Sunday, 8 May 2016

Happy Mothers Day!

Mother's Day...
a time for warm thoughts
and fond memories,
for expressing
the feelings and words
that often go unspoken,
for letting
those special people
in our lives know
that they are loved
and appreciated -

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Be Prepared to WIN Your Next Hand

Poker tells are essentially indications we receive from our opponents based on changes in their betting patterns and physical communication. Fifty five percent of communication comes from body language (other than words spoken and tone used) so be very aware of the clues other players are giving you during a poker game. What you think their smile is telling you may be the complete opposite of what you believe.

Remember, a player gains an advantage if they can correctly observe and understand the meaning of another player’s tell, particularly if the poker tell is a subconscious gesture. Check out this extremely ingenious video Aria created on some of the most common forms of poker tells and be prepared to win your next hand. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Dos and Don’ts of Nip Tuck Tourism

The Dos and Don’ts of Nip Tuck Tourism
Tips from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis

Thinking of going off the grid to get a little work done? You’re tapping into a growing trend. These days more and more people are seeking great doctors in locations beyond New York and Beverly Hills. While jetting off to South America for some plastic surgery may be too distant, there are plenty of calmer more serene cities for those who don’t want the crowds and fast pace of a big city. Board certified plastic surgeon and best selling author Dr. John Zannis, based in coastal North Carolina caters to patients from all over the world. Here are his dos and don’ts when it comes to Nip Tuck Tourism to ensure you get the best doctors, support staff, post-op recovery and overall experience.

Do: Consider a smaller city. When it comes time for recovery, resting and avoiding stress is key. Smaller cities have a cozy, home away from home feel. Imagine going outside for a walk or sitting peacefully outside with sounds of nature instead of traffic. Being in a serene environment helps you heal.

Don’t: Skimp on the pre-arrival consultation and follow up communication. Verifying that you are a candidate for the procedure you want is extremely important before flying anywhere. Be ready for a few Skype consults with your surgeon, sharing pictures and keeping in touch over phone and e-mail leading up to your scheduled procedure.

Do: Consider your physician’s lodging recommendations. Many doctors already have relationships with local hotels and bed and breakfasts and can make solid recommendations. Your doctor will also know the type of accommodations you’ll need: will a simple suite do or do you need a full home-style living space for longer recovery procedures?

Do: Fly in a couple of days before your surgery is scheduled. This allows you to meet with the doctor and staff before the big day and become comfortable with your surroundings.

Do: Take the appropriate amount of time off. Dr. Zannis explains, “depending on the procedure, you’ll be able to return home in just 24 hours, while others may require a follow up visit in 7 days.  You want to allow adequate healing time for any swelling and pain to subside before traveling back home.”

Don’t: Forget your insurance cards. Although most cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, you’ll still need your insurance information to get your prescriptions filled.

Do: Plan ahead and pack wisely. “It’s important to pack loose fitting zip front shirts and wide comfortable bottoms, a pillow to place between yourself and the car/plane seatbelt, a spill proof large water bottle, and throat relievers for post-op soreness,” suggests Dr. Zannis.

And finally Do: Plan some nice activities and meals! Remember this is your time to relax, recover and enjoy. Think low-key and relaxing. When you get your appetite back you’ll want a great meal. As days pass and more and more healing takes place you’ll want to go for nice walks, explore nature, or just read and unwind by a fireplace or lake. These little things contribute to making you feel better and heal after a procedure. You’ll return with a new look, while feeling completely refreshed.

About Dr. John Zannis:
Dr. John Zannis is an Best Selling author, won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, is a NewBeauty Magazine Beauty Expert, is a Real Self Top Doctor and boasts a slew of other accomplishments. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he studied Human Biology and Studio Art at Stanford University and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, before completing his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For more about Dr. John Zannis, his New Bern, North Carolina practice and their Makeover Getaway Program, visit

Friday, 8 April 2016

Your 2016 Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and it is the time to show your mom or mother-figure just how much they mean to you.  This Mothers Day give your mom a "gift that is straight from the heart" and show her how much you appreciate everything she has done for you, and continues to do.

Gifts From:


Give fifteen of the most popular recipes with someone who has shaped your life.  Presented in their limited edition basswood box, it’s a lovely way to let her know you’ll love her forever. Happy Mothers Day Mom.

FrangranceNet is THE best place to get mom her Mother’s Day gifts, because there are hundreds of thousands products you can choose from, and are all discounted and can be delivered straight to your door! Not only is there tons of products, but the huge variety of options is endless. There is something for every mom on this site and you are guaranteed to give mom a gift this Mother’s Day that she will be very happy with receiving.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Easter's Loacker (Rose of the Dolomites)

The shape of Loacker's premium praline is inspired by the beautiful Alpine Rose of the Dolomites, but the taste of this exquisite chocolate with cream center is why you’ll pick it.

They offer the perfect arrangement: genuine high-quality ingredients and a sublime blend of exquisite cream, crunchy hazelnut pieces, and smooth petals made out of dark, white or milk chocolate.

A rose is a rose is a rose...until you’ve tasted one of theirs.
This Easter give the gift of a rose- the Rose of the Dolomites- an artisan Easter sweet treat.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Walkers Easter Bonnet Cookies

Easter Bonnet Cookies


-     Walkers Shortbread Rounds (For those with gluten free needs, just exchange Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds for Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread Rounds!)
-     Icing
-     Marshmallows
-     Pastel-colored fondant
-     Sugar flowers
-     Mini Candies

1. Lightly ice Walkers Shortbread Rounds and place a marshmallow in the center. This will give the hat its structure and still be edible.
2. Roll out pastel-colored fondant and cut a circle that is about 1 inch larger than the diameter of the Round.
3. Center the fondant circle over the marshmallow on the cookie, and place it on top smoothing it out; trim excess fondant around the cookie perimeter.
4. Decorate with fondant ribbons and flowers, sugar flowers, or mini candies.

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