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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.
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 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 bake fancy treats on a budget? Food is one of the biggest items of fantasy for many people. In fact, despite the healthy living movements being in full soar, people don’t mind kneeling down to some of the best fancy treats given to them. These treats can bring another level of shine to the parties. However, most of the times making something worthy of attention and taste requires a good chunk of money. But there are still some items in the kitchen that can help in making the best of snaky and fancy dishes that can easily become the center of attraction. Here are some of the ingredients that can help in making these items.Read More
These are one of the premium dry fruits that are almost liked by everyone. Having almonds in your kitchen store can obviously save you from spending a great deal on baking dishes. Almonds go well with chocolates as well as a number of milk based products. It can be used with ice-creams, cakes and other desserts. One of the most usable dishes can be the almond cherry fudge that can be a center of attraction in kid’s parties.
A good dose of berries can lighten up your bakery items decorations. Berries taste blends in well with most of the creams and flavors. In fact they are highly nutritious and add a great variation in the overall taste. They can be an excellent addition to custards and can be used in dedicated cakes and sweet dishes.
It is the most favorite item for any age group. Chocolates are a world favorite ingredient for baking treats and snacks. It can be combined with milk, berries and peppermints to make the best of dishes. In fact dishes made of chocolate can easily be stored in the refrigerators to be used over a prolonged period of time. Chocolate is easily one of the cheapest ingredients that provide access to a plethora of dishes.
They can easily be found in any kitchen. Cookies are a bakery item themselves but provide an access to a plethora of other baking snacks. They can be used to make cookie sandwiches and can be blended well with chocolates to make variety of dishes. Cookie shakes are now an extremely popular snack beverage option and makes up for both a drinkable and edible dish. They can be coupled with peanut butter and other dips to make interesting pass-time snacks.
FRESHER’S GUIDE: THE MOST IMPORTANT DOS AND DON’TS OF UNIVERSITY :- University life is indeed full of fun and surprises and this is a period of life when people enjoy their life at most, not only do they discover their personality at the same time they also get to know their areas of interest by participating in various co-curricular activities. University life begins with the well-known fresher’s week.Read More
Freshers’ week or welcome week is a week-long event for first-year university students. It is held for at least a week, although some universities stretch it to two, before commencement of the lectures. Fresher’s week includes a series of activities in order to familiarize the freshers to their university campus and courses and to their seniors whom they can befriend once they enter the university. After the induction program comes the fresher’s party wherein the seniors throw a party for the freshers and they also set a theme according to which the freshers dress up and prepare themselves.
Here is a list of some dos and don’ts which can make you utilize the best as a fresher:
Get involved in the activities organized in the university and sign in for the clubs organized by the university students, this will help you discover your hidden talents.
Try to make more new friends including both from your batch as well as the seniors also, this will help you adjust more to the environment.
Maintain your safety as university life also can sometime become hectic due to undue peer pressure that can lead to depression in severe cases. Safety is especially important for those who reside in hostels.
Organize yourself well as it is very important to manage your routine to keep space for your studies as well as the activities in which you will be participating.
Do exercise to relieve stress or you can go for a walk.
Don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do, or you are unable to do as everyone has their own capabilities.
Avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing. Wear comfortable clothes to make yourself light.
Don’t skip meals as you will require energy and nourishment for your busy schedule.
Avoid hesitating to ask something if you don’t know and participate actively in lectures and discussion.
Don’t compare yourselves to others and don’t put unnecessary extra pressure on yourself.
POSTURE BOOSTERS FOR WORKING FROM HOME– Before mentioning a few tips to correct your body postures, the first thing is to know what exactly are posture boosters, so, a posture booster basically serves as an aid to correct your body posture and also strengthens your muscles to develop long-term healthy posture.Read More
Poor posture or slouching can lead to tension and pain in your neck, upper back, lower back, and shoulders. Be careful that you don’t overcorrect on your own wrongly by pulling your shoulders back too far as this could cause muscle tension and stiffness. Nowadays people prefer to maintain a good body posture to remain fit and lead a healthy life. Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment will allow one to work more efficiently with less fatigue and strain on body’s ligaments and muscles. It also helps in reducing stress and strain on the spine. Posture defects can also increase the rate of diseases, so in order to overcome these correcting body postures is very important.
The ongoing pandemic situation due to coronavirus infection has resulted in a monotonous life as most of the persons have started working from their homes causing stress and strain as they have to work for longer hours with less movement, a solution to this kind of problems includes maintaining good body postures.
Following are some tips that can help find a solution to the problems related to body posture:
- The very first way to correct your body posture is to do yoga and exercises. Yoga asanas help in reliving your pain by relaxing your muscles. Different exercising techniques such as child’s pose, reverse plank bridge, legs up the wall, etc also can help in correcting body posture.
- Child’s pose or Balasana or Child’s Resting Pose is a kneeling asana in modern yoga as exercise. Child’s Pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso.
- The reverse plank is an excellent way to strengthen your core. It is good for the muscles in your lower back. It can also be used as a rehabilitation exercise to improve core and spinal stabilization. A strong and balanced core can help you maintain good posture and have ease of movement in your daily life and can also help with performance in a wide variety of sports and other physical activities as well.
- Legs up the wall pose (or viparita karani) is a restorative yoga posture that allows the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension. It is one of the most approachable yoga poses as it doesn’t require much flexibility or strength.
- One can buy posture correctors from online shopping sites at affordable prices. Some examples of posture correctors include back brace, balance ball chair, supportive back cushion, etc. Using these correctors while working can relieve your pain.
- The Aspen posture corrector offers lumbar support and is a top pick for treating lower back issues.
- A back brace prevents unnecessary movements that further damage the back. This helps align your spine and strengthen your back muscles. Your back can heal and your back pain will decrease. Back braces also take support away from the vital areas of your back, such as the spine, intervertebral discs, and vertebrae.
- The exercise ball chair has replaced the traditional office chair, this is because the instability of an exercise ball chair increases the trunk muscle activation of the user, thereby increasing core strength, improving posture and decreasing discomfort.
- The supportive back cushion provides support to give you better posture while sitting in an upright position. This reduces strain on your muscles relieving back pain.
5 virtual music events still happening this summer : While most of the entertainment places are shut down during this global pandemic, there are many people who are feeling constant frustration and anxiety. No matter how much you watch movies or videos or chat on your phone but you cannot compare any such thing with the live concerts. Live concerts have that thrill and excitement. This is why there are many bands and artists who have decided to go live virtually to their fans to entertain them. Watching such a show can be a great motivation in the quarantine situation of the present time. Note down the date and event which you want to watch in the recent future. Here is the list.Read More
The Monterey Jazz Festival 2020: It is great news for the jazz lovers that the Monterey jazz will go online this year so you must get your devices ready for it. There are about 100 artists performing this year which includes Miho Hazama and Christian Sands. Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Buddy Guy, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and more musicians are going to perform this year. You surely don’t want to miss this event. It will be streamed live from 25th September to 27th at 8 p.m. exactly.
Rockdown in the lockdown: it is another upcoming great event that will be streamed live on the internet. It is going to be a great event that will also make people laugh because it features some pre-recorded comedy shows also. It will be conducted by the Steel panther band. This event is sponsored by monster drinks. It will benefit the Crew Nation and animal rescue of Los Angeles also. It could be a great relief for you during this global pandemic.
Tomorrowland’s virtual festival: You will surely not want to miss this if you are a Katy Perry fan. It is going to be one of the greatest electronic Dance Music festivals this year that is to be streamed online. You can experience some great music and dance in it. There are eight stages and over 60 artists are performing in it. There will be 3D imaging provided with the video and also there will be fireworks and laser show. You can really enjoy this show without 3D goggles also.
Promotion of “the Kingdom”: Bush is coming live online to promote his latest album “the Kingdom”. This will help you in lightening your mood in the lockdown with new songs. It is also announced that 50 cent from each album will be given to the nonprofit organization “when we all vote”.