Amazing Pacific Islands: Untouched Beauty| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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A feature on almost everybody’s travel bucket list, Pacific islands are known for their untouched beauty, stunning landscapes and lush nature. Not to mention vibrant native culture and some of the most romantic spots in the world. They literally have it all, whether you are an adventurer, honeymooner or a family person, you will find you what you are looking for on one of the magical islands in the Pacific.

Now it is time to narrow the choices a bit and pick some that truly stand out and are a must visit in this part of the world.

Starting with New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Home to about 100,000 people, this Pacific gem is something you need to experience for yourself. The unique blend of native and European culture makes it an unforgettable destination with a lot to offer tourists. It all depends on your preferences, but you shouldn’t miss a day at Amedee Island, the crystal clear waters, white sand and an opportunity to see one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, constructed in Paris in 1862. When it comes to food, make sure you try Bougna, a traditional local dish which is combination of chicken, lobster or fish with yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and coconut milk all wrapped in banana leaves. It is simply delicious and will leave you craving for more. Finally take the time and visit the bustling markets in Nouméa in order to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and feel the life energy of this magical island.

We are now moving to Vanuatu Mystery Island

Mystery Island

One of the most popular locations included in the best cruise deals in 2018, Vanuatu Mystery Island is bound to take your breath away. The name of the island itself sounds quite intriguing, doesn’t it? The uniqueness of this Pacific gem is in the fact that it is completely uninhabited, and apart from the tourist who visit via cruise ships, you are only going to see a few locals that come from the neighboring islands to offer their souvenirs and run some of the services like snorkeling and massage spots. As for the island itself, it is a true definition of paradise, as you can imagine, the sand is golden and waters have a fine shade of turquoise that blends nicely with the lush green vegetation. While the sheltering coral reef provides an underwater wonderland worth diving into (pun intended).

Next stop, Fiji

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Some would say one of the last remaining true paradises on Earth, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Fiji is a truly remarkable place, and yes there are stunning beaches, amazing nature and all the beauty you would expect to see on a Pacific island, but that’s not what makes Fiji unique. It is its culture, and people. It is a unique blend of Oceanic, European, South Asian, and East Asian traditions, with each wave of immigrants bringing their own flavor and customs. Fijian, Hindi, and English are the official languages, so you won’t have any trouble communicating with the locals. Due to its multiculturalism, the local cuisine in Fiji is not to be missed. You simply have to try Lovo, a Fijian signature dish. Lovo means ‘a feast cooked in the earth’. Different varieties of meat like lamb, pork, fish along with vegetables and other local delicacies are cooked for several hours under the ground, wrapped in banana leaves so that they can get that delicious smokey flavor. But you can’t just order it in a restaurant, you need to find out where the next Lovo night will be held as it is cooked only as a celebratory dish during festivities. Enjoy!

You are now ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Visiting any of the above mentioned islands or even surfers paradise like Tahiti or Western Samoa is a life changing experience. Seeing nature in its true form, experiencing amazing cultural blends and unique dishes, nothing can compare. Just make sure you take the time to explore whichever destination you choose, as it is bound to leave you with a desire to come back for more. Safe travels!

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

Tips for Keeping a Pet-Friendly Home Clean and Odor-Free| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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It is no secret that, no matter how much we love our pets, they can be pretty dirty, and maintaining a clean and odor-free home while they are around is a lot of work. However, it is not impossible – as long as you take enough care to clean up after them regularly.

Find a good location for the litter box

For the majority of people, the litter box is probably the least pleasant aspect of having a cat. And if she’s a litter kicker, there will probably be more mess outside the box than inside it.

This is why, firstly, you should place the litter box on hard flooring rather than a carpet. Why? Well, it is much easier to clean a linoleum, wood or tile floor than it is to clean a ‘stained’ carpet, right? You can both sanitize and clean your hard floor in no more than a few seconds.

Some cat owners even opt to put the litter box in an infrequently used spare bathroom, or even in a bathtub. If your kitty can jump in and out of your tub with ease, this will solve a lot of litter mess, since most of it will be contained in a tub which can easily be rinsed.

Give Mr. Mittens his own blanket

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If there are spaces in your home where your kitty particularly likes to snooze (because seriously, who possibly would like to play or sleep in a fort designed for cats, on which you’ve, by the way, spent your 2 month’s rent probably, when that left corner of the couch is sooo comfy?) – cover that area with one particular blanket that is ‘for the cat only’. This way you will keep your furniture safe from cat hair.

However, make sure you opt for an easy-to-clean blanket out of natural fabrics.

Comb them daily

If your pet allows it of course, but most kittens and dogs enjoy combing. Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes each day brushing their coat. Not only will you two bond and interact, but you will also insanely cut down the amount of hair around the house. Also, brushing sessions improve animals’ coat condition, and speaking of coat, cat owners can say goodbye to the hairball issue.

Invest in a pet vacuum

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It is all fun and games until you find hair in your sealed holiday china set. Luckily for all of us, there is now a thing called a pet vacuum, which contains turbo tools and attached portable devices for cars and stairs. Another solution are those cute handheld vacuums – which are great for upholstered furniture, floors, walls, your life, etc. Much easier than dragging that canister vacuum out of the garage every single day.

Finally, if you don’t want to get rid of carpets and rugs, block your pet’s access to certain rooms that have carpets and rugs.

Control the odor

One way to control the pet odor is to bathe your pet at least every 2 months. However, if your pet spends a lot of time outside, or has skin issues, additional bathing is necessary. Another benefit of regular bathing is the removal of dead skin cells. Also, make sure their beds are machine-washable and wash them at least once a month.

On the other hand, you have to take care of the air as well, since their dander can still float through the air. And that dander can trigger many allergies, which is something you definitely don’t want. This is why it is very important to air out your house as much as you can. And if that isn’t enough, you can also invest in a good air purifier, which is a great solution for keeping unpleasant odors away and keeping the air in your home fresh. Currently, a mold air purifier by Oransi is among the best and most affordable air purifiers, due to its HEPA filter that cleans out mold spores from the room.

Dust as often as you can

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If you develop a weekly vacuuming and dusting habit, you will turn your home into a much more welcoming place for both your guests and your pet. Not just that, spending time in a clean area is both healthier and more pleasant.

Your goal here is to both prevent any kind of illness and to improve the quality of your life and your pet’s life. Clean surroundings are a must at all costs.

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

Unfollow and Unfriend| Minimalism Series

I’ve always followed the rule “If you think a photo is too private to share on social media, maybe the problem is not with the photo but the people you have as connections”.

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As a blogger and social media manager one of my priorities is being able to keep a certain privacy in my life. That doesn’t mean that I will stop sharing certain things, I will just share it on specific channels where I have a restricted amount of friends.

If you are looking at cleaning up your followers and being more selective about who you follow and who are your friends on Facebook or any other social media channel, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You don’t need to stay online friends with people you haven’t spoken to in years. Go through your list and downsize.
  • Instead of criticising people who share things you don’t believe in or like, maybe hit the unfollow button and stop seeing it on your feed.
  • Make sure the people you follow share content that you find interesting and that makes you feel good. It will even become a bigger excitement to login into your accounts.
  • Most of the people don’t even notice that you unfriended or unfollowed them, so don’t think too much about it and just do it.

I keep my Facebook account very private with less than 300 friends, all of them are family or close friends. I noticed that by having less friends it doesn’t get me as many likes on posts or photos, but allows me to engage much more with people who are closest to me and that feels great.

My LinkedIn account is strictly for business. I always make sure I connect with people who work or have worked with me in the past and like that I know exactly what kind of posts I should share because I’m aware of my audience.

On my Instagram account I follow, not only my friends and family, but any account that inspires me. I like to go through my feed and see lovely photos of plants, funny pics of animals, restaurant suggestions from bloggers and seeing my friends and family sharing a bit of their lives.

On Twitter I follow brands and bloggers most of all. It’s great to be part of a community and share blogging and lifestyle tips. But every time I see something I’m against, such as race, violence and anything I believe is disrespectful, even if it comes from someone who I spoke before, I will unfollow that someone.

Use the power that you have of controlling what you see on social media. Read more about my experience during a Social Media Weekend Detox and get inspired.

If you’ve tried this challenge before I would love to read your experience on the comments’ section.

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