Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Digital and Blu-Ray Release

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We are excited to see Teen Titans Go! To the Movies again. It’s now on digital and you can own the DVD/Blu-ray on 10/30. If you or your children are Teen Titans Go! fans, this movie is for you. It one of those movies that the kids will love and the adults will appreciate the humor. My older daughter and husband we’re able to join us when we saw it in the theater so they are both looking forward to it coming out on Blu-ray so we can have a family movie night soon.

 

Burbank, CA, September 11 – When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical superheroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. Get ready to LOL when “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.

The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices as the evil Slade and Hollywood director Jade Wilson.

Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath directed the film from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, which is based on characters from DC. Horvath, Jelenic, Peggy Regan, Michail and Arnett produced the film with Sam Register serving as executive producer. The music is by Jared Faber. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie. Blu-ray special features are filled with music and fun, including the “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” mini-movie, sing-a-longs, a hilarious look at the Teen Titans characters dubbing their favorite lines in other languages in “Teen Titans GO!: Translated” plus much more!

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 9.

SYNOPSIS

It seems like all the superheroes are getting their own movies – everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! Determined to be a star, Robin vows to change this. If only they could get Hollywood director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to notice them! With a few madcap ideas and musical numbers (of course), the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town. But when Supervillain Slade (Will Arnett) messes with their plans, the Teen Titans will have to become true superheroes to save the world!

BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Lil Yachty Music Video: “Teen Titans GO! Rap”
  • Sing-a-long with Silkie “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” Mini-Movie
  • Red Carpet Mayhem
  • Teen Titans GO! To the Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans
  • “Everything is Fake”: Exclusive song not in the movie
  • “Teen Titans GO!: Translated”
  • Storyboard Animatics:
    • Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
    • The Final Battle

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
  • The Final Battle

 

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5 Family Fun Ideas For Your Trip To The UK

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If you are planning on vacationing in the UK in the future, you will not be disappointed when it comes to exciting things to do. The nation is full to the brim with fantastic activities and attractions both inside and outside of the capital of London.

To ensure you have a break you, your partner and children are unlikely to forget, here are five family fun ideas for your trip to the UK.

  1. Ride the Roller Coasters at Alton Towers

If you and your kids want to scream at the top of your lungs on an exhilarating ride, make sure to visit Alton Towers, which is home to the fastest rollercoasters in the UK. One ride you will not want to miss is Galactica, which is a virtual reality roller coaster that simulates the sensations you would feel on a space voyage. You can even book a stay at the resort hotel, which is adjacent to a fun water park.

  1. Book the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Enter the wonderful world of Harry Potter by booking tickets on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. It was at this very destination in Watford that the eight movies were made, so you can step inside Dumbledore’s Office, knock on the door of 4 Privet Drive, and you can even walk into the Great Hall.

There are also thousands of genuine props on display along the tour, such as the Triwizard Cup, Hagrid’s Motorcycle, and Harry’s Nimbus 2000. Don’t forget to have your picture taken on Platform 9 ¾ before climbing aboard the Hogwarts Express.

  1. Watch a West End Musical

You cannot visit the UK and not visit London’s West End. Here you can take your pick from many world-class productions, which will delight and excite both young and old. There are many long-running kids theatre London productions to choose from, such as Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, and Matilda the Musical, to name only a few.

  1. Go to Legoland

More than 80 million Lego bricks have helped to create the fun, colorful park of Legoland, which also features thrilling rides and many gift shops. Children can also earn their driving licenses with the help of the Lego City Driving School. Spread across 150 acres in Windsor, your children will not want to go home after watching the many entertaining live shows and enjoying the imaginative rides.

  1. Explore the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is easily the best museum in London, as it offers superb exhibits of dinosaur eggs, Neanderthal skulls and meteors. It is also impossible to miss the incredible whale skeleton that greets you at the entry hall.

You can trust your kids will love the brand-new T Rex Grill, which features animatronic dueling dinosaurs, while serving up delicious steaks, pizzas and sandwiches. Of course, it is one of the most popular museums in the UK, so beat the crowds by avoiding the weekend and visiting during a weekday.

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Are You Advertising Your Home To Thieves?

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Burglars are very particular as to which properties they choose to break into. Most burglars want an easy target and they will scan a property for obvious security flaws whilst looking for tell-tale signs that no-one is home. Here are just a few ways in which you could be advertising your home to burglars without knowing and what you can do to fix this.

Visible valuables

The most obvious way in which you’ll attract burglars is by flaunting your valuables. Make sure that passers-by can’t see your TV or computer through your window. Avoid putting your TV in front of your window and try distorting the view into your windows. You could do this through frosted glass or by simply hanging up net curtains – both options allow privacy, whilst still letting the sunlight in. If you’ve just got a new TV, you may even want to be careful of where you put the cardboard box – leaving it outside your home will tell burglars that you’ve just bought a new TV.

It’s worth also considering you garden valuables. Lawnmowers, barbecues and bikes are some of the most popular items to get burgled – make sure that these are locked away in a shed when not is use and not left out in plain sight.

Damaged windows/doors

A broken window or a flimsy door frame will stand out as an easy point of entry. Make sure that any damage to windows and doors is repaired. It could even be worth investing in some replacement windows made out of a sturdier material. You could try opting for uPVC frames with locks and reinforced glass. Multiple small panes can also be harder to break into than one large pane. As for doors, consider replacing any old doors with new reinforced doors. Make sure that the frames are also sturdy – there’s not point investing in a secure door if the flame is flimsy.

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Piled up mail

Visible piled up mail will tell burglars that no-one has been at the property for a while. Glass doors are a big giveaway, so consider going for something opaque. If you like having a glass front door to let the light in, consider getting someone you trust to go around your home every so often and collect up the mail so that it’s not piling up on the doormat whilst you’re away. The same applies to overstuffed mailboxes.

Social media oversharing

Think twice before sharing those vacation snaps. Burglars are now starting to use social media to pick their targets, finding people that are on holiday so that they can target their home safe in the knowledge that they won’t be there. Unless you’ve got someone to house-sit your home, avoid sharing vacation photos until you get back. You certainly don’t want to be broadcasting the dates that you’re away. Also, be careful of uploading lots of pictures of your home’s interior – the odd photo won’t do any harm, but photos of every room as you’ve just moved in could give burglars ideas.

No exterior lighting

The majority of burglaries like to operate in the dark – this gives them less chance of being seen by someone. Installing exterior lighting could help to keep your home illuminated at night and make it harder to break in unseen. Motion sensing exterior lighting is the most popular – it will save you power compared to permanent lighting. Place lighting in key locations where burglars are most likely to try and enter such as your back door or the fence near the end of your garden.   

High hedges

High hedges may stop passers-by peering in, but they can also make it easy for a burglar to break into your home undetected by offering a barrier to hide behind. If you’ve got a high hedge or a high wall outside your home, consider getting lowered or removed entirely so that the front of your home can still be seen. Passers-by should be able to see your doors and windows, just not inside them.

 

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3 Reasons Why DIY Can Be Worth All the Trouble

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DIY isn’t exactly easy, as everyone who’s ever spent a while learning how to fix up an old car, or deal with some complex and dangerous job in the home, such as rewiring, can attest to.

For that reason, no doubt, DIY skills aren’t very widespread, and they’re certainly less widespread than they were in the past.

This is thanks, in large part, to the fact that life is more convenient today than it’s ever been, and we have better communications than we ever have before. With the internet at our disposal, we can search up every tradesman who lives in our city within minutes, and make a booking on the spot.

To fix things yourself, on the other hand, requires time, sweat, and research — difficult things to muster when you could be watching TV instead.

Of course, if you have no idea where to start and have a complex issue, or the work is very dangerous, it’s often worth your time calling up a plumber or other professional. In all other cases though, it’s well worth your time honing your DIY skills.

Here are a few reasons why DIY can be worth all the trouble.

It forces you to engage more mindfully with different elements of your life

It’s not much of a stretch to say that most of us take the majority of our blessings and conveniences in life for granted. To a large extent, this is due to our disconnection from the workings of the different systems in our lives.

We eat meat mindlessly and without much appreciation, because we don’t have to rear, butcher, and prepare our own animals.

We feel entitled to attractive garden features because we pay other people to create them for us.

We feel entitled to central heating because we don’t have to go and chop firewood to feed a burner stove.

Practicing DIY is a way of forcing yourself to engage more mindfully with the different elements of your life, in a way that will increase the appreciation and respect you have for everything around you.

It pushes you out of your comfort zone, expands your sense of what you can achieve, and builds character

It’s specifically the fact that DIY is often difficult and uncomfortable that provides one of its major benefits — namely that it pushes you out of your comfort zone, builds character, and expands your sense of what you can achieve.

Every time you are forced to engage with something difficult, you have to consciously decide to keep going. To research the next step. To try again. To put in the extra hours.

Although the scale is completely different, it’s this same sense of “self-overcoming” that drives people to climb mountains.

It makes you more self-sufficient, and capable of being useful to others

The clearest and most directly pragmatic benefit of doing DIY is, of course, that it makes you more self-sufficient, and also more capable of helping and being useful to others.

If you know how to fix a damaged tap, unblock a drain, or do some drywalling, you are that much more able to manage your own business without paying someone else to make a trip out to your home and resolve an issue for you.

You are also, then, better able to be the kind of person your loved ones can rely on for help, rather than someone who stands by in confusion.

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Life Hacks For Student Nurses

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Being a nurse is no mean feat. From the moment you decide that nursing is your true calling in life there will be a lot of work, pain, sweat and tears to get to where you need to be in life. Being a nurse is a rewarding job and one which you should definitely consider during your life, and if you are studying for the job right now, here are some handy life hacks you need to know.

Keep learning

When you are a nurse at any level you need to keep one eye on the present and one eye in a book. There are always new developments in the medical world and by making sure you keep on top of the news alongside your MSN program you will be able to be the best possible nurse you can be.

Meal prep

Meal prepping is the most important thing you can do for yourself as a nurse because when you are working crazy hours and shifts it can be hard to find a second to sit down and eat any food at all. If you wait and try to buy food from work you can risk a big queue and forgoing the ability to eat anything of substance. Instead think of meal prepping some pasta, sandwiches salads or something similar on a Sunday afternoon to last you for the next few days. You’ll be able to sit down and eat a decent meal during work to stay healthy and full of energy.

Early nights

No matter what hours you work, when you get home in the evening or morning you need to get yourself a well deserved shower and get into bed. As a medical professional your life will be pretty crazy and it will involve a lot of running around, and you need to make sure your body has ample time to recover at the end of the day. Get some sleep no matter when it is to stay happy and healthy.

Relax

Similar to the above, you need to remember that life is a balance between work and home. You need to give yourself time away to collect yourself and enjoy your life while you can, you’ll regret it if you work yourself into the ground for nothing. If you feel stressed one week, make sure to book a day or two off the following week for some well needed me time. Look after your body and your mind.

See family and friends

Family and friends are the backbone of life and if you are working a job like nursing it can cause a lot of heartache and stress. Make sure you keep a close relationship with your family and friends so that you can share your worries and maintain that bond. You’ll need someone to talk to every once in a while and there are no better people than those. Make time for them each month and make sure you don’t ever take them for granted.

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You’ve Just Moved Into Your New Home! Your Excitable Guide

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So you’ve just become a new homeowner. What an amazing time for you and your family! Now you can begin the life of settling down and becoming your best self, the self you were searching for all throughout your younger and formative years. This is an exciting time, because it somewhat takes off the pressure of everyday life. No longer do you have to deal with rental contracts, loud apartment neighbors, maintenance workmen entering your property without the proper warning, landlord disputes, odd maintenance working timeframes, and getting an elevator to the apartment each day. No longer do you have to deal with insufficient parking space, paper thin walls, and the feeling that you’re simply a traveller in the property market, not a fixed entity.

Well, now you’ve become a homeowner, there are so many things you can do. This guide is here to celebrate your new life circumstance, and remind you of all the wonderful and exciting things you can do to enjoy this period, and outfit your home appropriately. It’s good to get excited from time to time, and we wish to help you do that.

Consider these possibilities:

A Beautiful Garage Space

No more parking on the street and feeling annoyed that you have to battle for space. Now, a wonderful garage space, panel doors and garage door remotes are yours to make use of. Ensure you make the most of this by organizing the space from the beginning, installing shelving units and storage drawers in order to keep all of your belongings, ensuring your car always takes precedence over filling the space with storage items only. You may decide to implement a desk you can perform  basic DIY at here, and once and for all begin building your toolbox to best cater to your overall needs. This can be an exciting time for you, because in apartments and rented flats, that sense of personal maintenance and workmanship is often vacant.

Kids Bedrooms

Kids bedrooms can now be decorated with real fun. Painting the walls top to bottom with fantasy motifs can now be possible, as well as outfitting the room with many silly and fun items. Wish to craft a fairytale princess bunk bed for your two young daughters? Now you can, and you’re not limited by the already furnished nature of a rented abode. You can also install worthwhile security features in the home that you may have been missing, such as window latches that protect excitable children from exploring dangerously. When you can implement creativity in your children’s bedroom, you gift them a sense of space and wonder they may have been missing all this time, and as a parent that can be essentially exciting to consider.

Personal Autonomy

No matter what room you make use of it in, you can now exercise autonomy over your space.  Knocking through walls, applying completely new motifs, ripping up the flooring, completely reorienting the plumbing network, all this can be achieved so long as you keep the property functional and able, and that might be something you have yet to experience. Some rented homes won’t even let you hang a picture up if it requires a nail, and so enjoying so much potential utility can feel overwhelmingly awesome at first.

Why not make the most of this by getting a little weird with it? You might decide that your basement should be decorated exactly like the Red Room from Twin Peaks, or perhaps you simply wish for a personal Netflix and Gaming den in the basement – no boys, or girls allowed! Indulging in your own space is only limited by your budget and creativity.

Personal Security

Sure, apartment buildings are often quite well guarded. There are usually a network of security cameras and maybe even a security guard to keep you safe. However, now you can stay safe on your own watch. You can implement floodlighting for the hidden exteriors of your property, implement security camera systems as well as install a personal alarm. Being part of a community can also help you enrol into a neighborhood watch scheme, giving you that sense of mutual protection that helps a community feel safe and catered for.

Zany Hobbies

Zany hobbies can now be indulged in! Dedicating an entire room to relaxed meditation practice could be a wonderful thing to do, or perhaps opening up the garage to your artistic endeavors, filled with canvasses and beautiful paintings can all truly mean something in the scope of your creative vision. Sometimes, you just need the space to conduct your best work, and with this new possibility you’ll have no excuse to follow down that path.

Storage

Of course, now is the time where you can pick up items from abroad, items that means something to you in your personal life, and accept gifts from friends and family without having to worry about where you’re going to place the item. Long-term items can be stored in your new attic, giving you a real sense of personal history, of establishing your family in an environment, and generally helping your family live as its best self.

Outdoor Fun

Now is the time to make full use of your garden. Just imagine the fun you can have outside, building and crafting the perfect treehouse or climbing frame for your children. Of course, only those with experience in woodworking and crafting should do this, if that’s not a possibility then purchasing pre-crafted ones are a must. Having outdoor fun in terms of summer campouts, sporting practices, trampolining and other silliness can be a wonderful thing to do all summer, and help you bond with your children. It can also connect them to nature, no matter how small and how humble your garden is. Care for your garden the moment you move in. It can treat you and your family very well if you make the most of it.

With these excited possibilities, you will no doubt realize that a home is what you make of it, thus you’re sure to make the rest of your family life the best of your family life.

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Happiness and Health for your Amazing Aging Doggy

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Your loyal furry chum has been a member of your family for many years; you have been through thick and thin together but he remains loyal and by your side no matter what. As you know dogs tend to age much quicker than us spritely humans so it is important that we provide them with the proper care and attention they deserve. When it comes to older dog care, you might need to tweak your regular routine in order to accommodate their needs. Perhaps they need a little extra attention when it comes to their teeth or maybe they need to take shorter walks throughout the day. You are the only person who knows your dog inside and out so it is up to you as the loving owner to make their life as peaceful as possible when they get older. If you are unsure where to begin, then these ideas will be a good starting point for you. Make sure everybody in the family is aware of these important changes and you will have no trouble adjusting your life to suit your senior doggy.

Terrific Teeth

Taking care of your fluffy friend’s teeth is even more important when they get older. They can start to suffer from bad breath, dental issues and even gum disease just like you. You might want to invest in chew toys to help keep their teeth strong and healthy; similarly you could find trudog spray useful, as it is an all-natural dental spray for dogs. As long as you keep an eye on their dental health and take them for regular check-ups, you should never have a problem with their terrific teeth.

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Excellent Exercise

Getting an elderly dog to stretch their legs and go for long walks just like they used to when they were a pup isn’t going to be as easy as you think. Just as our muscles and bones age, so does your furry friend. You need to allow them to go at their own pace during a walk, instead of forcing them to go for miles without a rest. Consider taking them for a drive in the car and then allowing them to run around a field for a short time.

Nourishing Nibbles

Your dog might have a change in appetite as they get older, so this is nothing to be too concerned about. Make sure you continue to offer their normal food to them as well as the occasional treat. You might get a recommendation from your vet for a specific dog food that is good for your type of canine. As long as they are eating little and often and consuming plenty of water, you shouldn’t worry about their appetite changing a little bit.

Lots of Love

Your old dog needs and wants just as much love and affection as they did when they were a lively little puppy. Although they might not be bouncing around the walls quite as much you can still shower them in cuddles and belly rubs until they’re bored of it (which they never will be!). Older dogs much prefer gentle affection so as long as you keep showing them that you care, you will always have a happy and loyal friend.Image


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Clever Care

Keeping on top of your vet appointments is extremely important when your dog is getting older. You never know when they might spot something that you hadn’t already noticed about your dog’s health. Similarly, they can often ease your mind of all the stresses that you aren’t sure about when your dog is getting older. A small change in their health might not be as worrying as you think, but it is always best to seek out advice from the vet if you are unsure.

Magic Medicine

Your dog might need to have a boost in their medication as they get older, simply because they can have more ongoing health problems now. They may need to take regular painkillers, arthritis medication or extra supplements to keep their bones strong and healthy. You should never feel reluctant to give you pup more medicine as they get older as they might just benefit from the extra boost in vitamins.        

Fantastic Friend

You might find it beneficial to get your canine a new furry friend of his own to keep him company. Only you know the best thing for your dog, so you might not think this will be helpful to them. If you have to go out to work every day and leave your old dog at home for a long amount of time then you might want to get some sort of other pet to keep him company or even hire a dog sitter to check in on him regularly throughout the day.Image

Perfect Playing

Your dog might not be able to play quite as energetically as he used to, so make sure you tailor your games to suit his new needs. He might not be able to run quickly for the ball anymore, so don’t force him to use up all of his energy all at once.

Cozy Comforts

When a dog gets a little older they tend to crave more home comforts and cozy items that make them feel safe. Make their bed feel extra comfy with a new blanket or a pillow that smells like you. Treat them to a new cuddly toy that makes them feel super comfy and cozy all day long.

So make your gorgeous dog feel like he’s ten years younger by switching up their day to day routine. Feed them delicious and nutritious foods that make them feel energised and revitalised. Approach this process holistically without causing too much stress or change to your household. Stock up on nourishing treats, try out less strenuous dog walks and adjust their home comforts to make them feel at ease. There are so many ways to make your aging dog feel good as new, just pay that little extra bit of care and attention to them and they will have the happiest few years ahead of them.

 

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The Different Concentrations Of Perfume Available

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When purchasing perfumes for women there are several different fragrances and types to choose from. Some perfumes are based on fruits, some the outdoors, and some perfumes are based on abstract concepts such as seasons or emotions. However, when deciding on a perfume you not only have to consider its scent but also its concentration.

When buying perfumes for women be sure to consider the perfume’s concentration. A perfume’s concentration refers to how much of its chemical composition is made up of perfume oils. The higher a perfume concentration the stronger its sent is and the less alcohol (or water) it contains. A perfume’s concentration affects its price, how long it can be worn, and how it reacts to your skin. Perfume concentrations come in five specific types which are detailed as follows.

The Five Perfume Types

Eau Fraiche

Eau Fraiche is a low concentration perfume with only 1 to 3 percent of its mixture being composed of fragrance. It commonly lasts for one to two hours making it ideal for shorter outings. Unlike Eau de Cologne (another low concentration perfume) Eau Fraiche does not have a high alcohol content and it is mostly water. It is commonly one of the more affordable types of perfume you can purchase.

Eau de Cologne

Another type of low concentration perfume Eau de Cologne is composed of 2 to 4 percent of fragrance with the remaining mixture being composed of alcohol. Eau de Cologne lasts for roughly two hours due to its low concentration. Because of this low use time Eau de Cologne comes in larger bottles and is more affordable than more highly concentrated perfume types. Historically Eau de Cologne referred to perfumes that made use of citrus and herb fragrances.

Eau de Toilette

Starting with Eau de Toilette you begin to move into more highly concentrated perfumes. Composed with a fragrance concentration of 5 to 15 percent Eau de Toilette is one of the most popular types of perfume you can purchase due to it offering a longer lasting fragrance while still being affordable. With a usage time of 2 to 3 hours, Eau de Toilette is often considered a perfume for use during daylight hours. The name of this type of perfume is derived from the French phrase ‘faire sa toilette’ meaning to get washed.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum is a high concentration perfume type with a composition of 15 to 20 percent fragrance that lasts four to five hours when worn. Suitable for wearing everyday Eau de Parfum is also considered an evening perfume that you wear before going out for the night. While highly concentrated with a high alcohol content it is also noted for being suitable for those with sensitive skin when compared to the other less concentrated options available.

Parfum

Parfum is the most concentrated type of perfume you can buy and is also referred to as Pure Perfume or De Parfum. Highly concentrated Parfum is commonly composed of 20 to 30 percent fragrance, however, concentrations as high as 40% and as low as 15% do exist. Due to its high concentration Parfum is quite long lasting and can be worn for 6 to 8 hours also, it is milder on sensitive skin due to lower alcohol content. Among the various types of perfumes on the market, Parfum is commonly the most expensive.

Final Thoughts

Perfumes can be quite complex and there are subtleties and nuances concerning not only concentration but as base notes, scent mixes, and overall composition. With so many different options available it can be difficult knowing where to start with your perfume purchase.

Proper research is very important as higher end perfumes can be quite expensive and you don’t want to buy a high-quality perfume that is not to your liking. Always keep your own preferences and taste in mind in addition to that also consider what you’re looking for in a perfume in terms of its use and the time frame (a few hours or all day) required as well.

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The Ingredients for a Perfect Dinner Party

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Have you ever watched a programme such as Come Dine With Me and thought to yourself: “I can do that!” Serving up a meal for strangers is not only about how your food tastes, but it’s also all about presentation as well. The most perfect beef wellington can’t survive a drab conversation and lack of pizzaz. Here are some top tips to help you impress your guests at your next dinner party.

You need to start thinking about a dinner party being more than just the moment between the food being served up and the guests leaving your house. Put yourself in the shoes of your guests, who will be leaving the comfort of their surroundings to visit you. You build up the right anticipation by sending out bespoke, considered invitations. Before you do so, consider a theme for your dining experience. Having a theme enables your guests to get in the right mindset and get all excited about the food, and the company you will bring. Give your guests a theme and tell them to go nuts. Straight away you will have an icebreaker from the get-go. Make sure you also follow through on the theme by decorating the room, table, and dining chairs.Image Source

Once your guests arrive, don’t immediately rush off to the kitchen to put the final touches on your food. Make sure you make your guests feel comfortable and provide some form of entertainment and beverage. Try giving them something to do, such as making cocktails at the fully stocked drinks station you provided. On the topic of alcoholic drinks, pace the evening. You have a full evening ahead of you, and you don’t want your guests, or even yourself, to have to lie down before the main course arrives.

Fill the house with sounds and smells, not in such a way it’s overwhelming, but in a way that your guests get transported to your carefully crafted food experience. A few scented candles will do the trick of lifting the atmosphere, just consider if those smells are complementary to your food. Also, create a nice playlist to play in the background subtly. It is recommended to pick songs that mean something you. It wouldn’t be uncommon for someone to say “I love this song,” which is a great hook to share your own appreciation and meaning to the song with your guests.

Good dinner parties are obviously about food, but also very much about the post-meal conversations. This is usually when it’s time to break out the whiskey, coffee liqueur or a nice cup of tea. A deck of cards or a game of scrabble is perfect to round out the evening. Steer clear of monopoly as that will always end in tears and shouting. And as your guests leave, give them something to remember the evening by. Perhaps a polaroid shot, small joke or novelty gift related to your theme would be the fitting cherry on top.

If you hit all these marks, your dinner party will be a guaranteed success. Granted you don’t burn the food!

 

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Apple Glazed Ribs Recipe

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Apple Glazed Rib Feast

Apple glazed ribs are a great spin on barbeque rib recipes which are a typical summer go to! Ribs can be smoked or grilled in any season of the year. However, it is important to choose top quality ribs.

Grilling experts choose Smithfield St. Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs, membrane removed, for best results.

To start your apple glazed rib feast, decide whether your tastes lean toward hot and spicy or mild flavored glazes. It is also important to note ribs can be marinated overnight in the refrigerator in apple glazes to deepen the apple flavor of the ribs.

Apple Glazed Rib Recipe

Serves four to six:

Preheat the grill or smoker to a lower temperature around 300 degrees. Choose apple wood for smokers and dampened apple wood chips for grills.

Ingredients:

2 slabs of Smithfield® St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs

1/2 cup of apple butter or apple preserves

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup melted butter or margarine

1/2 cup apple cider or apple brandy (as desired)

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon apple pie spice

1/8 teaspoon coriander spice

For more heat, add 1/2 cup finely chopped jalapenos seeded

Directions:

  • Place Smithfield St. Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs in smoker or grill, meatiest sides down for one half hour.
  • While ribs are cooking, prepare the glaze. Glaze can be prepared the day before to enrich the flavor.
  • Blend spices and dry ingredients first to ensure they are well incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, whisk apple butter or preserves with apple cider or apple brandy and molasses until well blended.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, whisk apple cider vinegar and melted butter or margarine until it thickens slightly. Add this to the other liquid ingredients.
  • Gradually whisk in dry ingredients. Allow to stand overnight or for at least one half hour prior to use.
  • Remove spare ribs from smoker or grill and place on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to cover ribs. Brush half of the glaze onto the ribs evenly. Pull foil over the ribs and return to smoker or grill and cook for approximately two hours at moderate temperature.
  • About five minutes before ribs are completely cooked to tenderness, brush the remaining half of the glaze onto the ribs, cover with foil and raise the temperature to medium high and allow to cook until the glaze becomes shiny.
  • To serve, remove the foil from the ribs and plate. Garnish with smoked or grilled apple jelly glazed apples, such as a combination of Granny Smith, Gala and Mcintosh Reds for a spectacularly colorful presentation.

Apple Glazed Ribs are in Season

When apples are harvested in late summer and early fall, serve apple glazed ribs for an autumn dinner or the last barbecue of the season.

Try to balance apple glazed ribs on your menu with other seasonal vegetables like fire roasted or smoked peppers, turnips, sweet potatoes or baking potatoes.

Be sure to offer garnishes for these vegetable side dishes like garlic butter and sour cream.

For more great recipes visit Smithfield today.

 

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