadays, it has become the most dangerous step towards raising a child.
- EXPRESS YOUR LOVE IN ACTIONS
My daughter loves it when I give her a hug or cuddle her. She respects me to another level, and this is what makes our bond so strong. Being a child, he/she cannot understand your feelings without being expressed. His/her mind is not yet developed much to understand the unexpressed thing. As a result, he/she will not be aware of your love for your child (regardless of how deeply you love him/her)
Parenting is not such a small topic to be discussed, rather, it is a very huge and important chapter in our lives which needs to be discussed in a huge crowd. The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it difficult. But keeping your precious time in mind, I would like to end this conversation here. Hope it becomes a helpful and useful content for you all. And last but not the least, I want to wish you “HAPPY PARENTING”. Author – Ritisha Jain
How to visit London on a budget ? London is one of those cities that is on the travel list of many people. Being one of the cultural and historical centers of Europe, its value among the traveler’s remains etched forever. But the city is also one of the economic centers of the world and therefore, has huge costs on the services it provides both to the residents and the tourists. However, there are certain travelers that are limited on their budgets, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t explore London fully. Here are some tips that can help them in exploring the city within a limited budget.Read More
Visiting Cluster places
There is this obvious idea of planning the trip before entering the city and it is indeed very helpful. Since, London has a huge number of attractions and places to visit, travelers can easily fall into the trap of seeing everything at once and burning out without exploring properly. Thus, they should prioritize on visiting such locations that have maximum number of attractions nearby. This will not only save time but also a lot of money and there will be lesser or almost no zigzagging at all during the trip.
Using cycles to travel through London
It is one of the best ideas for exploring the great city. London has a system of providing cheap bicycles known as “Boris Bikes” that allow people to pedal their way through the city. These bikes can be picked up from any of the docking stations for less than about two pounds and park them back into another one at the destination. There are about seven hundred fifty docking stations and more than one thousand bikes. For travelers, this can be an excellent opportunity to explore every bit of London.
Go beyond the central regions
People usually only explore the center of the city and end up battling the crowds and wasting a lot of time and peace. Exploring some different sides of the city can be a different story altogether. Areas like Shoreditch, Hampstead, Greenwich, Stratford and Richmond have a lot to offer like massive parks, riverside pubs, top view of London city, local cuisines, Aquatic center of London and the epic Hampstead Heath.
Getting cheap accommodation
Acquiring cheap accommodation in such a busy city is not easy. However, one can lookout for some cheap hostels for tourists or if they don’t like the dorm beds then they can go for some capsule beds in some private dorms with multi-bed facilities.
How to keep the kids entertained for less in the summer holidays: Summer holidays are a great opportunity for the kids as well as parents to get along with each other and make some unique memories for lifetime. It is also one of those times where kids get the opportunity to learn something new and develop skills outside their traditional learning boundaries. Such duration and the activities pursued during it can be very helpful in the holistic development of kids. Today, kids easily fall for some heavy and expensive engagements like video games etc. However, some of these mentioned activities can help in keeping them entertained.Read More
Well, crafting one’s own games out can be a great exercise during the holidays, both for the mental skills and physical prowess of the kids. All it needs is some craft stuff like glue, color cards, scissors and a small bit of time to design some supporting elements for the game. Some of the easily created games are Ladders and snakes, pinning the tail, Hoopla etc. and they will easily keep the kids occupied.
Creating an assault course
Kids are often fans of high octane action and military ventures. Then why not go for making an assault course in the backyard. It can be one of the favorite activities for young boys and girls, filled with action, adventure, intensity and competition. All it will need to prepare is some buckets, woods, garden chairs, boxes etc. This will give them enough opportunities to jump and hop around. They can even clock their timings to improve them. The assault courses can be played on almost by anything like scooter, running, skateboards, roller skates or even on bicycles based upon the format of making.
Making a garden patch
If parents are looking for some creative and productive activity for the kids to learn and indulge in, they should go for creating a garden patch. This will give them the necessary insight and experience in gardening and growing their own fruits and vegetables. It will be a very satisfactory feeling for them to see their plants grow slowly and bear flowers and veggies. Moreover, it will increase the kid’s physical and mental endurance through the physical effort that is involved in the tilling and sowing and patience in providing and waiting for the plants to attain growth. This can be the most productive and futuristically rewarding skill they can learn.
How to save at your favorite restaurants? Good food is something that can make anyone crave out of temptation. Most of the people have a habit of visiting their favorite restraints once or twice every week. However, being the favorite doesn’t mean that they will be any friendlier to their pockets and mostly they aren’t. As such people easily run out of their budget around month end and wonder how they can save some of their hard earned money. Well, here are some of the tips and tricks that can help in saving money while visiting their favorite restaurants.Read More
Using website deals
Internet has been a great addition to the society, both for the businesses and consumers. There are some great offers like discount coupons, lucky draws and vouchers that are available on the internet and that can earn the customers fine dining at their favorite restaurants. One can even check the websites of their favorite restaurants directly to see if they have any direct offers in this regard and avail them to get some exclusive discounts and money saving opportunities on their next meal. Additionally, one can also subscribe to e-mail offers, social media handle notifications to get alerted of upcoming offers and deals.
There are various associations of restaurants and business zones that offer different restaurant events and amazing deals on food at certain weekends. These deals are available during the limited period known as weekly festivals and they do also have some other benefits for walk-in customers. All one needs to do is find out when and where the next fancy event for money saving dining is happening.
One of the best ways to have economical meals is to have them split or share between two. People can have their friends accompanied with them to the restaurant and order their favorite meals and split the bills in equal. This trick even allows people to even have some expensive dishes on their platter and in liberal amounts without having to spend much individually.
Avoiding some special days
While one can visit on some special days offered by the restaurant, they should definitely avoid visiting during special days, festivals like Christmas, New Year etc or even on public holidays. These days the rates can be soaring high due to the increase in footfall and one can easily end up paying double the amount they might have thought before.
How to throw a kid’s party on a budget :Kid’s are a whole bunch of joy and often charge up the atmosphere with their inherent energy. With them, any occasion can be a celebration. Kids love to party and they become the center of every gathering. However, planning or managing a budget friendly party for them is not a cake walk. This is primarily because they usually require a lot of engagement to prevent them from creating a ruckus make things a chaos. Arranging such engagement can be very costly. However, there are certain ideas that one can adopt to make these parties budget friendly.Read More
Going for cost-effective locations
The location for the party can take a really big chunk of parent’s budget for the party. Usually, the places that are opted for are rental spaces for party like bowling alleys, recreational centers for kids, club houses, theme parks etc. Now, these places often charge a lot because someone else is making arrangements for the party and putting their personal services in. Going for inexpensive places like public parks, beaches, backyards or personal farms can be quiet a cheap deal. Plus, it will give ample amount of personalization opportunities for parents to express their love for children creatively.
Choosing the right time
Another key idea to keep the party budget under control is to opt for the right time and schedule for it and it is largely based on the quantity of supplied food. If the parties are being scheduled during noon or night time as per proper etiquette, then arranging for meals becomes imminent and those can take a good deal of cost. Otherwise, if the parties are during evenings or breakfasts, which are quite a fashion these days, it will require just some small snack servings and will cost considerably less.
Making digital invitations
Technology can be very helpful in pulling your parties under budget. Herein, one can use digital invitations like images, virtual cards, e-mails, messages to the guests instead of physical cards that are expensive. There are specific websites on the internet for designing and sending invitation cards.
Opting DIY solutions
Another key consideration is to go DIY as much as possible. This implies for decorations, making cupcakes, meals, desserts, designing playful games etc. One can also use quick and easily prepared snacks and food items like burgers, pizzas, hot dogs etc. These foods can even be opted as party themes, especially if they are being hosted during mealtimes.
Simple tips and tech to stay safe and secure online-Internet has become a basic necessity today. People use it to fulfill all their requirements, personal as well as professional. Businesses also use internet to maintain the flow of operations. Though its use has made lives easy and better but there are some risks associated to it. If you are an avid internet user, you need to educate yourself about these risks to keep yourself save from online fraud. It is unsafe as hackers can hack your account and take information. Internet risks like virus, spyware, phishing, etc. can harm your personal information and can also destroy your computer. Thus, you should try to be safe while sharing any information, downloading files, doing online payment etc.Read More
Below discussed are some tips that can help you in availing the online services safely.
Use of complex passwords – Avoid using simple passwords as hackers can easily steal your personal information. Use difficult and unique passwords while logging in any account. It is suggested to use a password that has a special symbol, one alphabet and one number. Also, make sure to make different passwords for different platforms.
Avoid sharing information – You should not share any information regarding your account details, pin code, etc. on random websites as there are many fraudsters operating the website to steal the personal data. When using public Wi-fi, you need to be more alert as they are more prone to hacking.
Privacy on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are those sites using which you share your photos, thoughts to your relatives and friends. Sometimes you don’t know who is trustworthy, genuine or not and you add the person on social media and share your personal stuff. To avoid misuse of your personal details, you should manage your privacy settings on the platform. Also, avoid adding unknown people to your friend list.
Use smartphone for payment – You should avoid swiping the card for payment. These takes place generally while shopping online, use cash payment or make payment from online wallets like Google pay, Paytm etc. instead of using card payment.
Install Antivirus – the common way that hackers use for getting into your system is a virus. These viruses can get into your system, if you click on any suspicious link. To avoid any such attack, you should install anti-virus. You can also add firewall protection to prevent anyone from hacking into your system.