Posted On 9/28/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
I’ve learnt to be safe than sorry when it comes to mosquito borne illnesses and hence I’ve always mosquito repellents. Two thing that I really hate about mosquito repellents is one that the lotion/cream is be directly applied to the skin and second is its terribly pungent fragrance. Most repellents are infused with chemicals and hence using them on my little one’s skin always seemed a terrible idea.
Recently I came across Buzz Off! Mosquito Repellent Patch that offer a 12 to 18-hour protection from mosquitoes. Each 3"x3" patch claims to be infused safe, natural mosquito repelling Citronella Oil along with Eucalyptus Globulus Oil and Natural Plant Extract that forms a protective shield around your body. The patch is to be applied either on the clothing, or furniture or any place but not on the body.
The brand also offers an After Bite Itch Relief that gives instant relief from mosquito bites, insect stings and other minor irritations. Buzz Off! After Bite Itch Relief subsides the itchiness, redness and inflammation of the skin right after an insect bite. A pen shaped roll-on, the product to be dabbed on directly on the bite or sting and rolled on gently for instant comfort.
My Experience: The patches totally worked for us. The patches are available in two variants, one for children; patches with the cutest animal faces from lion and tiger to pig and cow, from monkey to koala and more. The other is an adult pack that has no-show camouflage solid colour patches. The fragrance is light and lasts for over 18 hours, ensuring no mosquito bites even when we spent an entire evening outdoors during the Mumbai Monsoons. I highly recommend the product for its non-toxic and 100% safe and natural formula. Though we didn’t really get a chance to try the After Bite, my sister used it, and announced complete comfort on application. The packaging is great, with a set of two in each sachet that makes it convenient to use as well as carry. The price off-hand seems a bit on the higher side at INR 220 for a box of 20, however on use it makes sense completely. Same with the After Bite roll-on, that is travel friendly size at a reasonable price of INR 199.
Both the products are a must not only in your first aid box but also in your handbag and your child’s diaper bag. Have you used repellent patches or itch relieving products? Share your experiences in the comments below.
Posted On 9/28/2016 by Team iCynosure.
For me, it’s time to plan a getaway and opt for accommodations that are hidden gems, places that seem off-beat but offer something very special for every guest. I've found some of these rare, yet unique options for you to choose from. Enjoy this guide on what to do and where to stay in Washington.
Are you ready to visit? Pack your bags now.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted On 9/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.
As a travel expert, TV host, and writer, Brandon Presser is no stranger to life on the go. Presser, who has visited more than 100 countries, has penned over 50 travel books, and is a regular contributor for such publications as Afar, Travel + Leisure, The Daily Beast, and National Geographic Traveler. And while he may be well known in the travel industry, he’s about to experience a whole new level of recognition: Presser is the lead host of Bravo TV’s new travel-based reality show, “Tour Group“, which tags along as 11 travelers search for the ultimate vacation. (10 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo.) We got Presser to stay in one place long enough to give us his best travel advice, his favorite places to go, and the items he can’t leave home without.
Posted On 9/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Posted On 9/15/2016 by Team iCynosure.
I had practically stopped drinking juices for the fact that it was a time-consuming, hectic process for my mom each day. Not only that but also as juices extracted by using high-speed heat generating products break down the nutrients and fibres of fruits and vegetables making the juice unhealthy to a certain extent.
But I love juice and to give it up just doesn’t make any sense.
That’s when I looked up about newer technology based juicers available in the market and came across the Cold Pressed Juicing method. One of the leading manufacturers in Cold Pressed Juicers, the Kent technology allows for extraction by crushing and pressing fruits and vegetables on a low PRM, that retains more nutrients and fibre while extracting more juice ensuring we #GetMoreJuice within a few minutes. When the brand sent me the Kent Cold Pressed Juicer and I started using it, my mornings actually became healthy and delicious. You can find details of the product on the Kent India website.
Here are some simple, yet nutritious juices I made over the weekend....
I simple tossed in the fruit/vegetable into the #KentColdPressedJuicer and voila the juices were ready in a jiffy. For the beetroot juice, I added a carrot and some salt to taste. The detox juice was a healthy mix of cucumber, mint and lemon juice. For Princess I mixed a healthy dose of carrots, cherry tomatoes and a pinch of saffaron.
What we loved about our fresh, cold pressed juices is that they were much more tastier and nutritious. As I chose a more pulpier blade on the juicer, the juice was more thicker and fibrous. I believe we as the juice pressed is so naturally fresh and nutritious, the vitamins and proteints are more easily absorbed in the blood stream, making one feel instantly recharged and rejuvinated.
My Experience with the Kent Cold Pressed Juicer
As a person who rarely ventures into the kitchen, especially in the mornings; I started to experiment with juices. With hardly any time consumed to peel and cut the fruits and vegetables the process of cold pressing made it so much easier and user-friendly. The ease with which the product is assembled, used and cleaned makes the efforts worthwhile. Also I am more than happy that I can freely offer my little one various alternatives to the same standard breakfast of milk and toast while being rest assured about quality. I love the fact that each day I can experiment with mixing fruits and vegetables and satisfying our taste buds without blowing our diet or compromising on health.
Have you tried cold pressed juices?
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Posted On 9/13/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Now let’s talk about the #Z3NCREDIBLEIndia! Available in two variants 5.2 and 5.5 inch, I’m reviewing the 5.2 inch 3GB variant. ZenFone 3 is an agile, exquisite design inspired by the beauty of nature backed by a glass-and-metal body that ensures safety coupled with an ultra-fast 0.03s TriTech auto-focus technology that captures your world with absolute clarity.
As a person who is more into fashion than into technology, there are a couple of instant hits that instantly drew me to Zenfone 3.
Zenfone 3 is such a stunner, a redefined craftsmanship contoured with a Corning Gorilla Glass, tapered into a thin 6.16mm edge and a fluid, multi-dimensional design. A diamond-like natural beauty with the signature concentric-circle pattern for a life less ordinary.
ZenFone 3 is a sight for sore eyes with its fabulous wide display with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution and 600 Nits brightness. With an almost 75% display screen to body ratio, viewing becomes a pleasure even under the harshest/brightest light conditions.
Touch Security: Zenfone 3 is armed with a fingerprint sensor that is perfectly positioned in the way the phone is held. All the personal data secure with this feature should it fall in the wrong hand while unlocking in 0.2 seconds when touch sensor used.
Perfect Frame: Zenfone 3 is included with a four-axis optical image stabilizer (OIS) that senses and prevents hand movements from blurring photos; while a three-axis electronic image stabilizer (EIS) keeps the handheld videos rock steady for shock-free, steady and good-looking pictures and videos.
Zenfone 3’s external beauty is supplemented with a rock-steady internal powerhouse processor, the Snapdragon 625 that deliver complete performance while reducing power consumption by 35%. The 4G/3G dual-SIM bay for complete flexibility, a powerful 3000mAh battery and reversible USB-C makes the Zenfone 3 a connectivity convenience!
Here are some of the pictures that I #ShotOnZenfone3 on my recent trip.
My Final Thoughts: The Zenfone 3 is without a doubt the best in the series with a renewed focus on design and performance. A great display screen along with the camera highlights and an unexpectedly amazing battery life makes it a sure winner for me.
To know more about the phone, check the brand page here or head to Flipkart to buy it here.
Posted On 9/13/2016 by Team iCynosure.
As I plan my dream holiday to the US, I’m excited to not just visit these, but also experience them. Just as I chalk in the itinerary of exploring the rugged and beautiful landscape, I look forward to making my stay comfortable and convenient with some of the best accommodations available.
Party on the Loft
So what stay option appeals to you best?
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Posted On 9/10/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Every traveller to the US will ensure at least a small stopover in New York to experience the civic intricacy, the cuisine complexity, the art and cultural authority and the architectural, technological or sartorial superiority.
Whatever is your reason to travel to New York, look for an accommodation that offers direct access to the varied worlds it offers. With the amount of research I’ve been doing for my dream trip to the US, I have identified some amazing things to do and places to stay at in NY during my visit there.
What do you say? Shall we get packing?
Posted On 9/10/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Travel is one of the most fun ways for a parent to share the cultures and natural wonders of the world. These destinations are safe for kiddos, catering to the picky eaters, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and beach bums too. Not only will kids be welcome, they’ll find programs and excursions designed just for them on each of these global adventures.
While it may sound like a lazy beach vacay, this beautiful resort is on one of Hawaii’s most exciting islands – and one of the world’s top resorts for families. The resort offers tons of kid-friendly activities (think ukulele lessons and lei making) in-house. But families can also find breathtaking hikes, ziplines for the token daredevil, horseback riding and kayaking to name a few. For something more low key, splash in a two-tiered pool or the saltwater lagoon that meanders through the hotel’s property. By nightfall, kids will definitely be ready to crash.
For the boy (and girl) scouts who are looking for a back-to-nature experience, this Thai getaway won’t disappoint. Thailand is one of Asia’s best destinations for kids. With a drive and boat ride to this hotel, they may start to feel a bit like Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Bamboo guest rooms float on top of the River Kwai and offer visitors a taste of Mon culture. It’s a bit rustic (as in there are wick lamps instead of electricity. But don’t worry, in-room bathrooms are a part of the deal). Kids love exploring the nearby jungles atop of a gentle elephant, or visiting natural wonders such as the Lawa Cave or the Sai Yok Waterfall. Get a few thrills without leaving River Kwai by river jumping or bamboo rafting — something to excite even the most adrenaline-seeking tweens.
Nicaragua makes for an affordable, and adventure-filled, Central American trip (and many parents are choosing it over the equally kid-friendly Costa Rica). Visitors won’t see nearly as many expats and will get a great taste of the local culture, plus tons of hiking and swimming! In a bungalow at Morgan’s Rock, guests are nestled in the treetops and have easy beach access. One of the more exciting excursions to make is to Ometepe Island, formed by two volcanoes, which can be reached by ferry. Explore ancient rock art and petroglyphs and brave the hike up the dormant Maderas Volcano. Parents will appreciate the beaches known for waves that are safe for first-time surfers, zip-line excursions, and an insider look at the lodge’s sustainable farm where kids get to collect farm eggs and milk the cows for an awesome family breakfast!
A trip to the Great Barrier Reef is an incomparable adventure. While a flight to the Aussie coast may not be ideal for many faraway travelers with tiny tots, the experiences offered through resorts like One&Only can change a nervous parent’s mind. If your bucket list includes snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, water skiing or a helicopter adventure above the reef (which is the largest living thing on Earth, mind you), then book a few tickets to Hayman Island. Of course One&Only also offers an entirely kid-centric program called KidsOnly full of excursions and meals from 9am to 6pm if parents need a break.
Camping and cruising may appeal to families that seek adventure on-the-go. Many of these trips welcome first-time campers and those who are especially interested in learning the lay of the land, whether that’s in sunny California or rugged Maine. Nature lovers, budding botanists and eager explorers will get animal interactions, sparkling night skies and a new set of skills when signing up for one of these trips.
For North Easterners, this trip will make an exciting escape from the bustling city, but any visitors will be in awe of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Eager hikers can find programs like the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Family Camps, which take families with kids as young as five years old around New Hampshire and Maine, near beautiful mountains and full of sleepaway camp-style fun. Expect canoeing, fishing, stream exploration and a classic campfire sing-a-long.
While this isn’t exactly a family vacation, road trip style, there is so much kids can learn by a trip to this incredible archipelago. National Geographic is one of the few to organize a cruise to these islands near South America that is geared specifically at budding scientific minds. In the day, kids can snorkel in crystal blue waters and hike the shores among animals like giant tortoises and sea lions, all of which are completely unphased by the presence of humans. Parents will leave with zoologists and nature photographers on their hands.
Klamath River, California
This is a fabulous spot to dive into the world of camping as a family for the first time. Whether you’re interested in nesting up in an unassuming lodge or setting up a tent under the stars, a trip to this natural Cali beauty guarantees great views and swimming. Several programs like Orange Torpedo and Oars set up multi-day whitewater rafting ventures, but there are hikes to take and plenty of beach lounging to be done as well. On Orange Torpedo’s Klamath River Wild and Scenic trip, kids will get to swim in warm water and calm side creeks (the rapid on this trip is exciting, but never dangerous) and the guides will introduce anyone from five years old to the basics of both rafting and camping. These trips can also be as short as two or three days, ideal for any locals or those not wanting to commit to any extensive travel with kids.
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