Three Jelly Shot Recipes To Try In Lockdown

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Just because we are in lockdown does not mean you cannot have a lot of fun. There is one thing that all summers should involve, and this is jelly shots. This trend is well and truly taking over and the warmer months ahead give you a great chance to experiment with different fruit flavours. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover more about three of my favourite jelly shot recipes for the summer…

Strawberry Margarita Jelly Shots

If you are looking for ideas of things to do during the lockdown, you should definitely try this recipe out, as it tastes amazing and is perfect for posting some pictures on Instagram! These shots can be served inside a strawberry, which looks cool and eliminates any washing up. You will need to begin by cutting the top off a strawberry and, using a melon scoop, carefully scoop out the inside. It is also a good idea to cut a bit of the bottom of the strawberry so it stands up straight. After this, you should combine boiling water and jelly, preferably strawberry flavoured, with boiling water until it dissolves. Mix in Cointreau and tequila and then stir the mixture. After this, pour it into your strawberry cups and leave to set in the fridge until firm.

Watermelon Lime Jelly Shots

Not only do these shots taste delicious, but they look great too, as you can serve them up as little watermelon segments. For this recipe, you will need mini chocolate chips, vodka, boiling water, watermelon jelly, and limes with the pulp removed. You’ll need to add boiling water to the jelly until it has dissolved. After this, stir in about a cup of vodka and pour it into lime halves. Leave this in the fridge for about two hours to chill. After this, cut the limes in half again to create wedges and you can stick chocolate chips in to create the appearance of watermelon pips.

Mimosa Jelly Shots

Mimosa is a well-known champagne cocktail, which would make a great summer jelly shot, with the orange bringing the fruitiness and refreshing qualities and the champagne bringing a touch of luxury. To make this drink you will need one box of orange flavoured jelly or gelatine, as well as champagne, orange juice, boiling water, and triple sec. Simply mix the jelly with the boiling water so that it dissolves. After this, you can add the rest of the ingredients and then leave to set. You may wish to serve this shot in a champagne flute to give it the full effect, but make sure you’ve got little spoons or something similar handy so people can scoop out the jelly.

So there you have it: three of the best jelly shot recipes to try making while in lockdown. Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we cannot have lots of fun (and a bit of booze too!), right?

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Spreading Love and Joy Amidst the Lockdown

Days are blending from one to another. It’s becoming a bit difficult nowadays to keep track of what day it is and how everyone is doing. We all feel disconnected and disjointed, and it is completely understandable. This lockdown brought about by the novel corona virus is hard on all of us. So, to cheer up your love ones who are in isolation or far away from you, here are three suggestions that you can follow and so with your kids.

Video call with a twist

Get the whole family on board the idea of putting on costumes. Any favorite character is welcome. Just make sure that it is not something scary so as not to cause anxiety to the person or persons you will be video calling.

Imagine getting a video call from Çaptain Jack Sparrow, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, or even from a Disney princess! It will be a treat, that’s for sure. Wear your costume, go into position in front of the camera, make sure you have a decent internet connection, and then, make your call.

A video call will bring a big smile to your love ones’ faces. It will also be a sure fire way for you to know that the person on the other line is well and alive.

Arts and crafts to send online

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This suggestion will be like killing two birds with one stone. It is understandable how bored everyone is right now, most especially the kids who are ordered to stay put at home. Cabin fever is setting in so to divert their attention, get them on board for an arts and crafts day!

The idea is to create something inspiring for those isolated from their love ones. Maybe, you have a relative who are alone somewhere and in need of some cheering up. Bring out pens, papers, scissors, glue, glitters, washi tapes, and anything else that will bring color to your message. You can also download a digital love svg you can print, cut and put on paper.

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My nephews have been missing their grandparents who are under a quarantine. The simple message above will be sent to their grandparents through email. We used a digital heart svg and hugs and kisses design that we downloaded from Design Bundles. There are so many more designs to choose from.

Creating art will keep the kids busy for some time and it will also be a great way to keep the spirits of your love ones up when they see what the kids made for them.

Create a video blog

It seems to be the biggest hit among people of all ages these days. Video blogging! Create a video and then upload it online for everyone to watch and enjoy.

One or a few members of the family can be on board this idea. Create a video content for the frontliners. Thank the medical workers, delivery personnel, garbage collectors, supermarket personnel, and everyone who are still outside and working for us to be able to function in the most normal way possible. A simple message will do. Or even a simple thank you and clapping will be bring a smile to those who will see the video.

There are so many other ways to spread love and joy amidst this lockdown. The three suggestions above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can surely come up with a dozen or so more ways to spread cheer in these trying times.

What’s important is for all of us to stay at home, stay healthy, and stay put so the virus will die a natural death very, very soon.

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Teaching Children How To Be Safe In Your Neighborhood

Depending on your neighborhood, your children will come into contact or witness some scary things. Some areas are better than others when it comes to crime and violence. Some neighborhoods simply have more welcoming and even more civilized people than others. So you may know how to handle yourself and stay out of harm’s way, but do your children? Essentially, you have to teach your children how to avoid certain things and be safe while they’re at home and or around in the neighborhood. Teaching your children ‘street smarts’ could save them from a lot of trouble in the future. But if you yourself are not really privy to such a way of life, then how do you let your children know what to avoid? That’s why you’re reading…

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Contractors: Why They Are Better Than DIY

Home renovations can be hard work and a very stressful job. Getting the job done to a high standard should be your number one priority, but you will also want to think about how fast you can get this work carried out.

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DIY, A False Economy?

Cost is also an important factor for anyone, and you may be tempted to cut the expenses by doing the job yourself. But, before you head off to the DIY store to buy all of the things that you think that you may need, consider whether that is the best idea. Yes, you can work for free and when labor costs represent a large proportion of the cost of the job, then you will be justified in wanting to remove this cost from the task.

But, think again. Are you experienced enough to carry out this work? You may be quite good at a lot of handy work around the home, but are you going to be any good at doing a major project that you may not have any previous experience of doing?

Calling a contractor to do the job will probably be the best option. If things go wrong for you while you get the job done, it may cost you in replacing damaged or wasted materials. You may find the finish that you achieve is far from professional either, and you will regret not getting a professional to do the job every time you look at it.

Get Recommendations And Quotes

You will need to find someone who will be able to do the job to a high standard and who will be easy to deal with, but with so many contractors out there, how do you know that you are going to get a good one? Ask around friends and family or put a post on Facebook asking for recommendations. The best way to find a reputable contractor is through word of mouth. You may also want to check out ratedpeople.com for recommended local tradespeople.

Once you have found contractors that you have heard good things about, get them to quote you for the job that you need doing. Be specific about everything that you want, for example, if you want panels from Nichiha.com let them know so that they can quote you based on the specifics.

Getting The Job Done

Once you have a quote that you are satisfied with, then you can let the contractors get to work. It can be very difficult to allow other people to set to work on your home, but you need to have faith and trust that they will complete the job in a professional manner. Avoid being an armchair foreman, and let them do the job.

When they have completed the task there may be some snagging issues, this is normal so do not be alarmed if you have to get the workers to fix a few small things that are outstanding, or that crop up in the days or weeks after completion.

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How to Prevent the Devastating Effects of a DUI Charge

A DUI charge can result in fines, loss of license, or even jail time. While you can take certain steps to avoid drinking and driving in the first place, it is also important to know how you can minimize the long-term damage if you do make a mistake. Hiring the right DUI lawyer is a good start, and keeping the tips here in mind can also help. If you stay calm and approach the problem properly, you can avoid fines and jail sentences that would otherwise completely derail your life.

Knowing the Limit

The first thing you need to do when trying to avoid a DUI charge is to make sure that you don’t get caught driving over 80 in the first place. You can accomplish this by knowing how much it takes to put you over the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood. Usually, this amounts to two to three drinks, although heavy-set men might be able to go four or even five drinks before reaching that threshold. Remember that eating, drinking, and taking time to let the alcohol go through your system can all decrease the amount of alcohol in your blood. Doing all of these things can help keep you safe behind the wheel and ensure that you don’t go over 80 in the first place.

Dealing with the Police

When you get pulled over for driving over 80, you need to keep in mind that your behavior at this point may affect the overall course of your impaired driving case. You should remain cooperative with police officers but avoid volunteering potentially incriminating information about yourself. Answer the questions asked, but don’t go beyond the scope of those questions. You should also make sure that you create an account of your dealings with the police that your lawyer can review later on. This can help the lawyer determine whether any procedural errors might aid your case and to note whether your account differs from the police report.

Hiring a Lawyer

Once the initial traffic stop is taken care of and the charges have been filed, it is time to reach out to a DUI lawyer who can help you navigate through the legal process. When looking for a lawyer, you need to find somebody with experience in your area. For example, if you live in Ontario then you need to find somebody who has practiced in the courts of Ontario before. The more experience, the better, as long as that experience has a reasonable track record for success as well. When in doubt, look for reviews on the lawyer from former clients. If you can find a lot of happy clients, then you can probably trust that these lawyers know how to get things done.

Getting a DUI charge is an unfortunate matter and one that can make you feel like you are completely out of control of your life. Luckily, a good lawyer can see you through these troubles and get your life back on track as soon as possible.

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Steps to Take After Being Charged with Driving Over 80

If you get pulled over and given a breathalyzer test, you run the risk of serious consequences if the test reveals that you have more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood. These charges over 80 can lead to severe fines, the loss of your license, or even jail time if you don’t do something about them. You should consult with a DUI lawyer as soon as possible, but you should also make sure to follow the steps outlined below so you can provide your lawyer with the best information possible.

Choose Your DUI Lawyer Carefully

Choosing the lawyer who will represent you in court is more than just a matter of typing “DUI lawyers near me into a search engine. You should look for a lawyer who has experience in your region. While a young lawyer might provide the right energy for your defense, it helps if they are attached to an established group where experienced lawyers can help guide them on proper procedures and precedents for your case. If you are unsure of what DUI lawyer you should go with, ask for a consultation. Most experienced DUI lawyers offer free consultations regarding your case so they can show you the kind of defense you will receive if you choose them. This can help you to make an educated decision and can dispel doubts about a particular lawyer if you have any.

Prepare a Written Account

After the incident, you should write down everything you can remember about the traffic stop and any interactions you had with the police following that. If you remember specific language used by the police officer or unusual actions, make sure to note that. Include details such as whether you submitted to a breathalyzer test without complaint or whether you refused to voluntarily take the test. Every piece of information you can provide to your lawyer represents information that may be useful in court. Your lawyer can compare your report with the report made by the arresting officer and other public documents. If your lawyer finds discrepancies, they might benefit you when the trial goes to court.

Stay Out of Trouble

While you can usually expect a swift trial after being charged with driving over 80, you still have time to give your prosecutors more fodder for their court case if you aren’t careful. While you are awaiting trial, make sure to be on your best behavior. While additional traffic stops and arrests aren’t supposed to factor into your case, the judge is only human and can be swayed by a pattern of behavior. Your DUI lawyer will work hard to strike down circumstantial evidence, but poor behavior after a drinking and driving stop can still lead to a harsher sentence than you would get if you stayed on your best behavior.

A drinking and driving arrest can leave you wondering what to do next. If you follow the advice above and consult with a knowledgeable DUI lawyer in your area, you should be able to get through this situation with as little stress and embarrassment as possible.

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