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Entertainment

What to Expect at a Music Festival

Whether you are going to a music festival such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or you are going to a local music festival in your home town, it is important to know what you should expect. The more music festivals you attend, the more you will understand what you should and should not do. All music festivals vary, but there are a few standard rules that will apply to most of the festivals you attend. Here are a couple of tips on preparing for a music festival:

Music Festival

Dress appropriately

At an event like this it does not really matter what you wear, as long as you are comfortable. It is important that you do not wear clothes that you will sweat in a lot, as with most festivals it does tend to get really hot. You want to wear clothes that allow air to flow through the material, so you can dance and sing along to the performers. You can wear a t-shirt supporting your favourite artist at the venue, or you can wear any t-shirt or shirt that you feel comfortable in. If it is an outdoor music festival, make sure you check the weather forecast before heading out, so that you can prepare for the weather ahead. If it is expected to rain while you are there, instead of bringing an umbrella and blocking everyone’s view, you can wear a plastic poncho. A plastic, water-proof poncho will not only keep you dry from the rain, but it will also not block anybody’s view of the stage.

Pack a light bag

Regardless of whether or not you are spending the night at the music festival, you should always pack light. If you are going to be spending a night or two, bring only two sets of clothing besides the set you are wearing. You will also need to bring cash, as typically food and clothing stands at music festivals do not accept credit or debit cards. If you are going to be bringing a camera, make sure you do not bring an expensive one, as there is a high chance it will get stolen or smashed. Other than that, you should bring a few pairs of underwear, socks and some snacks. If you take any medication or if you have an inhaler, make sure you bring that too, as you might need it.

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Health

I’ve just run for MILES – why can’t I sleep?!

Do you notice a pattern between heavy exercise and light sleep?

“Wow,” said my housemate when I got back from my run last night, “you look wrecked. Your hair is kind of everywhere and… wow…”

Working out in Gym Series

I beamed at her, face red, hair frizzballed, sweating profusely and promptly slumped onto the counter. “I’m knackered!” I announced proudly, sitting up and guzzling my water like it was a drink of champions.

Five minutes later she told a joke and I laughed and laughed and laughed. Really loudly and for quite a long time. Everytime I revisited the joke in my mind it sent me into bellows of laughter again. This happened a number of times throughout the evening, including when I was clapped out on my bed and she threw my phone at my head (it was a helpful throw, I was too exhausted to move, I think that’s important to indicate).

Later, after a very ill-advised 10pm bowl of Sugar Puffs, I tossed and turned and giggled to myself as I tried and utterly failed to drop into a restful night’s sleep. Dozing I managed, a little bit of reading was achievable too, but other than that I lay on the bed and buzzed out of my head.

Insomnia

I’ve experience this kind of thing before after heavier than usual, strenuous exercise. I’ll return feeling exhausted and sure that a quick bath and some dumpy food are all it will take to send me off into a deep and satisfying sleep and actually the opposite happens. I toss and turn, feel playful and euphoric but cannot catch those much needed z’s.

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Lifestyle

How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Last

Long distance relationships are usually a lot more difficult than if you and your partner were living in the same city. It takes quite a lot of effort to make a long distance relationship last, but it is not impossible and it is definitely worth it. Letting something like distance get in the way of you and your potential soul mate would be silly, which is why people get into long distance relationships in the first place. Here are some tips on making a long distance relationship last:

Long Distance Relationship

Communicate in different ways

To make up for the for the distance between you two, you will have to find new and creative ways to keep in touch. For example, you can try sending handwritten letters or cards to each other on special occasions, such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. You can even send letters to each other on a daily basis, so that you can see each others handwriting more often. Don’t limit yourself to just chatting online, so that you can save money on your phone bill. You can call each other using Skype, or any other free app that will allow you to simultaneously talk and see each other. Video calling is a huge aspect of any long distance relationship, as it is the closest thing to being together as you will get until you are actually together.

Make goals to see each other

Depending on how far you and your partner live away from each other, flights can be pretty expensive. So, you and your significant other need to work out a system to figure out how often you will be able to see each other in a year. If you have set aside a month each year that you see each other, you will have a goal to see each other and it will make the time in between go by much faster. The time you are not together should be used making goals for the future. For example, when you have booked a flight to visit your significant other, you can make plans to visit different places in your city together, or you can even plan it so you visit each other on your anniversaries. In a long distance relationship if you are not constantly making goals to see each other, the relationship may start to fade and you might start to think that you will never be together.

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Health

Tips on Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for you and your loved ones. Smoking is harmful in many ways, and can even be fatal in most cases. Smoking slowly causes heart problems, lung difficulties, throat issues, breathing complications and can even cause premature death. Here are few tips on quitting smoking:

Find support

Quitting smoking is a huge step and one that requires a lot of support. If you have any friends or family members who are also smokers looking to quit smoking, you can quit together. If you have someone who is going through the same withdrawal symptoms with you, you two can support each other and encourage each other to not relapse and start smoking again. If you do not have any friends or family who are thinking about quitting smoking, you can still get their support. Talk to them and explain to them that you might be more irritable than usual in the few weeks after you quit smoking. Additionally, you can tell them to expect some changes in your eating habits, sleep cycle, etc.

Quitting Smoking

Choose a quit day

With any bad habit, we as humans, tend to put off quitting to another day, which is why you should select a quit day. Mark a specific date in the near future on your calendar and decide that that is the day you quit smoking forever. You may think about postponing the date, but tell a loved one your quit date, so that they can encourage you to go through with your plans on that date. Ideally, you should choose a date that you will have the day off work, as the worst withdrawal symptoms occur in the first twenty four hours. Remember, the withdrawal symptoms won’t last forever and there will come a day where you won’t even be tempted to smoke again.

Never give up

You might quit smoking for a week and then you might start smoking again, but don’t give up. No matter how many times you relapse and start smoking again, you have to try and quit over and over again. Progress isn’t made overnight and if you quit for longer periods each time, there may come a day where you will finally get rid of the bad habit for good. Keep in mind that your body starts to feel healthier just a short while after you quit smoking. Just one year after quitting smoking your risk of getting heart disease is cut in half.

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Finance

Ways to Save Money

There are numerous reasons why someone might want to save money, whether it’s for an upcoming vacation, or if it’s to buy something expensive. It also never hurts to have a little bit of extra money on you at any given time, the trouble is finding ways to actually save the money in the first place. Saving money is easy if you have a little bit of self control. Here are a couple of tips on how you can save money:

Save-Money

Set a monthly budget

Before each month begins, you should have a budget of how much you need to spend and how much you have to save. For example, you will definitely need to spend money on bills and utilities, so add up all of your monthly bills and write that number down as money you absolutely have to spend in a month. Next, write down the amount of money you will have to spend on your monthly groceries and if you have a car, write down an approximate amount for gas money. Finally, whatever is left of your paycheck should go directly into a savings account either in a bank, or you can even save it in a piggy bank at home. Any extra money you have should be saved, if you want to have some extra money.

Don’t spend money excessively

Spending money excessively is the worst possible thing you can do if you want to save money. There are a lot of ways you can cut down on your spending habits, such as not going out to eat with your friends at restaurants. You can also not go on spending sprees and buy clothes and electronics you do not need. If going out to eat with your friends is the only way you get to socialize, you can always invite them over for a potluck dinner. Alternatively, you can go on a picnic with them in a nearby park, as that will be much cheaper than going out to restaurant to eat. If you want to buy new clothes, consider selling some of your old clothes beforehand. You can sell your lightly worn clothes to charity shops, you can sell them online, or you can even host a garage sale. The point to remember is that you should always make the money you want to spend on clothes, by selling some of your old ones first.

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Entertainment

Having Fun on a Tight Budget

People often equate having fun with spending a lot of money, but having fun really only comes down to what you do and who you do it with. By thinking you have to spend a lot of money to have fun, you are not only limiting yourself, but you are also probably spending more than what is necessary in order to have a good time. Here are a few tips on having fun on a tight budget:

Go to free events

If you look up the name of your town or city, you will find that there are a lot of free events going on at any given time of the year. For example, there could be a carnival coming to your city that might not have an admission charge, so you can enter for free and spend a small amount of money to stay entertained for the whole day. If you are a student, there might also be free days for students to go to museums or art galleries. If you spend a day in a museum or art gallery, not only will you be occupied for the whole day for free, you might also learn something new. Free events are especially popular during the summer months, so remember to keep checking the local listings.

Take advantage of nature

Gather a group of your friends, load into a car and go enjoy the beauty of nature. There are so many wonderful things you could be doing outdoors, for example, you can go to the beach, you can go hiking, or you can even go for a lovely picnic on a sunny day. If you don’t want to spend money on overpriced food at the beach, you can take a portable grill with you and grill up some hotdogs and burgers for you and your friends. Going for a hike can be an adventurous day to spend the day as well, as you can explore the area and perhaps even discover a hangout spot for you and your friends.

Stay indoors

You don’t have to leave the house to have fun, all you have to do is invite your closest friends over, order a couple of pizzas and watch a movie. You can even play some board games you have lying around the house, play karaoke at home, or play charades. The only thing you need to have a good time on a budget, is a good group of friends.

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Cars

Different Auto Hobbies That You Can Try

There are many people who love their cars almost as much as their own kids or someone that is close to them. Ones love for cars has resulted into many auto hobbies that has got a lot of car enthusiasts hooked. A car for these people is not just another vehicle, it is something that should be cared for and given a lot of attention.

There are different kinds of hobbies that a man can do if he is the type that wants to be with his car at all times. This kind of pasttime can be expensive but there are ways where you won´t need to spend a lot. This can also be a good way to make money.

A very common hobby among many car enthusiasts would be assembling or modifying cars. It gives a great pleasure to many when they make a car from scratch or do something with it to make it even better. You can install something to make its performance even better.

Some car fanatics would prefer to collect different cars or car parts especially the ones that are vintage. There are collectors who collect cars that belong to a particular brand while there are some who go for those that belong to a certain year. A few would even use this as business for vintage cars, which can fetch a very good price these days.

There are also enthusiasts who love to participate in amateur races. These people are sometimes those who are hands on in modifying their cars. Racing is a way for them to test the capability of their vehicle and it also gives them a certain high that no other hobby can give.

Those who love to keep their cars in top condition by polishing it and cleaning it so that it will look like the ones you see on television knows how to do car detailing. Car detailing involves keeping the interiors and the exteriors in perfect shape.

These are just a few examples of auto hobbies that you can do for yourself if you want to spend time with cars a lot. Each of this activity is a good way that one can spend his time on. Some of these hobbies can be profitable as well….

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Cars

Financing a Classic Car

Owning a classic car is a dream for many. While new cars have features and options that classic cars cannot match, the grace, beauty and performance of classic cars cannot be beat. Financing classic cars, however, is a bit different from financing a new or recent used car. Here are five ways buyers can finance their favorite classic car.

1) Pay with cash

Those who sell classic cars are often individuals who prefer cash payments above other forms of payment. If a buyer has enough cash saved up to buy the car outright, he or she may be able to buy the car at a reduced rate. Further, cash purchases eliminate the stress of ongoing, monthly payments. Buyers who choose to go this route, however, should have the car thoroughly inspected and ensure that they have the sellers contact information in case the car turns out to be a lemon.

Classic Car

2) Buy with a credit card

Dealerships selling classic cars will likely be able to accept a credit card payment. Today, even individual sellers may have access to online payment gateways that allow buyers to pay with a credit card. If buyers do not have enough credit available, they can use online resources to compare the best credit cards for a low financing rate.

3) Traditional financing options

Banks may be reluctant to provide financing for a classic car. However, persistence can sometimes pay off; with a strong credit score and a history of on-time payments, buyers may be able to secure a loan. A small, local credit union might be a better option especially if the buyer has a history with them. Whichever route the buyer chooses, sharing information about the car’s worth and its depreciation can be helpful.

4) Trade-ins

When thinking about classic cars, most imagine them as a second vehicle. For many, however, a classic car may work well as an every day commuter. Buyers who would feel comfortable with using their classic car to commute or run errands may be able to get good trade-in value for their current car. Many feel that classic cars that only leave the garage on Sundays are a waste of money; what is the point of having a classic car if it is rarely driven?

5) Buy an older model and repair it

Sometimes, the cost of a classic car in perfect condition is simply too high. However, cars with repairable wear and damage can be significantly cheaper. Further, many enjoy to process of restoring a car to its former glory. Though the hours can be long and the work can be complicated, the results are well worth the effort.

Despite the challenges it presents, financing is available for classic cars. It is important to remember that classic cars are not going to disappear; if you cannot afford a classic car right now, save up for a year or two and see where you end up. Open a dedicated bank account and begin to put money aside for the car of your dreams.