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The Eight Best Basketball Hoops for 2020

Nothing beats having your own personal basketball hoop at home. From neighborhood pickup games to family games of HORSE, a home basketball hoop can provide years of fun and a lifetime of memories. If you’re thinking about adding a hoop at your home, start your search with this list of the top-rated portable, in-ground and mounted basketball hoops currently available at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Whether you need a hoop for serious competition or an affordable option for family fun, you’ll find a great fit in this collection.

Best Basketball Hoops for 2020

1. Lifetime 52″ Steel-Framed Shatterproof Portable Basketball Hoop

With over 300 four- and five-star reviews, this Lifetime hoop is the top-rated portable basketball hoop available at DICK’S. The polycarbonate backboard offers a professional look and shatter-resistant durability, while the Slam-It Rim features double-compression springs to help withstand dunks and provide true rebounds. One of the best features on this hoop is the user-friendly Power Lift function that lets you adjust the height anywhere from 7 1/2′ to 10′ in just seconds.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 52″
  • Backboard Material: Polycarbonate
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 35 gallons

Shop the Lifetime 52″ Steel-Framed Shatterproof Portable Basketball Hoop.

2. Goaliath 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop with Yard Defender

This hoop is legit. The tempered-glass backboard provides an arena-like look and performance, and the two-piece, powder-coated steel pole helps ensure exceptional stability and durability. The hoop also includes a pole pad to help provide protection plus Yard Defender netting to help keep the ball from rolling away.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goaliath 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop with Yard Defender.

3. Spalding Beast 60″ Glass Portable Basketball Hoop

The Beast is our best portable hoop for serious players. The large, 60″ backboard is made with tempered glass to give you gym-level quality at home, while the 50-gallon base can be filled with water or sand to help provide incredible stability during play. The Beast also features multi-wheel castors and a built-in handle that can help make moving the hoop simple. And, if you have young players at home, you can use the included screwjack to adjust the height between 7 1/2′ and 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 50 gallons

Shop the Spalding Beast 60″ Glass Portable Basketball Hoop.

4. Goaliath 50” GoTek Portable Basketball Hoop

The Goaliath 50″ GoTek is a customer favorite for several reasons. First off, the GoTek is known for being easy to assemble compared to other portable hoops. Customers note that the parts are clearly marked and well organized, and the instructions are easy to follow. The sturdy steel frame helps ensure superior stability during play, while the unique Infinity Edge Backboard is made to provide true bounces. The GoTek is also incredibly easy to move, with an ergonomic design that lets you lift and move the hoop like a wheelbarrow. You can adjust the hoop in 6″ increments from 7 1/2′ to 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 50″
  • Backboard Material: Acrylic
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 25 gallons

Shop the Goaliath 50″ GoTek Portable Basketball Hoop.

5. Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop

The Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Hoop features a one-piece, powder-coated pole for extreme durability. The tempered glass backboard is 3/8″ thick to help provide premium performance with minimum vibration. The height adjusts from 7 1/2′ to 10′ to suit almost all ages. If you’re looking for gym quality, this hoop is a great choice.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop.

6. Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop

The Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop is our top pick for young kids. You can adjust the height of the telescoping pole from 5 1/2′ to 7 1/2′ in six-inch increments to give young shooters the chance to hone their skills on a real hoop. The polyethylene backboard is perfect for kids and the high-density design is built to withstand harsh weather. At 15″, the rim is a bit smaller than those on regulation models, but it is large enough to fit a regulation ball. That said, your young player may be more comfortable shooting a smaller youth-sized basketball.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 32″
  • Backboard Material: Polyethylene
  • Adjustable Height Range: 5 1/2′ to 7 1/2′
  • Base Size: 10 gallons

Shop the Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop.

7. Goaliath 54″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop

This 54″ hoop from Goaliath is the most affordable in-ground system on our list, providing exceptional performance and long-lasting durability. The tempered-glass backboard offers a pro-style look and is reinforced with steel along the entire perimeter for maximum rim support. The two-piece, powder-coated steel pole is made to be resistant to corrosion and UV rays, helping to keep the hoop looking like new. Customers also note how easy it is to adjust the height between 7 1/2′ and 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 54″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goaliath 54″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop.

8. Goalsetter 54″ Fixed Height Baseline Glass Blackboard and HD Breakaway Rim

This 54″ mounted hoop from Goalsetter will make the perfect addition to your home. The backboard is made with tempered glass to provide gym-quality performance, while the durable, breakaway rim is built to withstand thunderous dunks. The steel anchor frame is designed to provide a secure hold you can trust for years.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 54″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass

Shop the Goalsetter 54” Fixed Height Baseline Glass Blackboard and HD Breakaway Rim.

Still not sure which hoop is right for your home? Learn more with our basketball hoop buying guide.

The Eight Best Fishing Kayaks of 2020

Fishing can be a great escape from everyday life. But what if you want to escape a little further than the shoreline will take you? Fishing kayaks can help anglers explore uncharted waters and enjoy hotspots not accessible by shore or boat.

Choosing the right fishing kayak for your needs can seem daunting with the abundance of options available. Hook into a keeper with help from this collection of the year’s best fishing kayaks for your next trip.

BEST SIT-ON-TOP FISHING KAYAKS

1. Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak

Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak

Paddle with confidence while atop the Lifetime Teton Angler. With a unique hull design for improved tracking and stability, this vessel can be great for anglers eager to fish. The durable UV-Protected High-Density Polyethylene construction can also ensure your fishing kayak will stay in top angling shape season after season. Front and rear tankwell storage – as well as two flush mount rod holders – can provide the necessary space to house all your fishing gear and equipment.

Shop the Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak.

2. Lifetime Teton Pro Angler Kayak

Lifetime Teton Pro Angler

Take your fishing adventures to newfound waters atop the Lifetime Teton Pro Angler. Perfect for lakes, rivers and reservoirs, this vessel features a high initial stability hull for improved stand up casting. The adjustable frame seating also houses two settings for maximum comfort, whether fishing and paddling or reclining and relaxing. Fret not about taking on water thanks to the Deck Channel Draining System featuring eight self-bailing scupper holes. The Lifetime Teton Pro Angler even comes equipped with a molded-in 28-inch ruler for measuring every trophy you bring aboard.

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3. Old Town Topwater 120 Angler Kayak

Old Town Topwater 120 Angler

A comfortable fishing trip is just a launch away with the Old Town Topwater 120 Angler. The breathable ElementAir seat and EVA foam deck pads can make for an enjoyable float on the water. This vessel also boasts a revolutionary universal transducer mounting system to house your fish finder for seeking out prized hotspots. The ultra-stable DoubleU hull design can help improve handling and stability when casting and reeling in your next big catch.

Shop the Old Town Topwater 120 Angler Kayak.

4. Pelican Catch 130 HyDryve Angler Kayak

Pelican The Catch 130 Hydryve Angler Kayak

The Pelican Catch 130 Hydryve Angler can be a great option for those wanting speed on the water. Featuring a Hydryve Pedal System, this sit-on-top fishing kayak can be a quick and nimble vessel when navigating offshore. The Ergocast G2 Seating System can help create a comfortable experience when fishing. There is also plenty of storage for your fishing gear and necessities. Utilize the multiple tankwells, rod holders and tackle box compartment to pack everything for a fun-filled day on the water.

Shop the Pelican Catch 130 Hydryve Angler Kayak.

5. Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak

Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive Angler Kayak

Maneuver with grace and precision on the Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive Angler. This lightweight fishing kayak features an innovative pedal system for improved mobility through tight areas. This vessel is also comfortable in part to the breathable captain’s chair featuring adjustable stadium-style seating. Ample storage and customizable gearing rigs can help ensure you have room for all your angling needs. Float with confidence and reel in the big one atop this quality fishing kayak.

Shop the Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak.

6. Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak

Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak

Put your best foot forward during your next angling adventure with the Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler. Using the PDL Drive pedal system for forward and reverse navigation, this kayak can help improve maneuverability on the water. The ultra-stable DoubleU hull design can help you remain stable as you cast away for trophy catches. You can even mount your favorite fish finder to locate your next favorite fishing hole thanks to the universal transducer mounting system. Keep your fishing gear close and accessible with the onboard rod and tackle storage areas for an enjoyable angling experience.

Shop the Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak.

BEST SIT-IN FISHING KAYAKS

1. Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak

Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak

Looking for a budget-friendly beginner vessel? The Pelican Pioneer 100XR can be a great introductory fishing kayak for anglers wanting to venture offshore. This stable vessel can easily maneuver through the water as you paddle to your favorite fishing spot. Upgraded hatches with storage bags can allow you to tote your necessary fishing gear wherever you roam. Your next angling adventure can also be a cozy one, thanks to the adjustable footrests and premium knee pads for cushioned comfort.

Shop the Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak.

2. Perception Hook 10.5 Angler Kayak

Perception Hook 10.5 Angler

Another sturdy fishing kayak that won’t break the bank is the Perception Hook 10.5 Angler. Casting out while in this vessel is a breeze, thanks to the tri-keel stabilizer hull for better tracking and stability. The molded-in rod holders and dashboard can help you transport your fishing needs from spot to spot. You can also find comfort on the water in a padded seat with adjustable backrest. Paddle out and hook into some fun with this great fishing kayak.

Shop the Perception Hook 10.5 Angler Kayak.

Ready to launch your new vessel for a great day on the water? Discover how to pack your fishing kayak to keep your spirits high and your catches plenty with these fishing Pro Tips.

The 21 Best Bikes of 2020

Are you ready to ride? Take a two-wheeled vantage point and discover the right bike for your journey. From versatile hybrids to ultra-rugged mountain bikes, you can maximize your adventure with a bike that’s designed for your unique journey.

When choosing the right bike, you may need to consider frames, wheels and features. But before you begin, think about where and how you will ride, whether that’s trekking up the mountainside, high-speed cruising on the road or opting for a dirt trail. Here’s a list of this year’s top mountain, road and hybrid bikes for your next ride.

*Disclaimer: Inventory may fluctuate due to product availability.

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKES

Mountain Bikes are designed to handle rough terrain on unpaved trails or off-road adventures. These bikes are often built with sturdy frames and high clearance that helps enable them to overcome mud, rocks and debris encountered on the trail. They come with upright handlebars designed to promote easy handling and wide tires designed to provide ample shock absorption.

GT Men’s Aggressor Pro Mountain Bike

The GT Men’s Aggressor Pro Mountain Bike can be the answer for your next adventure on rocky terrain, winding singletracks and anything else that may come your way on unpaved trails. Constructed with a 6061-T6 Aluminum Triple Triangle Frame and a SR Suntour XCT fork, the Aggressor Pro is designed to deliver optimal durability and handling. The Shimano drivetrain and 8-speed shifter can help you transition through different elevations more smoothly.

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GT Women’s Laguna Pro Mountain Bike

Explore the off-beaten path with the GT Women’s Laguna Pro Mountain Bike. The 6061-T6 Aluminum Triple Triangle Frame is built to be strong and durable, yet lightweight and nimble. The Shimano shifters are designed to offer easy and smooth transitions, while the mechanical disc brakes are designed to provide ample stopping power when you need it. With 27.5″ All Terra Cypher tires, the Laguna Pro can deliver traction and control on the road and on the trails.

Shop the GT Women’s Laguna Pro Mountain Bike.

Nishiki Men’s Pueblo 26″ Mountain Bike

Experience excellent performance and an awesome ride with the Nishiki Men’s Pueblo Mountain Bike. Made with a heat-treated steel frame and 60mm travel fork, this mountain bike boasts durability and shock absorption. Its 26″ wheels and aluminum rims can tackle tough terrain, while the Shimano drivetrain can conquer big ascents and downhill slopes.

Shop the Nishiki Men’s Pueblo 26″ Mountain Bike.

Nishiki Women’s Pueblo 26″ Mountain Bike

Take the Nishiki Women’s Pueblo Mountain Bike for a ride on your next trip. Its front suspension, 60mm travel fork and Shimano drivetrain can help you climb uphill and coast smoothly over rocky paths. Its heat-treated steel frame and oversized down tube deliver a solid ride that can be perfect for the great outdoors. The Pueblo 26″ is complete with linear pull brakes designed for quick and easy stops.

Shop the Nishiki Women’s Pueblo 26″Mountain Bike.

GT Men’s Avalanche 29″ Mountain Bike

Get ready to shred the mountain trails with the GT Men’s Avalanche 29″ Mountain Bike. It’s designed to offer stability and efficiency while also providing smooth rollover on uneven terrain. It features a durable 6061-T6 aluminum triple triangle frame, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 speeds to help you keep going.

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Schwinn Women’s Standpoint 27.5″ Bike

The Standpoint is a Schwinn Signature mountain bike that features an aluminum mountain frame with a Schwinn suspension fork made for controlled riding on the trail. Its 21 speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters help provide quick gear changes, while front and rear v-brakes help deliver crisp stops. Plus, 27.5 x 2.2-inch all-terrain tires can give you go-anywhere traction.

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Schwinn Men’s Standpoint 27.5″ Bike

Schwinn Mens Standpoint

Hit the trails with the Standpoint, a Schwinn Signature mountain bike. The Standpoint features an aluminum mountain frame with Schwinn suspension fork designed for controlled riding. Its 21-speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters help provide quick gear changes, while front and rear v-brakes are made to deliver crisp stops. Plus, 27.5 x 2.2-inch all-terrain tires can give you that go-anywhere traction.

Shop the Schwinn Men’s Standpoint Mountain Bike.

BEST HYBRID BIKES

Hybrid Bikes are best for casual road riding or cruising along smooth dirt trails. Hybrids can be an excellent utility bike because they often possess the lightweight frame of a road bike with the wide tires and high clearance of a mountain bike.

Schwinn Men’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Men’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike may be perfect for exploring wooded trails or commuting around town. Made with a lightweight aluminum frame and SR Suntour Fork, the GTX 3 is built to deliver an agile ride on any surface. Its 700C Schwinn tires are made to roll smoothly on city streets, while Shimano componentry and seven speeds are built to provide pedaling power.

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Schwinn Women’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike

Whether you prefer dirt paths or paved roads, the Schwinn Women’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike is made to ride on any surface. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame and SR Suntour Fork, the GTX 3 is built to be nimble on the trail or street. Its 700C Schwinn tires are made to roll smoothly on city streets and Shimano components and seven speeds are designed to ensure efficient performance.

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Schwinn Signature Men’s Fremont Hybrid Bike

Schwinn Signature Mens Fremont

Set and accomplish all your biking goals with the Schwinn Fremont Hybrid Bike. The aluminum frame is built to be lightweight and durable and features front suspension to help absorb impact from bumps. The Fremont is equipped with 21 speeds, linear pull brakes and Shimano EZ-Fire shifters. The memory foam cushioned seat and suspension seat post helps provide maximum comfort on every ride.

Shop the Schwinn Signature Men’s Fremont Hybrid Bike.

Nishiki Men’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike

Tackle all rides with the Nishiki Men’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike. Designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, this flat bar road bike boasts a smooth and comfortable ride over rough surfaces. Its Shimano components help make shifting and pedaling more efficient whether you’re climbing uphill or gliding down the street.

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Nishiki Women’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike

From casual commutes to working out, the Nishiki Women’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike is made to provide a comfortable, smooth ride on or off the pavement. Built with a lightweight aluminum frame and 700C wheels, the Manitoba is designed to glide easily through narrow streets or forested paths. This bike can provide powerful stopping power with its Promax linear pull brakes.

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Nishiki Men’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike

Whether you’re commuting or trekking on a narrow singletrack, experience it all with the Nishiki Men’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike. Built with a durable aluminum frame, this bike is made to cruise with stability. The reliable 700C wheels are made to withstand terrain from rocky roads to smooth pavement, while the disc brakes deliver optimum stopping control.

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Nishiki Women’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike

The Nishiki Women’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike may be an ideal choice for versatility whether you’re on or off the pavement. Equipped with larger 700C tires, aluminum frame and hybrid geometry, this dual sport bike is made to accelerate quickly while navigating sharp turns with stability. The Shimano shifter also helps you to adjust through the 24 speeds with ease.

Shop the Nishiki Women’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike.

Schwinn Signature Men’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Men’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike is made to be versatile and easy to ride on pavement or trails. It’s designed with an alloy construction and is equipped with disc brakes that help ensure quick stops. The Super Sport also has a 21-speed drivetrain and a straight blade rigid steel fork. With Schwinn sport ergo dual-density grips and Schwinn S2 sport ergo saddle, this hybrid bike is made to provide maximum comfort.

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Schwinn Signature Women’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Women’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike is great for a wide range of riding conditions whether city, trail or road. It features an alloy frame with a step-thru design for greater comfort, disc brakes that help you stop easily and a 21-speed drivetrain. Plus, the Schwinn sport ergo dual-density grips and Schwinn S2 sport ergo saddle add even more comfort to this bike.

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BEST ROAD BIKES

Road Bikes are best for riding on pavement. These bikes can be a great fit for commuters, fitness riders and long-distance athletes. They are designed with narrow, high-pressured tires to provide a smooth ride, as well as a lighter frame and higher seating position made  to enhance aerodynamic speed.

Nishiki Men’s Maricopa Road Bike

From commuting to training for the triathlon, take the Nishiki Men’s Maricopa Road Bike for a spin on the streets. The lightweight aluminum frame and compact road geometry help ensure a speedy ride. Fitted with Shimano components and 700C wheels, the Maricopa can roll smoothly on rough pavement while delivering top-notch performance.

Shop the Nishiki Men’s Maricopa Road Bike.

Mongoose Men’s Guide Sport Road Bike

For a full day of riding, the Mongoose Men’s Guide Sport Road Bike may be perfect for you. It can be great for commuting, bike packing or gravel roads. It features disc brakes for all-weather braking, wide tires to help provide ample grip and an 18-speed drivetrain. With a stash pack frame bag, the Guide Sport allows you to store essentials and items for your ride.

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GT Men’s Vantara Claris Road Bike

Have the competitive edge with the GT Men’s Vantara Claris Road Bike. This drop bar road bike features an alloy frame with smooth welds and an alloy fork that promote confident handling, versatility and maximum durability. The Shimano shifters and drivetrain help ensure a reliable ride and can allow you to find the right gear for every destination. From climbs and descents to casual rides, you can tackle all surroundings with this bike.

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GT Men’s GTS Comp Road Bike

Take the GT Men’s GTS Comp Road Bike for a tour around your favorite cycling destination. The durable alloy frame helps make climbing hills a breeze. Its 700C wheels and drop-bar handlebar will give you top speeds and smooth handling, whether you are training for a competition or taking a morning ride.

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Schwinn Signature Men’s Fastback Carbon Road Bike

The Schwinn Men’s Fastback Carbon Road Bike is built to deliver lightweight performance and speed. It features a carbon frame, a 22-speed drivetrain and caliper brakes. With a road race seat, double-gel tape grips, and a drop-bar handlebar, this bike can help keep you comfortable and in the zone on long rides or events.

Shop the Schwinn Men’s Fastback Carbon Road Bike.

So, if you’re looking for your next adventure-ready bike, these hybrid, mountain and road bikes may be the perfect fit for you. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Discover hundreds of bikes at DICK’S.

11 Best Stress Management Books

Stress is not an uncommon word anymore. Massive amount of stress is faced by millions of people on a daily basis. It has many negative physical side effects because of which people are compelled to search for the best stress books to understand and cope with it. Some books contain detailed explanations to avoid stress affecting the body and mind. A person who reads stress management books is able to transform the negative into positive and approaches it correctly.

Top 11 Stress Management Books

Here are some stress management books that you can pick up for a read.

1. End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain by Don Joseph Goewey

The book has a detailed description of the effects of stress on the body. The author also mentions how stress impacts the brain. The major tenet of the book is how to live peacefully while dealing with stress and its effects. The author has explained a four-step strategy to increase brainpower, eliminate anxiety and decrease stress.

2. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good At It by Kelly McGonigal

This is one of the best books on stress. In this book, the author gives the message that stress is actually good for a person as it’s the reaction to stress which makes it bad. People who approach stress positively are able to use it as a tool for growth, whereas people who worry make themselves worse.  The author states that readers would be doing a disservice to themselves if they didn’t take her points into consideration.

3. Is Stress Your Silent Killer?: How to Deal with Stress and Achieve Permanent Relief by Janet Matthews

This is a stress relief book which has a cliff note version of dealing with stress. If you’ve read many books on stress already, you may find it repetitive. The author gives an introduction to the concept of stress and explains different techniques to deal with it.

4. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret    Wehrenberg

The author has based her book on a simple concept. If you want the problem to be fixed, you need to first understand it. She explains the causes of anxiety and some scientific techniques that work that don’t require medication. To combat anxiety, the book offers many practical and effective tips.

5. Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness by Richard O’Connor

The psychologist author uses a down-to-earth approach and common language to explain why our modern world produces so much stress and what can be done about it. It is one of the best books on stress management at the workplace. The author advocates a mindfulness approach to life as it can make people thoughtful, alert, deliberate, kinder, patient and more tolerant.

Books on Stress Management

6. The Mayo Clinic Guide To Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood

This is one of the best stress management books by an Indian author. The author has expertise working with many stressed-out patients and so, his tips are practical and productive. This book will help you feel calm and peaceful. The author suggests avoiding too much exposure to news in order to cope with stress.

7. The Stress Management Handbook: A Practical Guide to Staying Calm, Keeping Cool, and Avoiding Blow-Ups by Eva Selhub

This handbook teaches readers how to live and speak from a place of love rather than resentment and frustration. It is a humorous and light-hearted guide to stress. People end up with resentment and frustration when they are unable to get what they want to be it love, money or recognition. The author’s words of wisdom and scientific knowledge can definitely help in transforming people’s lives for the better.

8. The Science of Stress Management: A Guide to Best Practices for Better Living by Amitava Dasgupta

Stress is inevitable and it has to be managed well. Stress is such that it can deteriorate your mind and body inside-out. This book offers an evidence-based approach to manage stress for optimum results. It goes into the depths of science to explain stress management strategies for good overall health.

9. 9 Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Stress by Stephanie Berryman

This is one of the best stress relief books which mentions practical tools to manage and reduce stress at work. It deals with the causes of stress, bad and good stress, and stress reduction. The author advises people to improve relationships and find common ground, compassion and a new respect for others. She has drawn on her personal experiences of dealing with many clients in the corporate sector.

10. Stress: Coping Techniques for Managing Stress To Help You Stop Stress Now by Melody Stressdone

If you feel that stress is knocking you down, de-stress books can tell you what to do. This book has many easy-to-follow steps to reduce fear, anxiety, and tension. You’ll be able to handle the anxiety that stems from interaction with strangers, relatives, friends, and co-workers after reading this book.

11. Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed by Rita Emmett

This book is a combination of time management and positive psychology. The author explains very clearly that stress is often not a result of workload but inefficiency in dealing with the workload. She mentions anecdotes to illustrate and highlight the main points in the book. It gives an overview of the significance of managing one’s life and the workload properly to reduce stress.

Stress is a serious problem which reduces productivity and turns work into a dreary chore. Stress reduction can help to bring back balance into your life. The multiple tips mentioned in these books can be a perfect source of guidance.

Working From Home With Kids – Tips To Survive

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, most people are working from home. While many people are managing just fine, the same cannot be said for those who have kids. If you’re a parent, working from home with your kids around, who want to be entertained all the time or have snacks every hour, can be challenging. Children demand attention 24-7 and parenting while meeting tight deadlines, responding to endless emails, and attending conference calls every two hours can be hard. As this disease is spreading rapidly, we don’t know for how long we will have to stay cooped up in our homes and you may have to work from while attending to your kids’ demands. But do not panic, working from home while under quarantine with kids can be fun if you know how to make it fun.

How to Work From Home With Kids When Under Quarantine

Here are some tips for staying productive while working from home with children during coronavirus.

1. Designate an area for your ‘home office’.

Yes, you want to keep an eye on your children all the time while you are at home, but the noise and their fun can be a distraction for you. This is why having a designated ‘work space’ in your home is necessary. Trust us, while working in your kitchen and using the kitchen table as work table sounds fun, but it’s not the optimal work area. If your kids are on the naughtier side, you will have to keep your files, laptop, and other work-related things out of their reach. So choose a well-lit area of your house that can be your home office. Keep a small table and place a drawer underneath to store your files and records. Keep it clutter-free and organised.

Home office

You can also make a small work space for your kids in your home office. Set up a small table and stock it with things like paper, pens, colours, pencils, tape, and stickers. This will buy you some time to focus while not worrying about the kid. This way, they will always be able to see you.

2. Work when your kids are asleep.

If you are working from home with toddlers, then you can use their sleeping schedule or napping hours to your advantage. While your kids sleep for two to three hours in the afternoon, you can have uninterrupted time to concentrate on your work. Utilise this time to get important tasks done. Save these hours for doing tasks that need your complete focus. You can do this by doing low-priority or less challenging tasks when the kids are awake and scheduling work or calls on a significant project while they are asleep.

If your children are in their teen years, they won’t take naps during afternoon hours. In such a case, ask them to read or play silently, or clean the house. This way they learn something new without disturbing you. Make the most of this time by focussing on important work. Despite your perfect plans, there will be days when things won’t go as planned, but it’s okay. Don’t stress yourselves, do as much as you can.

3. Make a boredom box.

This can be a lifesaver on days when all your strategies to keep your children occupied fail to work. Simply create a boredom box, which can be a box full of activities or crafts based on your children’s interest. This will help your kids play in a specific way or create certain projects. The boredom box would contain things your children are sure to like. For example, if your kid like crafts, then the box would contain things like glue, straws, paper, glitter, paints, stickers, buttons, yarn, and the other things in your home that you think are relevant. After you have assembled these things, you can ask them to make cards or something else. This will keep your children happily occupied while you work from home.

4. Talk to your children.

Your children can see that you’re on an important call, but that shall not stop them from bursting into your room and crying and complaining about something their sibling did. Yes, this may sound funny, but it’s not funny when you actually have to face this situation. You’re left shushing your toddler while your boss awaits your bright ideas. If you’re ever faced with such a situation, quickly press the ‘mute’ button on your smart phone. Trust, us, it’s a smart choice. But the best thing you can do is talk to your children about it.

Talk to your kids while working from home

You can use the power of repetition to teach your children what not to do when they are left alone for a while. First, tell them what tasks during your work should not be interrupted and what activity they should be doing during this time. Pretend to have a meeting or call to see how your kids react and go through this drill more than one time. Reward and praise them when they get it right and gently guide them if they do not. The more you practice, the more your kids will learn. Good behaviour never comes overnight; it takes patience and practice. So be a little patient with your kid while you teach how to behave.

5. Show your commitment.

When you are working from home, it is important that you stay committed to your job and to your boss. Let them know that you are productive and quick with work like always. One example to show your commitment is by responding to their emails quickly or as early as possible. Though most people like working in pyjamas, you might find that your productivity and confidence level is increased when you are dressed professionally. This will also let your kids know that when you are dressed in office-wear, you are doing office work, and that they should not interrupt during important calls.

6. Make time for your family.

Now that everyone is at home, it is the perfect time to invest some time in your family and kids. You are more likely to get quality work time if you give your children attention for even 20 minutes every couple of hours. If you give them some attention, they are likely to be happy for a long time and won’t disturb you while you work. These breaks will also be refreshing for you while working and help you feel good about yourself. It will give you confidence that you can manage work, home, and kids. So, cuddle up with your kids and read a few short stories to them or sit on the floor and play block games with them while you have got the opportunity.

7. Let your kids make a few decisions.

Giving your children a chance to make their own choices will make them confident and independent. Let them decide what they would like to wear, what games they would like to play or which storybooks they would like to read. Give them a chance to make a few snacks (which do not need gas or playing with fire) for themselves and eat on their own. When they do these simple tasks on their own, you will get time to work without interruptions. You could also create a list of activities to do so that your children can follow the list.

Kids making sandwich and burger

For younger children, you can pack some food and leave it in the fridge and ask them to finish it by 2 pm. For older children, you can have them put a few ingredients together to make less-complicated meals. This would teach them to become independent.

8. Use tricks that work for you.

There’s always one thing that can stop your child’s incessant cries – it can be his favourite cartoon on television or eating his favourite chocolate. As a parent, you know what works best with your children. If watching their favourite cartoons can stop your kids from disturbing you while you’re busy with work, then let them watch, and don’t feel guilty about resorting to such techniques to keep your children occupied. If there is an important conference call or meeting coming up, then simply turn on the TV and give them a few snacks. This will keep them occupied for a while and will help you focus on the meeting. As long as their screen time is limited, it’s okay if you let them enjoy a few cartoons.

9. Communicate with your partner.

If your partner or spouse is at home, then it is important to communicate with your partner about responsibilities so that you both are on the same page with regards to your needs and expectations. This will help in cases when either one of you has heavy deadlines or meetings. Another great idea is to hang a sign on your office door when you are on an important call or meeting so that your family knows that it is not a good time to interrupt. You could also use silly props like capes or toys when you are on an important call and tell your kids that every time you use those, you should not be interrupted. These are very powerful signals for your children.

10. Plan ahead.

Always try to finish your work a few hours earlier instead of waiting till the last minute. If possible, you can take control of your own work from home mom schedule and create your own deadlines. Procrastinating never helps, and if you have children, it’s best to not leave the work for the next day. You never know what emergencies might come, so get your work done on time, in fact before time.

Taking care of children and attending to their constant demands while working from home can be difficult, but it is possible. The tips we have shared above will help – use them to your advantage and have a perfect work-life balance at home. Talk to your partner and share responsibilities. Divide housework and take turns to watch your children. It’s a difficult time, but remember that it’s during this time that you will get the chance to bond with your kids and family members. Make the most of it; don’t stress about work. Set a routine and get your work done in scheduled time. And then spend all your time with your loved ones.

Body Polishing at Home – Benefits and Steps to Do It

Pimples and zits appearing on your skin is your body’s way of telling you that it needs to be cared for. Your skin is your largest organ and the way you take care of it will reflect the way you appear to be outside.

What is Meant by Body Polishing?

Body polishing is a process where you use an abrasive cream for massaging and gently exfoliating your skin. It clears up dead skin cells, boosts blood circulation and makes you feel rejuvenated by the end of the session.

Is Body Polishing Safe for Your Skin?

Of course! Body polishing uses a blend of essential oils and natural ingredients which are free from chemicals, additives, and sulphates – making sure your skin gets what it needs to restore it back to life. It cleanses your skin and gets rid of the dirt and grime, making it soft and supple just the way it’s meant to be.

Amazing Benefits of Body Polishing

Following are some of the amazing skin polishing benefits:

  • Boosts your blood circulation and gives you that flawless radiant look
  • Removes dust, dirt, pimples, zits, and blackheads on the skin
  • Relaxes your mind and rejuvenates your body
  • Moisturizes your skin, reduces fine lines and eliminates wrinkles
  • Removes any signs of sun damage
  • No more dry skin and it helps in detoxification too
  • Promotes new cell growth and clears up dead skin cells
  • Gives you soft and supple skin

Step by Step Procedure to do Body Polishing at Home

If you’re planning to do body and face polishing at home, then here’s what you need and how to do it.

Ingredients

  • Pumice Stone
  • DIY Body Polish
  • Loofah
  • Olive Oil

Procedure

  • Take a lukewarm water shower and get ready with the ingredients
  • Gently massage your body with three tablespoons of olive oil and apply any DIY body polish
  • Add in the loofah (synthetic or natural, any works), and give yourself a nice massage for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Scrub your knees, elbows, and the other areas of your body
  • Take a shower and rinse well afterwards

Homemade Body Polishing Recipes

If you’re still left wondering about the other ways on how to do body polishing at home, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

1. Rice Flour Body Scrub Recipe

This full body polishing recipe works like a charm and is very easy to make. Start using it instantly!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Coconut oil

Procedure

  • Combine the rice flour and sea salt in a big bowl
  • Stir in some turmeric powder
  • Add in coconut oil and mix well to make the consistency thick
  • Use this as your body scrub and apply it on your skin during shower time

2. Rose Petals Body Scrub

Do you love the smell of roses? We sure do and guess what? Rose petals are actually excellent for your skin. Here’s how to use this homemade body polish for dry skin.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a cup of rose petals (dehydrated)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • 2 to 3 drops of essential oil

Procedure

  • Get a big bowl
  • Blend all the above-listed ingredients well
  • Apply it to your body, scrub and massage well, and  rinse in lukewarm water

3. Strawberry-Sugar Body Scrub

The goodness of strawberries and sugar when combined gives you the ultimate exfoliating skin polishing treatment at home.

Ingredients

  • A cup of sugar
  • 2 to 3 strawberries (fresh and crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 3 to 4 drops of essential oil

Procedure

  • Blend all the ingredients in  a bowl and mix well until smooth
  • Apply the scrub on your body and massage for a few minutes
  • Wash with lukewarm water and finish

4. Honey Body Scrub

Honey has antibacterial properties and when you combine it with rock salt and coconut oil, you get a natural body polishing scrub that not only heals your skin but moisturizes it and safeguards from sun damage.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of any bath salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan rock salt
  • A teaspoon of organic  raw honey
  • 1/2 a cup of coconut oil
  • A tablespoon of rosemary leaves

Procedure

  • In a bowl, start off by mixing in all the ingredients well
  • Make sure the consistency is thick
  • Pour this blend into an airtight mason jar and refrigerate for roughly 15 to 20 minutes
  • Apply it to your body, scrub well and wash with lukewarm water once done

Tips to Remember

Here are a couple of tips to remember when it comes to making the most out of your DIY body polish treatment at home:

  • Check your skin type before you opt for any of these natural body polish treatment protocols. For example, sugar-based body polish recipes work well with normal skin but not so much for those with dry skin. Sea salt recipes are ideal for oily skin types while those with sensitive skin should stick to DIY scrub recipes that incorporate shea butter
  • Make sure to store your body scrubs in airtight jars and containers. Refrigerate these and make sure to finish using them up in a month. Commercial body scrubs last longer in terms of a shelf life because of the chemicals and preservatives added to them. And since these are completely natural and contain no synthetic or artificial ingredients, you’ll have to use them up in a month or less since they’re fresh and don’t last as long
  • If you’re using a body polish recipe with oil in its list of ingredients, be sure to stay careful when applying it. A few drops of oil and a slippery floor could lead to slips and accidents in the bathroom when you don’t take care
  • Don’t scrub your body with a lot of force. Be gentle, go slow, and massage the different areas smoothly. If you scrub too hard, you’ll end up leaving scratches or marks which is not what you want
  • Avoid applying any of these body scrub recipes on cracked or damaged skin. Consult a dermatologist if you suspect you’re experiencing any allergic reactions to any of these natural ingredients
  • If you want to take these body scrub recipes a step further, you can start off by adding in some crushed fruit. Any kind of fruit like orange, lemons, apples, and avocados work. You have plenty of room to explore and adding in the fruits will help detox your skin and keep it glowing

When you treat your body to a healthy lifestyle and complement it with the perfect skincare routine, you get glowing and flawless skin. Your outer self is a reflection of your inner self and how well you take care of it. Luckily, these body scrub recipes will have you covered and you’ll be the envy of your friends and peers before you know it. Give it time, use these every day (or every other day) and you’ll start seeing results really fast.s

9 Ideas for Removing Nail-Paint Without Using Remover

Sometimes the best manicure and pedicure can go the wrong way and before you know it, you’re dying to change your look. On one hand, you don’t want to chip your nails and on the other – you don’t have a nail polish remover around you.

So, is it possible to get the polish off without damaging your nails the natural way? The answer is – yes!

9 DIY Ways to Take off Nail Polish Without Remover

Here are 9 DIY ways to take nail polish off without using a remover. These are safe, easy to use, and don’t take a lot of time either.

1. Toothpaste Remedy

Toothpaste has ethyl acetate, a chemical compound that’s commonly used in commercial nail polish removers. This works like a charm and it is also a nail polish remover without acetone.

What You Will Need

  • Toothpaste

How To Use It

  • Get a toothbrush and apply a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste on it
  • Gently scrub it over your fingers, let it sit for a few seconds, and rinse while scrubbing the polish away

2. Lemon Water

Lemon has alkalizing properties and goes easy on your nails. All it takes is a few scrubs and you’re done! It helps in removing nail polish naturally at home.

What You Will Need

  • Lukewarm soapy water
  • One slice of lemon

How To Use It

  • Soak your nails in soap water for five minutes
  • Take the lemon slice and scrub it over them gently
  • Apply nail oil afterwards to keep your nails in good shape once you remove the polish

3. Alcohol

If you’re worried about nail infections and don’t have other alternatives lying around the house, try using some regular alcohol. It works and is much more effective than commercial nail polish removers

What You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lukewarm water
  • Cotton balls

How To Use It

  • Soak your nails in lukewarm water for a few minutes
  • Take the cotton balls and dip them in the rubbing alcohol. Work over your nails by rubbing them gently to remove the nail polish
  • Finish the wiping by applying some cuticle oil to your nails

4. Hand Sanitizer

This one is another natural home remedy that works extremely well. Here is how you use it.

What You Will Need

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cotton balls

How To Use It

  • Spray a bit of hand sanitizer over your nail polish, making sure not to spray too much
  • Rub cotton balls on your nails after spraying and wipe away the nail polish
  • Spray a little bit at a time and keep rubbing. Repeat until the polish comes off
  • Rinse your nails thoroughly with water afterwards and dry

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

Almost every household has hydrogen peroxide lying somewhere in their kitchen cabinets. Here’s how you use it.

What You Will Need

  • A small bowl
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Hot water
  • Nail filer

How To Use It

  • Take two parts of hydrogen peroxide and mix with one part water
  • Soak your fingers in this and use a nail filer to remove the polish

6. Hair Spray

If Bustle says hair sprays work like a charm, then why shouldn’t we be using it? It’s not a crazy fad – just try it out and see for yourself.

What You Will Need

  • Hair Spray
  • Cotton balls

How To Use It

  • Spray cotton balls using the nozzle of a hair spray to make sure it gets saturated
  • Glide the cotton balls over your nail polish
  • Do this as many times as you want until the polish comes off
  • Rinse with water later and put some cuticle oil to keep your nails in good shape

7. Vinegar and Lemon Juice

If lemon water isn’t enough to get the job done, then you need something much stronger. Try the vinegar and lemon juice combo – that pesky polish will definitely get wiped away.

What You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of vinegar
  • One lemon (juiced)
  • Cotton balls
  • A small bowl

How To Use It

  • Mix the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl
  • Soak your nails in the solution and let your fingers stay soaked for about 3 to 5 minutes
  • Use the cotton balls to gently wipe away the nail polish and rinse afterwards

8. Deodorant

If you want to learn how to remove nail polish without remover and need something with acetone, try using deodorant. It works.

What You Will Need

  • Deodorant
  • Cotton balls

How To Use It

  • Bring your nails close to the nozzle of the deodorant
  • Quickly spray a little and wipe the polish away immediately using cotton balls

9. Nail Polish

This one might sound crazy but trust us, it works. Why? Because the solvents present in different nail polish will help evaporate and soften the nail polish you’re currently wearing making it easy to remove. Make sense? Don’t take our word for it. Just see it yourself.

What You Will Need

  • Any other nail polish besides the one you’re currently wearing
  • A handful of paper towels

How To Use It

  • Pick an old or another type of nail polish you have lying around the house. Make sure it’s not the quick drying variety
  • Apply that over your existing nail polish
  • Wipe away immediately using paper towels
  • You might have to give this remedy a go a few times for it to work, to make sure it comes off completely

Things to Remember while Using Homemade Nail Paint Removing Methods

Here are a few things to remember when you’re using any home remedies to remove nail polish

  • Some of these methods may not work since most commercial nail polish removers contain acetone, a key ingredient which is used for removing nail polish. These are simply alternatives and acetone is harsh on your skin which is why we recommended these.
  • If you plan on using quick-drying nail polish to remove your existing one, make sure to wipe away quickly. Don’t let it sit or dry up because that way, you’ll have to put in   double the effort to remove both kinds of nail polish next time.
  • Moisturizing your nails and applying cuticle oil afterwards is a must. This will help protect your nails, keep them healthy, and prevent them from drying up.

Remember to keep your nails in good shape and care for them the right away. We all make mistakes and it’s totally normal to wear the wrong type of nail polish sometimes. Just make sure you use these remedies with care and don’t depend on them. They’re just healthier alternatives and if they don’t seem to be working, just opt for a commercial nail polish remover. The investment would be worth it but we definitely recommend these for mild cases, for example, if you’ve just finished a manicure and changed your mind. Let us know how these home remedies work for you.

5 Maternity Tops Every Stylish Mom Needs

Congrats on the big news, mommy-to-be! Now, it’s time to fill up your wardrobe for the journey you’re set on. And no, it doesn’t mean wearing nighties or loose clothes all day. Pregnancy fashion is at its best-ever point, which means you can experiment with styles and fits, now more than ever. With the multitude of options to choose from, it’s super easy to channel your inner celebrity and put together fabulous pregnancy looks that are comfortable and don’t require as much effort as you think. The two keys to dressing during pregnancy are style and comfort, and we’re here to tell you just how you can merge the two and dress your bump with some striking looks that you’ll want to rock post-pregnancy as well. Here are five types of maternity tops that will be your best investment, during and after pregnancy.

5 Maternity Tops for Stylish Mommies

Whether it’s for a workout or date night with your better half, there’s a maternity top for every occasion. No matter where you plan to go, these tops have you covered (pun intended). So, grab a snack and read on, these tops will guarantee that you’ve got your maternity style on point!

1. Tunics

maternity tunic

With quirky patterns, prints, and colours to choose from, tunics are dressier than casual shirts and require minimal effort. Plus, they’re super easy to style; you can wear them over a pair of jeans or leggings. They’re also a great option if you’re struggling with the changes in your body, as they cover the hips. Go for tunics with slits on the side that comfortably fit over your bump and thighs, without ballooning up around your hips. Since they fit gently around your silhouette no matter what size or shape you are, you can wear them post-pregnancy as well. A tie-on belt can also do wonders in shaping your waist post-pregnancy. For those dressy occasions, a tunic with lace detailing can give your outfit some oomph. Longer tunics can even double up as dresses for some extra ventilation on hot days!

2. Tees

maternity tee

Nothing screams ‘casual’ like a cool tee. In various colours, fits, and prints, you can get something that specifically caters to your preferences. Perfect for those days when you need to throw on some clothing and rush out the door, a funky tee and some jeans always come in handy. Maternity tees save some room for your growing belly and keep you looking and feeling comfortable. Choose loose and comfortable tees in breathable fabrics, which are ideal in warmer temperatures. You can wear them over stretchy pants or joggers while exercising or for a casual outing. On the other hand, layered tees fit perfectly over your bump and keep you comfortable and warm in cold climates. An inner layer that opens up for nursing is a definite plus point. How can we forget tees with cute slogans? They’re funny, cute, and you can never have too many of them!

3. Shirts

maternity shirt

We haven’t forgotten mommies who prefer wearing a shirt over everything else. You could borrow a shirt from your hubby or, better yet, buy a maternity shirt made to suit your changing body. You either make or break an oversized shirt, based on how it sits on your body, and maternity shirts are specifically stitched to accommodate and shape your body, making you look stylish with a hint of ‘I just threw this on!’ Pair a loose and airy cotton shirt with super stretchy pants, and you’ve got a casual, yet comfortable look. Long shirts also serve well as super trendy t-shirt dresses post-pregnancy and look great with your favourite pair of sneakers. Also, look for a cut that cinches in above the waist which complements your silhouette during and after pregnancy as well.

4. Blouses

maternity blouse

A blouse or top is perfect for an outing with friends or family and even doubles up as great formal wear. You can choose from different sleeve lengths, patterns, and styles to find the ones that suit you best. They’re also super easy to pair and style, making your life much simpler. Who says fashion has to be tough? Blouses are a great place to experiment with different styles, such as a sheer blouse that can be paired with a tank top or a tube top, which is perfect for dinner dates. A floral blouse with a loose and flowing structure offers maximum comfort and looks super trendy, especially during the summer season. Nursing blouses come in handy after delivery and are a great option for on-the-go moms. Pick blouses that are shorter in length, so they elongate your body, making you look more slender.

5. Jackets and Shrugs

maternity jacket

A jacket is a must if you live or work in a cold environment. After all, we don’t want to let our immunity drop. That also doesn’t mean having to compromise on fashion, so push those dull sweaters aside and buy a maternity jacket or shrug to keep you covered. You can always style and wear it post-delivery as well, so what’s not to love? A formal jacket structures your body and keeps you warm at your workplace or for any formal do. Also look for long jackets or jackets with stylish high-low hems that slightly cover your bump and make your body look narrower, which is perfect for dinner parties.

In an era of airport looks and Instagram selfies, who says mommies have to be left behind. Add these five essential maternity tops to your wardrobe and step out feeling your absolute best, during and post-pregnancy. And don’t forget to click as many pictures as you can, because you’ll definitely look back one day and cherish that pregnancy glow!

10 Ways to Remove Your Permanent Tattoo That are Super Effective

Inking or tattooing may mean different things for different people. For some, it is simply being stylish, for some, it may be to not go off memory, for some it may a lifestyle. However, it is somewhat a risk since in future you may feel differently about the tattoo that you have in your body and then removing it can be quite a task. In case you come up with a situation like this, then this article will help you to get rid of the unwanted without a twitch.

How to Remove a Permanent Tattoo?

Tattooing is a form of body art which is permanent. For most, a tattoo is an extension of themselves. It showcases people’s thoughts, beliefs and emotions. However, down the line, your thought process may change, you may not feel the same way about a certain someone, or you may just want it to be replaced by a new one. This is when removing it becomes necessary, but doing so is neither cheap nor easy and most importantly more painful than while inking it. Moreover, while doing so, it can cause a serious infection resulting in damages to the skin.

4 Surgical Methods to Remove a Permanent Tattoo

Tattoo removal can be just as tedious as inking it. Still, many people do not mind going through this rather cumbersome, expensive and painful process of tattoo removal. To help you to decide, here are four different surgical methods to try from.

1. Laser Surgery

People often ask, “Can a permanent tattoo be removed”? The answer is yes. The laser is by far the most common way to do so although the method is very expensive and painful too. In this method, importance is given more on the removal of ink rather than getting rid of the skin layer. Through this method, the ink’s pigment colours are broken up by exposing it to a high-intensity light beam. Tattoos which have been inked in black are easier to remove than tattoos having multiple colours. Passive and Active are the two types of laser methods through which tattoos can be removed.

The Passive laser tattoo removal method is usually done in beauty salons and is way cheaper than the Active method. However, the Active laser removal method, although a bit on the expensive side, is a more effective way of removing the ink. It is done by Dermatologists and requires several sittings.

2. Cryosurgery

Also known as cryotherapy, it is most often used in the removal of warts and in treating skin cancer. However, this therapy nowadays is used for the effective removal of tattoos too. Along with dermabrasion (another means to remove tattoos), cryosurgery is carried out by exposing the skin area with the tattoo to extreme cold temperature with the help of a freezing agent spray like liquid nitrogen. This causes frostbite in that particular skin area after which the area is abraded by the method of dermabrasion in order to get rid of the topmost layer of the skin.

Although an effective method for the removal of tattoos, it is extremely painful. Moreover, the method can damage the skin tissues while abrading the topmost layers. It is a complete “no-no” for multi-coloured tattoos since the method does not work well on yellow and green colour pigments. People who easily scar or have sensitive skin should do better without it. Being considered in the cosmetic surgery category, most often, insurance policies do not cover it.

3. Surgical Excision

This tattoo removal procedure is also pretty common and works best on tattoos which are small and which are in places which can be hidden since it can scar the area. Since the tattoo is removed surgically so it is spot on and neither does it result in any kind of allergic reactions like in the case of laser for some people. However, since this removal method requires stitches, it can leave a scar mark for the rest of your life and can also take months to heal.

4. Intense Pulsed Light Method

The broad spectrum of light used in this method helps in removing the epidermis by breaking down the colour pigments like in the case of the laser. With time, the area heals giving way to a new layer of skin through skin regeneration.

The best part about this method is that it is highly effective in removing tattoos and less painful, unlike in the case of laser therapy. However, it does not work well on people with dark skin colour and is also more expensive than laser removal method.

6 Easy Methods to Remove a Permanent Tattoo at Home

Although there are several surgical methods to remove a tattoo, you may try doing it at home by using natural products. Listed here are a few ways to help you through the process.

1. Honey with Aloe Vera, Yogurt and Salt

This naturally home-made concoction is a great way to get rid of an unwanted tattoo. Although it may take some time and several applications before you can get rid of the tattoo, it is undoubtedly one of the best natural ways. Moreover, the application of honey, aloe vera and yoghurt together does wonders for your skin and neither does it leave any scar behind as in the case of several other tattoo removal methods. All you need is to mix aloe vera pulp, honey, salt and yoghurt together. After you have cleaned the area of application, put the mix over it and massage the area with it. Over time and after several applications, the tattoo will fade away.

2. Lemon and Salt

Salt is rich in sodium and chlorine, and lemon juice has bleaching properties. Salt penetrates deep into the skin and helps the ink to fade out, and the vitamin C in lemon juice replenishes the skin. Therefore, this is a great way to remove a permanent tattoo with lemon juice. To try out this tattoo removal technique, mix salt and lemon juice together. Using a cotton ball dab the area with the tattoo with the solution and keep on rubbing it for half an hour to one hour. However, you will get a sore by all the rubbing so be prepared.

3. Apricot Scrub and Salt

Mix some apricot scrub along with some salt and rub it onto the tattoo. The salt abrades the upper layer of the skin, and the apricot scrub blurs the ink. However, this method is only partially effective in removing the tattoo.

4. Concealing it with Make Up

For people who cannot make up their minds for surgical tattoo removals or naturally removal methods for fear of it being either expensive or painful, covering it up with a tattoo concealer can be the best way out. These are not like any normal concealer but are specially meant to camouflage tattoos.

5. Home-Made Tattoo Removal Cream

It is best to avoid tattoo removal creams that are easily available in the markets. Instead, make one at home using natural and fresh ingredients. So how do you make one? Take fresh aloe vera pulp and mix it with one tbsp of Paderia tomentosa juice (fresh juice of the leaves would be best) and two capsules of vitamin E capsules. Apply the mix over the tattoo and massage it well. Then wash it with lukewarm water.

6. Wrecking Balm

The wrecking balm is a great way to get rid of a tattoo at home without any pain. All you need to do is massage it over the tattoo and have the patience for it may take a long time and many bottles before the tattoo fades away. The balm not only removes the tattoo but also nourishes the skin in the process. However, the product is a bit expensive but totally worth the money.

If you are regretting that impulsive tattoo and want to get it off, these are some tried and tested methods that you can use to get that unwanted tattoo off your body permanently.