Posted On 2/23/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
As an adult, you will likely manage these potential hazards and still be able to enjoy yourself. But, your child may not be so lucky. They only see fun when you mention a pool. Even if you warn them, they probably won’t take the pieces of advice to heart. Instead, they will continue running around slippery deck jumping in the pool in most absurd ways possible.
Because of this, you are the one that has to take the necessary measures which will turn your pool into a safe environment.
You need to be extra cautious if you have preschool children. Infants are especially in danger as they can easily fall into the pool. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to supervise them all the time. This is why you should put up a temporary fence (at least until they grow up) around the pool. With this, you make sure there is no accidents of any sort and that a child can only access the pool with you immediate supervision. Even though you may not want to go with a fence, it is definitely necessary to create some sort of a barrier. Needless to say, pool covers are a must during the winter.
Although this may not seem as a big deal, it is necessary to keep your pool in a perfect shape. At least once weekly take a skimmer and remove leaves from the surface of the pool. Also, you should scrub the walls and the deck from time to time. If you do not, algae will start appearing. First of all, they are bad for health. Second, they will make your deck even more slippery which in terms will increase probability of an accident. Lastly, get a reliable pump. This item will do most of water filtering. It is imperative for good hygiene and clean pool. Do not skim on money when it comes to pumps. Click here to check some of the industry’s most reliable pumps.
Families with small children usually get a water slide. On paper, it sounds as an amazing idea. But, the reality is much different. Water slides are second most common cause of pool injuries. If you think about it, even the regular slides which you can find in parks can cause cuts and bruises. Given that this kind of slide is in a pool environment, it makes it that much more hazardous.
Unlike the pool slide, most homeowners are against diving board. Again, it is connected to our preconception of the item. Diving from something does seem rather dangerous. And truth be told, board can be problematic. But, here is the issue. Most kids love jumping in the pool. They will probably do this until they reach their 20s. Given that the decks can be slippery, it is rather easy to fall on hit your head on concrete. Same goes for diving board. However, if you fall off a diving board, you will end in water, not on concrete. So, if you teach your kid to use board exclusively, he can still do his silly jumps but now with less risk.
Pools require a lot of maintenance. Also, precautionary measures you need to take will change as your child grows up. All in all, there are a lot of things to be considered. But, if you have the will and resources, you will be able to pull it off and create a safe environment not only for your child but your family as a whole.
Author Bio: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at ForPumps.com.au – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted On 2/22/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Indulgence through food is one of the most vital parts of my existence; it soothes my soul and delights my eyes. However, I figured that that the key to make this work is to give in to little indulgences while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The best way to indulge with tempting food is to start our day on a healthy note with some amazing breakfast options.
My mom had created a spectacular world of aromas, flavors and rainbow of colors over the years. However, I’m nowhere close to replicating the same and thus, I indulge in the next best option. I experiment from pillar to post, century old cafes to modern food joints to the classic sit down, and thereby, I bring you the five best breakfast places in the city of Mumbai.
The perfect place to indulge into international flavors, in an Indian way. Candies has been serving awesomeness for the last two decades with their regularly updated menu items of eclectic food creations. Fill in on their vegetable curry rolls and chocolate milkshake to kick start your day.
Don’t blame the British for the generation’s choice of the classic English breakfast of perfectly backed brownies, tea cakes and puddings munched with a smooth mocha. The breakfast served with baked beans, mashed potatoes and toast is the most optimum way to start your day with being rejuvenated.
Fat Man’s Cafe
An ideal place for the health conscious person, Fat Man’s Cafe offers a list of healthy breakfast items. Try the staple on the healthy menu or indulge in some great waffles and pancakes that make a complete perfect breakfast. The cafe is a visual delight that offers great food with a great ambiance at a relatively decent price.
The Deli has been on the list of must-visit places of numerous food enthusiasts. The breakfast spread is a delight with an ethereal combination of flavors, aromas and quality consistency. Pack in the waffles and pancakes, feast on the French toast and you will be making plans to come back soon.
Catch the flavors of the Mediterranean and European palette at Cafe Basilio. Enjoy their freshly brewed coffees and teas, and bite into the freshly baked breads. A perfect spot to enjoy great food, blend into the Victorian culture while gorging on cream and spinach topped bread rolls and crispy English muffins.
So what really makes these particular joints stand out? A very basic yet important factor - the exclusivity of the products offered. The type of filter coffee you will find at Madras Cafe is rare to be found elsewhere. Similarly,it will be impossible to savor at another eatery those very pancakes that were relished at Indigo Deli.
That’s what great brands do… Get you to indulge into Exclusivity.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Posted On 2/15/2017 by Team iCynosure.
How to Plan Your Trip to Atlantic City
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler, here are a few pointers that will help you plan your trip better. First, check the calendar before your trip. Most hotels and resorts offer discounts all year round to attract guests, but the best time to visit is between March and August.
Atlantic City experiences four distinct seasons. The weather throughout the year varies. so make sure that you pack weather-appropriate clothing. In the summer, the humidity warrants light clothing during the day. Pack a sweater for the evening, since the seaside breeze will cause the temperature to drop. Spring and fall bring mild weather, but winters are cold, so travelers should factor in winter wear.
As a top destination, Atlantic City offers numerous accommodation options, whether you're traveling for a relaxing weekend, a fun gambling getaway, or a leisurely spa holiday. Book a luxury resort right on the beach, an affordable hotel room along the boardwalk, or a motel to suit your travel needs and budget.
It's easy to travel within Atlantic City. Use the four-route public transportation system, which includes jitneys that cost as little as $2.25 per trip. You can also hire personal scooters or opt for taxi services that are easily available and capped at $13 within the city. Don't miss your chance to walk along the boardwalk, as it's the preferred mode of getting around the city.
Things to Do in Atlantic City
As you book your accommodations, start looking for some fun activities to do in Atlantic City. As an entertainment center, Atlantic City has an impressive lineup of events and festivals all year long, including Atlantic City Restaurant Week, the Atlantic City Airshow, the Atlantic City Boat Show, and the Atlantic City Marathon. Get to know the city's history by adding some of these top attractions to your itinerary, too.
One of the oldest and the tallest lighthouses in the United States, Abscond Lighthouse is open to the public. Climb the 228 steps to take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline or opt to become the Lighthouse Keeper during an overnight adventure.
Historic Boardwalk Hall was built in 1929 to cater to Atlantic City's growing community needs. Also known as Convention Hall and Rendezvous Park, Boardwalk Hall was planned as a self-sufficient, multipurpose event space with exquisite views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The "In the Line of Duty" sculpture serves as a tribute to all of the New Jersey law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. This sculpture features a police officer in the image of Jersey City Detective Melvin Santiago, a police dog, and a kneeling firefighter to honor all first responders who have tragically lost their lives.
Atlantic City is known as a gaming capital, and it's home to several casinos. Be sure to visit the Borgata and Caesars. The Borgata is known for its 85-table poker room that hosts daily tournaments, while slots are the most popular game at Caesars.
So are you game for Atlantic City?
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Posted On 2/08/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Posted On 2/07/2017 by Team iCynosure.
The 2017 edition of the Kala Ghoda festival scheduled for the 4-12th February, promises to be a game changer for its line up of activities and workshops; especially the ones aimed for our little munchkins. The CSMVS Museum Garden has come alive as the hub of all Children’s Workshops; making it a wondrous little world of amazing art, drama and puppetry, life and wildlife, stories and dreams, craft, colour and magic for ALL the little enthusiasts, with curious eyes and sponge - like minds.
The unveiling of the Kala Ghoda statue the year has translated into the Children’s Workshops; with the theme ‘If Wishes were Horses…’
The Doodles on Denims workshop with Jaideep Mehrotra saw some amazing creativity from kids were given a free hand to paint their hearts out. Children were provided raw material for the Art Workshop including a Denim Canvas by Pepe Jeans and the end result were a sight to behold...
The #MakingFaces Denim installation workshop with Arzan Khambatta saw a huge turnaround of kids unleashing their creativity in carving faces off Pepe Denims. Children let their imagination run wild making human to dinosaur faces, owl faces to scare crows and much more.
In a fitting finale the brand has also organised a Fun Bus ride on the 11th. Answer the questions here and win a spot for you and your little munchkin in the Kalaghoda Kids Bus Ride of Mumbai's Heritage places with #PepeKidsHTKG17.
I'm going to hop onto that bus, will you?
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Posted On 1/25/2017 by Team iCynosure.
- With four distinct seasons while planning a getaway to the city, travellers must consider the time of the year and weather appropriate clothing to ensure comfort.
- The most pleasant and suitable way to get to the city would either be by arriving at the Itami International Airport right into the city or by taking the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo.
- The city offers a variety of accommodation types and styles to cater to all type of visitors and budgets. Travellers have an option to choose from five-star luxury hotels like the InterContinental Osaka that offer contemporary glamour and magnificent panoramas to business class hotels or traditional Japanese-style stay options.
- Osaka is known as a city of "Kuidaore" which means "eat till you drop". It offers a truly magical culinary experience to tantalise the senses with its dashi offerings.
- There is a regulation on smoking, and smoking in public areas is punishable by law. So it is vital to check the no-smoking zone map, prior to lighting up.
- Major credit cards are accepted in the city, barring a few small stores and shops that may only accept cash.
- Prescription medicine may not be easily available in the city, and hence travellers must carry sufficient medicines for the duration of the trip.
- Despite Japan's east-west demographical spread, it is in the same time zone and does not have daylight savings time.
So put your fears aside and get packing.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Posted On 1/22/2017 by Team iCynosure.
A few more casual overlooks and I would have faced the same feet-deformity as those who wear heels over extended hours, especially tight ones with a pointed toe. The feet-deformity ‘Bunions’ is primarily a swelling that develops over a period just below the big toe that causes the toe to bend inwards (the feet) causing the intersecting bone to jut out causing an acute angle that feels like a hard lump. The area usually looks swollen throughout and remains reddish pink often restricting movement and sometimes even causing severe pain. This deformity is mainly caused because of the excess pressure on the toes from the type of footwear regularly used.
Bunions are typically either asymptomatic or symptomatic; where the former causes no pain or discomfort while the latter is very uncomfortable and immensely painful. Medically the weight of the body is systematically divided between the heel, big toe and the last toe; however when one wear a lot of tight closed shoes and heels, the big toe pushes into the feet causing the imbalance. If left untreated the onus of balance falls on the second toe and the entire chain continues until all the toes bend inward and cause permanent imbalance and the bunion deformity. The worst of all is the asymptomatic deformity which causes no pain and left untreated which results in the same condition over a period of time.
It is very easy for someone to sit and explain these things, but how practical is it for some of us who are in the business of fashion which comes with certain pre-requisites? There are solutions to help us that help keeping the bunions at bay:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Posted On 1/14/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Posted On 1/08/2017 by Team iCynosure.
I’ve used the Western Digital My Passport Ultra at work and swear by the sleek and powerful device for its innovation and reliability. Thus when I was looking for a home-solution for all the photos, videos, music I’ve saved, I opted for the Western Digital My Passport. My Passport is the redesigned version of the highly popular My Passport Ultra range, and priced slightly higher.
WD My Passport First Impressions
WD has launched My Passport in India in four of the six colours available internationally. The brand has stuck with the most popular colours white, black, red and blue for their India debut. The new look, designed by FuseProject, a design firm founded by the legendary Yves Behar, has an amazing visual appeal. The latest version of My Passport Portable Hard Drive comes with a WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities software, an installation guide and USB 3.0 cable. The drive is segmented into two halves, with the upper half plain and the lower half featuring a diagonal scalloped pattern; a port and LED on one side with tiny rubber feet at the base. Though the design does nothing for the overall functionality, it does set it apart from all the competition.
WD My Passport Performance
WD has made available the My Passport in 1-4TB variants, all of them pre-formatted for Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating systems. Since I use a Mac, I reformatted the drive easily. The sequential read/write speeds clocked in at 114.3/114.1MB respectively, making it relatively good at the write speeds, especially for large files.
The entire focus of this product is on the software with all three niche aspects of WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities thrown in. WD Backup is the basic folder synchronisation tool offered, which lets users select folders on the PC or to/from a Dropbox/Baidu account to back up automatically as per the pre-defined scheduled. WD Security lets users set up the drive’s 256-bit hardware encryption feature to a password, to recognise and synchronise with registered machine, preventing unauthorised access. Finally WD Drive Utilities lets users do a quick SMART status check and run diagnostic tests to identify errors if any and prevent drive failures that otherwise would take several hours.
WD My Passport Conclusions
WD has been known for its range of products, and My Passport offers oodles of storage, good performance, password protection and a two-year warranty. With a price tag of between 7 and 17k, it’s a product to recon with. Though the drive is a good choice for the portable storage needs, the only glitch is that the password encryption doesn’t prevent the drive from being reformatted. Yes users might lose the drive but they can be rest assured that the content will not fall into the wrong hands.
WD My Passport Rating (Out of 5)
Look and Feel - 4
Performance - 4.5
Price - 3.5
If you are looking for a portable hard drive, my suggestion would be to compare your selected product with WD My Passport before you seal the deal.
Friday, January 06, 2017
Posted On 1/06/2017 by Team iCynosure.
As a home-maker, especially a mother I feel the immense need to make the environment healthy for my little one. Unfortunately there is very little I can do about the situation outside our home, but I can sure do some things that can improve the environment and air quality inside our home with much more than just air fresheners for home.
Some of the easiest things I do to improve the air inside our home are:
One of the most basic things that I do to clean the air and eliminate odours at home is to tackle the issue areas. The troublesome areas in my house include the kitchen and the bathrooms, so I make sure to give special attention to negate the direct odours with air fresheners for bathrooms and kitchens.
Ventilate The Environment
The main reason for the poor quality of indoor air is the hight moisture levels. To counter this problem the easiest and least expensive method I have adopted is to install trickle vents and exhaust fans that offer tiny ventilation spaces for natural air purification without much fuss.
Plants are natural purifiers that can rejuvenate the air, providing the much needed protection against the toxins in the air. I've planted indoor plants like Peace Lily, Lady Palm and English Ivy that are powerful filters that can purify air naturally, especially in enclosed spaces for a safer, cleaner atmosphere.
Light Scented Candles
Beeswax ionises and neutralises air while improving air quality by removing allergens like dust, pollen and told from the air. So I like to fill my home with beeswax scented candles not only for its therapeutic properties but also as pure beeswax candles burn slowly with practically no smoke.
Spray Air Freshener
At times I like my home to have my signature scent that overrides all other smells and odours. Scents that I prefer are light and fresh which I either make from natural ingredients that are all available in my kitchen or I use air freshener sprays from an organic brand.
Let me know in a comment below what you do to purify the air in your home?
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Posted On 1/04/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Jewellery forms one of the three core components of the wedding ensemble; bridal attire and footwear being the other two, and therefore it is not surprising to see brides on a look out for the perfect jewellery to go with the rest of her attire. Amidst all consuming whirlwind of wedding preparation, we try to simplify the jewellery shopping experience by providing brides-to-be a dictionary of necklaces along with tips on who should pick what.
Chokers: Measuring between 14 to 15 inches, chokers settle high on the neck. Women with swan necks should totally go for these as they enhance their look considerably. Women with shorter or wider necks should go for necklaces with a length of 18 inches and longer. The shape of your face is also a factor in determining whether or not a choker would be a good idea. Women with round faces should avoid chokers as they make their faces look rounder. Instead, they should opt for something that forms a V around the neck. Those with oval or heart shapes faces, on the other hand, can carry these really well.
Mango Haram: This neckpiece style originally belongs to the South Indians, the biggest patrons of Gold. While traditionally, mango harams are made exclusively of gold, contemporary designs do have gems embedded into it. The length varies, so depending on your torso and face cut, you can pick the one that suits you the best. Besides, these look outright gorgeous with silks and so if you are wearing a gorgeous Kanjeevaram for your wedding, nothing can beat the charm of Mango Harams.
Meshwork Jewellery: This style departs from the traditional style in a major way, however the high chic quotient makes it a perfect pairing with rich and royal outfits. Depending on your taste and attire, you can choose from a touch of embellishments of valuable gemstones. Additionally Meshwork jewellery is complimentary with your western outfits; so you can team it up with your lehenga or your evening gown.
Rani Haar: As the name suggests, these necklaces impart a glorious touch to the overall look. Usually crafted in Kundan, it is embedded with emeralds and uncut diamonds. At Hazoorilal Polki Jewellers, you can find royalty imbued in every piece. The kind of Minakari and polishing required is often the domain of only the best craftsman.
Satlada: Woven with multiple sided filigree, the neckpiece is woven into seven layers of pearls or gems, the style is usually 30 to 35 inches long, beginning at the neck and working upto the navel.
Styling for a wedding is a complex equation that combines personal choice with individuality. Since weddings are a lifetime affair, you must check out the latest Polki Jewellery designs, at jewellers in South Delhi. The area is known for its fine craftsmanship, often a product of legacies passed on to future generations, that never fails to stun in terms of design and durability. Since the right neckpiece can help you enhance your look considerably by highlighting your features and setting off against your skin tone choose your jewellery wisely with these tips.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Posted On 1/03/2017 by Team iCynosure.
Life is a journey with a definite destination.
However what's more important than reaching the destination, is the manner in which the journey is undertaken. And in today's chaotic world full of #IfsOfLife, everyone must be equipped with the best of life tools to make this journey comfortable and enriching even in the most unplanned and most unpleasant situations. Everyone has a long list of, varied things that would make the journey called life, sail through. No matter what you have on your list the two things that you should make it to your list are Health and Financial Security.
The two things, that are as diverse as chalk and cheese are very difficult to bring together. But one brand has managed this major coup to bring us a term plan that combines the benefits of health with the security of wealth. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance launched their progressive eTouchOnline Term and Health Cover plan, that is a regular premium payment, pure term and health cover plan.
The plan sure stands out from what the competition offers in a number of ways. The e-Touch Online Term and health cover plan intertwines both health and term insurance in a single product. With e-Touch Online Term and health cover plan you get the advantage of having a term plan coupled with benefits on accidental death, accidental total permanent disability and 34 critical illnesses till the age of 75. Additionally the plan offers varied options to receive policy proceeds and lower premium for leading healthy lifestyles. The brand not only tracks your health but also equips you with the tools to maintain it, using the recently launched B-Fit app.
The B-Fit app is a pledge you will make to set your health goals, track your activities and earn rewards for achieving your set targets. The app tracks all your calorie intake with a monitor diary, acts as a food guide and recommends food items as per your lifestyle, creates a Health Profile on the basis of the information you update on it, keeps a count of your daily steps via the tracker and also curates content that help you achieve your set goals.
A unique concept as such, sure needs to be explored; and I'm all set to chart my financial planning in a worry-free manner.
What about you?
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Posted On 1/01/2017 by Team iCynosure.
It's 2017 now…. a brand new year that offers a brand new calendar and for a stationary freak like me a brand new diary too. But just as I bring in new things, I make it a mission to let go of things that I have no use of. It’s an extremely difficult project as I tend to think I will need ‘it’ sometime in the future, however that need never arrises and I end up with so much clutter.
To counter this important issue I tried out the renowned KonMari method, that is pegged to be ‘Life Changing Magic of Tidying and Banishing Clutter Forever’. Well it didn’t work for me. What really worked was my husband saying… Keep it versus Discard it.
So, so, so many clothes, some that I havent worn in the last six months; so we decided to let them find new homes. Initially it is very difficult to put them aside to give away because of the old-age excuse of 'maybe I'll wear it more this year'. But giving away clothes to people who actually need them makes me feel wonderful.
2 of 4 drawers of my vanity table are full of product samples and these keep increasing every month. Some of these are from brands that I know I shall never use, but still I don't know why I've stashed them. It took me less than half an hour to sort them out to give away to family and friends.
Being a blogger has its perks which include a zillion freebies, of which almost 30% are electronic items. When I cleared out my bed drawers last week, items that I had to get rid of amounted to over a hundred pen drives, 4 power banks, 7 bluetooth speakers and as many as 15 handsets. All of these have gone on Olx for some quick cash.
One can never buy enough toys for their little ones and that has been the case with us. For the last 5 years, there has been an insane amount of tous we have brought for #PrincessHeer some of which she has not even cast a second glance at. These and many more toys are going to a charity that will surely bring a smile to little faces.
Irrespective of the number I have, I have never parted with a single book until this New Year. Even before we began, my husband made me promise to give away atleast half the books I owned. Over 400 books went packing to a local NGO that works towards educating the girl child and sponsoring night schools.
Doing this, there seems to be some weight lifted off my shoulders and a lot of free space in my house. Have you done your New Year cleaning as yet?
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