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How To Burn Calories Taking A Hot Relaxing Bath.

We all know taking a relaxing hot bath can be what the doctor order. But what if, it was truly beneficial to potential weight loss and preventing type 2 diabetes? Would you forego a nightly run and hot soak instead?

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If you were on the verge to forcing. yourself out on a run, wait for minute because a tub might be just as powerful, as exercising in relation to your fitness. Dr Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says it could actually have similar benefits to exercise–helping to save you from type 2 diabetes.
He explained to The Conversation that, though a warm bath has usually been relaxing, it is best lately that technology has started to discover how ‘passive heating’ can improve health.Dr Faulkner and his team have investigated the effect a hot tub has on blood sugar manage and the variety of calories burned. They actually took a look at worried 14 people each indulging in an hour-long soak in a bathtub run at 104 ranges Fahrenheit as well as heading out on a hour’s cycle.
The  exams have been designed to elevate core body temperature by means of simply one degree, in order to assess what number of calories were burned in every consultation. Though biking did burn extra energy, they determined that a warm bathtub used up as many energy as a 30-minute walk.’The usual blood sugar response to both situations was similar, however top blood sugar after consuming become about 10% decrease while individuals took a warm bathtub compared with once they exercised,’ Dr Faulkner reports.

He also defined that the anti inflammatory houses of exercise are important for our immune systems and help us combat illnesses: ‘This suggests that repeated passive heating may additionally make a contribution to decreasing continual inflammation, that is regularly a gift with long-term diseases, along with type 2 diabetes’.
So, take off the ones shoes–in reality, take off the whole lot and head upstairs.


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The Chicest French Beauty Secrets To Obsess Over

DO: You Obsess over skincare?  “I love shopping in French pharmacies,” Lancôme creative director Lisa Eldridge tells Hello! “They have an Old World charm about them and are full of amazing skincare products.” Stacked with fragrance-free formulas that focus on skin health, these pharmacy  brands are a must-have for celebrity makeup artists. Micellar water, which works to cleanse skin and remove makeup, dirt and impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture barrier, is the hottest item from France since Ladurée macarons. “These waters are great for sensitive skin, especially for models or celebrities who tend to wear a lot of makeup,” she says.
Cleansers to give your skin the Parisian glowBioderma Sensibio H2O, $25,; La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $20, laroche-posay.comDON’T: Share your secrets“For a French woman, beauty products are like a private secret, it’s very intimate,” street-style star and author of bestselling book Love, Style, Life Garance Doré tells Hello! “[The shade of lipstick] you wear is the kind of personal detail you maybe tell your best friend, but no one else.” In addition to guarding the identity of your beauty products like they’re rare gems, French women tend to use the same products year after year. “I’ve used the same products for years,” Garance says. “It’s very French, I suppose, to develop a signature look and have a sort of consistency.”To read more articles by Hello Magazine, please visit

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Let Your Sun Sign Guide Your Travel


Your 2017 Travel Horoscope

by Erin Nicole January 31, 2017

Though it’s only the end of the first month of the year, we’re already feeling as though we need to get out of town, stat. Assuming you’re in the same boat (pseudo-pun intended), we thought we’d offer you a vacation horoscope for February instead of the usual mumbo jumbo about which days of the month are going to be best for your love life. (Spoiler alert: It’s the 14th if you’re coupled and “better luck next month” if you’re not). Here, the top escape you should plan next based on your astrological sign.
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Nepal is the perfect destination for bold and adventurous Aries, particularly given their propensity for going their own ways (as not everyone on Instagram has trekked this route). To get inspired, check out designer Prabal Gurung’s guide to his home country here.

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Oslo, Norway

Anywhere in Scandinavia will be a dream for laid-back-yet-orderly Taurus, who also prefers the finer things in life. Although it’s not the most affordable destination on Earth, you’ll get more bang for your buck in posh Oslo than you used to. The city’s got a thriving coffee culture, a burgeoning art scene and expansive natural areas for an escape near its urban areas.
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Formentera and Ibiza, Spain

Geminis tend to embody extremes, so they should look for destinations that will allow them to both retreat inward and repel away from others—and also “wild out” whenever the mood strikes. These islands in Spain afford the perfect balance: Formentera for when moody Gemini needs to chill on the beach and Ibiza for when her life-of-the-party side needs a night of clubbing until the sun comes up.
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Porto, Portugal

Sentimental, shy, imaginative and chill Cancers will flip for Porto, which is one of the hottest destinations du jour without any of the annoying traits that often come with that title. Think of Porto as a more understated Barcelona with an even more romantic vibe—one of the most romantic, we’d argue, in all of Europe. If you visit, we suggest you don’t miss this beach or the city’s signature sandwich the Francesinha, a vacation-perfect indulgence of steak, ham, sausage and cheese.
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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

No place in the world is better suited to the social, playful and thrill-seeking Leo than Rio de Janeiro. Here, these flirty party girls can indulge their most outrageous impulses over caipirinhas with some of the best-looking people in the world. Don’t miss Ipanema Beach and, if you’ve got the time and budget for an even heartier party, take a flight out to Florianópolis while you’re in the area.

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Montreal, Quebec

Canada is oft overlooked in favor of more exotic-seeming destinations, but that’s precisely one of the reasons that Virgos will feel at home within its borders. Those born under this sign may be calculated, organized and perfectionist, but they also have a hidden party side, and Montreal is a perfect fit for this duality. Plus, it’s a very French city, which will appeal to these confident lovers. Need more inspo to book your trip? Check out Leonard Cohen’s guide to the city here.

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Capetown, South Africa

Curious and open-minded Libras will find innumerable ways to occupy their busy brains in Cape Town, a complex city with an intriguing past and a very happening present. There are also beaches to satisfy the laid-back side of this sign, in case the stimulation of the city gets to be too much. For more on what to do in Cape Town, click here.
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Kyoto, Japan

Scorpios will feel at home anywhere in Japan, being as they are clever, ambitious, independent and even mysterious. Their need for alone time will be well-served in Japan as well, where the locals are not ones to interfere unless expressly asked to do so. According to Pinterest, Kyoto is the destination of 2017, which makes Tokyo’s quieter cousin the ideal bucket-list destination for our Scorpio friends.
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Belgrade, Serbia

Those born under the Sagittarius sign are by nature hard to pin down, which is why we think it’s only fitting that their next destination be somewhere as exotic to Americans as Serbia. Lonely Planet describes Belgrade as “outspoken, adventurous, proud and audacious,” which is basically how we would describe our Sagittarius friends. When planning your itinerary, be sure to focus on the Savamala quarter, Belgrade’s hippest enclave.
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Capricorns love to be alone, and we can think of no better place to get in some quality solo time than Belize, a perfect mix of low-key beaches, fascinating ruins and adventurous activities. Belize works for all budgets and preferences, too, and we’re certain that resourceful Capricorns can put together unforgettable itineraries at any price point. Or, for ultimate solitude, our Capricorn friends could always consider renting out Bird Island—because what’s more private than a legit private island?
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Berlin, Germany

Innovative and adaptable Aquarius guys and gals belong in Berlin. Their love of music will be indulged by professional concerts, festivals that rival Coachella and even karaoke in the park. This diverse and youthful city is unpredictable, which is just the way those born under the Aquarius sign like their adventures. Read more about Berlin here, as well as some of the other exciting spots in Europe you might want to add to your itinerary while you’re on that side of the pond.
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Ubud, Bali

If you’re a Pisces, beware—one visit to Bali and you may decide to permanently relocate. The culture of this quiet country is perfect for Pisces, who tend to be romantic dreamers, artists and spiritualists. We picked Ubud because it’s a good entry point to the island for those who may be first-timers or traveling alone, and also because it’s such a destination for those on a journey of consciousness. That the food is amazing and dirt-cheap doesn’t hurt, either.

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How To Pair Wine, Popcorn & Movie…

​From an article written in blog page.

Oct 28

Wine & Popcorn Pairings For Your Horror Movie Marathon


It’s the time of year to turn off the lights, grab a friend, and watch your favorite scary movies. To make your viewing experience even better, we’ve put together a list of the best popcorn and wine pairings for some of our favorite scary movies. So grab a glass, a bag of your favorite popcorn, and a blanket to cover your eyes, because you’re in for a deliciously spooky night!

Salted Popcorn

This classic popcorn pairs beautifully with Champagne. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. Champagne and salted popcorn are a perfect pair! The saltiness balances the yeasty flavors of a traditional Champagne. We suggest enjoying this classic pairing with a horror movie classic, Nosferatu. If you haven’t seen it, don’t let the lack of dialogue turn you away; this silent movie will leave you on the edge of your set (hopefully not spilling the bowl of popcorn)!

Butter Lovers Popcorn

Chardonnay’s buttery characteristics will shine when paired with buttered popcorn. If you always ask for extra-butter at the concession stand, this is the pairing for you! To enhance the theater-feel we recommend watching The Exorcist. This perennial favorite, paired with the buttery popcorn and chardonnay, will create the best kind of theater – one where you don’t have to wear shoes! 

Boardwalk Style Caramel Corn

The caramel flavor of this popcorn choice pairs well with the sweetness of a Sauternes. The Sauternes honey, nutty quality mix well with the caramel crunch of the popcorn. We recommend enjoying this pairing with everyone’s favorite summer camp slasher, Jason Voorhees, in the original Friday the 13th.  

Cheese Popcorn

You may call us crazy, but we love to snack on cheese popcorn with a glass of Merlot. The smoothness of the Merlot is the ideal wine to enjoy with cheddar cheese popcorn. Just try to keep your cheesy fingers from covering your eyes as you scream your way through Norman Bates’ antics in Psycho.

Kettle Corn

The light sweetness of Prosecco is brought to the forefront when enjoyed with kettle corn. Whether fresh or from the bag, the combination of the sweet and salty popcorn and the crisp apple sweetness of the Prosecco will be your instant fall classic. Pop a bottle of the Itialian bubbly and a bag of kettle corn before you settle in to watch Michael Myers stalk the streets of Haddonfield in Halloween. 

We hope you enjoy the popcorn pairings, but if candy is your favorite movie snack, be sure to check out our Tricks to Pairing Wine with Candy post. 

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Wasted Away Again In Margaritaville

​Tropical vacation in a glass, Grapefruit Margarita. ~Hope Elle~

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“Wasting away again in Margaritaville, searching for my lost shaker of salt, some people say that there’s a man here to blame, but I know it’s my own damn fault.” ~Jimmy Buffett~ (lyrics slightly adjusted by me.)


  • 1 c. grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2/3 c. triple sec
  • 3 c. ice
  • 1 c. white tequila
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • kosher salt, for garnish


  1. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass then dip each glass in salt.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and slushy. Pour into glasses and garnish with more lime.
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How To Make Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta

Courtesy of Cooking Light

(6-ounce) bone-in chicken breasts, skinned

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided

Cooking spray

8 ounces uncooked linguine

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic

1 cup whole milk

1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)

4 cups fresh spinach leaves


1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 8 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 10 minutes. Carve chicken off bones, and thinly slice.

3. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well; keep warm.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add flour and garlic; cook until garlic is browned (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk; bring to a simmer, and cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and spinach; stir until spinach wilts. Add pasta and chicken; toss to combine.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

Mary Drennen


Nutritional Information

Calories 332

Fat 10.3 g

Satfat 3.2 g

Monofat 4.3 g

Polyfat 1.7 g

Protein 24.8 g

Carbohydrate 35 g

Fiber 2 g

Cholesterol 46 mg

Iron 2.6 mg

Sodium 579 mg

Calcium 195 mg

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Starbucks BOGO Trubute Blend K-Cups!

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