Who Really Discovered America?

In elementary school we learned that “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, but is it possible that our teachers left out some details on who actually discovered America?

Christopher Columbus

Sure, Christopher Columbus is the most famous explorer to have landed on the shores of the Americas, but was he first and why is the land not named after him? People like when stuff is named after them – the human race is kind of narcissistic in that way. We donate lots of money to build a library – we want the building named after us; so I’m pretty sure if you found a never-before-discovered land, you’d want that named after you too.

Amerigo Vespucci

The reason it’s not called Columbia (or something down that road) is because in 1497 an Italian explorer by the name of Amerigo Vespucci came to the land; and because news had not yet arrived that Columbus was actually there first, he had a mapmaker name it America after himself.

As far as who landed here first (besides the natives because they technically did not land here), there are tons of theories. That is what is so great about this question – there is no rock solid answer.

Leif Ericson

Some historians believe that Egyptians could have been here first, backing up their theory with findings of similarities between pre-Columbian architecture found here and that of the ancient Egyptians. Others argue that Norse explorer Leif Ericson landed on the eastern shores of America circa AD 1000, while still more theorize that the Chinese, Japanese, and Polynesians all beat Columbus by reaching the west coast years before he ever set sail.
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So, who is the real discoverer of America? The answer is: who knows!? Got any research or knowledge you’d like to share? Let’s hear it! Who do you know/believe really discovered America?

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Best Beach Body Workouts

No gym? No problem! We’ve got the perfect moves for you to get or stay in shape this summer vacay!

Cardio: You’re on vacation – if it’s the typical summer vacay, you’re probably at the beach. So why not take advantage of that and go for a run, walk, jog, or whatever works for you on the beach! Take in the scenery and get a nice breeze while you exercise! If running isn’ t your thing, try one of these cardio workouts which also throw in a few strengthening moves as well! Plus, you can adjust this workout to your ability; so if you’re already a very fit person, try doing 2-3 reps of these exercises at a time.

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Arms: Have you heard guys make fun of girls who put their arm on their hip for pictures to make their arm seem skinnier? I have. I have two thoughts on that. First of all, it’s annoying that guys even say that and they can just shove it! But secondly, they are 100% right. That is the reason we do that! Don’t you want to be able to take a picture and not worry about your pose and trying to make yourself look skinnier? Let’s get rid of that underarm jiggle together ladies! Try one of these workouts to tone up your arms.

Legs: Everyone wants their legs to look as hot as a Victoria’s Secret model’s, right? I can’t promise you that us mortals will ever actually look as good as the Angels, but why not try!? Squats, lunges, leg lifts – we’ve got ’em all covered.

Core: Finally, the main problem spot… the belly and muffin top. Try these awesome moves to turn that flab into fab!

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Gonna try out these exercises? Let me know how they work out for you! Or share your favorite at-home workouts! I’d love to hear your beach bod secrets. I look forward to hearing from you guys!

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Kasia

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50 Shades of Red

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Red is an intense color. It seems to affect us on both psychological and physiological levels. Why is is it that red puts us all under its powerful spell? Sheesh, I wouldn’t know where to start in answering that question. The most basic scientific answer to that question is that red has the longest wavelength and is therefore the easiest to spot from a distance. That’s why important things like traffic signs are red. But that’s boring and I’m not going to discuss more reasons behind why red is so attractive to us.

What is equally important though is knowing what messages come across when using red and how we react to the color. Red can have both positive and negative reactions attached to it. On the positive side is strong, bold, passion, confidence, and sexy; and on the negative side is anger, aggressive, and danger.

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Red lingerie is considered the sexiest. Women are attracted to men more when they are wearing red. Restaurants often times use red in their stores because it makes the mind think its hungrier. Matadors use a red cloth because it supposedly makes the bull angry (also because it’s easiest to see from far away). These are all facts about the color red and how we are attracted to it. Even red wedding dresses are trendy because of our obsession with the color.

I mean I am currently on the hunt for a red trench coat, sundress, and bra all at the same time. Why red? Isn’t it clear? We are simply attracted emotionally and physically to the color… just like we are to Christian Grey!

So tell me how you wear your red. Or if not red, then what’s your favorite color? As always, looking forward to hearing from you!

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Travel in Style with Durable Luggage

Oh the places you’ll go… as long as you’ve got the right bags, of course! You are both stylish and durable (in a sense), right? So why shouldn’t your luggage be the same!? Check out these brands that are known around the world as the best.

Lipault

Lipault Paris is known for its lightweight luggage options. Its foldable soft shell bags boast that they “add 0% excess weight and space to your travels”. With the high fees and extreme weight/size limitations these days, lightweight baggage is a huge advantage! Check out their collections here at http://www.lipault-us.com/.

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Rimowa

Rimowa Germany is among the top manufacturers of luggage in Europe. Valuing durability, their hard shells are always sleek and chic while providing your luggage with excellent protection from certain airport staff who may not “handle with care”. They’ve even combined the hard and soft concept in some of their hybrid styles. Check out all their styles and looks here at http://www.rimowa.de/main/langselect.

Tumi

Taking pride in their variety of collections, Tumi has the luggage for any occasion – in any style, I might add. They’ve got everyday collections like wallets and handbags, business collections including briefcases and the like, and your typical travel collections with duffels and suitcases. Check out their entire collection here at http://www.tumi.com/home/index.jsp.

What’s your favorite brand of luggage? I personally like Tumi just because of its versatile selection. They always have what I’m looking for!

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World’s Most Exclusive Beaches

Beaches and beach resorts and restaurants that are graced with famous people on a regular basis often become more exclusive because the demand for them is higher (after all, everyone wants to live life like a celebrity). So where are the most exclusive beaches, beach clubs, and the like? Read on fellow beach-goers…

Le Club 55, St. Tropez

One of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, Le Club 55 sits on St. Tropez’s white-sanded beach of Pampelonne. It has been known to serve many famous people, but all customers are treated the same… if you’re lucky enough to even get a table, that is. You should definitely try to get yourself a reservation at this beach club if you’re planning a trip to St. Tropez – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience!

Saline Beach, St. Barts

St. Barts is a well-known vacay spot, in fact it’s got two different beaches on my list! Saline Beach in St. Barts is a bit rougher than some of its other beaches but has the luxury of being quite private and very obviously tranquil and beautiful.

Colombier Beach, St. Barts

This is the second St. Barts beach on my list. Only accessible by boat or a 25-minute long hike through rugged terrain, this beach is so secluded it might as well be considered private. Colombier is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or just admiring the view.

Cambridge Beaches, Sandys, Bermuda

Cambridge Beaches is a cottage colony perfect for a romantic getaway or a family escape. You will be treated like a celebrity by its staff who will cater to your every need. Dine at the gourmet restaurant or visit its spa or spend the day on one of its five private beaches. These exclusive accomodations ensure you the luxurious vacation you desire.

Rania, The Maldives

Rania is an exclusive private island experience. You get your own island home hidden somewhere in the Indian Ocean, private yacht, personal chef, and staff. This is the ultimate sanctuary, oasis, getaway – whatever you want to call it! This experience has luxury (and “$$$”) written all over it.

Is there such a thing as too exclusive? Because if so, these places probably qualify! What do you think the most exclusive beach destinations in the world are? Would you have guessed St. Barts, Bermuda, the Indian Ocean and France? As always, let me know!

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