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Best Basement Remodeling Ideas To Make The Most Out Of Your Unused Space
If you have a basement that you’re not using to its full potential, it’s time to consider remodeling it into a functional and enjoyable space for your entire family. With the right ideas and professional help, you can transform your basement into a cozy living space, an entertainment center, or even a home gym. The following blog post will explore some of the best basement remodeling ideas that can help you make the most out of your unused space.
Transform Your Basement Into A Cozy Living Space
One of the best ideas for basement remodels is to turn it into a cozy living space. This idea is especially great for those who have a large family and need an additional area to relax and spend time together. You can add comfortable sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables to create a cozy living room atmosphere. You can even add a fireplace or a large TV to make the place even more inviting.
Create An Entertainment Center
If you’re a movie lover or have kids who love video games, an entertainment center could be the perfect idea for your basement. You can install a large projector screen, build custom cabinetry for your speakers and equipment, and install comfortable seating for the ultimate viewing experience. If you prefer a more casual feel, you can also add a pool table, shuffleboard, or ping pong table to the space as well.
Make It A Home Gym
If you’re looking for a way to stay fit and healthy while avoiding the crowds at the local gym, a home gym in your basement may be just the solution you need. You can install rubber flooring, add workout equipment and weights, mirrors on the walls, and even a high-tech sound system to keep you motivated.
Turn It Into A Home Office
If you work from home, having a dedicated space to focus and be productive can be a game-changer. You can attempt a basement remodeling project to turn it into the perfect home office, with plenty of natural light, ample storage, and a comfortable area to work. You can also add some decorative touches to make the space feel more professional and welcoming, such as artwork or a bookcase.
Add A Guest Suite
If you often have guests staying overnight, having a guest suite in your basement can be a great space-saving idea. You can install a full bathroom, a queen-size bed, and even a small kitchenette with a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. Your guests will appreciate having their own private space, and you’ll appreciate the extra room when it’s not being used.
Remodeling your basement is an exciting way to transform your home and create more space for your family to enjoy. From creating a warm and inviting living room to a high-tech entertainment center or a personal workout gym, the possibilities are endless. With the help of a professional remodeling team, you can make your dream basement a reality and make the most out of your unused space.
How To Ensure You Eat Enough During The Day
A balance has to be struck between not eating enough (and therefore not getting all the nutrients your body needs to thrive) and eating too much (which is unhealthy and will cause you to become overweight).
One of the biggest issues is time. Many people are very busy, and they don’t feel they have enough time to eat three meals a day. They skip breakfast or lunch – sometimes dinner too – and when they do eat, they grab unhealthy snacks or call for takeout because they have so much else to do. This means that you run the risk of getting sick, and your immune system might not function well, among other issues. With that in mind, here are some ideas you can put in place to ensure you eat enough during the day (even if you’re busy).
Batch cooking is not a difficult thing to do, and it can really save you a lot of time and money when it comes to eating. If you always make extra food when you cook, you can store that extra food safely in the freezer, and when you don’t have time to cook and would otherwise skip eating altogether or grab something unhealthy on the way home, you can heat up the food and have a healthy, nutritious meal.
This will save you money because you won’t have to pay for extra food when you have good food at home, and it will ensure you don’t miss out on any essential nutrients.
Always Eat Breakfast
Breakfast might seem like the easiest meal to skip because you’re often in a hurry in the morning anyway, and you can manage until lunchtime. The problem is that if you skip breakfast, your metabolism will take longer to engage, and your body might even go into what’s known as ‘starvation mode’. When this happens, energy becomes stored as fat, which is why many people find that skipping breakfast makes them put on weight.
If you make it a rule to always have breakfast, even if you don’t have food, and instead opt for the best meal replacement shakes, you’ll also be less hungry by the time lunchtime comes around, so you’ll eat less, helping you stay healthier. Plus, when you have breakfast, you’ll be more energized and focused at work, which is a bonus.
Eating snacks might sound like terrible advice if you want to eat enough and no more or less. However, it could be that eating six smaller meals per day (which includes snacks) helps you eat less overall than if you were to stick to three larger meals. To do this, you would eat breakfast, then have a mid-morning (healthy) snack. Next is lunch, after which you’ll have a mid-afternoon snack. Then dinner, and finally, a snack before bed.
If all of these meals are smaller, you won’t overeat, and you won’t find that you’re absolutely ravenous by the time any particular meal time comes around. You’ll also have a constant flow of energy, so there will be no dips of tiredness that cause you to be unproductive.
Don’t Forget To Drink
Staying hydrated throughout the day is a big part of being healthy. Dehydration can cause confusion, mood swings, and headaches at best, and at worst, it can lead to organs shutting down – this is what will happen with chronic dehydration, for example.
What has this got to do with eating enough? The fact is that sometimes you might actually be dehydrated and not hungry. These two signals can be confused, especially if your brain is not functioning optimally due to dehydration in the first place. The best thing to do is to have a bottle of water with you at all times and constantly sip on it throughout the day. In this way, you won’t become dehydrated, and when you feel hunger pangs, you can rely on them being real rather than dehydration confusing the issue.
Another benefit to drinking water is that it can help to fill you up. If you know you have a tendency to keep eating even when you’re full, try drinking a glass of water before each meal. In this way, you’ll already be a little full, and you’ll have to eat less unless you want to be very uncomfortable. Over time, you’ll learn what portion sizes are good for you.
Make Meals A Priority
Finally, it’s important that you make meals a priority. When you’re in a hurry, it can feel as though you just eat because you have to, but this can lead to you making bad food choices. If you prioritize your food, you’ll think more carefully about it, make better decisions, and eat more mindfully, as we mentioned above.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania arrives at Digital retailers 4/18 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD 5/16
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OMG we are so excited for the new Ant man. This is exciting
It’s time to size up your collection! Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is available to buy only at Digital retailers on April 18 and arriving on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 16.
(And the movie just got even BIGGER! Over 2 hours of bonus content!
BURBANK, CA (April 6, 2023) – Look out for the little guy! Ant-Man is back with the whole family, in their biggest adventure yet! Join Scott, Hope, Hank, Janet and Cassie as they take audiences deeper than ever before into the Quantum Realm – and face off against the all-powerful Kang the Conqueror.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives on Digital April 18 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 16. Fans can add the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel and audio commentary by director Peyton Reed and writer Jeff Loveness.
Super Heroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought possible. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania also stars Jonathan Majors as Kang, David Dastmalchian as Veb, Katy O’Brian as Jentorra, William Jackson Harper as Quaz and Bill Murray as Lord Krylar.
- Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
- Watch the film with audio commentary by director Peyton Reed and writer Jeff Loveness.
- All in the Family – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Pfeiffer discuss the complex layers and secrets – yet incredibly strong bond of this heroic family.
- Formidable Foes – Discover how Jonathan Majors, Bill Murray and Corey Stoll bring gravitas to the villains of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Learn more about how Kang brings a Thanos-level threat to this adventure and the larger MCU.
- Drink The Ooze – Upon entering the Quantum Realm, Scott Lang nervously drinks the ooze.
- I Have Holes – Veb expresses great excitement when he discovers he finally has holes.
*Bonus features vary by product and retailer
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne
Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror
Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne
Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang
David Dastmalchian as Veb
Katy O’Brian as Jentorra
William Jackson Harper as Quaz
Bill Murray as Lord Krylar
Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Stephen Broussard, p.g.a.
Kevin de la Noy
U.S. and Canada Street Date
Digital: April 18, 2023
Physical: May 16, 2023
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD
Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD
Feature Run Time
Approx. 125 minutes
Easter Basket Gif Guide 2023
Looking for a few fun gifts and a few healthier gifts for this years Easter Basket? We have you covered.
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NEW RELEASE: DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos
Click HERE to watch the DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos launch trailer
Available now on Switch/PlayStation/Xbox/PC
Fans can play as legendary DC Super Heroes Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman as the mighty Justice League join forces to take on the all-powerful Mr Mxyzptlk, a trickster from the Fifth Dimension who has appointed himself the mayor of Happy Harbor and is intent on causing chaos. Players can explore a vibrant new location and enjoy the refreshing new take on the iconic Justice League characters, reimagined in a Saturday morning cartoon style. Harness the unique abilities of each Super Hero to overcome strange enemies, gruelling fights, and fun-filled missions whether solo, or teaming up with friends or family with 2 player instant action co-op mode.
Rated E for Everyone, Available for a retail price of $39.99 USD at major retailers and digitally
NEW RELEASE: Peppa Pig: World Adventures
Play in the bigger, wider world of Peppa Pig, and bring your family into the story! Make pizza in Italy, walk on Hollywood Boulevard, climb the Eiffel Tower and more on your world tour. Create your own unique and dazzling family home, and discover more characters, quests and fun than ever before!
- Available now on Switch/PlayStation/Xbox/PC
- JOIN PEPPA’S WORLD – Create characters for you and your whole family
- BE A WORLD EXPLORER – Visit New York, Paris, London and beyond
- MEET NEW CHARACTERS – Chat and play with all your favourite Peppa Pig characters
- BUILD YOUR HOUSE – Arrange your home and collectibles however you like
- GO ON BIG ADVENTURES – Visit a skyscraper, sail a ship, hunt for treasure and more!
Rated E for Everyone, Available for a retail price of $29.99 USD at major retailers and digitally
NEW RELEASE: Gigantosaurus Dino Kart
Be your favourite dino and speed around Cretacia in a kart championship that’s almost as big as Gigantosaurus’s appetite! With 15 tracks full of awesome power-ups and obstacles, help for younger players, and up to 4 players in split-screen play, the whole family can join this prehistoric racing party!
- Available now on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC’
- Be your favourite dino and speed around Cretacia in a kart championship that’s almost as big as Gigantosaurus’s appetite!
- With 15 tracks full of awesome power-ups and obstacles, help for younger players, and up to 4 players in split-screen play, the whole family can join this prehistoric racing party!
How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Getting your kids to eat healthier can be challenging for most parents. However, no area is more challenging than getting them to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it is a must that you get them to start eating these healthy foods as much as possible.
This task can be very frustrating for parents of picky eaters. The good news is that with a few tips, you can get your children to start eating a lot more healthily.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Have Fruits and Vegetables Readily Available
Having fruits and vegetables readily available so that your child can have them as snacks anytime they want is a great way to get them to eat more fruits.
Instead of stocking your pantry with potato chips and chocolate cookies, have fruits salads, vegetable salads, and healthy avocado toast, available that they can eat or whenever they want to. When you give your children no option but to eat healthily they will comply.
If you have unhealthy snacks available it’s what they will eat.
Try Dipping When You Can
One way for you to make your children eat more fruits and vegetables is to allow them to dip them into something a little bit tastier.
For example, many fruits or vegetables taste better when they are dipped in peanut butter, salad dressing, and even hummus.
All of this makes it easy for you to get them to eat their fruits and vegetables without much complaining.
If you can’t get your children to eat their fruits and veggies then you may just be able to get them to drink them. Get yourself a juicer and blend green juices whenever you can. You can then mix them in with fruit sometimes to make them a little bit sweeter.
Try to find the best recipes you can for juicing fruits and vegetables separately or together to try to make them as delicious as possible. This will get your children to eat their fruits and veggies without complaining.
Some of these juices may be so delicious, you may be hard-pressed to get your children to go back to eating their fruits and vegetables the traditional way.
The great thing about creating juices is that they can be readily absorbed by the body. This means that your children will be getting a lot of nutrients and minerals quickly.
Model Good Eating Habits
You should model good eating habits for your children. The best way to get them to eat well is to show them the behavior yourself. This means that you should reduce your intake of unhealthy snacks and choose to eat fruits and vegetables instead.
Try as many healthy recipes with fruits and vegetables as you can. The internet is filled with these types of recipes.
On some websites, you can even see the star rating for the recipe. You can find recipes that are specifically geared toward kids to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Take advantage of all these resources that you have available to create fun and delicious recipes with fruits and veggies.
Don’t Give Up
It can take some time before your children get used to eating lots of fruits and vegetables. The best thing you can do is to keep introducing it to them in a variety of different ways to force them to accept the fact that they have to eat them.
If your children are old enough you should also explain to them all the health benefits that they will gain from eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
If you can’t appeal to their taste buds, you can at least appeal to their logical minds. Kids are capable of understanding the importance of staying healthy and eating the right foods.
Take Your Kids Shopping
Taking your kids grocery shopping for fruits and veggies is a great way to get them involved in the entire process. You should have them select their fruits and vegetables.
It personalizes the eating healthy and could be just what you need to get them to enjoy the foods that they have purchased. It will also make things more connected for them when they use these fruits and vegetables in recipes.
Getting your kids as healthy as possible is always the goal. However, sometimes getting them to eat right can be very challenging.
The good news is that by implementing a few strategies you should be able to get them accustomed to eating their fruits and vegetables in one form or the other. Once they get used to eating this way it will become second nature.
Mindful Snacking: A Guide to Healthy and Satisfying Snacks for the Whole Family
Opinions are divided on snacking. Some people argue that if you eat between meals, you are both spoiling your appetite and adding unnecessary calories. Others will swear that a snack whenever you feel you need it is a good choice; if your body is calling out for food, it is best to heed that call, because your body knows what it wants. In truth, the latter statement is more accurate than the former. Snacking during the day is an acceptable way to stow hunger pangs. Of course, it’s not just as simple as saying that, though. There’s more to snacking than just picking up something quick between meals.
There is a difference between mindless snacking, which can see you reach for a bag of potato chips an hour before dinner because you’re peckish, and a smarter approach which adds nutritional value. If you want to ensure you’re getting the best of all worlds, it’s worth looking into how snacking can be to your benefit, and we have a few tips below which will help you hugely in that respect.
What is mindful snacking?
A mindful approach to snacking is about ensuring that when you eat between meals, it’s not just about grabbing whatever is closest, or dropping in to a fast-food outlet because it’s convenient at a certain point in the day. If you find that you eat between meals no matter how well you plan out meals, then it is advisable to plan for snacking and accept that you’ll get a craving at some point in the day. You can then include these snacks in your weekly shopping, so you’ll always have something good on hand to deal with the situational cravings you get.
What kind of snacks should I buy?
You should keep indulgences to a minimum. If you have cookies or puddings in the home, you will reach for them when you’re distracted by hunger. You don’t have to ban them outright, just buy them when you want them. If that feels like an inconvenience, great – you should have to go out of your way to eat something that’s not good for you. You should have snacks in the fridge for all the family: protein bursts for you, healthy toddler snacks for the little ones, and fruit and veg for the older kids.
What makes a good snack?
A snack should be something you can just grab when you’re running low on energy or when a rumbling stomach distracts you from going about your day. If you have to spend time preparing a snack, then the temptation to graze while you’re making it will be there, and despite what we tell ourselves, food that we eat while preparing other food still counts toward calorie allowances. Grapes, whole nuts, and batch-made cereal bars and energy balls are all good snacks, and can quell a hunger pang as soon as it strikes. It’s worth packing a container with snacks to take to work, as this can help you master the mid-morning crash that happens to so many of us.
Dungeons & Dragons Premiers in Theaters March 31
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A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.. Rated PG-13
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The Best Foods to Eat at a Passover Dinner
Passover is one of the most significant holidays for Jewish people, commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. During Passover Seder, everybody gathers for dinner to eat symbolic food together—it’s a fantastic time to go all out for a dinner party that everybody participates in.
But what are the best foods to eat at a Passover Seder? You may wonder what to expect if you’re planning a Passover dinner or attending one. Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, if you know anything about the connection between Passover and Easter, you might know that there could be menu overlap.
Accent your spring holiday dinner with amazing meals and amazing company. Here are the best foods to eat at a Passover dinner.
1. Matzah Ball Soup
Matzah meal is the most iconic ingredient of Jewish food; you can prepare and eat it in many forms. Matzah ball soup is arguably the most famous iteration, made with balls of matzah, eggs, water, and salt and cooked in chicken broth. It’s delicious and fun to prepare with a group of people ahead of time. Rolling up the matzah balls can be a task given to young kids in the family to make them feel included, or you can prepare them way before dinner to lessen the stress of cooking.
It’s a great way to start a Passover dinner, and it’s hard not to enjoy it!
2. Gefilte Fish
Another popular appetizer, Gefilte fish is a delicious traditional Passover dish that’s hard not to enjoy. Ground fish, usually whitefish and pike, is mixed with veggies and spices and formed into balls or loaves. Then, the fish is poached in fish stock and served cold with horseradish. It’s a unique dish that works well as an appetizer instead of charcuterie.
Brisket is a classic Passover entree that is often slow-cooked in the oven for several hours until tender and flavorful. Made from beef, usually the brisket cut, it’s seasoned with a variety of spices and rounded out with veggies. It’s hearty, satisfying, and uniquely tender if cooked correctly.
It’s perfect for a Passover dinner because it can be the star dish of a Passover meal, served with a variety of sides such as roasted potatoes, carrots, and onions. Brisket is also a pretty customizable recipe—every table has a different way of preparing it, and even goyim households have their own spins on it. So you’re sure to find a variation of brisket that fits your table.
4. Roasted Vegetables
With a star dish like brisket, you should also have a star side to bring it all together. Buttery roasted carrots caramelized in thyme and garlic will add extra layers to your main course. Hasselback potatoes drizzled with olive oil and salt will be gone before they hit the table. A perfect side dish will bring your entire dinner together, and you have endless choices! If you’re making your Passover dinner into a buffet-style meal, you can even have a lot of options for sides available.
Charoset is made from apples, nuts, cinnamon, and honey and served as a side dish or dessert. It’s delicious and healthy, rich with nutrients, and is a sweet accent on what’s so far been savory. The sweet dish also represents the symbols of Passover. It’s indicative of the mortar Jewish enslaved people used to build the pyramids in Egypt. So not only is charoset delicious, but it’s also meaningful. It’s a must-have for any Passover table.
6. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Passover dinner cannot have anything with flour, so you have to get creative for dessert. For hopefully obvious reasons, a flourless chocolate cake is an excellent choice for a Passover dinner. It’s a crowd-pleaser. The cake is made without flour and is instead made with ground almonds or other nuts. It’s decadent and rich, so even a small cake can feed an entire family. It can be served with fresh berries or whipped cream and takes effort to dislike.
The symbolic foods and traditional rituals of Passover Seder make Passover a memorable holiday. It’s a Jewish family’s Christmas or Easter and commemorates a significant historical moment for the Jewish people in the liberation of the Israelites.
While Passover dinner has no flour, you’d be surprised how many delicious foods there are to enjoy despite that. For example, Matzah ball soup uses matzah meal, and flourless chocolate cake uses ground nuts to replace the supposed “staple” ingredient. These dishes aren’t just amazing to eat; they’re easy to make and share with a large group of family and friends.