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December – March are the wettest months for some of us in the States, and farming is pretty much shut down ’til spring. December – March are also the driest months for most of the Caribbean islands. You see where this is going, right? It might be time to take a luxury cruise. Even if you haven’t considered one before, it’s probably time you did since these long-distance, sight-seeing voyages are so much fun and could be the ideal holiday for you.

Sightseeing made easy

A cruise will enable you to see the world in comfort. All the business of planning your itinerary, meals and accommodation are taken care of, freeing you up to enjoy the wonders of your chosen trip. There are cruises to every corner of the world, some with flights to the start-point and others that take you right around by sea. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of many different places, including ones you might not feel safe visiting independently, and when you’ve seen one part of the world, you can book up to see another (budget permitting).

Luxury

If you’re in need of rest and pampering, you’ll get it on a luxury cruise. With the exceptional food, comfortable accommodation, and relaxing ambiance, you’ll soon unwind and forget the hassles of everyday life. Whether you’re lazing by the pool, drinking at the bar or enjoying one of the onboard activities, you’ll be living the high life.

Entertainment and activities

You’ll be spoiled for entertainment choices on a cruise ship. Events and activities provided will vary from one trip to another, but you can be sure of a rich variety. There’ll be live music, comedy, and movies, for instance, and all sorts of activities to join in, from dance and sports to games and quizzes, and there’s sure to be a gym for working off the big meals. Additional facilities and pastimes may be available, too, with a surcharge.

Social life

You’ll meet all sorts of people on a cruise ship, and many holiday-makers form life-long friendships that way. If you’re traveling with a partner or group of friends, you’ll have opportunities for fun together, away from the crowd, as well as getting to know new people and extending your circle. There’s space for time alone, too, and where better to dream and reflect than out on the eloquent ocean?

Seascape and atmosphere

The sea makes a beautiful backdrop for a holiday, with its many moods and colors and the open sky above. Morning, noon and night, there will be a horizon to rest your eyes on, with the warmth and camaraderie of cruise ship life at your fingertips, too.

Value for money

Cruise prices per person, per night, vary between companies and trips and can look rather high at first glance. But bear in mind that they usually include board and lodging, entertainment, facilities and the journey itself, and sometimes stop-off accommodation, too, when staying overnight on land. Overall, a cruise may not be any more costly than an independently arranged vacation, and may even be cheaper, as well as easier, so do the math and weigh up the pros and cons. On some cruise lines, passengers have reported incurring extra costs, usually for luxuries not covered by the quoted price, such as alcoholic drinks, which can be expensive, and certain facilities, so check these out at the start so you can make informed choices on any extra spending. There will be plenty of free options for you, too.

While the cruise experience is not for everyone, it’s one of the most popular forms of a holiday, attracting fans of all ages, from all walks of life, so make sure you check it out. Whatever type of trip you decide on, make sure it fulfills a dream.

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How To Make Your Own DIY Deodorant

While fall is technically right around the corner, the sweat under my armpits says otherwise. It’s still hot and sunny in many parts of the country right now, and when you spend much of the day outside working, sweaty armpits are just a fact of life. Smelly armpits, though? Deodorant will take care of that, and yes, you can make it yourself.

More and more people are turning to natural deodorant alternatives rather than the store-bought kind, which often contains antiperspirant. That’s because aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirant, has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s in certain studies. Though there’s no definitive proof on the matter, many folks would rather play it safe than sorry. Also, there’s something to be said for allowing your body to sweat normally, rather than clogging your sweat glands with antiperspirant.

But if you choose to use natural deodorant, you’ll run into another issue: Do any of them actually work?! Compared to commercial deodorant and antiperspirant, many natural deodorants are a lot milder. The good news is that, once you wean yourself off of antiperspirants, you’ll likely experience a natural reduction in sweat and odor as your body adjusts.

That’s where DIY deodorant comes in. DIY deodorant is an excellent way to naturally control body odor without clogging your sweat glands. The great thing about making your own deodorant is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your own unique needs. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so what effectively counteracts someone else’s natural funk may not work to squash yours. With DIY, you can be sure to figure out something that actually works – and it’s not as intimidating as you might think.

For deodorant, you’ll want to use ingredients that are anti-fungal and anti-microbial, as well as ingredients that absorb sweat and odor. Baking soda and cornstarch are two common ingredients, as are essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you have sensitive skin, you can reduce the amount of baking soda.

And with that, here’s a basic deodorant recipe to get you started!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons baking soda – you can adjust to 2 tablespoons if it’s too much, but then you should increase the arrowroot by one tablespoon
5 tablespoons arrowroot powder – you can substitute this with cornstarch if necessary
6 tablespoons shea butter
30-60 drops essential oil (tea tree or lavender)
1 empty deodorant container or 4 oz jar

First, mix the baking soda and arrowroot/cornstarch in a deep bowl. The whip in the shea butter until it resembles crumbly dough. Add the essential oil next. Whip using a hand mixer until smooth. Transfer to a jar. Apply to underarms as needed.


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