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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

                          Featured photo credit: Peignault Laurent on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                          Last Updated on November 12, 2020

                          Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                          Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                          If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                          If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                          In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                          What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                          If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                          Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                          • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                          • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                          • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                          • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                          • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                          • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                          • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                          Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                          Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                          Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                          1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                          2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                          3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                          The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                          Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                          You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                          Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                          If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                          Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                          Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                          Symptoms of fatigue include:

                          • Difficulty concentrating
                          • Low stamina
                          • Difficulty sleeping
                          • Anxiety
                          • Low motivation

                          These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                          Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                          How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                          The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                          Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                          Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                            The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                            Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                            Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                            If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                            It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                            4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                            Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                            1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                            2. Exercising regularly
                            3. Using stressbusters
                            4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                            After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                            I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                            Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                            • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                            • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                            • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                            • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                            The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                            Living Healthy

                            Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                            In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                            As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                            Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                            1. Unplug

                            Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                            Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                            2. Unwind

                            Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                            3. Get Comfortable

                            Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                            Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                            Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                            This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                            Exercise

                            Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                            That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                            I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                            If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                            Attitude

                            Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                            When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                            But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                            Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                            1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                            2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                            3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                            4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                            5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                            6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                            This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                            When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                            Nutrition

                            Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                            If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                            Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                            Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                            1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                            2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                            3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                            4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                            5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                            6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                            7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                            8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                            9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                            Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                            That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                            Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                            The Bottom Line

                            If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                            If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                            Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                            More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

                            Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                            Reference

                            [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                            [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                            [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                            [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                            [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                            [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                            [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                            [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                            [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                            [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                            [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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