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How to safely celebrate Halloween during COVID-19

We are still amid a pandemic, so it is no surprise that Halloween will look different this year.

We have some Halloween ideas to keep the holiday spooky while staying safe. The trick-or-treating and the celebrations will look different, but we’ll have them! 

Halloween will look different this year since we all have to wear masks, sanitize often, and practice social distancing. But in some ways, this year will make for the perfect Halloween. Well, the holiday is on Saturday and it is a “blue moon”. This event only happens once every few years.  

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Here are some ideas on interesting, COVID-friendly ideas to celebrate Halloween. 

Have a Halloween parade of costumes

Costumes are a huge part of Halloween celebrations, especially for children, and it would be disappointing if they did not get to show off their new costumes. The solution is to have a parade of costumes. 

You can organize the parade with children in the same apartment complex or neighborhood. Of course, you need to stay socially distanced as you march down a safe route. You can play music and wave glow sticks to make things more interesting. There are many ways to customize your event for your area.

Grab-and-go instead of trick-or-treating

Door-to-door trick-or-treating is off the table. But you can do table-to-table this year. You can put tables outdoors, in front of your home, or at the end of your driveway, with candies spread out for kids to grab. Still, you need to wear a mask and go along with a small group of friends. 

Create a “spooky” egg hunt

The egg hunt is so popular during Easter. Well, you can replicate the idea with a Halloween twist. You can send your children or friends on a “haunted hunt” for candies. You can make it exactly like an Easter egg hunt, but with spooky stuff and scary music, followed by a scary movie, candies, and popcorn afterward.

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This idea is so great that it can work for a family staying home or it can be another way for treat-or-trick. Your neighbors could still stop for candy if they maintain social distance. You should just scatter the candies on your lawn, and the trick-or-treaters can pick up 1 or 2.

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Host Zoom Halloween Party

You can easily host a dance or costume party on Zoom for your friends and family. Yes, there should be alcohol involved. Don’t forget to create a great playlist for everyone to enjoy and shake their costumes too. Oh, and everyone gets to show off their costumes on camera. 

While on Zoom, you can also host pumpkin-carving contests. Gather with your friends to carve and decorate pumpkins from your homes, so everyone is safe and sound. You can share interesting and spooky stories while you craft. Of course, the winner should get a prize. You could send virtual prizes or a real package to their home. 

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Advanced cooking methods: Challenging yourself

If you already have good kitchen organization, the ability to adapt recipes, and know many cooking methods, then it is time to move on to some more advanced methods. We know that most of those cooking skills are basic or intermediate, such as frying, braising, roasting, and sautéing, but these are the base you need to move on to the next cooking level.

Confident and adventurous home cooks will get out of their comfort zone and master new cooking methods that will improve their kitchen skills.

Even though some of the more advanced cooking methods and skills may sound inaccessible or fancy, you will be surprised to find out that they are not as complicated as they seem. We have gathered some tips and advanced cooking methods to teach you the skills and confidence in creating fabulous refined dishes at home.

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Attention to detail while cooking

It is best to understand cooking as a science. You need to be precise – every measurement and ingredient must be exact. You need to have an eye for details.  When it comes to ingredients, we advise you to choose the best ones if you truly want to impress people around you. Homemade breadcrumbs are way better than packaged crumbs, and some fine chocolate makes an enormous difference in your desserts.

Switch to sea or kosher salt

Sea salt and kosher salt will give a better flavor to your dishes than ordinary salt. Even though food should not taste salty, doing the opposite and using little or no salt at all results in flat- testing the food. Even if some recipe suggests a specific amount of salt, your palate, and ingredients can differ from the writer’s recipe and require adjustments.

Be clean and creative when cooking

You need to keep your kitchen sanitary. Clean as you go and thank us later! And if you want people talking for your dinner parties for days, you must improve your older recipes and incorporate new food items. 

Advanced cooking methods

Deglazing

This cooking method is an elegant way of completing your culinary repertoire. Simply put, whenever you cook food in a pan, you can make some caramelized juice and dilute it with spirit, stock, or wine to function as a solvent, which will give you a fine foundation for gravy.

Blanch

Blanching is a simple two-step method, but it will give your dishes an extravagant look. You just need to boil the vegetable or fruit briefly and then dip them into ice water to stop the cooking process. With this method, you will soften the food without removing its vibrant, bright color. You will achieve your food to be tender-crisp and you can use it in stir-fries, sushi rolls, salads, and crudité platters, or even frozen for later use.

Suprême

This is a French term, which means to cut the parts out of the citrus fruit. Trim both ends of it and use your knife to trim away the pith and peel. Once you peel the fruit, cut it into one part on both sides, close to the membrane. Then, the particular fruit part will be removed easily. 

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Flambé

If you want to challenge yourself in the kitchen, do some flambéing. Start by preparing your food to flambé in a pan. Once the ingredients are almost done with the cooking, take away the pan from the heat. Then, carefully pour in a little alcohol, and put the pan to the heat again. Tip the pan away from you so the alcohol catches fire. Gently swirl the pan to distribute the flames evenly. 

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Pellicle

Everyone likes smoking meat as it will give the cuts of pig or beef a subtle, nice flavoring. Many people focus more on the rubs, but it is time to start paying attention to the pellicle as well. The pellicle is the outer layer formed when you leave the meat air dry for a couple of days. The shell protects the meat from the spoiling agents, but it also keeps the smoky flavor once it is cooked. For a perfect pellicle, we suggest hanging the meat on hooks to make sure the food is evenly exposed to air to dry. 

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Everything you need to know about Botox and fillers

Botox and fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections. They are slightly invasive, and they do not include surgery.

Botox and fillers minimize wrinkles, fill undesirable folds, or augment structures, like your cheekbones or lips with lost volume.

What is Botox?

Botox corrects dynamic wrinkles, like lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. It blocks the nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. The Botox interrupts the nerve signals, so the affected muscles will temporarily freeze or paralyze. If the selected muscles in the face do not move, certain wrinkles will reduce, soften, or even remove.

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The entire treatment takes 10 minutes, and you will feel only minimal discomfort. Most clients feel only a tiny stinging feeling.  There is no discomfort after the treatment, you can immediately return to normal activity. The results are visible, but the facial appearance will not drastically change. The treatment will temporarily diminish the muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows, thus you can still look surprised or frown.

What can Botox improve?

Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles, caused by muscle movement. Botox can treat lines on the forehead and the upper face, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines appear due to frowning, smiling, squinting, and other facial expressions.

You will notice the results within 1-2 days. The appearance of your frown lines between the brows will soften and the area can resume improving for up to a month. Botox injections prevent wrinkles to deepen over time, thus preventing the effects of aging.

How often is Botox injection required?

This muscle-relaxing effect can last up to four months. You will need regular treatments for the constant wrinkle-diminishing effect. The required treatments depend on age, muscle mass, and the desired outcome. However, you will accomplish optimal results if you receive Botox treatments at regular intervals, around three to four times a year.

With constant use, many clients find they can reduce the maintenance to two to three visits a year.

What are fillers?

Filler changes the facial profile to a more youthful one. The injection of filler fills in deep folds, and pad out hollow eyes and cheeks and create fuller lips. 

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The fillers are substances created to be injected underneath the skin’s surface to put in fullness and volume. Some fillers last six months, whereas others up to two years or longer. 

What can fillers improve?

Experts create different types of fillers to treat variable signs of aging. Depending on the filler, they can: 

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-Plump up lips

-Fill in or soften the appearance of scars

-Improve or fill in shallow areas 

-Soften static wrinkles

-Reduce or eliminate the wrinkle under the eyes 

Botox and fillers are increasingly popular for treating expression lines and wrinkles.  You can look at them as “preventative” injections that will make you feel more beautiful and confident. 

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How to finally get rid of cellulite

Cellulite usually affects the thighs and buttocks, but it can also occur in other body areas. The concentrated fat cells bulge into the middle layers of the skin and create a dimpled and lumpy skin surface.

We know you are here to learn how to get rid of cellulite, but no matter how many cellulite scrubs or creams you put on your body, you cannot destroy it at home. 

That is because cellulite forms when fat cells beneath the skin (which everyone has, regardless of how frequently they exercise or how healthy they eat) push up against the connective tissue, they cause the skin to pucker or dimple. To permanently remove the cellulite, you need to have in-office treatments with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. The faster you start to treat it, the more success you will have.

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Treatments for cellulite 

Massage

To get rid of cellulite you need to hydrate and strengthen your body’s connective tissue and cells, which can be accomplished with massage therapies. Regular massages will increase circulation and reduce excess fluid, thus they will improve the blood flow. The massages will temporarily reduce the dimpled appearance. Also, we advise you to give yourself firm massages while applying body cream.

Mechanical massage

Lipomassage is an FDA-approved treatment. It is a specific type of mechanical massage. The machine with small -pressure suction presses the skin among two spinning rollers. This treatment increases the blood flow by breaking up the connective tissue, which caused dimples. You may need a few sessions to get the desired results. 

Body wraps

The body wraps can smooth and tighten the skin and improve its texture and tone for a short period. The effects last about a day so you will need several treatments.  

Acoustic wave therapy 

It uses a handheld device to transmit sound waves. It stimulates the metabolic processes and improves connective tissue elasticity. This therapy reduces fat and contours the body but requires several sessions.

Laser treatment 

This treatment involves inserting a very laser probe under the skin. Then, the laser is fired, breaking up the fatty tissue. The laser’s light can thicken the skin by boosting collagen growth. The thickened skin reduces the appearance of the cellulite below.

Carboxytherapy 

This is a cosmetic, non-surgical treatment. It involves injecting gaseous carbon dioxide underneath the skin through a needle into the subcutaneous tissue. It kills fat cells, stimulates blood flow, improves the elasticity of the skin, and thus reduces the appearance of cellulite. You might experience mild discomfort after the procedure and bruises.

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But, what can we do at home? 

Yes, there are some things you can do at home to help reduce the orange-peel appearance. Do you know those wooden body brushes you have always considered buying? Well, daily dry massaging and brushing can stimulate lymphatic drainage that helps to eliminate toxins that accumulate in your fat layer. In addition to dry brushing, you should include a retinol body cream into your routine. The collagen-building ingredient will smooth and plump your skin.

Also, you can use a caffeine-filled body scrub and pay attention to your cellulite area. The caffeine temporarily plumps and tightens your skin. 

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And you know by now that you should drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet to fasten the process of getting rid of your cellulite! 

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