Summer Dates

Five great summer date ideas

Going on a date in the summer means making the most of the unrelenting heat. It also means creating romantic memories which will last a lifetime and experiences which you will want to repeat next summer.

Eat ice cream together
Go to an ice cream shop over the weekend to have a romantic experience; just order your favorite flavor of ice cream, like tutti frutti and catch up with each other about how both of your weeks been.

Go on a picnic
For a picnic for two, prepare a small picnic bag with the essentials – a few sandwiches, paper plates and books to read together and just head to a nearby park to have a very relaxing date.

Go shopping together at the farmers’ market
The farmers’ market should be filled with fresh summer produce, such as apricots, blackberries and mangoes. Go out on a shopping date to the market and share with each other how much you know about these fruits and what to do with them once you get back home.

Have a barbecue
Talk to your significant other about hosting a barbecue and then invite your friends over to it. Cook some summer recipes, like grilled vegetables together, and just chat with your friends about your future plans together as a couple.

Go to a botanical garden
If you both have a mutual interest in plants, then going on a date to the botanical garden is a great idea because the place is filled with flowers, plants and trees which are in full bloom during the summer; the date will both offer the opportunity to explore and enjoy these various types of plant life together.

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The Art Deco Dining Table

How to dress an art deco dining table

If you have a very good art deco dining table in your dining room, then it gives off the impression that you like contemporary design. To dress such a table, choose plates (and a drinking glass) which exude a certain richness in color.

Exceptional French Art Deco Style Dining Table at 1stdibs
I like this art deco table because it has a multicolored design on the sides and a glossy slope base. It’s very nicely minimalist; it does not require any tablecloth to look great in the dining area.

Reproduction French Louis XVI Style Hand-Carved Dining-Chair with Rush Seat at 1stdibs
The chair is very different in design from the table because it is more traditional: the chair’s upholstery is in a good cream shade and its style and its style is a little ropey; the chocolate brown shade of the wood is nice too.

Mister Berwyn Circus Tiger Plate at John Lewis
The plate features a sly-looking jumping tiger against a white backdrop; it also has a beautiful red rim.

Molly Hatch Flower Salad Plate at John Lewis
This stoneware salad plate features flowers in colors such as red and blue; it has a double-colored rim in black and red.

Boston Colored Highball at Villeroy & Boch
The highball crystal glass has a honeycomb design – get the red colored one to drink from.

MTV Video Music Awards (2018) Forecasts

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The music videos (and stars) that should win this year

The winners of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are set to be revealed on August 21, 2018; the nominations for the music awards this year has been dominated by a few stars such as Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino. But which stars and music videos deserve to win? In my outlook, what makes a great music video is its capacity to entertain and what makes an amazing music star is whether or not you can depend on them to continually release great tracks because their recent body of work makes it possible to do that. My picks:

Video of the Year: The Carters – Apes**t

Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande

Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Best New Artist: Lil Pump

Best Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez (Feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B) – Dinero

Push Artist of the Year: Noah Cyrus

Best Pop: Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

Best Hip Hop: The Carters – Apes**t

Best Latin: Daddy Yankee – Dura

Best Dance: Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (Street Video)

Best Rock: Linkin Park – One More Light

Video with a Message: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best Cinematography: The Carters – Apes**t

Best Direction: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best Art Direction: The Carters – Apes**t

Best Visual Effects: Maroon 5 – Wait

Best Choreography: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best Editing: Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

Vegetable Chow Mein

How to make vegetable chow mein

Vegetable chow mein is a Chinese dish which basically comprises of noodles and a lot of vegetables; it is really easy to make and can be eaten both as a snack and as a main meal. The ingredients which you need to make this dish are as follows: carrots, broccoli, tofu, peas, bell peppers, bean sprouts, cabbage, baby corn, mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, chili, onions and cooking oil. Firstly, shred the cabbage into tiny pieces, chop the carrots and broccoli, mince the garlic and further chop the chilies, onions and spring onions. Secondly, take a wok and heat the cooking oil; to it, add all of the vegetables and cook until they are soft and tender. Thirdly and separately, cook the egg noodles in a pot of boiled water and add to the cooked vegetable mix. Finally, add the following ingredients – soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, chili and onions to the wok, mix it all well and cook for a few minutes. Serve the noodles hot and garnished with spring onions.

The Antique Coffee Table

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How to decorate an antique coffee table

The greatest thing about an antique coffee table, arguably, is that it can act as a standout item in your house because there is a certain history attached to it. Add to that a few great decorative items, such as a figurine you really admire, and the result is a coffee table that will be remembered by your guests for years and years to come.

Carved Victorian Coffee Table at 1stdibs
The antique coffee table has a remarkable tale of its own: it has been reconstructed from an old English ottoman from the late 19th century; it is built of rich mahogany wood and has an intricate carving (inclusive of a flower) on each of its four legs.

Royal Selangor Joker Figurine at John Lewis
I love this pewter figurine (to place on the table) of Joker – one of the most dastardly villains of all time and Batman’s main foe; he is on the brink of breaking free from prison and looks fearsome.

Choudhury Large Sail Model Boat at Wayfair
This is a very big model of a sailboat for the coffee table: it has a deck and masts that are manufactured out of birchwood, whilst the sails look amazing because they are made from a thinly-striped white cloth.

Savoir Vivre by Laduree at Shopbop
This is a book for the coffee table: it is by Ladurée – a premier bakery, and it includes ideas such as what to wear when going to the theater and how to make breakfast; it also features many nice illustrations on its blue cover which includes the Eiffel Tower, macaroons, a wine glass and a heart-shaped ring.

Top 5 Rose Colors

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Which rose color is the best?

Roses come in a variety of colors. And, in my outlook, they are among some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. But which rose color is the greatest? I think the best rose color is a color which increases the beauty of the flower even more. Some roses are definitely a lot prettier than others and I think that is purely because of their color, nothing else. My picks of the top five rose colors:

  1. Red
  2. White
  3. Pink
  4. Yellow
  5. Orange

How To: Grow Cucumbers

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How to grow cucumbers in your garden

Growing cucumbers in your garden is not an expensive gardening option. So, if you want to try growing your own vegetables this summer, pick cucumbers first. In order to grow cucumbers, what you will need to do first is choose one type of cucumber seeds from the bush variety, such as Parisian Gherkin, and use a pot to grow them.

Inside the pot, prepare a bed of rich soil and find a place in your garden to keep the pot where it will receive an ample amount of sunshine. Following that, make a few mountains of soil (each almost a feet long) and place the seeds inside the mountains. Make tiny holes into the soil bed, add fertilizer and cover up the bed again with soil.

Add water to the pot regularly. Also, see that when the seeds have germinated into new plants that insects, such as beetles, are not infesting upon them. Then when your plants have sprouted cucumbers, harvest them and eat fresh.