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  • What's the hip in music nowadays? Read on!

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on July 18, 2021

    People are very passionate about music, and rightfully so. Music is powerful and can be very therapeutic based on your mood. But given that, there are multiple genres and types of music. You cannot just say that you like music and leave it at that; everyone has a subtype that they specifically vibe with.

     

     

     

    Music genres are all over the place. You have heavily electronic EDM, and then you have very lo-fi beats, and the fanbases are equally huge for both. While some genres are more popular than others, that does not mean that the music counts less. Here are the top genres in the music industry:

     
    1. Pop
    This is one of the most confusing ones to understand. The pop genre is basically derived from popular. And popular culture defines it for every era. Pop music has evolved a lot over time, and at one time, The Beatles were considered pop; but they mostly have soft rock tracks. Pop music nowadays is through famous artists such as The Weeknd and Maroon 5. Pop has evolved a lot around electronic sounds as of late.

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    2. Hip-hop and Rap
    These were originally two different genres and had ancient roots embedded in the Blues and Gospel too. This genre has seen impressive evolution and has become the standard for the mainstream. With the help of computers, the traditional music tools that were a good voice and ability to play an instrument is not very necessary. Sub-genres such as trap have become very prevalent.

     
    3. EDM
    The rise of computers brought with it entirely new and unique ways to do things that were done another way traditionally. The same goes for music. Computers and electronics changed the shape of the music industry so that having an instrument is not even necessary to make music anymore. And as a result, EDM is one of the most popular forms of music today.

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    4. K-Pop
    This type of music originated in Korea and was exclusive to the country for a while. But slowly, it grew out of Korea and spread to the US and some European countries too. K-Pop is portrayed as a vibrant and colorful form of music. Even though not loved by everyone, K-Pop stars are amongst the people with the most enormous following on social media platforms.

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    The right music can completely detach you from your worries and send you in a relaxing trance. When we think about it, it is not surprising why people are attached to their favorite music. The choice of music can say a lot about a person. What type of music do you like and why? Tell us in the comments below!

  • Will Your Skin Suffer from Summer-Autumn Season Transitions? Signs You Should Look Out For

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on June 30, 2021

    You must have noticed that your skin is a bit irritable every time a seasonal change happens. While most people shrug it off and neglect it, your skin needs to be cared for in such situations. A change in the season changes the ambient temperature. It changes the humidity levels and lifestyle habits that your skin is used to.

     
    A sudden change in the weather can shake up your whole system. Till it re-adjusts to the changing climate, you would literally be uncomfortable in your own skin. Here are a few signs that you need to look out for as the season changes. They can be major indicators of unhealthy skin:

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    1. Dryness
    As the air becomes cooler and drier, it becomes easier for the skin to lose its moisture. Dehydrated skin is visibly rough and very irritable. Dry skin can also take away the glow of your skin due to the rough texture. To tackle this, you need a product with hyaluronic acid. A good cream with that would be Garnier Green Labs Hyalu-Melon Serum Cream. It would be a wise decision to invest in a humidifier for your home as well.

     
    2. Breakouts
    People often relate acne breakouts to the hot weather of the summer. But that is not the case; you can get acne breakouts as the season changes as well. This is due to dehydration. Your body tries to compensate for the lack of moisture in the skin with extra sebum. This can collect in clogged pores and turn into acne. If you want to avoid clogged pores, use a good exfoliating scrub. And if you are already facing breakouts, try a acne patch.

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    3. Redness
    As the seasonal changes are in progress, some days are much hotter than the others, and there is no order. A sudden temperature rise can dilate the arteries and veins in your skin, making them much more visible. The best solution to this is also to keep your skin moisturized and using a soothing gel routinely.

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    Do you often feel these symptoms when the season changed? Most people take it as something that has to occur naturally, but it does not. Your skin should feel healthy and happy regardless of the season or the change in season that arises. You, too, have had experience with these symptoms and know how to deal with them; tell us in the comments below!

  • De-cluttering Tools to Organize Yourself at Work and Home

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on May 25, 2021

    It is not uncommon in to find people who wish they could be more organized. Work clutter is a real problem many of us face. Most people want to work in a place where you do not have to spend time looking for the thing you need. So, we brought you 5 unique tools that will help you make the most out of minor places.

     

    1. Tablet and Accessory organizer

    This accessory organizer is built perfectly to fit in your bag or purse. This has spaces for your tablet, chargers and cables while having extra space for any other handy gadgets that you might have. This will completely eradicate having to shuffle through loads of stuff to get that one cable!

    2. Shoe Storage Rack

    Everyone wants loads of shoes that they can wear on different occasions. But when buying, one rarely thinks about where to store them. Having a bunch of shoes can be a curse in disguise. But with this innovatively designed shoe storage cabinet, you do not need to worry about finding a spot for storing shoes ever again. It sorts your shoes vertically, saving you tons of space.

     

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    3. Under Shelf Baskets
    Ever had a shelf and felt like there is a lot of space on the upper side of the column? Or have you ever had a single panel shelf that runs out of the room when you are only halfway through putting your things in place? This little life hack is here to save the day. This under shelf basket hangs firmly below your shelf, giving you that extra space you need.

    4. Hovering Bookshelves
    If you already have loads of furniture and cannot find space to fit a traditional floor to ceiling bookshelf, your love for books would certainly be tried. To keep your hobby intact, here is a unique little solution. These racks do not need to be on the floor, and you can still use them to stack up against your book collection.

    5. Ticket Stub Diary
    If you are the type of person that prioritizes keeping records of tickets and receipts, you would know that they can clutter real quick. Even keeping them in a drawer is of no use, in case you need to find one; you may spend hours looking for it in a mess. This little ticket stub diary is your salvation. Not only can you keep all your precious ticket stubs and receipts, but you can also order them too!

     

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    Did you like our solutions to de-cluttering the mess out of your life and getting your work organized? If you did, make sure to tell us in the comments below, and if not, suggest us any better tips that we can follow!

  • Posture Correctors You Should Buy Before It's Too Late

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on May 20, 2021

    Good posture is when a body's muscles completely support the skeleton to maintain the alignment in a stable and energy-efficient way. A posture of a person can be de-morphed over time due to daily habits. Practices such as sitting with a hunched back, wearing the wrong shoes, and lack of exercise can take a lot of toll on your posture.
    Bad posture is basically all about muscular strength. The correct posture can be attained by training the muscles that have to maintain posture. While most of us can not choose to avoid situations causing bad posture, we can still correct it. To guide a body back into its natural alignment, you can use posture correctors. Here are a few top-rated posture correctors:

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    1. Evoke Pro A300 – Best Overall
    The evoke pro is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a traditional posture corrector that you can wear under your clothes without it being visible. It is not too bulky and has breathable fabric, so you don't sweat while wearing it. It has a broad figure 8 design with a wider material span in the shoulder region. Velcro straps allow you to set the tension of the posture corrector.

     

     

    2. Comfy Brace – Best Budget

    If you want to fix your posture, you don't really need a budget if you have commitment and determination. Comfy Brace is a wallet-friendly option to get your posture right. It is latex-free and a great option with a minimal price tag. It has padded straps that will give you the comfort you need.
    3. Flexguard Back Brace – For Back Pain
    This is a combination to tackle both slouching shoulders and handling back pain. This posture corrector includes a back brace and shoulder straps and is a popular option for people who suffer from back pain due to improper posture. This brace comes in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from XS to XL, and adds adjustable straps to further fit your body. It is a little bulky when worn under clothing but is still wearable.
    4. Upright GO Trainer – Best For Office
    One of the biggest reasons for the wrong posture in the modern world is modern offices. Sitting in front of a computer on a chair all day can destroy one's stance. This device is perfect for your office as it has no straps and keeps reminding you to fix your posture by vibrating. It can connect to your phone and turn off if you want it to.

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    Having a good posture changes the way people around you will perceive you. It has a significant impact on your confidence as well. Did you find these helpful? Please let us know in the comments below!

  • Formal Apparel Items That You Need For Your Next Interview

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on May 3, 2021

    Interviews are an unavoidable aspect of the job culture. Waiting in lines as each candidate is judged on their compatibility, competing for numbered positions. It's imperative to make a lasting first impression to get a job. Even the slightest slip-up can get you eliminated from the final list.
    There are numerous things a person can do to ensure that an interview goes well. On the top of the list is the way someone presents themselves. Having clothing that fits you well and compliments is the best way to make a good impression the minute you enter the office. Here are a few formal apparel items that you need to get to ace your interview!

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    1. Ponte Double Breasted Blazer
    Starting with this Women's Blazer by Attitude Unknown, It's both formal and in style. There are several color options to choose from based on your type of interview. It is tailored amazingly with its peaked lapels and fitted waist. To add to its beauty, it has gold-tone embossed buttons giving it a complete and polished look.

    2. Ruched Sequin Formal Dress
    This purple dress by Connected Apparel is the one if you intend to stand out and look stunning for your interview. The sleeveless and sleek design of the dress is sure to give you the confidence boost you need and leave a mark on the interviewers' minds.

    3. Men's Standard Fit Suit Jacket
    There is nothing that can quite match the class of a well-stitched suit jacket. Regardless of the occasion, a suit jacket is the way to go if you need to be taken seriously. This jacket features long sleeves and is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. It pairs amazingly with matching trousers to give you're an effortless and refined look. Moreover, you can get it at a bargain at just $69.

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    4. Women's Studded Pull-On Pants
    Black pants are the way to go for any formal occasion. They look great with lighter color tops and even look good with darker shades. You will be an eye-catch in your next interview, and this pair is explicitly made to be comfy and lightweight. A printed top, a basic T-shirt, or even a cardigan would be great with this pair of pants.

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    We hope our recommendations help you make your next interview just a bit better. Looking good is only the start. Tell us more ways to ace interviews in the comments below!

  • You Can Thank Us Later - 5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on April 29, 2021

    Picture this: you have only two hours left to write an important document. The clock is ticking by, and with each minute, you feel like your deadline is even more unachievable. You are writing as fast as you can while cursing yourself for getting into such a mess. Secretly, everyone knows what went wrong.

     

     

     
    You re-read your emails multiple times for no reason, you kept using your social media for just five more minutes a little too many times, you started thinking about how not having that second cup of coffee is not allowing you to work, you spent too much time preparing for the task than actually doing it, and the list just never ends. If you want to escape this dreadful cycle, you are in luck! Here are a few tricks to save yourself from procrastination.

     

     
    1. Cut Coffee Breaks to a Minimum
    The worst thing about procrastination is that you usually only realize that you have procrastinated after running short of time. And going to make coffee after starting essential tasks is one of the top ways to end up rushing for a deadline. Find a way to stick to your desk no matter what. If coffee is necessary, get a portable coffee maker like a Keurig mini coffee maker, and keep it on your desk!

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    2. Get a Better PC
    If you have ever tried to work on slow PC, you would know firsthand how much it can interrupt your work. Spiraling into a different dimension where work is non-existent is very easy when workflow is interrupted. If your PC is slow and inefficient, invest in an HP Pavilion Gaming PC; they are affordable and will get your job done.

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    3. Listen to Focus Building Music
    It’s really easy to get distracted in a noisy environment. If you live in a home with many other people, losing focus and getting busy talking to someone is very easy. Having a good pair of headphones such as this foldable wireless headphone and listening to lyric-less music can be a great way to boost your efficiency.

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    4. Read Books on Tackling Procrastination
    Reading is always a good thing, just not when you have to work. In your free time, try to reading up on procrastination prevention. There are many  books filled with ways to stop procrastinating. To start up, look at this book.

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    5. Get Off-Grid
    When you start working, turn your Wi-Fi off on your phone, or at least put it on silent. Your cellphone is sometimes the most significant reason for your procrastination. If someone needs to reach you, they will find a way!

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    Procrastination is a vexing issue, and 95% of people suffer from it. What do you think about these tips? Are they helpful or not? Tell us in the comment box below!

  • What’s at the top of the buying list for college students?

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on September 3, 2018
    Starting college is a big deal and making sure students have everything they need ahead of time is essential to make the transition frustration-free. There’s nothing worse than realizing that something essential has been left at home.
    Categorize your needs
    1. room and storage needs
    2.bedding and laundry supplies
    3. office/desk supplies
    4. electronics
    5. toiletries
    6. clothing and household (including kitchen items)

    It may make more sense for students to buy certain things when they get to college rather than having to tote them from home. Another idea is to focus on bringing clothing appropriate for the season and just swapping when at home for breaks. Storage space will be scarce, so that would be one way to decrease the amount of “stuff” that has to be crammed into the room!

    Here are some items at the top of a college student’s list:

    Mattress topper – dorm mattresses tend to be tough and mattress toppers give that extra bit of padding and comfort.
    Twin XL sheets – these sell out early so be sure to purchase them before the rush for supplies in August.
    Pillows – bed pillows are essential of course, but it’s nice to have an additional throw pillow too.
    Mattress protector – especially important for students with allergies.
    Surge Protector (including USB ports) – this is a must to protect electronics as well as providing additional outlets in the room. Don’t forget lots of extension cords too!
    Shower caddy (especially important if you have to walk to the showers)
    Towels - if you are buying new towels, getting them monogrammed is a way to prevent them from going astray! Don’t forget a couple of hand towels and wash cloths too.
    Laundry bag and detergent – the pod type are super easy to use and take up less space than liquid detergent bottles.
    Storage – anything that can increase the amount of storage space in the dorm room – under bed bins, over the door storage solutions (check the door thickness first) and flat hangers, to name just a few.
    First aid kit – great to have on hand for emergencies!
    Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, nail clippers, body wash, and hand sanitizer to name just a few!
    Cleaning supplies – antibacterial wipes, small hand-held vacuum, paper towels, dish detergent

    The key is to make a list and to pack as lightly as possible, bringing only what is absolutely essential.

  • The Best Cash Back Credit Cards

    Posted in Guides, Saving Tips by Brooke. on September 3, 2018
    Cash back credit cards are an easy way to earn money for everyday purchases. Choosing the best card for your lifestyle can get tricky, but with a little research, you can quickly maximize your earnings with no effort at all. The following cards are some of the highest rated rewards credit cards available.

    Chase Freedom

    Chase Freedom offers 0% APR for 15 months. You can earn $150 bonus after spending $500 within the first three months of opening the account. You can also earn up to 5% rewards on up to $1,500 in bonus categories. There is no annual fee and Chase Freedom offers built-in protection for unauthorized purchases and has extended warranty protection.

    Citi Double Cashback Credit Card

    Citi Double Cashback offers 0% APR for 18 months on balance transfers. You are rewarded with 1% for purchases, and for each payment you make, you will also earn 1% back. There is no annual fee and there are no limits on how much you are able to earn. This card is beneficial for those who spend money across several spending categories since there are no restrictions.

    The Blue Cash Preferred Card American Express

    If you have a family of any size and you spend a good chuck of your paycheck at the grocery store, The Blue Cash Preferred Card is for you. You can earn 6% rewards on grocery store purchases, plus, 3% on gas and department store purchases. Although there is a $95 annual fee, you can easily make up for that within your first three months with a $200 bonus on $1,000 purchases. This money will be applied to your statement as credit.

    Discover It Cash Back Match

    Discover It offers 0% APR for the first 14 months and unlimited dollar-for-dollar match of the cashback you've earned in the first year. You can earn 5% in most major spending categories and 1% on all other purchases. Your rewards never expire. One of the perks of Discover It is that you can apply your rewards when making purchases at Amazon.com right at the checkout.

    Quicksilver One Capital One
    Even with an average credit score, you can still earn rewards with Quicksilver One. There is a $39 annual fee, but you can earn 1.5% rewards on all purchases. If you're getting back on track and able to consistently make your monthly payments, why not earn some rewards while you're at it?

    How do You Choose the Right Card?

    How will you determine which card is best for you? Analyze your spending habits and look at the short and long-term benefits of each card. There are thousands of rewards cards available and they all offer great benefits. Make sure you have a strong credit score and are able to meet the monthly minimum payment. It's also a good idea to speak to a customer service representative to weigh out the pros and cons of each card before making any commitments.

  • Which Retailers offer the fastest Delivery?

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on July 20, 2018

    In an era of instant gratification and social media, waiting for products is a thing of the past. For a price, you can get your groceries and other products on the same day. Same day deliveries are great for last-minute purchases. If you have a busy schedule, it is essential that you find time for shopping. That is not always possible. Now all you have to do is, use your phone or computer and order a couple of stuff. You will have them delivered to you in a couple of hours. Even if you do not have time to buy groceries for dinner, order online and you will have them delivered to you before dinner time.

    Whole foods

    Now owned by Amazon, this company will deliver orders that are above $35 in 2 hours. However, it is only available in 14 cities although it is expanding quickly.

    Amazon

    Amazon is a mega-retailer, and they offer prime members "today" deliveries to over 8000 cities and towns. All you have to do is choose the same-day option at checkout and ensure that you place all your orders before 9 p.m.

    Prime members get free deliveries for orders above $35. These items need to be labeled "free same day deliveries." If they are not labeled free, you can get them delivered on the same day for only $5.99.

    If you are not a prime member, you will pay $8.99 for each item and an additional $0.99 for all other items.

    All items ordered at noon will be delivered by 9 p.m. the annual prime membership is $99 for regular and $49 for students.

    Walmart

    If you do not have time to go shopping, log on to Walmart's website and order groceries. The retailers will have someone make fastest deliveries to you the same day. With the help of crowd-sourced services like post mates Walmart will expand its services to metro areas in the country.

    For this store, the delivery fees will vary depending on location, order value and time slot. They are looking towards expanding their services so by the end of the year there will be more than 40% of all US household items.

    Target

    This company gives you home essential and groceries in 34 states. You can either order from the website of their app. For this service, you will have to pay a membership fee

    Instacart

    An instacart gives you services similar to those provided by Wholefoods. However, you will have to pay more for 1-hour deliveries than 2- hour deliveries. Orders must be a minimum of $10. Instacart express is only for orders above $35. If you are a non-member, you will pay $5.99 for delivery.

    Deliv:

    this service works with dozens of retailers in over 35 markets. For what other companies charge for five-day deliveries, you can have your items at your doorstep. They also have an app that makes this so much easier for you.

     

    Barnes and nobles:

    members can order and have fastest deliveries for free. Nonmembers have to pay $25 minimum, and the orders need to be placed before noon. This service does not work on weekends.

    Other services include:

    - Verizon: If you are in Manhattan, this is the company for you. They are currently not available everywhere.

    - Postmates: primarily known for takeout deliveries, this company serves most of your Thai cravings. Their fee for deliveries is $5.99 although from time to time it can go as low as $3.99. There is also a service fee which is always a percentage of your purchase price.

    - Staples

    - Best buy this company started in 2015 and had expanded quickly and is covering over 40 markets. For your order to be delivered in the same day you must make your order before 3 p.m. orders made around 3 p.m will be given by 9 p.m. the cost will depend on your state and the products ordered.

    With same-day delivering, you have the opportunity to buy time critical goods and be sure that they will reach you on time. You also get to track your shipping through your phone. These services are convenient when you need groceries for dinner and do not have the time to go shopping.

  • The Top 7 Road Trip Essentials

    Posted in Guides by Brooke. on June 30, 2018

    Without a doubt, road trips are a sure way of creating some fun memories with family and friends. Most people would agree that when it comes to road trips, it is the journey that matters. Therefore, you will need to make sure that the journey is as smooth as possible. This is especially when you are traveling far away from home. Consider having the following essentials before your next trip.

    • A Reliable GPS 

    The advent of technology has made it easy for people to access technology blogs offered online. However, people can still access GPS systems instead of mapping programs on their phones. This will not only help you save your phone battery but also keep you away from distractions. Also, there are sophisticated GPS systems that incorporate weather alongside helping you to plan stops on your way.

    • A Spare Tire 

    Although having a small tire is always better than having none, it is crucial for you to have a full-size tire because you can get a flat tire on your trip. Also, you need to make upgrade before you plan for your trip.

    • A Road Map 

    Life is pretty unpredictable. Therefore, your GPS system and the phone can lose signal on your trip. This should not worry you if you have a roadmap. Depending on your final destination, you can get a bigger spiral bound map for your guidance.

    • Energy Drinks and Snacks 

    To avoid stopping from time to time, other essentials you can pack up on your way include some snacks and energy drinks. Some of these snacks include apples, corn, nuts, and peanuts. These are good options to boost your energy. As for energy drinks, you can try Red Bull. Not only will it revive your energy but also prepare you for the long ride ahead. Many gas stations provide the mentioned snacks and drink.

    • Gas Extender 

    There are projects like Magic Tank that will extend almost an empty gas tank. This is an inflammable liquid that can be stored in the car. Also, it can be sued in a gas powered engine as it helps you get any gas that is reserved in the tank.

    • First Aid Kit and Safety Gear

    This is a must, when setting out on a long journey.

    • Versatile Clothing 

    A poncho is versatile clothing that you will need on your trip. Not only will it cover you from the windy weather but also fromthe hot sun rays penetrating through your car window on your road trip.

    The Conclusion

    With the mentioned tips, you should not be caught up in a bind before taking your trip. When you have the listed necessities, you will be good to go.

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