Wednesday, October 18, 2017

4 Things to Do in Jacksonville This Fall

Who doesn’t love the fall? A change of wardrobe, a change of outlook, and a general feeling of warmth and coziness descends at this time of year (or perhaps it’s the promise of hot chocolates and old movies after walks home from work crunching through the leaves). A pretty idyllic, Pinterest-worthy scenario, but that’s not to say everyone’s a wannabe homebody inclined to hibernate indoors as the temperature drops, donning a pair of suitably Hygge knee-high socks and a seasonal read. Indeed, some places don’t experience fall in the same nostalgia-tinted way as, say, those in the cold North East do.
Take Jacksonville, for example. With a climate that doesn’t particularly lend itself to frost, to say the least (quite the opposite, with October’s mercury still reaching to the low 80’s), fall in Jacksonville is less about nestling down and rather about reaping the benefits of extended summer living. The largest city in the continental US, Jacksonville’s 840 square miles offer a multitude of options for visitors, no matter the season, but fall gives those tourists who didn’t manage to indulge in summer pursuits elsewhere another chance to bronze their skin and breathe some fresh, Southern air.
#1 Golf (and Other Sports)
If Jacksonville is known for any sport, it’s golf (though it was also the first city in Florida to host a college football game, back in 1901, and holds a deep pride in its Jaguars; as well as a healthy competitive spirit between its Gators and its Bulldogs in the sports bars, too). A veritable paradise for those who don’t feel whole unless they’re on a green, Jacksonville has almost too many golf courses to count. Almost; there are actually 70 private and public courses in the area, combining in a grand total of over 1,220 holes. These courses are among some of the best in the country and are an absolute must for any golf fanatic worth their sporting handicap. If, however, you don’t know a putter from a driver, Jacksonville also provides an equestrian center and baseball arena, too.
#2 Natural Wonders
If sport itself is not your thing, though, then rest assured Jacksonville still has plenty to offer by way of the outdoors. That lingering climactic temperateness needs must be exploited. To this end, of particular renown are Jacksonville’s wooded hiking trails, its nature preserves, the largest urban park system in the country, and the ability to go kayaking along the region’s many rivers, marshes, and lakes (not forgetting a rather splendid ornamental garden). Jacksonville Beach is only 20 minutes from downtown, as well, and the shore is a perfect spot for watching the sun rise over the Atlantic, for trying one’s hand at a spot of line fishing, or even endeavoring to try some paddle-boarding. This is Florida, after all; no trip would be complete without some sand between the toes and the sun shining down, a warm breeze blowing (along with a few sporadic spots of rain).
#3 The Arts
If, alas, the outdoors isn’t particularly your scene, Jacksonville still won’t disappoint. Turn for indoor cultural comfort in the form of the celebration of human creativity by perusing some of the many galleries and museums (the Museum of Science and History is an option for those keen on fact instead). You can also catch the latest play, a concert, or enjoy some musical theatre – whichever you choose, Jacksonville’s long history with the performing arts (Elvis performed in the city no less than eight times) assures some satisfying entertainment and artistic interest. Further, the first Wednesday of each month sees the city host an Art Walk. Concentrated within a 15-mile radius, the self-guided tour takes in over two dozen galleries offering free admission, together with street artists and other creatives selling their wares along the way. Both fascinating and wonderfully inspiring (be sure to pick up a curio).
#4 Dining Out, Southern Style
Sweet tea, brilliant barbecue, fabulous fried chicken and waffles, not to mention the seafood – Jacksonville is on typically charming Southern form when it comes to its cuisine. Just be sure to avoid the franchises in this foodie destination and instead explore the unique establishments in top culinary areas such as Avondale, San Marco, and Five Points. Refreshingly, when a dish declares itself “locally sourced” or “farm to bar”, that’s the truth in this northern part of Florida. What benefits the city further is its melting pot of cultures, resulting in eclectic tastes and near-endless gastronomic options.

Forget leaf-peeping, this year. Instead, let Jacksonville be your post-summer, subtropical destination for Fall 2017.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The most creative ways to relieve stress and anxiety

We live in a fast paced world that is constantly requiring us to give more and accomplish more to be considered successful. The work environment is constantly requiring one to work harder, longer, and give more effort than ever before. Many companies have chosen to decrease staff and increase the workload of those staff they have chosen to keep. It is no wonder that anxiety and stress is at an all time high creating both mental and physical health complications. It is because of the high stress lifestyle that people are leading that society is always on the lookout for creative ways to relieve stress and anxiety. This article will focus on some ways in which you can relieve stress and anxiety in ways you may not have considered before now.

  1. Meditation. Learning how to meditate can increase one’s overall happiness with life and decrease stress and anxiety. Meditating is a tool that uses the breathe to relax the body. You may think of meditation as something one does in a quiet environment all alone. This may not be possible for you to achieve, but rest assured that there are many ways to meditate and you can do so no matter what type of environment you are in.

  1. Vaping. If you are currently a smoker and use tobacco products to help “take the edge off” after a long day at the office, perhaps consider trying a vape. Vaping is a way that you can enjoy some nicotine or other substances without the negative effects of smoking. Vaping does not bother others around you as it is not producing any smoke and can be viewed as a cleaner practice than smoking. Some are choosing to use CBD vaping products as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. To learn more about the natural product with successful anxiety-reducing results, be sure to check out the CBD Vape Oil Review.

  1. Journaling. The power of writing can be stress relieving and help you work through any feelings of anxiety that you may be experiencing. Journaling provides the opportunity for reflection and allows you to work through deeper issues that may be adding to your stress and anxiety levels. Sometimes putting your feelings on paper can help you feel more in control of the situation and help you identify ways in which you can manage whatever it is that is causing you such negative feelings.

  1. Playing video games. Sometimes it is best to disconnect from the world for a little bit. Whether it is reading or playing video games, disconnecting can allow you time to forget about what is going on in the world around you. Taking time to enjoy a video game can release dopamine in the brain which will help you to feel better and overall happier.

There are many ways that you can practice relieving stress and anxiety in creative ways. Everyone is different so what may work for you might not work for your best friend or spouse. Once you find something that helps you relieve stress and anxiety, be sure to practice it often.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

5 Tips to landing a teaching job in the United Kingdom

Studying abroad at the University or Reading is one of the best things that I have done in my lifetime thus far. If I could do it over again, I likely would not have left the UK. As a lover of history, afternoon high tea, and shopping at Harrod’s, England was a great place for me. Not to mention how convenient and inexpensive it was to travel to other areas of the world. If you are fresh out of college and are looking for a wonderful experience, why not give teaching in the UK a try? If I could go back, I would have searched for a job teaching overseas before settling down to have a family. Did you know that there are plenty of teaching jobs all over the UK available to college graduates and experienced teachers? This article will provide some tips to getting a teaching job in the UK.
  1. Search for jobs. If you are fresh out of college, contact your university career services office as they will be able to direct you to networks they already have in place. This could make finding a job very easy. However, if you are not a recent graduate or your college does not have any networks within the teaching system in the UK, there are many places that you can look online for job openings. Start with a simple Google search or look up teacher placement agencies. You will be able to find job openings and can then make a list of the places that seem interesting to you.
  2. Do research on the schools in which you want to apply. After you have made a list of places to apply, do your research on tehs schools, the district, and their curriculum. Make notes that appeal to you or things that you may have questions about so that you can ask the recruiter if you get called for an interview. When applying for the job, it is a good idea to already have some knowledge of the school or area in which you are applying so that you can demonstrate this in your application.
  3. Prepare your resume and cover letter. In the UK, they will want to see your teaching CV which is a bit more involved than a typical resume that is often used in the United States to apply for jobs. Be sure to read over the application requirements so that you can ensure that you provide the exact information that is needed for the school to process your application and consider you for an interview.
  4. Submit your application. Proofread your application and read over the application requirements before you submit your materials for consideration. A quick way to get tossed out of the applicant pool is to not follow directions or provide everything that was requested of you as a potential candidate. Once you have double or triple checked your materials, you can then submit them with confidence.
Prepare for your interview. While you wait to hear from the school recruiter, continue to brush up your teaching skills as this will help you prepare for your interview.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Tips to practicing self-care regularly

Life is busy and it can be challenging to carve out time in the day to care for yourself. I am the worst at this. I have no problem putting everyone else’s needs ahead of mine and very rarely do I take time for myself. If I do find time for myself, I feel guilty or have regrets because of the long to-do list that I have forever running in my head. No matter how much or how little I have to do, putting myself first is just a huge struggle. When I don’t put myself first, or at least 2nd or 3rd, I notice it in my mood, in how I interact with my family, and an in how I feel about myself. Do you feel this way too? Let’s figure this out together. Here are some of the things that I do to practice self-care regularly. Maybe they will work for you too!
Schedule my week ahead. Every day I have at least one activity dedicated to myself. Whether it be going to spinning class at the athletic club, taking a walk around campus at lunchtime, journaling, or taking time to blog, I am committed to doing something for me. Every. Single. Day. The hardest part for me is making the commitment and being cognizant of it. If I schedule it into my week, I am less likely to cancel my plans or allow something “better” to come up.
  1. Do something special for myself every now and then. While I can’t afford to get a massage every week, I think it is still important to schedule time to get one every few months. I love getting a massage as it loosens up my muscles and always seems to give me a fresh perspective. I feel relaxed and renewed after having a massage. One of the best places to go is massage Glasgow.
  2. Sleep. I LOVE sleep. If I get less than 7 hours a day, I am likely going to be monstrous by evening time. Did I mention that I love sleep? I take naps on the weekends. I like to go to bed at 8:30pm whether we have the kids or not. I notice a huge difference in my mood overall if I have at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I used to not know that sleep mattered that much to me until one day I read the book The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. That book totally changed my perspective and I realized that giving my body down time and the opportunity to rest and recharge was a key aspect of self-care.
  3. Being mindful. Taking time to practice self-care doesn’t have to entail a huge chunk of time. It can be as short as a 5 minute meditation in the morning or in the middle of the day. Meditation helps me clear my mind and be present in the current moment.
  4. Good-bye social media. I made the decision a few years back when I was going through my divorce to cut out social media. I did this because it was making me so depressed. I found that I was constantly comparing my life to others and I didn’t like the “fakeness” that people portray their lives to be amazing when they likely aren’t. I haven’t been back on social media because it is so refreshing not to have it. I do miss keeping in touch with friends and family that are scattered all over the world, but I don’t miss the comparisons and negative feelings. For me, ridding my life of social media was practicing self-care.

Practicing self-care can occur in many ways as your interests and feelings are unique. What do you do to take care of you?

Monday, September 18, 2017

4 Tips to finding the best luxury dental specialist in Los Angeles

I used to live in California and I loved going to the dentist. I had a wonderful dentist and they are truly hard to come by.

Are you looking for a dental care specialist but you’re not sure where to find one? You’ve probably heard some horror stories of customers who went to a dentist only to not get the best service they paid for.

It’s important that you make sure that the dental specialist will be able to deliver the promised service. If you have money to spare, go get the best luxury dental specialist available. Los Angeles will surely have a lot, you just have to sift through the choices and choose one that is best for you.
Check out some of the tips below to find the best dental luxury specialist in Los Angeles. Whether it is to get some braces, dental implants of wisdom tooth extraction, you deserve the best so make sure you will do enough research on the options you have.

1. Get recommendations from friends – it’s best to get the first-hand review from someone you know, that way you are sure with their opinion. The dentists also have their own websites of course, but unless you can find a way to contact their former customers to ask them about the service they received, it would be hard to trust all of the reviews on the website. Ask your friends who have had a procedure similar to the one you want to get. Ask if they were satisfied with their dentist and if there are any complaints that you need to know about.

2. Look through forums on the internet – while you can’t trust everything on the Internet, you can try looking at forums such as Reddit to seek the opinion of netizens. They usually give honest reviews so you can ask around if they know of a dental specialist in the Los Angeles area.

3. Make sure that your options have the proper credentials – first of all, you need to know exactly what procedure you will ask for. There may be many reasons to get the services of a dental care specialist. Take not that dentists also have their own specialties.  Do you need an oral surgeon or an orthodontist? Research on the procedure you want and the type of specialty if would require. When you find a prospective dentist, ask what their specialty is and how long they have been doing it so you can be assured that they have had enough experience to guarantee that they can do a good job.

4. Read up on some articles written by some entertainment magazines – even Hollywood’s top actors recognize the need for the best dental care. There are even some magazines and publications that have listed down some of the luxury dental specialists that have serviced the best of Hollywood. Look through the list and see if any of them can work for you.

The important thing in looking for Dental Implants Specialists is that you take your time in choosing. Remember that it is still a medical procedure to have oral surgery and the like and you need to make sure that you will be safe and be satisfied after the process.

Common Substances That Can Affect Your Sleep

More of us than ever are taking prescription medications for a variety of ailments. Each of these comes with a long patient information leaflet that, in reality, few people actually read. Because of this, there is a surprising lack of awareness regarding the side effects of a number of common medications. These can have an impact on the ease with which we are able to fall asleep, and the quality of the sleep we have when we do get there.
Understanding how these common substances impact our sleep is important, especially where the medications concerned are anti depressants or anti anxiety drugs, two conditions which can be worsened by inadequate sleep.


Caffeine is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to inhibiting the quality of our sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant that works by inhibiting the action of a chemical called adenosine.
Adenosine is an endogenous compound which accumulates in cells and triggers feelings of tiredness. Caffeine stops adenosine from binding to cells and in doing so stops it exerting its effects. This reduces feelings of tiredness and increases our wakefulness and alertness.
Caffeine can have an impact on sleep for many hours after your last cup, and while those with a tolerance, are often able to get to sleep after drinking caffeine, they experience a significant reduction in the quality of their sleep. Caffeine should be avoided in the latter half of the day to ensure that it doesn’t affect the quality of your sleep.


Many people use alcohol as a form of sleep-aid. Because it acts as a depressant, alcohol can induce sleep. However, the quality of sleep achieved is nowhere near as good as that attained through natural sleep. There is also evidence to suggest that alcohol can worsen the effects of sleep apnea in those that suffer from the disorder; this will further impair the quality of sleep.

Beta Blockers

There are a number of prescription drugs that affect sleep. Beta-blockers are a class of drug used to reduce blood pressure by blocking adrenaline from binding to receptors on the heart. These have been shown by a number of studies to reduce the amount of time spent in REM (the level where dreaming occurs), this leads to ‘shallow dreaming’ where a person dreams with only weak REM involvement. This manifests as very vivid dreams, but for some people these can be unpleasant.

What You Can Do?

For those taking prescription drugs in particular, it is sometimes unavoidable that you will consume substances that have an impact on your sleep. In order to improve your sleep anyway you should, first and foremost, invest in a good quality mattress, to induce the most comfortable sleep possible.
If you’re still struggling with sleeping soundly, maybe look for buyer’s guides and reviews to help you find the right mattress to aid your sleep. Those on are useful as you can even find extra sleep tips if you continue to suffer from lack of sleep.
Another option is to invest in a white noise machine that could help you get to sleep initially if that’s what you’re particularly struggling with. Some machines even turn the sound off after a certain amount of time as to not wake you up.

Getting a good night’s sleep is of tantamount importance for those looking to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Understanding how delicate the balance is can help ensure that you get a good night every night.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

5 Reasons that dental care for you and your family is crucial to a healthy life

I have paid thousands of dollars to my dentist over the past several years. I was blessed with porous teeth that are prone to cavities. I have had my fair share of crowns, root canals, and cavity fills that I can speak to how important dental care is for your family.

Being healthy doesn’t only mean eating right and following a healthy lifestyle. It also means taking care of your oral health. Oral health care is important since this affects our physical appearance as well as our quality of life. And when you want to prevent medical complications in the future, it’s time that you pay attention to the condition of your oral health and go for dental care.
Here are five reasons that dental care for you and your family is crucial to a healthy life.
Preventing gum disease. When you start to have bleeding gums, swelling, redness, and sensitivity, these are clear symptoms of a gum disease. This means that there is an inflammation in the gum line that can further affect the bone that helps support and keep the teeth in place. Once you have the symptoms, visit your dentist so it can be treated. If left untreated, this could progress into a more serious gum disease and could lead to tooth loss. Regular dental checkups can help prevent gum disease as well as detect it while still in the early stage.
Prevent loss of teeth. Problems with your teeth affect more than your smile or your appearance. It also affects your speech as well as make chewing and eating difficult. And when you can’t chew or eat properly, you don’t get the nutrients that your body needs. This then affects your overall health. Going for regular checkups along with regular brushing, cleaning, and flossing are key to keeping your teeth in place.
Early detection of dental problems. Regular dental checkups can help detect early signs of dental problems. When detected early, it can be treated right away, preventing further problems and complications. If you only go when the problem has already become worse, this could lead to more expensive procedures and could cause other medical problems.
Prevent bad breath. Having bad breath could mean that you have a dental or a mouth problem. However, in some cases, having bad breath is the result of other medical conditions. Going for dental care can help prevent bad breath and help keep your mouth and teeth clean and healthy.
Whitens and brightens your smile. Our smile affects our confidence. And when we have white teeth, our smile becomes even brighter. Receiving dental care can help keep your teeth white and bright. The dentist can remove stains that are caused by the food that we eat or drink as well as stains caused by smoking tobacco. Plus, white teeth can also mean that your teeth are clean. And when you have clean teeth, it means that they are also healthy.

Health problems, including your oral health, are never a good thing. That is why it is a good idea to find the best dentist in your area and avail of dental care. The earlier you have yourself and your family checked, the sooner that problems can be identified and treated. And when you go for regular dental care, you can keep dental problems at bay.
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