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Saying Goodbye to Tattoos

tattDo you hate that daisy you had put on your arm when you were a teen? Do you regret emblazoning “Jason” on your forearm? Are you having issues with the lion’s tail you put on your shoulder blades?

Tattoos have been quite the rage for years now, but people are actually starting to regret those ink jobs more now than ever. Revenue for tattoo removal has actually surged a whopping 440% in the last decade, according to Marketwatch. This amounts to an estimated $75.5 million.

Hollywood paves the way in so many trends, and this may certainly be one of them. Those who have removed their body art in recent years include Eva Longoria, Megan Fox, and even the famously tattooed Angelina Jolie.

The good news in the tattoo removal world is that it no longer requires pain, surgery and scaring. Laser technology now allows users to break down the ink work in the skin using several colors of laser light. Red light is used, for instance, on blue, black and red inks; green light is used for red and orange.

As San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Kulick said, “What is attractive in your 20s is not so attractive in your 30s. The ideal color for removal is black because that tattoo will be at the same depth in the skin and the same wavelength for the laser to remove the ink. Now it’s very fashionable to have pastels and yellow, which is very difficult to remove.”


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History of Bimini and the Resorts World Bimini

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Bimini actually has quite a history to it, in addition to offering a beautiful vacation spot these days. Certainly, anyone who wants a great vacation spot will want to enjoy the Bimini cruise from Miami that allows them to get to Bimini in close to two hours. Once there, they can enjoy the majestic sands with the Resorts World Bimini and enjoy everything that the island has to offer today.

As the video below explains, Bimini has a rich history to it as well.

It was an offshore speak-easy and liquor store location in the 1930s during prohibition, allowing those in Miami a way to enjoy themselves during difficult times.

Bimini was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite getaways and was the inspiration for his book Islands in the Stream.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Bimini a number of times. He wrote part of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech while at Bimini. His visit impacted the people of Bimini a great deal. There is a memorial bust to him in Bimini at the crafts center.

Al Capone was also known to come to the island.

Learn more about Bimini, the Bimini Superfast and so much more here.

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Terracotta Army…Made from Pizza Dough

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If you can’t get to China to see the famous Terracotta Army – then maybe you can see them at the PizzaExpress chain in Beijing. Opening soon, the chain decided to have British food artist Annabel de Vetten recreate the entire Terracotta Army – out of pizza dough.

That’s right. The artist who specializes in cakes for her company Conjurer’s Kitchen, used PizzaExpress’s signature dough to create each warrior. The warriors have been recreated in such detail that each one has a different hair style and realistic folds in his clothes.

The Beijing PizzaExpress will join many other eateries at the Taikoo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, but chances are none of them will have quite such an elaborate display as part of their restaurant.

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Tips for Saving Money This Summer

summerWith school out, it’s time to start budgeting for the summer, and Primerica offers some very important tips for doing so. Everyone wants to have fun in the sun, but this doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank in the process.

On their blog, Primerica offers these tips.

  1. Start small by understanding how making the smallest changes can have big results. For instance, if you always swing by Starbucks in the morning during the summer, cut out two of those runs a week and you’ll be shocked by your savings.
  2. Have fun without spending a great deal. There are many parks where you can find great activities without entrance fees. Look in the newspapers as well for inexpensive ideas and for coupons that will make a big difference.
  3. Think ahead. Try to keep your financial goals in mind as you plan for the summer so that you won’t spend today what you really wanted to save for tomorrow.
  4. Pay It forward by sharing the financial knowledge that you have with others.

The summer is certainly a time for fun and adventure. Talk to friends to get ideas for inexpensive family outings. The beach, for instance, is much less expensive than a pool membership. Some museums have free entrance one afternoon a week in the summer. Finding out about these activities can make the difference between a make and break financial summer.

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Emotional Eating Starts Young, Study Finds

cookiesBelgian researchers recently explored the roots of emotional eating and found surprising results. Children as young as five will turn to food when they are anxious or stressed. The Belgian team asked more than 300 children who were between the ages of five and ten about their lives. The parents also answered questions in a questionnaire about how often their children ate certain foods.

The results certainly showed a correlation between the stress in a child’s life and the sweets they ate. Researcher Nathalie Michels of Ghent University also showed that levels of the hormone cortisol rose as the stress did.

As a result of the study, Dr. Michels is encouraging schools and parents to teach children how to cope with stress. As she said, “Parents and children should be made aware that stress can influence emotional eating behavior, so they can pay attention to potential triggers and anticipate this behavior. Furthermore, children should be equipped with stress-coping skills, such as problem-solving or asking for help, instead of seeking solace in food.”

Adding to the discussion, Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said, “From the moment that an infant is born it learns that sweetness brings comfort. It should therefore be of no surprise that it is sophisticated enough, even by age five, to know that it’ll feel better about some unhappy event having eaten a chocolate biscuit or something sugary.”

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Out and About in Florida

There is a lot to see and do in Miami these days. From new restaurants to stunning architecture, theme parks to glorious recreational parks, there truly is something for everyone. Indeed, there are constantly new attractions opening up in the region.
aquaticaFor example, earlier this month BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse opened at Florida’s newest outlet center, Palm Beach Outlets. Measuring in at around 8,500 sq. ft., those who frequent the eatery will be subject to BJ’s classic deep-dish pizza, infamous Pizookie® dessert and “award-winning handcrafted beer.” This is the first time BJs has opened up in the West Palm Beach region, marking its 17th restaurant in Florida (5th in South Florida).
For tourists – or even residents – who love to walk around the neighborhood and admire new, striking architecture, Vladimir Doronin’s latest project will be of interest. Located in the attractive Brickell area, Doronin has been working alongside Ugo Colombo of CMC Group Inc., in this development. On the project, Doronin said, “we both see tremendous opportunity in Miami and in the Brickell area particularly. We also share a commitment to innovative aesthetics and relentless attention to detail, so I am especially pleased to partner with Ugo on these exceptional new projects, with more ideas in the pipeline.” These high-end condominium super-structures are set to be a truly phenomenal site in the region.
Since summer is on the way, for those in the Florida state, Aquatica could be just the ticket. This SeaWorld waterpark located in Orlando just opened and is the city’s “tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide,” where riders get to drop closet to 80 feet at 20-24 feet per second from a breakaway box. Certainly not for the faint of heart but for those looking for a thrill it could be perfect!
Florida has been subject to some tremendous developments recently. Each is unique and cater to extremely different tastes. This sunshine state really does have something to offer everyone.

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