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Ku Nan refutes claims that PPR rental rates will be increased – Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has refuted claims by certain parties that rental rates of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) units around the city will be increased.

The Federal Territories Minister said the existing rental and tax rates would be maintained and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had no plans to raise the rates.

He reminded PPR and PA residents not to believe to the slanderous news being spread.

“Everything that the government is doing is for the benefit and comfort of the people,” he told a press conference after officiating a ground-breaking ceremony for the Beringin PPR multi-storey car park here Sunday.

He said DBKL would also be developing the six-storey car park, worth about RM15mil in Beringin PPR to solve parking problems in the area.

The car park to be built on a 11,130 sq m site to provide space for 277 parking lots, would also be equipped with a library and convenience store, he added.

“Another eight-storey car park project at the Intan Baiduri PPR, which has been constructed to include 387 parking lots, two futsal courts and a convenience store is already completed,” he said.  – Bernama

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13 Foods You Should Never, Ever Eat Past the Expiration Date

Double-check: Is it really an expiration date?

Bachelor shopping. Handsome bearded young man reading the label on a meat product while shopping at the supermarketNot every date you see on your food is an expiration date. Here are four common dates you may see in the grocery store and what they really mean, according to Business Insider:

Sell-by date: How long the store has to display the product
Use-by date: When manufacturer thinks the product will be at its peak quality
Best if used by date: The best date for flavor and quality
Closed by date or coded dates: The packing number that the manufacturer uses

None of these are expiration dates nor do they indicate whether food is safe to eat or not. In fact, the FDA allows manufacturers to sell almost any food past these dates, with baby formula being the exception. What’s more, manufacturers aren’t required to put any of these dates on their food; the decision is totally up to them.

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The Best Makeup Palette for Your Skin Tone

Best makeup palette for tan skin

becca palettevia amazon.comThere are so many heavenly makeup palettes for tan-skinned beauties. Serra recommends Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette, which comes loaded with a pink blush, amber bronzer, and two champagne-toned highlighters for that just-returned-from-a-tropical-vacation glow. “I often show clients how to create several looks with this one palette. It’s great for everyday and traveling!” Added bonus: Becca is cruelty-free—so are these animal-friendly beauty brands.

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Best makeup palette for olive skin

morphe brushes palettevia“Many colors made for olive skin (hello, JLo!) are too deep or too red, but the Morphe 06PW Warm Pro Definition Palette is perfect. The contour, pressed powder, and highlighter have just the right balance of warmth and grayness,” explains Kelly. As anyone who’s picked out foundation knows, it’s imperative to get color matched. “It’s the best way to guarantee it’s spot on with your complexion,” explains Gerstein.

Best makeup palette for dark skin

bh cosmetics palettesvia“I have so many picks for dark skin because it’s my personal tone,” explains Kelly. (She’s in good company with Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o.) “I would recommend BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Perfecting Concealer because it allows you to custom mix to create a shade that works for you, it’s  buildable, and can be used as a concealer or foundation.” What’s awesome about dark skin is that it can pull off rich pigments like no other! Don’t be afraid to explore and have some fun. Try a deep, gold-flecked bronzer or a bold lip. Not sure which shade to choose? Read up on these tricks for finding the perfect lipstick for your skin tone.

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Things Your Gym Doesn’t Want You to Know

They embed fees they’re hoping you forget about

A Concept image of Fitness or bodybuilding background with a dumbbell and extra plates. Vintage tone and a wooden stand with a white frame and a word Gym MembershipAku Alip/ShutterstockSometimes gyms will add fees that are easy to forget such as a maintenance fee for which you are charged once every three months, or bi-annually. “The maintenance fee is in addition to your monthly membership fee,” explains Steven McDaniels, director of fitness and recreation at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. “Often, when a customer starts a gym membership, the salesperson briefly will mention the maintenance fee almost as an afterthought just to get it out the way.”

Don’t waste your exercise time by making one of these 13 post-workout mistakes.

They purposely make the monthly fee look inviting

Active People Sport Workout a gym has “$10 a month” offer, who wouldn’t want to sign up? Except there’s usually a registration fee and an annual fee on top of the monthly fee. So if you’re paying a $120 annual fee, and a monthly fee of $10, then you’re really paying $20 a month. And, they’ll continue to bill you! “They’ll do this even though the facility knows you haven’t used the gym for several months or years. That means they only want your money—and not your participation with them. They will gladly continue to bill you even if you never go,” says McDaniels.

Check out these eight essential rules for working out in winter.

Machines rarely—if ever—get a thorough cleaning

rows of stationary bike in gym modern fitness center roomSoonthorn Wongsaita/ShutterstockIt’s unusual that a gym will bring in cleaning staff after the morning or evening rush, says James Shapiro, a certified, independent trainer. Instead, he says, gyms pass the buck on to members by expecting them to wipe down the machine after they use them. “Humans are flawed,” Shapiro says, “even more so in gyms, so you can imagine the low percentage of people that are courteous.”

Free trials aren’t really free

Diversity People Exercise Class Relax what your mother told you about there being no such thing as a free lunch? In this case, you’re giving up your ability to remain anonymous. “Gyms are counting on you becoming a full-fledged member,” says Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, “but if you buck the odds, they have your information and unless you make a concerted effort they will harass you to the ends of the earth.”

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Upgrading machines is not a priority

Asian sport woman walking or running on treadmill equipment in fitness workout gym. Sport and Beauty concept. Workout and Strength Training theme. Cardio and Diet themeMiniStocker/ShutterstockHave you ever entered a gym and wondered why the equipment looks like it’s from the late ’80s or ’90s? “Many corporate gyms hold warranties with the equipment, but many also have a ‘handyman’ on staff who services that equipment,” explains Shapiro. “Now if that’s the case—what does your annual ‘service fee’ actually improve at the facility? That money largely goes into the total sales generated by the facility and a SMALL portion is actually used for purchasing new equipment or upgrading the facility.”

You can get really sick from your gym

Yoga Practice Exercise Class“Gyms are notoriously dangerous not because of the weights but because of the germs,” says Shapiro. Working as a trainer, he’s gotten sick from “nasty flu-like bugs that shut down my body for days on end or left me unable to work,” he says. “Many people go to the gym with symptoms and think they’ll be fine. The best thing you can do is wash your hands before and after your workout.”

Check out just how dirty your gym is.

Month-to-month options are your best bet

Gym Membership Application Wellness want to get you locked into a contract, and they’ll rarely mention month-to-month options. “Many locations offer month-to-month, no commitment options for a slightly higher price. This clearly states how a person can cancel that membership at any point after one month and not be set into a year contract,” says Shapiro.

Gyms purposely over-enroll members

Diversity People Exercise Class Relax know people who pay for gym memberships and don’t actually use them—you may even be one yourself. One study found that gym members average about five trips a month. This is why gyms sign up more members than they can fit in the facility at one time. And it’s why you have to wait to use a machine during peak gym time. If the gym offers a free day pass, test out the gym during busy hours to see what you’re in store for. Otherwise, it may not be worth your commitment.

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They prey on people’s optimism

Yoga Practice Exercise Class“If you’re unsure about your schedule, or where you may be living over the next 18 months, don’t sign,” says Backe. “Going to the gym doesn’t work for everyone, so how sure are you really that you’ll be regularly attending this gym in a year and a half?”

Those free towels and mats are not as clean as you think

People exercising at fitness they’re regularly and professionally cleaned, those mats and towels are some of the germiest freebies your gym has to offer. Backe says that while the towels have been washed, they often go back into the same hamper used to collect sweaty towels. The exercise mats are even dicier: “Seriously just bring your own. They collect germs like they’re going out of style,” says Backe.

Some machines don’t benefit your body

Equipment And Machines At The Modern Gym Room Fitness CenterJasminko Ibrakovic/ShutterstockJeff Miller, a certified personal trainer, says that you’re better off developing core fitness on your own: The core gym machines don’t recruit all the right muscles. “When you’re doing free, functional exercise, your body’s natural balancing mechanisms kick in and get stronger, and that builds core strength. Just plain old walking is superior to machines—even ellipticals can increase lower back pain,” he says.

You can cancel your gym membership

Active People Sport Workout on your membership option, you have to wait a term (one calendar year from the day you signed up) to cancel your membership unless you have a disability or you’re moving. “However, membership managers, sales managers, and assistant sales managers all have the power to nullify and cancel a contract,” says Shapiro. He says before calling an attorney, try and speak to the club manager right away. They might just be willing to work with you or freeze your account.

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Not all trainers are certified

Workout Couple Exercise Fitness Sport Gym says he’s known gyms that put more emphasis on past experience than actual certification. “This is wrong—you need both,” he points out. Certification helps trainers learn about the latest research and allows them to learn from peers with deep reservoirs of experience.

Read how this woman lost more than 70 pounds without going to the gym.

They’re not too concerned about the safety of your stuff

Blue cage lockers in a gym with a bench in front CLS Digital Arts/ShutterstockThere’s a reason for the sign indicating your gym is not responsible for theft. Bring a lock or leave your valuables in the car; the gym isn’t required to do much if you realize your diamond ring is no longer in your coat pocket.

Gyms are not necessary

People exercising at fitness“You can get the same benefits working out at home as you can at the gym,” Miller says. “You don’t have to pay for a membership, you don’t have to drive there during rush hour, and you don’t have to change in a germy, crowded locker room. There are exercises that you can do without machines in the comfort of your own home, the park, or even your office that can cover all the bases.”

Here’s a guide to a great home workout!

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Secrets Physical Therapists Know About You

You sit too much at work


“People are less active today due to technology and better mass transportation. Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950 and physically active jobs now make up less than 20 percent of our workforce. Plus our average workweek is longer—about 47 hours working each week—and all this sitting takes a toll. When I see the trifecta of back pain, neck pain, and repetitive strain injuries, I know you are sitting too long at work and not taking breaks.” —Joe Tatta, DPT, CCN, author of Heal Your Pain Now

Here’s how to recover from sitting at your desk all day long.

You have a drinking problem


“Typically a patient’s posture and soft tissue or muscle restrictions can reveal stress or fatigue, like from a hangover. Additionally, because I see them so frequently, I can notice any other signs of disturbance in their daily function. I never judge though and try to build a level of trust with my patients that not only allows me to use my hands to treat them, but makes them feel comfortable enough to open up to me about whatever may be impacting their physical health.” —Matt Rector, PT, DPT, physical therapist at H&D Physical Therapy in Manhattan

You hate vegetables


“Just by looking at [someone’s] somatotype (body shape) and phenotypical traits I can tell which health problems they are likely to be at risk of or already suffering from. For example, striations in their fingernails and cracked skin indicate they are deficient in essential minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients.” —Matt Reimann, MS, CEO of ph360 

Here are the signs of nutrient deficiency you should watch for.

You’re a runner who doesn’t stretch


“If you are a competitive or recreational runner but do not stretch or strengthen you can be predisposing yourself to injury. Many people complain of chronic hamstring strains or struggle with knee pain from tight IT bands. I can tell just by looking at the way you walk or the muscle imbalances you have that you’ve been running too much and need to balance out your program.” —Joe Tatta, DPT, CCN

Make sure you’re not making these other running mistakes either.

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When you’re lying


“People assume pain is a simple response to a stimulus and that a straightforward exercise or modality will fix them. However, it often is much more complex, and we have to tease various things out of a patient to better understand their pain. It is my job to find out the stressful things about a patient’s life, their work, their family, their marriage, and others. Sometimes they tell me things they have never told anybody. We also find out things that are encouraging to them, and sometimes they find positives they had not realized before. To help someone truly understand and deal with their pain we need to help them find a balance between these things. It is only then that our various treatments will achieve their best chance of success.” —Andrew Walker, PT, owner of PhysioWorks, Sports, and Wellness, in Huntsville, Alabama

Your sex life is suffering


“That sore back isn’t just one of the most common reasons for skipping work. It can also affect your happiness in the bedroom. Certain sexual positions may increase lower back or pelvic pain, especially for women, leading them to avoid sex. It doesn’t have to be this way though; a physical therapist can help you and your partner get back to a happier sex life.” —Joe Tatta, DPT, CCN

Don’t miss these 48 simple ways to improve your sex life.

Your baby won’t stop crying


“Sometimes I can just tell by looking at a mom that her child isn’t sleeping or seems to be crying all of the time when she puts him or her on the floor. When I put my hands on my patients, I can feel their frustration and listen to their problems. Often the child lacks mobility so they become frustrated so they act out with behaviors, cry, and are restless which takes a physical and mental toll on both of them.” —Katie Henry, physical therapist and health coach

You’re depressed


“My patients’ bodies give me clues to their emotional state. I’ve become fairly accurate in knowing when I’m working with a patient with anxiety or depression. There are two clues. The first is whether a patient is able to relax enough to allow me to easily move their limbs passively. If they can’t this tells me there is excessive tension in their system. Second are trigger points, tender little knots within the muscles. Often pressing on a trigger point will cause a referral pain elsewhere. So when someone has many trigger points in some key areas, in addition to not allowing smooth passive movement of a limb, I begin to suspect an underlying emotional stressor creating excessive tension in their system.” —Rick Olderman, MSPT, a sports and orthopedic physical therapist and author of the Fixing You series

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You pee a little every time you laugh

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“Pelvic floor disorders, especially urinary incontinence, affect up to one-quarter of American women. Many people don’t realize that this is something a doctor of physical therapy can help. Learning exercises to strengthen and retrain the pelvic floor muscles can reverse or prevent urinary incontinence in both men and women. Weak pelvic floor muscles can manifest as pain and weakness not just in the pelvic area but also in the legs and hips. Don’t be embarrassed to bring it up with us, chances are we already know.” —Joe Tatta, DPT, CCN

 Here are some ways to reverse urinary incontinence during exercise.

You reserve a table for one


“There are many patients who are withdrawn and lonely, and it is evident during treatment. They will ‘overreact’ or have negativity surrounding their level of pain (for instance saying their pain level is 10 out of 10 for even the slightest movement), and think of things as glass half empty versus half full. They also tend to have a withdrawn posture.” —Lawrence Kim, PT, DPT, OCS, a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist at Edge Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

You have abuse in your past


“People with a history of physical or emotional trauma are more likely to struggle with chronic pain syndromes. We doctors of physical therapy are good at recognizing the link between trauma and its effect on the body and helping to treat it.” —Joe Tatta, DPT, CCN

What you do for a living


“Patients will come into treatment with a style and plan based on their job. Lawyers need to understand the full relevance of the treatment and its concrete evidence of how its supposed to work, engineers want to know the mechanics behind each exercise, and mechanics will often think of their bodies as a combination of auto parts put together and so forth. I can figure out pretty quickly what you do just based on how you react to your treatment, even if you don’t tell me straight out.” —Lawrence Kim, PT, DPT, OCS

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You’re constipated


“Digestive issues and discomfort are very common and I can feel areas of tension. If their tummy is tight or painful, or if it hurts to stretch out, it often has to do with stool or gas.” —Katie Henry

Try these constipation home remedies for some relief.

You text too much


“Watching my patient sitting in a chair tells me a lot about the current state of their body. If they round their spine into a ‘C’ shape, let their head and neck hang forward, and round their shoulders forward—as one does when they hunch over their phone for hours a day—this means their upper and lower diaphragms are compromised and they are forced to breathe with the muscles of their neck. Neck breathing leads to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, better known as the ‘fight or flight’ system. A person with this type of posture releases higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to poor sleep, increased appetite, and decreased ability of their body to heal.” Tim Cummings, physical therapist at Elite Physical Therapy and Integrative Health in Missouri

Next, don’t miss these medical facts doctors and nurses think everyone should know.

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Powerful Spring Superfoods | Reader’s Digest


Background of fresh artichokes Ev Thomas/ShutterstockWhile available in cans year-round, fresh artichokes are at their prime in the spring—and they’re packed with nutrients. Just one artichoke provides about 25 percent of your daily fiber needs alongside plenty of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Potassium and magnesium are both needed to build proteins, support energy production and metabolism, and maintain healthy nerve and heart function.

Artichokes are also rich in polyphenols, beneficial plant compounds that act as antioxidants. Research has found that the polyphenols in artichokes can help protect against breast cancer, while fiber and inulin in the thistle (yes, it’s in the thistle family) act as prebiotics—they feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.

Artichokes are part of these 18 vegan appetizers anyone can enjoy.


Close up fresh Asparagus in vegetable marketCHALITSA HONGTONG/ShutterstockAsparagus popping up in farmers markets and on grocery store shelves is a sure sign of spring. The popular spring veggie has just 20 calories per cup, but over half of your daily needs for folate and nearly double your daily needs of vitamin K. Your body needs the nutrient to clot blood; it also helps your bones get the calcium they need to stay strong and healthy. Folate contributes to a healthy metabolism and neural development, so it’s especially important for pregnant women to support a baby’s developing brain. Asparagus is also a great source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect against many types of cancer.

For the perfect fresh flavors of spring, try this Asparagus Penne with Fresh Walnut Pesto!

Spring onions

Spring onionSumrit Suphondee/ShutterstockAlso known as green onions, these are a great source of phytochemicals like quercetin—an antioxidant that can help prevent heart disease and cancer. Spring onions are also high in sulphuric compounds that research suggests can reduce the incidence of chronic disease. These sulphuric compounds are especially effective when you eat them raw—not a problem since spring onions have a milder, sweeter flavor compared to white or red onions.

Red onions specifically have some great cancer-fighting benefits

Sweet peas

green peas backgroundMaraZe/ShutterstockThese tasty treats are one of the first vegetables to come into season in the spring. A cup of peas has 7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of filling protein, with about 100 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C and 25 percent of your vitamin A requirements. Green peas’ vitamin A content coupled with their high content of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin make them great for eye health. Peas are also one of our healthy foods that are even healthier than you previously thought.

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A bunch of fresh organic red rhubarbBaloncici/ShutterstockRhubarb stalks look a little like pink celery, but they’ve got a very tart flavor that works well in sweet recipes. Rhubarb is in season from April through June, when the veggie is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin K, and B vitamins. Vitamin A is helpful for immune, skin, and eye health, vitamin K is essential for bone health, and B vitamins support a healthy metabolism.


Fennels. Fennel bulbs. Foeniculum vulgare harvest. parasolia/ShutterstockFennel’s refreshing anise flavor makes it a great vegetable to enjoy as the weather gets warmer, especially since it has much more than flavor going for it. The flowering plant has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries to solve digestive problems like cramping, bloating, and gas. Fennel is also a good source of anethole, an essential oil that has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

Fava beans

faba or fava beans soaked and cooked being drainedpaintings/ShutterstockFresh fava beans are in season from March to early May and are a great source of protein and fiber. One cup of fava beans has 9 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, making them great for building muscle and refueling after a workout while helping to lower levels of LDL cholesterol.


Watercress backgroundNadalina/ShutterstockThis leafy green is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as kale and broccoli. Since watercress greens are delicate, they thrive in cooler spring temperatures and wilt under summer’s harsh sun. The CDC considers cruciferous vegetables to be “powerhouse” vegetables, which help reduce your risk of chronic disease. One cup of watercress has just 4 calories, about a quarter of your daily recommendation for vitamins A and C, and over 100 percent of your daily recommendation for vitamin K. Here are some other powerhouse superfoods you didn’t know about.

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Radish and radish greens

Fresh red white organic radishes with leaves fresh from the garden, for sale at local farmers marketTom Clausen/ShutterstockCrisp radishes come into season in the spring, and you can eat their roots (the part most commonly sliced and eaten) and greens—they’re both nutrient-packed. Radish bulbs are crunchy and peppery, and they get their red skin from antioxidant pigments known as anthocyanins. Radish greens and bulbs are great sources of vitamin C, and the greens also deliver calcium, vitamin K, and potassium.

Garlic scapes

Background of fresh garlic scapeLizard/ShutterstockThese are the bulb’s flower stalks that emerge in spring; they have a mild garlic flavor without the spicy bite. Garlic scapes share many of the same nutritional benefits of garlic, such as glutathione, sulfur compounds, and other flavonoids that reduce the oxidative stress linked to cancer, liver and kidney disease, and other illnesses.


Ostrich fernKelly Marken/ShutterstockFiddleheads, sometimes called fiddlehead ferns, have a short mid-spring season. They have a flavor similar to asparagus with the crisp texture of green beans. Fiddleheads provide about three-quarters of your daily recommendation for vitamin A and about a third of your daily needs for niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin that’s essential for a healthy metabolism, nervous system, hair, skin, and eyes.

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Tuft of fresh sorrel closeup. View top As agricultural backgroundAlexander Peskov/ShutterstockSorrel is a tart, lemony flavored green that’s in shines in spring. Each half-cup serving of sorrel greens has 2 grams of fiber and half of your daily recommendation for vitamin C. Your body requires vitamin C to make collagen, which keeps your skin springy and youthful-looking; collagen is also key to wound healing. The nutrient is also an antioxidant that helps prevent chronic diseases.


Close up of salmon fillet. Whole background.indigolotos/ShutterstockYou can easily find wild Pacific salmon in late spring, so be sure to add this superfood to your shopping list. The fish are a great source of omega-3’s— unsaturated fats that may protect your heart, your brain, and more thanks to the fat’s anti-inflammatory benefits. A 3-ounce serving of wild salmon has over 2,000 mg of omega-3’s, which is quadruple the American Heart Association’s daily recommendation for healthy adults. Salmon plays a prominent role in many of the best diets for heart health.


Laminaria (Kelp) Seaweed Isolated on White BackgroundJiang Zhongyan/ShutterstockSea kelp beds thrive between April and June, producing lots of nutrient-rich seaweed. Kelp is exceptionally high in iodine, a mineral vital to healthy thyroid function; your thyroid regulates hormones that keep your energy levels high, control your weight, and boost your mood. Most table salt is now fortified with iodine, but if you’re looking to cut back on salt, kelp is a great way to get more iodine.

Next, check out these superfoods that stand the test of time.

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Why You Need to Start Buying Cakes at Costco

costco bakeryTrong Nguyen/shutterstockCostco is certainly a magical fairytale when it comes to successful grocery shopping, given that their prices (and food) are almost incomparable to some of those other larger supermarket brands. There are tons of Costco shopping tips that can help save you money, and we just found another that you’re going to love: Buy your cakes at Costco.

It’s as simple as that, given that Costco’s cake prices are significantly cheaper compared to brands like Walmart and BJ’s. Turns out, you can actually buy a half-sheet cake at Costco for $18.99, which can serve up to 48 people per cake! This is cheap already, but it’s even cheaper when you look at the prices for other brands. At Walmart and BJ’s, you can the same amount of cake for $25, or half the amount for around $17. That’s right—a quarter-sheet cake will cost you almost the same as a half-sheet cake at Costco, and even more if you want to feed the same amount of people. Don’t miss these other Costco secrets employees won’t tell you.

The Costco sheet cake can come with nearly 30 designs, along with a selection of seasonal ones. You can keep it classic with balloons and roses, or order something a bit more festive. Looking for a dinosaur, race car, or a party owl for that Harry Potter lover? There’s a cake for that. You can either order a vanilla sheet cake filled with a vanilla cheesecake mousse topped with white buttercream, or a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream.

Walmart, however, does have a few more selections when it comes to the cake flavors, but the filling choices are limited. They offer five flavors (white, chocolate, yellow, marble, and Tres Leches) and even give an option for you to suggest a different flavor. For filling, they offer strawberry or Bavarian.

So for a cheaper price, and potentially a better cake all around, Costco seems like your best stop. They are a much better deal for a birthday cake.

Next, learn all the things you can do at Costco even if you don’t have a membership.


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6 of the Most Beautiful Natural Pools in the World | Reader’s Digest

The Devil’s Pool

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More than twice the height of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls in southeastern Africa measures in at 355 feet tall and more than 5,500 feet wide.  But for some brave souls, the top of the Falls is just another swimming hole. With water levels at their lowest from September to December, swimmers venture into the Devil’s Pool, an area with minimal current, mere feet from where the water gushes hundreds of feet down into the gorge below. (If you’re a thrill-seeker, check out these 10 extreme travel adventures around the world!)

Barton Springs Pool

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Fed from freshwater underground springs that were once used for purification rituals by the Tonkawa Native American tribe, the Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, covers three acres and maintains a temperature of about 68 degrees year-round. Admission to the 18-feet-deep pool ranges from mid-March until end of September. For residents, the cost is $3 for adults and $1 for kids (non-residents pay $8 for adults and $3 for kids).

Bondi Iceberg public pool


A 15-minute drive from Sydney, Australia, where the country’s southeastern coast meets the Tasman Sea, sits The Bondi Baths at Bondi Icebergs. The historic 50-meter public saltwater pool has been around for more than century and features a small beach, bar, and kiddie pool—not to mention the occasional wave crashing harmlessly into the pool. The entry fee ($7 for adults; $5 for kids) isn’t much considering the million-dollar view. (Here’s a list of the best places to travel to for every month of the year.)

Hot Springs National Park


Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and designated by President Andrew Jackson as a special reservation in 1832, Hot Springs National Park, and the 47,143-degree springs within the 5,500-acre nature reserve, have been a sanctuary for those seeking healing and solace for more than a century.

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Johnson’s Shut-Ins


The East Fork Black River in southeastern Missouri cascades over and around billion-year-old lava rock to form dozens of small rivulets and wading pools in the 8,550 acre Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. (These are the 14 most enchanting places in the world that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale!)

Dudu Blue Lagoon


Does floating in a secluded 100-feet-deep freshwater pool so pristine that it glimmers with a shade of cobalt blue sound like paradise to you? Then check out the Dudu Blue Lagoons, located near the town of Cabrera on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The lagoon also features underwater caves, making it a popular scuba diving destination.

Cenote Ik Kil

Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, MexicoSubbotina Anna/ShutterstockTons of natural swimming holes, known as cenotes, cover the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, but Ik Kil is deemed to be the most beautiful cenote, by far. Not only is the deep blue pool surrounded by hanging vines and serene rainforests, it’s also a mere walking distance from the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. (Before you plan your next trip across the globe, make sure you know the 10 weirdest restaurants in the world.)

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls, natural paradise in the Grand Canyonronnybas/ShutterstockThese breathtaking waterfalls and blue-green waters can be found on the Havasupai Indian Reservation within Havasu Canyon in Arizona. Each year, the spectacular Havasu Falls attract thousands of visitors! 

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Queen’s Bath

 A pool at he Queen's bath, Kauai HawaiiHappySari/ShutterstockQueen’s Bath is a favorite summertime attraction in Kauai, Hawaii! Fresh saltwater from the Pacific Ocean spills over the lava rocks to create a beautiful natural tide pool complete with its very own fish.

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The Mysterious Condition That Makes Your Nose Run Without Allergies


When your nose is acting up but allergies have been ruled out as the cause, non-allergic rhinitis (NAR) is the diagnosis that usually follows. Typically, your eyes, nose, and throat won’t itch when allergies aren’t at play, but NAR can involve a runny nose, congestion, postnasal drip or sneezing. These discomforts can drag on and become a hindrance to your quality of life. Here are some surprising things that might be triggering your allergy symptoms.

The long list of possible triggers for NAR includes infection, temperature changes, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, alcohol, stress, and a hormonal imbalance (often resulting from puberty, pregnancy, hormonal replacement therapy, or birth control). Even getting older can do it: a sub-type of NAR known as senile rhinitis appears to stem from an age-related dysfunction of the nerves inside the nose.

Medications can also set off NAR, from beta-blockers and NSAIDs to decongestant nasal spray. The latter may reduce swelling and unclog your nose during a cold or an allergic reaction, but when taken for more than five to seven consecutive days, it can trigger new swelling. For some people, taking nasal decongestants to counter decongestant-related symptoms becomes a vicious cycle.

Obviously, eliminating the root cause of NAR is the best way to rid yourself of the condition. However, for roughly half of NAR patients, there isn’t a clear cause. A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that many of those sufferers could clear their symptoms by spraying with capsaicin, which happens to be the molecule that gives chili peppers their heat. The ingredient interacts with over-sensitive nasal nerves and has an effect that was first observed when patients from North America or Europe migrated to India, started eating spicy foods, and noticed their symptoms fading, says Dr. Peter Hellings, a professor of rhinology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Amsterdam. Capsaicin isn’t sold as a drug, but some doctors or pharmacists may be able to order it and prepare the spray themselves.

Other types of NAR can be treated pharmaceutically, as well; for instance, the age-related variant responds well to nasal sprays containing a drug called ipratropium bromide. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out if any medications make sense for your particular case. Here are some more reasons your nose might be running all the time.

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