Excellent Mugs

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The best mugs to get this autumn

A mug is typically used to drink something hot, like coffee. And the best mugs in the market this season all feature beautiful illustrations.

Moomin 70 years Special Edition mug by Arabia at The Offical Moomin Shop
The mug features a beautiful illustration of the Moominhouse – the place that the Moomins call home; the Moomins are fictional characters who had first appeared in a 1945 book by Tove Jansson.

McLaggan Smith Educational Dinosaurs Mug at John Lewis
The mug features remarkable illustrations of a bunch of dinosaurs along with their names – the mug is just perfect for anybody who is fascinated by dinosaurs.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Mug at shopDisney
The mug features beautiful artwork of characters from the Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; the illustrations are pretty colorful and the mug also has a lovely golden handle.

Disney The Seven Dwarfs’ Grumpy Ceramic Mug at Hallmark
The mug features a sketch of a dwarf from the Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Grumpy; Grumpy is an ill-tempered but efficient dwarf.

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Ancient Egypt

Pyramides de Ghyzéh, Vue Générale

What is Ancient Egypt?

Ancient Egypt is the name given to an African civilization which used to exist a very long time ago in what is present-day Egypt. The civilization had existed for several centuries. Ancient Egypt had produced many pharaohs (meaning: rulers) such as Djoser, Khafre and Ramses I. Hallmarks of this era include the pyramids, some stunning temples and illustrious tombs of pharaohs. In my outlook, Ancient Egypt was a very remarkable civilization because it had demonstrated that an African civilization which used to exist many, many years ago could create marvelous architectures (for example: the pyramids) which can still be considered as some of the greatest in the world; this is in spite of the fact that, since then, building styles have evolved and advanced a lot.

Beyoncé

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Beyoncé is an American music artist. Her full name is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles and she was born in Texas on September 4, 1981. Beyoncé is the winner of eight American Music Awards, twenty-two Grammy Awards and twenty-four MTV Video Music Awards.

Knowles’ first claim to fame was, arguably, as part of the all-girl music group: Destiny’s Child which during the early days was called Girl’s Tyme. Initially, other members of Destiny’s Child were Kelly Rowland, La Tavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett. However, later that changed to only include Rowland plus Knowles and a new singer called Michelle Williams. Their first album, which was also called Destiny’s Child, was released in 1997 and it had performed only satisfactorily. But their second album – The Writing’s on the Wall which was released in 1999, ended up as a big hit.

The Writing’s on the Wall, in my outlook, signaled the arrival of Destiny’s Child as an R&B group to be reckoned with. The music group only released two other studio albums before disbanding though and Beyoncé, who had embarked on a hit music career of her own whilst the band was still together, continued with her music efforts in that direction – in an individual capacity.

As a solo artist, Beyoncé has to her credit, hit albums such as Dangerously in Love and I Am…Sasha Fierce. Beyoncé has also starred in several films, such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Pink Panther and Dreamgirls. Knowles tied the knot with Jay-Z (an American rapper) in 2008 in a marriage ceremony in New York. Beyoncé and Jay-Z had actually worked together on several tracks before getting married to each other; the two also have a daughter together who is called Blue Ivy Carter.

The Home Office

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How to decorate your home office

In my outlook, the perfect home office is one which has a big desk and a comfortable-enough chair. A large desk is really useful if or whenever the nature of your work is such that you must reference many books or other similar materials to get it done – this is because there is enough room on the desk to spread items all over. Also, when you have to spend many hours working, a comfortable chair will ensure that the experience does not become an extremely tiring one.

Gavin Desk at Pottery Barn
This is a black desk which has striking handles and enough drawers plus shelf space to provide ample room for your storage needs.

Hayes Tufted Swivel Desk Chair at Pottery Barn
The desk chair is padded which means that it will provide an ample amount of comfort; the chair is also upholstered in a material which is light in color, has a frame and legs that are crafted from brown solid birch and moves on casters.

Gacinia Desk Lamp by Uttermost at Concept Furniture
The desk lamp is plated in brass and it has a hanging glass globe – it is just perfect for whenever extra light is required to get work done.

Nemesis Now Wyrm Dragon Desk Tidy at Amazon UK
The desk tidy features a sitting green-colored dragon which is simply amazing in design – use it to store pencils, pens and rulers on your desk.

Top 5 Male Music Artists (2018)

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Which male artist rules music this year?

In my outlook, what makes a great male artist is when the artist avoids too much experimentation with different musical genres; I think the songs on their latest album release should be in the type of sound which had previously worked for them well. My picks of the top male music artists of the year:

  1. Justin Timberlake
  2. Charlie Puth
  3. Snow Patrol
  4. Shawn Mendes
  5. 5 Seconds of Summer

Vanilla Cupcakes

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How to make vanilla cupcakes topped with colorful icing

Cupcakes topped with colorful icing are great options to eat as desserts daily because they are rather simple to bake. The ingredients which you will need are butter, sugar, icing sugar, milk, four eggs, vanilla extract (for example: McCormick All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract), food coloring (for example: Chefmaster Neon Food Coloring) and flour.

Firstly, take the butter out of the refrigerator and leave it in the kitchen for one hour to soften it. Secondly, take a cupcake tray and fill them with paper baking cups; then take a bowl and mix the softened butter well with the eggs, sugar, flour and 2tsp of the vanilla extract. Thirdly, fill the baking cups with the mix and place the tray inside the oven. Bake until the cupcakes have turned a little golden brown in color; also, insert a fork into the cupcakes to check if they have baked – if the cupcakes have hardened then they are done.

After that, prepare the icing for the cupcakes: mix the remaining of the softened butter well with icing sugar, food coloring, 4tsp milk and 2tsp vanilla extract. Then use a pipe bag (for example: Wilton Professional Decorating Bag) to decorate the cupcakes in a colorful swirling fashion. Refrigerate the cupcakes and serve the desserts cold.

Top 5 Female Music Artists (2018)

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Which female music artist rules music this year?

In my outlook, what makes a great female music artist are the songs which she sings – they must be good; I think the music artist’s latest album release should contain good tracks – something like that is a demonstration of the fact that she is the type of person who can generally be associated with quality songs too. Also, it really helps if these artists can perform well and have interesting dispositions. My picks of the top female music artists of the year:

  1. Anne-Marie
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Bebe Rexha
  4. Hayley Kiyoko
  5. Nicki Minaj