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Sometimes, you get tired of the road to the gym, because you are either too exhausted before you even arrive, or it’s time-consuming. Paying for a gym membership while you’re busy most of the time is not exactly the most pleasant thing to do.

Thankfully, you can stop wasting money on memberships and create your own gym. Having a gym in the comfort of your home is not only money and time-saving, but also more convenient, as there’s nobody to stare at you. Here is how you can build the ultimate home gym.

1.   Flooring

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Flooring is a very important aspect of a gym because it not only protects your property, but it also makes the gym equipment last longer. Moreover, the correct gym flooring won’t let you be too noisy when working out. It will actually reduce the sounds.

Look for commercial grade foam flooring, as it’s pretty affordable and it can last you for a while. Don’t buy a usual carpet and call it quits, because it’s not fit for a gym.

2. Home Gym System

A complete and effective home gym system like The Total Gym or Bowflex can come in handy if you decide to build your own gym in your house. Total Gym uses your own weight as resistance, so you can do a variety of exercises to stay in shape. In addition, its flexibility allows you to work more muscles in your body, not only focus on one part.

3. Barbell & plate set

As the foundation of almost all of your workouts, this is probably the most important thing your gym should contain. You don’t have to do flashy exercises in order to keep your body in shape, but rather classic core ones that are still popular to this day. This equipment lets you do exercises for your back, arms, legs, chest, and shoulders.

4. A Bench

In order to make proper use of your barbell set, a bench is important to have. Make sure you find high-quality ones that don’t rip too easily, as you don’t want to keep spending money on new benches. Opt for one that has a decline and incline functionality, because it can be very useful if you decide to go for a split bodybuilding style training phase.

5. Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to motivate yourself, especially if you look seeing yourself working out. Make sure you place them in many places, so you can watch yourself using multiple equipments.

6. Dumbbells

If you have enough space in your gym, you can add dumbbells on your list too. If you want your family to exercise with you, as the lower weights make a low barrier to entry. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can opt for adjustable dumbbells, which don’t take a lot of space.

If you’ve decided to build a gym in your home, you hopefully know what you need now. It’s not an easy task, but with some preparation, you’ll be able to organize your space and purchase the right equipment.

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Do you feel that your office has a sterile feel to it? If you plan on asking your employees about their workspace, be prepared to hear some strong opinions. That’s because not everyone likes the traditional monochrome décor.

Summer days are the longest. This is why it feels like you are going to be stuck forever in the office during summer. As the CEO, your room is decorated exactly the way you want it. Have you ever thought about what your employees want? For them, it might be a little depressing. It’s time that you shook things up a little!

When the sun is bright outside and the office interior is plain and gloomy, employees get a little antsy. This is not good for productivity. So, how do you give your employees a brighter workspace that will keep them happy? If you want to find out, then keep on reading.

1.     Add Colour

When it comes to changing the décor, the first thing you need to do is change the colour. It really brightens up the area and makes the office look more spacious. However, instead of repainting the office with a single colour, why not go with the employees’ preference. If each employee in the office has a private workspace with a divider, then a great way to liven up the space is to paint each divider according to the employee’s choice. If it’s a co-working space, then go with colour splashes on a single wall. Compliment this wall by hanging abstract art on the other walls.

2.     Use Residential Lighting

Every office has commercial lighting, which sometimes can feel boilerplate boring and cold. So, here’s what we suggest: first, use small chandeliers in the main areas to give the office a warm look and second, place a HappyLight compact lamp on each employee’s desk. This lamp mimics sunlight and enhances mood, focus and energy without the harmful UV rays.

3.     Bring Plants In

Bring Plants In

Office Plan Hire is a service that not just make the place vibrant with planters but provide regular maintenance to make sure these plants thrive in an indoor environment. These plants get rid of toxins from air and provide a stress-free work environment. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate them in the workplace such as potted plants, green wall, desk plants and more.

4.     Someecards

Every office has inspirational quotes and that is a great way to keep employees motivated. However, a little laughter is needed for socialisation. What better way to promote this than printed meme macros from Someecards. Place one on every employee’s desk and give them the gift of laughter.

A little change in the office gives the employees something to talk about. As important it is for the company to reach its goals, it is equally important to keep the employees happy. After all, happy employees result in more productivity. Happy and satisfied employees are the backbone of an organization. They work harder because they feel content in the environment. Moreover, the change in environment and décor creates a good impression on the clients.

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When we are trying to clear up our skin, we often tend to buy a topical skin care product. We will spend thousands on trying to create a glow, reduce redness and get rid of dark circles. But maybe your best skin care products have been in your refrigerator or pantry all along? What we eat and don’t eat greatly affects our skin. Our skin is simply trying to tell us something when we experience issues like early aging, extreme dryness and blemishes. If, for example, you have gut issues it can become apparent on your skin (as the gut acts as a host for a large proportion of our immune systems). Other issues such as dehydration, candida, lack of adequate nutrition and allergies can also have a huge impact on your outer appearance.

If you become mindful of what you put in and on your body, you can create an ecosystem that thrives and which supports a healthy body and skin.

Us women often have so many things going on in life that we tend to neglect our bodies or skincare (especially if you’re a mom). If you are in need of a resource which will help you to cope with being a mom, while not forgetting about yourself, go to mommyauthority.com for more.

Beauty Products

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The truth is that most of us have no clue what goes into our personal beauty products. It’s quite shocking that the U.S government does not require any health studies before they allow certain ingredients or products to be sold to the public. It might, therefore, be a better option to look into DIY beauty recipes, more natural brands and finding out what foods might benefit our skin.

The following foods are worst for our skin and should rather be avoided:

Alcohol

Alcohol is toxic to the cells that are responsible for detoxing the liver. It, therefore, compromises the liver’s ability to detox unwanted ingredients from our blood. It is further also pro-inflammatory and dehydrates the skin.

Dairy And Sugar

These two foods are some of the foods that contribute most to skin issues. When it is removed from the diet completely, most people experience better skin. This is because it can spike hormones such as insulin and androgens which contribute to pimples.

The following foods are really good for your skin, both topically and internally:

Healthy Fats And Antioxidant Rich Foods

This includes sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots, cabbage, berries, dark leafy greens, quinoa, nuts and seeds, lentils, peas, beans, wild caught fatty fish such as mackerel and salmon. These foods will help your immune system to function properly, combat inflammation, balance hormones and lower blood sugar levels.

Raw Honey

Honey contains a lot of antioxidants which reduce inflammation and reduce oxidative stress. It further also naturally falls within the skin’s pH range, making it an ideal topical tool for healing skin. Honey can be mixed with coconut oil and granulated sugar for a natural lip scrub.

Oats

Topical use of oats is known for its soothing properties. It can be blended into a fine powder and then mixed with water for a cooling face mask. It is great for eczema, burns and rashes. It further also helps to eliminate toxic waste, reduce irritation, inflammation and redness.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar acts as an excellent toner as it is a natural astringent. It will help to restore your skin’s natural pH balance and balance your complexion. It can even act as a solution for age spots, acne and problematic skin. It can also reduce fine lines and absorb excess oils. It is recommended to dilute it with water so it won’t be so harsh on the skin.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory food which is used to improve liver health and digestion. This is a great food to use topically and to eat due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also said to help with eczema and rashes.

Be aware that it can stain, so it may take a few washes to remove the color when applied topically.

Essential Oils

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Certain essential oils are great for skin issues as they have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-microbial properties. The type of essential oil you choose should depend on your skin type:

  • Dry skin: Neroli or Sandalwood
  • Normal skin: Lavender
  • Sensitive skin: Sage or Tea Tree oil
  • Oily skin: Bergamot
  • Spots or Aging skin: Rosehip
  • Damaged skin: Frankincense
  • Acne prone skin: Tea tree

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So much of our day to day life now involves being online. From banking to shopping, there are endless tasks which can now be done with a click of a button and can be completed within a matter of minutes. With the digital world constantly growing and developing, it’s becoming increasingly important for brands and SME’s to strengthen their online profile. There are millions of searches made on Google alone and it’s surprising how many pages of results appear. With this in mind, you can understand how hard it is to improve your online visibility and become a stand out name within your industry. There are many aspects involved when it comes to growing your online visibility, some of which can be done in-house; however, many SME’s turn to search marketing agencies like Click Consult, to help strengthen the process.

SEO is one of the main services used within search marketing, which can help boost your websites rankings and contribute towards achieving a profitable ROI…

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If you have a website which has been established for some time now, it’s worth investigating and seeing what your backlink profile looks like and whether there are any broken links. At some point we’ve all come across a broken link, whether you were aware of it or not. A broken link is simply a hyperlink within an article which should direct to either an internal or external webpage; however, if the link is broken then you’ll be taken to an error page. If your website does contain broken links then it can have a negative effect on how Google views the site. Checking for broken links can be tedious but extremely beneficial in the long run.

Creating a high authoritive, relevant backlink profile will benefit your rankings and help towards how search engines view your site. The backlink profile looks at other websites which have linked to one of your pages and how trustworthy they are. It’s not ideal to have external sites linking to your website that aren’t relevant to your services and aren’t seen as authoritative themselves. By building relationship with other relevant websites, you can work towards obtaining backlinks from their site, whilst passing authority and allowing Google to see which other sites are talking about your brand.

Where your website ranks on SERP’s comes down to your keyword research. Researching the key terms you want to rank for means you can attract more relevant traffic to your site and hopefully convert them to sales. Once you’ve identified the keywords you’d like to rank for, they can then include them within your websites content and help towards boosting your keyword rankings. Unless you have previous experience, it’s best to seek professional help when it comes to keyword research, as it needs to be carried out thoroughly by an expert, to achieve the best results possible.

Why is online visibility important?

With rapidly growing industries and the online world become more and more competitive, how your brand is viewed online needs to be at the forefront of your business strategy. If executed correctly, then the services within search marketing can be highly beneficial and help achieve your online objectives.

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The two titles of “ophthalmologist” and “optometrist” can turn out to be pretty confusing terms for many people. However, there are certain crucial differences as well as similarities between the two.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has specialized in eye care. They would have completed at least four years of undergraduate study, and then subsequently completed four additional years of medical school successfully. After that, the good doctor has to spend a bare minimum of four years of residency, which is hospital-based training under senior ophthalmologists.

On the other hand, an optometrist typically possesses a degree of ‘Doctor of Optometry’. After the mandatory completion of four years of undergraduate medical study, the optometrist should compulsorily attend at least four years of optometry school as well.

Optometrists

One should note that an optometrist basically specializes in the prescribing of eye glasses and contact lenses as corrective measures for any number of vision-related ailments. They can also help diagnose issues that might require vision therapy, low vision, as well as the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various eye diseases.

An ophthalmologist, on the other hand, is a duly certified medical doctor who specializes in prescribing eye glasses as well as contact lenses. Apart from that, he will also be able to diagnose and treat various eye diseases via surgical methods as well.

Both an optometrist as well as an ophthalmologist can easily diagnose and treat certain eye conditions and illnesses.  Furthermore, they can also prescribe a wide variety of drugs and medicines to treat certain eye disorders. These may include a rare condition known as “pink eye”, different eye-related allergies, and glaucoma. As a matter of fact, treatments for all of these can easily be prescribed by both optometrists and ophthalmologists.

However, one crucial point of difference between the two is that an ophthalmologist is actually trained to perform corrective eye surgery. Whether it is a full-fledged eye surgery to be performed in a tertiary level hospital or a surgeon’s office, it is important to remember that it is only an ophthalmologist who would be duly qualified to perform such a surgery.

The other major difference is that the vast majority of optometrists tend to believe that the human body’s visual organs are an entirely dynamic system.

What this means in medical parlance is that the brain has a certain amount of elasticity and therefore, it can be retrained as well. This is the part where Personal Eyes Optometrists come into the picture with their recommendations for many non-surgical eye care alternatives.

However, many ophthalmologists tend to see it as purely a static system per se.  This is why they tend to rely on surgery a whole lot more.

Whatever the case may be, it is important to have your eyes checked from a skilled and qualified eye specialist at least once a year.

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When you’re pulling overnighters at the office in an urgent scramble to release an MVP in time, it’s all too easy to forget the very reasons why you founded the startup in the first place. Or what kind of social, cultural and technological impact that you want your business to have.

Benjamin Yee, a serial entrepreneur under 30, shares some core values shaped by three startups that he founded since leaving school. Some may dismiss them as feel-good speak coming out of a retreat in California, but these values will ring true when you’re staring into the abyss at your startup, or when you’re trying to recruit like-minded people to join your cause.

Ben’s most recent startup is a software solution called EMERGE App. It offers order, purchase and inventory management for small and medium-sized businesses around the world. Ultimately, he wants business owners to spend less time worrying over inventory issues and, instead, focus on the things that matter in their lives.

  1. Happiness

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I want my employees to feel happy working for me. When they get out of bed in the morning, they must feel motivated to tackle another day of achieving goals and fixing issues. If they start to resent coming to work or show a negative attitude, then it becomes a problem for me and my business.

EMERGE App is a cloud solution that is available via subscription. So it’s important that I continue to delight my customers and keep them happy. They can cancel their subscription anytime and switch to another product. We need to exceed customer expectations with every interaction. To achieve that we need to be happy inside first.

I create happiness by asking each new candidate one question: What Makes You Happy? For some it is money. For others, it is a goal such as putting a downpayment on a new house. For another, it was keeping his job despite migrating to another country. I’m able to keep my staff happy by nudging them closer to their dreams.

  1. Honesty

My workforce is well distributed among several countries. In one physical office, I have teams of developers, designers and testers working on the next release of EMERGE App. In another department, staff work remotely from different cities on marketing, branding and public relations. Yet another works on revenue and user growth in another country.

All this means a mix of office hours, flexi hours and remote workers. Plus I’m the digital nomad that oversees everything as I’m travelling 3 weeks out of every month. We thus measure performance by output and not corporate facetime. We trust that you do your best work at the times that suit you. If you need to urgently run an errand in the morning, then so be it. We also have an unlimited vacation policy that, thankfully, no one has abused yet.

  1. Humility

Since EMERGE App is wholly dependent on customer subscriptions, we answer to the customer alone. Thus the whole business is aligned with addressing customer pain points and supporting them in using our software to solve their inventory problems. Customer compliments really make everyone’s day, while less than stellar comments means that we need to look hard at ourselves, stay humble and then fix the issue.

  1. Humour

At the end of the day, we all need to enjoy what we do best and have some fun while at it. Everyone is a fair target for jokes and memes, myself included. We draw the line at making fun of customers of course. But friendly and humorous banter with customers is fine if that’s the mood of the chat or email. It definitely helps to connect with them.

So ask yourself today: what are your core values at your startup?

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These days the world of technology has come a long way, and there are a lot of things that have to happen in order for your life to improve with technology. There are so many different things that people can do to enrich their lives that involve the use of modern technology. Make sure you do as much as possible to use technology in a way that is going to enrich and improve your life.

Think about all the different things you are going to be using technology for on a daily basis. This is something that will play a major role in daily life, so it is something you need to embrace as much as you can. So, make sure you take a look at the different things that play a massive part in the way you live your life through technology every single day.

  • Use Apps

Use Apps

If you are a person with your ear to the ground you are most likely going to own a smartphone. And this means you will be using phone apps as much as you possibly can. There are pretty much apps out there for everything these days, and there are a lot of ways apps can enrich your life. There are so many things that play a part in the process of using apps, and these are essential for making your life better at the same time.

  • Find Out About People

You should also make sure you do as much as you can to find out more information about people. There is so much information out there that you can find out, and being able to discover more about people is really essential. So, you need to make sure you do what you can to make use of online people search functions. These are so important when it comes to running background checks or finding out what people’s backstory is.

  • Run a Business

If there is one thing people are starting to use technology more for these days it is to run a business. There are a lot of things that have to play a role in the development of small business ownership, but the fact of the matter is that technology makes this much simpler. So, you need to look at what you can do to make the most of this, and to improve things going forward.

  • Better Security

Security is such a major concern these days, and it is so important that you look after yourself and your possessions better. Technology allows us to protect things physically as well as making our digital lives more secure at the same time. So, this is something that it is important to use as it will make a big difference to how secure your life might be in the future.

This is just a handful of the different ways in which the internet can work toward making your life better. There are so many excellent things you are going to be doing on a daily basis, and the ways in which technology can help with it. Your life is built around the world of technology, and this makes it important for you to be as adaptable as you can possibly be.

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The job is complete. You ordered carpet with installation from your local carpet store and the experts just left your home. You can now enjoy your new flooring, that is after you’ve checked to ensure that the job was done correctly. Look at it this way – your new flooring wasn’t cheap, especially after you added in the cost of installation. If it isn’t done right, you’ll need to notify the installers immediately. Here’s what to look for when checking.

Look For Smooth Seams

Odds are, the carpeting wasn’t installed in one large chunk. It probably had to be cut to fit, which means that there might be a seam or two in the middle. You need to check to ensure that these seams aren’t visible. Also, look at the edges where your new carpeting meets the baseboards, doorways, walls, and other sections of the floor. Are the edge neatly tucked under? Can you see any edges that are fraying or loose? These edges should be tucked under and secured with adhesive, transition strips, carpet tape, or even tacks. If you see any of those fraying edges, call the company right away. Something isn’t right.

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Folds and Wrinkles

The professional installers should have used carpet tracks in order to stretch out the carpeting before they attached it to the floor. This should’ve taken care of any wrinkles or folds. If you see any large ones, then you need to call the company, because they didn’t install the carpeting correctly. However, if the only wrinkle or fold that you see is small and it goes away when you step on it, then you have nothing to worry about. You might see a few small ones here and there.

Divots and Buckling

The best way to check for these is to lay down on the floor and stare out at the carpet. These divots and buckles are usually described as being “hills and valleys” in the carpeting. They are signs that the carpeting was not installed smoothly, or that the subfloor wasn’t properly prepped. If you have a warped or damaged subfloor, then your carpet will have these uneven sections. A good carpet installation company will have checked the subfloor and then informed you of any issues before they proceeded with the job. If you didn’t elect to have the subfloor fixed, then that is on you. But, if they didn’t inform you properly, then they need to come back out and repair their mistakes.

Stair Edges and Liners

If you had your stairs carpeted, then you’ll need to make sure that the edge where the carpet meets the wall is smooth and secure. Both edges should look pristine. There also shouldn’t be any gaps between the stairs. If everything was done right, your stairs should look perfect. If there are loose sections between stairs, then you have a problem.

Since choosing the carpet with installation option wasn’t cheap, you need to ensure that the job gets done right. If you notice any red flags during your post-installation inspection, don’t be afraid to speak up.

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Renting a new home is a big step, especially if it’s the first-ever home you are renting. Especially if this is your first, there are a few things that you should consider before you sign up to rent any of the prospective homes that you might have in mind.

First, you should decide on your needs – do you know just how many bedrooms you want your home to have? How about bathrooms? Does it have a bath or a shower? And, just how much are they asking for rent per week or month – and are they asking for a deposit?

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There are many more important questions that people who are looking to rent a home should ask, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed – or to sign yourself into a deal that sounded great at first, but trickles down to a terrible trap in just a few weeks to months.

Here’s some practical advice for how you should go about renting your first home, and just what questions you should be asking your prospective landlord.

Deciding Your Needs

The first thing that you should decide when you are thinking of renting a home is just what your needs are when it comes to a place to live. Are you looking for a place that has one bedroom or more? Should it be a fenced and stand-alone home, or are you looking for an apartment instead? You should also know how much, at least more or less, you have available to pay – and remember that many landlords ask for a double deposit on top of the first month’s rent.

Other important things you might want to keep in mind is whether or not the apartment or house is pet-friendly – even if you don’t have any pets now, this might change with time, and you should know early on if your landlord will be accommodating.

Some people prefer wooden floors to tiles, others will look at the amount of space, bedrooms or bathrooms as their defining factor. It’s different for everyone. Decide on your needs early on so you can avoid any trouble later.

Choosing the Right Area

If you’re looking for a rental, you’ll also have to decide just where you want your home to be: Most people choose homes that are nearby to their jobs, other people might be relocating because they’ve just taken another job offer and this is part of their overall plan.

Some people choose areas for being closer to shopping malls, while others will choose a home that’s close to a bus route or school. Again, which area you choose to rent in will depend on your individual needs – and the overall asking price for homes in the area.

Contacting Prospective Rentals

Once you’ve spotted a potential rental that you like, you should send the prospective landlord or agent a message to introduce yourself. Always keep it simple, and always be police. A simple, “Hey, I just saw the ad you placed for the rental – is it still available?” is enough to strike up a conversation and gives you the room to start asking the right questions.

Speaking to a potential landlord for ten minutes is usually enough to break the ice, get more information about the rental – and figure out if you and the landlord will be able to get along. Sometimes, people just don’t – and in that case, keep looking until you find another suitable rental.

Ask the right questions; now is the time to ask them anything you might want to know about the terms of your rental – and if there’s anything you don’t like, move on. There’s no such thing as, “Maybe this will change and get better later on.” when it comes to rentals – if you’re not happy with the terms, find something else.

Arranging a Viewing

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Once you’ve spoken to the prospective landlord and gotten the basic information about the home that you’re interested in renting, it’s time to arrange a viewing. Find out when the landlord is available to show the property, and arrange a meeting time that suits both of you.

Always take someone else along when a viewing has been arranged. It ensures that you don’t get trapped in any uncomfortable or dangerous situations – yes, there are a lot of dangerous people out there, and you don’t want to turn into tomorrow’s headline if the landlord turns out to be a serial killer or a scammer instead.

It’s a good idea to take someone who knows their stuff, so to speak: Someone who knows about building structure and plumbing can be a lot of use when you’re checking out a place, and they might spot flaws that you never would have.

If you’ve seen the property and you like what you see, then it’s time to get to the really important questions.

The Really Important Questions

So, what are the really important questions?

  • Find out whether utility bills (and any other charges) will be included in your rent, or will be charged separately. Also find out how utility bills will be sent to you – sometimes you have to re-register utilities to your name, and this can be a nightmare to remove from your name when you move: Keep this in mind, too.
  • Ask whether a deposit is payable beforehand – and make sure that your deposit is kept safe in an interest-bearing trust account for when you move again. Some landlords ask for a double-deposit. Also make sure that there are no illegal or surprise charges that can come back to bite you – if yes, move along to another rental.
  • Ask whether or not there are any included extras, like furniture or security – this can be an important factor when choosing a home.
  • Ask whether or not the landlord has insurance, much like HomeLet landlord’s insurance – this will protect both you and the landlord if it ever becomes necessary to claim from insurance for events like roof damage due to storms or other wear-and-tear.
  • Ask to see the contract – but don’t sign it right this second. Always have a contract looked over by a professional attorney first – in most cases, a first consultation with an attorney costs you nothing, but saves you a lot of time in the long run.

How have your rental experiences been as a landlord or tenant? Do you have any tips that can make things easier for others who are looking for accommodation? Share it with us using the hashtag #MyFirstRentalHome!

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Sneaking out, spending hours on their phones, getting way too invested in their friendship group dramas and demanding money for the perfect teen clothes to show off their style: in some ways, teenagers will never change. But in a lot of ways, the world they’re growing up in is completely different from the one that we remember, and not just because of the internet. We’re taking a trip down memory lane to remember a few experiences that are lost in the mists of time as far as today’s teenagers are concerned – join us!

#1 Internet searches before Google

searches before google

Remember how, before 1998 when Google was invented (and swiftly took over the world), you had to Ask old web browsing stuff instead? I had a friend (that’s right…a friend) who liked to treat Jeeves like an agony uncle. “Jeeves…does he still think about me?” “Jeeves…will I ever get over him?” It may not have been as quick or effective as Googling, but it made me – er, her – feel better.

#2 Crying at Dawson’s Creek

Oh, Dawson. Oh, Pacey. Oh, Joey. Oh, that 90s soundtrack that made us truly feel for the very first time. Your Netflix fave could never. (Side note: Katie Holmes may have wound up the most successful DC alum, but it was oh so fitting when James Van Der Beek showed up in How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s first, teenage love. We loved him when we were awkward teenagers too, Robin…)

#3 Laughing at Seinfeld

This much-loved comedy ran its final episode 20 years ago after nine years on the air. No more soup Nazi, no more big salads, no more mastering one’s domain, no more ‘yadda yadda yadda’. Where would audiences hungry to watch the exploits of neurotic single people get their fix…?

#4 Laughing and crying at new episodes of Friends

Well, fortunately, by the time the Seinfeld gang left the diner where they’d sat around drinking coffee and talking about their lives, a new crew had already settled into the coffee shop up the street. That’s right: this time twenty years ago, Friends was at the height of its popularity. And sure, it’s still on Netflix and regular TV, and just about everyone in the world has seen every single episode by now, including newborn babies and probably the Dalai Lama. But just watching a Friends re-run cannot compare to the experience of watching each episode for the first time. Of squealing along with the studio audience the first time Ross and Rachel kissed, or calling your friends the second season 3 ended (“Was it Rachel’s room or Bonnie’s room? RACHEL’S OR BONNIE’S???”), or squirming with embarrassment if your parents were in the room during The One With Phoebe’s Uterus (“Seven. Seven! SEVEN!”) If you weren’t there, you don’t know, man. You just don’t know.

#5 Waiting actual years for the next Harry Potter book

Speaking of experiencing things for the first time, one experience I’m genuinely sad my kids missed out on is queuing in the bookstore at midnight to be one of the first to own Half-Blood Prince or Deathly Hallows. The costumes! The Butterbeer! The singing! The sudden silence once we all got our books and shuffled forward to pay for them, heads down and reading in the queue! It was truly magical, and almost worth the pain of finishing the book just hours later only to have to wait months or even years for the next book or movie to come out.

#6 Pop before auto-tune

Here’s another magical creation that was revealed to the world in the late 90s: in 1998, Cher’s ‘Believe’ was released – the first big hit to use auto-tune – and the world of pop (and pop stars who, uh, can’t actually sing) has never been the same…

#7 The heartbreak of Geri leaving the Spice Girls

Speaking of pop, no 90s teen could forget the shock of Geri Halliwell parting company with the rest of the Spice Girls while they were on their world tour! My favorite teen girl magazine (yeah, we read actual magazines back then, too, made of paper and everything) had literal poems in about how sad we all were. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B do not compare…imagine the drama if the spicy ones had had Instagram.

#8 Trying to memorise the words to ‘One Week’

Years before they recorded the Big Bang theme tune, Canadian oddballs the Barenaked Ladies had a huge hit in 1998 with this tongue-twister of a tune. Sing it with me now: Chickity China, the Chinese chicken, you have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin’/Watching X-Files with no lights on, we’re dans la maison/I hope the Smoking Man’s in this one…

#9 Life before Beyoncé

Destiny’s Child

You know who else was making their musical breakthrough in 1998? A little band called Destiny’s Child, that’s who. They didn’t think we could handle this, and they were so right. Or so wrong. Whatever, they left us the living goddess that is Beyoncé, and for that we are eternally grateful.

#10 That dial-up sound

If you’re anything like me, reading this post has left you humming all your fave old 90s tunes, if not heading to Spotify to craft the perfect nostalgia playlist. But there’s one sound from the late 90s that we sure as heck won’t miss, even though we’ll never forget it. We heard it when we were waiting to get online; we heard it when we were hopping up and down in our seat, knowing that our crush was waiting impatiently on MSN Messenger to chat to us; and our parents heard it every time they picked up the house phone. That’s right: the dial-up tone. The true anthem of the 90s. RIP, screechy sound: we do not miss you.

All in all, today’s teenagers live in a different world to the neon-colored, inflatably-furnished planet we inhabited back in the late 90s. You can’t help but wonder – what will they be looking back on when they’re as old as us?

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