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Summer Collabs #myorogoldskin

It is always exciting when we have a new collaboration underway, and there have certainly been plenty of those over the last few months! This summer, we joined forces with bloggers from all corners of the country to find out what they thought of our products.

Our Favorite Collaborations of the Summer

From cleansers and serums to face masks and moisturizers, we made sure to carefully choose specific products for each blogger we collaborated with. We kept their individual skin types in mind, along with any skin concerns that they were dealing with, ensuring that the products they tried would truly be able to improve their skin.

Here are some of our favorite collaborations of the summer…

Lindsey from @iamlyn.z

With a passion for fashion, beauty and travel, Lindsey from @iamlyn.z was excited to receive two of our most popular products.

The first was the 24K Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling + Mandelic Acid. Everyone knows how important exfoliation is, and this product is quite a unique way of doing that. Its gel consistency means that it is lightweight and gentle, making it suitable for all skin types. However, it still effectively exfoliates, leaving the skin feeling so refreshed and polished.

The next product that Lindsey received was our 24K Overnight Cream. This cream contains ingredients that help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. This is key when it comes to keeping the skin protected and hydrated, which is exactly what it needs overnight.

What did Lindsey think?

She loved how the products made her skin glow, and also appreciated the subtle but sweet scent.

Vidhi from @coffeevschai

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[ #ad ] Hey all, I am keeping my skin replenished this summer with the @orogoldcosmetics 24K White Gold line. Living in the dry heat has taken a toll on my skin causing it to become flaky. But, after just few uses of the products from the White Gold line, I am seeing a noticeable difference in my skin’s overall texture. Here are the products I am using: 1. 24K Classic Body Scrub – smoothens and exfoliates the skin. 2. 24k Classic Body Butter – applied after the body scrub for best results. 3. 24K Aromatherapy Body Oil – smooths dry patches and calms the skin. 4. 24K Renewal lip Balm – enhanced with antioxidants to smooth chapped lips. . #myorogoldskin #orogold #sp . . . #skincare #hydratedskin #contentcreator #beautycare #healthandbeauty #blogginggals #fblogger #crazyaboutcouture #tucsonblogger#darlingmovement #influencermarketing #bblogger #potd #bossbabesofstyle #scottsdale #theglitterguide #bloglovinbeauty #styleinfluencer #arizonablogger #azblogger

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Vidhi from @coffeevschai is a style blogger whose unique personal style features a mix of both American and Indian elements. Vidhi lives in Arizona, where the summers bring with them an exceptionally dry heat that can really take its toll on the skin.

This is where our 24K White Gold Collection can really help…

The products that Vidhi used were:

What did Vidhi think?

She only needed to use the products a few times before she noticed a significant improvement in her skin’s texture. It made the summer heat so much more bearable, and kept Vidhi’s skin looking healthy and flawless.

Gaonou Lo from @theglamourpursuit

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Fashion enthusiast Gaonou Lo from @theglamourpursuit loves bringing affordable fashion together with luxury accessories, creating looks that are chic, sophisticated and wonderfully unique.

If you follow Gaonou on Instagram, you may have noticed that her skin has been looking especially radiant lately. This is all thanks to the OROGOLD products that she has been using both day and night.

These are the products that Gaonou has tried:

What did Gaonou think?

She loved how luxurious the products felt, and how they gave her skin that extra “je ne sais quoi” touch each time she used them. By incorporating the products into both her day and night skin care routine, therefore using them twice a day instead of once, Gaonou was able to notice the differences in her skin even faster.

Ela from @elabobak

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A Polish-American living in Chicago, Ela Bobak Dineen is a petite style blogger with an incredible fashion sense. In addition to having amazing style, Ela’s skin is stunning too, with Ela always on the lookout for new skin care products to try.

One of the brands that Ela has been wanting to try for a while was OROGOLD. Since Ela lives in quite a polluted city, we sent her two products from our Vitamin C Collection. Vitamin C is known for being one of the best ingredients out there for protecting the skin from the serious damage that pollution can cause.

First up was our 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. It effectively clears away dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities, including pollutants, while its aloe vera, vitamin C and vitamin A infusions nourish the skin at the same time.

Ela also tried our 24K Vitamin C Facial Booster Serum, which immediately brightens and illuminates the skin. Packed with antioxidants, this formula is great for targeting everything from fine lines and wrinkles to dark spots and puffiness.

What did Ela think?

The packaging was the first thing to impress her – not only does it look and feel luxurious, but the opaque nature of the packaging, along with the pump-style dispensers, help to prolong the product’s shelf life and keep the active ingredients fresher for longer.

As you can see from Ela’s skin, the OROGOLD products that she tried brought nothing but benefits, giving her skin a vibrant, radiant and healthy glow.

Ehmonie from @whatshaute

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[Ad] / This year one of my goals was to take better care of my skin. And I’ve got two new products in my skincare arsenal to help me achieve that goal. @orogoldcosmetics sent over two products and the packaging alone has me obsessing over them. But the 24K Deep Moisturizer is my new fave. It’s super lightweight, creamy, smooth and non-greasy which I need because the way this weather has been acting, I have enough natural oiliness, thank you very much. It’s packed with natural moisturizes like vitamin E and shea butter and is paraben-free. Perfect. They also sent over their 24K Bio-Brightening Pigment Balancing Mask. This is the skincare formula I truly need. It is formulated of a combination of vitamin A, vitamin E, and mica to even out your skin tone and restore radiance. I’ll be trying it this weekend. #selfcaresundays #myorogoldskin #orogold #sponsored . . . . . . #whatshaute #whatshautebeauty #skincare #beautybloggers #moisturizer #skincareproducts #skincaretips #naturalskincare #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincarelover #skincareregime #parabenfree

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A fashion and beauty blogger, as well as publisher of What’s Haute Magazine, Ehmonie Hainey is based in DC but frequently travels all over the world.

One of Ehmonie’s goals for the year was to take better care of her skin. So, we stepped in to help her do exactly that. Ehmonie’s skin tends to be slightly on the oily side, and so we sent her two products that would help to counter any excess oil while rebalancing her skin’s natural sebum production.

The 24K Bio-Brightening Pigment Balancing Mask is designed to be used on a weekly basis. It contains vitamin A, which is great for treating oily skin and acne, along with vitamin E and mica to restore the skin’s natural radiance.

Ehmonie also tried out our 24K Deep Moisturizer. This paraben-free formula contains vitamin E and shea butter – both are ingredients that are fantastic for moisturizing oily skin without weighing it down even further.

What did Ehmonie think?

Once again, she fell in love with the products just from the packaging alone. However, after delving a little deeper, Ehmonie realized that there was so much more to love…

Her favorite product was, without a doubt, the 24K Deep Moisturizer.

Why?

Because of how smooth, lightweight and non-greasy it was. This means that it was able to moisturize her skin without leaving it feeling oily, and, most importantly, without clogging up her pores.

Kate from @katehostetler

Kate from @katehostetler is a fashion, style and travel blogger who spends most of her time between Chicago and Miami.

Since Kate travels frequently, we wanted her to try some of our antioxidant-rich products. These are great for countering the various forms of damage that travel can cause.

These are the products that Kate tried:

What did Kate think?

Kate loved the brightening effect that the products provided. This tends to be amplified when you use more than one of the brightening products together. Kate also appreciated how the moisturizer was able to keep her skin soft and hydrated all day long.

Linda from @the_dragonfruit

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Fashion and lifestyle blogger Linda, from @the_dragonfruit, lives in Idaho, where the summers are often pretty comfortable. Linda has understood the importance of skin care from a young age, primarily due to the fact that this was something her mother always taught her about.

Linda has always been in awe of how her mother looks 20 years younger than her true age. She firmly believes that anyone can achieve this, no matter their genes, so long as they invest in the right skin care.

Linda and her mother both gave our 24K Collagen and Seaweed Mask a try. Designed to be used once a week, this clay-based mask has been infused with some powerful anti-aging botanicals, including seaweed extract, sage extract, ivy extract, aloe vera and so much more. These ingredients penetrate deep into the skin, where they can then bring about more significant improvements.

What did Linda, and her mother, think?

They absolutely loved how their skin felt after using the mask. The softness that they experienced made them feel as though they had just had a facial. Even better, these effects carried on through the week, lasting until it was time for Linda to use the mask again.

Serena from @serenalynnfields

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I have been using @orogoldcosmetics for a couple weeks now and I can’t tell y’all how much I love it!! It smells amazing but it also cleared up my skin like magic! I switched a medication and was breaking out from it and as you can see by the photo, no more breakouts!! Make sure to check them out if you want clearer, happy, nicer skin! Who do you use for your skincare routine? • • • • • #myorogoldskin #orogold #sp #bossbabe #boutique #boutiqueshopping #entrepreneur #fashiongoalz #fashionheels #fashionholic #fashionkillas #fashionlikes #fashionluxury #fashionpics #fashiontips #maroon #outfitblog #outfitgirl #outfitlove #sassy #simplestyle #skirt #springfashiontrends #springstyle #styleme #skincarethreads #skincaredaily #happyskin

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A petite fashion blogger from Minnesota, Serena Fields from @serenalynnfields was struggling with her skin this summer.

Why?

Because she switched one of her medications, and this then caused her to start breaking out.

Of course, we wanted to help, so we sent Serena a few products that could come to her rescue:

What did Serena think?

Her skin was literally glowing after she used our products for a couple of weeks.

Did they help with the breakouts?

Well, as you can see from the image above, they most certainly did! Breakouts were no longer a problem for Serena, and she appreciated how clear, bright and healthy her skin was after giving our products a try.

Brooke from @blindseyj

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Brooke Morales from @blindseyj is a home and lifestyle blogger with impeccable taste.

In addition to keeping her home looking next-to-perfect, Brooke places this same dedication on her skin too. Brooke turned 30 at the start of the year, and this is often the point at which women focus even more on their skin. This applied to Brooke too, who wanted to start using products that would help to maintain her natural, youthful glow.

So, we sent Brooke some products from our 24K Collagen Collection. This collection not only contains collagen itself, but is also formulated with ingredients that will boost your skin’s natural production of collagen, giving you both immediate and long-term results.

What did Brooke think?

She loved how the products helped her skin to look fresher and more vibrant. Her favorite product from the collection was the 24K Collagen and Seaweed Mask. This not only tackles fine lines and wrinkles, but helps to restore the skin’s volume and plumpness too. Brooke also appreciated how the collection made her feel as though she had just had a luxury facial, largely down to the beautiful gold flakes that fleck the products.

Dielle from @jellyben

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Summer time ask for a deep moisturized skin and for to achieve this finish you can count with @orogoldcosmetics . I have been using this 24k White Gold line everyday except for the Classic Body Scrub that I only use every 3 days. The Body Butter is designed with a magnificent blend of ingredients such as sunflower oil and Shea butter to deliver a powerful moisturizing effect. My favorite is the 24K Aromatherapy Body Oil works to soothe skin all day long. Made with a blend of precious, nourishing oils and natural botanical extracts such as rosemary and pomelo grapefruit oils, this silky oil calms irritated skin and smooths away dry, rough patches. The multi-tasking 24K Classic Hand and Body cream offers a luxurious experience for satin-smooth skin. I wish you could touch my skin and feels how smooth it is right now. They are all #parabenfree and is not tested in animals. Also, they do have Italian gold on it. What else do you need to be radiant this summer? #myorogoldskin #orogold #sp #summercare #summerskin #velvetskin #beautytips #skincare #bodycare #beautublogger #moisturizers #orogoldcosmetics

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A fashion and beauty blogger who lives in South California but is frequently found globe-trotting, Dielle from @jellyben has exquisite skin.

Dielle definitely knows her stuff when it comes to skin care, so we were more than happy to partner up with this beauty and send her some products from our 24K White Gold Collection.

Dielle was looking for products that would keep her skin moisturized all day long, and so these were the products we decided to send out:

What did Dielle think?

Well, her favorite product from the collection was the 24K Aromatherapy Body Oil. Dielle loved its silky smooth texture, and the way in which it effectively calms the skin while smoothing away any dryness and roughness. Dielle also appreciated the overall improvements she noticed in her skin after using the collection together as a whole. An added bonus for Dielle was the fact that all of our products are paraben-free.

Everybody’s skin is individual and different, which is why we are always eager to hear about exactly how our products have helped your skin. From cleansers and masks to serums and moisturizers, all of our products are infused with 24K gold and numerous antioxidants, giving your skin everything it needs to really glow.

Interested in working with us for the winter holiday season? Send us a DM on Instagram!

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What Are the Benefits of Alkaline in the Body?

When your body is in an alkaline state, you are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases. The foods and beverages you consume each day have a direct impact on the acid and alkaline balance in your body. This balance is measured by determining your pH value, which tells you if your body’s fluids and tissues are more acidic or alkaline. On a pH scale of negative 4.5, which is very acidic, to positive 9.5, which is highly alkaline, your body is considered healthy and alkaline if you have a pH level of 7.0 or above.

The Little Things

If you have a slight pH fluctuation, and your body becomes more acidic than it should be, your body immediately begins to exhibit symptoms of an imbalance. These symptoms may be considered little things, like a runny nose, fatigue, a skin breakout, or a slight case of irritable bowel syndrome. However, these minor health issues are actually the first sign that your body might be too acidic and needs intravenous vitamin and mineral benefit your health to reach a more alkaline state. Although exposure to germs and contaminants, stress and other external life factors can cause all of these symptoms too, you are more likely to have clearer skin, better digestion, more energy, and a nose that runs less often when your body is alkaline.

Fewer Colds

An acidic environment promotes the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungi. The imbalance of your body’s good bacteria makes you more prone to getting infections. You will be less likely to suffer from the common cold when your body is alkaline.

Cancer Prevention

A major benefit of having an alkaline body state is that you might reduce your risk for developing cancer. When your body is too acidic, oxygen levels are lowered and cellular metabolism stops. This can lead to the growth of cancer cells. Maintaining an alkaline state helps encourage healthy cell turnover, which is key in the prevention of cancer.

Healthy Weight

Fruits and vegetables make your body more alkaline, while processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol make you more acidic. By eating alkalizing foods, you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. The frequent consumption of acid-producing foods is more likely to contribute to a weight problem.

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Great Ideas for Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bed is a wonderful luxury, but coming up with special meal ideas can be tricky, because not only do you want them to be easy to eat in bed, but they also need to be packed with nutrition, plus totally delicious. From innovative pancakes to homemade crumpets, here are a few fantastic ideas to play with the next time you decide to serve up breakfast in bed.

Homemade Crumpets
Crumpets are a popular breakfast item in the UK, and while you can buy them pre-made from the store, nothing beats a homemade version. The batter for crumpets is quite simple and easy to make, but are also perfect for adding your own twist to. Whether you opt for cinnamon and lemon crumpets topped with fresh fruit, or classic crumpets drizzled with a burnt honey butter, crumpets are a great way to start your day. If you really wanted to go all out, you could use homemade crumpets as part of a larger breakfast, serving this with eggs, bacon, and beans.

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Get Creative With Pancakes
Pancakes are another classic, and, just like with crumpets, are so easy to put your own spin on. If you are planning a particularly lazy day, try adding a dash of alcohol to your pancake batter, taking inspiration from cocktails or desserts. A tiramisu pancake is a great example of this, making use of dessert wine and espresso coffee, and being filled with cream and dark chocolate. If you are feeling especially hungry, turn your pancakes into a breakfast sandwich, filling it with eggs, sausages and some avocado, or, if you would like to go in a more plant-based direction, use tofu and summer berries to create vegan pancakes that are just as fluffy and springy as standard ones.

Baked Eggs
There are days when nothing can quite match eggs for breakfast, but if you would like to make your eggs extra special, try cooking up some baked eggs. These are so easy to do and simply requires you to place your desired fillings into ramekins, before cracking some eggs over them and then placing them into a hot oven. When it comes to filling options, you could go with spinach and ham, tomato and basil, mushroom and herb, smoked salmon and chives, or whatever else you happen to be craving.

Berry and granola parfait

Berry and Granola Parfait
A berry and granola parfait is so easy to make, and not only looks gorgeous but is also perfect for those who are trying to eat healthier. While you can serve this up in a bowl, using a jar or a glass makes the presentation even better. Simply layer some berries, Greek yoghurt and granola into the dish that you have chosen, and then serve this up alongside a savoury muffin and some hot coffee or juice.

Having breakfast in bed is always a treat, and these breakfast ideas will make your morning that little bit more special. From vegan pancakes to mushroom and herb baked eggs, each of these dishes can be completely customized to suit your own individual tastes.

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Clear Your Mind and Refocus

With hectic lives and busy schedules, it can be easy for the mind to become cluttered, making it difficult to concentrate and be productive. If you want to be able to quickly and easily clear your mind so that you can refocus, here are a few tricks that you can try.

Mindfulness
One of the most effective ways to clear your mind and really refocus your energy is by practicing mindfulness, and this does not need to be anything more than a breathing exercise or two. This is something that you can do anywhere and at any time, making it a great method to master. One breathing exercise that you can try is sitting or standing up straight and closing your eyes, before taking a deep breath in through your nose. Allow your diaphragm to fully expand, and hold the breath for a few seconds before exhaling through your mouth. Counting your breath will also help with this, as it will give your mind something to focus on to prevent you from being sidetracked.

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Write it Down
Writing down all of your thoughts and worries is a great way to release any pent-up emotions, and will help you to take a look at the entire situation from a different perspective. Keep a journal that you can turn to whenever your mind is feeling full, and continue writing in it until you feel at peace with whatever has been on your mind. Alternatively, if your mind has been filled with all of the different things you need to do, start keeping lists, as this will free up some space in your head, and you can then turn to your list when you have more time and are feeling calmer.

Physical Activity
In addition to helping to control weight and prevent illness, exercise is a fantastic way to clear your mind and improve your mood. Exercise releases endorphins, which will really help to take your mind to a better place. This does not mean that you need to spend hours at the gym, as simple short bursts of exercise will also have this same effect. Try to find an activity that you enjoy doing, but make sure that it raises your heart rate.

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Get Creative
Exploring your imagination can really refocus your mind, as it will make use of different parts of your brain. Creativity is the perfect way to engage your imagination, and this can take shape in many forms. From painting and drawing to singing and dancing to cooking or doing a puzzle, there are so many ways in which you can be creative, so give this a go the next time you are feeling stressed and worn out.

The human brain is not built to be able to split its attention into too many different areas, which is why it is often easy to feel overwhelmed when there are a number of things on your mind. Rather than allowing this to bring you down, try out some of the above-mentioned tips, as they will help you to clear your mind and get back to what you really need to be doing.

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Stress Less About Dessert

While many people try their best to be healthy, they can really end up stressing themselves out when it comes to deciding whether or not to eat a slice of cake after dinner. Even if you have been on a strict diet, here are a just a few reasons as to why you should stress less about dessert.

Dark Chocolate is Good for You
Chocolate is often a key part of many desserts, and if the one you have your eye on is made from dark chocolate, then this is perfect, as dark chocolate actually has a number of different health benefits. From being packed with antioxidants to having the ability to prevent a stroke, to being able to regulate blood pressure, dark chocolate is one of those ingredients that could actually benefit you if you were to have some every day.

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Save Yourself From Wanting It Even More
Once you have placed restrictions on certain foods, such as desserts, this will only leave you wanting it so much more. Eventually, you may end up binge eating, which is so bad for your health for several reasons. Rather than restricting yourself from eating desserts completely, try exercising portion control instead. Once you have taken your portion, put the rest of the dessert away, so that you do not end up tempting yourself to over-eat.

Desserts Can Be Healthy
While a healthy dessert may not initially sound as though it will satisfy your sweet tooth, desserts can definitely be decadent and delicious while also being healthy. A yoghurt pound cake makes use of Greek yoghurt and olive oil, rather than butter, while a fruity sorbet will contain all of the benefits of fruit, with none of the downsides of ice cream. A pumpkin cake is also a great option, especially since pumpkin itself is known for being quite the aphrodisiac, while avocado brownies swap out the butter for avocados, but are just as creamy. Baked fruit is another way to go, and can be topped with a variety of delicious sauces, such as baked pears with salted caramel, or baked apples stuffed with pecan, and served up alongside a coconut milk ice cream.

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Having Dessert for Breakfast Can Help You to Lose Weight
While this may seem absurd, a study carried out by the Wolfsori Medical Center at Tel Aviv University found that eating desserts for breakfast could potentially help non-diabetic overweight people to lose weight. This has been the only credible study done on the topic so far, but its results are still impressive, discovering that, in a period of four months, those who ate a large, high-calorie breakfast, including a slice of cake or some cookies, were able to lose around 30 pounds. While the reason for this is not conclusive, researchers believe that it has something to do with cutting back on cravings for sweet treats throughout the day, preventing snacking and keeping the subjects feeling fuller for longer.

No matter how much you are trying to control your diet, stressing about dessert is never a good idea. Instead, by practicing portion control and sticking to desserts that are as healthy as possible, you will be able to satisfy your cravings without having to feel too guilty.

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Top 3 Spa Locations of the World

Trying to find a way to get away from it all and be pampered takes more work that one might think. After all, there are countless good options even within one’s own country these days and the list gets even longer when we look at the wider world. Trying to find the best of the best can give one a bit more incentive to get out there and travel though. There are a lot of different ways for people to decide what counts as the “best”, but in general that requires both a specific level of general excellence and a niche appeal of some sort in which the place truly excels. Knowing what you’re looking for can go a long way towards helping to narrow down any personal choices you choose to make. It certainly tends to take a little stress away from the entire affair if you have a short list of some of the better options out there. That’s why we’re taking a quick look at three of the best spa locations in the world.

Amanpuri, Thailand
This spa resort turns up in most conversations of the best spas in the world. The sheer beauty of the natural surroundings tends to be central to the appeal. As a seaside resort, you can be sure of stunning views throughout the day. It doesn’t hurt that the area the spa is built on is also rich in other sources of natural beauty as well. There are plenty of services available from the spa as well. They offer the exact services you’d expect from a spa as well as various other therapeutic options for guests. Amanpuri’s seems to revolve around ensuring that guests can get the care they need for both their mind, their body, and their soul. That’s why you can find everything from meditation to exercise classes available when staying here. All of this is complimented by a distinct level of care and relaxation that ensures people don’t forget about it when discussing some of the best spas in the world.

Yaan Wellness, Mexico
You’ll be forgiven if you haven’t heard of this spa resort tucked away in the Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo. After all, Yaan Wellness does its best to stay comparatively out of the way despite being in a popular tourist area. It does its best to stay out of the way of the main flow of tourists by staying out in the wilderness and maintaining a low profile. That lets you step away from it all when looking to enjoy being pampered. Fortunately, that’s what they do best. Yaan Wellness offers an interesting combination of modern techniques of local traditional wellness practices. This leads to a unique atmosphere where guests can see the influence of a variety of cultures in the treatments available as well as the accommodations. Yaan Wellness does its best to cater to both body and mind as it frequently pairs relaxation therapies with private counseling or meditation in an attempt to increase the overall wellness of guests. The one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll definitely get to enjoy being pampered here.

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Anassa, Cyprus
Interestingly enough, Anassa continually impresses people year after year. Few places can actually claim this sort of consistency in service and comfort. That’s probably why it consistently gets so much attention as a resort spa. In many ways, Anassa is the perfect encapsulation of a traditional Mediterranean spa resort. It offers are beautiful seaside getaway where everyone can relax. There are a variety of wellness programs available for guests that allow them to decide the tone of their stay. These allow you to decide what form of wellness you want to focus on at any given point. That’s paired with more traditional spa services that are typically rated as being world class. If there is a reason not to overlook Latchi, the Anassa spa resort is it as it provides a way to escape away from it all while enjoying some of the best treatments in the world. All it takes it a willingness to travel to Cyprus to get to enjoy this option.

There is no way to escape the fact that “best” is and will always remain a subjective assessment. What that means for each of us is just too different. Fortunately, we can get an idea of whether something is of consistently high quality and has a special something to it. Our picks focused on looking for this, but there are plenty of other world class spas out there. Don’t hesitate to do your own research if none of these places seem appealing. You may find your own hidden gem to recommend to others. Regardless of this, you can at least be sure each of our picks has something to offer everyone.

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Find More Time To Read

Reading is one of those habits that most of us at least say we’d like to find more time to enjoy. It is, after all, about expanding one’s mind and exposing oneself to different ideas. Finding that time often feels harder than it should be though. We run around doing all we can every day until we end up overloaded and unable to find space for anything we truly want to do. That’s not helpful when trying to pick a habit back up. This is even when we really know we should thank the various benefits of reading. These are all things we’ll want to keep in mind when trying to find and set aside the time. We’re going to take a quick look at how you can potentially set aside a little more time to get back to reading and things to consider when it comes to finding motivation and reasons to read more often. With a little bit of luck, this should be all you need to get back to enjoying books again.

Find the Time
It is easier than you might think to find a bit of time to read. Admittedly, you may need to redefine your idea of reading a little in some cases. A good time to get a little bit of reading in is during any daily commute or errands that you might have on a given day. Any time spent traveling, as long as you’re not driving, can be used to read a book on your phone or a tablet. Drivers have options too these days thanks to the ready availability of audiobooks. These lets you “read” while beings entirely hands-free and you can even use them while exercising or doing household tasks. When we look at things this way, there is actually plenty of time for reading in a given day. Additionally, you might want to consider blocking off an hour or two before bed each night for reading as it will give you a calm activity to do as well as potentially improving your overall sleep quality.

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For The Benefit of The Mind
Reading is a mentally stimulating activity and we all need those in our lives. We need some source of activity that helps to keep your mind active and looking around the world regularly. Reading helps you to see the world in a different light at the same time that it helps you to relax. Books are how people translate their experiences into something that everyone can enjoy. That’s why so many of us like to read books about other parts of the world. Admittedly, you shouldn’t just read to expand your mind. The simple fact is that enjoying yourself with anything helps to reduce stress. That’s a good reason why you’ll want to consider embracing a love of any genre fiction you might enjoy. No matter what people think it is still possible for fantasy, science fiction, and similar genres all discuss ideas and concepts important to the human condition while doing it from a different perspective. The key to reading is finding what you love and embracing it.

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Supporting the Habit
There is a certain elitism that goes along with still purchasing physical books. They look and smell nice. e-Reader technology hasn’t really caught up in any meaningful way to emulating that particular experience, but they have gotten to a point where they are easily transportable and can bypass glare issues. That’s worth remembering when you’re trying to figure out how you want to feed your habit. Those of us more aesthetically minded might want to collect series or particular titles to keep on a bookshelf as a quite way of referencing them and enjoying the weight of them. By contrast, some of us more inclined to simply read as much as we can find great use in an e-Reader as they can carry around whole libraries worth of books and accompanying notes. In the end, mixing and matching between the two can give you the best of both options and let you collect and display the books that resonate with you while letting you freely indulge in random novels on a whim through an e-Reader store or service.

Books are a gateway to many things. Television and other means of entertainment have simply done their part to reduce our overall attentiveness to this fact. We’re all too eager to ask why we should read the book when there is a movie. The truth is the book has the soul of the work and often has more nuance to it. Embracing that nuance and reading however you can help you to have more meaningful conversations with others and with yourself over time. That makes it worth a little bit of effort.

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Great Herbs For An Indoor Garden

We all value fresh ingredients. After all, that is often something we end up asking about when at restaurants. Fresh ingredients are simply better. Their flavors are more potent and their content is more nutritious. It does sometimes feel out of our reach to get the freshest ingredients possible. Many of us live in urban environments and simply don’t have the ground in which to grow thing. Furthermore, the sometimes questionable air quality of the outdoors in a city often makes one wonder if eating anything grown outside would be a good idea anyway. Indoor container gardening is a relatively simple solution we can all try though. Starting with herbs is a good option as many of them tend to be hardy and can help one learn the basics of container gardening. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the best herb choices to try indoors both because of the hardiness and their potential versatility when it comes to using them.

Mint
Almost every kind of mint is both incredibly hearty and hard to kill. That makes them an excellent set of options for people beginning to throw together an herb container garden. Peppermint and spearmint are two of the most common kinds to grow. The leaves can be added to various things for that extra kick of fresh flavor that can be hard to come by. You might be surprised at how potent even a single leaf can be from this plants and as a result you’ll want to carefully judge how much you use at a time. The good news is that mints frequently enjoy shade and damp soil. As a result, it is hard to water them too much and difficulty getting direct sunlight won’t be a problem. The main consideration to keep in mind is the fact that mint’s hearty growth pattern means that it should be grown in its own container or it will quickly overrun any other herbs you’re growing it with in the same container.

Potted chives next to red shovel

Chives
These are another good and hearty option to grow inside. Much like mint, chives do not actually require an excess of sunlight to grow effectively. This allows them to better cope with an indoor environment where placement may be less than ideal. Additionally, chives, while not as prolific as mint, still grow in abundance once the plant has properly taken root. The good news is that chives tend to grow in a defined clump-like pattern. As a result, they are not as prone to killing other herbs planted within the same container. You will likely want to find out the growth pattern before planting other herbs though. This hearty herb is also better able to ignore accidents such as over watering them, but they aren’t as fond of damp soil as mint. Chives can make an excellent addition to salads as well as being a lovely complementary flavor in many recipes. This combined with their hardiness makes them an excellent early choice for indoor herb gardens.

Potted parsley

Parsley
Most of us are familiar with parsley in cuisine. It turns up as a garnish as often as it ends up being included in a meal itself. That makes it an incredibly suitable herb to try to grow in a container garden whether you intend to use it for presentation or for cooking. What makes it even better is that, like our other plant selections, it can survive just fine with less than direct sunlight. The main issue is getting a viable plant. Growing parsley from seeds is a difficult task and as a result it might be best to get a plant someone has already grown to avoid that frustration. Additionally, parsley tends to be slow growing when compared to our other selections. That means you’ll need to be mindful of this and not take many cuttings from the plant until it is fully established. Keeping this in mind will ensure you eventually have a healthy, full grown plant that you can get cuttings from relatively often without endangering its overall health.

Growing an indoor herb garden can be an excellent way to improve your diet and offer you various ways to improve the quality of your means. The trick is ensuring you stick with easy to maintain herbs with fewer dependencies on light levels when you’re starting out. This will let you learn how to care for such a garden over time and improve your skills so that you can expand to other herbs and perhaps certain vegetables later on. Until then, the extra dash of flavor from fresh herbs will certainly make your meals all the more inviting.

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