Fashion Trend For Working From Home

Last year seemed to be the year that all the must-have fashion pieces for 2020 did not fully materialize.  Instead of wearing the latest styles on the streets, to a glam party or for the very important meeting with your big bosses, most of you resorted to sweatpants and comfy trendy cardigans at home while you attended Zoom meetings.

Rather than snagging that really glamorous jacket that you had your eyes on, you instead invested your money in comfy sweaters and loungewear for the seemingly never ending quarantine days of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We really ditched much of fashion trends in 2020!

For me, I was in my comfy loose home batik dress from morning till evening, everyday in 2020 and it looks like this fashion trend will continue if there’s no end in sight to the pandemic.

Onward and upward! As Covid-19 vaccines have been rolling out in the USA and many parts of the world, we can look forward to a more promising 2021.  Don’t you just long to don on the trendiest casual jackets for women along with your killer heels that’s now hidden somewhere inside your shoe room? I have half a dozen of shoes bought several months before Covid-19 rocked our country and the world. I’ve not worn them for a year and I really hope that they’re still in good condition and sole separation won’t happen when I get them out of the shoe box to try.

Despite 2020’s lack of fashion standouts, online fashion clothing store Holapick went out of their way to bring the latest in fashion to their 2020 – 2021 collections.  So even if you’re only putting on a casual jacket for your Zoom meetings, or if you save your best look for a trip to the supermarket, you still won’t want to miss out on a fashion-forward moment.

Whenever they get a chance to go out, my two older girls dress up their best in denim or checked jacket, cap and jeans topped off with perfume even when they make a short trip to the dentist for a change of braces elastics 🤣.  Their reasoning? What if I outgrow my clothes and my perfume expires when the MCO is lifted 2 years later? True that!

Here are the fashion trends that are going to take over in 2021, available at Holapick.

Embroidered Loose Cardigan Jacket @ $25.99.

Slim-fit Denim Jacket With Double-Breasted Buttons @ $26.99

Personalized Ruffled Camouflage Jacket @ $28.99

Classy Off-Shoulder Pure Colour Long Sleeve Casual Maxi Dress @ $9.99

Strapless neckline geometric irregular ruffle bag hip dress @$19.99.

Fashion trends are merely suggestions and not mandate. As trends come and go, it’s best to focus on your own personal style.  If you’re going to spend money, spend it on something you’ll feel comfortable in and likely going to wear for years to come.    Holapick has a good range of fashionable and affordable clothing for the fashion forward women. Check them out and pick some new pieces for a brand new 2021!

 

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Tactical Clothes For Rock Climbing

If you’re someone who likes your workouts mixed with adventure and adrenaline, then you may love rock climbing. Rock climbing is definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you’re game for it, rock climbing will work you from head to toe, challenging you both mentally and physically. Just be sure to don on some tactical shirts, a pair of comfy long pants and a good pair of climbing shoes and you’ll be zapping your way up comfortably like spiderman!

When I was 16 years old, I signed up for a 10-day Wilderness Adventure Camp (similar to Outward Bound School) at a training school in Lumut, Perak. That was the best 10 days of my life, even though there were a couple of outdoor activities that freaked me out. One of them is rock climbing. We hiked into a jungle next to the sea for this adventure of our life time.  Climbing up to the top of the rock was one of the toughest activities of my life and I almost cried mid way through when I was stuck in the middle of the boulder and I didn’t know how to find my footing up. The footings were too high and the boulder was virtually 90 degrees erected. My besties down there were cheering me on while singing to some New Kids On The Block songs.  With some skin on my hands and fingers ripped off and soldering on with all my might, I managed to climb up after what seemed like an eternity hanging  in the air!  Abseiling down the rock was some what fun, though I have acrophobia. Despite the pain, the trauma of being stuck mid way on the boulder and hanging in the air, I enjoyed myself throughout the 10 days at the wilderness adventure camp.

Rock climbing can help you reach your peak fitness level and can mix things up to prevent workout boredom. Despite the intensity, climbing avoids the joint-jarring effects of high-impact activities like jogging and plyometrics.

Tactical clothing are built to withstand the elements, and the abuse of wear and tear.  These specially tailor clothing are a solid choice for the adrenaline junkies and adventurous travelers. If you’re into mountain climbing, rock climbing, jungle trekking or hiking, it would be a smart choice to get some tactical clothing to protect your body from scratches and the elements.

To shop for the best tactical clothing for your adventures in the jungle, mountains and off-roading, why not have a look at Wayrates.com? They have a good range of tactical clothing and footwear for you to select from.

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How Do You Spice Up A Boring Relationship: 6 Tips For Her

When you’re new in a dating relationship, everything seems so exciting, fun and adventurous.  The heart flutters that you get when you see his name flashing on the screen of your mobile phone each time it rings and whenever he gets near you could be something that married couples miss a lot.  You don’t even need to don on some cheap sexy dresses to feel sexy. You feel sexy all the time you’re with him.   Enter marriage and a new baby and all these excitement seems to have dissipated.  We forget that we are supposed to be having fun but we get into a rut.   It doesn’t have to be like that, you don’t have to be that ‘boring’ couple. Here are 6 ways you can re-ignite the spark and have more fun in your relationship.

1)  Find Out What Makes Each Other Happy
Doing things that makes each other happy is not only a great way to spend time together but also shows that you care about the other person, how they feel and that you want to do things that make them radiate with joy.

2) Get Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Ever gone camping in the jungle, bungee jumping or something as simple as making an impromptu drive out to another state for a day trip?   If you keep doing what you’ve always done and what you’re comfortable with, you’re not going to grow and you’re going to end up in the rut zone for a long time.

3) Dress up raunchily
One way to spice things up in a relationship is to dress a little sexier. Check out cheap and playful wholesale lingerie at FeelinGirlDress.com to get a couple of raunchy lingerie to spice things up in the bedroom.

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Green Silk Backless Split Teddy Eyelash Lace Nightwear Dissolute Bedtime

4)  Sexy messages
Lighten the mood and be playful by sending little flirty and romantic messages, emails or texts throughout the day. Let your other half know that you are thinking of him constantly.  You might even leave a naughty note inside your significant other’s briefcase, laptop bag, in the car, or even on their pillow.

5)  Talk to each other everyday
If you are in a relationship where you or your partner goes straight to bed after a day’s work and are too tired to have a meal together as a family, this is a major relationship killer. Make sure that you find the time to talk to each other. Communicate everyday to spice up a boring relationship as this can do wonders in your relationship.

6) Dress up
Remember during your courting days you would dress up to impress your partner? You would always try to look your best whenever there was a date. Years must have passed but you can still do that. Revamp your wardrobe by checking out FeelinGirlDress hot products, try a new hairstyle and change your dressing style and watch the fireworks after that!

Comfy Sapphire Blue Drapery Hem Crossover Back Evening Dress

Life becomes unexciting if you continue to follow a same and simple routine every day. Your relationship with your spouse will also turn mundane, where sex is just another mechanical task and romance is a thing of the past.  Simple efforts from your side will also motivate your partner to come up with ways to spice up the relationship.

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Reasons Why You Should Buy Quality Shoes

Shoes are something that I would not scrimp and save my money on because nothing matters more than walking and running on a super comfy pair of shoes.  You would think that you could buy cheap shoes to save you some money, but that’s just not the case.  Would you save twenty bucks on a cheaper pair of shoes but that pair of shoes are made of cheesy materials that are so uncomfortable that you ended up with corns, calluses and painful blisters on your toes and back of your heel?  Hell no 😅

Most people regard their shoes as one of the most important items in their entire wardrobe, and for good reasons. No matter what outfit you are wearing, if you aren’t happy with your shoes, you’re not going to be contented or comfortable. Whether we’re talking about a pair of running shoes, sneakers, a colorful pair of sandals or a sexy pair of court heels, the right shoes can truly pull an entire outfit together, and any fashion-forward person knows this very well.

As I jog almost every morning and run a lot of errands, I am always in a quality and comfy pair of running shoes or sneakers. My FitBit keeps track of my steps and this motivates me to walk and run more each day. Thus, my shoes are my best partners in helping me achieve over 10k steps each day, comfortably.

Here are 3 reasons why you should invest in good quality shoes:

1. Better protection for your feet
Shoes that cause blisters to your feet may soon end up in the recycling bin. This will also cost you money in blister plasters and medicated cream. Quality shoes with leather lining or soft spongy lining can help to prevent foot odour, besides giving you a soft and comfy feeling when you wear them.

2. Projects a good impression
Carefully crafted, quality shoes look different from cheaply-made equivalents.  It’s human nature for people to judge each other by what they wear and by their shoes in particular.  If your job requires you to meet people frequently, it’s worth investing a little more on a pair of quality shoes to project a more refined image to the world.

3. Confidence boosting
When you buy quality shoes, not only do you invest in comfort but also in your own self-esteem. Do you remember the feeling you get each time you slip into a pair of branded shoes at a glitzy party? The sheer comfort your feet were in and the confidence you had strutting around the banquet hall and just didn’t want to be seated at your table? Feeling confident about how you look makes the difference between having a great day, and an ordinary one. This pair of Pink Satin Pumps would surely make you feel sexy and boost your confidence up a few notches.

Satin Lace-up D'orsay Pointy Toe Heeled Wedding Pumps

What’s your favorite color or motif on your heels? I like mine in black, red, dusty pink or with leopard print! I’ve always loved leopard prints on my bags, outfits or shoes, like this gorgeous pair of Leopard Print Heel Suede Stiletto Heel Pumps from Up2Step.com.

Leopard Print Heel Suede Stiletto Heel Pumps

A complete shoe wardrobe is as essential as having a wardrobe filled abundantly with clothing and other important accessories for the various occasions and venues.  Many people easily overlook the least prominent part of an outfit ~ their shoes. However, it is so important to realize that whatever we wear is an integral part of the overall appearance.  Christmas and the year end celebrations are just around the corner. If you need a great pair of strappy heels, pumps or sandals for the year end parties, head over to Up2Step.com to shop for some quality shoes!

 

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How to Keep Learning Everyday 

The act of learning something every day is one of the best ways of keeping your life interesting, as well as providing a great sense of personal satisfaction and achievement. Not only this, but it also helps out significantly to make you highly employable and serves to make you a more well-rounded person. And it has health benefits! There are plenty of actions that you can take on a daily basis to continue learning, and here are some of them.

Visit New Places 

While worldwide traveling can provide plenty of opportunity for personal growth and learning, you don’t necessarily have to go so far afield in order to learn. A lot of people overlook some of the history and culture of their local area – visiting a museum or a heritage site can prove to be the perfect way of setting this right. Even taking a walk in a different neighborhood around you can give you a new sense of your local area, and you may stumble across a new café or a restaurant that you simply have to visit. 

Listen to Podcasts 

A largely free form of media that has seen surged over recent years is the podcast. Nowadays, pretty much every celebrity out there has their own podcast! As well as covering entertainment topics, you will find podcasts that delve into everything from history to politics – and everything in between. Since so many of them are available at no cost at all, you can always give one a go and find out whether or not it is for you. If you don’t like it, you haven’t lost anything and you can always move onto the next one. 

Enrol in a Class 

So much learning is done online these days, so why not enrol yourself in a class? There is plenty to learn from RCFE continuing education classes to trying to pick up a second language. Plus, you can make as big a commitment as you like – whether you want to take a full-length degree course or just a short few casual classes. No matter what classes you take on, they give you a sense of structure, which can prove to be enormously beneficial to your learning experience as a whole. Plus, you are being taught by someone who is knowledgeable in their field, which can prove to be more useful than trying to do everything all by yourself. 

Speak to New People 

Everyone has their own personal story to tell. Finding out about them can teach you so much and open up new doors that you never imagined before. Ultimately, you learn the most through the simple act of listening, and many people are more than happy to tell you about their lives. Even talking to the people that you already know can tell you a lot. Alternatively, you could volunteer your time to listen. For example, there are plenty of retirement homes that offer a program that involves having a chat with their residents. While old people can sometimes be overlooked, they have an enormous amount to share and great stories to tell if we just take the time to listen to them.

Watch Documentaries 

A simple way of letting a new world unfold before your eyes is to watch a documentary. There are plenty of these available on all your regular TV channels, as well as the streaming services, so you can enjoy them to your heart’s content. If possible, try to choose a wide variety of subjects to watch. This way, you are getting the fullest possible picture of the world around you. When you are watching a documentary, it is worth really engaging with it rather than spending the time on your phone. 

Share Knowledge with Others 

As well as learning yourself, the act of passing this knowledge onto others can also provide an enormous sense of satisfaction, as well as the opportunity for you to learn as well. A good example of this is a language exchange in which you speak with someone who wants to improve their English, while you are interested in picking up their mother tongue. 

Committing to lifelong learning is one of the most personally satisfying experiences that you can enjoy in life and has all sorts of natural benefits associated with it. These are just some of the steps that you can take on a daily basis to achieve this goal. Doing one or more of them every day can go a long way.

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6 Ways to Be a Healthy Mom

Being a parent is an amazing job. With that role comes immense responsibility and a long list of things to do each day. To ensure that you’re not burning out or running yourself into the ground, you must prioritize your own needs. Below are some ways that you can be a healthy mom.

Take Time Out
One of the most important things for moms is to take time out. While it is difficult to find the time when you’re running around looking after babies and kids, you’ll be a much better mom if you get a break yourself. Rather than fill each minute with a task, spend time here and there for a short meditation break or to sit quietly. There will surely be a million things on your mind each day, so slowing down those thoughts will do you nothing but good.

Don’t Neglect Your Eating
As a parent, it can be easy to neglect your own eating patterns. Trying to feed hungry children throughout the day often means you have little time to sit down to a meal yourself. But again, looking after your own needs is vital if you want to be strong and healthy for your kids. Find time to make sure you’re eating regular, healthy meals and that you’re not just snacking on junk food in between.

Do Things for Yourself
Being a mom means your job is to be there for your kids and make sure they have
everything they need. However, if you don’t draw boundaries and take time for yourself, you can end up burning out or feeling resentful. While your kids’ needs are vitally important, make sure you put your own activities into your schedule. Whether it’s a hobby or a passion — or even something as mundane as playing online games and checking out Zeus bingo reviews — the important thing is that you carve out ‘you’ time as much as possible.

Exercise Regularly
Every mom will be aware of the importance of exercise, but it’s a tip that’s worth repeating.  Taking time to exercise is another important way of looking after your health so that you remain energized and mobile. If going to the gym isn’t a valid option; there are plenty of workouts or routines online that you can do while the little ones are occupied or asleep.

Sleep When You Can
Many parents will roll their eyes at this one, especially during the baby years when sleep is hard to come by. But the importance of sleep cannot be underrated when it comes to your mental and physical well-being. Being chronically sleep-deprived can lead to a weakened immune system and cognitive difficulties. While schedules and waking babies can make this difficult, try to manage your time so that you can increase your sleep throughout the day. It may require juggling or delegating, but your body will thank you for it.

Don’t Do Everything
This is another easy thing to do when you’re a parent, especially if you’re on your own or new to the game. The list of things to do can feel endless, but there are always ways to manage your schedule so that you’re not doing everything. If you have help at your disposal, make sure you take advantage of it. Burning out or becoming ill out of exhaustion will not help you or your children, so don’t do everything and prioritize your well-being as much as you can.

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The Value of Online Pharmacies in Meeting Healthcare Needs

When you or any member of your family are suffering from a minor health condition, going to the pharmacy becomes an instinctive solution. But ever since the pandemic started, going to a high street pharmacy has become more challenging. Not only is your personal safety a priority, but you also need to consider limiting the potential spread of the infection to any member of your family. That’s where online pharmacies come in. If you have a prescription from your doctor, you can fill it by ordering online. Or in case of minor problems like seasonal colds, online pharmacies usually require consumers to fill out a form to be validated by their pharmacists.

Why are online pharmacies gaining popularity?
Lining up inside a pharmacy is time-consuming and can be such a hassle for a busy individual. If you only need over the counter medication, or perhaps a round of antibiotics for an infection, you can safely buy amoxicillin online as well as other drugs. However, it’s critical to understand that for meds prescribed for more serious conditions, it’s best to buy them from conventional pharmacies.

Since buying commodities through the internet has become second-nature for most people, it is only a matter of time before pharmacies undergo an online upgrade. While many are still hesitant about the safety of this practice, the value and convenience of ordering medication online has proved quite helpful during these times.

In addition to convenience, the privacy and discreetness of buying online also appeal to many people. Some feel embarrassed about their health condition and find it more comfortable to have their prescriptions filled online.

What is the role of an online pharmacy in public healthcare?
Medical practitioners do encourage and empower pharmacists to be more active in addressing minor health conditions. Often times, these pharmacists can recommend over the counter medication and answer patient questions. Nevertheless, drawing the line between what an online pharmacist can and cannot do is a critical aspect of regulating online pharmacies. It can’t be denied that there are plenty of unscrupulous providers online that sell medicine without requiring proof of prescription. Also, some operate without a license and sell imported products – of which safety can’t be verified.

Online pharmacy safety tips
When buying medicine online, the first thing you need to determine is whether the provider requires a prescription before dispensing drugs. In the case of over the counter meds, what is the normal purchase process? Are customers required to fill out a form to determine their symptoms? How about dedicated customer support in case you have questions? Does the online pharmacy have a licensed pharmacist available? What about local regulations for operating an online pharmacy? Is the store compliant with these local regulations?

In conclusion, online pharmacies provide immense help in meeting primary healthcare needs. Buying online is convenient and safe, especially now, while there is an ongoing pandemic. But buying meds online requires extra care. Knowing what to look for in a reputable online seller is vital to avoid dealing with an unlicensed and dubious online pharmacy.

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Milk for Pregnant Moms — What to Drink During Pregnancy

When I found out that I was pregnant with Alycia, my first born, I couldn’t believe my luck as she was an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) baby conceived via IUI.  Our fertility specialist told me on the day of my IUI procedure that only 1% of my hubby’s  ‘little swimmers’ were good.  I lost hope instantly but prayed fervently for a miracle to happen.  God heard my prayers and a miracle indeed happened ❤️.

My pregnancy was however fraught with challenges one after another and I had to be on partial bed rest almost throughout the pregnancy. The all-day sickness was so bad that I could not keep down any food during the first trimester. My weight dropped to 42kg when I was 3 months pregnant.  Even when the nauseous feeling eased later, I had no appetite to eat anything for the rest of the pregnancy. The only foods that I liked were fresh milk, maternal milk, bird’s nest and fruits 😂. My day started off with a cup of chocolate flavored maternal milk and bird’s nest and my supper was fresh milk with bird’s nest and double boiled chicken essence (several times a week). My lunch and dinner portions were extremely small.  I couldn’t eat much throughout my pregnancy as I had an Irritable Uterus which would cause uncomfortable contractions each time I ate or drank from the second trimester onwards.

Though I couldn’t eat much  throughout my pregnancy, Alycia was born with a healthy weight of 3.36kg.   I only gained 10 kg in that pregnancy.  The maternal milk, fresh milk, bird’s nest and double boiled chicken essence must have provided all the necessary nutrients to the baby ☺️. I shed off all the weight gained pretty easily within 3 months.

Why is maternal milk important during pregnancy?

One of the first things gynaes will suggest to new moms-to-be is that they start taking prenatal vitamins like folic acid.  Another important item that moms-to-be will start looking for is maternal milk.

Maternal milk is formulated with essential nutrients for pregnant and lactating moms.  One of the key ingredients in maternal milk is folic acid, which is very important in helping with the growth and development of the growing foetus.

Other important nutrients in maternal milk are calcium, iodine, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, DHA, protein and many more. Some brands of maternal milk are sugar-free.  Frisomum® Gold®’s maternal milk is low in Glycemic Index (GI) to help pregnant mums maintain a healthy weight throughout their pregnancy.

Frisomum Gold pregnancy milk powder from the Netherlands pink tin

Source from Frisomum® Gold®

Most pregnant moms will experience morning sickness and have trouble keeping food down during the first trimester. Some moms can’t eat well throughout the pregnancy.  Maternal milk is an excellent way to supplement their nutritional intake during this crucial period.

Would you gain excessive weight from maternal milk?

1.  No. 1-2 glasses a day with a balanced diet and without eating for two will not cause excessive weight gain.

2.  Many mommies gain a lot of weight during pregnancy as they ate for two throughout their pregnancy. Eating for two is the most common diet blunder during pregnancy. While your baby’s nutrition depends on your diet, this doesn’t mean you need to eat double the amount during pregnancy.  Overeating may increase your risk of gestational diabetes, which would result in bigger babies.

While guidelines vary, the Institute of Medicine says if you have a healthy weight, you need no additional calories in the first trimester; you only need 340 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester. If you’re overweight or underweight, you’ll need more or less than this depending on your weight gain goal.

It takes only a couple of glasses of maternal milk or low fat milk and a handful of  seeds and nuts or a tuna sandwich to add enough calories for that last trimester.

If you’re still not sure whether pregnant moms need maternal milk, the best way is to consult your gynae. Your gynae will be able to advise you based on your weight, your growing baby’s weight and other factors.  You can also listen to what the experts say about maternal milk to learn more.

 

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Which Vitamins and Supplements Should You Take

Your body requires vitamins to heal, develop, and function. There are at least thirteen essential vitamins and 16 minerals. Some of the common vitamins include A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. With many vitamins and supplements, and it becomes difficult to determine the best combination. There are companies dedicated to ensuring you lead a healthy lifestyle by manufacturing supplements and vitamins.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is on top of the list of the vitamins you should take. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium, thus improving the health of the bones. If you don’t take this vitamin, you will be more likely to get sick, and you will also experience back and bone pain. In some cases, you will experience hair loss. You can get all the supplements you need from Level Up Nutrition. Some of the foods that give vitamin D include:

• Cereals, milk and juice
• Yolks from eggs
• High amount of fatty fish

Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our bodies, meaning you should do everything possible to get it from supplements or food. Magnesium is critical for energy production and the health of bones. When you consume magnesium, it can reduce stress and calm your nervous system. Apart from easing sleep problems, it can also regulate nerve and muscle function. Magnesium is also well known for:

1. Balancing the level of blood sugar
2. It helps make proteins and bones

Zinc and Iron

Research has shown that the amount of zinc in stressed and older is always low. This makes a large portion of the global population. Being an essential mineral supports the immune system. You should buy zinc supplements by all means as it helps the body to use fat, proteins and carbohydrates for energy. If you have a wound, having zinc in your body will ensure faster healing. Eat meat and spinach for zinc.

Iron should top your multivitamin list. However, you should be careful about the amount of iron you take as not everyone requires the same amount. Iron is responsible for increasing energy in the body. It is also responsible for healthy red blood cells and better brain functioning. Apart from buying iron as a supplement, you can also get it from eating meat. However, for women, pregnancy may increase iron requirements in the body.

FAQ

Can I rely on vitamins and supplements?

Vitamins and supplements should be viewed as boosters and bonuses to food. They should never be taken as a replacement for food. Our body works well with natural nutrients derived from the food we eat. It is advisable to eat food rich with vitamins and supplements instead.

When can Start to take vitamins and supplements?

There is no early or late time to start taking supplements. You can start taking vitamins and supplements as long as you can afford them. If you don’t have any information on these products, consult a professional nutritionist. You are responsible for your health.

What do I need to consider while taking supplements and vitamins?

The most important things you should consider are your health and lifestyle goals. The number of supplements you need may be lower or higher than you thought, depending on your lifestyle and health goals.

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How Does Shipping Bids Work?

A friend of my hubby who is in the trucking business has recently lamented to us how his business has been affected since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. From a bustling business with five staff and making an average of five trips in a day, the partial lockdown imposed on our country has affected his business badly.  Recently, he had to retrench three of his staff and liquidate three of his trucks.

The rapid and seemingly unstoppable spread of Covid-19 in almost every part of the world has caused a major impact on global shipping markets, with the slump in demand for goods from China having a ripple effect on everything from container ships to oil tankers. The transportation industry too, is not spared from the extreme challenges caused by the pandemic.  The  health crisis of the nation has roiled supply chains and inflicted financial hardship on many transportation and logistics companies.

Although logistics drivers have been exempt from the non-essential business closures and shelter in place orders implemented by the authorities around the world, there are disruptions that could not have been avoided even with careful preparation. There have been incidences of long waiting times at pickup and delivery points due to a lack of on-site staff, which has disrupted and clogged up many receiving schedules and caused slower than usual turnaround times for freight.

As many manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, hotels and other businesses temporarily closed down or slowed production, freight volumes drop precipitously in tandem.  If you are in the shipping and logistics sector and are looking for ways to find jobs and shippers, freight bidding or shipping bidding is an effective way to increase your presence.

The main advantages of shipping bids is that the customers get better rates and more value for their money as there are so many shipping and truck companies bidding for the job. On the shipping firm’s side, freight bidding can boost capacity and strategic value simultaneously. Since bidding involves re-entering negotiations and working with more carriers, it can help shippers realize the benefits of a more extensive carrier network. Instead of focusing solely on individual areas, carriers can expand their reach.

When the shipping auction ends, the job is usually awarded to the lowest bidder, subject to the client’s discretion. The job may be awarded to a higher bidder with a better average feedback or review rating from past clients. Review ratings are used to break any ties for the lowest bid.

Online freight bidding sites or truck load boards are aplenty for both shippers and carriers to establish better ties.  One of the best online platforms out there is Shiply. There are thousands of jobs posted on the Shiply online platform daily, meaning you will always find something suitable for your needs. You can bid on work for truck loads if that’s your vehicle of choice. Or, if  you are looking for freight bidding, you will find many freight loads available to bid on all over USA.  At Shiply, you can get the most relevant matches for your business – the right load for the right truck or ship at the right price, no matter where you are.

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Christmas Gift Ideas

This year seems to have whizzed past us so fast even though most of us have been locked up at home for the most part of this year because the world has been roiled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that I’ve reminded you that Christmas is just a month away, have you started shopping for Christmas gifts yet? I know most of you have not gone to the shopping mall for a long time because of the movement restriction order and shelter in place imposed in your country by the Government. Many of you, just like me, still feel jittery going to the mall as there have been an alarming number of Covid positive cases detected in malls. Thank God for the convenience and advancement of eCommerce, all your shopping needs can now be done online though you may be stuck at home.

For those of you with good friends, business partners and loved ones living in Hong Kong, you can order high quality gifts and flowers online from Give.Gift.Boutique for these special people in your life for Christmas. Though you are not able to meet them in your life right now due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, you can show your care, appreciation and love to them via gifts and flowers sent to them from Give.Gift.Boutique.

Hong Kong Give.Gift.Boutique. is a leading florist and gift shop which delivers top quality gifts, hampers, and bouquets. I have handpicked a few lovely gifts from GiveGift perfect for Christmas gifting to friends, loved ones and business associates.

1.  Christmas Present Box S38
The Christmas Present Box S38 is for the Agnes B fan who enjoys imported snacks such as Crabtree & Evelyn / Marks & Spencer crisp biscuit curls (made in France), FOSSIER, France, Framboise Macarons gift box /European premium Cookies or chocolate gift box and comes with a bottle of imported sparkling wine. It comes with Xmas décor and a Xmas doll in a picnic rectangular gift box. This is for her, who could be your sweetheart, your mom, sister or a colleague.

 

2  Christmas Hamper X4
The Christmas Hamper X4 contains 12 items (including container) with luxurious brands such as Godiva, France AOC Red Wine, The Peninsular, Agnès b. delices, among others. This gift is suitable for him – someone who is a fan of imported chocolates and enjoys an occasional booze. This luxurious hamper comes with a brown color synthetic leather casing. 

 

3. Christmas Hamper M15
The Christmas Hamper M15 contains 17 luxurious items (including container), with brands  such as Godiva, Alpswine, Agnès b. delices, Jenny Bakery, Artisan Du Chocolate,  Marks & Spencer, Emborg, Lane Crawford – Fortnum & Mason, England and many more. It comes with a bottle of luxurious non-alcoholic Kyoho juice, premium chocolates, biscuits, jam, tea, nuts, truffle and other luxurious imported food items. This is the kind of Christmas hamper that I look forward to receiving 😉

Out of sight does not mean out of mind.  Faced with COVID-19, our loved ones and dear friends are now more than ever on our minds. Though we can’t meet them, we can spread the love with unique and wonderful gifts this Christmas. It does not matter that this Christmas, you’re not able to have a Christmas party with your loved ones and friends who are in Hong Kong.  No matter which part of the world you are in right now, you can still brighten their days with a luxurious Christmas gift.

Give.Gift.Boutique helps you spread Christmas joy during these uncertain times with special gifts delivery. Place your order and send them to your loved ones in Hong Kong today!

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How to Touch Up Car Paint Damage Like a Pro

It’s daylight robbery. Anyone who has ever had to fork out for a huge repair bill after even a tiny scratch in their car’s paint will know how empowering it would be to be able to fix up paint damage on your car. The team at elitepaints.co.uk has understood from many years of helping their customers that one of the best experiences you can have is fixing up a scratch or abrasion yourself with a handy tool like a car paint touch-up pen.

You may have never considered yourself much of a DIY expert, or anything like a mechanic, but the truth is that touching up your car’s paint is absolutely something you can place firmly within your wheelhouse.

Step 1: Get a Car Paint Touch-Up Pen Kit
Visit elitepaints.co.uk and choose from their selection of car paint touch-up pen kits. These have everything you need to get started in your repairs. These kits typically include a pen for primer, basecoat and clearcoat all in one. The pens work a lot like traditional micro-brushes that the pros may use, but they’re much easier to hold steady and control because you can grip them like you would a pen.

Step 2: Wash and Sand Down the Affected Area
No matter how minor the damage you are fixing, you need to have a totally clean and contaminant-free zone in which to apply the touch-up paint. Wash the surface, being especially careful to clean away remnant paint chips, wax, sealants and other substances that are in the area. Any and all of these things will affect the binding process, and to get the proper connection between primer, basecoat and clearcoat, you need a clean surface.

Use wet 800- to 1200-grit sandpaper on the surface to help smooth it right down to the metal surface. This is the fastest and most effective method for preparing that surface for paint application.

Step 3: Primer and Basecoat – But Practice First
Even the pros will take a moment to practice applying the paint before they actually move to the car’s surface. If you’ve never used the car paint touch-up pen before, then this step is especially important. Use an old tin can or other spare metal surface and try out the pen to make sure you can control the thickness and quantity of paint evenly. You’ll be glad you did that practice when you’re able to get it onto your car evenly the first time, and don’t have sand down and start again!

Apply primer and basecoat in thin, even layers, waiting 20-30 minutes between the coatings as the product you are using demands. Be patient and don’t think it’s “pro” to speed up the heating with a hairdryer or other artificial heat source. The only result you’ll get is blistering, and that’s hardly what a professional finish would look like.

Step 4: Sanding to Even
This is where you get the really professional touch. Using more wet sandpaper, even out the paint you’ve just applied so that you can rub your finger across the area and not feel any difference between the new paint and the original. The amateur DIY touch-up painter thinks that he has to make do with a lumpy spot that’s just the right colour. The professional knows he can even it out with the right kind of sandpaper and enough know-how.

Step 5: Clearcoat
Similar to primer and basecoat, apply the clearcoat at the end of the process to round off your work. This will give a lovely sheen and protective coating to help keep that fine paint work you just applied in place. There will a gap of 10-20 minutes between coatings of clearcoat as you wait for it to dry.

Look to elitepaints.co.uk for a great selection of car paint touch-up pens to start your own repairs. Reap the benefits of DIY touch-up paint work, and grow your personal automotive skill set at the same time.

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Perfect Backdrops For Photography

If you’re a photography enthusiast, I’m sure you must be obsessed with photography backdrops. I love photography and  I’ve always wanted to get a beige brick wall backdrop like the one below or a vintage brick wall backdrop for my food photography. An effective background will help to dramatically enhance the photo.  Also, nice backdrops serve to cover unsightly and messy sights in our house 😬.

I often have plenty of images from a shoot but I usually discard many acceptable images just because the messy or inappropriate background rendered the photo useless.  A messy or unattractive background can quickly ruin your shot. If you’re a blogger like yours truly, or a  home-based entrepreneur selling homemade bakes and food or anything that’s homemade, getting a suitable backdrop for shooting can do wonders to the sale of your products.

There are many essential parts of a photograph and the parts are lighting, depth, scale, composition … the list goes on, but what about the background? If a strong picture is a complete picture, then the background matters.

A great photo requires a great backdrop. The background is of fundamental importance in the composition of the image emphasizing the subject, improving the photograph.  One of the best places to shop for photography backdrops is at Star Backdrop.  All the beautiful backdrops you see in this post are from Star Backdrop.

An impressive backdrop will add to the story, providing valuable information about your setting, and helping to dramatically enhance your photo. You should focus on the background as much as you do the subject being photographed.  After all, the background is part of your picture, and is often what will make the difference between a regular snapshot and a powerful composition.

This Princess White Wall Balloon Baby Show Backdrop is the perfect backdrop for a baby shower party or a little girl’s birthday party.

You don’t even need to throw an expensive beachside wedding party on your big day. Since border-crossing is now prohibited in most countries, no thanks to the nasty pandemic, couples planning a wedding can have a low-key make-do beach side wedding reception with this Beautiful Orange Curtain Pavilion Floral Decoration Backdrop for Seaside Wedding Ceremony backdrop for your photo booth.

A sweet Floral backdrop for a newborn baby shoot is simply irresistible. Looking at this super duper adorable newborn baby in this photo shoot makes me feel broody now 😁

Professional images with an appropriate backdrop capture authenticity. Photographs not only show your customers or website readers what you offer, but can also make them want to act on it.  A restaurant website filled with tantalizing and photos of their various food make one want to try everything and in turn order a lot!  High quality images with proper backgrounds speak of the quality of the product.

The backdrop behind your subject can make or break your image.  Cluttered backgrounds are distracting and draw attention away from your subject. If you’re attempting to sell products online, a cluttered image may not help you get the sales you aspire to have.  Good quality photos play such a pivotal role in the success of the sale of a product.

For example, my hubby plans to include Christmas food boxes in his food delivery menu.  With a pretty Kitchen Wooden Christmas Photo Studio Backdrop like the one below coupled with the proper lighting, the Christmas box photos will look highly professional and attractive.   Most people judge the food by its appearance, thus if the photography is impeccable, this will surely entice people to order.

Christmas is coming soon and I do fancy having a Christmas backdrop, like a huge Christmas Brick Fireplace  or a Stone Fireplace Christmas backdrop in our living room to create a Christmassy atmosphere since we will most likely not be having any Christmas party this year caused by the pandemic and restriction on gatherings.

 

Cass will be needing this Class of 2020 Graduation backdrop with her standing next to it as I doubt there will be any graduation for Year 6 pupils this year unless the CMCO is lifted.  Even if there was a graduation, I think it will be a low-key ceremony where parents may not be invited as part of the SOP.

If borders remain closed for another half a year, I will need a Blue Sky Sandy Beach backdrop at home to help me de-stress. I miss having holidays and really miss going to the beach!

It’s easy to overlook the background and forget that it is a vital and prominent part of your photo.  By taking the time to pay attention to the details in the background, this can open the door for new photographic opportunities; and will help you to take your photography or your online business to the next level.  To browse the best backdrops for photography, do check out Star Backdrop. They have really wonderful and pretty backdrops for every occasion and need.  Some of the categories that you can find at Star Backdrop include retro backdrops, Christmas backdrops, custom photo backdrops, white wood background, school photo background and many more.

Most of the backdrops at Star Backdrop start from USD23 each for the smallest size and biggest is priced at USD215 each. There are 8 standard sizes and custom sizes are available too.  The dimension of the standard size backdrops ranges from 3ft wide all the way to 20ft wide.  The backdrops are made from durable microfiber, which is soft and seamless.  They can be washed and dried in the dryer if the backdrop is dirty. To remove wrinkles, the backdrop can be ironed.  The images are digital printed onto the backdrops and look realistic and vivid.  Reviews by previous customers are positive with comments such as excellent material quality, fast and safe shipping, vibrant colors and excellent price.

Backgrounds or backdrops are highly recommended to be used to highlight your subject in a context that helps them to stand out, without being overwhelming. Fortunately, finding the right background for your images isn’t hard with the availability of online backdrop specialists like Star Backdrop. With a bit of practice you will soon be a professional at using the right backdrop, and identifying backgrounds that work with the composition at hand.

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Get In Shape With A Body Shaper

Shapewear is everything you need to sculpt and support your body to achieve a more attractive figure. Body shapewear for women like waist shaper and tummy control body shaper are designed to impermanently alter the wearer’s body shape and they also work to provide support to the bust and back area.  There’s a lot more to wearing shapewear than meets the eye.  Shapewear provides many other positive benefits besides enhancing your look. The physical and psychological boost from wearing shapewear is enough to garner a whole new outlook on life as you stand up with a better posture, lose those last few pounds you’ve been trying to get rid of, and walk into any room with an air of complete confidence.

One of the many benefits of shapewear is that you can finally pull out your old skinny jeans or bodycon dress and actually fit into them!  All of a sudden, your wardrobe becomes brand new as you rediscover all the old favorites and breathe new life into them.  How wonderful!  Start with a pair of lightweight briefs or a thong and discover the benefits of wearing shapewear for opening up new possibilities for everyday outfits.

If you’re looking for affordable body shapewear and plus size waist trainer, Shapellx.com have a neat collection to choose from.  I especially like this reflective waist trainer that can glow in the dark or when light shines on it!  It will be perfect for me when I do my pre-dawn jogging in the dark. The reflective waist trainer can keep in in shape while keeping me safe in the dark.

These are some of the benefits of wearing body shapewear:

1.  Improvement in posture.  A waist trainer certainly does not allow you to slouch and keeps your posture straight and after a period of time wearing it, it becomes second nature to you to keep a good posture.

2.  Eating smaller food portions. Large meals may feel uncomfortable to consume when your midsection is under compression.  With a waist trainer or shapewear shorts on your body, you’ll likely feel more comfortable eating smaller meals rather than large ones.

3.  More calories burnt.  When you wear a waist trainer during exercise, you will sweat profusely, especially around your waist area.  With that extra sweat, you will lose some water weight and calories.

4. Postpartum care.  New mums will know how difficult it is to get back into shape with limited time on your hands with a new baby.  By wearing a body shapewear for a minimum of 4 hours daily for a month, you can lose up to 4 inches off your waist.

5.  Bustline Support.  Apart from accentuating your figure,  body shapers will come in handy if you wear a strapless bra as the body shaper will keep your bra secure in place. It also pushes up your breasts, thus making them look fuller.

Always remember to choose bodyshapers that fits you well, as being comfortable and relaxed is equally important as achieving that gorgeous look.  Check out the Black Friday shapewear sales on Shapellx now to get the best deals!

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A Coat That Never Goes Out Of Style

Trench coats are perfect for when you don’t want to wear coats that are too heavy or bulky. They are also perfect for winter mornings when the sun is bright and it is not too chilly. Light, comfortable, and relatively warm, wearing a trench coat is also a very easy way to add a lot of style to a simple outfit.  Although most trench coats come in khaki or light brown, Prestarrs have revived the look with fresh colors, lengths and fits, like this collarless woolen trench coat with pockets that come in fresh colors like rose, pink and yellow.

Trench coats used to be worn by soldiers and only men.  They then seamlessly transitioned into the world of women’s wear and they’re now here to stay for good.  Trench coats look equally amazing on women, giving them an air of elegance and exquisite.

If you are a fashion savvy woman who’s constantly looking for a fashion piece that will serve as both a cover-up for warmth and also function as a fashion centerpiece, trench coats are your best bets.  The best trench coats can serve as the perfect addition that can elevate your fashion image up a few notches.

Trendy trench coats for women come in simple, sleek and edgy designs and styles. There are leather trench coats, woolen trench coats and there are also trench coats with lace-trimmed edges or embellished buttons and belts. You can choose to just wear a trench coat as a stylish jacket or you can also choose to make your trench coat a fashion focal point. Either way you would be serving two purposes with one highly stylish coat. Trench coats are wardrobe selections that are really important in a fashionable woman’s outfit choices.

Trench coats can be worn for a wide variety of occasions. It’s sophisticated and dressy enough to be one of the few types of outerwear for women that look great with formal clothing and suits and is also long enough to comfortably cover suit jackets. Trench coats give an effortlessly cool and chic look and add a lot of charm to the wearer’s personality.

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How To Create A Low Maintenance Kitchen

If you love to cook and also have kids, then the chances are you’re often making a mess! It can sometimes start to feel as though you are spending more time cleaning your kitchen than you are enjoying it, which is frustrating. A few thoughtful touches to your kitchen design can make all the difference by creating a space that is practically effortless to clean and maintain.

Storage Solutions

The first thing to consider when you’re trying to create a lower maintenance kitchen is storage.

Clearing clutter off of your surfaces and into designated spaces means that cleaning your work surfaces takes much less time, and it also helps to prevent dust from accumulating. Smart storage solutions can help you to make the most of your space, and also save you time because everything you need will be stored in a logical space. Never again will you have to spend time digging through a huge drawer to find the lid that goes with the Tupperware you want to use!

small kitchen storage

Try installing shelves to create extra space, using drawer dividers to help keep your utensil drawer organized, and consider putting extra shelving in your cupboards so that you can see what’s in there more easily.

Durable Work Surfaces

When you’re choosing what kind of work surface you would like to install in your home, try to think about how you will be using your kitchen rather than just how it will look in your home.

For example, materials like granite are incredibly durable which means that you can use knives on the work surfaces and place hot pans on them without fear of causing damage, which can, in turn, make your kitchen much easier to use. It’s also a good idea to fit your surfaces in such a way that you minimize gaps and cracks where dirt and debris may accumulate.

Layout

As with work surfaces, it’s a good idea to consider how you will be using your kitchen when considering the layout. For example, having the sink next to the dishwasher makes it easy to rinse plates and load them straight in the dishwasher, and also means that you are less likely to drip dirty water across the kitchen.

If you would like some ideas on how to design a low maintenance kitchen layout, then contact a professional service like nonpareilsolutions.co.uk who will be more than happy to talk through your requirements with you.

Flooring

Tile or stone flooring can look great, but it does add extra complexity to keeping it clean and well maintained because dirt and debris are likely to accumulate in the grouting between the tiles. If you’re looking for a low maintenance flooring, it’s a good idea to go with laminate or vinyl flooring which is one continuous sheet and therefore much easier and quicker to mop clean.

Kitchen Paint

Be sure to choose specialist kitchen paint when decorating your kitchen, as it has been designed to withstand damp, so it’s much easier to wipe clean, and you don’t have as high a risk of mildew and mold forming.

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