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15 Summertime Tips and Tricks Everyone Needs



Summertime = Party time

Summer is here and it’s what everyone was waiting for! Seems like everything evolves around summer, when life really happens. Here are some summertime tips and tricks for everyone to get them swinging back into beach days and picnics. Enjoy!

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1.  Cover your body with baby powder to keep sand from sticking to it.

Cover your body with baby powder to keep sand from sticking to it.


2. Store your valuables in an unassuming container.

Store your valuables in an unassuming container.


3. Read up on some tips for packing your cooler to get the most out of it

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4. Pack Aloe Vera ice cubes in your freezer for immediate sun burn relief




5. Make a summer must have tote

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Pesky Bugs

6. Wipe your skin down with a damp dryer sheet as an alternate mosquito repellant.

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7. Keep bugs out of your drink with a cupcake liner

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8. Stick cloves in a lime to make a natural bug repellent.

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9. Instead of bug repellent spray that evaporates almost immediately, try these bug repellent lotion bars.

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10. Add sage to a fire when you’re entertaining to keep bugs away from the party

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11. Hydrate

The benefits of hydration are plentiful. Drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of water a day can help prevent illness, keep your bones and muscles healthy, help you maintain your weight, improve brain function and best of all, fuel your activities throughout the day! This summer, make water an essential part of your day and never leave home without it.

12. Disconnect

Disconnect from the internet, put down those smart phones and see a world without selfies, hashtags and videos. Enjoy life without technology and engage in conversations and activities that encourage socialization with other people.

13. Lifestyle Change

The summer is a great time to think healthy. The nice weather means you can get outside and start exercising or take pleasure in a new sport, club or activity. New social settings and activities will keep you busy as you try to quit smoking. Also, visit your local farmers’ market to kick-start a new healthy eating plan.

14. Stay Cool

We all love the summer heat, but it is important to stay in the shade whenever possible. Try to limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. If you are going to be outside, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses whenever possible. Another tip, if you’re feeling hot and sticky, is to wash your hands in cold water. This will really help you feel better and much cooler.

15. Sleep Well

Sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental and physical health, safety and quality of life.

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There is Too Much Fake Health Information – Exposing Weight Loss Gimmicks



Welcome to another weight loss article. Hopefully this one will shed some new light on your life.

Weight loss is a big concern for many people and has been for a little while now. Perhaps it’s to do with how we look and feel, or all the trends we follow, or a doctors concern. Whatever it is, excess weight is simply unhealthy, and loosing it in a healthy, sustainable way is very important.

The internet has thousands of weight loss articles, tips, hacks, and quick weight loss solutions. Many companies sell pills and drinks that are meant to boost weight loss. Health bloggers sell clean eating ebooks, fitness influencers share what they eat in a day, and the list continues…

While some of these are good advice and very helpful, many of them are unhealthy, only work short term, and have more bad effects than just regaining the weight. For most of us, the internet is our biggest, best source of information, and there is simply too much fake health info and too many weight loss gimmicks to ignore. The key is to weed out the good ones, and toss the bad. We’ll show you how to do that in just a minute. Meanwhile, read about why weight loss gimmicks are unhealthy, and why fad diets are considered a gimmick, too.

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Weight Loss Gimmicks

A weight loss gimmick is a trick intended to attract attention to a method for losing weight easily. Most, if not all, are extremely unhealthy and dangerous. Any method of weight loss that is either of those is considered a gimmick. The promise of quick results is a give away for most of them.

  • fasting
  • supplements
  • crash diets
  • false claims
  • anything that seems too easy (wight loss takes time and effort)

Dangerous weight loss gimmicks

  • Smoking. You might lose weight. …
  • A plastic tongue patch. In which eating solid food becomes beyond painful. …
  • Stimulants. Don’t use caffeine to lose weight. …
  • Tapeworms. …
  • Tube feeding. …
  • Laxatives. …
  • Purging. …
  • Restricting calories.
  • Waist trainers

Google: How to lose weight fast?

People make money off your google searches “how to lose weight fast,” “fastest way to lose weight” etc. They are proving unhealthy information. Things like this lead to unhealthy lifestyles, unhealthy hopes and dreams, depression, weight retention, serious illness, and even deaths.

Here’s the thing about fast weight loss. Losing weight quickly is neither safe nor sustainable. If you crash diet to drop pounds—or try something like a juice cleanse—you will lose weight quickly, but most people gain the weight back relatively soon. It’s not that losing weight slowly is the better choice, but losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is the right choice. If you are going to attempt quick weight loss, the researchers suggest you speak with a dietitian to work on a plan that ensures you get the vitamins and minerals that you need. And keep in mind that, even if the quick weight loss crash diet helps you see results sooner. The slow-and-steady method is still much less disruptive to your everyday life—and therefore a much less miserable approach if you’re trying to drop pounds.

Weight loss gimmicks work

Yes for sure alot of these do work but the health risks are not worth it, even if you lose 11 pounds in one week. Waist trainers, for example, could help decrease body fat but unless you already exercise and eat right, and your body fat is already very low, you will not have a Victoria Secret model’s body overnight. Guaranteed. Weight loss pills are full of chemicals and most are made with cheap and harmful ingredients. It is essential for your health that you research anything before you use it, and consult your doctor.

dieting: Managing consumption of food and drink with the intent to lose, gain, or maintain weight.

But here’s the key,

You lose weight, typically, no matter what kind of weight loss diet you’re on. That’s what happens to your body when you cut back on it’s fuel source. It’s science. Whether you lose it in a healthy way or a dangerous way. However, the weight never stays gone unless you change. Not your current diet and not your calorie count. You.

How you can change to lose weight and keep it off for good

  • change mentality
  • change lifestyle
  • stay off the internet
  • make better decisions

Exercise and diet is about more than losing weight. It’s your life. You choose to live healthily or poorly. Make the choice now, and make the changes now. Do you research. Find the correct information that you need. Weight loss will happen if you make the correct choices, and live with them. Food and exercise are essentials

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.

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A Truly Unique Gift for Father’s Day from Wilensky Gallery – Million Year Old Minerals'



Full of tradition and truly unique the Wilensky Gallery offers a fine opportunity for those searching for a meaningful and masculine Father’s Day gift. This collection features a variety of minerals and fossils for Father’s Day. Welcoming and knowledgeable, the Wilensky family can help dad begin the mineral collection he’s always dreamed of, or help curate and grow an existing collection with custom suggestions.

Even non-gemologists get caught up in the Wilensky gallery’s incredible display of rare, natural minerals and stones.  The business is an inherent homage to fatherhood, with Stuart Wilensky closely running the gallery with his two sons and daughter-in-law, co-founding the company with his wife, Donna. Stuart and Donna Wilensky, internationally renowned fine mineral collectors and dealers, have amassed this collection for more than three decades.

As far as the fine mineral business goes, the Wilensky name is universally recognized as the “best of the best. The family is renowned amongst the trade as curators and dealers of the finest minerals collections in the world, developing the Wilensky Approach, the standard by which the finest minerals are graded.

So far, Wilensky has published six books cataloging the world’s rarest minerals that have passed through their hands.

“Passing down fine art to my children is a legacy that I can share with them that they can enjoy and appreciate. The art you love is a reflection of who you are. Art can create a sense of calm, of thoughtfulness, admiration as well as simply beauty. Passing down art is a way of sharing something with your children that reflects a feeling or emotion that cannot be captured by other material objects.  Art has both emotional value and financial value. It is a form of wealth, both spiritually and financially. There is no other gift that embodies this spectrum. “-Stuart Wilensky

The Wilensky Gallery features several select minerals and fossils that Stuart Wilensky thinks would mean the world to Dad.

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Quartz with Dravite Tourmaline inclusions

This quartz sphere has dravite tourmaline inclusions. The tourmaline crystals are frozen inside the clear quartz, creating a unique spray of crystals, which are protected from the outside world for eternity.

Inclusions are among the most intriguing of all mineral possibilities; here one species is shown growing inside another. Both minerals retain their properties and appearances, yet are linked forever.

Locality: Yunlu PGE deposit, Sichuan Province, China

Dimensions:7 1/2″ tall x 4″ wide


Barite on Flourite with chalcopyrite

The combination of gem quality golden barite crystals flowing across a mint green translucent fluorite cube matrix, topped off with a sprinkling of brilliant shining brassy chalcopyrites, is unique from this location. These species do form together in other places on earth, but this combination of colors, textures, the mix of metallic and matte, as well as the orangey gold over green, all add up to a spectacular and colorful arrangement of species that only nature could conceive.

Locality: Xiefang Mine, Ruijin Co., Ganzhou Pref., Jiangxi Prov., China



Quartz over Chrysocolla

Drusies are quartz encrusted minerals that sparkle as if they were coated with tiny diamonds. Chrysocolla is the most sought-after of all of the “drusies.” Drusy chrysocolla is well-known as a gem material, used by many world-renowned jewelry designers.The chrysocolla appears as if it is encased within clear glass.

Locality: Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru

Dimensions:3″ wide x 2 3/4′ tall


 Wilensky Gallery, Located at 173 10th Avenue, New York, NY

For more info visit the Wilensky Gallery


Ancient Treasures: Fossils from The Eocene 

Now through August 3rd 2019, featuring The Green Riverstone Crocodile at the Wilensky Gallery

Magnificent Emeralds: “Fura’s Tears”
Runs Sept. 26 – Dec. 30, 2019 at The Wilensky Gallery
*Opening Reception: Sept. 26, 5 – 7 pm*

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The Emergence of Energy Efficient Homes



The Emergence of Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficiency isn’t just a buzzword. Energy efficient homes are important to homeowners of all different ages. For them, it’s a way of life, and that includes the design and construction of their homes. Besides numerous environmental benefits, Low-E (low emissivity) homes also deliver big savings.

With an emphasis being placed on the need for greener building practices, there are now multiple options to choose from when it comes to building energy efficient homes.


A contractor sprays foam in the rafters of a home designed to be more energy efficient.

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From the ground up

To accommodate families looking to build a sustainable forever home, designers are putting energy efficiency at the centre of their plans. From minimizing waste and materials to making the most of the sun’s energy, designers are embrasing the energy efficiecy movement as well.

While the home is being constructed, thermal mass materials can be used in walls and foundations. These materials include water, concrete, stone and brick, which will slow the rate of heat transfer.

Another building material that maximizes energy efficiency is continuous insulation. Continuous isolation, often appearing in the form of spray foam instead of insulation batting, prevents air leakage and reduces the cost of heating and cooing the home.


Windows for every season

Windows are notorious for heat loss. As much as 90 percent of window heat loss is through the glass itself. To combat this issue, builders are opting for windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) window coating.

The coating is a transparent and unnoticeable metallic layer that is applied to the raw glass of the window. It’s used to bounce warm and cool air back into the home instead of allowing it to leak outside. This can drastically reduce the amount of money a homeowner spends heating and cooling the home.

The tech of it all

User-friendly energy consumption tools can drastically lower your home’s carbon footprint. Today’s energy efficient home is enhanced with the implementation of technology and smart home devices, such as wireless energy monitors, programmable thermostats, sprinkler systems, and dimmable LED lights. Pair these devices with energy efficient appliances, and you’ll be one step closer to a greener lifestyle.

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