2 Great Party Games For Adults For Your Next Party At Home

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When you’re a kid or a teenager, parties are simply and clearly defined. Children’s party? Simple, lots of treats, candy, running around like maniacs, clowns, magic, balloons; the possibilities are endless! Teenager? Simple, some illicitly smuggled alcohol (if possible), inviting as many attractive members of the opposite sex as possible, video games if you’re going to be with your ‘bros’, and a LAN party if you’re truly nerdy. But where does that leave the adults? When you start to think about yourself as a ‘productive member of society’ with ‘many important professional responsibilities’, your so-called ‘parties’ start to resemble uptight business networking events or no different than having dinner and drinks with friends.

Luckily it doesn’t have to be that way, and we are here to save you from that mundane fate. The solution is simple; elevate your get-togethers at your house from ‘gatherings’ to ‘parties’ with the addition of party games. And lest you think that that party games are only for kids, we are here to disabuse you of that notion; there are many party games that adults will find interesting and challenging and also promote social bonding (DON’T use the word networking!). This list narrows down the top party games for adults that you can whip out at your next party at home. In this article we will also share two great party games for adults that will leave your house party being the talk of your social network for at least until the next weekend.

 

Guess the Movie

press-the-buzzerRequired Items

Notecards

Buzzer (or any small miscellaneous object like a baseball)

Instructions

  1. On each notecard, write down a movie title. Repeat until you have about 50 to 100 movies.
  2. Split your players into two teams, and note that you are the ‘game host’ and will not be directly participating. Place the buzzer or object in between the teams.
  3. The idea of the game is for each team to correctly guess the movie title, but here’s the catch: they will be going directly against the other team in a bidding war based on the number of words. If that is confusing to you, read on.
  4. Each team chooses a representative and stands or sits on either side of the buzzer or object.
  5. Choose a note card and show it to the team representatives; the moment you flash the card, the first team rep to hit the buzzer or grab the object first gets to be the first to bid.
  6. The bid will be the number of words they think they need to get their own team to correctly deduce the movie title. So for example, if the movie was Terminator 2: Judgment Day then the first rep may bid a word count of 3 (e.g. Schwarzenegger, liquid, metal). Before they present the words to their own team however, the other player gets a chance to outbid the first rep, so he or she can bid any number less than 3.
  7. The bidding war continues until one person concedes; the winning rep then gets to try to get his team to guess the movie, with the number of words he is allowed being whatever the winning bid was.
  8. If the team guesses correctly they get one point, if they guess wrongly they get zero (or you can choose to award them a negative point or the opposing team the point to make the game more exciting). If you have many players, you can even split your players into more than two teams, this will make the bidding war even more exciting!

 

Name that Song

Required Items

A music playing device (for maximum effect choose the playlist ahead of time to match your party’s theme e.g. Christmas, Valentine’s Day)

Instructions

  1. This is another team game; split your players into two teams (or more, depending on the number of players). You yourself will be the ‘game host’ and will not be participating (that’s the cost of being a good party host!)
  2. The game is simple; you simply begin playing the songs from your playlist and the first team to shout out the name of the song and the artist gets a point each (so hypothetically speaking, one team could get a point for the song and the other for the artist).
  3. At the end of the game (which you can set based on time limits or number of songs) the team with the most points wins.
  4. If you want to make the game more challenging, you can assign additional points for other information such as: year song was released, or whether it was used in a particular movie soundtrack etc.
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We Rate The Following Cockroach Control Methods For A Clean And Healthy Home

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If you have or have had a problem with cockroaches in your home, it’s likely that your first step (after squashing the few visible ones with a slipper or rolled up newspaper of course) was to search the Internet for the best ways to remove cockroaches from your house. You would then have been presented with information, a LOT of information, actually ranging from conventional things you have definitely heard of, such as the use of insecticidal baits and ‘roach motels’ to unconventional ‘natural’ methods such as cucumbers and lemons that may have left you scratching your head in puzzlement.

With such a wide variety of methods to choose from, which actually get the job done? Sure, no one actually LIKES the idea of spraying their home full of insecticidal chemicals, which explains the popularity of all these natural methods, but the question is: do they actually work? In this article we break down some of the most popular roach control methods, and explain whether you should actually consider them or whether they are nothing but a waste of your time.

natural-roach-repellentCitrus and Cucumbers
If you’ve never heard of this one, the idea is this: roaches (as well as other pests such as ants and fleas) are apparently so repelled by citrus and cucumbers that these items form an effective ‘natural barrier’ to prevent their entry into your home. Suggestions for using these methods include mixing citrus essential oils or squeezing some lemons into your mop bucket, ensuring that your floor is now a natural insect repellent, to placing cucumber and lemon slices at common roach entry points.

Conclusion: Let’s just end it right here. Don’t even bother with this one; you’re literally just throwing food away. Use cucumbers and lemons for what they were really made for: in your cooking.

Diatomaceous Earth

Despite its ‘chemical’ sounding name, diatomaceous earth is actually an all-natural compound, being the fossilized remains of a prehistoric single-celled creature known as diatoms. These fossilized cells are silicates and they kill roaches and other insects usually within 48 hours of contact by cutting their waxy exoskeletons and draining their oils and lipids. Basically they’re little blades of death to insects. To use them, sprinkle the earth in a fine layer (and we mean fine layer!) in areas where the roaches travel.

Conclusion: Probably the only ‘natural’ method that we endorse. Nevertheless, note that diatomaceous earth can only kill roaches it comes into contact with, unlike poisons, meaning that it may take a significant amount of time to see an appreciable reduction in the roach population. We do however recommend it for outdoor use, especially if you have pets running around.

Boric Acid

Ooooh, acid, scary! Fear not, boric acid is actually quite harmless to humans (it’s even used in eye medication for God’s sake!) but lethal to insects, disrupting their metabolic system resulting in death within 2 to 5 days. You should use it in a similar manner to diatomaceous earth, however it is best used indoors and should be kept away from plants (unless you like brown and wilted ones), food preparation surfaces (duh!) and areas where small children and animals could potentially access it (also duh!).

Conclusion: Boric acid is the least toxic among all the pesticide formulations and thus is a great option for those who are worried about using the stronger formulations. We would also like to emphasize that in the case of roaches, poisons are the MOST effective way of reducing their population as roaches have a tendency to eat both other dead roaches, as well as the feces of other roaches, both of which can be poison transmission vectors. This means that for every one poisoned roach, it could potentially lead to 3 or 4 dead roaches. An awesome multiplier effect!

Insecticides / Pesticides

dead-pestHere are some of the active ingredients you should keep a look out for in the labels: abermectin, hydramethylnon, fipronil, pyrethrin. These are the most common pesticides available, easily found and bought commercially and often packaged together with various roach baits and traps. When using these pesticides please be aware that they also come with the highest level of risk (while the absolute level of risk is very low, relatively speaking this is the riskiest option), so READ THE LABELS CAREFULLY. For instance some pesticides (such as pyrethrin) can be quite hazardous to cats.

Conclusion:  If you have a severe roach issue, this is your best choice. Always make sure to read package directions carefully. We also recommend the newer pesticide formulations such as fipronil and recommend avoiding pyrethroids, which are the oldest and most common form as studies have shown that some roaches have already developed significant resistance. This website here shows you the best roach killer to use to completely get rid of roaches in your house. If you find a certain pesticide is not effective, you should also switch it up for a different active ingredient as insects can develop localized resistance in a surprisingly short amount of time.

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Check Out These 6 High-Tech Pillows For The Modern Age

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Remember when pillows were simply a basic tool for resting your head on at night? Well, not anymore! In our list below, we introduce you to pillows designed to prevent anything and everything from the standard stiff necks, to snoring, to even acid reflux, tinnitus, and facial wrinkles! “What?!”, I can hear your exclaiming right now as you read this. Yes, even I was shocked at first. Read on to find out more about the 6 high-tech pillows below.

  1. therapeutic-acupressure-neck-pain-pillowAcupressure Pillows – You may have heard of neck pain pillows, which are typically contoured memory foam pillows designed to provide a high level of individualized support for a person’s neck and spine. Well, say hello to the next stage in its evolution: acupressure pillows! As the name implies this pillows do come with pointy spikes (and do require a bit of a pain threshold to tolerate), although they are only designed to be used for 15 minutes a day. In addition to neck pain, these pillows claim to be able to relieve headaches as well. Needless to say, for people looking to relieve themselves of neck pain, I highly recommend this pillow! The idea behind it is similar to acupressure therapy which aims to release pain-relieving hormones using said spikes. While no study has been conducted on said pillows, one Swedish study used acupressure mats and the research showed some signs of physiological relaxation and relief from neck pain in participants.
  1. Sinus Congestion Prevention Pillow – According to Dr. Mark Aronica a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in asthma, dust mites feasting on dead skin cells are a major contributing factor to sinus congestion (yes, even if you have a hypoallergenic pillow). These pillows, or rather, pillowcases, are specifically designed to repel dust mites. However if your sinus congestion is not due to dust mites, well, tough luck!
  1. Acid Reflux Prevention Pillows – Sounds like a parody? In fact, these wedge-shaped body pillows reduce acid reflux by tilting your body, keeping the acid down in your stomach where it belongs. Their effectiveness has been called into question however, with one physician working at Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute noting that in order to be effective, the whole bed would have to be tilted, such as using those mechanically adjustable hospital beds or the DIY solution of putting a brick underneath your headboard. He further cautions that by causing sleepers to bend at the waist, which would push stomach contents up, these pillows may actually exacerbate the condition.
  1. speaker-pillowSpeaker Pillows – These pillows do in fact come equipped with speakers for you to play your favorite white noise tunes to help you sleep, or your favorite soulful jams when it’s time to get funky in bed. However, these pillows are mostly intended to block and mask sounds that may arise from tinnitus or just a noisy bed partner. You can plug most speaker pillows directly into your audio player; some brands recommend using them to listen to language courses while asleep! Just make sure your player doesn’t get stuck or you might wake up with the ability to only say ‘Omelette Du Fromage’. Also ideal for husbands with nagging wives.
  1. Snoring Prevention Pillows – For frustrated wives to give their snoring husbands. The idea behind such pillows is to keep the person’s chin lifted away from the chest. While such pillows come in various shapes and designs, their effectiveness has not been backed by research, says Dr. Kaplan, the director of the Mayo Sleep Center. No doubt that the first person to invent an effective anti-snoring pillow would become a very wealthy person.
  1. Fountain of Youth Pillows – Both Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Blackbeard are on a quest for this booty! Just kidding, however, side sleepers are prone to developing facial wrinkles due to having their face pressed into the pillow all night long. And if you are the kind who favors one side over the other, your wrinkles will be asymmetrical to boot. Pillow manufacturers have attempted to solve this issue with two solutions: copper oxide and weird shapes. Copper oxide is said to stimulate collagen production and can be found in some specialty pillowcases. As for weird shapes, these are pillows shaped like an X or two back-to-back letter Cs, enabling someone to sleep on their side while minimizing facial contact with the pillow. The oldest fashioned way of course was simply silk or satin pillowcases.

 While the effectiveness of some of these pillows is questionable, it bodes well for comfort technology of the future. Dr. Aronica further notes the powerful placebo effect, saying that if someone believes a certain pillow would help them, it probably will.

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The Ideal Bed And Mattress For Better Sleep Quality At Night

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Bed mattresses come in a huge variety of firmness, sizes and types. As such, the differences that you can experience from one bed to another are extremely significant. One might feel so soft and fluffy while another might feel rigid and hard. Both mattress types will seem perfectly fine depending on your weight, body structure and of course, your personal preference. Besides that, you may also have certain problems with say, your back.

Back pain is a real issue these days especially since it interferes with our everyday activities on a constant basis. Not many people realize however that a simple and highly probabilistic solution is readily available and it’s actually staring them right in the face every night before they head to bed.

The mattress that you lie on every night for hours and hours before the start of the next day is the most crucial factor that often causes back pain, and many studies have shown this to be true. It’s all about finding the ideal support, size, pressure point relief and alignment of your spine, all of which may sound complicated but they aren’t at all. The secret to finding the right mattress is to try them all out in person and test their firmness. Before we go on any further though, it is important that we dispel a very popular notion that many people seem to be very confident in. A firm mattress does NOT help you with your back pain. That’s right. A firmer mattress doesn’t mean that it’s giving you the much needed support. In fact, a mattress that’s only semi-firm but feels comfortable as you lie on it is the ideal one for you.

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Due to this reason, the size of the mattress matters a lot, whether single, double, queen or king. If you can afford it, try to get a mattress that’s bigger relative to your size. Take a look at this mattress for example. As one of the better king size mattresses around, it has a certain firmness according to the ILD scale that is particularly suitable for back pain sufferers. Queen or even king size mattresses are also generally preferred because they allow you to move around more in bed without having to worry about accidentally bumping into your partner or worse, falling off the bed!

orthopedic-mattress-topperMost orthopedic specialists have this idea that a firm mattress usually helps with back pain and they have since preached it to every single one of their clients without doing any further tests. The majority of back pain sufferers might find it slightly helpful in their quest for this cure since sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft is inevitably one of the main causes of back pain. However, as they have found, this doesn’t completely eliminate the problem, because they still hadn’t found a mattress that has the ideal amount of support for their back. If a particular mattress is too firm, it doesn’t matter what brand or company stamp is on it. An excessive amount of pressure will still be felt on the back, which means that the problem hasn’t been fixed.

Plus, if it’s optimal comfort you’re looking for in a mattress, don’t be fooled by thinking that a higher priced mattress will equate to better sleep and health. Again, the main factor that leads to better sleep is the overall comfort that you experience while asleep. If a mattress doesn’t feel right to you, it can cost thousands and still not be suitable for you. Also, depending on your weight, the ideal mattress for you will differ as well. Memory foam mattresses, in general, will feel firmer than other types so make sure you take that into account. A 10-inch inner spring mattress might feel firm if you weigh under 70kg but a 10-inch memory foam mattress will feel significantly firmer. For the more modern mattress types such as air and water, the firmness level varies even more, but they can be adjusted easily be pumping more air or water into it. Better yet, you should try out a mattress by lying down on it for at least a couple of minutes before deciding whether it’s the right one for you.

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