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Yoga is considered an all-around exercise to take care of our body, mind and soul. With the virus becoming the center of our lives, online yoga has emerged as the most sought after form of workout in the pandemic. Keeping the current scenario in mind, Yoga practitioners are now shifting their yoga studio for online classes as a way to protect the health of themselves and their students. Online teaching has become a new form of learning and teaching. For many, an online class is an easier path than practicing yoga in the classroom. Some yoga teachers have created podcasts, webinars, and other resources to help their students move to online mode. But everyone has this big question on their mind - Is Online Yoga better than classroom yoga? Few Good Reasons To Take Up Yoga Classes Online Easy Access The convenience of taking a yoga class whenever you want to is one of the biggest advantages of yoga classes online. All you need is an internet connection, and it takes only a few seconds to get started. Yoga classes online give one the liberty to take classes from anywhere and at any time. Time Saver Generally, people travel from one location to another to attend classes. It can be quite challenging to finish up chores or wrap up from work to reach a yoga studio on time. However, with online yoga classes, a lot of time is saved as there is no walking or driving to and from the studio. Flexibility With learning yoga online, one can work at your own pace. There is no hard and fast rule that you need to practice yoga at a particular time every day. It gives the flexibility to practice yoga from the comfort of your home, office or even when you are on the go. Money Saver Money spent on class fees, fuel, parking and other transportation-related expenses can be easily saved by joining yoga classes online. In addition to this, you will be able to save a lot on course material as everything is hosted on the web. Variety Online yoga offers suitable options to choose from as per your needs. There are numerous yoga videos available online so that you don’t need to do the same routines over and over again. These options may not be available in your classroom yoga daily routine. Expert Trainers An online class allows one to get trained from a wide range of expert trainers to specialized online yoga teachers, some of whom you would never have dreamt of practicing with. You also get an opportunity to choose your own teacher. [caption id="attachment_10699" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Fitness online. Young fit girl at home on the floor doing exercises, stretching warm-up and uses a video fitness lesson on the Internet.[/caption] Complete Privacy There are many who are not comfortable doing yoga in a room full of people, hence they find it difficult to focus. If you are new to yoga and feel a little self-conscious with classroom yoga, then beginners online yoga are best to start off with. Dress Code Many people with classroom yoga tend to be very conscious of what they wear. They feel different from the other people in the class or worry about not wearing the right clothes. With online yoga, there are no worries as no one is going to judge you for wearing an old shirt or tight-fitting clothes. Family Affair Online yoga courses can be practiced from the comfort of your home, giving more time to spend with your family by encouraging everyone to practice together. Your parents, partner and kids too can join in to make it a family affair. Connect with Yourself Classroom yoga helps to develop a connection with the world outside but with offline yoga you are able to connect and understand more about yourself. As soon as you commit yourself to online classes, you will feel transported into the present self and start enjoying your body and soul. At Your Own Pace If you want to master your posture or concentrate on a particular asana, then yoga classes online give you that freedom. If you are having trouble balancing, or want to take the support of the wall, stop where you want to and continue later. You can rewind the video and start all over again is possible only with yoga classes online. [caption id="attachment_10700" align="alignnone" width="2500"] Image Source: theyogiwanderer.com[/caption] Practice More Often With classroom yoga one tends to spend a lot of time getting things together rather than on the yoga mat. For many, this means not able to get to yoga classes as desired. It saves you a lot of time on hand and can be utilized to practice yoga as often as you’d like. Online Community For many people today, building and fostering communities online is the primary way of engaging and interacting. It allows you to connect with teachers, students and yogis from all over the world. There are no barriers, no boundaries, just the union that makes yoga so virtually special. Virtual Classes It allows you to practice live-streamed classes from the comfort of your own home. Having a teacher practice alongside you during a live class will enhance the experience. From getting personalized tips from your teacher to watching recorded classes later to correct yourself are the added benefits of live classes.   No doubt 2020-21 has been and is a tough year! The silver lining between all this is our ability to continue our yoga practice via online classes. It is useful not just during the pandemic, but at other times as well, especially for people with financial constraints or for people who live in rural areas where yoga in the classroom is not available. Studies show that it is feasible to offer virtual yoga classes even for people with chronic pain or health-related problems.  Now with yoga classes online literally at your fingertips and various online options available, there is every reason to embrace yoga in your daily life. Whether in a studio or through a computer screen, yoga brings peace and positivity!      

Indian classical music represents the countries deep-rooted culture and heritage, and the spine of Indian classical music can be said to be the Indian musical instruments. These instruments have empowered Indian musicians to showcase their talents not only in the country but all over the world. Musicians in India are acclaimed for bringing out the essence of Indian culture and taking you on a journey that will be memorable for years to come. During ancient times musical performances were conducted in the king’s court, today people from different corners of the world witness the bliss of Indian classical music through various concerts performed by maestros.  Best Indian Musical Indian Instruments Sitar Associated mostly with the northern parts of India, the sitar is one of the most popular Indian instruments. Shaped like a round gourd with a long protruding neck, it consists of cords, frets, and strings adjusted together to produce the perfect harmony. Invented in medieval India the Sitar flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in 18th-century India. The sitar evolved from one or more instruments of the tanbur family, long-necked lutes which they argue were introduced and popularized during the period of Mughal rule. Used widely throughout India, the sitar became popularly known in the wider world through the works of Ravi Shankar.  [caption id="attachment_11262" align="alignnone" width="568"] Source: india.com[/caption] Tabla Since the 18th century, the Tabla has been the principal percussion instrument in Indian classical music. The tabla consists of two small drums of slightly different sizes and shapes. Each drum is made of hollowed-out wood, clay, or metal. The smaller drum (Dayan) is used for creating treble and tonal sounds, while the primary function of the larger drum (baya) is for producing bass. They are laced with hoops, thongs, and wooden dowels on their sides. The dowels and hoops are used to tighten the tension of the membranes for tuning the drums. It’s a versatile Indian instrument that can be used for solo performances as well as part of larger ensembles as an accompaniment with other instruments. Popularly used in folk music, the tabla is also used in devotional music for Hinduism and Sikhism.  Mridangam Primarily an accompaniment in Carnatic music the Mridangam has been around since ancient ages. Often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and morsing the Mridangam is more prevalent in the Southern parts of India. The mridangam is often depicted as the instrument of choice for several deities in Hindu mythology. This Indian musical instrument is made from jackfruit wood which is known to be very thick. The two open ends are covered with goatskin and leather straps are tied around the circumference to tighten them. It is widely believed that the tabla, the mridangam's Hindustani musical counterpart, was first constructed by splitting a mridangam in half.  [caption id="attachment_11260" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: chandrakantha.com[/caption] Bansuri  ‘Bansuri’, or a flute is undoubtedly one of the most melodious musical instruments of India. Bansuri is an aerophone produced from bamboo.  Some modern designs come in ivory, fibreglass, and various metals. The cylindrical pipe with different sizes of holes in between for producing different tunes. To produce sound, one must hold the holes with fingers of the left and right variations. Popularly used in Hindustani classical music, the Bansuri is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha. It's revered as Lord Krishna’s divine instrument and is linked with Krishna’s Rasa Lila dance.  Harmonium The harmonium has been around for centuries and is a quintessential part of Indian classical music. Often used at festive occasions or religious occasions, the harmonium provides its listeners with serene and sombre musical compositions. When it comes to Indian classical music, the harmonium is the first step taken towards musical prowess by vocalists. The harmonium is essentially a pump organ that generates sound as air flows past a vibrating piece of thin metal in a frame. The piece of metal is called a reed. Hence it can be said the harmonium is much like a reed organ but portable. It’s a popular instrument and is widely used as an accompaniment in Hindustani vocal music, in religious music across the states of Maharashtra and Punjab- Haryana, and in Qawwali music of the Islamic traditions. [caption id="attachment_11259" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: alittlesparkofjoy.com[/caption] Veena  Quite similar to the Sitar, Veena is a plucked string instrument associated with South India. Its one of the oldest Indian musical instruments and its origins can be traced back to the ancient yazh, a stringed instrument similar to the Grecian harp. History states that the Veena went through several transitions before its current state. It is 1.5m long and made from jackwood.  It has a large, round body with a thick, wide neck, the end of which is carved into the head of a dragon. A small resonator is attached to the underside of the neck. The veena has 24 metal frets embedded in hardened beeswax, mixed with charcoal powder. Melody is produced on four metal strings that run above the frets. These are stretched over a wide bridge that sits on the body of the veena. Three other strings run alongside the neck of the instrument. These are used for maintaining time and for playing the drone. [caption id="attachment_11264" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Source: pinterest[/caption] Shehnai Mainly used at Indian weddings, the Shehnai is made out of wood with a double reed at one end and a met\al or wooden flared bell at the other end. Its sound is thought to create and maintain a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity and making this the main reason for it to be used in weddings. The name shehnai comes from the Persian word, shah meaning king, whilst nai or ney is the generic term for any kind of wind-blown flute-like instrument. In other words, it is either 'the king of flutes' or 'a flute fit for kings'. The Shehnai is a very difficult instrument to play as it requires tremendous breath control, especially for long sustained melodic passages which can have incredibly fast tempos.  [caption id="attachment_11261" align="alignnone" width="759"] Source: indianexpress.com[/caption] The Magic Of These Indian Musical Instruments Is Awe-Inspiring Music is something that brings people together and touches your soul. The musicians of India have successfully promoted their music using musical instruments all over the world. The musicians are also experimenting with the versatility of these instruments by using them in modern music as well, making their melodies accessible to everyone. These sounds are meant to soothe your soul and enrich you. So what are you waiting for, grab your favourite music app and go listen?   

What is Upcycling? Many people know and understand what recycling is all about, but there are still some people who have not heard of upcycling. So what is upcycling? Upcycling is the act of turning unwanted items or old things into something new. This is achieved without breaking the product down into its raw materials. With this technique, one can reduce waste and improve the efficiency of resources used. In short, a great way to make beautiful things with a higher value, than what it previously was. With just a little bit of imagination and creativity, we can avoid throwing things, not in use and give them a new life. [caption id="attachment_11096" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: hgtv.com[/caption] How Upcycling Is More Than Just A Trend As the name suggests, upcycling lifts the value of the product. Here waste is looked at as a resource. Apart from reducing waste, the importance of upcycling projects can be understood better by breaking them down into two – environmental and personal benefits. Environmental Benefits: It is a known fact that littering is pretty bad for the environment. Upcycling is at the top of the ladder when it comes to the environment as your trash doesn’t go anywhere, it stays with you. This not only keeps materials out of landfill but also reduces the number of resources needed to manufacture new materials. This, in turn, helps to conserve natural resources. Personal Benefits: Reworking an old item and bringing it to life is a super creative skill to have. It helps to save on how much we spend on items that we use every day. Some people are so good at it that they eventually make their livelihood through upcycling projects. It also saves the hassle of finding ways to dispose of trash. There’s a certain level of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve done something great for the planet and for yourself. Check out our interesting online art workshops Difference Between Recycle And Upcycle The terms ‘upcycling’ and ‘recycling’ are used interchangeably but they are actually non-related and very different from each other. Let’s take a look at a few points on upcycling vs recycling to know what makes the two so different from each other. Recyclables are sorted and then broken down to create new materials, but upcycling involves taking a waste item and working on it to make it useful again. Upcycling converts material into something of greater value than it originally was, whereas recycling converts material into something of roughly the same value as it originally was. During the recycling process, there will be some energy consumed to break the waste materials by which pollutants are created, however, with upcycling, there are no waste materials which in turn results in no pollution to the environment. Turn Your Trash Into Treasure With Upcycling! It’s great fun creating something new out of old stuff. With so many upcycling projects online to take inspiration from, there are dozens of ways to create your own unique piece. Most of these upcycled things come out cooler than they initially were. To help you get started, we have come up with budget-friendly and good-for-the-planet upcycling ideas that can give new life to your trash. Upcycling Your Old Clothing: With a little bit of imagination, your old clothing can be transformed into things like face masks, tote bags, cushion covers, pillowcases, shopping bags and much more! Those torn jeans can be transformed into a pair of shorts or a denim skirt. Adding embroidery details or changing the color of the fabric can create something that looks new. A dash of creativity can revive your tired wardrobe. Upcycling Your Old Furniture: The good thing about upcycling old furniture is that there are no limits to what you can create. From turning an old ladder into a display bookshelf to turning an antique leather trunk into a table, the options are endless. Plan ahead and ensure you have the right tools and equipment needed for the job. Upcycling has become the most important interior design trend in recent years. [caption id="attachment_11091" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: loveproperty.com[/caption] Upcycling Your Beauty Containers: Little cosmetic glass jars can be transformed into just about anything. From hanging planters to bathroom holders, small simple ideas will do the trick. You can change the color by painting the outside of the jar with a funky color or go with plain glass if you prefer to keep it simple. All you have to do is remove the label and let your creativity do the rest. [caption id="attachment_11094" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: naturalinstinct.com.au[/caption] Upcycling Your Electronic Waste: There are a whole lot of things that you can do with your old motherboards, television sets, chargers, CDs, headphones, etc. You don’t have to be a DIY expert to make the most out of your old electronic waste. From jazzing up your clutch with old CDs to building your own mac aquarium with old television, you will be surprised by the different ways you can repurpose your old electronics. [caption id="attachment_11092" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: indiatimes.com[/caption] Gift your loved ones a DIY candle holder made from Resin Upcycling Your Kitchen Tools: If you have a kitchen overstocked with things that you just never use, there are wonderful ways to up-cycle them. From wall-hanging artworks to lighting, cool clocks with baking trays to empty wine bottle showpieces, there’s something for just about everything in your kitchen. Through ingeniously clever ways you can now up-cycle everyday items beautifully, finding them a new purpose and new life. [caption id="attachment_11090" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wonderfulengineering.com[/caption] The best thing about upcycling is the sense of accomplishment that you get when you transform a broken object into something amazing. Some of these crafts are very basic and look out of this world when they are finished. Start seeing everything around you with an upcycling eye and make something special to give to a friend or donate to charity. Are you ready to experiment with upcycling projects at home? If you’re already one, do share your upcycling techniques with us in the comment box below!

There’s nothing more satisfying than having a creative crafting session with your kids. These crafting sessions can be a learning experience for both and a great way to bond with each other. Art and craft ideas for kids can be anything from drawing/painting to paper folding, knitting and much more. This is a medium for children to express themselves creatively. There are tons of engaging art and craft ideas for kids for all ages and occasions. Come let’s make crafting fun with some easy craft projects that are kid-friendly and budget-friendly too. Simple Ideas For Art And Craft To Make You And Your Kids Happy There are hundreds of art and craft ideas for kids that you can make that require no special skills or tools. If you would love to make creative projects with your kids, but are not sure where to start from; then you are in the right place! Try out these DIY simple projects that'll bust boredom for good, act as a temporary distraction, or can be used as a craft project. You and your kids are going to love making them! Finger Painting This is one of the quick and easiest arts and craft ideas for toddlers as paint is applied directly with bare fingers. Children can enjoy getting messy with paints by making dots, stripes etc. You can level this one up for older kids by making finger-painted animals, objects or characters. [caption id="attachment_12104" align="alignnone" width="697"] Source: draxe.com[/caption] Counting Sticks Turn craft sticks into a counting learning tool for kids. When your kids are learning how to count, this can be the simplest DIY art and craft ideas for preschoolers. It makes teaching and learning a fun activity which is super easy and interesting. [caption id="attachment_12103" align="alignnone" width="694"] Source: masandpas.com[/caption] Homemade Stickers Making stickers is an all time favorite DIY art and craft idea, as your little one can create their own personalized stickers. It’s so simple that all you need is some wax paper and clear sticky tapes. Keep the colors bright and bold, the brighter the better. [caption id="attachment_12105" align="alignnone" width="693"] Source: agirlandagluegun.com[/caption] Magic Wand These magical creative art and craft ideas for kids, is a fun activity that doubles up as a toy and handy dressing-up accessory. Nothing can be more magical than a magic wand. Customize your own wand with ribbons, beads, gems, glitters or anything else that the toddler likes. [caption id="attachment_12106" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: preschoolismagic.wordpress.com[/caption] Box Aquarium Box aquarium art and craft is a great idea for encouraging creativity among kids.  Tear the top of the box to make a little aquarium. Decorate the aquarium with colorful fishes to move them around like puppets. These creative art and craft ideas for kids are so much fun as a piece of cardboard headed for the recycling bin has been converted into something great. [caption id="attachment_12100" align="alignnone" width="512"] Source: artncraftideas.com[/caption] Pebble Painting Natural pebbles can be beautifully painted to create a symbolic piece of art. A few pebbles, a pot of paint and a little bit of inspiration is all that you need to make this wonderful art. Join in with your kids to make their favorite cartoon character or to make your own story. [caption id="attachment_12111" align="alignnone" width="698"] Source: cz.pinterest.com[/caption] Pom-Pom Balls Pom-pom, also called cheerleading pom, is a small decorative ball made of fabric, wool or feathers. Make small balls with different colors so that it can be used in activities to transfer balls to cups based on their color. Learning colors can be so much fun with these fluffy heavens! [caption id="attachment_12112" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source: indiamart.com[/caption] Salt Dough All you need to make your own salt dough is salt, flour, water and a cutter. Kids will be totally involved in making this as they love mixing, rolling the dough, and cutting it into different shapes. They look simply adorable and can be personalized as per your child’s needs. [caption id="attachment_12113" align="alignnone" width="680"] Source: livewellplaytogether.com[/caption] Monster Bookmarks Make your own bookmarks with these simple art and craft ideas for kids. All you need is paper folding, scissors, glue and loads of creativity. Make reading for your kids a whole lot more fun with these not-so-scary monster bookmarks. Your little avid readers will be super fond of them. [caption id="attachment_12109" align="alignnone" width="669"] Source: lafeebiscotte.com[/caption] Paper Plate Ladybug Kids of all ages will enjoy learning how to make these adorable ladybugs. Let your child’s creative direction take the lead in this project as it can be painted in so many different color combinations. These art and craft ideas for kids are perfect for home, school, or camp activities! [caption id="attachment_12110" align="alignnone" width="665"] Source: firefliesandmudpies.com[/caption] Bubble Painting Mix water with a generous squirt of both dish soap and paint or food colors to create beautiful patterns. This project is best done outdoors as it can get a little messy. Even after the water has evaporated, the dyes will remain, so you can save your artwork. [caption id="attachment_12101" align="alignnone" width="654"] Source: babbledabbledo.com[/caption] Check out for more creative tips and tricks here with CECE Streams Schedule Clock Here’s a fun activity that lets your kids create a clock of their own. This DIY schedule clock is a great way for your child to visualize their time and keep themselves on track. Along with fun it also teaches the importance of time in the real-world. [caption id="attachment_12102" align="alignnone" width="652"] Source: blog.motherslounge.com[/caption] Mask Making Making masks with cardboard is a classic activity that’s cheap, easy and effective. A great way to make the best out of waste!  Allow kids to decorate their masks using whatever art & craft supplies you have. This activity is suitable for all ages, although toddlers may need some assistance. [caption id="attachment_12108" align="alignnone" width="640"] Source: ar.pinterest.com[/caption] It’s very important for every parent to take the initiative to introduce art and craft activities to their children. Activities like these not only provide immediate and lasting benefits but also create a unique parent-child bonding that will create lifelong memories. If you have tried your hand at something new, please share your experiences in the comment box below.

Baking is so much fun at the same time stressful if things don’t turn out the way you want them to be. For best results, you need to use the right baking tools. If you are a new baker or a professional chef looking to stock up your kitchen, then listed below are a few essential baking tools and equipment that you can’t live without. From tools that help you get the right measurement to perfecting your decorating skills, all that you need are right here to guarantee that your recipe comes out perfect time after time. Listed Below Are The 10 Most Essential Baking Tools For a Baker’s Kitchen Measuring Cups And Spoons Baking requires precise measurements and if you get the measuring right you can never go wrong. To achieve accuracy in the quantity and proportions of ingredients while following a recipe the measuring cups and spoons play an important role. A teaspoon in a measuring spoon may not necessarily be the same as other teaspoons that you normally use. Using the right measuring cups and spoons are not an option but essential for good baking. [caption id="attachment_9943" align="alignnone" width="840"] Source: topsellersreview.com[/caption] Hand Mixer A hand mixer is affordable and easy to use as a baking tool. Mixing the batter requires several minutes by hand, but this tool saves a lot of your time and gives you the desired texture. You’ll have more speed and power to mix big batches of dough, cake batter, whipping cream, eggs etc. Irrespective of being a beginner or an experienced baker this baking tool is a must for all. [caption id="attachment_9944" align="alignnone" width="754"] Source: kitchenaid.in[/caption] Spatula A spatula is a baking tool specifically designed with a very narrow blade, allowing the baker to reach all corners without the risk of messing up. Its flexible blades are great for stirring, mixing and spreading. They are made of Silicone and perfect for use with any kind of coating in your pans. This is great baking equipment to assist with your baking tasks. [caption id="attachment_9945" align="alignnone" width="340"] Source: etsy.com[/caption] Rolling Pin An essential baking tool that is cylindrical in shape is used to roll out and evenly flatten everything from pie, pastry, cookie to pasta dough. This baking tool has tapered ends that make rolling even sheets easy. Some special rolling pins have textured surfaces that mark and indent the top of the dough for special bread and pancakes. They may even be embossed with writing. Oven Thermometer There are times when you need a very specific temperature while baking. An oven thermometer is a perfect baking tool that comes with a stainless steel body and a clock face dial that gives accurate temperature reading of the inside of your oven. This ensures exact cooking time and baking with better results. This is one of the most essential baking tools mentioned here. Pastry Brush A pastry brush, also known as a basting brush is used to apply butter, oil or glaze to food. Traditionally, these brushes are made with natural bristles, plastic or nylon fibre similar to a paintbrush. However, lately, these brushes come with silicone bristles which are less likely to fall out or splinter and can be washed easily. This handy baking tool has more uses than you realize. It can be used to grease a pan, to coat the dough with melted butter, egg or milk. If you’re a frequent baker, then this is a must-have!  Silicone Baking Mats A silicone baking mat is now the in-thing in baking. It can replace parchment paper or aluminium foil as it’s resistant to high heat. This baking tool can be used in lots of unusual ways. You can place it under a cake ring to prevent cake batter from sticking to the sheet pan, lay it flat on a countertop to knead bread or roll out cookie dough and even use it as a cover while baking to ensure they rise evenly. It also helps to keep baking pans clean. Sifter Made from stainless steel, glass or plastic, the Sifter is used to add air to the dry ingredient to make it lighter and more uniform in texture to get the best results while baking. The sifter comes with a mesh bottom that is used to sift dry ingredients, such as flour or powdered sugar. Latest Sifters come with an inbuilt trigger attached to the handle that moves back and forth when activated. By doing so it prevents any lumps, incorporates air and lightens the mix. [caption id="attachment_9950" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Source: homestratosphere.com[/caption]  Piping Bag A piping bag also called the pastry bag is a triangular or cone-shaped bag made from cloth, paper or plastic. This works when it’s squeezed and pressed by hand to pipe semi-solid foods through a narrow opening at one end that can be fitted with any number of shaped nozzles which will produce a different decorative effect such as star, leaf, and flower-petal shapes. A simple circular nozzle makes round shapes and is also used for filling pastries. Piping bags come in all sizes, a must-baking tool to make your cakes and pastries look tempting. [caption id="attachment_9951" align="alignnone" width="594"] Source: webstaurantstore.combj[/caption] Baking Tins/Pans One of the main reasons why most of the cakes fail is because of the wrong usage of baking pans/tins. The most commonly used baking tin materials are aluminium or a non-stick as both are economical, durable, and very easy to use. Cake pans come in different shapes and sizes like, round, square, rectangular etc. The baking tin to comes in different variants like loaf tin, muffin tin, tart tin to name a few. Because of its metallic nature, it is a good conductor of heat and allows even heating and baking. A good baking tray can make or break your baking experience, hence choose wisely. Overall, baking is a very precise and caring craft that gives you only one chance to have everything right and that's before it goes into the oven. I hope these baking tools and equipment will serve as a guide to your new baking journey.  Here are some of our culinary experiences that you might enjoy and you won't need these Essential Baking Tools for these. Come and enjoy cooking with us.

The world's most popular brown spirit ‘Whiskey’ is dominating the market because of the ever-increasing popularity of whiskey-based cocktails. Generally, whiskey is served neat or on the rocks but with the list of whiskey cocktails growing it has become an eclectic mix creating an all-around experience. Whiskey blends well with almost all mixers; hence many popular cocktails are made with whiskey. These best cocktails with whiskey showcase the versatility of this beverage which is vast and constantly expanding. Let’s take a look at some of the best whiskey cocktails that people have enjoyed for decades. Six Amazing Whiskey Cocktails That You Will Fall In Love With, In Just One Sip! Rob Roy What You Need - Scotch whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Maraschino cherry Created by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan in the late 1800s, this drink was named after a Scottish hero named Rob Roy MacGregor. These classic whisky cocktails are made with Scotch whisky and the simplicity of this drink allows the whisky to shine through. Like any good spirit cocktail, the Rob Roy gives an opportunity to highlight what’s in the glass without hiding it. You can try out a lot of variations with this drink but you’re likely to keep coming back to the original. It’s that kind of a drink that you can have on a cold winter night, find a comfortable place and savour it slowly. An easy to make whisky cocktails that everyone should try at least once. [caption id="attachment_11019" align="alignnone" width="703"] Source: punchdrink.com[/caption] Mint Julep What You Need - Bourbon, Fresh Mint, Sugar and Crushed Ice The most refreshing whisky cocktails that you can have throughout the year are the Mint Julep also famous as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Mint Julep is like the cousin of Mojito that’s packed with full of ice. It’s very important to balance all the flavours - sweet, smoky, and herbal to make it bright and springy. Traditionally, mint juleps are served in silver or pewter cups, but now they come in tall derby glasses too. Since bourbon is the only liquid in the drink, you’ll want to use a high-quality bottle to make it a perfect drink to sip on a lazy afternoon. It comes in more varieties than only bourbon and mint, so shake up some to enjoy it whenever the mood strikes. [caption id="attachment_11017" align="alignnone" width="729"] Source: realsimple.com[/caption] Old Fashioned What You Need - Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Sugar cubes, Water Old Fashioned whiskey cocktails have been served since the mid-1800s and are widely considered as the holy grail of classic cocktails. This humble mixture of four ingredients is quite literally the cocktail that started it all. With the combination of flavours from sharp, sweet and a little bit light, this drink remains as popular today as it was years ago. The old fashioned drink was one of the simpler and earlier versions of cocktails that allow the flavours of the whiskey to shine. You can create endless variations which are super simple to make. This bold, dynamic drink is perfect during holidays, chilly evenings, or basically any time. Truly a cocktail made for whiskey lovers! [caption id="attachment_11018" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: depositphotos.com[/caption] Manhattan What You Need - Canadian Whiskey, Sweet Red Vermouth, Angostura Bitters Manhattans is truly one of the easy whiskey cocktails to make with just three ingredients. Once you have selected these quality ingredients, you’ll be sipping a great Manhattan cocktail in no time. Manhattan is an ideal drink for any occasion and pairs well with a variety of foods. Countless variations of these whiskey cocktail recipes have appeared since inception. Surprisingly, this drink looks and tastes pretty much the same as it used to in the 19th century. These simple whisky cocktails have everything you need in a cocktail—richness, sweetness, complexity and bitters to balance everything out. A fantastic drink that’s served with a cherry and a twist of lemon can be enjoyed on a casual night with friends. [caption id="attachment_11016" align="alignnone" width="732"] Source: wallsdesk.com[/caption] Lynchburg Lemonade What You Need - Tennessee Whiskey, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Soda Water Lynchburg lemonade is one of the most popular mixed drinks that are sure to steal your heart and soul with its amazing taste. This drink was named after the town in Tennessee that is home to the Jack Daniels distillery. This Jack Daniels-spiked lemonade is surprisingly smooth, prepared with an amazing combination of whiskey and lemon soda along with the sourness of lemon juice. There is something magical about this drink which has a smoky sweetness and tart citrus that creates the ultimate summer refreshment. This sweet lemonade cocktail is perfect for any lazy summer afternoon or a barbecue with family in your backyard. [caption id="attachment_11015" align="alignnone" width="723"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] The Godfather What You Need - Scotch whisky, Amaretto, Cracked Ice Traditionally, the Godfather is a duo mixed drink served on the rocks; with equal parts of Scotch and Amaretto, letting the spirits do all the hard work for you. Both of these two ingredients are alcoholic, and therefore it would be right to call this drink a little boozy. This just two ingredients cocktail is deliciously simple as it’s mixed directly in the glass. Each ingredient complements the other well, sweet and excessively strong at the same time. It balances the nutty sweetness of amaretto with the spicy finish of the whiskey. The godfather is an excellent happy hour cocktail and an after-dinner drink that goes wonderfully well with desserts. [caption id="attachment_11020" align="alignnone" width="400"] Source: cocktails.foodviva.com[/caption] These whisky cocktail recipes are sure to make your ordinary moments feel like special ones. Most of these drinks are built from similar ingredients simply by swapping specific types of whiskey to make an amazing cocktail. As the famous saying goes “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey cocktails are barely enough.” So what are you waiting for…..go mix your version and don’t forget to share your unique recipe with us?  Also Read: New Hebridean Whisky Trail lets you explore the remote Scottish islands  

What is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cookies? A hot cup of tea with cookies that is crispy and loaded with Chocó chips that crumble inside your mouth……doesn’t that sound yummy? Cookies have always been associated with tea time. No matter what, one can’t deny the fact that cookies are the all-time favorite bites everyone likes to munch. The word cookie refers to "small cakes" derived from the Dutch word "koekie." A cookie is a baked or cooked food that comes in a wide range of flavors, shapes, and textures. The heavenly smell of these types of cookies they leave in the kitchen takes you back to your childhood memories. Every country has its favorite: In North America, it's the chocolate chip; in the United Kingdom it's shortbread; in France, its macarons; it's biscotti in Italy and nankhatai in India. This article takes you through everything you need to know about cookies, from how to classify them to the most popular different types of cookies to die for. I bet, once you start, you can’t stop eating them! Classification Of Cookies Based On How They Are Made The various methods used to bake cookies make a huge difference in the taste and textures. Here let’s take a look at how cookies are classified according to some of the baking methods. Drop Made from the soft dough and dropped by spoonfuls onto baking sheets that make Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and macaroons using this method. Pressed The stiff dough is forced through a cookie press into decorative shapes to make Spritz cookies. Rolled Made from stiff dough that is rolled out using a rolling pin and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Gingerbread, sugar cookies are made using this method. Bar Dough or batter is baked in a cake or sheet pan and cut into bar shapes after cooling. Many varieties of drop cookie dough can be baked this way like Brownies and chocolate chip bar cookies. Molded The stiff dough is rolled between the hands to form shapes using a mold or tools like a fork, cookie stamp or bottom of the glass. Peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, almond crescents and biscotti cookies are made using this method. Refrigerator or icebox Made from stiff dough that is rolled into a log, chilled, sliced and baked to make Pinwheels, shortbread or sugar cookies. No-Bake The cookie mixture may or may not be cooked on a range and these cookies are not baked in an oven. This method is used to make Chocolate no-bake cookies and Rice Krispies treats. Sandwich Cookies are assembled with two identically sized cookies joined together with a sweet filling. Peppermint cream sandwich cookies and Oreo cream cookies are made using this method. Different Types Of Cookies Sure To Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings Chocolate Chip Cookies The most popular of all types of cookies, the chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie. What distinguishes it from the other types of cookies are chunks of delicious chocolate chips in every single bite. They can be soft and doughy or crispy and crunchy depending on the ingredients and how long you cook them. Peanut Butter Cookies Considered to be a classic, peanut butter cookies are loaded with peanut butter to balance the salty and sweet flavor. Made with hand-rolled dough that is flattened with a fork to achieve that familiar waffle pattern and for more even baking. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Oatmeal raisins are warm and comforting and remind us of our grandma's house. They are thick and chewy those are slightly crisp on the outside but soft and buttery on the inside. Made of oatmeal, raisins and brown sugar is an easy dessert that disappears fast. Butterscotch Cookies These cookies are made with butterscotch chips, corn flake cereal, rolled oats, and chopped walnuts. The combination of these ingredients creates a rich, old-school flavor that most people associate with butterscotch pudding. These crispy, crunchy cookies bring about an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Shortbread Cookies Short-breads are made with just three ingredients, butter, sugar, and flour with a very high ratio of butter or shortening to flour, hence the name "short." These kinds of cookies had originated in Scotland and were once served only during Christmas and New Year's Eve. Gingersnap Cookies Also known as ginger biscuits, these spicy treats are chewy, a little spicy and sweet all at the same time.  Slightly crispy at the edges with a chewy soft center makes this a perfect recipe. A combination of powdered ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and nutmeg make this a perfect holiday cookie. [caption id="attachment_10745" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Source: thebackyardpizza[/caption] Kiss Cookies A top pick among kids from the list of cookies as it’s pressed with Hershey’s kisses in the center. Made with cocoa powder, melted chocolate and rolled in sugar before dabbing some chocolate nugget in the center. They are slightly chewy, crunchy from the sugar-coating and creamy from the melty center. [caption id="attachment_10746" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Coconut Macaroon Cookie Simple, yet one of the best types of cookies made with shredded coconut. Soft and chewy from the inside, crispy and golden from the outside, making them the perfect treat. Make them more delicious and irresistible by dipping them in dark chocolate. Spritz Cookies These German cookies are made by squirting the dough through a cookie press to make complicated designs. Spritz cookies are a lot like sugar cookies that are buttery and sweet. These types of cookies come in different colors and shapes topped with sprinkles for a festive look. [caption id="attachment_10748" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source: youtube.com[/caption] Lofthouse Cookies Lofthouse cookies are soft and delicious sugar cookies topped with addictively delicious sweet fluffy frosting. What makes Lofthouse cookies so special is the cake-like texture of the cookies and taste just like that grocery store favorite. [caption id="attachment_10749" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Source: thespruceeats.com[/caption] All the above listed different types of cookies go straight to the heart through your mouth that makes your day a little better. So what are you waiting for? Go try all of them and tell us which one is your favorite.  

In the past few years, the interest in Painting with coffee among artists and art lovers has increased significantly but you will be surprised to know that coffee painting dates back to centuries ago. The art of painting with coffee is known as arfé, which comes from the combination of two words art and café. All you need is coffee, water, brushes and paper to create some beautiful monochromatic paintings. Painting with coffee for beginners is an interesting and easy to do art that is created simply by adding coffee to water. Some artists even boil the coffee to get dark concentrations of coffee. Once your know-how, you can make different shades and use coffee to paint. Painting is generally associated with the use of oil, acrylic and watercolour, but now with so many paintings with coffee ideas, you can add coffee to your art list too. [caption id="attachment_12385" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee techniques Source: lbb.in[/caption] Painting with Coffee Tips And Tricks For Beginners This art was developed when an artist spilt coffee on his canvas accidentally. For someone who loves coffee, the very idea of painting with coffee can brighten up your day just like a sip of coffee. This popular beverage with an intoxicating aroma has turned out to be a very versatile medium of art. Let’s take a look at some painting hacks to make it easy for you to start. Keep Things Ready Before you start make sure you have all the materials like palette, brushes, pencil, clean water, paper and coffee powder ready to complete your painting with coffee. Make sure to buy different size brushes and watercolor paper. Always keep tissue paper handy to blot out excess coffee and don’t forget to spread out some newspaper on the table before you start. [caption id="attachment_12390" align="alignnone" width="300"] How to do painting Source: youtube.com[/caption] Sketch Before You Paint Before starting to paint with coffee, think about what you are planning to paint. You could sketch out the design that you intend to create. Use a graphite pencil to lightly draw your design onto the surface that you are going to paint on. Once you are done with sketching, you will have more clarity on what shades to mix. [caption id="attachment_12387" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee tips and tricks Source: skillshare.com[/caption] Creating Different Shades You can use both instant and regular coffee as paint. Instant coffee is great for painting for beginners since all you have to do is dissolve some instant coffee in water. To create your masterpiece, you’ll need different shades. Use a mixing tray to mix lighter to darker coffee shades. Less coffee with more water will give lighter shade and more coffee with less water will give darker shade. Add coffee powder in different quantities to the mixing tray and dilute it with water. Generally two or three shades are enough to create a painting. [caption id="attachment_12389" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting art Source: youtube.com[/caption] Click here to experience a freshly brewed painting with Cece Streams Application Of Paint Always begin painting with the lighter shade. It is very important to let your coffee layers dry completely before applying the next layers of coffee mixture. Painting on wet layers will lead to mixing up of colors which may be difficult to control. When the lighter shades are dry, start painting the darker ones by mixing slightly darker than the previous one by adding more coffee powder. [caption id="attachment_12388" align="alignnone" width="300"] Painting with coffee ideas Source: wikihow.com[/caption] Protect Your Artwork Over a period of time all paintings accumulate dust if not protected well and may also change the look of your painting. When you have created your masterpiece, leave your painting to dry and then apply a coat of varnish to protect your painting from dust. Framing it and putting it under the glass will give it a complete and professional look. Material Needed For Painting with coffee         Paper or Canvas         Pencil         Black Pen         Coffee Powder         Natural Bristle Brushes         Palette         Varnish         Water         Tape or Glue Coffee Painting For Beginners - A Step By Step Process If you're familiar with watercolors, then painting using coffee will come to you quite easily. Best paintings can be done on both paper and canvas. It is so much fun to learn coffee painting as it’s a great medium to work with. Here we will take you through step by step instructions on how to paint a coffee cup: Step 1: Put some coffee powder on a palette. Mix the coffee powder with water using a flat brush and wait for it to dissolve. Step 2: For a dark hue, mix the coffee powder with little warm water and for the light hue, mix it with more water. Keep adjusting the quantity of powder and water to get different shades. Step 3: Use a tape to stick your art paper so that paper doesn’t move while painting. Step 4: Use the wet in wet painting with coffee technique to create the background. Add coffee drops until you get a light tone coffee paint texture to form your background. Step 5: Draw an outline of a coffee cup with a pencil after the background has dried. Step 6: To make it more realistic, paint at random places with different hues for a different texture. Step 7: When you are done, outline with a black pen to give definition to the painting. I am sure this guide to painting for beginners will turn your morning cup of fresh coffee into amazing art. Go get yourself some coffee and brushes to create your own aromatic professional painting creations. I am sure you are going to enjoy this experience! FAQs on Painting with Coffee for Beginners: Q: What coffee is good for coffee painting? A: Espresso or Instant coffee is best for coffee painting. Q: Can I mix coffee with acrylic paint? A: Yes, you can mix coffee with acrylic paint to make an abstract pour painting. Q: What makes coffee painting different from other paintings? A: The texture you get with coffee mixtures cannot be matched with any other technique. Q: Is coffee painting hard? A: The texture of coffee is a little challenging, but it’s easy if you are used to water coloring. Q: What paper do I use for coffee painting? A: Watercolor paper is best for coffee painting.

What Is Macramé? And The Types of Macramé Knots Macrame is a crafting technique made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern to produce various decorative items including textiles. In simple words, it’s the art of tying decorative knots with your hands. The only tool required is a mounting ring to keep the item in place while working. Macramé can be used to make a variety of things ranging from macramé plant holders and macramé wall art to jewellery, purses, and even clothing items. Inexpensive supplies like cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn are used to create both functional and aesthetic pieces. This art form has gained popularity in recent years with crafters and artists coming up with innovative and creative ways to take macrame beyond the basic plant holder and wall art. Origin of This Fascinating Knotting Technique Macramé, believed to have originated in the 13th century, comes from the Arabic word ‘migramah’, which translates to ‘fringe.’ It was long crafted by sailors, especially to cover anything from knife handles, bottles to parts of ships. The craze for macramé faded, to regain popularity again during the 60s and 70s as a means to make wall hangings, articles of clothing, macramé curtains, bedspreads, small jean shorts, tablecloths, macrame for plants, and other furnishings. This age-old practice has been in and out of popularity for thousands of years. However, macramé is here to stay because of its contemporary patterns that have revitalized the historic knotting techniques. Basic Tips That You Should Know Before you Get Started         It’s very important to equip yourself with good supplies. You’ll need a pair of scissors, a macrame cord and a measuring tape to cut cords.         Popular choices for cords are cotton, Jute, and wax, but for a beginner, a hemp cord is recommended as it’s easy to undo.         Use double half hitch macrame knots in your patterns as it helps to unknot faster simply by pulling the anchor cord instead of unknotting them one by one.         To keep the ends from fraying, tie a knot at the end of the cord or use clear nail polish on the ends of the cords to stiffen it.         Always add a little bit more length to the cord before cutting it to avoid running out. It’s awful to run out of macrame cord when you’re almost done.         The key to a polished look for your piece is uniform knotting and spacing, hence practice your techniques and you’ll be well on your way. Different Types of Macramé Knots Knotting is the key to macramé and there are numerous macramé knots to try from. Let’s take a look at the most commonly used knots in macramé.  Half Hitch Knot: This is one of the simplest and versatile knots used to create wavy patterns in macramé wall art. The working cord passes in front and then loops around the filler cord, passing it through the loop created by the working cord. Step 1: Pass the end of the rope up through the ring from below. Step 2: Bring it down and behind the remaining end or standing part of the rope. Double Half Hitch Knot: The double half hitch is the knot that takes your work to the next level by helping in creating different structures and shapes in macrame. Knots can be tied vertically, horizontally, diagonally or in a free form. Step 1: Form a clockwise loop around the pole, with the working end of the rope on top. Step 2: Bring the working end through the loop. Step 3: Get the working end down and to the left and loop it under the standing end. Step 4: Pull the working end through the loop just formed tightly. Step 5: Slide the knot along the standing end up to the post.   [caption id="attachment_10734" align="alignnone" width="612"] Green Color, Garden Decoration, Macrame And Nature Decor[/caption] Larks Head Knot: The Larks Head Knot also known as the cow hitch is one of the most frequently used decorative knots in Macrame. Using the Larks knot you can make some beautiful macramé earrings and attach cords in macramé beads. Step 1: Take both ends of the cord and join them together, folding the cord in half. Step 2: Push the folded loop over and behind your dowel. Step 3: Pull the ends up and secure a lark's head knot through the loop. Square Knot: The Square knot is one of the most common and important decorative knots used in Macrame.  Many variations and patterns can be made using this knot alone or in combination with other types of Macrame knots. The square knot is made in two parts. Step 1: Start with two Lark’s Head Knots. Step 2: Take the outer left cord and cross it over the two middle cords. Step 3: Place the outer right cordon on top of the left cord and under the two middle cords. Step 4: Loop it through the hole on the left side and pull tight. Step 5: You have now completed one side of a half square knot.    Spiral Knot: The spiral knot is a square knot used to tie repeatedly to form a spiral that twists down to create a beautiful DNA spiral. This technique is generally used when creating plant hangers. Step 1: Start out by bending the left working cord and cross it over the filler cords. Step 2: Then take it under the right working cord. Step 3: Pass the right working cord behind the filler cords. Step 4: Then pull it through the loop created by the left working cord. Step 5: Keep pulling on both cords repeating the above steps until the desired length. Macramé art began as a necessity in ancient history, but now it has new meanings with positive impacts. From strengthening your hands and arms to therapeutic effect on health, the macramé project can be calming to the mind, body, and spirit. Try these simple knots and you will be surprised with yourself as it makes some gorgeous patterns.   

Meditation can be understood as a practice where an individual uses such techniques for focusing his/her mind on a particular object, thought, or activity and thus train his/her attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm & stable state. Meditation has been practised for thousands of years. Though originally it was meant to help deepen understanding of the mystical forces of life, it is now most commonly practised for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. These benefits of meditation can help you become more peaceful. Let Us Look Into Some Of The Health Benefits Of Meditation Meditation Promotes Emotional Health And Well-Being Meditation gives us a clear picture of our mind and we become aware of the thoughts that drive our emotions and actions. It has been confirmed that regular meditation decreases the likelihood of developing depression and mood-related disorders and promotes positive thinking that leads to the overall emotional health of an individual. Meditation is especially beneficial to those who suffer from generalized anxiety disorders to phobia, panic disorders, obsession, and bipolar mood swings as its daily practice helps in regulating the unreasonable emotional ups and downs. With meditation, you are sure to experience an improved self-image and self-worth to live a more confident life. Meditation Helps To Cope-Up With Day-To-Day Stress The world we live in today is full of uncertainties, competitions, a heavy work schedule that makes our life very stressful. The adversities of life have made our life more complicated than of our predecessors and we tend to experience an increased level of cortisol or stress hormone in our body that makes us prone to suffer nervous breakdowns seriously affecting our mental and physical health. It has been proved by studies that people who do regular meditation can cope up with their day-to-day stress more effectively as they experience lower cortisol levels. Reducing cortisol levels decreases general stress, anxiety, and depression. To lead a successful life it has become necessary today to make meditation compulsorily, a part of one’s life. Meditation Improves The Ability To Make Decisions In our professional life success often depends on our ability to make quick and correct decisions. Studies have proved that daily meditation improves cognition. We are able to think more clearly, perceive the problems better, which improves our brain’s problem-solving and decision-making strategies. If you want to be successful in your profession or career give meditation a try without further delay. Meditation Enhances Physical Well-Being Studies have shown that the daily practice of meditation brings about proven health benefits. It improves physical health by boosting the immune functions of the body by regulating hormonal discharge and decreasing cellular inflammation. Meditation stabilizes blood circulation in the body and regulates blood pressure, heartbeat, metabolism, and other essential biological functioning of our physical system. It prevents heart disease and helps to build strong immunity to fight other diseases. Meditation Assists Pain Management Studies have shown that certain types of meditation, like mindfulness meditation, greatly helps those suffering from chronic bodily pain to reduce and manage the intensity of the chronic pain suffered by them. It has been found that long-time practice of meditation can change the structure of the brain resulting in a change in the cortical thickness of some areas of the brain that makes the person be less pain-sensitive. Though scientific studies are still being conducted on the relationship of meditation with pain management in the human body many published papers show positive effects for people with chronic pain from headache, lower backache, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. When your chronic pain persists after you have tried conventional treatments, it may be worth trying meditation that may come to your help. Many physicians these days suggest meditation side by side with the conventional treatment. Meditation Assists In Reversing Age-Related Memory Loss/Cognitive Decline As we age, our cognitive abilities slowly reduce resulting in memory loss, poor reasoning power slower thought processing that affects our ability to focus and concentrate putting us at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that meditation increases the blood flow to the brain and can enhance various cognitive functions, including attention, memory, and executive functions. It positively affects brain function and the structure relevant to cognition. In other words, meditation helps maintain the agility of our brain and may help to reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Make yourself the habit of regular meditation for long time benefits. Meditation Helps To Overcome Addiction/Substance Abuse Addiction to alcohol, drugs, etc. has become a common problem in today’s modern society that affects or ruins the life of many young and old. Drug and alcohol or substance abuse can make it difficult for people to cope with everyday stressors without relapsing. Stress, anxiety, poor sleep, pain, depression, drugs cravings are some of the common complaints of addicted people when they try to adjust their life without the substances.  These complaints can become triggers that lead to relapse of the problem of addiction. Studies have confirmed that meditation helps addicted people overcome such complaints that arise in the de-addiction process. Drug addicts face withdrawal symptoms, like anxiety, difficulty in making decisions, and strong cravings for several months after being out of the substances. These symptoms can be effectively handled through meditation as people who meditate are more aware of their thoughts, less bothered by unpleasant experiences, and are better able to control their emotions. Meditation Enhances Empathy/Kindness Studies have shown that certain types of meditation like compassion meditation have the effect of regulating our brain sites to enhance positive emotions like empathy and kindness in us. Meditation is said to build social connectedness that makes us more affectionate and amicable as a person. In today’s world where there is so much hatred all around meditation for all from a very young age will certainly help in making the world a friendlier place to live in. Grab A Mat, Trust Us You Won't Be Disappointed Meditation is something that you can do to improve your mental and emotional health. A healthy mind begets a healthy body and you can expect to live a fuller physically healthy life. You can do it anywhere, without any special equipment, what you need are will and the necessary drive. There is a great variety of meditation such as mindfulness meditation, guided meditation, transcendental meditation, etc. each with different strengths and benefits. You can choose the style best suited to you. Check out Some Of These Streams In Cece That Will Help You Become Healthier  

Light, creamy and delicious, nothing transforms a cake from good to delicious as frosting does. Whether you wanna create an artistic cake that will blow people’s minds or just a simple delicate dessert, frosting is what you need to indulge in. It's the first thing one notices about the cake and these days frosting is what takes cupcakes from cute to quirky. The frosting is the ultimate deal-breaker for your cake. A little flavour and decoration on the cake go a long way because that perfect frosting can turn your cake from ordinary to extraordinary. So if you are looking to get your hands dirty and explore the types of frosting let us introduce you to an ultimate guide.  Frosting Or Icing? Before we dive into the type of frosting let's look at the difference between frosting and icing as they are both ways you can decorate a cake. The frosting is usually thick, creamy, and spreadable, while the icing is typically thin, piped, or drizzled on, and will harden when it cools. Frostings are usually used to thickly coat or top cakes and cupcakes, while icings are mostly used for decorations and for light sugary coatings on cookies and donuts. Both are staples in professional and home bakeries.  Types Of Frosting Every Baker Loves Buttercream Frosting Buttercream, also known as ‘American Buttercream’ is the most common type of frosting there and is used on all types of cakes and cupcakes. It's not only super quick to make but also absolutely delicious. It's soft and easily spreadable and is a preferred choice by bakers for its taste and flexibility. It can be used as a filling for inside the cake but as a coating for decoration as well. Buttercream is made by combining sugar and lard or another kind of fat like lard or margarine. Buttercream sometimes uses eggs to impart a smooth and airy consistency and the possibilities for adding flavour and colour are nearly endless. The tricky thing about buttercream is that it melts in hot weather and it needs to be kept chilled. There are also various kinds of buttercream, each with its unique texture and flavour to match.   Whipped Cream Frosting As the name indicates, Whipped Cream frosting requires heavy whipping of cream and white sugar. Often called Chantilly cream or crème Chantilly, it is made by cold-whipping together heavy cream and sugar till light and fluffy. Whipped cream frosting is a particularly great frosting for topping summer cakes like strawberry shortcakes and berry cakes. It's airy, fluffy, and prone to collapsing so it needs to be either used right away or refrigerated. To make the best and the fluffiest whipped cream frosting, one needs to ensure that the bowl, the whisk, and the heavy cream are really cold. Also, make sure that your mixing bowl is grease-free. Both these factors will result in the thickest and the richest kind of whipped cream frosting. Royal Icing Royal icing is a pure white and fluid paste that solidifies into a hard outer shell on drying and is traditionally used to cover and decorate dense fruits. This frosting is made by beating together egg whites, icing sugar, and lime juice, and once it dries it looks smooth, hard, and matte. This icing is also ideal when you have to decorate something like sugar cookies or perhaps, pipe it into gingerbread snowflakes or cupcakes. It's also easily dyeable making an array of decoration options available. [caption id="attachment_11373" align="alignnone" width="700"] Source: paperstreetparlour.com[/caption] Cream Cheese Frosting Known for its tangy flavour, cream cheese frosting is perfect for carrot cakes, cupcakes, and of course red velvet cakes. With all that, creamy and cheesy deliciousness is also perfect for filling doughnuts. Similar to American buttercream, cream cheese frosting is made with a fat and a sweet base but cream cheese is added to it. A mixer or bowl and whisk is typically the only equipment needed to make this frosting. Cream cheese frosting is popular for its range of thick-to-thin consistencies with a slightly sour, tart taste. Pipeable, sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting is the goodness that your spongy cakes crave.  [caption id="attachment_11369" align="alignnone" width="565"] Source: gimmesomeoven.com[/caption] Meringue Meringue is a very light & frothy icing made by beating together egg whites, cold water, and granulated sugar. The foamy consistency is achieved by introducing air to the mixture and when sugar is added the foam becomes stiff, making it easier to create peaks on top of any kind of dessert. There are 3 popular varieties of meringue – French, Italian, and Swiss and the difference lies with how the eggs are beaten. Meringue can be plain or flavoured, and when used as peaks and toated with a burner they look beautiful as well.  [caption id="attachment_11372" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: chowhound.com[/caption] Ganache Ganache is a simple frosting made with melted chocolate and heavy cream. It’s a cross between icing and frosting and is versatile for coating different pastries and desserts. It's perfect for dipping fruits and donuts. It's the ultimate chocolate heaven and a favourite among die-hard chocolate lovers. Ganache can be used as a pourable glaze, a smooth cake topping, a rich pastry filling, and even a fluffy, fudgy chocolate filling. Although Ganache is simple to make it is easily the richest and decadent frosting out there.  Fondant Mainly used for celebration cakes, fondant is a heavy frosting that can be sculpted. It's an icing sugar paste that can be rolled and it provides cakes with a smooth look. Fondants have three types which are rolled, marshmallow, and poured. Fondant is made with water, gelatine, glycerine, water, sugar (icing or castor sugar), and shortening. When made well fondant can be stretched without tears and are ideal for covering huge cakes and also sculpted into various shapes.  Icing Either Makes Or Breaks A Cake The frosting is an essential step for all your baked desserts. The delicious types of frosting is what elevates all of your sponge cakes and makes your cookies even more decadent. Whether you slather it, drizzle or pipe it and make frills there is no denying that frosting is a quintessential necessity for desserts.  Check Out Some More Streams Here That Will Make You Salivate

Paint brushes are incredibly powerful tools that help artists put out their imagination on the canvas. Nearly every artist has these tools in their studio as paint and paint brushes go hand-in-hand. Paint brushes come in various sizes, shapes, and materials. You’ve got various options when it comes to picking out your favorite paint brush. Every artist has their own style of painting, so there is no right or wrong brushes. It’s up to the artist to decide which one they are most comfortable working with! Here we take you through all that you need to know about the different types of paint brushes to make it easier to achieve different effects you are looking for. [caption id="attachment_12038" align="alignnone" width="764"] Source: letsmakeart.com[/caption] Anatomy Of Paint Brushes Paint brushes are an artist’s most important tool, so it is best to understand the various parts of your paintbrush before you start. These magical wands (paintbrush) consist of three major parts - bristles, ferrule, and handle. Bristles - Bristles is the head of the brush that holds the paint. This type of paint brushes are made from natural hair, synthetic fibers, or a combination of both. Bristles come in different shapes, which dictate the type of brush it is; bright, fan, filbert, flat and round. The tip of the bristles is called the toe, while the heel is where the strands go into the ferrule at the tip of the handle, and the belly is the fattest part of the bristle head. Ferrule - The ferrule of a brush is the metal band that holds the brush together, and the crimp is the part of the ferrule that holds the bristles and the handle together. Ferrules are made from tin, aluminum, brass, copper alloy, nickel, or chrome plated. The quality of the ferrules should be good; else the bristles may fall out. Handle - Handles are made from a wide variety of material like plastic, wood, acrylic or even bones. Length of the handle differs from brand to brand. Long handles help an artist reach further while shorter ones provide more control. The number printed on the handle indicates the size of the paint brushes, starting from 0, 1, 2, up to 12 or larger. [caption id="attachment_12043" align="alignnone" width="512"] Source: teresabernardart.com[/caption] Most Common Types Of Paint Brushes And Their Uses Paint brushes are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. You might be wondering, why are there so many types of paint brushes for art? To help navigate the wide variety of paintbrushes, we’ve outlined a few of the most common types below. Read on to know more about the types of art brushes and their uses for beginners and art-lovers. Round Paint Brushes The round brushes have bristles that are in a circular formation with pointed tips. They are the most adaptable kind of brushes as you can do a whole lot of things with them.  It’s ideal for painting lines of all sizes, covering large areas quickly and easy to work on details. Used For: Sketching, outlining, detailed work, controlled washes, and filling small areas. You can create thin lines with the tip and wider lines by pressing it down. [caption id="attachment_12042" align="alignnone" width="419"] Source: indiamart.com[/caption] Flat Paint Brushes Flat Paint Brushes are good for spreading paint quickly and evenly over a surface. They have flat style bristles that are square or rectangle in shape. Used For: Filling wide spaces and bold strokes. Use edges for fine lines, straight edges and stripes. Long haired flat paint brushes can be used for varnishing too. [caption id="attachment_12037" align="alignnone" width="420"] Source: amazon.in[/caption] Bright Paint Brushes A bright brush looks very similar to the flat brush but it has a shorter bristle than the flat brush. For best results hold the brush closer rather than holding the brush at a distance from the canvas. Used For: Short controlled strokes, thick heavy coloring. [caption id="attachment_12034" align="alignnone" width="425"] Source: htconline.in[/caption] Filbert Paint Brushes Filbert paint brushes are essentially a flat and oval-shaped end with medium to long hairs. Their rounded edges are effective in blending paint pigments. Natural fibers work best for filberts as the hairs stick together better when wet. Used For: Blending, detailing soft rounded edges, thick covering. [caption id="attachment_12036" align="alignnone" width="415"] Source: creativehands.in[/caption] Fan Paint Brushes The fan brush is a flat and splayed brush that can be used to stipple or flick paint onto the canvas. Fan brushes are great for creating unique textures and special effects. These types of painting brushes make it easy to create multiple lines or dots at once. It’s helpful in creating modulating marks and interesting textural effects. Used For: Good for smoothing, blending broad areas of paint, textural effects. [caption id="attachment_12035" align="alignnone" width="419"] Source: amazon.in[/caption] Angled Paint Brushes Use of angled paint brushes are versatile and can be applied in both general painting applications as well as some detail work. Bristles are tapered to a point which gives the brush the ability to spread pigment over large areas as well as paint tight corners to offer finer handling. Used For: Curved strokes, filling corners, filling wide spaces, to reach small areas with tips. [caption id="attachment_12033" align="alignnone" width="419"] Source: amazon.com[/caption] Mop Paint Brushes A mop brush is a large, round edged wash brush most commonly used to cover large areas. It is used for soft paint application as well as for getting thinner glazes over existing drying layers of paint without damaging lower layers. Used For: Covering large areas, for wetting the surface, and for absorbing excess media. [caption id="attachment_12040" align="alignnone" width="419"] Source: trekell.com[/caption] Have you ever tried coffee painting, click here for freshly brewed painting techniques Rigger Paint Brushes A rigger brush has longer hair compared to the other types of paint brushes. It is used for painting straight lines in oil, acrylic or watercolor. Rigger brushes are available in synthetic and sable hair. Used For: Good for drawing fine lines, commonly used to paint the rigging on maritime paintings. [caption id="attachment_12041" align="alignnone" width="420"] Source: desertcart.in[/caption] Paint brushes are like magic wands for weaving colors across the canvas. Choosing the correct brush makes it easy to create the masterpiece in your mind. Hope this page will help you choose the right paint brushes to suit your needs. It’s time to pick up your brushes. Happy painting!