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text 2020-09-30 18:17
This Is How Your Shopping List Should Look Like Always

The keto shopping list consists of many healthy diets used in their awareness and wellness health regimes. This list consists of different categories of foods, which have been recommended and proven to have immense health benefits. Under these categories, we have the following:

Keto Meat

There Are Very Many Different Types Of Meat In This Segment.

They include finely ground beef, bacon, turkey, seafood such as lobsters and salmon. Other types of meat include wild game, duck, sausages, chicken, and many more.

This List Is Also Not Complete Without The

Keto Vegetables

These are your normal vegetables. However, the difference here is that they are naturally grown and devoid of any harmful chemicals hence, very safe for consumption. These are okra, spinach, zucchini, celery, cabbage, broccoli, onions, among others.

Keto Fruits

No meal is considered complete without the presence of fruits. That is why the keto wellness program recommends different types of fruits daily. These fruits are not new in our lives and they are some of the most widely acclaimed ones for that matter. The fruits are avocado, lime, berries, tomatoes, lime, lemon, coconut, and many more.

Keto Nuts

Since you will be requiring some energy levels, the Keto shopping list must have nuts on it. The nuts include walnuts, hazelnuts, chia, flax, hemp, including pumpkin seeds, and many more.

Keto Dairy

As a keto die-hard, I am sure you can make with some of their recommended dairy products as well. Butter, cheese, and yogurt cream are amongst the highly recommended ones.

Keto Flour

Almond and coconut flours are one of the best kinds and are very easy on the stomach and to prepare.

Keto Sweetener Syrup

In case you are looking for ways of sweetening, your keto meals or drinks then look no further. Such kinds of syrup include liquefied stevia, Truvia syrup, monk fruit, and any other forms of swerve syrup.

Keto Oils

These are non-cholesterol hence, keeping you healthy, strong, and energized. These keto oils are as follows. Olive, coconut, cocoa butter, bacon fats, and ghee skimmed from milk, and many more.


They are simply for detoxing and getting rid of any toxins or diseases in our bodies. Apart from this, herbs also ensure that our bodies remain healthy all the time while adding flavor to meals. These herbs are not new and we normally come across them occasionally when out shopping at the grocery store. The herbs are as follows garlic, salt and pepper, basil, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, vanilla flavor among others.

Keto Dressings

Next on your Keto shopping list are the side dishes for adding more flavors to your meals, while propping up your appetite at the same time. The best bit about these salads and pastes is that they are purely natural and do not have any additives on them thus, very safe for consumption. These condiments include mustard, salsa, mayonnaise, pickles, sugar-free pastes, olives, soy pastes, jalapeno sauce and many other alternatives. 


Currently, people are increasingly becoming conscious of what they eat. Everyone nowadays wants to stay fit and healthy. Nobody wants to antagonise his or her bodies with unhealthy foods. Whilst there are very many fitness awareness programs, you have to look for the right one such as Keto.




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text 2019-06-21 09:50
Newborn Baby Necessary Shopping List- Work & Leisure

It feels like yesterday when my wife came up to me and showed a double line on the pregnancy home kit test. What started off by noting down the basic things to buy on a piece of paper- this later turned into a full-blown newborn checklist. Thus, we started charting out things that will be required at the hospital and at home when my newborn arrives. To help out all you newborn fathers and save you the trouble of poring over parenting guides page-by-page, I am listing down a couple of newborn essentials along with things that can wait. Read on and thank me later!



Dressing Your Newborn


My wife and I bought clothes which are comfortable, trendy and suited the weather. Dress your newborn in the same layers of clothes you wear, plus one. Babies dressed in too many layers might be at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Owing to the weather here, I opted for fleeced full onesies which cover my little boy’s hands and feet. You can go for cotton onesies with mittens and socks and maybe add a soft cotton cap when you’re taking your newborn out for a stroll. Swaddle your baby in a muslin or cotton cloth. There are some great options available on Amazon. aden + anais swaddle clothes happen to be our favorite. These pure cotton swaddle clothes are very soft and comfortable. Check them out on adenandanais.com


Newborn Skin Care


Newborn babies have very sensitive skin which is thin and prone to irritation. Diapers should be changed every 3 hours or when soiled. 

For newborn skincare essentials, the following are a must have:

  • Cleanser:  A 100% soap free cleanser that is delicate on your newborn baby’s skin is what I recommend.

  • Shampoo: A tear-free shampoo is always the best option because babies have sensitive eyes.

  • Diaper Cream: My wife and I made sure to use a diaper cream before every diaper change. You can also opt for petroleum jelly.

  • Wipes: Go for organic alcohol-free and odor-free wipes.

  • Moisturizer: I made sure to moisturize my sonny’s skin daily, baby moisturizers and organic coconut oil (before bathing) are a good option. 

  • Laundry detergent: Fragrance-free liquid rinses are the best for babies. 


Other Accessories


Listed are some must-have accessories that I highly recommend for your newborn kit:


  • Nursing Pillow: It is a blessing in disguise. It prevented my wife from getting muscle cramps.

  • Breast Pump: It becomes extremely taxing for the mother to feed the baby constantly. My wife used it to pump out her breast milk so that I could feed the baby alternatively.

  • Bottles: Choose the feeding bottle wisely, the nipples should match your newborn’s age.

  • Infant Car Seat: For safe and comfortable car rides with your baby in tow, a car seat is a must-have. In the USA you cannot bring your baby home from the hospital until you have installed an infant car seat. Therefore take your time to select a safe and comfortable car seat for your newborn (psst- we’ve even written an extensive post on this!)

  • Dot-a-tot:  It is a mini bed with sides that can be placed next to you on the bed for co-sleeping with your little one without the risk of choking him/her. While we did think of buying a bassinet but this one did the trick. Remember babies outgrow a bassinet and dot-a-tot once they are about 4 months old. Hence, invest wisely!

  • Baby Lounger: While baby lounger may sound like a luxury, but it’s not. It is a comfortable seating option for the babies and can be placed on the sofa or anywhere next to you while you are watching TV or working. My little one enjoyed sitting on it from day one. It was a gift and we completely cherish it.

  • Diaper Genie: The first genie I encountered in real life that not only swallowed my sonny’s diapers but also the nasty poop smell. This genie is a life saver if you live in an apartment as the poop smell can get oppressive in a compact space.

  • Diapers: If you don’t want your baby peeing and pooping all over you then stock up enough new born diapers. Diaper free time is not really advisable and I will discuss it in detail in my potty training blog.

  • Bath Tub: An infant bathtub with a sling for better support during the first 3 months of baby’s bath is also highly recommended! You can use the same tub for up to 1 year after removing the sling.

  • Baby Backpack Diaper Bag: Another essential addition to your newborn shopping list is a diaper backpack. You will need this from day 1 to carry baby essentials with you! And I prefer a backpack over a traditional sling bag as it keeps both my hands free in case I need to carry the baby or push the cart or eat or drink water or………… :"

Things That Can Wait 


  • Bigger clothes: Don’t stock up on large sizes for your newborn in advance. Some babies grow up to be taller and slender; some may be stout. Buy them as and when required based on your baby’s growth.

  • Toys: Babies’ responses develop with time. It’s only after they are 2 months old that they start reacting to sounds and sights. Hence, it is no use rattling toys and playing music from day 1. You can buy them once they cross the 2 month threshold. Bathing toys can wait for a little longer than that. A baby must start sitting upright in the bathtub to watch the little colorful toy ducks floating around it!

  • Toilet seat: Signs of readiness of the baby to be toilet trained may begin at 18 months to 24 months. This one can definitely wait!

  • High chair: Buy a high chair only when the baby is able to sit and eat solid food. 

  • Walker: Some may not want to use them at all while others may choose to give it a try. Whatever may be the case, you don’t need them till your babies turn 10 months old.

The excitement of welcoming a newborn is immeasurable. However, you have to be very practical while shopping and strictly stick to the checklist you’ve made earlier. The things I’ve mentioned worked for me in that order.

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review 2015-06-08 18:51
Hidden Bodies Review
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes

From the jump, we will get rid of my one and only complaint. I prefer the original title of this book. According to GoodReads, Hidden Bodies was originally entitled Love. I can only imagine the publishers and/or author decided to change it because there are roughly a quadrillion books with "Love" in their titles. This is unfortunate because Love is the perfect title for this novel. It covers the theme and the plot and the subtext. Everything in this book is about love. No worries, though, as this book is far removed from sappy.

Hidden Bodies is one of those rare books that surpasses the pop culture material it references. You'll see nods to Mr Mercedes and Less Than Zero, and while the majority of this book happens in the same state as Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel, Caroline Kepnes's book resides in a world all its own.

Hidden Bodies also claims a rare spot in literature by being a sequel that does not suck. It is, in my opinion, as good as its predecessor. Hidden Bodies is a different animal. It has different scenery. A different story to tell. Different characters. Even a different style of prose.

Kepnes's debut effort, You, was written in second-person present tense; our narrator Joe Goldberg speaks directly to the woman currently holding his interest, as if she's always there to listen. It was a fresh experience. It worked to cement the tone of the work. Besides, there will never be another You like Guinevere Beck. Hidden Bodies is written in first-person present. This switch is needed because we do not follow one obsession throughout the novel. For a goodly amount of time, the reader hasn't a clue who Joe is going to latch onto next, or if he'll get the revenge he feels he deserves. All that is only a small part of the magic going on inside Hidden Bodies.

Kepnes has a talent for sleight of hand. "Hey, you, look over here while I do this other thing behind your back." Twice in the same novel, I forgot what kind of person our narrator is. I'd be riding along on cruise control, enjoying how Kepnes turned a phrase, or I'd be snickering at some reference that is certainly only there for fanservice, and then Joe would remind me how truly unstable he is. This was as effective as a deer jumping in front of my car in the middle of city traffic. The first bathroom scene is one of the best since Psycho (I do not say that lightly), and it is made all that more effective by being in the psycho's head. The second bathroom scene had my heart playing "Wipeout" on my ribs. That was intense. I've not read a scene that nerve shattering in a long time.

Finally, I must give credit to the author for caring about every single character she brought on stage, right down to Harvey. Yeah, I noticed. I actually shed a tear or two after finding out how he ends up. This was a small character, only referenced a handful of times, and Kepnes treated him with compassion and allowed him his own ending, his own complete (albeit short) story. Other authors would have moved on and forgotten about little ol' Harvey. This is what sets Kepnes apart from many novelists working today. You can tell she loves her cast, from the small roles to the horribly irredeemable ones. Moreover, this woman's writing is simply damn fun to read.

I believe I have a new favorite novelist, friends and neighbors.

In summation: Caroline Kepnes has her finger on the pulse of Today. She's counting the beats and taking notes. Because of this, she knows how to make our hearts race, how to steal them and how to break them. Yes, You and Hidden Bodies are about a terrible human being, but it is in his mental illness that we all find the comfort of familiarity, because, as Robert Bloch once wrote, “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.” Highest possible recommendation.

Final Judgment: I feel bad for the rest of the books I have to read this year.


(Thanks to Atria Publishing, NetGalley, and the author for allowing me to read an advance review copy of this novel. I almost wish you hadn't though, because I have no idea what to read next.) 

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review 2015-02-14 22:55
The Neon Rain Review
The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke,Will Patton

If you're going to read The Neon Rain, by James Lee Burke, do yourself a favor and listen to it instead. I started reading the ebook, realized Will Patton did the narrating for the Audible edition, bought said audio book, and proceeded to have a great time. In fact, I'm going to split my rating this time around. The book (its story, anyway) gets four stars, and the performance gets five. So... 4.5, if you can dig it. Unfortunately, Patton doesn't narrate the next several books in the series. The second book (Heaven's Prisoners, which was made into a movie starring Alec Baldwin that I vaguely remember hating) isn't even available on audio. I will go on to say that the ebook is most definitely not worth the $11.99 price tag, but the audio book is worth every penny.


This was my first experience with James Lee Burke, and I was seduced by his smooth style. I couldn't stop asking myself, "Where the fuck has this author been all my life." The last time I said that about a writer was way back when I popped my Richard Laymon cherry. Burke writes like I think. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain. When I see someone sweating, I don't think, "Hey, that dude's perspiring." I think, "That dude looks like a glass of ice cold coke on a summer afternoon." You can snigger and laugh, or call me a pretentious author type all you want. It's the truth. It's how I'm wired. Obviously, James Lee Burke is wired the same way. If you like metaphors and similes, this Bud's for you. 


The story is your typical bayou-noir fair, with plenty of twists and turns, but I found myself enjoying the cadence of the story more than the story itself. Burke could have been talking about grizzlies mating with polar bears during a Coca Cola commercial shoot and I still would have been engaged. 


Now, I gotta bring this up because it actually made me pause in places. This book is dated as hell. Black people are referred to as negroes, and women are treated like objects. You will hear the most racist, sexist, classist bullshit coming from Detective Robicheaux. The book's told in first person, so everything you hear is from this man's mind. Some of the bigotry is slightly funny because it makes no sense. Not that bigotry makes any sense whatsoever, but here the terminology actually makes no sense. Example: The narrator is talking about degenerates and drops this little gem, "Like a group of roarin' homosexuals." Katy Perry started playing in my head and I envisioned Chris Colfer in a lion's costume playfully swiping at me and saying, "Rawr, big fella. Rawr!" 


In summation: If you can get past the dated nature of the piece, you should have some fun. I love the way Burke writes. His prose is so clean it outshines some of the plot problems that pop up. But, make no mistake about it, Will Patton's narration is the way to go, for sure.




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