A casino conjures up a very glamorous sophisticated picture. With men in black tie, ladies in ball gowns, plush opulent surroundings and champagne and whiskey amongst other alcoholic drinks flowing albeit a lot of casinos now don't have such a strict dress code but the affluent casinos in Las Vegas and Monte Carlo certainly do and usually carry a membership policy too.
Casinos worldwide, however, have a number of ways to encourage the player to keep placing bets regardless of being on a winning or losing streak. For example, oxygen is pumped around the casino to keep players awake as a lot of casinos especially in Las Vegas will remain open all night. No windows or clocks also lull the player into forgetting about time and last but not least there is the complimentary food and the complimentary alcohol.
Easter is almost here and the candy opinions are coming out again for CandyStore.com. While Easter is a huge candy holiday, not all of the Easter candy is loved by everyone.
Yes, there is great Easter candy, but there is also some bad stuff out there. CandyStore.com is a large online bulk candy company and is well aware that its customers and fans have strong opinions. According to them, you have to be careful when asking people about their least favorite holiday candy. It stirs up deep emotions.
CandyStore.com got 23,000 responses in their Easter candy survey. The results, as well as some of the respondents’ quotes are included below.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s only and in no way reflect the opinions of CandyStore.com.
The 10 WORST Easter Candies
10. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy Tails
"Ugh. Cotton candy that they try to make seem like its supposed to be normal Easter candy. Stay away from my Easter baskets, cotton candy!"
9. Jordan Almonds
"If I wanted to risk cracking a tooth, it’d be on something better than a Jordan Almond."
8. Hershey’s Kisses Carrot Cake Flavor
"Wow. Just no."
7. Chocolate Crosses
"Bunnies people, not crosses. Crosses at church, bunnies in my Easter basket."
6. Jelly Beans (Generic)
"Jelly beans gotta be quality, none of that grandma junk."
5. Chocolate Bunnies (Solid)
"These things are monsters. No one has actually ever finished one. Fact."
4. Chicks & Rabbits Marshmallow Candy
"More like snicks and snabbits."
3. Peeps Easter Candy
"Can be hilarious when decorating baked goods with funny settings. But I ain’t gon EAT it."
2. Bunny Corn / Easter Candy Corn
"Candy corn is candy corn. Dress it up however you like, its wax yucky nuckness."
1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
"They are weird to eat. The flavor is not horrific, though not good either, but it’s just a total mess. There’s no good way to hold it."
The 10 BEST Easter Candies
10. Sour Patch Easter Bunnies
9. Skittles-Filled Easter Eggs
8. Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Eggs
7. Jelly Beans (Gourmet / Naturally-Flavored)
6. Kinder Joy Eggs Candy
5. Robins Eggs from Whoppers
4. Lindt Chocolate Carrots
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
2. Chocolate Bunnies (Hollow)
"I eat the ears first. My husband eats it from the tail, I think just to mess with me."
1. Cadbury Mini Eggs
"We fight over Cadbury Mini Eggs."
So, are you Team Love or Hate for Cadbury Creme Eggs? Let us know in the comments!
Both Easter and National Jelly Bean Day are coming up soon. So CandyStore.com went out to find which jelly bean flavors are the most popular in each state.
Working with 11+ years of candy sales data and the responses from over 23,000 surveyed customers, CandyStore.com was able to map out jelly bean flavor preferences by state.
The interactive map illustrates each state's favorite jelly bean flavor. Hover over a state to reveal the top 3 most popular in that state. The results are not specific to any one brand of jelly bean.
1 Buttered Popcorn
3 Black Licorice
6 Juicy Pear
7 Toasted Marshmallow
9 Pink Strawberry
10 Green Apple
11 Cotton Candy
12 Root Beer
19 Red Apple
Back pain can affect people of any age and background. Injuries, pulled muscles, and sedentary job roles can all cause a person to begin to experience back problems. In turn, these issues can cause constant discomfort as well as difficulty in doing certain tasks throughout your routine. Fortunately, there are several tips and tricks to consider in order to reduce the discomfort and schedule interruption caused by back pain. The last thing you want is to be having to put in a claim for worker’s compensation due to issues with your spine.
Take Frequent Breaks if Working in Sedentary Jobs
Believe it or not, a frequent cause of back pain is simply sitting still for extended periods of time. People who work in sedentary office style jobs are at a high risk of suffering from back problems. If you fall into this employment demographic, don’t spend hours and hours huddled up over your laptop or office computer like Quasimodo. If you do, you will surely feel the strain when you eventually stand up again.
As tempting as it is to remain glued to your computer while at the office in order to work through those big projects and prove to your boss that you are dedicated, it is important for your health to take regular breaks. This means taking a brisk stroll around the office every couple of hours, and not spending your lunch break cramped over your desk.
Ensure Chairs Have Appropriate Support
When it comes to chairs that you are going to be sitting on and working from for extended periods, it is important to ensure that you are getting sufficient back support. Some chairs are more suited to office workers than others. A basic plastic chair does not offer the same support to your back as a purpose built office chair does. Ergonomic chairs, or chairs that have the addition of lumbar support pillows will help ensure that you are not leaving the office at night with an achy back.
Don’t Lift Things that are Too Heavy
This may sound like common sense but is often a difficult concept for some people to contend with. Oftentimes we overestimate our own strength. Perhaps at work or when helping a friend move house we struggle along with a box even though it feels like we are lifting a ton of bricks. Anything that causes a short term discomfort is likely to cause longer term problems so should be avoided. So before you start lifting and maneuvering huge objects like he-man, remember your own strength.
Learn to Lift Things Correctly
Something that goes hand in hand with not lifting things that are too heavy for you, is also ensuring that in instances where you do lift something up, you go about it in the correct way.
The correct way to lift potentially heavy things is to approach the item, keep your feet shoulder space apart, squat, and then slowly lift the item. As you move forward with the item in tow, you should use your hips to move and walk slowly.
Be Careful About Wearing High Heeled Shoes
Ladies should be mindful about the frequency with which they wear high heeled shoes. Sure, stylish footwear may compliment an outfit but it can also have adverse effects on a person’s spine, therefore increasing the likelihood of suffering from back pain. High heels causes the lower back to arch forward more than normal as the person’s body weight is pushed forward. It’s important to try to wear comfortable, supportive shoes when you are going to be walking or standing for extended periods.
Try to Maintain Good Posture at All Times
Chances are that you have probably never really sat and thought about your posture and whether it is correct. Do you sit hunched up at your desk at work? Do you often sit with your shoulders too raised due to stress and tension? This may sound like nothing important, but poor posture is a major contributing factor to back pain and spinal issues.
Proper posture means sitting up straight with your back straight and your shoulders back. When sitting, your feet should be kept firmly on the floor, and when walking, your weight should be evenly distributed across both hips. There is every possibility that you spend your days with a less than perfect posture. Try to make a conscious effort to assess the way that you stand, walk and sit each day. Not only can this reduce any minor back pain that you have been experiencing, it can also prevent the chances of back pain occurring in the future.
Watch Your Weight
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a good body weight is something that is important for your overall health and wellbeing. Individuals who are considered as being overweight or obese will find themselves at a much greater risk of experiencing back pain and problems at some point in their lives. This is a result of the additional strain that is placed on the back muscles.
It is important to note that just like being overweight can cause back problems, so too can suddenly gaining an amount of additional weight. As such, if you find that you are experiencing back problems and are struggling to understand the root cause, it is likely that weight is a factor.
Who do you call when your car doesn't start? Is there someone who always acts as your rock when things just don't go the way you want them to? Is it your dad, your boyfriend, a special guy friend, or your husband?
No matter what role the men in our lives play, husband, father, or friend, it’s important to let them know that we appreciate the fact that they always have our backs. But, sometimes saying “thanks” or giving them a big hug just isn’t enough. Sometimes, that 3 am cry session because we did something stupid or that 6am lift to work deserves more than a hug.
Here are five ways to appreciate the men in your life.
Quality time is always a great way to show that special man in your life just how important he is. The key is for you to make sure you understand what he considers quality time vs. what you might find to be quality time.
If you are trying to tell your dad how much you appreciate him running out to your house every time something breaks, considering calling him and asking him to do something instead of asking him to fix something. Take him to his favorite steakhouse for dinner or invite him to sit on the patio with you and share a few beers.
Perhaps that special man in your life is your BFF. To show him how much you appreciate how often he jumps to listen to your latest girl drama, offer to take him to a show or a concert. You can always go to a club and buy him drinks for the night just to say, "You rock as a friend."
If we are talking about your husband, quality time can range from boosting the tenderness levels at night to securing great seats to the next big game. Brewery tours and adventure weekends top the list of special outing for men as well. Just make sure that you are exploring a hobby that he loves.
No matter what role the men in life play, find a way to spend some quality time with them on their level. A few hours and a few bucks are a small price to pay for someone who has your back all the time.
Words of Affirmation
This sounds like something that a woman may prefer, but men like to hear that you value the work they do. You need to keep in mind that your words are a direct reflection of how you feel. And, when you show the men in your life that you realize how much they do for you, they do see it as a validation. And, that validation goes a long way in their eyes.
Simple things like a thank you note, or a card that assures them that you value their efforts, or a text that says you realize how hard they work to make you happy really substantiates the work they put into your relationship.
A Special Meal
Your grandma wasn’t lying when she said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” You can do something small, like bake a batch of brownies or cookies. Or, you can go big and plan a big dinner just to show him that he means the world to you.
The key is to make sure you make something they like. If that special guy in your life does not like vegetables, don't make vegetables. When it comes to food, it's easy to think healthy and good for you. Sometimes a guy just wants to eat a slab of undercooked meat. And, since you are trying to show your appreciation for him, you need to sear the steak slightly and put your gluten free, carb free, organic thinking aside for a few hours.
Random Acts of Kindness
Everyone loves a good random act of kindness. This can be something as simple as taking his car through the car wash or delivering lunch to the office. Or, you can go big and get him a special gift like an engraved cigar box.
The trick is to make sure that the act is random and unexpected. More importantly, make sure that the act is something that he likes.
Value His Guy Time
Guys love to hang out with their buddies and do guy things. So, if your number one man is leaning against his truck drinking a beer, leave him be. If that guy in your life has plans to go to the game with his friends, don’t try to join in.
First of all, you won’t get the attention you need from him. And second of all, he won’t have as much fun as he could because he will be worrying about you.
No matter who that special guy in your life is, carve some tie out to show him just how much you appreciate what he does for you.
You don’t want to take that special guy in your life for granted. You can show this appreciation in many different ways—as long as you do it.
The trouble with stubborn fat is exactly that: it’s stubborn. Even with an A+ diet and exercise routine, it can be frustrating when areas that we are most concerned about (tummy, thighs, backside) don’t respond to our herculean efforts.
The sad truth is that we can’t control where we lose weight. However, noninvasive treatments like CoolSculpting can.
CoolSculpting is a medical spa procedure that uses freezing cold temperatures to kill fat cells from problem areas like love handles, saddle bags, and back fat. It works best for people who have a pinchable amount of fat (and who doesn’t?) and who live a healthy, active lifestyle.
If this sounds like you, here are a few reasons you might want to consider CoolSculpting:
It’s needle-free. Whoever said, “Beauty is pain” obviously never tried CoolSculpting. This is a nonsurgical, noninvasive procedure (that means no poking or cutting). Instead, a gel pad and applicator are placed on your unwanted fat. The fat is then chilled until it freezes and dies. Once that happens, your body removes the treated fat cells as waste. You'll see your results develop over the course of several weeks, usually with the final results appearing in 2–4 months. Take a look at these before-and-after photos.
It can be done during your lunch hour. On average, CoolSculpting only takes about 1 hour to perform. However, the treatment time may be longer or shorter, depending on the size and number of areas you want to treat. Also, some physicians have more than 1 CoolSculpting machine, which allows them to treat multiple areas in the same amount of time. This is sometimes referred to as “DualSculpting.”
It's versatile. CoolSculpting works on many areas of the body — not just the tummy. Many people use CoolSculpting to reduce fat on the thighs, back, hips, and arms. New applicators also allow you to target smaller areas that were previously more difficult to treat. According to the website of Dr. Thomas Hubbard, a plastic surgeon offering CoolSculpting in Virginia Beach, CoolSculpting now offers an FDA-approved “CoolMini” applicator. This smaller device is designed to fit under the jawline and reduce the look of a double chin.
It has no downtime. You won't have to take time off work or away from your normal life to have CoolSculpting. There's no recovery period needed, so after your treatment, you can go right back to your usual routine.
It has few side effects. One of the worst parts about having work done is looking and feeling like you've had work done. But the side effects from CoolSculpting are few and minimal. Some of the most common include:
It's long lasting. Just like with liposuction, the fat removed by CoolSculpting is gone for good. Most people can expect to lose around 20–25% of the unwanted fat cells in a treated area (which typically amounts to a few inches after multiple treatments). The fat cells never come back, however, you can still gain weight. In order to keep your results as long as possible, be sure you eat right and exercise.
This October Sir Harry’s at Waldorf Astoria New York is giving guests the chance to join them in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the newly-launched Champagne Bar at Sir Harry’s.
For the duration of the month, Waldorf Astoria New York is inviting guests to raise their glasses and ‘clink pink’ with a variety of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and champagne cocktails with a purpose. One dollar per glass will be donated to The Pink Agenda, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s sister organization, in support of breast cancer research.
Highlight menu items include:
Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rosé – One of the finest rosés, remarkably consistent. The top notes are wild but also tender and fruity. A long, sharp finish
La Vie en Rosé – Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, Aperol, Club Soda
Cleopatra Champagne Cocktail –Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne, Calvados Boulard, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, Campari (as featured in The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book)
The Pink Champagne – Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, Vodka, Cranberry Ginger ale, Fresh Strawberry
Located just off the main lobby, the Champagne Bar at Sir Harry’s will lit in all pink with feminine décor that includes photographs of iconic celebrity guests who have frequented the hotel bar. Guests will be offered pink popcorn to nibble alongside their champagne cocktails.
As you know, bullying is a problem that students all across the country face every day. Increasingly, in this digital age much of the bullying takes place online rather than in person. Over 40% of teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online – 25% report it has happened more than once. Today being National Stop Bullying day, AT&T wants to highlight ways that parents and teens can identify cyberbullying and help put an end to it.
·Recognize context – Teens may not recognize certain forms of online harassment as cyberbullying. When discussing cyberbullying consider use terms such as “digital cruelty” “being mean” online or “abuse” as a way to help young people better understand what cyberbullying behavior looks like.
·Know when the line is crossed – Help your teen tune into his or her own feelings and recognize when an interaction online has gone too far. If they feel emotionally or physically scared, it’s time to get help.
·Encourage empathy – Help teens understand the detrimental impact of cyberbullying on people who are targeted, now and later in life. Encourage them to listen to the targets of bullying and to become their allies.
·Be realistic – Teens may not want their social dynamics infiltrated by parents, which can make helping them directly difficult. Encourage teens to find friends or other trusted adults to help them through the situation. Reporting an incident to a website administrator can also be an empowering step.
·Bullied can become the bully – Teens can take different roles in cyberbullying at different times. A teen who is cyberbullied might turn around and cyberbully someone else to feel powerful again. Ask questions to understand what role or roles your teens are playing.
·Disengage – Encourage your teens to ignore or block the bully, and even take a break from the web for a while. Point out that cyberbullies are often just looking for attention and status, so don’t let them know that their efforts have worked.
Since 2015 AT&T has been involved with making the web safer for everyone through the Digital You campaign which offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.
Steph Snaps Photos, Hilton McLean and Harth have yet again joined forces for their 2nd annual costume drive. The purpose of the drive is to secure gently used or new costume donations for local families. Cash donations are also accepted atwww.gofundme.com/costumedrive2016. The money collected will help purchase additional costumes with size requirements that have not been fulfilled through the donation process.
The collected costumes and funds will benefit a diverse number of non profit organizations in our community. Last year the children of the The Shelter House, The Alternative House and Jill’s House all benefited from this drive. The Alternative House’s provides a safe, nurturing environment for community members suffering from domestic violence. Jill's House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and the Shelter House serves homeless families and domestic violence victims in Fairfax. We were grateful last year to have the opportunity to outfit over 350 children with costumes.
Based on our success last year, this year we were able to diversify our drive further. Inova Children’s Hospital is allowing us the opportunity donate costumes as well as help with their Children’s Parade. The support of our community is what made this drive successful last year and we hope to benefit from the communities generosity again. Donations and Costumes are being accepted through October 14th. The Shelter House is a community-based non-profit organization serving homeless families and domestic violence victims in Fairfax County. With these organizations combined there are THREE HUNDRED children we are "outfiting" this year for Halloween.
Stephanie Snapkoski, owner of Steph Snaps Photos also works full time at the Hilton McLean Director of Sales and Marketing for Hilton McLean Tysons Corner and Harth (7920 Jones Branch Drive). An avid lover of the Holiday, she dresses her young son each day in October to celebrate. You can view the photos at http://stephsnapsphotos.pixieset.com/halloween After having a difficult time donating costumes she decided to start a drive of her own. In sharing her idea with her General Manager Brian Kelleher, he immediately rallied the hotel to support this effort. “Our Hotel is committed to not just fulfilling the business needs of our community but integrating ourselves with our community. Some holidays are better supported than others and I saw this as an opportunity to help support a Holiday that is so cherished by our youth but may be overlooked” New or gently used costumes of any size can be dropped off at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner any day. The hotel will offer its on-site laundry services to prepare all costumes for delivery the week of October 19. To learn more or to donate to the cause visit http://www.gofundme.com/costumedrive2016
Additional Contributors so far this year include;
Michael & Sons Sportsplex at Dulles
Kids R Kids South Riding
Drohan Management Group
Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday Throughout the Month of October! This October, come celebrate National Taco Day all month long with California Tortilla! The fast casual chain will kick things off on Tuesday, October 4 with BOGO tacos: buy one taco and the fast casual restaurant will throw in the second for free. And what’s more, they’ll be celebrating Taco Tuesday all month long, with two-for-one tacos every Tuesday through the end of October!
WHEN: Tuesday, October 4; 11; 18; and 25; all day long while supplies last.
WHERE: Available at California Tortilla locations.
WHY: Because two is always greater than one—especially when it comes to tacos. We did the math.
For more information and a location near you, visit www.californiatortilla.com or visit on Facebook. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @caltort.