Choosing Tiles for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the busiest areas in the your home and one area that can have several different kinds of tiles. Choosing and shopping for tiles at Mainland Tile can be overwhelming and challenging. However, you need to remember that aside from aesthetics and design, tiles have different applications. For example, glossy tiles should not be used on the floor as they are not made for walking.

Decide Where it Will Be Installed
According to Freshome, there are many areas in the kitchen where you can use tiles – as a backsplash, countertop and even the kitchen floor.

Know Certain Differences Between Tile Types
Tiles for the kitchen can range from quarry, stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain and glass. Vinyl, cork and bamboo tiles are most commonly used in flooring. Quarry, ceramic, and porcelain are often chosen to be used for counters and floors. Glass tile is commonly reserved for walls and backsplashes.

Decide on Your Budget
Tiles can be inexpensive and expensive at the same time. You need to decide on how much you are willing to spend and be aware of the prices before envisioning what you have in your head. For example, linoleum tiles are inexpensive but custom-designed ceramic tiles aren’t. You can mix and match them so you can fall within your budget. Stores help you estimate these kinds of budget concerns.

Design Tip: You can mix an inexpensive ceramic backsplash tile with either stone or glass. You can use stone or glass mosaics, cut them into strips and add them to your backsplash design.

Consider your family’s lifestyle
For example, if you have small children, you need to choose a floor tile that is durable and non-slippery, able to withstand heavy traffic, spills, pets (if you have one) and constant cleaning. You should also consider how much of an upkeep to maintain it (whether it needs to be waxed or mopped every now and then). If you choose a wall tile for a floor the coefficient of friction (COF) will be too low, which in turn means it’s too slippery for walking. Instead choose floor tile that has a slight raised pattern, or texture to it to allow for a safer kitchen floor.

For kitchen countertops, consider maintenance and durability. You might be wise to get tiles that don’t easily crack. For example, ceramic tiles are durable and can hold up hear from cooking pans, easy to clean as well. A downside is that its surface is uneven making it crack or chip easily than others.

Why Detox/Juicing Is Good for You

“A detox is an internal cleanse that helps you to eliminate toxins and waste from your body. The older we get, the slower our system becomes. This is not a natural side effect of the aging process, rather, it is a result of an accumulation
of toxins and waste products. By removing the waste from your body, you give it the opportunity to return to its natural state of health and well-being!”- The Nutrition Mom

I have been trying to save a little so I can afford a one-day cleanse from Juju Cleanse. They dont deliver to my area so logistics is another challenge. But I promise myself I will try them out for at least a day before the year ends. Maybe instead of buying 1/4″ shelf support things for my beading hobby, I’d save it for this!

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Coffee Drinks

Since I live in the boondoks and crave for coffee every single day, I wonder if these actually taste like what I can order from a barista in Starbucks.

Starbucks Frappuccino Mocha Coffee Drink Starbuck's Frappuccino Coffee Drink, Mocha Lite

Mmmmocha. The word itself is music to your mouth. But how does it taste, you ask? In a word… Magnificent. (And we’re not just saying that.) How else would our luscious, lowfat blend of Starbucks® coffee, real milk and rich, chocolaty Mocha taste? We’ll even let you in on a little secret: it only gets better when you chill it or pour it over ice. When you have to have your chocolate, make it Mocha. Every time.

Mocha Lite
What do you get when you mix the one-of-a-kind taste of Starbucks® coffee, real milk and luscious, chocolaty Mocha? Bottled euphoria. What don’t you get? One third of the calories you’ll find in Mocha bottled Frappuccino®. And though this creamy treat is even lighter than our lowfat original, the great taste of Mocha still shines through. What’s not to love about going Lite?

I hope the Lite version is really smaller in calories since whipped cream is alone about 400 calories already.

The pros

  • Low in fat.
  • Good mixture of coffee and cream.
  • Not as bitter as the Doubleshot Expresso and Cream.
  • Taste better than average.

The cons

  • Energy does not last long.
  • The bitter aftertaste may bother some people.
  • Has no dietary fiber, vitamin C and A.

Starbucks Frappuccino Nutrition Facts (serving size – 9.5 fl. oz.)

  • Calories: 200
  • Total Fat: 3 g – 5%
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg – 5%
  • Sodium: 100 mg – 4%
  • Total Carbs: 37g – 12%
  • Sugars: 32g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Calcium: 20%

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet – Servings per container:1

What would you wear on a night out to a casino?

casino outfits

Casinos have become a popular way to enjoy the nightlife of various world cities. Many of these gambling venues also include restaurants and nightclubs which can provide a whole evening of fun. While most casinos do prefer a smart casual form of dress, their restaurants may be a bit formal. Therefore when planning for an evening out on the town, consider this fact when selecting your outfit for the evening. You don’t want to be underdressed as it could make for an uncomfortable feeling. Additionally, some casinos and restaurants may refuse you service. If you aren’t up to putting your smartest clothes on it might be an idea to use an online casino such as Gaming Club instead.

Smart casual is also known in some circles as business casual. This particular style of dress is fine balance between casual clothing and smart clothing items. Of all the garments, only one should be casual. By wearing smart casual clothing, women can look terrific while being comfortably dressed.

Jeans are even an option when putting together a smart casual outfit. To make jeans work, this should be your only casual garment within the entire ensemble. Jeans should be free from rips, holes and tears. Generally, darker jeans are a better choice. Avoid wearing overly washed jeans that are light in colour. The cut of the jean really doesn’t matter. They can be skinny jeans, boot cut, bell bottoms or straight legs.

If you don’t want to wear jeans to the casino, there are other casual slacks that also work well. For instance, you could consider wearing khaki chinos. These look excellent to wear to the casino. Other casual slacks such as corduroys make ideal slacks for creating a smart casual look. Dress slacks are also another option. If you wear dressier slacks then perhaps the top you select can be a bit more casual. Just remember the key is to keep the casual pieces down to one.

Fabulous mother of the bride dress

To attend a wedding is a significant event for me. That is why if I were invited in a wedding, I make sure that I am presenting myself well especially if I have a role to play during the ceremony. In terms on dresses, I have noticed that a number of mother’s bride find it difficult what to wear for this event.  It can be daunting to find a fabulous Mother of the bride dress, but with DressFirst, you can get what you are looking for!


Take a look at the following to acquire the dress that goes well with her personal style:

  • A-Line/Princess Sweetheart Floor-Length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress With Ruffle Beading (US$ 151.99)

This dress features a sweetheart neckline that proposes youthful look to mother’s age. The intricate designs of the beadings embellishments with the ruffles that wrap down her body can pamper herself pretty on the special day. This lengthy chiffon dress calmly touches the floor.

  • A-Line/Princess Off-the-Shoulder Floor-Length Chiffon Tulle Charmeuse Mother of the Bride Dress With Lace Beading Sequins (US$ 152.99)

Your mother will look captivating on your wedding day with this well-designed dress. This Mother of the bride dress offers a glamorous gaze for the wedding event. Its sequins top and laces promotes luxurious look to the wearer. This made of chiffon, tulle, charmeuse long-length dress will surely makes her fabulous throughout the day!

  • Mermaid Sweetheart Floor-Length Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress With Ruffle Beading (US$ 157.99)

This taffeta-made mermaid floor-length dress flows flawlessly to a decadent sweep train. Its ruffled sweetheart neckline can make her look splendid, while the chic bodice beautifies the waist.

It’s time for your proud mother to shine in your wedding day too, and a Mother of the bride dress from the DressFirst will make her splendid.


How To Release Constipation

I figured with the holiday bingeing coming up this might come in handy. This and water resistant trade show tablecloth.

1. Stop Eating.

The more you eat, the more you are stuffing into your digestive tract. Give it a break!

2. Drink Green.

Nature has provided us with the perfect essentials for elimination with green juice!

3. Spinal Twists.

Deep forward bends and spinal twists are excellent ways to break up that tough mucoid plaque in your GI tract.

4. Bath in Epson Salt.

Epson salts help with your body’s detox process. Nice warm salty water on your stomach is total bliss for a full belly.

5. Child’s Pose.

Any pressure on your colon will stimulate blood flow, and therefore elimination. In child’s pose our whole torso is melting over our quadriceps creating a deep pressure in your gut.

Why Ginger is Good For You

1. Ginger helps treat colds, respiratory ailments. As highlighted in a 1993 study published in the journal Economic Botany, ginger is a powerful expectorant, which means it triggers the body to produce more hydration secretions for the purpose of lubricating the respiratory tract. Ginger helps thin bronchial mucus in order to clear up clogged airways, which in turn improves breathing and lung capacity.

2. Ginger helps treat stomach aches, indigestion, and nausea. Perhaps its most well-known medicinal proper, ginger’s ability to quell upset stomach, indigestion, and nausea rivals that of many antacids and antihistamines. Instead of consuming nexium generic, drink ginger tea!

3. Ginger targets headaches, migraines. Many people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, for which few effective remedies exist outside of potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. But ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are believed to be the mechanism by which this powerful herb effectively fights chronic head pain, making it an absolute necessity when traveling, working, or engaging in other activities that may trigger a headache.

4. Ginger helps relieve joint, muscle pain.
5. Ginger helps clear out intestinal worms, parasites.

6. Ginger helps promote kidney health, dissolve urinary stones. Since it acts as a warming, circulatory stimulant, ginger can help cleanse the body of harmful toxins, including those that build up in the kidneys. Particularly in people with diabetes, ginger helps protect the kidneys against diabetic nephropathy, or deterioration of normal kidney function.

Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer for Your Fitness Program

Every year, losing weight or becoming healthy is one of the top resolutions or goals people make. While most unfortunately forget about their goal, stop mid-way or fail, there are others who take this goal to heart and commit to taking steps to change their lifestyles and be healthier.

It is not easy to stop bad habits. Besides deciding for yourself, you need to have the discipline and motivation to continue setting good habits and accomplishing them every day. Having the right people help and motivate you is important. Sometimes having someone to be accountable for is a big push for you to stay committed. This is where personal trainers come in. People often go to the gym without any idea how to develop a fitness program that is tailored to their needs or the goals they want to accomplish. For example, wanting to have a well-chiseled body requires a different workout program than wanting to have a lean one.

Why a Fitness Trainer?

A fitness trainer is an expert who can develop a customized training program for you. Similar to one who is an expert for welding supplies, a fitness trainer is an expert for fitness.

1. He would be able to develop an exercise regimen that fits your specific goals. He would analyze where you stand now in terms of fitness and develops a fitness plan accordingly.

2. He can also teach you the exercises that will work on your problem areas and help you achieve your desired goals.

3. He could also give the tips and strategies for achieving your target. If you have a fitness trainer of your own, then there is no need for you to go to a gym and he will be there to guide you in your fitness training process. However, gyms also have in-house fitness trainers you can hire for some one-on-one time when going for your workout sessions.

Choosing Your Personal Fitness Trainer

When it comes down to choosing a trainer, you need to make sure you pick someone with whom you are comfortable working with and someone you have confidence in. He can help you to achieve your goals. A trainer should motivate and support you, give you constructive feedback, be patient and be continuously working with you to ensure your program is giving the results you desire.

Make sure your trainer has certification. When you choose your personal trainer, you should make sure that they are educated, and have gone through some kind of program and have a certification. It would be nicer if he also knows CPR or has a first aid knowledge and certification.

Check if the trainer has adequate experience, training and education in the field of physical fitness.

Your trainer should be able to give you his undivided attention and be able to prepare a program that will help you get to your goals with more focus on the areas that require great attention.

The trainer you choose should be able to track your development through various assessments. If there is no progress, then he/she would design new exercise programs, which would be beneficial in achieving your goal.

The program he designed should be cost-effective. He would work around in giving you the best results with training.