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Last Updated on January 18, 2018

10+ Party Must-Haves To Make Sure Your Guests Have A Great Time

10+ Party Must-Haves To Make Sure Your Guests Have A Great Time

Whenever you host a party, you have to take care of a LOT of little details. You want to make sure that your guests are having fun.

Whether your guest count is 5 or 50, the problems are always the same. What do I serve to eat? What will we do? How can we entertain all the different guests so that they feel comfortable?

With these hosting questions in mind, we have curated a list of must-have party items to aid you in every party situation. You’ll be the best host, and learn to enjoy your own parties at the same time. It’ll be more fun for your guests – friends and family alike – and put your own mind at ease.

1. The Fizzics Beer System

    The Fizzics Beer System is big enough to hold a growler, but small enough to take on your next adventure. This awesome portable tap allows you to experience your favorite craft style beer – fresh from the tap draft perfection – anywhere you go!

    The Fizzics Original is designed to pour the perfect beer, anytime, anywhere, without fail. It’s built to last, with high performance components on the inside and a tough, sturdy shell outside. Get this for your beer-loving friends whether you’re hosting or the guest.

    The Fizzics Beer System, $169.99

    2. Waring Metallic Red Snow Cone Maker

      With this snow cone machine, you can make your own snow cone– plus scrumptious slushes and party drinks – right at home. It’s super easy and fast. Just turn it on to shave enough ice for 4 cones in 30 seconds.

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      All you need to provide are ice cubes and your favorite syrups or juices – that way you control the sugar, too. This is super important if you’re serving these at a kids’ party: hyperactive children and parties do not always mix.

      This snow cone machine includes 12 paper cones and 4 BPA-free reusable plastic cones. This kid-friendly carnival design makes it perfect for all parties and all ages.

      Waring Metallic Red Snow Cone Maker, $69.95.

      3. Cotton Candy Maker

        Now you don’t have to wait until the town carnival for fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy! Use your favorite hard candies or flossing sugar to create a fluffy cotton candy cones that your whole family – and your friends – will love.

        The clear rim acts as a protective guard and allows for easy viewing of the cotton candy. The machine includes 2 reusable cones, 1 sugar scoop, and 1 extractor head.

        Cotton Candy Maker, $39.99.

        4. The Singing Machine Home Karaoke System

          Beautiful wireless sound by day, party-starting singing machine by night! With over 10,000 HD karaoke videos, this Singing Machine is ready to transform for your parties on-demand.

          Just switch to Singing Machine Play mode with an active Wi-Fi connection. Follow the instructions to register the product and get started. This karaoke system will enliven just any party.

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          The Singing Machine Home Karaoke System, $89.99

          5. DRINK-A-PALOOZA Board Game

            Drink-a-palooza combines all the “old-school” & “new-school” Drinking Games into ONE. If you like Beer Pong, Kings Cup, Flip Cup, Quarters and all the College Drinking Party Games then you will love the drink-a-palooza drinking game.

            You can play this game in anyone’s kitchen – no need for special equipment. The game comes with beer pong balls (ping pong balls), spin the bottle, playing deck of cards, dice, six pack game pieces and mini beer bottles collected to win the game.

            2 to 12 players can compete at once, although D-A-P is the best game for two players or couples with the option to play in teams of two. This board games for adults keeps everyone entertained all night and couldn’t make for a better evening of adult games for groups who love drinking party games. Use non-alcoholic drinks and turn it into a popular party game for teens.

            DRINK-A-PALOOZA Board Game, $32.99

            6. Ultimate Black Light Giant Tumbling Tower

              These extra-large glowing blocks let you play well into the night when the sun goes down just like the best parties do. With the extra illumination, you can play with these both indoors & outside.

              For easier transportation, these blocks come with a Jumbo Size Heavy Duty Premium Quality Duffel Storage and Carry Bag. This game is perfect For adults, teens, kids, BBQ’s, birthday parties, camping bonfires, outdoor park or lawn yard games, and much more.

              Add Ultimate Black Light Giant Tumbling Tower to your wish-list on Amazon

              7. EZ Drinker Shot Spinning Roulette Game Set

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                This combines the fun of casinos and in-home parties. Each set includes 16 glasses on a roulette wheel, with 2 metallic roulette balls. This game includes a 1 year warranty by the manufacturer, Blue Ridge Product Solutions, and each set is inspected before shipment for damage and breaks – so don’t worry about the delicate glasses on their way to you!

                EZ Drinker Shot Spinning Roulette Game Set, $10.99

                8. Crystal Clear Shot Glass Darts Bar Game Set

                  This fun and inexpensive game features a target with game rules, metal stand, 4 magnetic darts, and 4 shot glasses. You can keep your friends occupied with a game of darts at home, while also not distracting too much for a lively conversation.

                  Crystal Clear Shot Glass Darts Bar Game Set, $13.95

                  9. ZOBO Party Lights

                    Beautifully blended beams of colorful light, in fantastic-looking reds, greens and blues, magenta, fuchsia, yellow, and amber. This party light offers smooth dimming all the way to zero and soothing flicker free illumination, which you can remotely operate using an easy-to-use Bluetooth phone app. Directional lighting allows you to highlights only what you aim for.

                    ZOBO Party Lights, $169.99

                    10. Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker

                      The convenient, compact design is ideal for use in small kitchens and other compact spaces like RVs, boats and more. Every party requires ice: for water, cocktails, and to keep your cans of beer or soda cool.

                      A powerful compressor produces 26 pounds of ice a day so you never have to run to the store for a bag of ice again. What’s more, this machine requires no installation – just plug in, add water and wait up to 15 minutes to enjoy your first batch of fresh ice.

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                      The bullet-shaped ice is created as frequently as every 6 minutes so you don’t have to wait long to chill your drink. The indicator lights let you know if water needs to be added or if the ice basket is full, so you can ensure a nonstop flow of ice.

                      Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker, $121.19

                      11. La Hacienda Vancouver Fire Basket with Grill

                        The Vancouver fire basket gives a traditional but lovely look to an ancient concept. It allows you to easily create warmth in your outdoor space. It’s super simple to use! Just create a log fire within the base of the basket, and let the flames grow.

                        When the fire is suitably large, you can place the chrome-plated cooking grill on top of the fire basket and enjoy cooking outdoors. This also comes with an ash catching plate, which ensures mess is kept to a minimum and all embers and ash produced from the fire are caught.

                        La Hacienda 56043BUS Vancouver Fire Basket with Grill, from $57.99

                        12. Mulite Bluetooth Speaker by ROCK

                          The Mulite bluetooth speaker is capable of producing a wonderfully crisp sound. It also doubles as a beautiful ambient light and has a built-in microphone! The rechargeable battery will last up to 8 hours playing music and 10 hours as a light. It’s easy to connect the speaker to your portable device via Bluetooth – up to 10 meters.

                          Add Mulite Bluetooth Speaker by ROCK to your wish-list on Amazon

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                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                          Listen carefully:

                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                          1. Pray Daily

                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                          3. Smile Often

                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                          8. Go Exercise

                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                          The Bottom Line

                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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