Winter is over, Spring is here and it’s time to put away those long and
bulky winter coats, those woolen sweaters and Ugg boots, and step into
something new and fresh for the Spring Season.
I know the old saying is that when Spring comes around it’s time for a
Spring clean and that’s what I like to do, especially when I purchase
new outfits. I like to pack up the Winter clothes and go through my
drawers—bag up the unwanted clothes and take them to a donation shop or
hand them onto a shelter to someone in need.
One of my favourite sites has some awesome new geek chic outfits to
start your Spring season off with a bang, and we aren’t talking about
the hit TV series “The Big Bang Theory”, but a time to re-invent you for
the Spring season.
Check out a few of my favourite Springtime clothing and accessories in the new ThinkGeek Spring Style range.
This Spring have a clean-out of your closet and head to ThinkGeek (www.thinkgeek.com) and place your order for Geek Chic Spring Style. Adios readers, I am off to place an order for the Olde Book Messenger Bag.
With the release of the new Avengers movie at the end of this month,
it seems that Marvel inspired clothing has made a comeback and ThinkGeek
offers some amazing gear. Below are five of my favourite Marvel
inspired pieces that I think would look great hanging up in my wardrobe
or in your drawers.
Girls, why not make a night out of it and grab your ladies and head
to your local cinema and watch “The Avengers 2 : The Age of Ultron”
while dressed up as your favourite Marvel character?
Sifting through the site and seeing what’s available for purchase, I
think my pay cheque will be dented this month with all the cool clothing
and accessories as I am definitely eyeing up a few items and adding to
my shopping cart.
Check out what’s available from ThinkGeek – www.thinkgeek.com and I can guarantee you will be the coolest superhero inspired chick around.
International Pi Day 2015 Fashion and Accessories Do you love Pi? We aren’t talking about the delicious home-baked
apple pies or your lunchtime filling mince and cheese or bacon and egg
pies, but the mathematics symbol known as Pi. On the 14th March 2015, all around the world we will be
celebrating what is known as “International Pi Day”. It is the one
moment in history, that the date and time will follow the order of
numbers, we learn in the famous maths equation. The date will be 3.14.15
and the time 9.26 which in Pi terms is 3.1415926.
What’s a little Pi party though, without some fashion and accessories
to go with it? One of my favourite geeky chic online stores “ThinkGeek”
– has all your needs to help you celebrate this one-off mighty occasion
known as International Pi Day.
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the fashion and accessories available
for purchase. What item could you see yourself having or wearing to
celebrate International Pi Day?
If you could design a themed hotel room, where would your inspiration
Would you go for a subtle country feel or would you take it a step
further and create a superhero inspired room like the owners at Eden
Motel in Taiwan.
Are you a loving fan of the Dark Knight? The Beloved Bruce Wayne
otherwise known as DC comics’ Batman? What would you do if you could
spend a night in the BatCave?
If ever you find yourself travelling to Taiwan, be sure to check out
the Eden Motel where you can now book a Batman themed room to help you
fulfill all those superhero fantasies. The Batman inspired motel room is
kitted out with everything Batman related from a Batman double bed,
dark BatCave styled walls with a painted view of Gotham City, a
Batmobile seat in front of your bat mirror and never fear as if you want
to make a call from the room—next to the bed is the infamous Bat-phone.
Personally, I’ve never really wanted to travel over to the Asian
countries but reading about the Eden Motel in Taiwan may very well be
swaying my mind as what self-confessed superhero geek like myself would
turn down a motel room decked out in Batman mode. Definitely not a DC
superhero lover like myself, that’s for sure.
Readers, do not despair as if this particular room is booked the
motel have several other film-inspired rooms for moteliers to rent.
Others Room include:
1) For all those obsessed fans of Brendan Fraser’s movie The Mummy, you can spend a night in the “Mummy” themed room decked out in all its Egyptian splendour.
2) Wanting to escape reality or prefer a bit of Fifty Shades of Grey
on the side? The Alcatraz room brings the famous San Francisco prison
to life and included is a pair of handcuffs for the kinky.
3) Prefer Aquaman over Batman? Then the Eden Motel has the room
for you , as the room has been designed in Aquaman’s honor with gorgeous
tanks of tropical fish and an under the sea theme.
4) In love with the Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes? Currently being built is a London themed Sherlock Holmes room.
Thinking about this Batman and other film-inspired rooms, I think if I
was to design my own motel room I would go the Superman route and have
my shower as a phone booth, a writing desk in the far corner with The
Daily Planet sign hanging above, and the bed draped with a Superman logo
This is one motel where dreams and fantasies really can come true.
Next time when you are thinking about travelling overseas, why not mark
down Taiwan as a place to visit and come book your vacation nights at
the Eden Motel.
Do you want long, shiny nails that you can decorate and show off
to all your friends? Keep in mind that diet and nutrition play key
roles in the way your nails look.
Your diet and your nails
Your nails can indicate whether you are anaemic, eating too much junk food or getting enough calcium in your system.
Dr Oz says, “A healthy, balanced diet can benefit your nails as well
as the rest of your body. If you don't get the nutrients your body
needs, your nails might reflect it. Certain nail conditions, such as
horizontal ridges across your nails or brittle nails, can result from a
deficiency in an important vitamin or mineral.” The acclaimed doctor
recommends checking out your local dermatologist if you're worried and
asking them about trying a biotin supplement.
Ways to identify your health needs:
Horizontal ridges in the nails can indicate previous illnesses or infections.
Eating unhealthy and poor diet could be displayed with vertical ridges.
Pale nails are frequently a sign of a lack of iron in your system -- including conditions such as anaemia.
Nails breaking easily or chipping can mean a lack of calcium.
White spots appearing on your nails? It may be time to check your zinc levels.
Solving the problems
So how can we get our diets up to scratch to ensure excellent nail
growth? What type of foods and nutrients do we need to stock up on to
have long-lasting beautiful nails.
Eat foods with calcium and zinc.
We all enjoy alcohol and sugary sweets, but try to consume these only in moderate amounts.
Eat fewer saturated fats.
Increase your intake of vitamins A, B, C, D and E.
Try foods like apples, asparagus, brown rice, cucumbers, grapes,
nuts, salmon, seeds, soy, tuna and grains, all of which can help to grow
Although eating certain foods and taking vitamins will not provide a
quick-fix for your nails, it will help contribute to nail health when
combined with proper care and maintenance, such as cleaning and
Here are the top five affordable family-time ideas to go
wild with during the school holidays.
With the summer season upon us and daylight savings in full swing,
why not go on a little adventure by camping out as a family in your
backyard. As long as you have a tent, you can pop that up out the back
and with either sleeping bags or blankets you have ready-made beds. Why
not go the whole nine yards and make it an authentic camping experience
with a barbecue meal and a picnic outside and, if possible, start a
little campfire. With a bag of marshmallows and kebab skewers you and
your family can have smores for dessert. Backyard camping is a fun and
safe activity that all ages can participate in and it can easily be an
activity that the whole family can enjoy.
Board games night
Wanting a peaceful night inside? Looking to stir a bit of healthy
competition between family members? Why not pull out a couple of your
favourite family board games and go wild and host a board games evening.
Inform the children that today will be a family day and that no TV or
electronics are to be used and that you are all going to sit and play
board games. Pull out and play family classics like Monopoly, The Game
of Life and, if you’re children are older (e.g. 13+), Cranium is a fun
and interactive game to get everybody’s minds working.
Charades and Pictionary
Everybody loves charades and, depending on the size of your family,
you can split into teams or have everyone participating at the same
time. Have one person doing the charade and they can pick a movie, song
title or book to act out and then the rest of the family can take turns
trying to guess. The family member who guesses correctly then has a
turn. A similar game to charades is Pictionary, where participants have
to draw something and the family has to guess what it is.
Go for a walk
A fun and free no-stress activity is to go for a walk around the
local park or zoo and check out all the animals. If you have little
children, take a bag of bread and feed the ducks at the local park and
if you are headed to the zoo — for a reasonable price more often than
not — you can purchase food at the reception to feed to the zoo animals
which children love to do.
A treasure hunt is a fun and affordable activity that can be done
around the house. Compile a list of clues and send your children on a
treasure hunt around the house and the final destination can be a pile
of chocolate coins or a treat. If they are a lot older, then you can
draw a map.
Every man, no matter what they say needs at least one decent suit in
his wardrobe. With this golden guide, it will help cast out those
mismatched trousers and those hideous sports jackets you love so much. 1) The Suit must fit:
When trying on a suit, it must fit in all the right places. Unless
you’re built like a model, an off-the-rack suit won’t fit your body
shape perfectly. If you find one that fits but needs a little alteration
work done, don’t be put off buying the suit. If you head down to your
local tailor’s, it will cost around $40-$60 to have done but on the
upside, you will be coming out with a handsome suit.
2) Choose natural fabrics: When looking at the type
of fabric the suit is, if your budget allows for it aim for 100 % wool
as it’ll be perfect all year round. If you are on a tight budget, then
polyester is cheaper but bewares as it doesn’t tend to wear well and it
can keep smells.
3) Look after your suit and it shall last: If you
look after a suit, like most things you own it will last for a
long-time. The suit jacket should be hung up on a thick, non-wire coat
hanger in order to maintain its shape. Never wash your suit through the
machine, always make sure that it is taken to the drycleaners. If your
suit starts to have creases appearing, you can get rid of any creases by
gently steaming it with an iron.
4) How to Pick the Perfect Jacket:
When purchasing a suit jacket, aim for the two-button suits as they
tend to work for everyone. For the skinner man, they give the body
structure and for those slightly bigger guys, they tend to produce a
slimming look. Though there are two buttons, the first button should be
the only one buttoned up. The sleeves of the jackets, should sit about
one centimetre above the shirt’s cuffs. If the jacket tends to hang off
the shoulders, then it is too big. If the jacket gives a rippled look at
the back, then it is too small. 5) How to finish your suit with a perfect pair of pants:
The fashion at the moment is all about the narrow pants. But in saying
that, think fitted not skin-tight. And if you are to be wearing a belt,
with your suit aim for a narrow belt as a bulky one tends to break the
smooth lines of a great suit. When trying on the pants for size, they
should sit at the top edge of your sole at the back and fall to the
laces on your shoes. Showing socks is a definite fashion faux pas. To
get the perfect fit, try on the suit with the shoes that you plan on
wearing with it as if you try with sneakers, the fit will be completely
Gone out last night, got completely off your trolley and woken up this
morning feeling headachy, nauseous, to the point of vomiting? What
you’ve got mate is a case of Hangoveritis.
There’s good and bad news for all you sufferers out there. Bad news
is the only way to avoid this, is stop all drinking, which come on to be
honest, none of us really wants to stop completely. Good news is we
have a quick guide of how to cure a hangover. Some cures you’ve bound to
have heard of and tried and some are just plain weird and wacky, but do
The Headache is one of the most common and nastiest of hangover
symptoms. It’s the world’s worst migraine pounding, pulsing and
grinding. When you normally have a headache your first instinct is to
reach out for Aspirin, Panadol or Ibuprofen. These will only make you
feel worse. Pain killers contain acetaminophen which in combination with
the alcohol in your system can lead to extreme damage of your liver.
What your body is actually yearning for is H20; the scientific name
for water. One of the best and most effective ways to ease the severity
of your hangover is to drink up before you head to bed. Stomach it all
like a selfish person on the verge of never being able to drink water
again. If you can’t do this, take a Pump bottle when you hit the clubs
/bars and guzzle down between beverages.
If you’re one of those people that can’t stand the taste of water,
fruit juice (preferably orange) will help as Vitamin C counteracts with
the substances in your body and leaves you feeling a little bit better.
Another option is Powerade or Lucozade. Avoid caffeine at all costs.
Even though it will give you a boost of energy, it will continue to
leave you dehydrated. If after you’ve drunk as much water or fruit juice as you can and
your headache still persists, try Alka Seltzer Morning Relief. A friend
tried this after reading it on the internet and within 15 minutes of
having the worse headache of his life, he was feeling alot better. It
can be purchased at a supermarket or chemist and depending where you go,
prices can range from $5-$10.
Get some exercise. I know we all dread that word, but in this case as
Nike says “Just Do It”. Any kind of exercise e.g. running, cycling even
power walking , that gets you profusely sweating combined with 1-2
litres of water and you’ll feel refreshed and re-invigorated afterwards. We’ve covered your Average Joe remedies to cure a hangover, now below
we travel around the globe to find out what other countries swear by as
well as some weird and wacky cures that have been tried, tested and
proven to have worked wonders on the everyday hangover survivor.
In Poland, to cure their Hangoveritis they swear by eating rich
mineral food like pickles or canned fish. Their most common cure is to
drink the pickle juice, while over in Ireland it is said that the way to
cure a hangover is to bury the person up to their neck in the moist
river sand. The American’s stand by two cures:
1) The Greasy Diner Burger and Milkshake:
Apparently it works like a charm and has the benefit of tasting really
good. Just to top off the burger combo, the milkshake adds as an amazing
final touch. It is said that the milkshake calms down your stomach and
helps you relax.
2) The New England clam chowder: This
one may seem odd, but it is a 100% guaranteed to heal you of those
hangover blues. If you can’t get up the strength to find a place that
makes it, then head to your nearest supermarket and purchase the can of
clam chowder made by Campbell’s. If you want to spice up the flavour,
add a touch of pepper. Bam-smack in an hour you will be feeling better
than you possibly could imagine.
On the other side of the world travelling to Europe, where you’re
bound to experience festivals such as Beerfest, their version of Clam
Chowder soup is Sauerkraut Hangover Soup served with a dollop of sour
cream. Not ready for a full meal, finding it hard to keep food down; do not
despair as there are several drinking remedies tried and tested to cure a
hangover. Below are a few of my favourites. 1) The Bloody Mary: This is the ultimate weapon
for hangover pain, the downside to it is that the more you drink the
more you will become progressively useless and you’ll be back where you
started so a tip: Drink in moderation. If you can’t afford a bottle of
vodka , then the Poor Man’s Bloody Mary works just as good, one drink of
either and you should be revved and ready to go out and about in 15
2) A Banana Cow: Basically this is a mix
of Banana Milkshake with a flavouring of 1 ½ oz of Rum. Bananas help
with nauseating pain and are high in magnesium which helps relax those
pounding blood vessels in your head.
So next time you go out drinking and wake up with a massive hangover ,
remember this guide and if you’re up for something different try some
of our weird and wacky cures or if you’re not a risk-taker you can stick
to our safe options.
Planning a themed adult party but not really sure
what theme to go with? Why should children be the only ones who can
dress up and have fun?
When choosing a theme, you have to make sure it’s the right one if you
want it to be a party that guests talk about for years to come for all
the right reasons. So, what themes are hot this year in the world of
adult parties? And which themes never go out of fashion?
Dress up, play cards and win money. Casino-themed parties work great
too as fundraisers for charity events. Set up a couple of tables of
different card games or roulette. If you want to really make it a night
to remember, you could also hire out a casino as the party’s location
and have the real deal.
Fifty shades of fun
With the hit Fifty Shades of Grey series by E L James making
its way all around the world and into women’s and even male's hands, it
is no surprise that one of the most popular themed parties hitting
people’s houses is based on Fifty Shades of Grey. Check out what one group of girlfriends did on their themed Fifty Shades party -- Fifty Shades of Fun weekend.
One of the most enjoyable parties is the 1980s decade party. Dress up
in neon colours, do the moonwalk with Michael Jackson, be a material
girl with Madonna or belong to the A-Team. Shoulder pads and big hair is
bound to ensure lots of fun.
Jersey Shore/Geordie Shore
It seems that the hit TV reality show Jersey Shore and the British version Geordie Shore
have made an impact on themed parties, with women dressing up as Snooki
and men dressing up as Ronnie. This theme can go hand-in-hand with a
beach party. So hoist up those volleyball nets, break out the swimsuits
and hang loose -- Jersey Shore theme party ideas.
Always a fun party and the best thing is you get to see everybody
dressed to the nines and it might be one of the few occasions where you
can get your male counterpart to actually wear a suit.
This one is for the females only. Ever wanted to go to a high tea?
Dress up in your poshest outfit, don some white or black gloves and a
pearl necklace. You will have the opportunity to sit and dine like a
real lady without having your partner or the kids nagging you in the
background. Drink tea out of fancy cups and pretend you are royalty with
a grown-up tea party for you and your friends.
Bond, James Bond
Have you watched all the 007 movies and now have the fantasy to be
James Bond for a night with a lovely lady on your arm and sip martinis?
James Bond-themed parties are always fun and enjoyable and the best
thing, like with the mob party theme, the men can wear suits and the
women can break out those gold glittery dresses and high heels.
Sick of your old job and wanting to do something
different? Lost your job and now you're desperately seeking employment
anywhere you can? Are you feeling scared, worried, even anxious about
taking the giant step into the unknown world of change?
Changing careers can be a daunting task for
anyone, however, despite that looming fear of change that might haunt
us, it doesn’t have to be. With six simple steps, you will have prepared
yourself for a smooth sail right into your next career choice.
Have in mind what you want
Think hard about what kind of career path you want to follow. Is the
career going to make you happy? Are you passionate about the area? Is it
an achievable goal, e.g. do you have the right qualifications for the
job you want? For something fun and educational at the same time, a
great test that you can take to find out what your work preferences are,
what you are like as a person and what would suit you better as an
individual is the MBTI. This test is used in many career interviews to
check out your personality type. Head to Complete MBTI Test and take the test.
Explore your career options
What type of jobs are out there suited to your needs and how do we
explore options for future careers? One of the best skills that anyone
can have is the ability to network with others. As long as you can talk
to strangers and interact like it was an everyday occurrence, networking
will become like second nature. Take advantage of networking meetings
and occasions and you might just meet your future employer or at least a
friend of a friend who is hiring.
An important component of any change is to work out your time
schedule and allow yourself time to focus on topics like career
searching, research, organising and attending network meetings. This gap
time will put the focus on making your career move simple and less
stressful. For example, if you have left work to become a writer, put
aside chunks of time in your day to block out the world and just sit
down and write. If you have a family, get them behind you as your
support network. With more than yourself pushing you, you are more
likely to achieve your goals and feel happier in the process.
Build your skills
While you have some spare time, why not head to your local TAFE or
university and pick up a class or two. Depending on the career choice
you have picked, there might be a course being held that will bring you
up to scratch or help you build some skills you might be struggling
Need help getting motivated and finding the next step in moving forth
with your career change? Why not hire a career or life coach to give
you that extra shove in the right direction. A coach will be there to
help you and hold your hand with every step of the journey. Can’t afford
a coach? Check out the book The Portable Coach by Thomas Leonard or The Winners Bible by Dr Kerry Spackman.
Take the giant leap
Whether it’s been a few weeks or a couple of months, or maybe even a
year, once you are ready to move on to the career of your choice, take
the leap and believe everything will turn out for the best. By now you
would have thought about all the risks, pros and cons of where you want
to be and the job will almost feel like a part of your life. Just
remember, you are not alone in the world of career changes and the
feelings that come with it. Everyone in the world has been in your
shoes, at least once or twice.