10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore

10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore


As much as we may all love for our homes to run smoothly and always look great, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you can put an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort into creating the perfect home, for it to all far apart the next day. Because accidents happen! You may take pride in how your home looks, but if you’re not careful about the practicalities of things, you may find that you’re faced with a bunch of issues. Your interiors may be your pride and joy, but they’re only the superficial side of your property. In order for your home to truly look great, you have to take care of the bricks and mortar too!


While it’s not always possible to be prepared when issues arise, there are things that you can do to make sure that your home stays as hassle-free as possible. By both doing a little DIY and bringing in the professionals, you’ll be able to keep it together. But first of all, you need to know exactly how you do that. Because it’s only easy to keep on top of things when you know what you’re looking for. So we’re going to take a look at some of the main areas of your home that you need to keep an eye on. When you do, you should be able to keep your home hazards at bay.


  1. Foundation Issues


We’re going to kick off with something that can really impact on how safe your house is, and that’s your foundation. Because if you ever have issues with your foundations, such as basement floor cracks or subsidence, you need to get it look at as soon as possible. Ignoring these problems or writing them off as non-serious could cost you your home. With foundation issues, all it takes is a small shift and you home could end up collapsing! So be sure to get these issues looked into to save you stress and further expenses in the future.


  1. Roof Leaks


From the very bottom all the way up to the top, we’re now going to head to the roof. Your roof may leak for a range of reasons, but you should never just think that’s just how your particular roof is. Because you may find that the leak is a huge problem and it could cause the structure to weaken over time. If you’re worried about the source of the leak, bring a professional in to analyze the area to make sure its safe and carry out the repairs.


  1. Bathroom Leaks


Another place that can commonly get leaks in the home is your bathroom. A lot of the time, these leaks are more annoying than anything else. But if you find that you have a leaky faucet or pipes anywhere, you’ll want to get a plumber in to check the source. Sometimes, a small leak will cause a pipe to burst and your bathroom to flood. But you can avoid this by getting it looked at.


  1. Boiler Issues


If you have a boiler in your home for your heating system, you’ll probably always be weary of this breaking – because nobody wants to be without hot water. If you’re worried about issues, take a look at the most common boiler problems so that you can take action as soon as something happens. Reading up may save you money too!


  1. Appliance Problems


Heading into the kitchen, if you find that any of your major appliances seem to be on the blink, do not just put it down to age. Remember, these items are electrical items – so that use water! Whether they’re just not working properly, you’ve got issues with lights, or anything – unplug the appliance and get it repaired. You could stop someone from getting hurt by doing this.


  1. Window & Door Drafts


A less serious, but equally frustrating, issue around the home is drafts coming through your windows and doors. Sometimes, you’ll find that they can be fixed easily with covers, but you may need to get them replaced. You could end up paying more on your heating bills when you live with drafty doors and windows.


  1. Badly Drawing Chimney


During the winter months, there’s nothing quite like lighting a fire for comfort and warmth. But when the chimney just doesn’t seem to be drawing strongly enough, it can be incredibly frustrating. That’s not all, when you can’t seem to get the fire going as strongly as you’d like, you’re likely having chimney airflow issues that need sorting. Sometimes, a good old clean is all it needs, but be careful about lighting too many fires when the smoke can’t clear, as this will be a health hazard.


  1. Poorly Ventilated Rooms


It’s easy to forget about opening little windows around the home to keep the air flowing – especially when it’s cold outside. However, when you’re not ventilating your rooms, you may find that mold and mildew tends to set in! This can then really affect your health, and it can cause issues with the structure of your home too. So open those windows and if you do have some mold and mildew setting in, get a professional in to remove it and reinforce the walls.


  1. Faulty Locks


When your find that one of your main entrance doors is having a few problems locking properly, you always think that you’ll get it looked at – but you really do have to do this now! If you leave it, you may risk a break in. Securing your home is incredibly important if you want to keep your family and possessions safe.


  1. Faulty Electrics


Finally, you should always look to be weary of faulty electrics. If you ever notice that fuses seem to blow frequently, or you’re having electrical issues with any plug or appliances around the home, call in your electrician. It’s important that you get these taken care of as soon as possible so that no fires are caused as a result.

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Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat


If you’re aiming to get big, you need to know the right formula so you don’t end up gaining too much fat. This is the trickiest part of getting bulk: you need to find a workout that will allow you to build muscle, burn fat, encourage muscle growth and recovery and decrease fat gain. Finding that sweet spot is not easy and is different for everyone, but here are some of the main points you have to follow.

Say no to alcohol

This is an advice as old as time, and yet, not many people seem to follow it. Taking alcohol while bulking (even if you take the right supplements) will tamper with your protein synthesis and it will take you much longer to get back on schedule. The hangover and the general effect of alcohol will slow down the muscle recovery and it will prevent you from giving your all in the gym. Additionally, alcohol is full of calories and can cause increased fat storage, especially around the gut. So, if you’re trying to see real progress and build muscles and not fat, you should stay away from booze.

Hold your horses!

If you’re used to doing cardio every day (which is great for your heart and lungs), you might actually be harming your bulking progress. Over-exercising can destroy your metabolism, so try to take it easy with cardio; otherwise, you can find it really hard to add muscle mass and keep fat at bay. Exercising always produces adrenaline, but too much of it will cause over-saturation that can make some of your organs feel sluggish. This will slow down your metabolism and boost fat accumulation. Additionally, it can also cause your supply of testosterone to get smaller, and testosterone is highly necessary for muscle growth and recovery.

Have a proper form

One of the classic mistakes people make when bulking is lifting too much weight. However, muscle gains are really made when your muscles are already stretched out. That means you should focus on form, especially “on the way down”. Here’s an example: when bench pressing, keep the weight up for 2-3 seconds and try to slow down on your way down. Make this portion of the movement last for about 5-7 seconds. Try to do same when doing squats, curls and pull-ups.

Pick the right supplements

Supplements are great—they improve your performance and allow you to shed fat and gain muscles more easily. However, don’t think that more pills automatically mean more muscles. Getting the right type of quality pre-workout supplements and hitting the gym hard will give you the best results. Don’t concentrate on supplements so much that you neglect your workouts!

Be careful with carbs

A little excess of protein will not make a huge damage to your body, but too many carbs will eventually become fat. But you need carbs to grow! They create fuel for your body, they enhance post-workout recovery and keep your cortisol levels low so the stress doesn’t destroy your body. So, how can you find that golden ratio and get enough carbs, but not too much? Most professional bodybuilders and personal trainers advise loading up on carbs after the workout. This is the ideal way to gain muscles and keep fat from accumulating.

Keep track of your progress

If you’re serious about your muscle gain, you have to keep track of your progress ON PAPER! If you can memorize all your measurements and training statistics, then congrats—you’re a genius, but most of us can’t do that. Writing things down is your safest bet. Putting the numbers of your reps and your weight on paper will increase your chances of reaching your goal. Pro tip: sharing your goal on social media and talking about it with your friends will additionally increase your motivation.

Get enough sleep

Catching enough ZZZs is super important during bulking. If you don’t get 7 or 8 hours a night, you can seriously set yourself back and put your progress in jeopardy. Sleep will recharge your metabolism and optimize your body for fat loss!

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll manage to gain muscles and avoid getting fat. You’ll also feel full of energy, both in the gym and out of it, and ready to give 100% towards reaching your dream body.

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Ways to Defuse When Life Becomes Too Much

By, Tia Cristy

Ways to Defuse When Life Becomes Too Much

The hustle and bustle of life gets to all of us at some point. It doesn’t matter what your priorities are whether it’s the job, kids, relationships, finances, pets, etc. Sometimes, any and all of it can be overwhelming and frustrating causing you to feel stressed. Here’s a few proven options to defuse before you derail.

Reduce Multitasking

Multitasking was taught to be a good thing, but some studies have recently shown the overload it can put onto the brain when already experiencing stress. Misfires in the brain cause anxiety and depression. Stop the chances of this by taking a step back when you can. Allocate time for each project or priority instead of trying to do them all at the same time. Here’s an example of multitasking without multitasking—laundry. You put a load of clothes in the washer. Well, you’re not going to sit and stare at the machine until it’s done. However, there’s a timer on when you can jump back onto that task and switch the clothes into the dryer. Here’s a bad example of multitasking—making important, yet unrelated, phone calls while paying the bills. It causes the mind to drift into too many directions. A great tip to keep you on track is to set an alarm on your phone, if you must.

Make Time for Yourself, Make Time for Others

Feeling like you’re being pulled into every direction and not having time to take care of yourself can damage your self-esteem as well as your heath. I always say, we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others properly. We can try, but it might not be our best they’ll receive. But with that in mind, don’t go all selfish, and forget about others. Not making time for others can lead to guilt, depression, anxiety, etc. You need to maintain a healthy balance on the time you allot for self and others. Sometimes you will find the perfect way to balance both at the same time, like a spa day with the girls or a sporting event with the boys. The most important thing is to not spread yourself too thin.

Feed Yourself. Feed Your Brain

It’s true if you aren’t eating right, you might be lacking in some serious nutrients you need to maintain a healthy mind. I commend those that have restricted diets like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. However, remember those diets can result in a lack for certain vitamins that can affect your brain-power. When on special diets it’s necessary to consult with a nutritionist to see if you must add supplements into your diet so you can continue to feed your brain.

Another way to feed your brain beyond supplements is to take time out to read a book, do a puzzle, play games. A lot of folks turn to their phones and fall into the social media time warp. This is not the best use of feeding your brain. Drama and negativity has been shown to reduce positive brain functions which can result in causing more stress and depression. So, I’m not saying to stop social medias. I’m saying, don’t get trapped into the pitfalls of misery looking for company that can cross your newsfeeds. And regardless of the many inspirational quotes your come across, don’t let it swallow your time. Most people feel guilty for not accomplishing something due to spending too much time on their social pages. Set an alarm for that task too, if you must.

Not Enough Time in the Day for Doctors

Making time for check ups and appointments is totally important. Think of yourself just as important as your vehicle. If your car needed a checkup, you’d make it happen. So, you need to do it for yourself too. The last thing most of us want to do is take time off for a dentist or a physician, but we eventually will, …at some point. However, overworked, overstressed people aren’t making time for mental health. It’s a serious epidemic in the country and we need to be more diligent in our brain health. In our fast paced society of phone accessible, why not try a therapy app like Talkspace. Taking a moment out of your week to clear your mind with a professional might be just what you need.


Speaking of talking, make sure you communicate with your spouse or partner if you are feeling stressors. Communicating with loved ones can relieve some of the pressure you are carrying on your own. If pressures in life a work build, be sure to defuse for a moment. It can be as simple as going for a walk as a family while leaving the overwhelming messes behind for twenty-minutes. If you need alone time, take a bath, grab a cup of coffee or take an hour and a half to watch that light-hearted movie. There’s always something to do in the day that we feel needs to be done. However, there is only one you, so treat yourself and your mind right. You do this, and you’ll be able to see the important things more clear.

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7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

Skating is a sport that is mainly done for fun by many people. However, there are people who also do skating as a career. Skating is a sport that was formerly done on ice alone. However, advancing times and technology led to several forms of skating like hard surface, snow and ice skating, with each having several subdivisions. In addition to being a fun activity for both the skaters and the spectators, skating has several other benefits. It helps in boosting the body metabolism, and also loss of excess weight and fat accumulation in the body.

Here are the 7 Fitness benefits of skating:

  1. It helps in burning down of calories

It is general knowledge that you have to burn down more calories than your daily consumption of calories to enable faster weight loss. There are other exercises that people do like running and jogging that are aimed at losing the excess body fat. However, this may be very tiresome especially if you are not used to too much running. Skating is a cardiovascular exercise. It causes the heart to pump faster and hence faster metabolism. It is also a fun way to lose the extra pounds.

  1. Skating allows you to build up your muscles faster

Skating is very efficient increasing the body muscles in areas that count like the abs, thighs, calves and even the glutes. This helps because you do not have to go to the gym every day to lift weights so that you can build up your muscle. It can also help you to replace the use of the adjustable dumbbells that are recommended for build-up of muscle with a more fun activity.

  1. It helps you to improve your balance

This may appear naturally to some people but other people have to put in some effort to achieve balance. Balance affects the posture of the body when you are doing activities like walking and standing. Having good balance allows you to use less energy to do these simple activities and therefore get tired less often. Poor posture can sometimes lead to back pain which will require sleeping in a good mattress to correct.

  1. It helps to prevent heart disease

Several conditions that affect the heart including heart attack and stroke can be avoided by doing aerobic exercises frequently. This helps to strengthen the heart and prevent it from being susceptible to these diseases. Skating has been known to increase the rate at which the heart beats easily. This is done by increasing the skating speed especially during competitions. Skating can raise the heartbeat to a very fast rate of 180 beats per minute.

  1. Diabetes control

This is also caused by poor lifestyle and poor diet. The recommended control of this disease is regular cardiovascular exercises. Skating is one of the leading cardiovascular exercises that can be done every day. You do not also require too much skating time every day, 30 minutes is enough. Skating also helps to relieve stress, strengthen the bones and heart and reducing blood sugar levels in the body. Another activity that can help reduces stress in playing ukulele.

  1. It helps to give you more body power

Skating allows most of your body muscles to work out since it is a full work-out routine for your body. It is able to engage all the muscles in your body without any risk of accidents and injuries to the muscles. It is also a strength training exercise that ensures your body is strong and able to resist diseases easily. It promotes stronger bones and reduces the risk of getting fractures and other related bone diseases even as you advance in age.

  1. It allows you to be happy

Aside from the physical happiness, the sport is able to get rid of the bad hormones and replace them with the good ones, which are responsible for stimulating happiness. Being an athlete also requires you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, replacing fats and sugar with eating high fiber food also causes you to have an athletic body which is a source of happiness.

In addition to being a fun activity that is mostly done during the winter, skating has many advantages to the body. Due to its positive effects in helping to reduce stress, preventing diabetes and heart diseases, muscle build-up and even burning up of calories, skating is one of the most beneficial sports for the body.

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Mental Health Problems That Are More Common Than You Think

Mental Health Problems That Are More Common Than You Think

Often mental health problems aren’t talked about as much as physical ones. This perhaps because of the stigma that surrounds them, as well as the culture of blame on the individual that can be associated with such disorders. However, there are many mental health problems that numerous people, meaning they are a lot more common than you would think. Something that we all need to realize more to get help ourselves and support loved one going through them. With that in mind read on to find out about the most common mental health conditions and their treatment below.


Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder is a mental health issue that affects millions of people in the US. When folks are suffering from this disorder, they have extreme moods, meaning the can be very up and seemly happy or very low down in the depths of depression. For some people, this mood shift takes time to occur, while others that have a rapidly cycling form of the condition go through mood changes very quickly.


There are treatments for bipolar available though that can help manage the condition including medications, CBT therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques. These treatments being designed to help the sufferer cope with the mood swings and make wise choices despite what their biological self may be insisting on.




Addiction is another very common mental health problem that affects millions worldwide. Some people may not even realize that they are addicted to a substance as so many are socially acceptable in different cultures, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and overeating.


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However, there are substances that are illegal and taboo that people still get addicted to such as crystal meth. This s a powerful stimulant that can cause havoc in the mind and body. Something that means if you are concerned a loved one is using this drug then it is important to educate yourself by reading articles like this post on warning signs of crystal meth abuse and compare the symptoms with what they are displaying. Then if your fears are confirmed, you can help them to seek treatment for this. An action that is likely to improve their quality of life as well as ensuring that they live longer too.




OCD is an anxiety condition that over 2% of the population suffer from. Many people associated it with cleaning and checking things, but it can be centered on many different topics such as responsibility, and symmetry.


The primary concern in OCD is referred to as the obsession, and the compulsions are actions that that suffers does to relieve them. Some of these will be physical such as excessive hand washing, but others will be purely mental or even cause sufferers to avoid certain situations in which they will get triggered. An action that can have a massive effect on their life.


Luckily, there is now a standard treatment for OCD and its CBT including ERP or exposure response prevention. This includes re-assessing this issue as a worrying problem and the sufferer deliberately exposing themselves to situations that raise anxiety so they can learn to cope with them better.

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Dealing With a Breakup: Five Different Ways to Cope

Dealing With a Breakup: Five Different Ways to Cope

Breakups are rarely ever a happy thing. Unless they happen mutually and you both become great friends afterwards (it’s more common than you think!), you’re probably going to go through a tough time of feeling hopeless, useless and generally depressed. However, there are plenty of different ways to get over a breakup and in this article, we’re going to be explaining five different methods to cope.


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  1. Find a creative outlet to express your emotions


Ever wonder why so many popular singers perform songs about breakups? Simple; because getting creative is a great outlet to express your emotions. Whether you write, sing, dance or paint, getting creative is a good distraction that can help you release some of your emotions.


  1. Find a way to get your ex back


Thanks to programs like Brad Browning’s book and just general advice that is all over the internet, more and more people are interested in getting their former lovers back. While it might seem like a terrible idea for some people, getting back with an ex-partner can actually have some great benefits. For instance, you’ll both learn what went wrong in a relationship, you’ll have time to mature and make things work again and it’s possible that you just need time apart. However, it’s good to remember that you could just be in the denial or bargaining stage of your grief, so give yourself some time before you consider this option.


  1. Find a new hobby to take your mind off it


Hobbies are a fantastic way to keep your mind off your breakup. Perhaps you could take up exercises like jogging or you could go to the gym as a way to get fit, or maybe you could learn a creative art and combine this tip with the first one. There are plenty of ways to take your mind off the breakup, and it all starts with finding a new hobby to distract yourself.


  1. Remind yourself there are more opportunities in life


It’s cliché to say it, but there are always other opportunities in the future. Whether it’s focusing on your career instead of splitting your time between a relationship and your commitments or finding a new partner that understands you better, there will always be other opportunities in life and the breakup you’re experiencing now doesn’t have to be something that lingers in your mind forever.


  1. Do things that you enjoy


It can be hard to get excited about something after a breakup. Things that you used to love such as hanging out with friends, cooking or even going for a walk can feel like a chore. Instead of feeling depressed all the time and sitting at home, remind yourself that there are plenty of things that can bring joy to your life. The hardest part is pulling yourself together and giving yourself the strength to get outside and continue living your life and doing the things you love.

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4 Tell Tale Signs That Your Relationship May Be Ending

4 Tell Tale Signs That Your Relationship May Be Ending

Breaking up is hard to do, or so Neil Sedaka would have us believe. Any relationship that ends, whether amicably or in a shouty mess is traumatic for everyone involved. You may have been devoted to the same person for years, only to witness the foundations of your bond crumbling. Trying to maintain an amicable end to a relationship is ridiculously hard, even for the most friendly of exes. Breaking up is intense, emotional and bittersweet. Although this may be a mutual decision, there will always be one person in the relationship who initiated the ‘break up’ thought. If this wasn’t you, it could be even tougher to go your separate ways.


Often we are caught in a state of flux with our relationship becoming more volatile alongside periods of breaking up and then making up. While the making up can be a lot of fun, the roller coaster motion of the relationship can be emotionally draining and is unsustainable. Something’s got to give. Take a look at these signs that may show you that your relationship is ending.


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  1. Things Are Stagnant


Often when we are the throes of young love or feel the initial flames of a burning passion, relationships can progress quite naturally. You may begin dating before spending more and more time together. You might introduce one another to family and friends. You move in together, and then, that’s it. For many couples, this suffices, and they build upon the foundation of their relationship with shared experiences and become closer. However, for other people, they hanker after marriage and children. Unless spoken about early on in a relationship, one party could be in for a rude awakening when they realize that their partner is not interested in a piece of paper or becoming a parent.


The feeling of being stagnant and going nowhere in a relationship can be crushing. You may have been tactile initially and enjoyed one another’s company. If nowadays you spend your evenings sat on separate sofas glued to a smartphone or tablet screen with barely an utterance between you, it may be time to reassess your relationship. If you want different things from your partner, you need to end the relationship sooner rather than later. The fear of being single shouldn’t keep you tied to an unfulfilling relationship.


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  1. Their Cute Habits Are Not Anything But


Remember when you first met your partner and they had the sweetest sniffly sort of giggle? Now that noise that emanates from their face every time they find something funny is driving you crazy. Or do you remember when your partner used to leave you sweet love notes in the oddest of places for you to find around your home? Now all you do is wince at the amount of paper litter dotted around your humble abode. If those traits that your partner has no longer give you the warm butterfly feelings that they once did, you may be outgrowing the relationship.


If you have been with your partner for a long time or you have even walked down the aisle and said ‘I do,’ it can be hard to make the break. However, firms like USAttorneys are on hand to give you impartial advice on the legalities of divorce, home ownership and assets. While the emotional side of breaking up can be testing, the practical and financial aspect cannot be overlooked.


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  1. You Seek Time Apart


Often the first sign that we no longer want to be in a relationship is our newfound ability to find any excuse not to spend time with our partner. We may head out for dinner with friends a little more often, decline the offer of dates a little more or choose to spend a night in alone with a good movie and a tub of ice cream rather than spending it with your supposed loved one. If nearly all other eventualities are more appealing than spending time with your partner, don’t fall into the trap of ghosting. This is unpleasant and unkind. Sit down with your boyfriend or girlfriend and make the break. This is easier to do if you haven’t made any sort of long-term commitment such as buying a house together or marriage. In any case, you need to talk. Unless they are in complete denial, they will know that something is awry and possibly has been for some time. Your partner may simply be waiting for you to signal the break to allow you both to carry on with your lives.


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  1. One Of You Is More Into The Other


While you may not be a commitment-phobe, the fact that your partner professed their undying love for you a fortnight after you first met may be enough for you to call a halt to the whole thing. At the same time, if you are the one who has been struck by Cupid’s arrow early on, it can be difficult to hold down your true feelings. You don’t want to appear clingy or needy when you have only been on a couple of dates. If it’s impossible to slow the relationship train down, one of you will become more emotionally invested than the other which can lead to a traumatic breakup. When someone feels suffocated in a relationship, that relationship will not end up being a long one.


Sit down with your partner, talk about your feelings and make an effort to take things slowly. If the next day you find a dozen roses at your door or find that your partner has lined up some apartments for you to view to potentially move in together, it’s time to break up.


Relationships, especially those that you thought would last forever, can be difficult to end when you have to wave goodbye to a future that you thought you had planned out. However, it’s better and healthier for all involved to make a clean break rather than make do and wallow in an unhappy relationship. For your own sanity and health, be single for a while, date when you want and enjoy getting to know yourself again.

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Warts and all Airbnb review – What You need to Know

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Warts and all Airbnb review – What You need to Know


Almost ten years since it hit the market in 2008, Airbnb has become a staple for lodging services in the modern global society. Travelers, tourists, businessmen and women from all around the world are using Airbnb as a means to experience modern travel in a unique way from what was considered to be the norm, much to the chagrin of hotel chains.

If you are unfamiliar with how Airbnb works, and whether you should give this popular network a whirl, here are the pros and cons of Airbnb that will put your mind at ease and allow you to make the best possible decision in terms of money, accommodation, and experience. Let’s dig in.

Pro: a travel experience

Firstly, while Airbnb hosts a wide variety of demographic, it is important to note that it is primarily centered on travelers. But who is a traveler? A traveler can be anyone, and it can be a very unique persona, it all depends on the nature of your trip.

If you are a tourist, looking to experience the pampering that hotel chains offer, then Airbnb might not be the thing for you. However, if you are looking to imbue your mind, body and soul with different cultures, customs and the local way of life, then look no further.

Because you are staying in an apartment or a house, devoid of any management or room service (apart from what the host provides) you will be instantly thrown into the center of the local community, and their way of life. This is truly a unique experience, one which more and more people are opting for.


Con: non-professional hosting

Bear in mind that the majority of hosts are not professionals, as in they lack the training and experience of say a hotel manager. While there are extraordinary hosts on the platform with stellar reviews and recommendations, and while the quality of service is increasing across the board with each passing year, there is always a possibility that you will run into a host that is a bit unprofessional.

Fortunately though, unprofessional hosts are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Property management around the world, most notably the growing Airbnb property management in Sydney, has brought professionalism into private lodging that now rivals that of the finest hotels. With the rise of property management, travelers can rest assured that they will have an amazing stay.


Pro: cheaper than a hotel

Why do hotel chains twitch at the mention of Airbnb, you ask? Because not only does private accommodation offer freedom and a unique travel experience, it’s also cheaper than paying for a hotel room. This makes Airbnb an excellent choice for those traveling on a budget.

However, bear in mind that Airbnb hosts lodging options of every kind, from cheap rooms to luxurious houses, so there is something for everyone. If you have some extra cash to spend, you can definitely experience luxury on your travels using Airbnb.

Con: misleading photos

There is always a possibility that the accommodation is not the same as it was presented on the website, however, given the fact that Airbnb has strict rules and penalties for such cases, it’s less of an occurrence with each passing year. Be sure to communicate with the host and read all of the reviews before placing your reservation in order to avoid such situations.


Pro: your own place

Finally, the thing that is amazing about Airbnb and the thing that millions of people from around the world love, is the fact that you get to be in “your” own place, at least for the duration of your stay.

While hotel rooms are predominantly stale and mundane, often devoid of any personality or ambiance, private accommodation is usually rich in culture, personality, and has a unique flair. There is nothing quite like staying at a place that is meant to accommodate real people, as opposed to a hotel room with a bed and a minibar.

Airbnb is certainly not a platform without its quirks that need to be looked at, but it sure is a fun and inexpensive way to travel. Hopefully, these pros and cons gave you the information you need to make your next journey as pleasant and unforgettable as possible.

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It Doesn’t Have To Be A Bitter Pill! The Supplements Your Man Should Be Taking

It Doesn’t Have To Be A Bitter Pill! The Supplements Your Man Should Be Taking


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You might show concerns about your family’s health every step of the way, but have you taken the time to consider what aspects of your partner’s health need examining? If you’ve got a hubby who is, like so many men, afraid of going to the doctor, a major health condition or worse could be right around the corner. So, instead of getting to that point, it might be best to encourage them to take the right supplements. What are the best ones as men age?



Not typically mentioned in the roster of essential supplements. But for men, where prostate cancer is one of the, if not the most common cancer, boron supplements will help to prevent the development of prostate cancer. Men with the highest rate of boron in their bodies are 65% less likely to develop prostate cancer. In addition to this, it’s beneficial for concentration and memory.



As men age, their hormone levels start to go awry. As testosterone provides many of the essential functions in men, including strength, they can take a testosterone supplement, or for general hormone deficiency, there are herbs like Tongkat Ali and offshoots like Eurycomanone. You can buy Eurycomanone easily online. But as men age, their testosterone levels drop, and it’s vital that men keep their levels up.



We’ve all heard by now how omega-3 is essential for overall health. Its biggest benefit is for protecting your heart. As omega-3 fatty acids keep your blood pressure under control, this will help your heart beat regularly. You can get your fill of omega-3 from oily fish such as mackerel or salmon, or you can purchase an omega-3 supplement easily over the counter.



As men get older, cartilage in the joints wears away. If your man likes to go running or put his body under a lot of pressure, this cartilage will wear away after time. Various supplements include glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin, which form a powerhouse trio in protecting your joints. If you want to go the long way round in protecting your joints, you can join the bone broth bandwagon, and make soups and stews, using the bones of grass-fed animals, which releases collagen. It is also great for your skin, as it promotes its elasticity.



Creatine in high doses is not that good. And there are many concerns about the side effects of prolonged use, but creatine in small doses isn’t just fantastic for boosting muscle, but it’s fantastic for the mind. There are various creatine supplements available, and if your man works out, then it’s a very beneficial substance to have in the short term.


If the man in your life refuses to go to the doctor, then it’s so important that you get them the most important supplements for overall body and brain composition. But, if you notice long-term problems, it’s vital that they go to the doctor. As far as maintaining day-to-day health is concerned, supplements are great, but they still need medical help where necessary.

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Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them


Even though physical activity is the best thing you can do for your body, when you are not being careful, many bad things can happen. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a rookie, you still have a chance to get injured.

When it comes to injuries themselves, there are countless types and variations, but still, some parts of our body are simply more prone to damage than others.

And in the sea of countless sports injuries, here is the list of the most common ones along with the ways to treat them.

Strained hip flexor

Hip flexors are actually the muscles on the upper front side of thighs. Their main functions are lifting knees towards the trunk and assisting with moving legs toward and away from each other. These muscles can become weak in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting and have a poor posture while sitting.

Sports injuries to this muscle are usually caused by sprinting, inclined running and other activities that involve quick turns and sudden starts.

Symptoms include pain while raising the leg, while climbing stairs or getting out of the car, as well as running. Bruising in the front of upper thighs and groin may also occur.

The best way to treat a strained hip flexor is rest and icing for approximately 20 minutes at a time for the first 72 hours. After those first days of recovery, it is time to apply heat for 20 minutes followed by laying down and gently sliding heels and stretching hip flexor.

If symptoms, pain and limited movement are still present after two weeks, you should make an urgent visit to the doctor’s office.

Torn or strained ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is the major kneel stabilizing ligament. The most common cause of ACL injury is slowing down and trying to pivot, cut or change direction. When ligaments inside the knee are torn, consequences can be severe. 

Common ACL tear symptoms are instability when walking or turning corners, and increased swelling in the knee. However, even though a light strain or tear can be healed with the help of ice and rest, complete tear requires surgery and a couple months of recovery with a very aggressive physical therapy regimen.

Pulled groin

This is also called a groin strain. The groin muscles run from the inner thigh right above the knee up to the upper inner thigh. They pull our legs together, and can be injured when performing quick side-to-side movements. The injured person will notice difficulty with lateral movements such as getting in and out of the car, as well as bruising and tenderness in the inner thigh or groin.

Treatment includes rest and icing for 20 minutes periodically during the first three days, and heat after those three days, followed by gentle and proper stretching and range motion exercises.

Shin Splints

The most common symptom of a shin splint is pain in tibia – the lower leg bone. Usually, athletes that participate in activities that involve a lot of running (such as soccer players) are the ones who get this injury.

The best way to treat a shin splint is icing, rest and gradually increasing all running activities. Shoes with a quality support also play a major role here.


This is actually a back pain that can travel down the back of your leg and even your feet. The feeling can be associated with burning, numbness and tingling down the leg. It is usually seen in athletes who are often in a flexed forward posture, like cyclists, and ones that perform a lot of trunk rotation like golf and tennis players do. The pain itself can be caused by a pinched nerve or a bulging disc.

To alleviate the symptoms, try laying on your stomach or stretching your back and hamstrings. And if the pain persists for more than two weeks, seek medical assistance.

Strained hamstring

Hamstrings are muscles located on the back of the thighs. Unfortunately, they can get tight, and are susceptible to strain and injury (pulled muscle). One of the biggest causes is definitely improper stretching and lack of stretching.

This can be treated with icing and rest in early phases, followed by gentle stretching and overall strengthening in order to prevent another injury. If the pain lasts longer than two weeks, the athlete should turn to physical therapy or ultrasound treatments.

Golf or tennis elbow

This injury is usually seen in athletes who perform many gripping activities, just like golf and tennis players – hence the name. Due to strong and repetitive action, forearm tendons become inflamed and make lifting things, making a grip, opening the door, shaking hands and raising your hand or straightening your wrist very painful. Athletes also complain that their grip is weak.

Doctors treat this with anti-inflammatory medications and braces, in order to take the pressure away from the area and prevent further injuries. Stretching techniques applied by a physical or occupational therapist can also break down that stiffness and build strength gradually.

Cracked tooth

Believe it or not, but according to American Dental Assistants’ Association, every year around 5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries and probably the most common of them is a cracked tooth.

Cracked tooth happens when a player sustains a sudden blow to the face. Symptoms include a sharp pain when biting down, constantly present tooth pain, especially when eating and drinking, and losing a section of the outer enamel shell. However, this injury isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and a person may not even experience any pain, so there is another reason for doing dental checkups regularly.

When it comes to treating it, it depends entirely on the dentist, but when it comes to preventing it, wearing custom dental sports mouthguards during a boxing, or any full contact sport session is mandatory.

The concussion is the injury to the brain due to the head trauma when the brain is shaken or jarred. Concussions are extremely serious and should never be taken lightly. An athlete who experiences this injury should immediately seek help of a professional who has experience in treating concussions.

Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, slurred speech, light sensitivity and delayed response to questions.

Common treatment involves rest with the minimal mental or physical stress. 

Just because there is a risk of getting hurt, doesn’t mean you should now give up on doing sports. However, just like everything else in life, you have to be smart about it. Never forget to stretch, wear quality sports gear, and you won’t have to worry about anything.

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