12 Refreshing and healthy cocktails

Summer is here and most of us are excited to hit the pool, cocktail in hand. It’s time for BBQs, pool parties, beach bonfires, or other summer themed parties.

Healthy and alcohol don’t really mix. In fact, alcohol is actually poison to your body. If you’re trying to lost weight, that nightly glass of wine or beer stops any fat burning your body might be doing for up to 24 hours.

But if you really want to indulge, here’s a list of 12 healthy-ish cocktails from City Nights Disco.

At the top of the list is a light bloody mary. It clocks in at 118 calories using no sugar added, low sodium tomato juice. Squeeze in half a lemon, a dash of Worcestershire, hot sauce and one shot of vodka.

Next in line is a fruit mojito. It’s about 240 calories and consists of muddled mint leaves, juice of half a lime, simple syrup, ice cubes, fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries, strawberries, mango or kiwi. Top with rum and seltzer.

Third place goes to the sea breeze. Pour in one shot vodka, cranberry juice, and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice over ice. Top with seltzer and drink up!

There’s plenty more where that came from, see the other nine in the infographic below.


Aging gracefully with quality care

According to Avamere, 13% of the population is over 65. And as we all know, the older you get, the more at risk you are for certain diseases.

As the population grows older, it’s important to understand the many options of assisted living and quality senior care. At least 70% of the population over 65 will require long-term care and services at some point.

In 1900, the average person lived to be 47. Today, that age has increased significantly to 77. And because of the increase in longevity, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day. Right now, there’s over 53,000 people in the US that are 100 years or older. And by 2030, the percentage of people over 65 will double to 26%.

From 2000 to 2010, the western states saw the largest growth in the senior population. People aged 65+ increased 23.5% to 8.5 million. People aged 85+ increased 42.8% to 1.2 million.

There’s quite a few diseases that one needs to be on the lookout for as they age. As of now, heart disease remains the number one killer. Over half of all stroke victims are 65+ and almost 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. Alzheimers is another big one to watch out for. Five million Americans are living with Alzheimers right now and 10% of people over 65 will develop the disease. A staggering 50% of people over 85 will develop Alzheimers contributing to it being the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

There’s plenty more to watch out for. Read on in the infographic below.


Temporary Climate Control and Construction

The U.S. commercial construction industry is on the rise after a long slump. Now, more than ever, construction managers need to keep schedules on time and on budget. A great tool for this is temporary climate control. There’s a lot of benefits including accelerated paint and plaster drying and reduced costs for sealing concrete.

According to Polygon, total commercial projects for 2014 is an increased 10.3% and 2015 is an increased 10.8%. Total industrial projects are set to increase in 2014 by 7.8% and in 2015 by 8.7%. Institutional total projects are expected to increase in 2014 by 3.4% and 2015 by 6.3%.

The market segments are also noted. Hotel projects are expected to increase by 13.1% in 2014 and 9.2% in 2015. Office buildings are set to increase by 9.2% in 2014 and 10.8% in 2015. Industrial facilities are expected to increase by 7.8% in 2014 and 8.7% in 2015. Healthcare facilities are projected to increase by 5.2% and 7.8%. Education projects are expected to increase by 2.8% in 2014 and 5.8% in 2015.

Temporary climate control focused on construction drying converts an uncontrollable environment (i.e. the outdoors) in to a controllable one to tip time and unexpected delays in the construction managers favor. Here’s a few reasons why.

  1. Accelerate concrete slab drying
  2. Reduce costs for concrete sealing
  3. Accelerate paint and plaster drying
  4. Dry fireproofing
  5. Coat curing

Interested? Read on in the infographic below.


The History of Mazda and Technology

Budds’ Mazda is the single part of the Mazda brand story. Mazda has been an integral player in the auto industry globally in the last decades; however, its history reaches back much further. It all started in 1920 with Mazda being founded as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd., which was started in Japan. As of 2013, the company had become an international success, with 2013 sales in Canada alone at a total of 71,859.

This infographic traces the origin of Mazda’s history and the technological advancements that it has brought to its vehicles and to the industry as a whole through the years. These technologies include the Skyactiv technology, a blanket term for Mazda’s new-generation developments, and its renowned, award-winning safety features that enhance driver safety through hazard perception and hazard avoidance tools.

So, take the journey through Mazda’s many accomplishments. It’ll be a breeze — or, should we say, a zoom zoom.


Evolution of Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties haven’t always been the norm for brides to be. According to Bachelorette Superstore, brides didn’t have bachelorette parties before the 1960s.

Men have been indulging in pre-wedding festivities since the 5th century BC. Spartan soldiers would gather together to toast their fellow soldier on the eve of his wedding.

In the 1600s, brides would spend the evening alone considering their dowry. (That sounds depressing!) It wasn’t until 1840 when Queen Victoria began the white wedding dress tradition. Modern handcuffs were invented shortly later in 1862. In the late 1800s, grooms to-be would take a night to say good-bye to unseemly friends.

In 1922, the term bachelor party was used for the first time in print. In the 1960s, bridal showers began to take on a more edgy feel in celebration of gender equality. The Chippendales formed in 1979 and the term bachelorette party was first used in 1981.

It’s crazy to think that it’s only been 33 years since women have started regularly having bachelorette parties before their wedding. It wasn’t until the 1990s that bachelorette parties started getting a more wild reputation

See the infographic and more information below.


Christmas Spending Statistics

This infographic from Amara looks at Christmas spending. According to the infographic, the most popular Christmas gift (ever!) was Pokemon in 1999 with sales of $1 billion. In second place are Pogs (1994) with sales of 350 million Pogs, followed by Bratz Dolls, the 2001 hit which sold 125 million units. To put this in a bit more modern perspective, the 8th most popular Christmas gift (2007) was the iPod touch with 13 million units sold. Further the infographic predicts that the most popular item of 2013 will be the Furby Woob!

The infographic also looks at the average family spend on Christmas gifts across different nations:

  • Finland – £626
  • Spain – £571
  • United Kingdom – £543
  • South Africa – £487
  • United States – £435
  • Italy – £462
  • Canada – £409
  • Germany – £407
  • Russia – £320
  • Australia – £304
  • Ukraine – £278
  • Poland – £261

Further, this infographic reports that 92% of people in the UK spend money on Christmas presents and women are 4% more likely to buy Christmas presents than men.

Sales predictions expect £40 Billion to be spent on Christmas retail for 2013. To find out all the spending stats on Christmas, read through the infogrpahic below:

13 Worst States To Be A Burglar

While there is no state that rewards you for burglarizing a home, there are definitely some states where it’s a lot worse to be caught. This infographic from SimpliSafe takes a look at the 13 states that are toughest on burglars. These states include:

  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Montana
  • District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • Illinois
  • Maine

In the above thirteen states, the average minimum sentence is 2.5 years; a year and a half more than the average for the rest of the country. Comparatively, the maximum in these states tends to be much more as well. South Carolina and Virginia allow for a life sentence. Alabama is a close second as they have the ability to hand down a 100 year sentence. On the opposite end of the spectrum (and still on this list) is Illinois which will give a maximum of 25 years. Illinois is followed closely by Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Kentucky – all of which have a 30 year maximum.

It’s not just jail time that burglars have to fear in these states – 92% of these 13 states have “shoot first” laws. Laws such as “Stand Your Ground Law” and “Castle Doctrine” in these states allow home owners to use deadly force when threatened without any requirement to retreat.

That’s not all though; some states have extra punishments for burglars, read the infographic to find out all about why crime doesn’t pay in these 13 states.

Super Hero Day Jobs

This infographic from Serviced.co.uk looks at what jobs some of our most beloved super heroes would have if crime ceased to exist in their communities. The infographic leads off with my favorite super hero – Batman. What would Batman do if there were no villains such as the Joker or the Penguin that needed to be caught? This infographic suggests Batman would be a Lab Technician – He certainly does have a lot of experience with fancy equipment. Moving on to Superman; this infographic seems to think that a fitting job for the man of steel is an international courier. Probably something to do with being faster than a speeding bullet 🙂 Further, cat woman would be a dog catcher and the Hulk (this is one of our favorites) would fittingly be an a demolition expert. The infographic depicts Spider man putting his comfort with heights and ability to move objects with his webbing to good use as he would be a construction worker. Storm would fittingly be a weather forecaster and Wolverine would put his skills to use as a lumber jack.

Serving More Riders With Motorcoach Mobile WiFi

More and more users are consuming content on their mobile devices and mobile visits to websites often outnumber desktop visits. To meet the increasing demand for WiFi accessibility, many motorcoach services have begun to implement WiFi on their vehicles. This infographic looks at this growing trend and just how many riders are taking advantage of WiFi while they ride. In the US, motorcoaches in many cities have already adopted onboard WiFi, including:

  • Seattle
  • Reno
  • San Francisco
  • Salt Lake City
  • Albuquerque
  • Austin
  • Blacksburg
  • Durham
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Miami

This adoption of on-board WiFi is vital as over 60% of bus passengers typically use electronics and 90% of college students consider WiFi to be essential. When presented with the option, over half of riders consider WiFi important when choosing their mode of transportation. Research has found that people are willing to work for (or at least provide advertising views for) their WiFi – 68% of people are willing to watch an ad in exchange for free WiFi. Read the infographic below from Your Single Point to learn more about this growing trend.

The E-Cigarette

The rise of the e-cigarette is pretty new. Much safer than it’s tobacco counterpart, e-cigarettes save the purchaser money, lots of money. From Din eCigaret is an infographic providing some facts about this new fad.

There are three parts to the e-cigarette. The first is the liquid container. This is an interchangeable container that contains the nicotine, along with many other flavors (yes flavored cigarettes). The second part of the contraption is the battery. This provides power for the e-cigarette to function. Lastly is the atomizer. This piece heats up the “e-juice” liquid and converts it to steam for you to inhale.

Want to know more? Out of the 7 billion world population, there are approximately 3 to 4 million people who use e-cigarettes. Yes, that’s a wide range…But, the average cigarette user saves 70-80% per month as compared to smoking regular cigarettes. China is the largest producer of e-cigarettes (along with all other things),

See more in the infographic below designed by Luciano Bellacci.

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