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What Is Music Therapy And How Does It Help? Music therapy is a type of art therapy that uses music as a therapeutic tool to improve and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of a group of people or individuals. It involves various activities, ranging from listening to music to singing, playing an instrument to writing songs and much more. Sounds great, but what does music therapy help with and does it really work? Music has been used as a therapeutic tool for centuries and has shown to evoke happy memories and raise your spirits. One really doesn't need to have a strong connection to music. Even if you can't sing or play an instrument, this therapy is great for a rehab session or to guide you into meditation. Music therapy can be highly personalized, making it appropriate for people of all ages, whether they are struggling with illnesses or totally healthy. In the past few decades, music therapy has played an increasing role in improving mental health and overall well-being of people. What To Expect During A Music Therapy Session? For someone who is new to this therapy might wonder what actually happens during these sessions. It’s difficult to answer this as there is no such thing as a “typical” music therapy session. As music therapists work in many different settings and with different kinds of patients, treatment programs and duration always vary. Each session is different and customized depending on the client's age, needs and preferences. Every session can look different, but the only thing common here is the inclusion of music. During music therapy you and your therapist will do one or more of the following – sing, listen to music, create music, dance to music, play an instrument or discuss lyrics. Sometimes music therapy sessions are done in groups and some prefer private sessions. Some music therapists treat patients in their private practice or at a nursing home, while some may come to one’s home. Whichever setting one chooses, the impact of music therapy will help people accomplish their goals and improve the quality of their lives. Benefits Of Music Therapy On Physical Health Reduces High Blood Pressure A recent systematic review stated that music therapy along with lifestyle changes reduce high blood pressure. Listening to just thirty minutes of music every day may significantly reduce stress levels too. Effective In Pain Management Music has the power to reduce pain and helps manage pain in people who are living with chronic pain. Music therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication and also to decrease postoperative pain. Overall, music has a positive effect on pain management. Helps In Keeping Heart Healthy Benefits of Music therapy don't end with its ability to help with relaxation. It has the potential to strengthen chest muscles, improve heart function and heart rate variability. Patients with heart ailments who underwent music therapy sessions were able to improve their vascular health and lower their risk of future cardiovascular disease. Improves Body Coordination Music therapy helps to reduce muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. Music may play an important role in developing, maintaining and restoring physical functioning for people with movement disorders. Control Over Headaches And Migraine Pain Studies have shown that music therapy benefits headache and migraine sufferers to have better control over their pain. This therapy may reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of these headaches. People exposed to music had a decrease in the number of days that they experienced headaches. Helps Boost Immunity A particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience that can increase the body's production of immune-boosting hormones. These immune boosting hormones have the ability to invade harmful viruses and reduce the factors responsible for illness. Benefits Of Music Therapy On Mental Health Suppress Depression And Anxiety Findings of a research have shown that music helps with depression symptoms and anxiety. Inspiring and exhilarating music could uplift the mood of people suffering from depression. The power of music is yet to be studied and explored fully, but there is no doubt that music has a great effect. Improves Concentration Levels Studies have shown significant effects of the impact of music therapy on all age groups. It's not clear what type of music is better but listening to music enhances concentration and cognitive ability. Helps To Induce Sleep Many people who suffer from insomnia find that music therapy helps them improve sleep hygiene. Researchers have shown that relaxing music before bedtime can make for a good night’s sleep. Ability to fall asleep quickly can make you feel relaxed and at ease. Reduces Stress And Aids Relaxation Listening to certain kinds of music has proven to reduce stress. One of the great benefit of music therapy as a stress reliever is that it can be used while doing your usual chores so that it really doesn't take an extra time. Countless studies have shown that music's relaxing effects can be seen on all, including newborns. Enhances Memory Performance Music Therapy reactivates areas of the brain associated with memory, speech, reasoning, and emotion. Music can help people recollect happy memories of past experiences. Children who take music lessons develop a better memory compared with children who don’t. Trauma And Crisis Management Music therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic application for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. For people experiencing trauma and crisis, music therapy can help with improving your mood, feeling confident, being in control and providing a non-verbal outlet for emotions.  Click here for more online Music Therapy Sessions with Cece Streams Music therapy alone may not constitute adequate treatment for medical conditions. However, when combined with medication, psychotherapy, and other interventions, it can be an important part of a treatment plan. Find the sounds that work for you and plug in your earphones with your favorite music to get carried away by the musical waves that will make you feel relaxed and happy. 

Crafts and do it yourself (DIY) projects are a great way to bring out your creative side, they also help keep you occupied and also calm you down and act as a mode of relaxation as well.  These crafts use materials that are very easily available, and you can always add your personal touch to them. Also, a do it yourself project always yields unique items, which are one of a kind. Making these could also be a way in which you involve all your family members and spend some quality time with them as well.  These work as great home decor pieces as well, and can also add an element of color and design to your home. These Are A Few Crafts Projects That You Could Try At Home: 1. Yarn wrapped painted jars You will need: Glass jars (you can repurpose pickle and jam jars by removing their labels) Yarn or any type of string that is slightly thick White spray paint Working area lined with newspaper Candle or string lights Wrap the yarn or string tightly around the jar. Cover the entire jar leaving some gaps for the paint to not cover. You can overlap the string to form a criss-cross pattern as well. Once wrapped with string, spray paint the jars and let them dry Once the jars are dry, remove the yarn to reveal the unpainted parts of the jar through which you can see the light placed in the jar Place the candles or string lights inside the jar. The light will be visible through the non-painted areas  2. Acrylic paint pour art This is one that can be done very easily with the materials you have lying at home! You will need: A canvas Acrylic paint  Pouring medium Plastic cups for different paint colours Mix equal parts of acrylic paint and pouring medium in the colors you wish to use for your fluid art. If you do not have pouring medium, mix the paints with a little bit if water and glue and use this as your pouring medium. The consistency of the paint should be pourable and not thick, it should be able to flow easily as well. Set your canvas on a tumbler or glass, in order to allow the excess paint to flow down and pour the paints across the canvas, one color after another. Next, tilt the canvas on all 4 sides so that the colors flow in different directions, creating fluid designs Let it dry for 4 hours and your unique piece of art is ready! 4. Lace lamp You will need: Any kind of lace fabric A balloon Glue Water Big paintbrush A cup or holder Mix equal parts of glue and water to make a thick mixture, let the mixture not be too runny as it will cause the lace to slip Inflate the balloon and then cut the lace, enough to cover the surface of the entire balloon. You can also work with pieces of lace and glue them together Place a piece of the lace on the inflated balloon which is mounted on a stand and slow start applying the glue-water mixture over it Work in parts, waiting for the glue to dry as you continue to use it over the rest of the parts of the balloon Once you have repeated this process over the entire balloon, let it dry for a few hours Once completely dry, pop the balloon to reveal a beautiful hollow lace structure Now attach this to a bulb and your lace lamp is ready! 5. Magazine tea coasters This is a great way to use your old magazines and repurpose them to unique looking coasters You will need: -Sheets from a magazine -Glue Start by taking a sheet of the magazine paper and creating a zig zag fold for the entire sheet Once this is done, you can either roll it to make a circle, shape it to the form of a square or rectangle or even make smaller circles and then join them together to make coasters of different sizes. These are a great way to recycle magazines at home 6. Marbled Votives You will need -miniature glass jars -nail polish -Large bowl filled with water  Nail polish dries really quickly in water and this is what helps you create abstract patterns on the jars.  In the bowl of water, add a drop of one color of nail polish. As soon as it falls into the water it will spread out. Next, add another color and wait for the same to happen. Continue to do this till you see concentric circles of different colors. now, dip the votive glasses into the water and make sure all the sides are coated with the nail polish. Set aside to dry. You can also play around with the designs by swirling the colors with a toothpick to get different effects.  now, you can place tea light candles into these or use them as decor pieces as well  7. Tie-dye  You Will Need: powder fabric dye white cotton napkins ice rubber bands scrap cardboard baking pan roasting rack protective gloves   Step 1:  From the centre of the napkin, crumple the fabric into a tight ball and secure it with rubber bands.  Step 2: Wear Protective gloves. Place a pan on a roasting rack. Put the crumpled napkins on the rack and place a piece of trimmed cardboard around each napkin. Then, add ice to the top of the napkin container. Then sprinkle powder fabric dye onto each ice-filled container. Cover the ice with lots of dye for a more colourful napkin. Let the ice melt completely. Step 3: Rinse the napkins with cold water and dry them. It is ready to be used for picnics and as fun tableware.   8. Pom-Pom Blanket You +88 Need: Extra thick yarn (about 5 skeins for 10 pom-poms) 5-inch embroidery hoop Upholstery thread Sharp scissors   Step 1: Wrap the yarn vertically around a 5-inch embroidery hoop about 15 times. Tie a knot of upholstery thread around the center of the yarn. Step 2: Then wrap it around another 25 times and tie a second knot of upholstery thread around it. Repeat another 25 times and tie a third knot of thread around the yarn. Step 3: Cut a piece of yarn, wrap it around the upholstery thread and tie a knot on one end so most of the yarn is free on one side. You need this to attach the pom-pom to the blanket. Step 4: Cut the yarn along the hoop, it will look like a rough ball. Trim to make it round. Step 5: Attach the pom-pom to the blanket by threading the long piece of yarn through an opening in the weave and tie it secure. Macrame Plant Hanger Materials Needed: 1/4" white twisted polyester rope (3) colors of thinner (1/32") polyester rope scissors screw hook carabiner Step 1:  Cut the rope into four sections of 25' each. Step 2: Thread each section through the carabiner. Place the carabiner in the center of the ropes. Fold the ropes in half, creating 8 strands. Step 3:  Cut a 20" piece of rope and tie it around all 8 strands and wrap until there is a few inches of the rope left, then tie it. Cut a 20’ piece of the other coloured rope and tie it around the 8 strands and wrap till there is a few inches of rope left. Tie off. You can repeat step this with other colors of rope, creating a stripe pattern. Step 4: Separate the 8 strands of rope into 4 groups of 2 and tie each group of 2 into an overhand knot. Be sure to keep the knots the same distance away from the carabiner hook. These knots will designate where the top of your planter is. Step 5:  Lay the knots down flat next to each other. Knot together the 2nd and 3rd piece of rope, the 4th and 5th pieces of rope and the 6th and 7th pieces of rope using an overhand knot. Then, knot together the 1st and 8th pieces of rope. This second set of knots will sit in the middle of your planter, so make sure the length between the first set of knots and the second set match your planter. Tip: If you're using a 10" tall pot, the space between each knot should be 5 inches. Step 6: Gather all 8 strands and tie a piece of colorful rope around them and wrap the colorful rope around the white strands, which creates a pattern. Step 7: Place your pot into the holder and adjust the knots around the pot. Cut the bottom of the rope under the patterned secction. Screw a hook into your ceiling, and showcase your new hanging planter near a window or outside on your porch. Make Clay Trays Materials Needed: Sculpey or Fimo clay in 3 different colors shallow glass bowl circular items to use as stencils (lids, small bowls,etc.) rolling pin Roll Out Clay Step 1: Condition the clay by rolling it around in your hands for a few minutes. Once soft, start rolling it flat with the rolling pin to a 1/8-inch thickness. Step 2: Create a polka-dot pattern in the clay with a pen or you can make different patterns as you like.   Step 3: Place a circlular object, over the clay and use it as a stencil. Cut around the stencil with a knife, and lightly smooth out the edges with your fingers. Step 4: Turn over a shallow bowl. Place the clay circle right side down over the bowl, and lightly press down until it takes the shape of the bowl. Bake according to the clay packaging instructions. You can use as trays or ashtrays.  Block-Printed Napkins Print Materials Needed Napkins Potatoes Acrylic paints Step 1: Take the potatoes and cut them into shapes and patterns. Make them into stamps Step 2: Dip the potatoes into acrylic paint and then press them on the napkins. Step 3: Let them dry and wash them before use. Use these as decorative Napkins for dinners. If you loved this art and crafts article, you might also like our streams where we show you how to recycle the products and create something entirely new.

Music genres can be defined as a style or category of music which comes in different types and styles. They are divided into different genres using a range of criteria - from the use of specific instruments to an adaptation of certain styles which is a never-ending list. Not only does music change with society but it also changes with advanced technologies. As technology grows it allows new styles to emerge and new ways to enjoy music. With a never-ending list of music genres from around the world, most of the musical genres are overlapping as there is no universally accepted way for classifying these genres. Today's music genres are broken down deeper than ever, making it even more difficult to classify into top music genres. However, we have come out with a list of music genres in terms of their acceptance and widespread popularity. 12 Popular Music Genres To Add To Your Playlist Rock:  Also known as “Rock & Roll” is one of the most popular music genres that have been rocking the world since the 1950s. Originated in the United States, this genre combines elements of rhythm & blues, jazz, and country music with the addition of electric instruments. Because of its loud and strong beats with energetic performances, it is very popular among the youth. [caption id="attachment_11036" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Source: wallpapersafari.com[/caption] Jazz:  Jazz is one of the sophisticated and classy types of music genres that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th century. Since the very beginning, jazz has been constantly evolving, expanding and overlapping with nearly every genre of music, from blues to rock to classical to create a wide array of jazz sub-genres. Classical:  The greatest music genre is classical music which is the start of everything. Without these music genres, there would never be jazz, rock and also pop. Classical music is believed to have begun in Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 5th century. These music genres have rhythm, heart, soul, and also includes the expression of the composer. [caption id="attachment_11028" align="alignnone" width="1400"] Source: ethnicmusical.com[/caption] Hip-Hop:  No other musical genre in history talks about as much as Hip Hop. Also known as rap music, Hip Hop is a genre of music developed in 1970s in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City. With great beats, hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements - deejaying, beatboxing, rapping and graffiti. Country:  Country music is the longest lasting music genre that originated in the 1920s in the rural areas of America. This music is created by using simple forms of instruments ranging from electric guitars to banjo and drums to mandolin. The roots of country music lie in folk songs, ballads and the popular songs of the English, Scots, and Irish settlers of the Appalachians and other parts of the South. [caption id="attachment_11034" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: santabanta.com[/caption] Blues:  Blues music genres are characterized by high, clear singing accompanied by supple guitar lines. It is a more expressing feeling of the singer rather than narrative. Blues songs are a form of secular folk music created by African Americans in the early 20th century. Though instrumental support is almost universal in the blues, the blues is essentially considered a vocal form. Disco:  Disco is a style of dance music that emerged in the mid-1970s, from the United States' urban nightlife scene. Its sound is characterized by electric piano, synthesizers, electric rhythm guitars and repetitive lyrics. These music genres contain the elements of funk, soul, pop and salsa while emphasizing the beats above anything else. Pop:  “Pop” is a term derived from the word “Popular” and hence known to be a genre of popular music. This style of music is believed to have originated during the mid-1950s in America and the United Kingdom. Instruments used in this type of music are electric guitars, synthesizer drums and bass. This form of music has a good rhythm, a catchy melody, and is easy to remember and sing along too. [caption id="attachment_11035" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Source: wallpapercave.com[/caption] Heavy Metal:  Considered to be one of the most popular and diverse forms of rock ‘n’ roll because of its intense, virtuosic, and powerful output. Heavy metal music genres were developed in the late 1960s largely in the UK and the US. The name Heavy metal is because of the loudness from the distorted electric guitar and performances are associated with aggression and machismo. Folk:  Folk music is often thought of as being the music belonging to ‘the people’ as its name comes from the German word ‘volk’ meaning ‘the people. These popular music genres are described as music that comes from regions around the world because of its strong nationalist component. It is largely connected with the national culture, rather than the artistic elite. Electro:  A perfect blend of hip hop and electronic music, electro uses a drum machine, vocoder and talkbox helping it to distinguish itself from other similar forms of music. Records in this music genre typically feature drum machines and heavy electronic sounds, usually without vocals. If vocals are present they are delivered in a deadpan manner, often through electronic distortion. Thrash Metal:  The high-decibel genre of thrash metal has gained followers across the world because of its fast tempo and aggressive guitar work. Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music developed during the early 1980s. Thrash metal music features double-bass drums which can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. The objective of creating music genres is to make the selection of songs quick and less unwieldy. With a whole lot of different types of music, this can never be a complete list.  However,+- this list serves as a handy guide to discover what some of the popular genres of music sounds like. The first thing while choosing your genre is to try everything. Go and pick yours, to enjoy a blissful world of music!

The way artists visualize scenarios and depict them onto the canvas is evolving constantly. The use of colours is getting complex and the way thoughts are illustrated is getting even more complicated. To attempt any type of painting requires deep and intensive thinking that triggers the right part of your brain which helps to put your thoughts into a canvas. But how can anyone know which is the right type of painting for you?  We are all familiar with oil paint, acrylic paint and watercolour, there is so much more for us to explore. Here we take a look at some of the most famous painting styles to get you inspired and get started. FAMOUS PAINTING STYLES IN THE WORLD TO BRING OUT THE ARTIST IN YOU ABSTRACT Abstract art is a type of painting style that involves the use of colors and brushstrokes spontaneously. Here there is no attempt to represent a visual in its real form, it’s with the help of shapes, colors, textures and forms that the artist tries to achieve the desired effect. Colors represent emotions, and shapes symbolize objects. One can say that these types of painting styles give the artists the liberty to paint what he sees. Application of bright colors with the effects of dropping and spilling paint onto the canvas leaves an impact on your mind from the moment you see it and leaves the viewer to interpret its meaning.   [caption id="attachment_10089" align="alignnone" width="800"] Source: thevirtualinstructor.com[/caption]   IMPRESSIONISM As the name suggests, Impressionism is more a representation of an artist’s impression. Impressionism painting styles are generally characterized by small thin visible brushstrokes which gives a feeling of being rough and unfinished. Impressionistic paintings are often painted outdoors to capture the natural changing qualities of light and color. The subject matter is usually of common and ordinary things which may not be accurate in its detail, but more like an expression of the heart. Artists prefer mixing dark tones and complementary colors in impressionist painting styles.     PHOTOREALISM Photorealism painting styles are known to blow your mind away because the end results are as realistic as a photo. People often mistake photorealist paintings for actual photographs not realizing the painstaking work of dedicated artists. The paintings are usually done with oil or acrylic. Photorealist artists generally strive to make the surface of the painting as smooth as possible, without any visible brushstrokes, in order to make the painting resemble a photograph. It always takes a second look to realize that it is actually a painting and not a photo. One needs a lot of concentration, hard work, focus and dedication to capture minute details accurately.   [caption id="attachment_10092" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: artfinder.com[/caption]   CUBISM Cubism was an innovative art movement that went on to become a revolution. In this type of painting style, two different views of subjects (figures or objects) are brought together in the same picture that makes the paintings appear fragmented and abstracted. Subjects like musical instruments, bottles, pitchers, glasses, newspapers, and the human face/figure were used the most to depict three dimensions on a flat canvas. They would break up the subject into many different geometric shapes and then repaint it from different angles to contrast it with one another. Color schemes are simplified, in order not to distract the viewer from the artist's primary interest.   [caption id="attachment_10090" align="alignnone" width="552"] Source: theartstory.org[/caption]   FRESCO The word fresco is derived from the Italian word which means "fresh". The fresco technique type of painting styles is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting styles. Considered to be a very different painting style as the technique involves painting on freshly applied plaster, usually on wall surfaces. Water is used to mix the dry-powder pigment with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. This type of painting styles requires great technical skill, as the mistakes cannot be corrected by over-painting.     DIGITAL Digital painting is a technique where a painting is done directly on the computer. Many artists have turned to digital painting since it saves a lot of time and is cheaper in the long run. The traditional painting techniques such as watercolour, oils, impasto, paints etc. are applied using digital tools like a computer, graphics tablet and painting software. Very fast brush strokes, accurate pressure sensitivity, and larger files without any lag time make digital painting a lot easier. Access to plenty of textures and patterns are easily available on the computer with this type of painting styles. The digital painting process is the same as the traditional painting minus the materials, tools and how to paint.   [caption id="attachment_10091" align="alignnone" width="980"] Source: webneel.com[/caption]   SURREALISM To bring out the creative side of a painter, surrealism is the most appropriate art form. This type of painting styles explores the unconscious mind to create art, resulting in dreamlike, daunting scenes and sometimes bizarre images. This thought process for creating art is also known as “automatism” where the mind's deepest thoughts are brought to the surface by way of illustration. This style is a combination of the depictive, the abstract, and the psychological efforts to liberate imagination. Surrealistic paintings never fail to add elements of surprise at the end.   [caption id="attachment_10097" align="alignnone" width="660"] Source:webneel.com[/caption]   PAINTERLY Painterly art has visible brushstrokes and texture where the paint is used in a free or less than controlled manner. Simplified shapes are another key feature of a painterly style of painting. Paintings are created using oils, acrylics, watercolors and gouache where the strokes and textures are very evident. Generally, painters take great pain to eliminate brush strokes or texture from their paintings by blending their paint. But in Painterly art it’s the opposite, artists do not attempt to hide their brushwork that has been loosely and quickly applied.       Next time you visit an art gallery, you’re sure to enjoy the experience more now, since you have a better understanding of the different types of famous painting styles.  Perhaps this article serves as an inspiration that you were looking for and has helped narrow down your choices.   Want to know what do we have to offer to you in this stream? Click here, to see what different forms of famous painting styles do we have to offer you.  

Every baking method has a purpose. A little knowledge about them goes a long way to get incredible and amazing results. Successful baking is all about accurate measurements, temperature control and a few key baking methods. You must be wondering, why so many different baking methods? These different types of baking methods turn a batter into golden products with irresistible flavors and textures. Each method is based on specific ingredients and creativity where the results are different with every method. From light as air cake to one that's sturdy, there’s a whole lot of science going behind your favorite baked treat. Once you understand these baking methods, there'll be many happy baking days ahead. Listed below are different baking methods and techniques which can make the process easy for you. Top Five Baking Methods And Tips For A Happy Baking! Whisking Method As the name suggests, this method uses whisking instead of a raising agent to work air into the mix. There is little to no raising agent in this baking process, hence whisking must be done properly for the cake to rise. Air is trapped in the cake mixture while mixing and the texture of the cake is entirely dependent on this. The whisking method requires the wet mixture like eggs and sugar to be whisked to incorporate air and body. Side-to-side whisking creates the best shear force where one layer of the liquid moves toward another layer, creating air channels for the ingredients to become fully mixed. Then the dry ingredients are sieved and folded gently through the egg mixture in batches. The whisking method is great for people who are looking for low-fat cakes as they mostly contain no butter. Swiss Rolls, chocolate log and Génoise are made using this method. Tips: Flour should be sifted and folded gently in stages to ensure that aeration is maintained. [caption id="attachment_10917" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: 1zoom.me[/caption] All In One Method One of the basic baking methods is where all the ingredients used in making the cake are mixed together at the same time. As the name suggests, all the dry ingredients are sieved, placed in the bowl with the other ingredients and blended together. Of all the types of baking methods, this method is the quickest and easiest method is the time taken for completing each step separately can be done together in a single step. These baking styles have largely replaced other cake baking methods for commercial production because of their convenience. The major advantage of this method is, it does not depend on long beating to aerate the batter. The final results are a moist, sturdy cake that's ideal for slicing and stacking. Italian sponge cake and lemon drizzle cakes are made using this all-in-one method. Tips: Make sure the butter is fairly soft as this will make it a lot easier to mix all the ingredients together. [caption id="attachment_10918" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Surce:7marvels.co.uk[/caption] Creaming Method Possibly the trickiest of all the baking methods commonly used to bake cake, cupcakes and cookies. In these baking styles, the butter and sugar are beaten together until they have formed a smooth paste-like texture that is light in color. When butter and sugar are creamed together air pockets form, which helps the bake to rise. At this point, the eggs can be added one by one and not too quickly to avoid curdling of batter resulting in a tough, dry cake. If this step is skipped or neglected, it can result in hard-baked cakes. After adding eggs the other dry ingredients are added alternatively and mixed well with the batter. Victoria sponge cake, Fig and Caramel Cake are classic examples using creaming baking methods to make the most delicious cakes. Tips: Scrape down the bowl periodically so that all the ingredients are being creamed evenly. [caption id="attachment_10919" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: 1zoom.me[/caption] Melting Method Another very straightforward technique is where the butter used in the cake is often melted together in a pot before the eggs and then the dry ingredients are added. Make sure the melted sugar and butter are allowed to cool to room temperature before the eggs are added. There’s no beating or whisking in this method, hence a chemical raising agent such as baking powder is used to help the cake rise. The melting method is the easiest and most foolproof of all the cake making methods often used to get more dense and moist cakes than cakes made by other methods. The melting method may require more time to cook and should be monitored frequently. Generally, ginger breads, chocolate cake, brownies and fruit cakes are made using the melting method. Tips: Care must be taken not to over mix the mixture, as it will overdevelop the gluten and the cake will end up dry and tough. [caption id="attachment_10920" align="alignnone" width="1332"] Source: goodfon.com[/caption] Rubbing Method The rubbing-in method is also known as the cutting-in method where cold butter is rubbed into the flour using the fingertips until the mix becomes breadcrumb or sand-like texture. Butter is divided into small portions and put in the flour to be mixed completely with your fingertips to form a sticky dough. Next, add sugar followed by the liquid quickly as the raising agent will start to work immediately once the liquid is added. Alternatively, the butter or fat can also be cut into the flour with two knives, a pastry cutter or even a food processor and hence called the cutting-in method. Roll up your sleeves to make some crumble as well as shortcrust pastry, banana loaf cake, rock cakes and perfect scones using these baking methods. Tips: Mix quickly and lightly introducing a bit of air wherever possible without melting the fat. [caption id="attachment_10921" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: depositphotos.com[/caption] Also Read: Experience “YUM” With Australia’s Most Loved Desserts. Lock-downs have brought out the hidden chef within us with everyone wanting to bake and post pictures on social media to showcase their skills to the world. Once you understand these baking methods, there is pretty much no recipe you can’t master. It’s really hard to stop once you get going. Try out these different baking methods and do let us know which is your favorite.

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of the term HIIT workout. But what is HIIT exercise? What does HIIT stand for? As the name suggests, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts consist of short periods of intense exercise that takes your cardio workout to another level. This HIIT for beginners workout is a great form of exercise to include in your routine as it pushes you beyond your comfort zone. It is a form of interval training where you are working at a very intense level and then backing off for a slower recovery period, followed by another round of high intensity. This strategy saves a lot of your time as you don’t have to work out as long as you would if you were keeping a steady pace. HIIT workouts have been gaining popularity rapidly as it helps burn a high number of calories in a short period of time. [caption id="attachment_11447" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT workout helps you reach a healthy goal source: greatist.com[/caption] How to Go About It? HIIT workout involves interspersing short bursts of intense exercise with rest periods that can get you fit fast. The intensity of the exercise means that HIIT workout can be as short as 20–25 minutes. Though the duration is short it provides equal or better benefits in comparison with longer periods of other workouts. No classes or equipment are required for this type of training. People can use their preferred form of exercise using just their body weight. Bodyweight exercises include press ups, burpees, jumping jacks, squats, situps and much more. Keep reading on to find out more about HIIT workouts. Different Levels of HIIT Workouts HIIT programs are created at different levels for a reason. We all come in different shapes and sizes and need to train according to our body type. Consider your lifestyle, your current physical abilities and what your body can do before deciding on a training plan. Here are three levels you need to understand before starting. Beginners (10 Minutes) Hiit for beginners is an entry-level workout where each move ideally lasts for 20 to 30 seconds. This is followed by two minutes of active recovery which may involve walking, freewheeling or complete rest. Repeat this HIIT workout three times, and you’re done. Intermediate (20 Minutes) Intermediate is a category that the majority of the population falls into. At this level you have already completed the HIIT for beginners program where you have learnt to build strength and endurance. Here you will increase the intensity of your workouts and learn more techniques of exercises. Advanced (30 Minutes) This intense workout takes your workout to the next level. Advanced HIIT workout is recommended for people who are already in good shape and exercising regularly. Here each form is performed for 45 seconds non-stop as hard and fast as you can with a 5 second rest period in between.  Repeat this for a total workout time of 30 minutes. Why HIIT Workouts Are Catching Up Fast? An estimate of 30% of people worldwide is not physically active. The main reason cited for this is not having enough time to exercise. If this is the reason, then a dedicated HIIT for beginners routine is the right choice for you. Studies show that a HIIT workout burns 25-30% more calories than any other form of exercise. One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximum benefits in a minimal time. According to a 2016 study published in the journal PLoS One, HIIT's quick pace helps to reap all the benefits more efficiently than low impact exercise. Let’s take a look at 5 top reasons to know why HIIT home workouts are catching up fast. Burns More Fat Faster HIIT is the best exercise to engage in when you want to burn away those stubborn fats. This high-intensity workout leads to an increased rate of fat oxidation as well as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which occurs when your body recovers from its oxygen-deprived state during the HIIT exercise. You burn fat nine times faster after HIIT workouts than you do after a regular workout due to increased oxygen consumption. Also do keep in mind that what you eat will also be responsible for 80% of your success or failure. [caption id="attachment_11453" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT Workouts and their benefits[/caption] Source: xplorerlife.com Increases Metabolism In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preservation, HIIT workouts stimulate the production of your human growth hormone. HGH is responsible for increased caloric burn and also slows down the ageing process which is an added benefit. Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT workout can elevate your metabolism for hours after exercise. As a result, additional calories get burnt even after you have finished exercising. [caption id="attachment_11451" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT increases metabolism[/caption] Source: wallpapercave.com Healthy Heart A healthy diet and exercise are essential for a healthy heart. Coronary artery disease is often described as clogging of arteries which can lead to heart attacks but with HIIT workouts the VO2 peak increased by 17.9 per cent. These results show that HIIT can improve heart health and help to prevent and reverse the symptoms of stable coronary artery disease. This high-intensity workout pushes you to extreme training which yields extreme results. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels Research has shown that people suffering from pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes can benefit significantly from HIIT training because this workout actually increases glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, which in turn, helps to regulate blood glucose at healthy levels. This is great news for people living with diabetes, making a huge difference in their lives. People who aren’t diabetic can also benefit from this, as regulating blood sugar levels helps to maintain energy levels. [caption id="attachment_11449" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT exercises help you make your heart healthy[/caption] Source: prodd8.planetfitness.com Workout Anywhere If you don’t enjoy going to the gym, then Hiit workouts are the thing for you. It gives you the flexibility to get an effective workout in a place of your choice, be it while travelling, or when you are simply pinched for time and space. You don’t need any equipment to get started – running, biking, jump squat, push up all work great for HIIT workouts. These workouts can be modified based on the time and space constraints you have and still enjoy the benefits to their fullest. [caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignnone" width="300"] Source: womenshealthmag.com[/caption] Simple Tips On How To Do HIIT Workouts For Beginners Before you get started it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge about HIIT for beginners. HIIT workouts are great for a lot of reasons—they’re short, they’re effective, and you can do them from anywhere without any equipment. Here are a few tips that you must consider when including HIIT in your overall fitness journey. Warm Ups A Must Warming up and stretching before any workout is the most important thing you can do. It’s especially important to warm-up before HIIT because of how high-impact the workout can be. You’re pushing your body to its potential, so it is important to make sure that your muscles are ready for that. [caption id="attachment_11450" align="alignnone" width="300"] HIIT is good for cardio[/caption] Source: stylist.co.uk Keep it Simple It’s always good to keep it simple and focus on forms of exercise that work your entire body when you’re new. Choose a simple one to start off with and designate time to complete each exercise. Complete all exercises with no rest in between; take a short rest once they’re all completed, then repeat. Don’t Overstrain HIIT workouts make you push yourself beyond your physical limits. Don’t go all out on your first try, gauge what your body is capable of handling, and push your limits only when you are ready. If you’re performing too many HIIT sessions each week, then you are definitely overtraining. https://cece.travel.earth/experience/fitness-for-all-reasons-and-seasons/ Fuel Well Make sure your body is properly fueled before a workout, especially for a beginner. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It is also advised to load up on the proper nutrients before you workout so that your body has all the energy to burn. [caption id="attachment_11446" align="alignnone" width="300"] Source: bustle.com[/caption] HIIt For Beginners Workout To Do At Home With HIIT, your workout period of time is going to be really short with easy recovery periods. Here you will be pushing yourself a level higher than you would. For a beginner, the most important thing is to do the moves right. For faster execution, do not compromise on the quality of the forms. Here is a 15 minutes effective HIIT for beginners workout that focuses on the full body rather than specific areas.         Warm-up before you start.         Set your timer for 50 seconds for each exercise and rest for 10 seconds after each exercise.         Start with jumps or jumping jacks which are good HIIT cardio exercises.         Then move on to the arms with push-ups or triceps dips.         Move to another minute of cardio with high knees or jump rope.         Squats or lunges or jump lunges to boost the energy in your legs.         End the cycle with crunches or plank position, a good exercise for abs.         Repeat the entire cycle two more times. HIIT workouts are becoming popular for all the good reasons. There are endless HIIT workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, so there is something for everyone to choose from these fitness levels. There are many ways to do HIIT for beginners, so pick one that suits you and get to it. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, contact a professional healthcare provider before you start.  FAQs On HIIT For Beginners: Q: Is HIIT training good for beginners? A: HIIT workout is great for all levels. For a beginner it's best to start with 10 minutes of HIIT and move to longer workouts as your fitness improves. Q: How many days a week should I do HIIT workouts? A: Two to three days a week is an effective amount of workout, there's no need to do it every day. Q: What is HIIT good for? A: HIIT workouts are good to lower body fat, blood sugar, heart rate and blood pressure. Q: Is HIIT effective for weight loss? A: Yes, HIIT workouts are extremely effective for weight loss. Q: What Type of Training Methods Use HIIT? A: Any type of cardio workout like, running, stair climbing, rowing, or jumping rope can use HIIT. Q: How many calories do a 10 minute HIIT workout burn? A: An average person may burn about 150 calories with a 10-minute interval workout.    

Many Children today are spending more time in front of mobile, tablets, laptops and television than ever before. They are swapping fun and active outdoor time with more of a sedentary lifestyle. Time for outdoor play is diminishing and this is a serious cause of concern. In the long run it will have severe consequences on their health and overall well-being. As parents it is very important to recognize the importance of outdoor play for our children's healthy growth. Come let’s encourage our children to step into the sunshine with these fun outdoor games for kids. 10 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids To Play Hopscotch Well, this popular game has entertained children for ages and needs no introduction. Hopscotch is one of the simple outdoor games for kids where players throw a small object into numbered spaces of a pattern marked on the ground and then hop through these spaces to retrieve the object. There is only one hard and fast rule and that’s, you can’t touch the lines. Scavenger Hunt To play the game, create a list of items that can be found around your home or neighborhood. Next step is to make teams and give them their first clue. Once the players find the first item, they can move to locate the second with help of the next clue. When the time limit runs out, count the items collected from both teams. Whichever team collects the most items is the winner! Super fun, right! Hide and Seek Hide and Seek is an old popular fun outdoor games for kids in which players hide themselves in a set environment, to be found by the denner. The denner is that one chosen player who has to count till a certain number while the other players hide. After finishing the count he tries to find the hidden players. The first one found is the next denner, and the last one is the winner of the round. Jump-Rope This simple exercise can be turned into a fun game with just a long rope and a couple of friends. It’s traditionally a girls' playground or sidewalk activity where two players hold the edges of the rope and swing it in a circular motion. The other players take turns jumping, while counting to know who can jump the most. Capture The Flag Capture the flag is a traditional outdoor game that can be played with two or more teams. Each team tries to get into enemy territory, steal the flag, and make it back safely to their side. Teamwork is the key to success in this game. However if you’re caught by an opposing team member, you’re frozen and can no longer do anything for your team. Kick The Can This fun outdoor games for kids is similar to hide & seek with a slight variation. Place a can in the middle of the play area and choose one kid to guard the can. The guard counts while the other children hide. The hidden children have to try to kick the can without getting tagged by the guard. The child who kicks the can wins, or the guard wins if no one is successful in kicking the can. Red Light, Green Light Gather a group of at least five to six children, and choose one of them to be the traffic light. The kid representing the traffic light has to stand with his or her back to the group. The rest of the kids have to stand at the other end. When that child yells, “Green light,” the group runs toward the traffic light and when the child yells “Red light,” everyone must stop running. If a child keeps running through a red light, they are out, who then becomes the next traffic light. Four Squares Four squares is a ball game played on a square court divided into four squares. The objective of this game is to eliminate other players to achieve the highest rank on the court. This is done by bouncing the ball back and forth between squares. The person in square one gets to choose the rules. Anyone who violates the rules will have to move down in the ranking, or can even get eliminated. Ring Toss Ring toss are perfect outdoor party games for kids. Set up wooden poles and let the kids toss plastic rings on them. You can also use inflatable pool rings and have kids toss them onto people instead of the pole. For bigger children, change the difficulty by using different items for the rings, like plastic bracelets, rope rings, hula hoops, or pool diving rings. Tug of War This game is a standard classic fun outdoor games for kids. Here two teams fight against each other in a test of strength. Equal number of players from both the teams pull on opposite ends of a long thick rope.  It has a piece of tape or handkerchief tied in the middle to show the center point. The goal is to pull the other team across the center line. First team to do so is the winner. Indulge in Legendary Tales of immortal love from India through virtual storytelling with Cece Streams. Spider Web This game is a great way to get kids outside. Start by making a web with tape on the floor, if you are doing it on the lawn, then rope or ribbon will work well. Have the kids try to jump between the ropes or tapes into the sections without touching the spider web. Whoever makes it to the finish without touching the web is the winner. There is nothing better than playing outdoor games with your friends and family. So get your kids outside and have a blast with these fun outdoor games for kids. If we have missed any of your favorite games to add to this list, leave us a comment in the box below.

This fantastic skill lets you transfer your ideas onto a paper in the most fun way. Sketching refers to a quick freehand drawing, focusing on the most important parts of a subject. The best thing about sketching is that they usually blend in while you continue to build upon the concept of your drawing. Here, we have gathered some helpful sketching tips and techniques for beginners to help you get started with your sketching journey. Ten Amazing Sketching Tips For Beginners       Always start with simplified basic shapes and forget about details until later.       Position your hand away from the tip of your pencil and move your entire arm as you draw, not just your wrist.       Place a sheet of paper under your hand when shading to avoid smudging.       Don’t use your finger to blend, instead use a blending stick to blend the graphite for a natural look.       Develop your observational skills and hand-eye coordination by drawing what you see.       Use harder sketching pencils for lighter lines and softer pencils for darker lines.       Choose a paper with a “tooth” for added texture.       Always work from light to dark, else the dark graphite can get stuck on your blending stick and mix in with your lighter areas.       Keep your outlines light if you are sketching real-life objects. However, if you’re drawing a cartoon, this tip doesn’t apply.   Practice every single day to get those creative juices flowing. Homes of Famous Artists You Can Visit Around The World Easy To Learn Sketching Techniques For Beginners Hatching & Cross-Hatching Hatching & cross-hatching are at the top of the list of techniques you should learn and are often used together. They are very common sketching techniques that can be used to add depth and texture to your sketches through shading. Hatching involves drawing lines along the main line of your drawing to create shadow and depth. The closer the lines, the darker the shading will appear. Cross-hatching is a series of lines similar to hatching, but going in the opposite direction and are placed over the first set of hatching lines. [caption id="attachment_12662" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thepostmansknock.com[/caption] Stippling Technique With this technique, one can add shading and depth by using small dots. When you place a lot of dots close to one another, it appears darker, when you put them farther apart, it appears lighter. To ensure that your dots show up and make a better impact, keep the dots closer. It is best to use softer graphite for this effect, as it comes out better. You can either use them with great care to add controlled gradations in your drawing, or you can use them roughly to add more texture to your drawing. [caption id="attachment_12666" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption] Scribbling The use of random movements across the paper to create uneven and abstract lines, generally without even lifting the pencil off the paper is called scribbling.  These sketching ideas for beginners can be very effective when used properly to create sketchy artwork. Random movements across the paper will result in a somewhat deconstructed image, and the more irregular lines created closer together, the darker it will appear. [caption id="attachment_12664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Circling This technique helps to control the tone your pencil produces by simply adjusting the amount of pressure you place on it. To create smooth transitions you can make small circular strokes that give you a more blended appearance. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t make small circles with perceptible lines. Instead, move the pencil around in a circular motion when adding pressure. For this approach, a duller pencil works best. [caption id="attachment_12667" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wallpaperaccess.com[/caption] Shading & Blending This is one of the most popular techniques used among pencil artists to give a cleaner shading element to your drawing. This effect can be achieved in a number of ways. You can blend simply by angling your pencil to utilize the wider edge, creating thicker lines that create the appearance of shadows and shading. Then, roll up a piece of paper to blend and this will give your sketch a smoother appearance. [caption id="attachment_12665" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Learn everything you need to know about Warli art with our online workhop Creating Highlights Just like adding shading to create depth and shadows to your sketch, you can also create highlights. Highlights are usually created at the highest point of an object where it is closest to the light source. It helps to add extra details and shows where the light is coming from. Create highlights by adding various amounts of white to your object using a white pencil. Another way to achieve this effect is by using an eraser to remove some of the shadings to create lighter areas to indicate the presence of brightness. [caption id="attachment_12660" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: bequette.design[/caption] Rendering This sketching for beginners’ technique is sure to take your drawing to the next level. Rendering is essentially an approach where you apply graphite to the paper surface and then remove some of it with the eraser to add the highlighting effect. This is an ongoing process of applying and removing the graphite that finally gives you a very soft and almost blurred effect. [caption id="attachment_12663" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: akersarchitecturalrendering.com[/caption] Things to Keep In Mind While Choosing And Using Sketching Books         Always pick unlined books, so that you can enjoy sketching without any background distractions.         A spiral-bound book is best as the pages seem more individual, you can fold it and have a hassle-free surface to draw on.         Look for perforated pages in spiral-bound books to avoid messy edges and it also allows you to remove pages easily.         Draw on only one side of the page as it is very common to have a pencil imprint on the back of the facing page.         Use thick paper books as it allows you to erase mistakes easily and they're nice to draw on too.         Sketchbooks with hard covers are convenient for use as they are more durable than paper covers.   We hope you enjoyed these beginner sketching tips and techniques. Do let us know which is your favorite in the comment box below.

Oil paints are one of the most popular styles of painting, simply because they are versatile, archival and economical. Here the fusion of colors is outstanding and crisp effects are easily obtained, making it unique among all fluid painting mediums. Oil painting involves the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. There is a little more to it than acrylics, as you will be working with solvents and mediums and oil painting takes much longer to dry. Getting started with oil painting is fairly easy, but there are some rules you need to be aware of before you start. This comprehensive guide to the basics of oil painting for beginners covers most of the fundamental areas of oil painting to get you started. [caption id="attachment_12435" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: mymodernmet.com[/caption] Oil Painting Basics That Every Beginner Should Know         Set up your workplace - Oil paints have a strong smell, and the solvents needed to thin the paint and clean your brushes are also toxic, so keep your palettes and supplies in a well-ventilated area.         Invest in good quality brushes – Buy at least three different size brushes of good quality to start with. You can use synthetic brushes, natural hair brushes and bristle (hog) brushes.         Prime your surface - Whichever surface you choose to work, it's important to apply a primer to the painting surface to prevent the oil from seeping into the canvas or other surface.         Understanding colors – It is not necessary that you have to use all the colors in your painting at once. Understand how the primary colors mix to produce the secondary colors.         Learn to clean your brush – Oil paint shouldn’t be allowed to dry on your brushes as this will ruin them. Clean your oil painting brushes between painting and with soap and warm water when you have finished painting.         Avoid mess-ups - As oil paints are made with oil they can get really messy. Keep paper towels and rags handy to wipe excess paint and turpentine.         Takes time to dry - Oil paints have a slow drying time and hence may take days or even months to dry. Be patient as you will probably need to work on your paintings in several sittings. [caption id="attachment_12434" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: mymodernmet.com[/caption] Three Golden Rules To Make The Most Of Your Oil Painting When you are painting with oils, there are some rules which you should follow to avoid your paint from cracking. There are many layers of color that make a perfect oil painting. The way each of these layers interact with each other is important as it will have a direct effect on the final look of the painting. Adhering to the below three tried and tested rules that will serve you well. Rule 1 - Fat Over Lean Each layer on top has to be more flexible than the one underneath. Keep the top layers of paint fatter than the lower layers, else the layers on top will dry faster than the layers below and the paint will crack. This can be achieved by adding more medium to each new layer, which makes it more flexible than the previous one and will stop the painting from cracking. Rule 2 - Thick Over Thin Always apply thick layers over thin layers as the thin layers dry more quickly. The reasoning behind this rule is the same as the above rule. When painting with heavy color, it is best to put bold brush strokes on top or else the thin layers will crack. Rule 3 - Slow Drying Over Fast Drying It is always advisable to use fast-drying colors as under layers. This is because if a fast-drying layer is applied on top of a slow drying layer then your painting may crack. Keep this rule in mind to avoid the pull and twist in the layers above. [caption id="attachment_12433" align="alignnone" width="766"] Source: liveabout.com[/caption]  Click here to experience these easy oil pastel drawings with Cece Streams. Complete List Of Oil Painting Supplies For Beginners If you aren’t sure where to start from, this post will guide you through the essential oil painting supplies that are absolutely necessary to explore this wonderful world to create fine art. Painting Surface You can paint on just about any surface as long as you treat a surface with gesso that keeps the paint from deteriorating the surface beneath. Oil painting can be done on thick paper, wood or on canvas. Oil Paint For beginners, you can purchase a kit that is stocked with all of the colors. Once you get comfortable with the painting and start understanding different colors you can start mixing your own. [caption id="attachment_12432" align="alignnone" width="762"] Source: acrylgiessen.com[/caption] Paint Brushes For a beginner, you won’t need a ton of different paintbrushes. One or two small, medium and large round brushes, respectively, should be enough to start. As you paint you will quickly learn what shapes and sizes of brush you gravitate toward, and what effects you’re hoping to achieve. Palette This is a surface where you mix paint. You can use anything from a large piece of glass to a ceramic tile. Make sure it’s big enough to hold all your colors and there is enough space for mixing. Turpentine You cannot clean up oil paints with water, instead, you’ll need to use turpentine or mineral spirits to get the paint out of your brushes. Oil medium This is used to thin your oil paint to attain an ideal consistency without losing the paint’s texture. Generally, the medium is made by combining linseed stand oil with turpentine. As you start mixing colors you’ll find they’re easier to mix when you add a little painter’s medium. Pencil or Charcoal Pencil For a beginner, you can sketch out whatever you’ll be painting. Charcoal pencils work pretty well on the texture of the canvas to outline drawing. Expert painters prefer to sketch directly on the work surface with paint, but others prefer pencil. [caption id="attachment_12431" align="alignnone" width="764"] Source: acrylgiessen.com[/caption] Now that you have the complete oil painting for beginners list, get started and happy painting!

With people around the world being very health-conscious, more and more are turning to Veganism. The term “vegan” was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society by combining the first and last letters of “vegetarian.” Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products, and all other animal products. Apart from health benefits, the other reason why people are going vegan is their love for animals and the planet. Survey has shown that the market for vegan-friendly foods grew by 8.1% from 2016-2017. This clearly shows that vegan baking is getting more popular than ever before. What does it mean to go Vegan in Baking? It is all about baking without animal products; that means no eggs, milk, butter, sour cream, honey, and even some food colors. Making this transition from regular baking to vegan baking can seem confusing. You might be hunting for ways to recreate your favorite baking recipes without any animal ingredients. But believe it or not, it is a lot easier than you think, sometimes simpler than normal baking! The secret to vegan baking is knowing what to avoid and how to replace them. With a little innovation and creativity, you’ll be surprised at how simple and delicious vegan baking can really be. [caption id="attachment_10726" align="aligncenter" width="400"] vegan baking butter[/caption] Benefits Of Vegan Baking Over Normal Baking It often goes hand-in-hand with other health-conscious baking trends. For example, raw recipes are usually free of refined sugars and flour. Many gluten-free vegan baking recipes leave refined wheat flour out of the equation as well. Substitutes used to replace eggs or butter in a vegan baked goods recipe are much healthier for you than normal baking. Other substitutes like beans are not only an excellent source of fiber, but they also contain a fair amount of protein. It has no animal products, hence contains less cholesterol, and produces low levels of saturated fats. With all these benefits people can now indulge in dessert and baked goods without hesitation. [caption id="attachment_10722" align="aligncenter" width="400"] easy vegan baking[/caption] 12 Delicious Vegan Recipes To Try 7 Best Vegan Baking Ingredient Swaps for a Perfect Baking Experience With vegan substitute items available in the market for just about every animal-based product, vegan baking has become easy and delicious. From biscuits to bread, muffins to cakes, cookies to brownies, you can make them all. Let’s quickly take a look at some of the secrets behind easy vegan baking and tips to replace some of the main ingredients. Substitute for Egg A key component of many baked goods, egg substitutes for vegan baking isn't made to taste like eggs, but rather to replace their function. There are some good vegan eggs available which come in the form of a powder that you mix with water to get a vegan whisked egg. One of the best substitutes is Flaxseed (1 tbsp ground Flaxseed + 3 tbsp water = 1 Egg). Depending on the recipe you can substitute it with mashed banana, pumpkin puree, plant milk, chia seeds, and baking soda with vinegar. [caption id="attachment_10721" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Healthy Vegan Food[/caption] Substitute for Milk Substitute for milk depends on what you're baking so that it complements the taste. Soy milk is one of the best non-dairy milk substitutes for baking something that needs a lot of structure. If you’re making a cocoa-flavored bake, you can use hazelnut milk as it will add to the overall flavor. You can add coconut milk to tropical treats or almond milk to nuttier baked goods. If you’re making something with a simple flavor, you can go with the all-time favorite oat milk. Substitute for Butter Vegan baking butter is typically made from a combination of water and plant-derived oils like avocado, palm, coconut, or olive oil, but you can also substitute it with dairy-free yogurt, coconut oil, coconut butter, olive oil, nut butter, and mashed banana. Explore more with ingredients like cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, and aquafaba, the liquid in a can of chickpeas. Substitute for Flour Gluten-free vegan baking is all about making the right substitution. You can replace almost ½ the amount of all-purpose flour with alternative flour like oat flour, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour, coconut flour, or whole wheat flour. It’s important to note that this swap is perfect for cakes, vegan cookies, and banana bread but may not work well in recipes that require higher gluten content. Substitute for Sour Cream Coconut milk is a sour cream substitute that can be easily used in many vegan baking recipes. The cream on top of the full-fat coconut milk can be skimmed off and blended with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and sea salt to be used as a sour vegan cream substitute. The same can be tried by blending all the above ingredients with water-soaked cashew nuts too.  Substitute for Food Color Natural vegan colors are made of 100% natural pigments derived from vegetable origin. You can also try homemade vegan natural food coloring to frost cakes, cupcakes and so much more. Dye your own with açai which is packed with antioxidants and fiber. Try mixing matcha, charcoal, and beet powder into your vegan buttercreams to get bright and vibrant colors for frosting. Substitute for Honey Honey is a common ingredient in baking but unfortunately, they are not vegan. You can substitute honey with agave nectar, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or coconut nectar. Other delicious alternatives to replace your vegan baking recipes are plant-based options like date syrup, sweet potato nectar, or apple honey.  Learn Easy Eggless Brownies and Blondies Recipes Online Health Benefits Of Vegan Baking The big question is - Is being vegan healthier? You will be surprised to know that many people have switched to veganism because it promotes better health. Recent studies have shown that a plant-based diet helps people reduce body fat and shed pounds while lowering cholesterol to helping reduce blood pressure. A vegan diet can be healthy, but at the same time, they lack certain nutrients. This can be substituted with ingredients from plant sources that ensure you get enough protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin. Going Vegan is not just good for your health but also good for the health of the planet. All the food fed to livestock on a daily basis could easily feed billions of people around the world. Now that you have a new way to bake, there is no need to give up on your favorite sweet or savory. Hope you have found everything you need to get started with vegan baking. So what are you waiting for? Bring out your baking trays and try your hand at all the great vegan recipes out there. Don’t forget to share your vegan baking experience in the comment box below. FAQs On Vegan Baking: Q: How do you add moisture to vegan baked goods? A: Adding vegan yogurt into baked goods recipes helps to bring moisture to the finished product. Q: Can Vegans have baking powder? A: Since no animal-derived ingredients or processes are used to make it, baking powder can be used in vegan baking. Q: What is Earth Balance vegan butter? A: It is a perfect blend of palm fruit, canola, soybean, flax, and olive oils which is good for people who are on a vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free diet. Q: What is a good vegan binding agent? A: Mashed banana, nut butter, mashed avocado, and cornstarch are good vegan binding agents.  Q: Why do vegan cakes need vinegar? A: Adding vinegar with baking soda makes the baked products fluffy and moist in texture.

Imagine being at your favourite place in the world just by a click of a button. Does that sound like magic or an illusion? No…that’s what a virtual tour is all about. Virtual tours are an experience of being somewhere that you are actually not. A panoramic view of a place can be viewed online, through desktop, laptops, tablets or even mobile phones, in other words, it can be called a smart tour. In the past few years, the quality and accessibility of virtual tours have improved considerably. Some websites allow the user to navigate the tours by clicking on maps or integrated floor plans. Traditionally it was used as a powerful marketing tool but now due to the outbreak of the pandemic, visual tours have become very popular among the masses. This technology allows you to visit almost any place on the planet in the blink of an eye. Virtual tours are not just restricted to the travel industry but are used extensively in universities, real estate and hospitality industries. Much before the pandemic, travelling and exploring new places have always been fun, but now with the outbreak of the virus, the entire world has come to a halt, immobilizing everything. With everyone confined to their homes and the fear of going out, people have turned to the next best alternative    Different Virtual Tour Options To Try From The Comfort Of Your Home Virtual Tours For Marketing Marketing and promotion was the start of the development of the virtual tourism industry, considered to be one of the best marketing tools. Virtual tours are the latest feature to appear on real estate websites that have advanced streaming technology to a point where virtual tour, floor plans, and other interactive exploratory tools are available at your fingertips. Virtual evidence and experiences would be much easier to convince a customer than the traditional methods of holiday brochures or guidebooks. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 360° virtual tours is like allowing the customer to feel as though they’re getting an inside look of a business or location.  A connection that helps them come one step closer to doing business with you. Virtual tours 360 can make a viewer become a visitor and a visitor to become a customer. Virtual Tours For Travellers Virtual tourism makes destinations accessible to millions of people who want to travel but are not able to afford it. It allows the user to imagine them at a travel destination without leaving their home. Effortlessly visiting different corners of the world be it the architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal in India or the Louvre in Paris or the Egyptian Pyramids to quench your wanderlust all in a day. The other huge benefit during the pandemic is that they are not limited by availability of flights, safety and concern about whether the destinations are open. It also allows users to travel cities through a bird's-eye view.  Embrace this virtual tourism technology to see and experience things that you never thought were possible. Virtual Tours For Students Various virtual tours for students are available, specific to the course content depending on their individual learning needs. Zoos, theaters, museums and other cultural venues offer virtual travel experiences online for free. Don’t miss this chance to interact with the art pieces and animals, or getting to know better stories in museums online. A virtual tour of museums and national parks allow students to browse through large sections of the museum and search through the exhibits by date, category, continent and much more which was not possible otherwise. Virtual tours of zoos from all around the world allows kids to explore the depths of the ocean one day, cuddling koalas another, watching gorgeous polar bear cubs wrestle the next while learning all about these fascinating creatures along the way. Virtual Tours To Explore The Past Social distancing has forced museums and historic sites around the world to close their doors for now, but have made their spaces, exhibits and collections available by virtual tours. Anyone fascinated with history would enjoy historic virtual tours around the world. It’s like an experience of going back in time with a time machine. Some 360° virtual tours take you into every nook and corner of historical sites, antiquities and museums which share treasures like the Rosetta stone and ancient Egyptian artifacts in closer detail and not to forget the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace. Exploring a tomb dated back 5,000 years which is the oldest of the Egyptian sites is available for a virtual walk-through. Ever imagined doing this? Modern technology has made it possible for us to tour the past by virtually transporting us to any time or place that one wants to see. Virtual Tours Of Places That Are Inaccessible Thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life, like flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans, climbing Mount Everest or even going on a spacewalk. You’d think that in today’s world everything is possible, but in reality many things are not in our control. Many places are still off-limits due to various reasons like being too remote, dangerous or being entirely closed for visitors. Virtual tourism has made it possible for adventurous people to reach those remote inaccessible areas through their fingertips. There are virtual tours like taking a para-motor flight above Lguazu falls in Brazil, virtual tightrope walking above a Canyon with a 360° view or climbing Mount Everest which allows you to enjoy the view without freezing to death.   A virtual tour is here to stay, even after the pandemic ends. Now that you have understood the concept of virtual tours, you may be tempted to take a few virtual trips yourself! Choose from the above and do share your experience with us.

Are you bored of just pulling out a plain tub of ice cream for dessert? If yes, then you are at the right place! Generous scoops of some best ice cream flavours can end up with all sorts of delicious treats. Try out these simple and creative ways to take your favourite frozen treat game to the next level. Colourful Tacos These delicious tacos look just like the real thing, but the twist here is they're stuffed with ice cream instead of tomatoes and lettuce. All you need are some taco shells and your favourite flavour of ice cream. They are the perfect party treat and the kids will love them. Top them with different toppings and enjoy them! [caption id="attachment_12704" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: sweetyhigh.com[/caption] Fried Delight They are crunchy on the outside, and soft and cool on the inside. A scoop of ice cream that is frozen hard, coated in a batter, and quickly deep-fried creates a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream. Its delightful combination of textures and flavours has made it a favourite among dessert lovers. [caption id="attachment_12698" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: divascancook.com[/caption] Learn your favourite dessert recipes online with us Japanese Mochi  It takes only a handful of ingredients to whip up the popular Japanese mochi. Mochi is made from sweet pounded rice dough wrapped around the ice cream. Its texture is similar to the chew of boba and gives a fun spin to homemade ice creams. Some top flavours like strawberry, green tea, chocolate, mango and vanilla go well with this. A perfect dessert to cool off on a hot day! [caption id="attachment_12700" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: telegraphindia.com[/caption] No-Bake Cake A simple no-bake cake made by layering different flavours of ice cream is called an ice cream cake. Your favourite frozen flavour and fruits are decoratively placed in moulds and these components are then assembled while freezing. This cake is popular party food, often had at birthdays and weddings. [caption id="attachment_12695" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: kitchenstories.com[/caption] Trendy Rolls These trendy rolls are the new ice cream fad that’s taken over social media. This Thai-inspired trend is easier than it looks. You’ll need only two ingredients and a super cold metal tray for rolling. Make your own version as they are yummy and really fun to make at home. [caption id="attachment_12702" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: danielfooddiary.com[/caption] Easter Eggs With A Twist Surprise everyone with these simple and yummy Easter eggs with ice cream. Fill the egg moulds with the best ice cream. Place the skewered moulds in the freezer and let them set. When set, remove the moulds from the freezer and sprinkle or roll the Easter eggs in a bowl of sprinkles to coat them. [caption id="attachment_12696" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: kidspot.com.au[/caption] Sandwiched Ice Cream Take your frozen treats to the next level by adding them between two biscuits, skins, wafers, or cookies. For more sugary treats, dip the whole thing in chocolate. The ingredients used are different around the world. Ireland and Israel use wafers, while North America uses chocolate cookies. Go ahead and use what you like the most! [caption id="attachment_12703" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com[/caption] Ice Cream Pie Swap the traditional fruit pie with ice creams this summer. It is the perfect no-bake dessert that the whole family will love. You can use peanut butter rice Krispie for the crust and store-bought ice creams for the filling or homemade ice cream to notch up things. [caption id="attachment_12701" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: jsonline.com[/caption] Ice Cream Bread This two-ingredient bread is one of those recipes that are incredibly easy. All you need are your favourite flavour of ice cream and self-rising flour to enjoy this loaf. This unique ice cream bread has a great texture and mild flavour that will keep you craving for more. [caption id="attachment_12694" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] Must-Try Ice Cream From Around The World Frozen French Toast  Try out these mouthwatering French toast, you're gonna love it! The secret here is to use good-quality melted vanilla ice cream instead of milk or cream. Good quality ice creams make the bread sweet enough that you don’t even need a drizzle of syrup on top. [caption id="attachment_12697" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: realsimple.com[/caption] The best thing about these unique recipes is that they are quick to make and loaded with delight. Be it in the heat of summer or in the chill of winter, nothing can beat some good ice creams! Come let us chill with these wonderful treats. If you have come across something creative made of ice cream, do post it in the comment box below.