Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What are soft drinks doing to your children? Researchers say caffeinated drinks can affect girls and boys differently

Caffeine affects children in a far more complex way than previously though, researchers have found.

They say that after puberty, boys and girls experience different heart rate and blood pressure changes after consuming caffeine. 

Girls also experience differences in their response to caffeine during their menstrual cycles, the team found.

They say the finding could have a major effect on how much caffeine young people should be allowed to take.
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'We found an interaction between gender and caffeine dose, with boys having a greater response to caffeine than girls, as well as interactions between pubertal phase, gender and caffeine dose, with gender differences present in post-pubertal, but not in pre-pubertal, participants,' said Jennifer Temple at the University at Buffalo.

'In this study, we were looking exclusively into the physical results of caffeine ingestion,' she said.

The findings also suggest that menstrual cycles can change the way caffeine affects girls.
'We found differences in responses to caffeine across the menstrual cycle in post-pubertal girls, with decreases in heart rate that were greater in the mid-luteal phase and blood pressure increases that were greater in the mid-follicular phase of the menstrual cycle.'

In the study, researchers examined 96 children, looking at their heart rates and blood pressure before and after giving them a caffeinated beverage or a placebo during six visits to the laboratory.

The children, who ranged in age from 8 to 17, also completed a questionnaire about their caffeine use.
Past studies have shown that caffeine increases blood pressure and decreases heart rate in children, teens and adults, including pre-adolescent boys and girls. 
However the new study of the first to spot the gender differences - and menstruation cycle effects.

Caffeine consumption by children and teenagers has increased in recent years, Temple said. This is possibly due to a greater availability of caffeinated beverages and energy drinks, she believes.

'While the data suggests that boys and girls respond differently to caffeine, both genders experienced cardiovascular effects of caffeine, she told Livescience.
'And while it does not suggest that caffeine is particularly harmful to children and adolescents, there is little evidence that caffeine consumption is beneficial to health in this population.'

The revolution of the sports car - the BMW i8 arrives in Kuwait

The world's first sustainable and most progressive sports car of our time

Kuwait – With its ultra-dynamic proporti
ons, elegantly sporty lines, low-slung silhouette and futuristic design features, BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is expected to cause a sensation on the roads when it goes on sale in Kuwait this month.  Signalling the future of sustainable motoring, the BMW i8 combines the performance and appeal of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a small car.

The BMW i8 was launched at an exclusive event by Ali Alghanim & Sons Automovie at the Prestige Ballroom, Prestige, The Avenues in Kuwait. Held on the 17th of June, the vehicle was introduced by Talal Alajmi, Showroom Manager, Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive and Yousef Mustafa, Area Manager of BMW Group Middle East.

The BMW i8 is the second model after the BMW i3 to be unveiled by BMW i, the company's sub-brand focusing solely on developing sustainable products and services, that has helped affirm BMW Group's leadership as the world's most sustainable premium car company.

Both the exterior and interior of the emotionally-led 2+2-seater embody a revolutionary, pioneering take on the Sheer Driving Pleasure for which BMW is renowned. The BMW i8 features a completely new, exciting sports car design which includes sophisticated aerodynamics features and environmentally friendly materials.

It comprises BMW LifeDrive architecture, the worlds' first body architecture specifically designed and purpose-built for series production of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The BMW i LifeDrive architecture is made up of two separate units:  the upper Life module that consists mainly of a high-strength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic.  The lower drive module consists of a 100% aluminium construction and integrates the battery, electric motor and suspension system. The use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic is a first for a volume-production model.  It is the lightest available material that can be used in the construction of a car body without compromising on safety.

Powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine which, in typical BMW sports car fashion, drives through the rear wheels, the BMW i8’s intelligent hybrid system also capitalises on a potent electric motor which sends drive to the front wheels resulting in a combined power output of 362hp delivered to all four wheels.

When united, the dual motors (electric motor at the front and petrol engine at the rear) work in harmony enabling the BMW i8 to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds while using just 2.1 litres of petrol per 100kms and emitting just 59g/km of emissions.

The BMW i8 has a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h, and can be operated solely in all electric drive (zero emissions) for around 37 kilometres - and the battery of the plug-in hybrid can be continuously charged by the petrol engine while driving. Due to its lightweight of just 1,485 kg, it provides a total drive range of more than 500 kilometres.

A sports car character and the typical BMW driver orientation are both equally prominent in the design of the BMW i8. The front view of the BMW i8 exudes sporting ability in its purest form. Large front apron air intakes arranged over several levels generate a powerful feeling of depth. The extremely broad BMW kidney grille stretches over to the slim headlights, accentuating the width of the BMW i8 and its road-focused stance. In addition, full-LED headlights are standard and innovative laser headlights, available as an option later this year, proving intense light that will illuminate the roads for up to 600m - double the distance of conventional LED lights. 

An all-embracing sustainability concept runs throughout the entire value chain of the BMW i8; carbon fibre production and vehicle assembly using 100-per cent renewable electricity; high proportion of recycled materials; use of materials manufactured and treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

The BMW i8 is the future of sports performance driving, offering unparalleled fuel efficiency in a light and lithe Coupé body that takes nothing away from the thrill of driving a thoroughbred performance car.

A Visit to the VIEW kuwait

I’ve been to the VIEW for several times now, but never got the chance to write about it, I don’t always shop at M&S but I started to love the place specially the 3rd floor- CafĂ©’ area, I love the fresh food, the smell of coffee, the collections of organic products and most specially the butter mint candy which by the way, I get so addicted to it!!

For many years, M&S continue to provide global quality products and fashionable clothing, their latest Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the perfect match endorser of the brand, she is stunningly beautiful, a perfect example of a walking brand from head to toe, I love her and she leads me to start falling in love with M&S products, I'm actually, expecting Rosie during the fashion show but deep within I know she's not going to be there lols (expecting much!!)  

Anyway, this is just a random post to invite everyone to  visit the latest store of Mark & Spencer, located in Salmiya area, next to Missoni hotel (The Symphony), the burger-like shape design building..   (I love it!!)

M&S unveils sizzling new summer’14 collection

June 16, 2014, Kuwait City, Kuwait:Marks & Spencer launched their summer’ 14 collection for the soaring temperature of Kuwait at The View. 

The fashion soiree was attended by popular fashion bloggers, socialites, and stylish shoppers. The show featured the new collection encapsulating work wear, outwear, casualwear and swimwear for modern stylish women.

The exclusive Marks & Spencer line-up showcased simple silhouette in contemporary colour palette, punchy primaries and the hottest catwalk trends in fashion forward pieces.

Inject some easy-breezy summer style to your wardrobe as the fresh new summer clothing ranges from pretty dresses, structured blazers and cropped trousers in pastels to bright tropical printed bikinis and colorful beach maxis. Vibrant yellows, parakeet, lime green, blue curacao and lemon zest in neon shades accent the colour pallet. Clean and bold patterns, including modern color blocking, nautical stripes, and textured florals are prominent in the collection. Proportions are toyed with as abstract prints and bohemian layering fuse together in a graphic explosion of sleek femininity.

Mariam Chahin, Regional Marketing Manager, Marks & Spencer Al-Futtaim said, “The launch of Marks & Spencer summer collection focuses on quality wardrobe staples, designed to be mix n matched and worn for different occasions. Whilst capturing the universal values of the season, the collection offers a range of clothing in warm, exhilarating palette to renew the summer wardrobe.

Whether trying out the season's oriental inspired prints, pastel separates or marvelous monochrome shades, you can find an outfit that will match your occasion and mood, meaning the day-to-night dressing is fixed in a flash”, 
Mrs Chahin added.

The staple pieces for that sophisticated minimalist look includes wearable chic separates fused with slick tailored knee length skirts in vibrant prints and neon hues. 

Keep cool in the sweltering summer months and enjoy the relaxed casual style with Marks & Spencer’s linen outwear available in sugary shades of orange, yellow and blue. 

A range of colored denim and chinos is complemented by cotton tees and tanks in pretty pastels and neutrals for the season.

All the style staples have been given a colourful twist in time for the summer. Plus there are fab accessories, from statement jewellery to oversized clutches and bold bright handbags. Embrace the warm weather with Marks & Spencer’ top to toes must haves for the season.

The collection is now available in Marks & Spencer’s stores across GCC.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lemon Lime Juice Shop

Hubby invited the whole family for a ride to drop by his favorite juice shop,  I was a bit curious as he has been talking about it ever since their company implemented a new lunch break rules giving them very limited time to eat and somehow they have to manage with what resources they can find.. well anyway, to cut my story short, this is the only shop available in the area but regardless of the situation people coming from far places simply spare some time to drive and fall in line into this mini shop and I witnessed the long queue and I was indeed surprise to see how many luxury cars filed up in front us waitin’ to be served..


We’ve tried their bubbles ice cream covered with colorful sweet sauce and very soft flavored tapioca bubbles, it was a unique presentation and the flavor is overwhelming...


It is located in sharq area near to SQC office along Safir hotel, prices are reasonable and the service is fast and clean




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Express Yourself

I just love the new ads of aliexpress.... 

love  love love!!

Look stunning this EID with Sephora’s gorgeous range of makeup

Look stunning this EID with Sephora’s gorgeous range of makeup that is beyond perfect for the festive season. Sephora’s beauty experts have put together the perfect combination of Sephora goodies to make you stand out from the crowd this summer.

Cuts Steak House : One Good Place for Steak Lover!!

We happened to drop by Cuts steak house yesterday at  the grand avenues,   it was a sudden decision but  it was indeed a great experience, I love the concept of UNLIMITED steak and  cut till you drop…

This is one good place for heavy eaters and steak lovers!!  

Bento Project: My imbento Box

I amazed myself and what BENTO project had set to my morning rituals, I don’t want to exaggerate, but from the time I started my Bento lunchbox project my everyday morning suddenly turn into joy and excitement.

It gives me real happiness to see my work and the after result of my art, my kids and even my hubby enjoy every opening of their lunchboxes

I keep on learning and Enjoying!!!  Hopefully I’ll encourage other Moms out there to Try!!

The real-life goddesses whose feet don't touch the ground: Inside the bizarre world of Nepalese child deities who live in temples and are forbidden from WALKING until they reach puberty

In most communities around the world, goddesses are symbolic of a spiritual world. But in Nepal, these sacred females live and breathe. 
The Kumaris spend their public appearances sitting in front of devotees or their offering. This ceremony was a special puja at Kumari Ghar in Patan, Nepal 

Handpicked from birth, these pre-pubescent girls are known as Kumaris and are believed to be incarnations of the Hindu Goddess of Power, Kali.
From the moment they are chosen for their role, and pass a rigorous 32-stage test, these living goddesses are propelled to immortal-like status, deemed to be protectors from evil by thousands of adoring Hindus and Buddhists. 
But for these girls, it is not just a name and status that they are given - their whole life changes.
Kumaris are chosen as infants in Nepal to become living goddesses, who are then worshipped by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists until they reach puberty.  Here, one Kumari, Samita Bajracharya, is worshipped by a devotee at a festival during one of her nine public appearances throughout the year

Kumaris - which means virgin in Nepalese - are forced to leave their homes and are hidden away in temples as a living deity, only able to leave when they are required at festivals and processions as the subject of worship.

These Kumaris are even considered too special to walk, instead being carried in chariots, thrones and other people's arms - sometimes meaning they do not learn to walk until they retire. 

And the girls are banned from going to school or taking part in day-to-day society, only appearing outside their homes or temples up to 13 times a year.  

But once they reach puberty, everything changes for these Kumaris. After menstruation starts, the girls are put through a 12-day 'Gufa' ritual, after which their life as a Kumari ends - and they return to an ordinary life that they have never known

Samita Bajracharya, a former Kumari, can now attend classes after retiring from her goddess life 

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