Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese

Author: JACLYN for cookingclassy.com

Homemade fruit pizza decorated in a artistic pattern with colorful fresh fruit.

In this fruit pizza recipe you get a soft and tender sugar cookie base that’s covered with a rich cream cheese topping, and layered with a generous amount of vibrantly flavored fresh fruit.

Then it’s finished with a sweet apricot jam which gives the pizza the perfect finishing sheen.

Simply put it’s a staple summer recipe! I love to make it at least once every summer and top it with a colorful variety of seasonal fruit.

You just can’t go wrong with a cookie topped with a sweet and tangy frosting, lots of tasty fruit and a simple fruit pizza glaze.

And the possibilities of how it can be decorated with creative patterns are endless. Such a fun dessert that everyone will love!

Ingredients You’ll Need for Fruit Pizza

  • Flour: I like to use unbleached all-purpose flour it has a better flavor.
  • Baking soda and baking powder: These help the cookie crust rise.
  • Salt: Added to keep the crust from tasting flat.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter is recommended but if you only have salted then just omit the salt in the recipe.
  • Granulated sugar: This is added to both the crust and the frosting.
  • Egg: This binds the dough ingredients and helps give the crust a nice texture.
  • Cream Cheese: The main ingredient to the frosting. The rich tanginess pairs perfectly with the cookie crust and sweet fruit.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a little extra flavor to the crust and frosting.
  • Fresh fruit: Don’t use frozen fruit, stick with fresh for best texture and flavor.
  • Apricot preserves: This adds a nice sheen to the fruit but you could skip it if you’d prefer. Another option would be just to brush with honey (mixed with a little water if needed to thin).

Can I use a store-bought sugar cookie dough?

Yes. Another option for the easiest recipe is to use a tube of store-bought sugar cookie dough (such as Pillsbury) instead of making the crust from scratch. Directions are noted in the recipe.

For the cream cheese frosting and toppings:

  1. Blend icing ingredients in a mixing bowl: In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), whip cream cheese, 6 Tbsp granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. Top and decorate fruit pizza: Spread frosting over crust and top with fruit.
  3. Brush with glaze: In a very small mixing bowl whisk together preserves and water. Brush mixture over fruit.

Best Fruits to Use

There are a lot of options here but these are my favorites:

  • blueberries
  • kiwis
  • grapes
  • mangoes or peaches
  • mandarin oranges (bottled are fine if you drain well)
  • pineapple (I used that to cut a star shape as well)
  • raspberries
  • strawberries

Fruit Pizza

You get a soft and tender sugar cookie base that’s covered with a rich cream cheese frosting, then that is layered with a generous amount of vibrantly flavored fresh fruit, and lastly it’s finished with a sweet apricot jam which gives it the perfect finishing sheen. Servings: 10 servings Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 14 minutes Resting time 2 hours Total Time 19 minutes

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 1 2/3 cups (236g) all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 12 Tbsp (170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, nearly room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp (38g) granulated sugar (or a little more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Fruit Layer

  • 5 cups (approx.) assorted fresh fruit*
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves, pressed through a sieve to remove lumps
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a rimmed 12-inch pizza pan (without holes), line with a round of parchment paper and butter parchment paper.
  2. For the cookie dough crust: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together 3/4 cup granulated sugar and butter until well combined. Scrape down bowl.
  4. Mix in egg, then blend in 2 tsp vanilla extract. Scrape down bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture then blend just until combined.
  6. Drop batter onto prepared pizza pan, then spread into an even layer with hands coated in non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake in preheated oven about 11 – 13 minutes until just baked through.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. For the cream cheese topping: In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), whip cream cheese, 6 Tbsp granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla until light and fluffy.
  10. Spread topping over cooled crust.
  11. For the fruit layer: Decorate pizza with fruit as desired.
  12. In a very small mixing bowl whisk together preserves and water. Brush mixture over fruit.
  13. Serve within a few hours of preparing for best results. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

*I like to use fresh fruit such as strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, grapes, mango, peaches or mandarine oranges). Avoid fruit that will brown quickly such as bananas or apples.

Store-Bought Sugar Cookie Dough Method

  • Use 1 (16.5 oz) pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough.
  • Keep all toppings the same.
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a rimmed 12-inch pizza pan, line with a round of parchment paper and butter parchment paper (or alternately line with foil and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray).
  2. Crumble cookie dough over prepared pizza pan and spread into an even layer to completely cover bottom of pan. Bake 13 – 14 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
Slices of fruit pizza on a marble surface.

Tips for the Best Fruit Pizza

  • If you have a kitchen scale use that to measure ingredients for the most consistent results.
  • If you find the dough is a little to sticky to work with you can chill it for 30 minutes before spreading into pan (then increase bake time by a few minutes).
  • Don’t skip greasing hands, it will make the dough more manageable to spread into pan.
  • Let crust cool completely or the icing will just melt.
  • Use bright sweet fruits for best flavor, also choose those with rich colors to create pretty patterns.
  • Source: https://www.cookingclassy.com/fruit-pizza/

What’s Coming to Netflix in September

By Amanda Bell  for TV Guide©

We’re still only a week into August, but already the titles coming to Netflix in September are starting to pile up. Netflix is expected to announce even more new originals and library titles later this month, but here’s a look at everything we know so far about the streaming service’s new additions in September.

a boy and a girl sitting on a table: Sarah Paulson, Ratched | Photo Credits: Netflix
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For starters, we’re in for a new unnerving adventure from Charlie Kaufman called i’m thinking of ending things on Friday, Sept. 4. The film, which is inspired by Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, begins as a road trip and devolves into psychological terror, and it stars Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis. Also premiering the same day is Netflix’s space adventure, Away, which features Hilary Swank leading the first mission to Mars, with Josh Charles and Talitha Bateman also starring in the series. 

High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is bringing us Julie and the Phantoms — a series about a girl who has lost her passion for music but is visited by the ghosts of three musicians from 1995 — on Thursday, Sept. 10. And Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, and Robert Pattinson star in a new psychological thriller, The Devil All the Time, which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

The Jurassic Park franchise is also getting animated with Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, and Ryan Murphy’s Ratched, a prequel series for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Sarah Paulson as the twisted Nurse Ratched, premieres on Friday, Sept. 18. 

That’s not all, either! Find out what else is coming to Netflix in September below.

Sept. 4

Away (Netflix Original) [Teaser]  

i’m thinking of ending things (Netflix Film) [Trailer

Sept. 6 

Undercover Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Sept. 10

Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix Original)

Sept. 11Family Business Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Sept. 16The Devil All the Time (Netflix Film)

Sept. 17Dragon’s Dogma (Netflix Original)

Sept. 18Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Netflix Family)

Ratched (Netflix Original)

Sept. 29Welcome to Sudden Death (Netflix Film)

So butter up your popcorn and get ready to binge!

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/what-s-coming-to-netflix-in-september/ar-BB17H9Ug?ocid=msedgdhp

OMG. I Missed it !

Yesterday was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Why was I not told of this most important day? (j/k. Every day is national chocolate chip cookie day at my house.)

In case you missed it too, I’ve got recipe’s for you to try out.

Check out this article by Tess Rose Lampert for Cheapism© featuring some of the best recipe’s ever (except for the bacon chocochip cookie. Not my thing.)

Slide 1 of 15: Chocolate chip cookies are a nearly universal joy, celebrated each year on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Aug. 4). They're also easy and cheap to make. Whether you're baking a batch of a classic family recipe or the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, absolutely no one will complain about the tasty and heartwarming result. Still, it might be time to try one of these fun, bakery-worthy versions to mix it up. Related: This Grocery Store Chocolate Chip Cookie Beat Top Brands in Our Taste Test

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Chip Off the Old

Chocolate chip cookies are a nearly universal joy, celebrated each year on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Aug. 4). They’re also easy and cheap to make. Whether you’re baking a batch of a classic family recipe or the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, absolutely no one will complain about the tasty and heartwarming result. Still, it might be time to try one of these fun, bakery-worthy versions to mix it up.

Slide 2 of 15: These indulgent cookies are an ooey, gooey twist on two family favorites. Incorporating toasted marshmallow s'mores into soft cookies is surprisingly simple and especially fitting for summer, the season for cooking s'mores over a campfire. When there's no camping trip on the calendar, a batch of s'mores cookies can be ready in less than three hours.Recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

These indulgent cookies are an ooey, gooey twist on two family favorites. Incorporating toasted marshmallow s’mores into soft cookies is surprisingly simple and especially fitting for summer, the season for cooking s’mores over a campfire. When there’s no camping trip on the calendar, a batch of s’mores cookies can be ready in less than three hours.

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Slide 3 of 15: Sprucing up regular chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&M's is an easy way to bring a classic to the next level. It's a common upgrade at the holidays, thanks to the festive look from seasonal bags of red and green candies, but it can add extra fun anytime. There's no special technique: Simply supplement the chocolate chips with M&M's. Recipe: Crunchy Creamy Sweet Related: The 20 Best Classic Cookie Recipes

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M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprucing up regular chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&M’s is an easy way to bring a classic to the next level. It’s a common upgrade at the holidays, thanks to the festive look from seasonal bags of red and green candies, but it can add extra fun anytime. There’s no special technique: Simply supplement the chocolate chips with M&M’s.

Recipe: Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Slide 4 of 15: Chocoholics unsatisfied with just a few morsels will gobble up this cookie, which takes a good thing and makes it better — by adding more chocolate. This recipe has a 4.5 rating (out of 5) from thousands of reviews, with 80% of users giving it top marks.Recipe: Allrecipes

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocoholics unsatisfied with just a few morsels will gobble up this cookie, which takes a good thing and makes it better — by adding more chocolate. This recipe has a 4.5 rating (out of 5) from thousands of reviews, with 80% of users giving it top marks.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 5 of 15: Adding visual appeal to a dish can greatly enhance its enjoyment, which is part of the idea behind these cookies infused with three kinds of chocolate chips: white, milk, and dark. The different chips also create richly layered flavor.Recipe: Allrecipes

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adding visual appeal to a dish can greatly enhance its enjoyment, which is part of the idea behind these cookies infused with three kinds of chocolate chips: white, milk, and dark. The different chips also create richly layered flavor.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 6 of 15: Using bacon in sweets is a trend that has thankfully stuck around. The interplay of the umami-rich and salty bacon offsets the sweet chocolate, making all the flavors pop. These piggy cookies are sure to be a welcome cap to barbecues and other savory meals.Recipe: Serious Eats

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (?)

Using bacon in sweets is a trend that has thankfully stuck around. The interplay of the umami-rich and salty bacon offsets the sweet chocolate, making all the flavors pop. These piggy cookies are sure to be a welcome cap to barbecues and other savory meals.

Recipe: Serious Eats

(OK, Maybe you’ll like it.)

Slide 8 of 15: Cookie cakes — really just giant, communal cookies — are fun for celebrations and make a big impression using the same inexpensive ingredients and without being much more complicated than a batch of traditional cookies. A specialized pan is required to pull off a cookie shape, though. Recipe: PopSugar Related: 17 Scrumptious Cake Recipes for Chocoholics

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Cookie cakes — really just giant, communal cookies — are fun for celebrations and make a big impression using the same inexpensive ingredients and without being much more complicated than a batch of traditional cookies. A specialized pan is required to pull off a cookie shape, though.

Recipe: PopSugar

Slide 10 of 15: Chocolate and coconut have had a long love affair. Adding coconut flakes to the classic goodie is an easy way to lend richness and decadence. One reviewer reminds bakers to store the cookies in tins to retain crispness, rather than let them soften by putting them in Tupperware. Recipe: Allrecipes Related: 20 Essential Baking Tools That Every Aspiring Pastry Chef Needs

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate and coconut have had a long love affair. Adding coconut flakes to the classic goodie is an easy way to lend richness and decadence. One reviewer reminds bakers to store the cookies in tins to retain crispness, rather than let them soften by putting them in Tupperware.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Slide 11 of 15: Caramel lovers will rejoice at the way soft, creamy, buttery caramel enhances a tender chocolate chip cookie. The main trick is inserting a caramel candy inside each cookie-dough ball before baking, but there are a few other details that make this recipe diverge from conventional chocolate chip cookie making. Recipe: Chef Savvy

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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel lovers will rejoice at the way soft, creamy, buttery caramel enhances a tender chocolate chip cookie. The main trick is inserting a caramel candy inside each cookie-dough ball before baking, but there are a few other details that make this recipe diverge from conventional chocolate chip cookie making. 

Recipe: Chef Savvy

For more recipe’s like Expresso, Salted, Nutty, and Oatmeal, just click below. As for me, I need to find a cold glass of milk and try some of these goodies.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/fun-recipes-for-national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day/ss-BB17y9Am?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

Gardening jobs for August

Find out which jobs you should be doing in the garden in August, including watering, harvesting and sowing winter crops.

By BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

August can be a busy time in the garden – there’s lots of harvesting to do, including crops such as runner beans, potatoes and raspberries.

If you can’t eat all of your crops at once, you can preserve them in a variety of ways.

Depending on the weather, you may be doing lots of watering. You might be going on holiday, and will need to prepare for time away from your plot.

Here are some gardening jobs for August.

Harvesting

Lots of crops can be harvested in August, including carrots, runner beans, beetroot, globe artichokes, cucumbers, courgettes, and second early potatoes; maincrops may be ready from the end of the month. You can also harvest onions and shallots – leave them to dry in a sunny spot before storing.

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Prune trained apples and pears

Some fruit trees can be pruned in summer, including plums, to avoid the development of silver-leaf disease. Trained apples and pears can be pruned in summer, as can spur-fruiting, established apple trees. Find out how to prune apple trees in summer.

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Watch out for pests and diseases

Watch out for flea beetle on brassicas and related plants such as Swiss chard and rocket. The tiny holes they create don’t affect the vigor of established plants but make the leaves less appealing to eat – cover plants with fleece. Also look out for blossom end rot on tomatoes, which is caused by irregular watering.

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Sow crops

You can still sow lots of crops in August, for harvests into autumn and beyond. They include lettuce (keep out of the glare of direct sun), rocket, spring onion, radish plus winter salads, including mibuna, mizuna, mustard leaf and lamb’s lettuce.

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Cut back summer-fruiting raspberries

Once they have fruited, the canes of summer-fruiting raspberries can be cut down to the ground. Read our guide to pruning summer-fruiting raspberries.

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Prepare for a holiday

Going on holiday? Give the plot a thorough soaking before you go, and harvest as many crops as you can, even if they’re small. If you can, get a friend or neighbor to water for you while you’re away. Read our guide to summer watering to let them know what to prioritize.

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Source: https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/allotment-jobs-for-august/

Is There a Wrong Way To Take a Bath?

While it doesn’t seem like there could be any wrong way to take a bath, Stacy Chimento, MD, a board certified dermatologist of Riverchase Dermatology in Miami, says there are a few mistakes you should be cautious to avoid. “There are some basics when it comes to taking a bath that people should know to make sure they aren’t damaging their skin without meaning to,” she says.

The good news is as long as you avoid these mistakes, you’ll come out of that water feeling better than ever.

a woman sitting at a sink: wrong way to take a bath
© Photo: Stocksy/Milles Studio  wrong way to take a bath

The wrong way to take a bath

1. The water is too hot

That super-hot bath water feels relaxing, but it’s not doing your skin any good. “Hot water can be abrasive, stripping the skin of its natural oils, which leaves it dehydrated and dull-looking,” says Dr. Chimento. “If you get the water on your face as well, this can cause acne flare-ups, breakouts, and skin irritation.”

Dr. Chimento says the ideal temperature for a bath is between 100°F to 110°F, which is warm but not uncomfortably hot. “If the water is too hot, the outer layer begins to break down, allowing the entry of bacteria and toxins and drawing out moisture,” she says.

2. You’re soaking for too long

If you’re taking hour-long baths, you might want to cut down you time… a lot. “When taking a bath, you should try to limit it to 15 minutes,” Dr. Chimento says. “Anything longer than that will begin to strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to inflammation and irritation.” Basically, when it starts to get cold, get out.

3. You’re shaving before a bath

It might not seem like there’s any harm in shaving before a bath, but it could be setting your skin up for disaster. “Shaving opens your pores and sometimes create little nicks in the skin. If you take a bath directly after, you’re allowing germs and bacteria to reach those places, too, which you don’t want,” Dr. Chimento says. Save shaving for the shower instead.

4. You’re using essential oils

Yes, essential oils make your bath smell amazing. Unfortunately, your skin might not appreciate the soothing scents. “Essential oils should never be mixed with water, as they won’t dilute,” Dr. Chimento says. “While essential oils are rich in antioxidants and antibacterial ingredients beneficial for the skin, most of them include fragrance ingredients that can significantly irritate the skin.”

Instead, she recommends mixing a few drops of an essential oil—like lavender ($10) or eucalyptus with aloe—into a cup of oatmeal, then tossing it into your warm bath. That way, you’ll reap the benefits without potentially hurting your skin.

5. You’re not moisturizing afterward

Since baths can dry out your skin, moisturizing afterward is a must. “Immediately following your bath, moisturize your skin while it’s still slightly damp to seal in moisture,” Dr. Chimento says. “You can do this with any lotion or body oil.”

Article by Tehrene Firman  for Well+Good.com

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/is-there-a-wrong-way-to-take-a-bath-5-common-mistakes-a-derm-wants-you-to-avoid/ar-BB17vAsy?ocid=msedgntp

Facebook Scams You Need to Take Seriously

A healthy dose of skepticism

Facebook can be a wonderful place full of opportunities to learn new things, share the special moments in your life, and reconnect with old friends. While Facebook is a lighthearted site for sharing, liking, and commenting, it is also one of the most common places for scams and fraud on the Internet. Unfortunately, while you’re sharing your life with friends and family, you might be unintentionally sharing private information with those who wish to do you harm.

On the bright side, there are ways to protect yourself against the nefarious and sometimes quite believable scams. More and more scams are being exposed every day and each new scam is more clever and less detectable than the last. As a rule of thumb, remember to do your own research, never click on suspicious links, and distrust sites asking you to enter personal information.

Slide 5 of 18: Your friend just found out what ‘80s pop star is their spirit animal and now you can’t wait to find out either. Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you, though. Some Facebook quizzes will ask for access to your profile, and others will even go a step further by throwing certain questions into the quiz itself, says Adam Levin, founder of global identity protection and data risk services firm CyberScout and author of Swiped. “They’re purely to gather information because … they could be the answers to security questions,” he says. Only take quizzes on sites you know and trust, and create fake answers for password recovery questions so they’re hard to crack, says Levin. It might be easy enough for Facebook scams to figure out your mother’s maiden name, so leave an easy-to-remember lie instead.

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Taking quizzes

Your friend just found out what ‘80s pop star is their spirit animal and now you can’t wait to find out either. Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you, though. Some Facebook quizzes will ask for access to your profile, and others will even go a step further by throwing certain questions into the quiz itself, says Adam Levin, founder of global identity protection and data risk services firm CyberScout and author of Swiped. “They’re purely to gather information because … they could be the answers to security questions,” he says. Only take quizzes on sites you know and trust, and create fake answers for password recovery questions so they’re hard to crack, says Levin. It might be easy enough for Facebook scams to figure out your mother’s maiden name, so leave an easy-to-remember lie instead.

Insane giveaways

Free iPad giveaway? Sign me up! But wait—before you click that sweepstakes link, ask yourself whether it seems real, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center. “Yes, there are legitimate sweepstakes and raffles and giveaways, but there’s usually an end goal there,” she says. Most companies are hoping the promise of a free iPad (or flight or jewelry) will entice you enough to, say, sign up for a newsletter or buy a product. Before you give any personal information to a company, weigh the chances of winning with what you’ll lose giving up personal information. 

The “new” old friend

Be skeptical if you receive a friend request from someone you could have sworn already had a Facebook page. Sure, some people like to clean house by ditching their old profiles, but other friend requests aren’t so innocent. Scammers will clone a person’s entire Facebook profile, creating a fake profile of a real person. From your “friend’s” page, the hacker could send a link for a get-rich-quick scheme or a cute quote. It’s the kind of thing you’d ignore from an anonymous email message, but not from a loyal friend. “They’re banking on the fact that you will trust the message,” says Levin. The problem is, clicking that link could add malware to your computer. Before you accept a weird friend request, shoot over a text or call the person to confirm it’s not a fake account.

A friend’s strange request

Even if you haven’t received a new request, don’t immediately trust a message from a friend you can’t see face-to-face. Hackers can find a person’s password and break into their account, then message their friends. The person might claim to have lost their wallet in Europe and ask you to send money. It might sound obvious enough now that it’s a scam, but those messages could tap into your fear so you don’t think straight. If you’re wondering if your “friend” is who you think it is, get in touch on a platform other than Facebook. Ringtones sound different in America than in other countries, so you’ll be able to figure out if you’re friend is traveling, even if they don’t pick up the phone, says Levin. Still not sure? Again, get in touch off of Facebook to find out what’s going on. 

Gossipmongers

Whether you know the person who posted it or not, you might go into panic mode when someone leaves you a message warning, “OMG look what they’re saying about you” and click the link to find out what’s going on. “It’s really about engaging your curiosity and getting your curious nature to say, ‘I want to know,’” says Velasquez. But don’t click! A vague message (“Did you see this picture of you?” vs “LOL at your face eating cake at Sam’s party last weekend”) is suspect, and clicking it could load malware onto your computer, says Velasquez. Text your friend to confirm the link is real.

Click here for more info (This is not a hoax):

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/17-facebook-scams-you-need-to-take-seriously/ss-BB17fNTj?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

39 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas

Whether you’re looking to sell, or just want to give your home a spring refresh, these simple curb appeal ideas will go a long way.

First step: paint your front door.

If you don’t want to paint, just give your door a good scrub.

Spray paint your existing door hardware.

Add a stylish door knocker
Put in some new porch lights.
Or, just upgrade the ones you have.
make faux tiles with concrete stain.
Add some greenery

To read more of this article by Jessica Probus of BuzzFeed, click below:

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/a-facelift-for-your-house?sub=3748525_5644583&utm_term=.vnG6L8wbz#.dj5EM130v

How to Grow Hair Faster So It’s Longer and Stronger

By Sarah Wu  for Glamour©


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Hair never seems to grow more slowly than when you need it to do the exact opposite. If you’re wondering how to grow hair faster, the first thing to keep in mind is that there’s no sudden miracle cure for transitioning between hairstyles or growing out an unfortunate chop overnight. On average, you should expect a maximum half inch of new growth per month—and that’s under the healthiest conditions. Due to factors like breakage or diet, it can easily be less. In other words, have plenty of patience.

The good news: There are plenty of easy steps that can make a big difference in ensuring you do reach that half inch every month. Growing your hair out requires a twofold approach. First, you have to reduce damage throughout the hair shaft to prevent hair loss and growth-slowing breakage. And second, you need an optimal growing environment at the root, while also leaving certain things (like color and trims) in the hands of experienced professionals. Below, hair and scalp experts weigh in on the 15 most effective things you can do to get those follicles (gradually) moving. Here’s their best advice on how to grow hair faster.

1. Put down the scissors and ask for “health trims.”

Says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, let it grow out until you can (or feel safe enough to) book a salon appointment again. Once you do, she recommends asking for a “health trim”—in other words, letting your hairstylist know you are growing out your hair and only want to cut the split ends while still maintaining length.

“If the goal is to grow out your hair, patience is key,” she says. “Get trims two or three times a year, or more frequently if your hair is damaged or you color it regularly.”

2. Take a break from bleaching.

“I like to say your hair can be short and blonde or long and dark, but you can’t have both,” says Marjan. Regularly bleaching and highlighting your hair can easily lead to over-processing, which causes breakage and makes it much harder for hair to grow out. Marjan recommends switching to darker colors during your grow-out phase and opting for demi- or semi-permanent colors at the salon, which won’t cause unnecessary damage.

3. Try a clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub.

Your scalp condition is crucial to growing your hair—not just faster, but also healthier and stronger. According to dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D., you can improve scalp health by creating a clear surface with clarifying ingredients. “Like your face, your scalp experiences a great deal of environmentally induced inflammation,” she says. “Keeping follicles clean prevents oil build up or clogging.”

Shamban recommends any scalp scrub formulas with salicylic acid (which strips away the outer layer of cells and sebum buildup) and glycolic acid (which penetrates even more deeply). You can also try making your own using sugar, olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Or, simply incorporate a once-weekly shampoo that’s equal parts clarifying and hydrating.

4. Choose haircare products with targeted ingredients.

Beyond your once-weekly clarifying shampoo or scrub, it’s also helpful to look for topicals that can maintain your hair health in between. Kerry Yates, scalp health expert and founder of Colour Collective, always recommends a select group of anti-inflammatory botanicals. “Aloe vera instantly soothes and conditions without negatively impacting sebum production,” she says. “Fenugreek is rich in niacin, which can increase blood flow to the follicle. Chamomile is a natural calming agent for scalp sensitivities, and honey helps ward off bacterial growth on your scalp.”

5. Space out your shampoo days.

Deciding how often you should wash your hair ultimately depends on your individual hair type. But whether you have curls or straight hair, Yates does not recommend shampooing on a daily basis. “The daily use of cleansers can cause dryness and scalp irritation,” she says. Use a dry shampoo when needed, and follow with a clarifying rinse the day after.

6. Treat yourself to a deep-conditioning treatment.

Scalp health is important for growth, but so is keeping the rest of your hair nourished, even if it’s made up of dead cells. Cut down on split ends and damage by doing a once-weekly deep-conditioning treatment. These targeted formulas help to keep the hair shaft sealed and smooth. “Have a deep conditioning treatment that’s part of your regular regimen,” says hairstylist and owner of Phenix Salon Suites, Gina Rivera. 

7. Swap out your bath towel for something snag-free.

Once you’re out of the shower, your hair is in its most fragile state. Avoid breakage by using towels that won’t snag and pull. “The best towels to use for drying the hair are non-terrycloth towels,” says Yates. “The absence of the tight loops prevent that excess pulling, which is not good for hair health.” She suggests using an old cotton T-shirt instead, which provides a smooth surface for hair to glide over without getting caught.

8. Minimize heat damage.

Growing your hair out doesn’t mean swearing off hot tools entirely, but minimizing heat damage significantly cuts down on dryness and split ends. “I recommend Ghd hot tools because of their universal heat setting, which styles your hair without blowing out the cuticle and contributing to heat damage,” says Marjan. Rivera also recommends lines like By Gina with infrared smart technology, which locks moisture into the hair shaft. In general, keep your blow-dryers, flatirons, and curling wands on lower heat settings when possible to prevent scorching the hair. (And always pair them with a heat protectant.)

9. Brush your hair—carefully.

Brushing your hair does more than detangle it; it also releases dead cells, improves scalp circulation, and distributes oil throughout your hair shaft. Shamban often recommends that her clients with irritated scalps incorporate this step by using a bristle brush daily. Remember that hair is especially fragile out of the shower, so it’s best to do this step once your hair isn’t sopping wet. “Make sure you brush gently and use a non-damaging brush that won’t pull or snag hair,” says Marjan.

10. Invest in a silk pillowcase.

“Silk pillowcases are probably the easiest change you can make that reaps the biggest reward,” says Marjan. When you sleep on cotton pillowcases, the fabric can pull moisture from your hair overnight and cause friction that leads to dryness and pulling. “Sleeping on silk not only extends the life of your hairstyle, but also keeps hair healthier,” says Marjan. These colorful cases from Branché keep their soft but substantial finish no matter how many times you wash them, but you should also take a look at our breakdown of the best silk pillowcases worth your money.

11. Gua sha your scalp.

If you’ve tried gua sha on your face, the same technique can be applied to your scalp to stimulate hair follicles. “This is a great pre-shampoo treatment and can be done with an oil on your scalp,” says Marjan, who recommends either castor or tea tree oil. “Castor oil has an essential fatty acid that nourishes your scalp and prevents hair from falling, resulting in thicker, healthier hair,” she says. Tea tree oil is an ideal option if you want a cooling, stimulating effect. touch points.

12. Use low-pressure hair ties.

Just like cotton pillowcases, elastics can also pull on your hair if you’re not careful. “Constant pulling will result in permanent follicle damage and prevent the follicles from operating normally,” says Yates. “If you like to wear your hair in tight ponytail, try one a bit lower, towards the nape of your neck to limit strain.” Also consider swapping out your regular elastics for silk scrunchies or hair ties that distribute pressure more evenly, like the Invisibobble.

13. Take biotin, iodine, and zinc supplements.

Topicals are effective at maintaining hair health to an extent, but supplements are another smart way to get your nutrients in. There’s no miracle pill that will suddenly speed up hair growth, but certain ingredients can assist in the process. Shamban frequently recommends biotin to her patients, which works as well internally as it does topically. Nutritionist and founder of JSHealth Vitamins, Jessica Sepel, likes kelp-sourced iodine and zinc, which are featured in her Hair + Energy vitamins. “Iodine has promising research to enhance hair health and growth, and zinc can help maintain it,” she says.

14. Eat foods rich in iron, protein, and healthy fats.

Sepel also recommends paying attention to your regular diet, where you get the bulk of your growth-boosting ingredients. “Incorporate a variety of nutrients to promote healthier hair,” she says. At the top of her list are iron and protein-rich foods like red meat, spinach, legumes, tempeh, tofu, poultry, fish, and eggs. The healthy fats found in salmon, avocado, and nuts can also help promote shinier, stronger hair.

15. Reduce stress.

Shamban says that stress and hormonal shifts are the main factors behind hair loss and thinning in women. “When you are unhealthy, the energy to support scalp and hair health will be diverted to other parts of your body,” says Yates. “Solely relying on topical treatments in these cases will not help with scalp health.”

This one’s admittedly easier said than done, but whether reducing stress involves plugging in an essential oil diffuser or having a longer conversation with your doctor, it’s an important final step. “A happy scalp grows healthy hair,” says Shamban.

Sarah Wu is a writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @say.wu.

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What’s New on Netflix in August 2020: Everything Coming Out This Month

By Alex Ungerman‍ for ET©

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Universal Pictures

August is upon us, which means some new Netflix titles are coming your way. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, you are probably spending your summer months inside more than you usually would, and the good news is, there are a ton of streaming options to help you pass the time.

The beginning of the month will kick off with the original Jurassic Park films, as well as Ocean’s TwelveOcean’s Thirteen and a number of other classics, including Being John Malkovich. Later in the month, look forward to Selling Sunset season 3, Rob Schneider’s new special, Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, and the James Bond movies, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Read on for all the August Netflix releases and corresponding dates. Also be sure to check out what’s leaving Netflix, as well as all our streaming guides, from new movies you can stream early while theaters are closed, to the best feel-good movies, the best movies and TV shows to stay in and stream and more.

August 1, 2020

Super Monsters: The New Class
Acts of Violence
The Addams Family 
(1991)
An Education
Being John Malkovich
Death at a Funeral
Dennis the Menace
Elizabeth Harvest
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hardcore Henry
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
: Seasons 1-2
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Mad Max 
(1979)
Mr. Deeds
My Perfect Landing
: Season 1
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
The Next Step: 
Season 6
Nights in Rodanthe
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Operation Ouch
: Season 1
Operation Ouch: Special
Remember Me
Seabiscuit
Toradora!: 
Season 1
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
The Ugly Truth
What Keeps You Alive

August 2, 2020

Almost Love
Connected

August 3, 2020

Immigration Nation

August 4, 2020

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Summer Camp
Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave
Mystery Lab
Sam Jay: 3 In The Morning

August 5, 2020

Anelka: Misunderstood
World’s Most Wanted

August 6, 2020

The Rain: Season 3
The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods

August 7, 2020

Berlin, Berlin
High Sea
s: Season 3
The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids In Space
¡Nailed It! México
: Season 2
The New Legends of Monkey: Season 2
Selling Sunset: Season 3
Sing On! Germany
Tiny Creatures
Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
Word Party Songs
Work It

August 8, 2020

The Promise
We Summon the Darkness

August 10, 2020

GAME ON: A Comedy Crossover Event 
Nightcrawler

August 11, 2020

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids

August 12, 2020

Scary Movie 5
(Un)Well
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl


August 13, 2020

Safety Not Guaranteed
An Easy Girl

August 14, 2020

3%: Season 4
El robo del siglo
Fearless
Glow Up
: Season 2
Project Power
The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air
The Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits
The Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change
The Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance
Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun
Teenage Bounty Hunters

August 15, 2020

Rita: Season 5
Stranger
: Season 2

August 16, 2020

Johnny English
Les Misérables

August 17, 2020

Crazy Awesome Teachers
Drunk Parents
Glitch Techs
: Season 2

August 19, 2020

The Crimes That Bind
DeMarcus Family Rules
High Score

August 20, 2020

Biohackers
Good Kisser
Great Pretender
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

August 21, 2020

Alien TV
Fuego Negro
Hoops
Lucifer
: Season 5
Rust Valley Restorers: Season 3
The Sleepover

August 23, 2020

1BR
Septembers of Shiraz

August 25, 2020

Emily’s Wonder Lab
Trinkets
: Season 2

August 26, 2020

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
La venganza de Analía
Million Dollar Beach House
Rising Phoenix

August 27, 2020

Aggretsuko: Season 3
The Bridge Curse
The Frozen Ground

August 28, 2020

All Together Now
Cobra Kai
: Seasons 1-2
I AM A KILLER: Released
Unknown Origins

August 31, 2020

Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace

No Date Yet

All Together Now

Source: https://www.etonline.com/whats-new-on-netflix-in-august-2020-everything-coming-out-this-month-142202

What’s Leaving Netflix in August 2020

By Alex Ungerman‍  for ET©


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Bad Boys may be for Life, but the first two movies in the franchise won’t be forever on Netflix. The streaming service is saying goodbye to Bad Boys and Bad Boys II at the end of the month, as well as a number of other popular titles, including Get Him to the GreekCluelessGroundhog DayChild’s Play and He’s Just Not That Into You.

You’ve still got time to watch all these movies, but you better get on it if you’ve been putting it off! Read on for a complete list of what movies and TV shows are leaving Netflix in August. 

August 1, 2020

Skins: Seasons 1-7

August 3, 2020

Love

Paranormal Survivor:Seasons 1-2

August 7, 2020

6 Days

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

St. Agatha

August 14, 2020

Adventures in Public School

Being AP

Goon

August 18, 2020

The Incident

August 19, 2020

Some Kind of Beautiful

August 20, 2020

Bad Rap

August 21, 2020

Just Go With It

August 23, 2020

Fanatic

August 25, 2020

Blue Is the Warmest Color

August 28, 2020

Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown

The Wicker Man

August 31, 2020

Bad Boys

Bad Boys II

Candyman

Child’s Play

Clueless

Failure to Launch

Get Him to the Greek

Groundhog Day

He’s Just Not That Into You

Jerry Maguire

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid Part II

The Karate Kid Part III

The Lake House

Life as We Know It

Murder Party

Observe and Report

One Day

Public Enemies

Rugrats Go Wild

School Daze

Tootsie

United 93

V for Vendetta

Valentine’s Day

I hope your fav is not on the list, but new titles are added every month also.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/what-s-leaving-netflix-in-august-2020/ar-BB15SSoq?ocid=msedgntp