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May
07

Best Music to Listen to While Working

I love listening to music. It helps me unwind, and it is something I really enjoy. However, when I tried to listen to my favorite tunes while I was busy working on my computer, I noticed that the words of the songs I was listening to had a way of worming into my brain, and caused me to make mistakes. Then I realized that I had to search for another kind of music, if I wanted to be able to do both things at the same time.

 

I knew from some articles I read a while ago that music can help you be more productive. I even read about the Mozart effect (although some scientists say that its benefits are not as important as some people like to think). I would not go as far as thinking that listening to classical music can make you smarter, but, after I searched through various tracks, tunes, selections and so on, I found one that is just to my liking. Here is the link to YouTube:

First of all, it is just instrumental, so that really helps me a lot when I work on my computer. There is no scrambling, no annoying noise to keep my thoughts from flowing. Second of all, I know that it is a well tried recipe. The guy making the music is a medical school student and he uses it when studying. A lot of people love his music, too, and that must count for something.

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I noticed quite an important increase in my productivity once I started listening to this type of music. Classical music always works, but be aware that not all the great composers will put you in a good mood for studying or working. Mozart is, indeed, the king, and Bach is the greatest when it comes to music that can uplift you and keep your mind alert. However, I would not recommend anything that is too dark or depressing. So, no funeral marches for me, thank you very much! You will just end up wanting to cry for no reason (I hope you know I exaggerate a bit, but still, that is not the kind of music to listen to, when you want to keep going).

 

From my experience, I also recommend listening to music that includes sounds of nature, because it is very peaceful and relaxes your brain, so that you can continue working without having to take as many breaks. I hope you find all this information useful!

 

 May 7th, 2016  
 Sean  
 Music  
   
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Apr
22

Some Great Free WordPress Themes

WordPress is the most widespread platform for bloggers and it is very easy to use. The great thing about it is that using it is completely free, and getting a free theme makes creating a blog, a personal website or an online portfolio quite an affordable endeavor. There are few great free themes that work like a charm for blogs and personal sites. Here is my selection.

 

Origin

 

Origin is a free WordPress theme ideal for the type of blog where there is a lot of written text. If you are a blogger with a passion for various things, and you want to share them all with the world, you will find this theme to be quite convenient to use. It is very elegant and it keeps things organized, so that your readers will have a great time while visiting your blog. The articles are displayed in a single column, so the general aspect will be tidy and neat. The theme allows you to make a stylish intro to each of your articles, so the readability factor is high.

 

Hatch

 

In case what you are after is a theme for an online portfolio, a great choice would be Hatch. Just like an egg waiting to hatch, your talent and inspiration will be showcased through your works in a very fashionable and fascinating manner. The 12 image grid will offer visitors an instant idea about your vision. A main image, one that you consider representative for your work, can be displayed on top of the page. For photographers, graphics artists and any type of visual artists, this theme is great because it manages to accommodate a lot of content on the same page.

 

Optimizer

 

Optimizing your website or blog to best serve your purposes is important, and Optimizer is a WordPress theme capable of offering you exactly that. You can fiddle with plenty of options, so you can make your website according to the minutest details, just how you want it. Ideal for creating a personal blog, a portfolio showcase, or a website offering services, Optimizer is the kind of multi-purpose theme that many people like. The design of the theme is responsive, so your website will look great on any device, be it mobile or not. It is also retina ready, so you will absolutely love its crispiness and cleanliness that will be maintained regardless of the resolution on the user’s device.

 April 22nd, 2016  
 Sean  
 Themes  
   
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Mar
19

How Much Can You Save by Eating at Home?

In the latest articles, I shared with you some methods of making a favorite food healthier, to make possible enjoying such foods completely guilt free. In today’s post, I would like to talk about an issue that many people are facing today: spending too much money on eating out. By choosing to eat at home, you can end up with plenty of money in your pocket, but the question is: how much can you really save by eating at home?snacks

When I thought about saving money by eating at home, the first thing I did was to write down everything I bought as food and drinks when outside the home. And I am talking about everything. You would be surprised to see how much money you can end up spending on snacks and diet cokes alone. While they may not seem like real food – which they aren’t – they still go inside your belly, and they still cost you money, and added up, you can easily see that you can spend quite a lot of money on trifle things like this.

fruits-vegetablesAnother thing I did was starting to go shopping for groceries on scheduled days. And, when I do that, I try to get in bulk as much as possible. Fruits and veggies are available in both fresh and canned format, and if you get enough ingredients for fill your pantry and your refrigerator for an entire week, you will notice that you will spend less money every day.

Here is another tip I have adopted and I am sticking to, in order to save money by cooking at home: I have a scheduled menu for the entire week. Although this may sound a bit too boring and too predictable, the truth is that I save a lot of time by knowing exactly what to cook and how to cook. Secondly, I cook food for 2 or 3 days so that I do not have to spend a lot of time cooking every day.

So, you may still wonder how much money can be saved by eating at home? According to my calculations, in a year, the savings amount can range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars. As anything in life, eating out is more of a habit than anything else, and you can drop it, as you would any bad habit that you know it is wrong and bad for your health and for your finances.

I hope this post motivates you to start cooking at home and saving money on the long run.

 March 19th, 2016  
 Sean  
 Gourmet  
   
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Mar
07

Can your favorite dish be healthy?

Oftentimes, enjoying my favorite food just won’t be possible if I am to stick to healthy eating habits. With quesadilla being my all-time favorite food, my resolution to observe healthy eating this year may need to be shelved for the nth time. Thankfully, I found this healthy quesadilla recipe that uses unique ingredients supplemented with healthy and light substitutes so I won’t have to sacrifice on the intense flavors I really love. Quick and easy to follow, this awesome Spicy Chicken Quesadilla recipe provides me that spicy Mexican-inspired flavor to make it a convenient go-to dinner time meal I can make in no time. I can even just forego the pickled jalapeno peppers to make a kid-friendly treat!quesadilla

Oh, and of course, this recipe won’t be prepared the best way without a good quesadilla maker, which I was lucky to track down thanks to the valuable information I found on this cool site.

Like I said, the ingredients are healthy. I start with a cup of chopped boneless and skinless rotisserie chicken breast. quesadilla2I combine that with ¼ cup of unsalted canned black beans that I first rinse and drain before this step. I add ⅓ cup refrigerated fresh salsa to the first two ingredients. Salsa is chock full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, which is great for gum disease. I add ¼ cup of frozen kernel corn that I thaw beforehand and add this to the other ingredients. The last ingredient to go into the mixture is 1.5 tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapenos, which, as I said earlier, can be left out if you are serving this healthy quesadilla to your kids. I make sure all the ingredients are incorporated thoroughly into one another. I make it a point to use a medium bowl so there’s enough space to do all the mixing.quesadilla 3

I then divide the chicken mixture into even-sized tortillas, making about four quesadillas in all. I recommend using eight 6-inch flour tortillas for this recipe. I sprinkle cheese evenly on each quesadilla and then top with the four other tortillas. You can always use a large skillet over medium-high heat, but I have found that a premium quality quesadilla maker provides the best results. I cook the quesadillas one by one, and the quesadilla maker I use has always been able to deliver that delightfully golden brown color and fantastic texture I want in an authentic Mexican-style quesadilla. For a more intense flavor, I serve the spicy chicken quesadillas with 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream.

There you have it! A terrific Mexican style quesadilla that won’t add in the pounds but is tops on the flavor meter!

 March 7th, 2016  
 Sean  
 Gourmet  
   
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Feb
24

Fats, friends or foes ?

 

Recently, there are many assumption that fat or oil related with fatness, hearth sickness, hypertention, and high cholesterol causes. Opinion that fat cause health sickness is partly true. But, we need to consider that fat is also needed to our health. Fat provides energy to our body much more than carbohydrate and protein. Besides fat function is as vitamin A, D, E, and K transporter. Fat needed to be bewared of but not to be afraid of.

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To straighten fact or myth about fat, it is better we realized first the various of fat that we eat everyday. There is fat called trans fat. Indirectly, trans fat is what we consume usually, that is when we eat cookies, margarine, fast food, etc. Besides that, there are fat called as saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Saturate fat is a fat, generally, at animal protein. Unsaturated fat contained at some cooking oil products and fish. Fat like omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 is unsaturated fat which during the time have been very popular and have many benefits for health.

However, fat cannot be decided as friend or foe. As prominent nutrient that human needed, fat must be in everyday menu. But, we still must beware of it because over consumption fat will also caused health problem, such as heart sickness, high cholesterol, and fatness.

 

 

Danger of Trans Fat for Health

Till now, we have recognized some food types source of fat, for example cooking oil, margarine, and butter. Fat, as does carbohydrate or protein, hardly required by body as source of energy and vitamin solvent.

At 2001—2002,  total consumption of fat or oil in the world is 92 million metric of ton. Around 29 million metric of ton among comes from soybean oil and 25,4 million metric of ton from palm oil.Both types of the oil are having strength and weakness. Soybean oil contains low saturate fat as source of trans fat.

Meanwhile, palm oil which doesn’t contain trans fat, instead contains relative high saturate fat. Eat pattern with high saturate fat can bother heart health. Some people consider that saturated fat from animal protein is riskier than saturated fat from palm oil or coconut.

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Now, based on recent discovery, trans fat bewared of as one of heart sickness cause. Trans fat issue is still controversy. Trans Fat obtained from partial hydrogenation process of cooking oil which its we know as margarine. Partial hydrogenation is useful for increasing oxidation stability. That makes product not easy causing rancid aroma through oxidation process. Naturally, trans fat also created in mammals gastric, for example cow. So, products like butter or milk contains trans fat about  2—5%.

People say and even well-known specialists Indonesian margarine which made from palm oil doesn’t pass partial hydrogenation process so that doesn’t create trans fat. Indonesian margarine created from emulsion processing and blending (mixture) oil. If margarine made from soybean oil, usually, the process is through partial hydrogenation.Trans Fat found at some food products, such as biscuit with cream filling, multifarious of snack which is delicous or crackers ( usually, at composition is contains shortening), and french fries.
Trans fat can make food texture become soft in mouth or easy to melt, crispy, delicous and delicate. Generally, children likes this foods.

Characteristic of trans fat at food stuff cannot be detected with sense. We can only recognize it through the name (camouflage name) in composition, such as partially hydrogenated vegetables oil, shortening, and hydrogenated fat.

Trans Fat assumed to be riskier than saturate fats. Trans fat has important role in increasing blood cholesterol progressively. Trans fat is often associated with heart sickness or high cholesterol advent.
Starts January 2006, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in America has obliged inclusion of trans fat content in packaging food product. According to them, trans fat content in food product need to be considered as part of information which must be submitted to consumer through packaging lable.

Families must comprehend trans fat and its influence for health. Thereby, they will more careful in choosing food product for children.

 February 24th, 2016  
 Sean  
 Gourmet  
   
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Feb
20

Can You Enjoy Homemade Food as Much as Restaurant Food?

 

With all kinds of eateries spread all over the country, from fast food venues to sophisticated restaurants, many people may ask themselves why they should even bother to cook at home. There are several important benefits that home cooking brings, but you need to learn a few things about it so you can truly enjoy your homemade meals as much as the foods you are eating at a restaurant. Starting with the beginning, a few recipes that are greatly enjoyed by many people are very simple ones, like pizzas, quesadillas and tortillas. They may be the norm in almost every eatery around, but you can make your own at home and have them taste the same, if not better than what you can have in a restaurant.

 

Is it possible to cook amazing food at home?

The answer is, simply, yes. There are just two categories of things you need to cook such simple recipes at home: the right ingredients and the right tools. I have never suspected that you can make a tortilla or a quesadilla at home until I tried some really great kitchen appliances myself. I used to think that a tortilla is the result of someone’s arduous work to make the flat-bread so thin, but after I used a tortilla maker that does the same thing really fast, I am more than pleased with the tortilla recipes I make at home.quesadila

If you are wondering from where you can get ideas for making your own pizzas, tortillas or quesadillas, I suggest trying this cool site. The website is filled with great ideas for homemade recipes that include these popular dishes that you must have thought that can only taste great when made by a professional cook.

 

Simple tips for great homemade cooking

Cooking is not rocket science and the humanity has not always had restaurants and chefs to cook for other people. If you want your homemade cooking to taste just as great as restaurant food, here are a few clever tips you can start using right away.

  • Go for fresh ingredients – canned ingredients may work just fine, but fresh tomatoes can really make your homemade pizza taste just like the ones you usually have at your favoritefood2 pizza place.
  • Go for prime ingredients – do not get skimpy when it comes to cooking for yourself and your family; good quality ingredients make food taste great, and you will also have an easier time getting your recipes right when you are trying them out for the first time.
  • Get creative with spices – a secret of professional cooks working in restaurants is that they do not hesitate to use spices; this does not mean that you should become too generous with the salt, but that you should try various combinations of spices that stimulate the digestion and the appetite, without wrecking havoc in your circulatory system.

 

Benefits

Do not forget that cooking at home can bring you many benefits. You will be in charge of the ingredients and you will know exactly what you are eating, which means you can control the intake of fat, salt and sugar. Plus, you will end up saving quite a bit of money in the process.healthy-eating-benefits

 February 20th, 2016  
 Sean  
 Gourmet  
   
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Dec
16

Why I like Elegant Themes – Their Support – Part 2

 

The only issue I have with the support forum is that they can be slow at times.

The WeaknessesAccessing my account to download themes can sometimes be a pain as I get timed out frequently and need to keep logging back in. I’m sure many other members have experienced this many times too.Some themes have sluggish page load speeds due to large page images that have not been properly compressed or not compressed at all to be at par with Google PageSpeed guidelines.The Verdict

With a theme collection currently standing at 87 themes, Elegant Themes offers a wide range of beautiful themes of exceptional quality. Nick has always favored simplicity and flexibility and this is a constant in all the themes his team has built.
I’ve used many themes of theirs and I’m pretty impressed so far. I like the minimalist approach when it comes to aesthetics and this is the philosophy they use at Elegant Themes. They’ve been around for 5 years now and many other theme companies have come up within the same time to try and compete. But I think Elegant Themes has plenty of room to grow. They just need to polish up a few areas in support, the user experience for registered members, and perhaps work on some of their older themes to bring them up to date with responsive features.

 December 16th, 2015  
 Sean  
 Themes  
   
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Dec
12

Why I like Elegant Themes – part 1

 

I’ve been using themes from Elegant Themes for a while now and they are doing along of things very well, however there are some areas they could improve on.
Here is a summary of their strengths and what I believe are their major shortcomings where Nick and his team need to put a little focus on this year.

The StrengthsVery affordable: Elegant Themes offers three membership plans for their themes – a Personal plan at $69 per year, a Developer plan at $89 per year, and a Lifetime Access plan offered for a one-time fee of $249. All plans give you full access to all the themes in the company’s collection so long as your membership is active. This breaks down to $0.79 per theme on the personal plan, which is basically a steal and very hard to beat.Variety: Over the past five years since Nick setup Elegant Themes, the company has built an impressive catalog of beautiful themes comprising 87 themes in total as of this writing. There is a theme for every genre and you can customize them to suit a variety of uses. Genres include e-commerce, magazine, blog, multimedia, blog, personal, business, and many others. The themes are all well-designed and there are a couple of real standouts. Some themes may require a lot of customization to get the look and functionality you want.

Their latest release is a theme called Divi, released in January 2014. The claim on their website is that it is the most powerful, flexible, and smartest theme they’ve developed to date. I will do a hands-on of Divi and post a full review soon.
Good Support: I know every customer’s experience is different, but I’m generally pleased with the support I get from Elegant Themes. The contact page on their website offers full documentation for every theme as well as a detailed installation guide.

In my experience, all installations I’ve done for clients have gone smoothly. If you need more specialized technical assistance, there is a dedicated support forum where you can post your queries. The support forum is pretty elaborate but easy to use, with several categories representing theme genres so that it is easier for members to submit queries for the right type of theme and duly follow up.

 

 December 12th, 2015  
 Sean  
 Themes  
   
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Nov
19

I simply love Dustin Thomas

 

He is doing some great things along with the guys from Medicine for People

 

 

 November 19th, 2015  
 Sean  
 Music  
   
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