The Best Backyard BBQ: How to Throw the Perfect Outdoor Celebration

The kids might be back in school, the weather might be getting chilly, and the leaves might be slowly turning yellow, but that doesn’t mean that BBQ season is over. In fact, some would say that early fall is the perfect time to throw the ultimate outdoor party!

But what is it that makes a BBQ “the ultimate outdoor party”? Is it the food? The entertainment? The company? Yes, yes, and yes! Here are a few quick tips that will help you throw the kind of cookout the neighbors will rave about for years to come.

Get Good Meat

There’s a reason why we call cookouts “BBQs”: these parties live or die by the meat you serve. Make sure you purchase some quality meat ahead of time and make sure you’ve got someone nearby who knows how to cook it. Not only will the main course taste better, but you’ll also be able to avoid some major safety hazards!

Of course, you can’t just serve meat at your BBQ (although that does sound like heaven). Make sure you have a few tasty side dishes ready to go along with your cow, pig, or chicken. Even if you’re having a potluck, make sure to prepare at least one side yourself, as this will ensure you have enough for all your guests (and probably leftovers — yum!).

Keep That Pool Open

A lot of folks seem to think that September first is “National Close the Pool Day.” They put on the winter cover, lock the pool fence, and wash their hands of it until May rolls around. But come on, y’all — you know just as well as I do that September can be just as hot as Mid-July.

If you keep the pool open just a little longer this year, you’ll be able to entertain your guests more easily at your cookout. Just make sure you have a designated adult watching the pool at all times.

Dress up Your Yard

You usually clean up your house before having any company, right? Well, the same rule applies before having a cookout! Your yard needs to be dressed to impress a crowd. Trim any bushes, pull the weeds in your flower beds, and make sure your lawn is still looking fresh despite the coming autumn.

If you plan to continue your BBQ well into the night, you’ll need to outfit your yard with appropriate lighting to help set the mood. Consider stringing up some LED neon lights or adding solar lamps on your patio furniture. These will help your guests hang around even longer and keep the party going.

Invite Everyone!

Once you’ve taken all these steps, there’s really only one thing left to do: invite your friends, family, and neighbors to your incredible cookout! If your place looks great, your food is good (and there’s enough of it), and there’s plenty of entertainment, you’re just about guaranteed the perfect backyard BBQ.

Mixer Spillage Fix

I have a Kitchenaid mixture and use it all the time. I do have a splatter shield but when I am making a large recipe of something like butter cream there is bound to be a mess. Powdered sugar is always an obstacle to not get a cloud of it in the air even when you are careful. This is a simple solution that I saw and have used regularly. Such a cheap solution that can just be thrown away when I am done. Just take a piece of plastic cling and wrap it around the opening to the mixer. It keeps everything in the bowl and confined to that area. This also allows me to do other prep work while the mixer is beating something that has to take awhile.

A PERFECT Vegetable Tray

How much fun would it be to watch peoples faces when they come across this veggie platter when visiting you for the holidays. Of course, they aren’t veggies, but sugar cookies made to look like they are veggies. Use cookie cutters to cut cookies and a sugar cookie icing recipe for the icing. Even the middle cookie that looks like ranch dip looks sweet.

Safe Exercising After Plastic Surgery

Physical activity and healthy diet are the first and foremost aspects of self-health care. Luckily for everyone who has always been diligent about their physical fitness and smart nutrition, the two have now become a trend embraced and celebrated by people of all milieus, which made all healthy stuff way more accessible than before. Now, everyone can have their gluten-free banana cake post workout and eat it, too!

Physical health doesn’t only reflect your physical image. Regular exercises have proven to be helpful in dealing with anxiety, depression and overall stress-relief. This is why, for everyone who is leading an unhealthy life pressed by long working hours, lack of sleep, circumstantially bad diet (when you are 12+ hours at the office, it really is hard to chew on your salad only), turning to physical activity for a relief is a must.

Exercising (either light or intense) is mandatory for people fighting certain illnesses like mental issues, dementia, recovery from various injuries (i.e. injuries from accidents) and following plastic surgery – for faster recovery. All of the exercises should be prescribed by an MD who will advise the right type and intensity of exercises, depending on the patient’s overall health.

Here are some basic points to follow:

SurgeryExercising after breast augmentation

Breast Augmentation is a procedure of breast implants placement under the pectoral muscles in order to resize, reshape or alter the texture of breasts in women. The same type of procedure for men is called Gynecomastia.

Depending on the women’s skin type, the recovery time can vary. Still, the approximate time for healing is about 6 weeks post-operative. For about four weeks post-surgery it’s crucial for the patients not to overuse their pectoral muscles.

For patients who have been physically active prior surgery, and have skilled their bodies to intense workouts, the process of recovery will potentially be faster. However, they too aren’t advised to get back to intense working out (i.e. lifting weights or running long distances) for a while but rather replace those routines with pilates or yoga. Also, light arm swings, shoulder rolls and body rotations are a great way to keep yourself active during recovery as long as you don’t overdo it.

If you are really hooked to working out, and you need to do something to keep yourself in shape, focus on lower body parts. Moderate cardio, stationary cycling and walking are great options. Running or jumping is strictly forbidden.

After approximately half a year, you’ll gradually get back to your normal state, and hence be able to do most of your normal activities.

image 2Exercising after a face-lift and dermal fillers

A face lift is the procedure of getting rid of the excess facial skin. It may, sometimes, include re-draping of the skin on a patient’s face or neck or tightening of the underlying tissues altogether.

Two weeks after a face-lift, the patient may go back to their regular exercise routines. The patient will be feeling quite weary and fragile post-op which is why they should avoid sudden facial movements or intense body engagement. Light housework (cooking, vacuuming, dusting, etc.) is perfect exercise to slowly get used to moving around. Mild stretching and light exercising should be fine, too.

Until your stitches are taken out, try some isometric exercising. Once the stitches are out you should be able to go for walks no longer than 30 minutes a day.

Avoid high temperatures and direct sunlight. You should be fit to slowly get back to your regular workouts after about two months.

Dermal fillers are also a great way to make your face look younger and refreshed. It is a popular non surgical way to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness. If you are considering chin enhancement, lip and cheek augmentation or any kind of dermal fillers in Perth make sure you find a good cosmetic clinic. Keep in mind that exercising immediately after your beautification treatment can increase your chances of bruising or swelling.

Exercising after a tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck) is a cosmetic procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. Unlike liposuction which is used for eliminating fat from many different areas (not just the abdomen), tummy tuck is focused on the abdominal area only.

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In order to promote circulation, you may engage in some light exercises (like walking). About six weeks after the surgery it’s safe to start with most of the cardiovascular activities, but try not to make it too intense. The recovering period can range from one to four weeks, and it depends on many factors. Full recovery lasts from three to six months.

The most important thing about post-op exercising is to understand that things get better gradually and that you mustn’t push yourself too much. With all the advice we’ve given, it’s still best you consult your surgeon or doctor for advice, and make an exercise plan with a professional trainer.