Monday, August 1, 2016


Trying to lose WEIGHT????, Make sure that any prescription medication you’re taking isn’t standing in your way. Talk to your doctor and explore alternative treatments.
Here are some of the common drugs that make you gain weight, from antidepressants and diabetes drugs to steroids, hormones and other medication that could be keeping you from achieving your weight loss goal.
Mood Stabilizers
Drugs used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can also cause weight gain, and mood stabilizers and anticonvulsants for epilepsy have the same effect. Valproic acid (Depakote) is particularly linked to weight gain in women, and lithium is another drug that could have a similar effect. They aren’t drugs that you can easily replace, so it’s important to pay close attention to your diet while you’re in treatment.

Cancer-Fighting Medication

When you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you’ll probably be prescribed one of the drugs that make you gain weight. Methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, tamoxifen, 5-fluorouracil, and aromatase inhibitors can all have that effect.


Oral corticosteroids are also among the drugs that make you gain weight. Prednisone (Deltasone) can halt your weight loss efforts and make you pack on the pounds when you’re taking higher doses, for inflammatory bowel disease or asthma, but even smaller doses for rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to weight gain. Metformin (Glucophage) might be able to help, but you should make sure you exercise regularly to stay in shape and stick to a healthy diet.

Diabetes Medication

When you need to regulate your insulin, your appetite might also be affected. Both sulfonylurea drugs, like Insulase and Diabinese, and non-sulfonylurea drugs, like nateglinide and repaglinide can make you gain weight. If you’re taking type 2 diabetes medication and getting heavier, ask your doctor about treatments with a lower risk of weight gain, including Levemir, Januvia, Metformin and Byetta.


Antidepressants can often have antihistamine activity, but even on on their own, they’re some of the most common drugs that make you gain weight. The problem is that histamine blocking can mess with your brain’s ability to regulate food consumption, so the chronic use of everything from fexofenadine and loratadine to diphenhydramine and cyproheptadine can impact your weight. If you’re taking Zyrtec, Allegra or other brand name antihistamines, you’ll have trouble losing weight or even maintaining your current one.


While most forms of oral birth control only cause water retention, medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera) is one of the drugs that make you gain weight. Progestin-only birth control has been linked to long term weight gain, and any etonogestrel implant is likely to do the same.

Migraine Medications

Gabapentin (Neurontin) is one of the drugs that make you gain weight, but any type of prescription for migraines that includes SSRIs, TCAs, and valproic acid (Depakote) is also likely to contribute to the problem.

Beta Blockers

Used to treat cardiac conditions, beta blockers are among the most commonly prescribed drugs for high blood pressure, and they’re also likely to contribute to weight gain. Propranolol (Inderal), metoprolol (Lopressor) and atenolol (Tenormin) are older drugs that are more likely to block your weight loss progress as well.


While most SSRIs don’t mess with your weight, paroxetine (Paxil) can have unwanted side-effects when it comes to weight gain. Fluoxetine (Prozac) and citalopram (Celexa) can also contribute to weight gain in the long run. Other antidepressants that will mess with your dieting efforts include TCAs like mirtazapine (Remeron), and amitriptyline (Elavil).

Calcium Channel Blockers

When you’re prescribed this type of medication, it’s important to keep your weight monitored closely. Flunarizine and verapamil can cause rapid weight gain, and if it’s happening to you, it’s important to talk to your doctor right away.


The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks of Africa. It is featured in many documentaries and so stunningly beautiful, it is declared a Unesco World Heritage site.

 It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. All the major safari animals occur in great numbers. Cheetahs and four of the Big 5 are easily seen, but rhino sightings are rare and only black rhinos are present. 

The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of elandtopi,kongoniimpala and Grant's gazelle are resident at any time of the year.

 All three big cats are easily seen. Lions are everywhere and are often found on a kill.

Cheetahs are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopards can often be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.

Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators.  Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located in the central part of Serengeti National Park 
with an exceptional service and comfortable surrounding enhanced by the beauty of Serengeti.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


People of any age can have problems with blackheads on their skin, but most often it is an issue during the teenage and adolescent years. Blackheads are small yellow or black bumps that form when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles due to a combination of excess sebum and build-up of dirt and dead skin cells.

Common and annoying, blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. The difference between a black head and a white head is simply whether or not the pore is open or closed. If the pore is open, the plug of sebum/skin cells oxidizes as it is in contact with the oxygen in the air, which turns it black. Blackheads are not caused by dirt. 

Let’s make that clear from the beginning. Scrubbing your face obsessively is not a good way to get rid of your blackheads, and is only going to make it worse as you’ll just end up drying out your skin, which will cause more oil to be created to make up for everything you stripped away, and…well it’s a vicious cycle. For this reason, don’t use some of these remedies more than 2-3 times a week, such as the sugar scrub and pore strips. I know it can be hard to resist, but your skin will be better off this way.
Baking Soda & Water
A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness. While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.). You will need 1 part baking soda-Fresh water, 1 tablespoon (roughly). 

Mix water with enough baking soda to form a thick, but spreadable, paste. Using a gentle circular motion, massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with plain water, pat your face dry, and then make sure you moisturize.
Bentonite clay
Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance that has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin related. Because of its molecules “electrical charge” when wet, it does an amazing job of drawing out oils or other impurities locked in your pores. When you apply the mask your skin gets to drink in all the minerals, while the clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. 

It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. You can mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar, maybe sticking to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. Experiment! This mask will make you feel like your face is tightening as it dries. Whether or not you let it dry entirely is up to your preference-I tend to let it dry most of the way and then just moisturize afterwards, but other people find that dries their skin out and irritates them.

 Mix in enough water or ACV to form a paste that is thick but still applicable. Using clean fingertips cover your face with a thinner layer of paste and let it sit for 10-25 minutes, depending on how long you are letting it dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual.
H2O Daily Blackhead Treatment
While pore strips and face masks work wonders, they can only be used several times a week to avoid drying your skin out to much. If you want to do something daily to prevent your blackheads, a gentle rinsing with water 1-2 times a day is the way to go. 

This keeps things that can make your pores appear larger-such as excess sebum and dead skin-flushed away and your pores clear. Be sure to use a light moisturizer when you are done to prevent your skin from trying to produce excess sebum to accommodate for dryness. 

Twice a day splash your face with clean, fresh water. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer as usual. I suggest doing this early afternoon (so you wash away anything that has built up in the first part of the day) and evening, but morning and evening works as well.
Honey and Milk Pore Strips
Milk and honey both have properties that are good for skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk is said to help keep skin soft and supple. The main purpose here though is, when mixed together, to act as an adhesive. 

Mix 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey with 1 teaspoon of milk. Heat it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave, and then mix again to blend thoroughly. When it’s a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over blackheads, and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it. Let dry (to play it safe, wait at least 20 minutes) and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water and moisturize as usual.

Egg White Mask
Egg whites form an easy mask that can be used to temporarily tighten pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads. Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin, and are a little less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.Separate the yolk from the white and rinse your face. Pat your face dry and then apply a thin layer of egg white over your skin. There are two ways to go from here: 

Place a strip of facial tissue or toilet paper over the wet egg white, being sure to press it onto your face gently. Allow the first layer to dry. Carefully apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue (try dipping your fingers in it and dabbing it on so the tissue doesn’t slide around a bunch. Let this layer dry as well before applying a third (optional.) When the mask is dry, your face may feel tight-this is supposed to happen. Peel the tissue off, and then gently wash your face to remove any residue. Pat dry and moisturize as usual. 

Alternatively, you can leave out the tissue and simply apply 3-5 layers of egg white, being sure to let each layer dry in between applications. If you do not let the layers dry, this will not work!

Cinnamon & Honey Strips
It sounds like a delicious candy, but cinnamon and honey make a wonderful combination for getting rid of blackheads. Again, the anti-bacterial agents in the honey can help keep away bacteria that are causing acne (not necessarily blackheads, but still a bonus) as well as act as the adhesive to pull out anything clogging your pores. Cinnamon improves circulation, and this increased blood flow gives your skin a smooth, healthy, glow. Mix the honey and the cinnamon together until you have enough paste to cover the affected area. Apply in a thin layer over the blackheads and then press a strip of clean cotton over it. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before removing and rinsing your face. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer!

Sweat It Out
Although sweat glands and hair follicle pores aren’t the same thing, sweating can still help minimize blackheads. When you work up enough of a sweat, the liquid naturally flows over and softens/flushes anything clogging your pores. It is absolutely vital, however, that you wash your face immediately before and immediately afterwards, otherwise the affect can be detrimental. If you leave on make up or anything before this the sweat can carry it into your pores, and if you don’t wash afterwards not only is all that stuff still in there but now there’s dried sweat blocking up your pores as well. So on one hand sweat can cleanse pores, on the other; it could also clog them. Be sure to do it right from the start! Rinse your face, than work up a good sweat. Rinse your face with water, than pat dry with a clean fluffy towel. Moisturize as usual.

Toner for Tighter Pores
Since blackheads are caused by open, clogged, pores reacting to oxygen, it only makes sense that “shrinking” your pores down will help. Lemon juice is just the astringent substance needed to get the job done, however, it can lighten skin temporarily and it does make you sensitive to the sun, so load up on sunscreen if you plan on using this method in the summertime. If you have sensitive skin, try diluting the lemon juice with water first. Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3-4 times a week, at bedtime. When you wake up, rinse your face with luke-warm water and apply moisturizer as usual. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be aware-the juice can sting sometimes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Jessica Alba in Zuhair Murad 

Kate Beckinsale in Hamel

Laverne Cox in Michael Costello 

Ariana Grande in Atelier Versace 

Z lala

Rihanna in Thierry Mugler 

Kerri Kasem

Lindsey Vonn inLuciana Balderrama

Serayah McNeil 

Kelly Rowland

Lauren Giraldo

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive tropical islands located in the District of Mafia Island, Tanzania. The Thanda Island Villa features five bedrooms and an expansive living area featuring everything you would want from an extravagant beach house, including an indoor aquarium. On Thanda Island you can rest, rejuvenate, enjoy adventure sports and explore this pristine playground.

Thanda Island is so remote and so well-assembled that it’s practically its own vacation nation. It is, first, an Indian Ocean island off the coast of Tanzania, about a forty-minute helicopter flight southeast of Dar es Salaam. At low tide it measures about twenty acres of forest and beach, and further insulates its guests in a cocoon of privacy by being in an aquatic Tanzanian game reserve.

The island is the matching super-luxe offshore retreat, bookable year-round at $10,000 per night, with a minimum stay of a week.

Step onto the Island
Nestled within Tanzania’s Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is 8ha in size, 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide, and surrounded by coral reefs, which protect it from stormy seas. This adds to the Island’s suitability for families. All you need to do is fly to the international airport at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city, and we’ll either fly you directly to the Island by helicopter or arrange a charter flight for you to nearby Mafia Island, where we’ll meet you by boat.

Glittering Turquoise Waters
Once you step onto the silken white beaches of your own private island, surrounded by glittering turquoise waters, you’ll experience a complete sense of freedom. It’s how we should feel.

Adventure, Relaxation and Total Privacy 
Everything on the Island has been created for adventure, relaxation and total privacy. There’s no driving to the Villa, as you step off the boat or helicopter, it is right there and yours alone to enjoy. It’s your home, with a paradise-inspired living area featuring everything you could want in this beautiful beach house, and five exquisite, air-conditioned bedroom suites leading directly onto the beach. The Island is totally safe for you to explore and enjoy.

Your Every Need and Desire 
Looking after your every need on Thanda Island is a select team dedicated entirely to you, including your own Executive Chef, Hostess, Housekeeper and Boatman.

Massages and Dining on the Beach 
Dine on the beach or on an Arab dhow, have a massage on the beach or take a sunset cruise around your own private island; head out on a big game fishing adventure or bathe in the warm tropical waters where we will serve you a delectable picnic on a sandbank in the sea.
Off The Grid 
Experience an off-the-grid lifestyle on the Island, which is powered by solar energy. For those who need to remain connected, the Island has full wifi Internet and mobile phone reception.

Thanda Island Relaxes You And Restores Your Vital Force 
You have exclusive use of the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island. A boathouse full of equipment is yours to enjoy, and a Boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.

Big Game Fishing 
We have a fully equipped 28-foot reef runner cat, deep-sea boat if you would like to do some big game fishing nearby Mafia Island. Catch and release iconic species or bring home the catch of the day for the Chef to prepare for your lunch or dinner.

Scuba Diving
We’ll take you to Chole Bay for an incredible diving experience in the Mafia Island Marine Park. The largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean, it offers some of the most spectacular diving off the East African Coast, including an intriguing diversity of coral reefs, five species of turtles and 400 species of enchanting reef fish. Because Chole Bay is well protected, you can dive here all year round.

Swimming And Snorkelling
Swim and snorkel in the translucent, tropical waters. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of an up-close encounter with the gentlest giants of the ocean, the whale sharks, when they congregate just south of Thanda Island from October to February.

Sailing, Paddling And Kayaking 
Ride the trade winds in paradise on your very own sailboat, or explore the coral reef in a kayak or canoe. We can also organise a sailing trip on a traditional Arab fishing dhow.

Tanzanian Adventure 
We can arrange a visit to Zanzibar Island with its spice fields and incredible blend of modern and ancient Tanzanian culture; or a visit to Africa’s largest game reserve, the World Heritage Site-listed Selous Game Park. Both are an hour’s flight away.

Conservation Commitment 
Thanda Island is situated within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, and is partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and a leading NGO called Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region. 

These include research and conservation projects on the sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. The largest fish in the world – the gentle, human-friendly whale shark - breeds just south of the Island.

Community Commitment 
Thanda Island has a far-reaching commitment to the Tanzanian people, and is participating in a range of social upliftment programmes on neighbouring Mafia Island, which has approximately 60 000 people. We are committed to the education of young people in sustainable fish harvesting, marine conservation, and in the development of healthy, sporting activities, such as football.