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How to set up your campsite for the ultimate glamping experience


The definition of glamping is simple. It’s almost the same as camping, but a whole lot better! The days of living in the dirt, sleeping on the ground and eating baked beans from a tin are a thing of the past – and frankly, they can stay there. Think clean amenities, comfortable sleeping, and superb food in the middle of nature. Doesn’t this sound heavenly? Keep reading to find out how to get your glamp on, the right way.

How to set up your campsite for the ultimate glamping experience

Don’t skimp on comfort

The most important aspect of glamping is comfort. Do your research and choose the right campsite to suit your needs. If the campsite is clean, cozy, and has a scenic view, it will set a wonderful tone for your stay. Start with a durable and spacious tent. There’s nothing worse than feeling cramped up. Next, make sure that you choose the right bed. Something that is elevated off the ground and cushy. Don’t forget to bring along some sheets, plenty of pillows, and a warm comforter. Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. The glamping lounge should be a stunning blend of lazy comfort and casual chic. Tables, rugs, and comfortable furniture will create the perfect space to kick back and relax in. Lighting is another important factor to consider. Solar lanterns, fairy lights in the trees, and LED faux candles around the living space will provide a cozy glamping atmosphere.

The glampfire

The glamping campfire is essential. The campfire adds ambiance, warmth, and a place to cook your meals. Plus, what’s better than roasted marshmallows? Just be sure to find out the fire restrictions of your chosen location beforehand. A small metal fire pit is an aesthetically appealing and safer option for fires. Cooking in the wilderness is another incredible experience that you don’t want to miss out on. Bring along some pots, pans, and a kettle that can be used directly on the hot coals. Perfect weather is not always a guarantee so be sure to bring along a portable gas stove as a backup. It’s also always a good idea to bring along plenty of ready-made snacks.

How to set up your campsite for the ultimate glamping experience

Keep it organized

Setting up different stations around the campsite will go a long way for keeping it organized and looking neat. Set up a table with a bowl of soapy water for washing the dishes as they are used. A large container with clean water and its own tap is such a luxury to have on hand when roughing it outdoors. Set up a kitchen station just for food and beverages. A fold-out table with closed and labeled containers will do the trick. Don’t let the space underneath the tables go to waste. Use this space for storage! Storage towers with big plastic drawers are fantastic for keeping all your cutlery, crockery, and other equipment together.

And finally, don’t forget why you are doing this. To spend time with those who are important to you, to have fun, and to just relax. So don’t forget a good book or two, board games, and some fun outdoor activities.

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Japan is slowly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of visitors come each year to set their sights on its gorgeous scenery, bask in its unique and diverse culture, and meet some of its fascinatingly wonderful people.

Going on a road trip gives you a sense of freedom like no other, and Japan has some of the most scenic roads you could ever drive on. So if you’re planning on taking a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun anytime soon, here is our guide to making an exciting road trip!

Start at Kanazawa…

A great place to start your journey will be the city region of Kanazawa on the Central East coast. Here you’ll get the chance to see some beautiful traditional Japenese architecture within the city center, and then you can even venture out to visit some remote villages to see how Japan’s rural populations live outside of the capital.

Kanazawa

Then travel to Gokayama…

On the way to Gokayama, you can stop off at some marvelous scenic sites including forest trekking trails, waterfalls, and stunning mountainous viewpoints. Once you have reached Gokayama, you’ll see why it has been selected as a National Heritage site. The scope of its gassho-style houses is breathtakingly picturesque, and the culture there is built around some interesting ancient traditions.

Next, go to Ainokura….

This quaint village is known for its thatched houses and beautiful dense forests that surround. It’s like a place from a magical movie. Here you can wander around Ainokura and take in its majestic beauty. Fog is known to frequently cover the village, which makes it feel all the more fairy-tale like.

After this go to Kamikochi…

To get to Kamikochi, winding roads that run along the Azusa River will offer you some of the most impressive views you’ll find in the whole of Japan. Once you’ve reached Kamikochi, take a look around the peace and quiet of the resort which offers a look at some of Japan’s wonderful wildlife, more fantastic hiking trails and great souvenir shops. The resort itself is only accessible by public transport so you’ll need to park up and hitch a ride in.

Then drive to Karuizawa…

Next, you need to drive to the upmarket mountainous resort that is Karuizawa. It’s a place like no other. It offers a whole host of things to do, including cycling and walking paths, recreational activities such as golfing, and cultural hotspots such as museums and temples. On top of this, there is an abundance of great bars, restaurants, and shops to explore too. The resort is also popular in winter time with skiing slopes and hot springs on offer.

Finally, get yourself to Tokyo!

On your way to Tokyo, you’ll pass the volcano of Mount Yakedake, so stop off and take a few minutes to bask in the enormity of it. Keep driving, and you’ll finally get to the city of Tokyo. This city is like no other city on earth, offering a mix of both ultra-modern city skyscrapers and intimate religious temples. Make sure you see it all!

Tokyo

Although there are the top tourist destinations to visit across the country – like the colorful lights of Tokyo city or the views from the slopes of Mount Fuji – we suggest getting in the car to make sure you see it all!

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on Friday, when the host county takes on South Korea at 3 p.m. ET. Expectations are high for the top-ranked United States in the monthlong event. The U.S. is seeking a fourth World Cup title after victories in 1991 (the first year of the event), 1999, and in 2015. With a tournament win, Team USA would become just the second-ever country to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles; Germany took the trophy in 2003 and 2007.

Four years ago, some 25 million people watched the American women’s team beat Japan in the World Cup final — a record U.S. audience for any soccer game. New York City threw the team a ticker-tape parade, a first for a women’s sports squad. “I was actually thinking, like, shit man, they’re going to close down New York City, New Yorkers can be pissed, not that many people are going to come,” says U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe. But thousands of fans lined the streets of lower Manhattan to fête the World Cup champs. “To be completely blown away like that was very, very special,” she says.

Now Team USA is looking for an even bigger celebration. To help you catch soccer fever this summer, here’s TIME’s guide to the Women’s World Cup.

The path to victory

Team USA was placed in Group F — one of six four-team groupings that make up the 24-team tournament — along with Chile, Sweden, and Thailand. So that you know when to sneak away from work: the U.S. kicks off against Thailand, in Reims, on Tuesday, June 11, at 3 p.m ET. Then, the Americans take on World Cup newbies Chile on Sunday, June 16, at 12 p.m. ET in Paris. The U.S. will be heavy favorites against those two teams, which could set up a showdown with Sweden, on Thursday, June 20, at 3 p.m. ET in Le Havre, for first place in the group. The top two teams in each of the six groups, plus the top four third place teams, advance to the round of 16 knockout stage.

A U.S.-Sweden duel for group supremacy has potential for intrigue, since the winner could face host country France in a quarterfinal (assuming France wins its group). So finishing in second could actually offer an easier path to the semifinals.

The fight off the pitch

The U.S. women’s team enters this World Cup embroiled in a lawsuit with its employer. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the team filed a federal gender discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation, arguing that the organization pays “only lip service to gender equality.” The federation has denied unlawful conduct, attributing any alleged pay discrepancies to “differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex.”

The World Cup also spotlights more indignity for the women: two major regional men’s tournaments, the CONCACAF Gold Cup (which features the U.S. men and other teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and the CONMEBOL Copa América (featuring the best teams in South America) are being held at the same time; the finals of the Gold Cup and Copa América are on July 7, the same day as the Women’s World Cup. The men’s World Cup final would never have to share a stage with another soccer tournament. “It’s ridiculous and disappointing,” says Rapinoe.

FIFA has touted its doubling of prize money available to the 2019 Women’s World Cup countries, from $ 15 to $ 30 million (the winning country gets $ 4 million, up from the $ 2 million the U.S. received for winning the tournament in 2015). But the gender pay gap has actually widened, as the men have seen increases too, from $ 358 million in 2014 to $ 400 million in 2018, a bump which increased the difference in men’s and women’s prize money from $ 343 million to $ 370 million.

So FIFA’s raises have still left many women feeling they don’t get what they deserve. The Associated Press has reported that FIFA’s cash reserves soared to a record $ 2.74 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup. “They have essentially unlimited resources,” says Rapinoe. “I don’t think that it’s really been a huge change at all. I think sort of the incremental change that we’ve seen is just not enough. I don’t think that’s really the model that needs to happen. I would like to see a major paradigm shift.”

The Americans’ star striker

U.S. striker Alex Morgan — subject of a recent TIME cover story — is the biggest star in U.S. soccer. In April, Morgan, 29, became the third-youngest American player (behind Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach) to score 100 international goals. She has endorsement deals with companies like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Proctor & Gamble deodorant brand Secret, and a social media following in the millions. According to Hookit, a sports sponsorship analytics company, she delivers five times the social media engagement rate of the number two U.S. women’s player, Carli Lloyd. What’s more, she tops the engagement rate of the top-ranked men’s player, Christian Pulisic, sixfold. Among female athletes worldwide, she ranks fifth in social media engagement, trailing only Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Simone Biles and Maria Sharapova.

“I see her behind the scenes day-to-day,” says Rapinoe. “I think a lot of people see her show up and get sponsorships and score goals. But the amount of work she puts into it, and her desire to be as good as she possibly can be, is way more than most. She has that sort of elite mentality, not showing up and hoping that the World Cup goes great for her. But ensuring that the World Cup goes great.”

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Vengeance awaits

The last time the U.S. women appeared in a major global tournament, the team made its earliest-ever exit from a mega-event: Sweden, then led by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, beat the Americans in 2016 Olympics quarterfinals on a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. Afterwards, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo caused an international incident by calling the Swedes a “bunch of cowards” for sitting back on defense. (Solo, historically a supremely talented but divisive presence on the team, is gone this year, replaced by Alyssa Naeher, 31, who’ll make her World Cup debut; either Brianna Scurry or Solo has played every minute of every Olympics and World Cup since 2003.)

At the time, the quarterfinal defeat hit the Americans hard. But now it’s serving as motivation. “I feel like the loss in 2016 is fueling this team,” says forward Christen Press. After those Olympics, Morgan needed a reset. She spent part of 2017 playing for Olympique Lyonnais, one of the world’s premier club teams, and started meditating and doing yoga in France. “I hope that defeat and disappointment sticks in our minds,” says Morgan, “because I think it’s important for us to know that feeling when we step on the field on the highest stage again.” So they’ll work harder to never experience it again.

The Sauerbrunn Plan could save us

Pretty much all soccer fans agree that penalty-kick shootouts are a highly unsatisfying way to settle a tie. U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn, however, offers a pretty novel way to ditch PKs.

If a game is still tied after 30 minutes of extra time, instead of penalty kicks, all 11 players take the field for a sudden death session. Sauerbrunn’s twist: every two minutes, coaches must call one of their players off the field. If no one can score on 8v8 or 5v5 or even 2v2, the last player for each team goes 1v1, first score wins. And if that means two keepers are playing a little schoolyard head-to-head game — but on a 115 yard field and in front of millions — even better!

We need to get the Sauerbrunn Plan in front of FIFA. “Put me on the task force,” she says.

Carli’s case

Remember Carli Lloyd? The American soccer star who scored a hat trick against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final, including an almost cartoonish strike from midfield that somehow found the net? The back-to-back winner of the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award, in 2015-2016, has been coming off the bench for the U.S. in the run-up to the World Cup. At a recent media event, a reporter asked Lloyd if she was comfortable in her role. “No, I’m not,” said Lloyd, 36. “I’m not here to be a super-sub, plain and simple. That’s not the type of person I am.”

“I’m a fighter. I’ll fight to the end,” she says. “My age isn’t a factor. My ability isn’t a factor. I feel the fittest I’ve ever felt. I’ve reinvented my game these last three or four years: instead of the athletic, powerful Carli, just head down and go to goal, I’m a way better soccer player. I feel that my mind is the mind of a 36-year-old at the moment, but my body feels like the body of a 26-year-old.”
Heading into the Women’s World Cup, the U.S. has a pretty nice problem: this is one of its deepest teams ever. Lloyd has made her case for more time on the pitch; she’s scored four goals in her last five games for the team. “There’s no doubt in my mind that it doesn’t matter where you start,” says Lloyd, “it matters where you finish.”

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Where to experience the ultimate safari adventures


Imagine waking up to the sound of a lion, or looking across the plains while you eat breakfast, to see a giraffe eating her own breakfast from the trees. Seeing animals roam around or even hunt right in front of you is something that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a safari is usually on most people’s’ bucket lists! So, if you want to see the wild in action, where is best?

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

When you imagine a safari, what you are likely picturing are the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park. It is the site of the start of the annual great migration where over two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle travel from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara between May and December, and if you time your trip to experience this, you won’t regret it! You may also be lucky enough to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, baboons, and a whole lot more. No wonder this is the most popular safari destination in the world.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Kruger National Park, South Africa

If you want to get up close and personal with the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) then Kruger National Park is a pretty good option! There are so many options to tailor your safari perfectly to what you want, for example, you could stay in a tent for an authentic experience, or upgrade to a luxury lodge for a more romantic trip. You can choose a jeep, walking, boat or even hot air balloon safari or one tailored to children and families.

Chobe National Park, Botswana

One really popular option for Chobe National Park is a photographic safari, where your guide is also a professional photographer and who will teach you the tips and tricks to capturing the best photographs of these incredible animals such as zebras, buffalo, elephants, lions, and endangered African painted dogs. There are some fantastic bird species in Chobe, so alongside your game drives, be sure to check the skies too!

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Set across over 1,500 square kilometers, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a fantastic place to visit for a safari adventure. Over 40% of Africa’s larger mammals live here, from lions and leopards to elephants and zebra. Not to mention, of course, the incredible Great Migration which ends up here. If you visit in the dry season, between June and October, you are likely to catch some of the migration before it heads back to the Serengeti National Park, as well as a whole host of other incredible animals.

A safari will be an incredible experience that you will never forget. It’s so unpredictable, and you never know what you are going to see – photographs just won’t do it justice. Whichever park you choose, all you really need is a knowledgeable guide to get the most out of it. Although a lot of parks will let you do a safari on your own, it’s better (and safer!) to go with a reputable guide. So, get booking! But beware: they can be quite addictive…

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Going to a music festival is something we should all do at least once in our lives, but there are some things you should know before you go. Prepare yourself for some fun in the mud as we give you our ultimate survival guide for music festivals.

Sleep exhaustion

If there is one thing you can pretty much guarantee is going to happen to you at a music festival, it will be not getting enough sleep. There’s just too much going on at night for you to even think about turning in. You’ll have to come to terms pretty early that you’re going to be tired. The best thing you can do is book an extra couple of days off work afterward so you can sleep all of the partying off.

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Drinking water

You’re most likely going to be standing in the sun for long periods during the festival so you’ll be losing a lot of water. Then you’ll most likely be dancing around a bunch plus all the drinks you might be having will also dehydrate you.

Most festivals have places where you can drink water, and you should take advantage of those at every opportunity. For every strong drink you have, you should have some water in between, that way you’ll still keep your hydration levels up which will make you feel miles better.

Wet wipes

Most festivals don’t come with shower facilities, or if they do, there’s a line a mile long to use them. You’re going to want to clean yourself as much as possible as you’ll get covered in dust or mud after a long day in a field.

One of the best tips we can give anyone going to a festival is to bring wet wipes with you. That way you can clean all of your vital areas without having to hope and pray that there’s a shower available to you.

Pick one that suits your taste

Make sure you go to a festival that suits your taste in music. You’re less likely to have a good time if there are a bunch of bands or artists around that you don’t like. The whole point in going to a music festival is to enjoy the tunes, right? Don’t just go to a festival because it’s close to where you live, or the tickets are cheap, make sure there are going to be acts there that you’ll enjoy.

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Agree to disagree

Lots of people go to music festivals with their friends. If there’s a group of you going then you aren’t likely to all agree on which acts to see. Most festivals announce their lineup well in advance so you and your friends can arrange which acts you’re going to see together and which you’ll see alone. Don’t be afraid to miss out on some time with your pals just to see an act that you really like, this might be the only chance you get to see them live.

With these helpful tips, you can make sure to survive just about any music festival you find yourself at. You’ll be able to keep the party going for longer by following this survival guide.

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Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor, into the world earlier this week.

Just days after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth, Harry jetted to the Netherlands for an engagement at The Hague for the Invictus Games 2020.

During his visit Harry had a heart to heart with former soldier Dennis van der Stroon, who has his sights set on competing in the games, about fatherhood.

Dennis recalled his conversation with the 34-year-old royal to Hello! magazine: ‘We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born.

‘Above all he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy.

‘But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.’

Harry has revealed his four-year-old son is ‘very quiet’.

Dennis added: ‘He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet.’

The pair continued to bond over fatherhood, and losing a parent.  During the heart to heart Harry admitted he doesn’t feel ‘so alone’ when he speaks to other people who have loved and lost a close one.

Dennis continued: ‘Harry said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother. He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone.’

We can’t deal.

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April is here, and that means it is Stress Awareness Month.

Some people battling with stress, left feeling on edge or anxious, may turn to calming apps such as Headspace or Calm, attend yoga classes or speak to a therapist. But wellness expert Emma Mills has insisted there is another very simple way to put our minds at ease – houseplants.

Research has shown plants in the home can reduce tension in people by almost 40 per cent, because they remind us of the outdoors, nature, and a slower pace of life, which is instantly calming.

The award-winning British author and consultant – who specialises in meditation and wellness – exclusively told Marie Claire UK: ‘By bringing the outside in and enriching our indoor spaces with houseplants, this reminds us of a natural simple way of living. A pace of life that is slower yet still incredibly intelligent, beautiful and efficient.

‘Plants remind us of a natural, simple way of living. A pace of life that is slower yet still incredibly intelligent, beautiful and efficient.

‘Human beings are hardwired to respond positively to the natural environment. For example, studies now show a significant reduction in stress when plants are introduced to the workplace with a 37 per cent fall in anxiety, 38 per cent decrease in fatigue and 38 per cent reduction in hostility and anger.’

Emma has insisted not only having greenery indoors can relieve stress, but the act of watering plants can do wonders for the mind too.

Emma, and a spokesperson for The Joy of Plants, Chanel De Kock, tell us everything we need to know about the health benefits of plants in the home…

How and why do houseplants help to relieve stress?

Chanel: ‘Green is the most predominant colour on the planet after blue. Green balances our energies, and it can be used to increase our sensitivity and compassion towards others, and the care we put into our plants is also an act of mindfulness, connecting us with nature.’

Emma: ‘Usually in our day to day working lives we have a directed sharp focus, heavily concentrating on the screen for example, or intense analytical thinking in a meeting. This is important and useful. Yet after a while we can fatigue our attention and this isn’t without consequence. Attention restoration theory suggests that certain things that can relieve us of our attentional fatigue, one of which is plants and the natural world.

‘Studies have suggested looking at nature or plants – even photos of plants, that are fascinating but not demanding – can switch the brain into a different mode of processing better suited to relaxation, gentle focus and creativity. ‘Further ideas by the human species report into the global impact of biophilic design in the workplace suggest that working in natural elements brings a 15% spike in reported wellbeing and 15% increase in creativity.’

Are some plants bigger stress relievers than others?

Chanel: ‘It all depends on your capabilities when taking care of plants. Large foliage plants do help to create a serene space that brings a sense of calm with it, but if you’re not able to stick to a once weekly watering (and misting schedule if needed), that will not be beneficial to relieving your stress.

‘Choose a plant that will work for you – the last thing the plant should do is cause anxiety. If you are a beginner, opt for low maintenance plants like yucca, dracaena or a zz plant (zamioculcas). They will instantly inject green into your space and you will feel a sense of achievement, and zen.’

‘We believe that all plants are equal in terms of relieving stress, but from an aesthetic point of view, plants with softer, rounder or trailing shapes tend be more relaxing as they appear to be friendlier than plants with hard, striking architectural forms. Imagine walking into a room filled with plants that look ready to welcome you with an embrace – a ficus Lyrata or monstera with their huge rounded green leaves also adding lots of green, and a wall covered by flowing green plants like rhipsalis, Devil’s ivy and hoyas spilling over like cascading waterfalls from a shelf. Visually, these plants will create a more relaxing space for you to stop, relax, and breathe.’

When did you notice that plants helped with your mental health?

Emma: ‘Both houseplants and gardening have always been a big source of joy for me over the years, playing a role in my own wellbeing and the guidance I share with others. Being close to nature has significant and wide-ranging health benefits and that’s why I encourage people to enjoy the natural world as often as possible. I am hugely passionate about helping you to feel happier and healthier through not only meditation, but a holistic approach to life guided by a balanced diet, regular exercise and quality sleep— as well as taking time for the beauty of art and nature. I believe that small steps each day can make a big difference to your wellbeing.’

The Joy Of Plants has revealed there are five must-have houseplants we all need in our homes, or office, to create a space of zen, and with Lidl selling a string of houseplants for under £3.

Monstera

Monstera

Monstera is a must-have because it helps to balance energies and boost your mood.

This plant is in its element when placed in bright, natural light with poor ventilation, and it needs moderate watering.

Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is said to bring luck and good fortune to your home, as well as extra zen – perfect!

This must-have, which gets its name from the heart shaped leaves, needs to be OUT of direct sunlight and draughts, although a spritz of water is all it needs – simple, right?

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

The Asparagus Fern is a very strong and sturdy houseplant that is easy to care for, so it’s perfect for a homeowner with a hectic lifestyle.

This shrub thrives when it receives daylight, although it shouldn’t be in direct sunlight.  If you want to bring out its full green glory treat it to some houseplant food each week from May to September, then stand back and watch it grow. We promise it won’t turn into a scene in Little Shop of Horrors.

Dracaena

Dracaena

This houseplant will make you feel like you’ve just got off a flight and landed in an exotic climate with its vibrant leaves.

Similar to Devil’s Ivy, all the Dracaena needs is to be in a light and airy space, away from direct sunlight, with only a light mist every now and again.

Aeschynanthus

Aeschynanthus

Aeschynanthus is also known as the lipstick plant because of its red flowers, but the name isn’t the only reason it’s a fan favourite.

While we may be swooning over the heatwave this April, this plant is not. It needs to be out of indirect sunlight and watered only moderately but be careful not to soak the soil.

And for those who have a true love of plants, this may be the perfect job for you.

Now time to fill our homes with greenery!

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Ultimate Basketball Fan Barack Obama Reveals His 2019 March Madness Picks

Former president and noted basketball enthusiast Barack Obama revealed his NCAA tournament brackets just in time for March Madness 2019, continuing a tradition he began while he was in the Oval Office.

Obama, who memorably began publicly sharing his brackets during his time as the commander-in-chief, posted his picks for this year’s tourney via the Obama Foundation, as he did last year. This year, Obama has selected the Duke Blue Devils to take it all for the men’s championship, while for the women’s tourney, he selected longtime NCAA champions, the University of Connecticut.

For his men’s picks, Obama selected Michigan, Tennessee, UNC, and of course, Duke for the Final Four, predicting that Duke will beat known rival UNC. His decision to select Duke as the champion might have surprised some, as Obama has frequently favored the Tar Heels in his March Madness picks in the past.

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The ultimate vlogger event is coming to London for the first time

If you’re serious about becoming a big name in the vlogging world, make sure you’re at VidCon London

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In 2009, brothers Hank and John Green founded a grassroots movement in sunny SoCal to celebrate the vlogging community. Now, ten years and 90,000 attendees later, Vidcon, the ultimate vlogging event is hitting London for the first time on 14th February.

The four-day event will include featured creators such as lifestyle vlogger and podcaster Marcus Butler, the UK’s top female gamer on YouTube, LDShadow Lady, and Mark Hoyle AKA LadBaby.

Even the uninitiated should recognise the Hoyle, who as well as being voted Celebrity Dad of the Year in 2018, also bagged the 2018 Christmas No.1 spot with his spoof song ‘We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls’ and donated all proceeds from the sale of the track to The Trussell Trust, a foodbank charity.

With the line-up also including names such as American YouTuber Joey Graceffa (who has over 2.2 billion views on his YouTube channel) and Family Fizz (who have 1.5m subscribers), you can learn the tricks of the trade from those who know them best. There’ll even be brand activations from huge companies including Facebook and Instagram.

This year, VidCon have introduced single day tickets, meaning that even more fans can watch the exclusive panels on Saturday and Sunday. The events will showcase the best online video has to offer, thanks to a huge range of creators. With panel topics including My Online Life vs. My Offline Life, Gamers Unite and LGBTQ+: Coming Out Online, there is truly something for everyone.

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This year, VidCon is also keen to highlight the role of women as online creators, and also has a series of panels set to inspire the next generation of female creators and leaders, with Featured Creators including Patricia Bright and Hannah Witton/

For those who opt for the full four-day experience, there is even more to look forward to, whether that’s the Meet & Greet Lottery, or the Friday night Opening Show on the main stage.

The full line-up is available here and tickets are available to buy on the VidCon website.

VidCon has been at the forefront of video creation and vlogging since its foundation in 2009: this is the event for any budding influencer.

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The Ultimate Christmas Soul Playlist

I’m only 30 but when I think of classic Christmas soul music, I don’t think of Boyz II Men or Mariah Carey, like many of my counterparts do. I think of Otis Redding and James Brown. Now don’t get me wrong, they have Christmas classics, but when I am looking for that bottom of the gut, soul churning Christmas music. I skip most of the 1990s.

The other day I was listening to my Christmas playlist in my office and a co-worker asked, “what do you know about that?” I quipped, “a lot”.

Since I was a kid, my family has been playing the same Christmas cassette tape. It has a small white piece of half peeled tape on it, that reads “Christma ongs”. It was dubbed by an aunt or cousin but despite moves and life changes, this cassette has lasted. The songs are the soundtrack of such special memories.

I’m not walking around with a Walkman, so I have now pulled the playlist together on a streaming service and here is the list:

Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas 

Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter 

Santa Goes Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown

Christmas Ain’t Christmas – Bobby Womack 

Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year- James Brown 

Presents For Christmas – Solomon Burke 

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Carla Thomas

May Christmas Bring You Happiness – Luther Vandross

White Christmas – Otis Redding 

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 

Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday – William Bell 

This Christmas – Donny Hathaway 

Silent Night – The Temptations 

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

One Little Christmas Tree- Stevie Wonder 

What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas – Emotions 

Happy Holidays To You – The Whispers 

Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding 

For my family, this is the quintessential Christmas soul playlist. When it cranks up, I know we’re ready to cook, eat, or play a game of spades.

What’s on your family playlist? Let us know in the comments!

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For Kids:

I’M A BRILLIANT LITTLE BLACK BOY!

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I’m a Brilliant Little Black Boy is targeted to African American children ages 6-11 years old.

 




I Am Unique 

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I Am Unique is a book and global empowerment brand reaching children in the United States, Africa, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Australia.


Sasha Savvy Loves to Code

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This book written by a teen author is to further the culture of science, technology, engineering, and math, while teaching some programming basics as well.




Harlem’s Little Blackbird 

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This book tells the story of Florence Mills, a singer with a voice like a bird.


Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

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Bessie Coleman was the first African American to have a pilot’s license – she traveled all the way to France to earn her license after every American school refused to teach her.




Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

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This book highlights Melba Liston; a child prodigy trombonist who played with everyone from Count Basie to Billie Holiday.




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Becoming Michelle Obama

Throughout the book, Obama shares insights of a life of pomp and circumstance as a first lady, yet one also filled with the everyday worries, anxieties, and self-doubts so many women who hold it down as mothers and working professionals face.




Standing Our Ground

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Part memoir, part history lesson, this is the story by newly-elected congresswoman Lucia McBath who became an activist after the murder of her son Jordan Davis.




An Extraordinary Life

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Author Wendy Jones can’t exactly prove that her mother, Josephine Jones, was the first black woman manager at a Fortune 500 company, but she certainly makes a strong case for it in her book.


Getting to the Other Side of Victory

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This autobiography is a story of hope and action to teach people how to hit the reset button, tap into their hidden strengths, and rebuild their lives after crisis and loss.




Rise and Grind 

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In this collaboration, Daymond John looks at everyday routines of individuals including, Gary Vaynerchuk, Wendy Williams, Carlos Santana, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who people consider to be winning and at the top of their fields.


Black Fortunes 

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This book is an ode to the nation’s first-known, post-slavery titans, a few of whom reside in his own family tree, concentrates on six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires.


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‘FIFA 19’: Watch Two Champions Go Head-to-Head for Ultimate Bragging Rights

Former Smosh Games streamer Lasercorn is a champion-level gamer who entertains hundreds of thousands of fans on his YouTube channel. Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer leveraged a star-making turn on So You Think You Can Dance into a professional dance career. Now these two champions in their respective fields are going head-to-head in FIFA 19 to determine who’s the ultimate champion on the pitch.

They’re trying out one of the new Kick Off modes, Survival, which removes a player from a team whenever that team scores a goal. Watch the video above to see who comes out on top!

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Lasercorn and Cyrus also took time to chat about their origin stories — how they got started doing what they love and how they rose to the tops of the games. Watch the video above to find out.

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Once you make it to the top of your field, how do you stay on top? Lasercorn and Cyrus break down their current day-to-day routines to find out how to stay a champion-caliber performer. Watch the video above for details.

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Yvonne Whelan: For this cheerful, modern bedroom, I started with a warm earthy Antique French floor in Bordeaux and a neutral wall color paired with Beauti-Tone’s Color of the Year, Tropic of Conversation. I would use this bold color to paint a sliding barn door for a stunning feature. Furniture and accessories in bold, black and white patterns give the space a very modern feel. A few pops of orange carry the barn door color throughout the room without over complicating the look.– Click here for more information and sources.

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Jacklynn Little: My inspiration started with the Color of the Year from Beauti-tone called Tropic Of Conversation and a beautiful French Antique floor in Bordeaux. I added hot pink to both balance out the bright orange and give the room a bold look. The sofa is a neutral shade of cream which gives great contrast to the wall color. Pillows in orange and pink fabrics in a variety of patterns will make this room both contemporary and fun to live in. A luxurious rug pulls together all the colors in the room and the gold coffee table and side tables give the look an elegant feel.- Click here for more information and sources.

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