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How to Write a Check

In as much as the banking sector has seen a very great deal of technological advancements, and wired transfer being the new craze for payment both for big companies and a single individual, Checks are still viable. They are still used to make payments, receive payments, and even salaries from your workplace. For the sake of those still using this method of payment, let’s take a guide on how to properly write a check;

How to properly write a check;

Payee (Pay to the order of)

In this section, you are to fill in the name of the person, or organization you want to pay out the money to. This has to be very correct and some banks request IDs when paying checks.

Amount (Numerical and in words)

The box to fill in the amount Numerically is located on the right side of the check. write the amount Numerically (0000), and make sure you fill-up the available space, to avoid an unauthorized addition of digits to the amount.

The box for writing in words is located just below the ‘Payee’ space. Make sure that what you are filling in words tallies with what is in the Numerical Box.

Date

In the upper right hand, fill in the date that you wrote the check. this is very important for records and tracking.

Signature

This is a very important piece in the check, it is what validates the check. The space for signing is situated in the bottom right corner of the check.No signature, No payment.

Memo

This is generally a space to include notes(eg; social security number). This is not necessary, but it is advised.

Three  important numbers in a check

Before you start writing any check, cross-check to make sure that these 3 numbers are correct, most especially for new checkbooks.

Account number

This is the account number of the bank account, from which the check was issued.

Routing Number

This is a nine-digit number, which is specific to every bank. It is a form of identification numbers for banks.

Check number

Each check booklet is numbered twice, One on the upper right corner and one after the account number. Make sure that these numbers are in order as you tear the check to avoid missing booklets and possibly fraud.

Always keep a record of your written checks in a register which is received alongside the checkbook. You can also make yours. Check registers can be used to track your cheques if need be. Easily detect fraud in your bank account. Balance your account.

Things to fill in your check register

  • The date you write the check
  • Check number
  • A memo or who you wrote the check to
  • The amount that was paid

Endorsing a check

This involves signing the check at the space provided in the back for endorsement by the Payee. This is to make sure that the person the money is being paid to, is the original recipient of the check. The name provided as the payee and that of the endorser must tally if not, rewrite the correct name/spelling and sign below it.  Be careful not to sign beyond the space provided.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

The oven serves as one of the easiest and perfect ways to cook a piece of crispy bacon over the stovetop method. It is stress and mess-free, unlike the stovetop method that leaves hotspots on the pan.

To rid you of the hassle of dodging splattering grease during baking let’s take a look at how to cook Bacon using the oven.

Baking a piece of bacon with an oven has 2 methods which you can follow. You can choose to cook the bacon directly on the baking sheet lined on the pan or you can choose to bake it on a cooling rack kept on the pan.

  1. Place a rack in the oven, preferably in the middle. Heat the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking sheet with aluminum foil, making sure it is overlapping on all sides. If you choose to use a cooling rack, do not use ones that have a non-sticking coating, instead apply a non-stick cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  2. Carefully arrange the bacon. Make sure that it is in a single layer with none overlapping on each other to avoid sticking during baking.
  3. Close the oven and allow it to bake. This will take about 14-18 minutes to bake (start checking after 15 minutes), depending on how thick the bacon is. Bake the cake until the Bacon takes a golden brown color and crispy. The oven is one of the best ways due to the fact that the bacon cooks evenly, unlike the popular stovetop that heats some slices faster than the others, leaving some undercooked.
  4. Place paper towels on a plate, using tongs, place the hot bacon on the paper towels, allow the grease to drain from the bacon.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. It can be served with eggs (fried or boiled) or pancakes

NB: the drained grease can be stored and used to cook eggs or popcorn later on.

Advantages of preparing Bacon with an oven

  1. Cooking with an oven is a clean practice. Cooking bacon using an oven prevents splattering of grease and also prevents hot spots marks in the pan. With the oven, you have less to clean.
  2. If you are planning on baking lots of Bacons, then using an oven is the best option. The oven has more than enough room to fit a good amount of Bacon without stacking them on each other and leading to sticking.
  3. Well, of course, Bacon won’t be the only thing you will be preparing. Using the oven gives you free time to comfortably go about your business in the kitchen until the bacon is ready.
  4. Due to the fact that the oven does now allow the pan to form hot spots, the bacon tends to cook evenly with an oven.no charcoaled or white parts left after baking.
  5. Baked Bacon does not form a curl after baking, unlike the stovetop method.

Materials needed to bake a Bacon;

  • Paper towels
  • Foil (Aluminium foil)
  • Cooling rack
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven 

How to make a messy bun

You have probably gotten tired of trying out all the difficult styles you see on Instagram and youtube and want something that gives you simple instructions, depending on your kind of hair. Messy buns will not work the same way for everyone, which is why this article will help you.

This article will show you some simple ways to get your messy bun done with ease. I will also show you the style and procedure to get your messy bun done for the kind of hair that you have. Follow me through this article and learn these simple techniques.

Messy bun for thick hair

It is somewhat difficult to do a messy bun on long thick hairs and this is because it usually gets undone after some hours. You want to ensure that you are able to keep it fit and still. Below are the steps to follow.

  • Create a high ponytail 
  • Fold the end of the ponytail with one hand and tie it if it is long enough.
  • Hold it in place with bobby pins.
  • Add some embellishments.

For thin hair

If your thin hair is not a result of any underlying illness that you should look into, then you must have thought about getting it styled in a way that looks attractive. Messy buns will do it for you. Here’s how:

  • Rub some shampoo on the hair. For an even better effect, ensure that you spray a texturizing product to give it some level of thickness.
  • Brush the hair upwards
  • Tie a scarf or head tie around the head firmly
  • Make a high ponytail and twist the end of it into a bun.
  • Fold, twist, and pin the hairpieces until it forms a pretty bun and spray it for more styling.

Loose messy bun

A loose messy bun is super stylish if you do it right. Below is a detailed step of how to do it:

  • Clip two sections of your hair to the front for later use
  • Make a ponytail from the rest of the hair. Take them as low as you want to have your messy bun.
  • Convert the ponytail to a messy bun
  • Wrap the two saved hair sections in front around the messy bun and hold them in place with a bobby pin.
  • Add some embellishments to make it look more beautiful.

Two messy buns on top

This style is for those who don’t mind giving everyone that sees them something to feel intrigued about. The style is super cute and super rare. It is one that you should try out. Below is how to do yours:

  • Pack your hair into two sections
  • Make loose ponytails of them.
  • Twist each of the ponytails loosely and wrap them across the base
  • Hold them in place with bobby pins.

Conclusion

If your style is not among the ones listed here, know that you can always use any of the steps to create something unique and different. Just ensure that they’re firmly held, in place, and beautiful.

How to Make French Toast

There are a lot of pieces of bread and toppings, there’s also a variety of French Toast one could make. We have Brioche French toast, Cinnamon French toast, French toast that tastes like Macchiato Caramel Starbucks, there’s even stuffed French toast. You could even make French toast using a mug. These are great for easy and quick French toast recipes. You need to start making this using cinnamon and vanilla extract. This would give your French toast a great rich flavor. You can then decide on which type of bread you would like to use. Bread types include bread made with whole wheat, French bread, Italian bread, or white bread. These are served using simple easy spiced syrup that’s done for tasty French toast. You can learn how to make easy and quick French toast right now. Let’s get to it, shall we? 

Prep Time is five minutes 

Cook time is also five Minutes 

It has ninety-five calories 

Ingredients you Need to Make French Toast

For four servings you need the following ingredients:

  1. An egg 
  2. Four bread slices 
  3. A quarter cup of milk 
  4. A half-cup teaspoon of grounded cinnamon 
  5. A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 

How to Prepare this French Toast 

Step One 

This French Toast is very simple to make. You need to simply beat the eggs, add in cinnamon and vanilla inside a shallow dish and then stir it all with some milk. 

Step Two 

You can then dip your bread inside this mixture with eggs and then turn this to both sides gently and evenly 

You can then cook these slices of bread using a skillet or nonstick griddle. Make sure the heat is medium till it looks browned on both of its sides. You can then serve using simple spiced syrup. If you desire this. And that’s all, you’ve got your French toast. 

How to make the simple spiced syrup: add up a teaspoon of Pure Extract made with Vanilla and a quarter teaspoon of Cinnamon per cup of syrup made from pancakes. Stir this very well and then serve it as it is warm. You could serve it whichever way you desire, don’t mind me. 

Nutritional Information 

You get to enjoy ninety-five calories per 3g. There’s a gram of Fat, there are forty-eight grams of saturated fat. There are a hundred and fifty-five grams of cholesterol. There are thirteen grams of sodium. There’s a gram of carbohydrates, there are four grams of fiber and there’s some protein available in this French toast. 

As stated earlier, making French toast is easy, it is simple and it is very basic to make. It is just like soaking cereals but this time you don’t make use of water. Just make sure your egg mix up blends on all sides of your bread pieces and make sure you enjoy the taste of it. If you don’t enjoy the taste then there’s no fun in what you made anymore. Have fun making your French toast. 

How to make a natural treatment for poison ivy

Have you recently come in contact with the poison ivy plant and have begun to see ugly little rashes on your skin? Chances are you are allergic to the plant. Have you gotten tired of using over the counter drugs and creams and want something more natural? Well, you are in the right place.

The poison ivy rash can be very embarrassing, especially when it appears in a place where your clothes can’t hide it. The itch gives you a level of discomfort that your body and mind cannot deal with, which is why you have to get rid of it without wasting time. This article will show you how to do just that naturally.

Natural treatments for poison ivy and how to make them

Below are some of the natural treatments that can get rid of poison ivy in no time. I have also put a few steps to making them yourself at home. Feel free to try the one that works for you. You can also try out this amazing oak cream.

1. Baking soda bath

Baking soda bath is simple. When you have the rash from poison ivy, your next move should be to do everything to get rid of it. Some of the other remedies you may have seen may require you to apply the treatment and leave it for some minutes. 

For somebody who goes out early and comes back late, you may not have the time for that, which is what makes the baking soda bath a good option. Just pour some baking soda in your lukewarm bathing water and have a full bath with it.

2. Aloe Vera gel

The aloe vera gel has been used over the years and even over centuries to treat several illnesses, including skin conditions. How to use the aloe vera gel? Squeeze out the content of the aloe vera leaf into a small can, apply the gel to the area of your skin that is affected, and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Note that you can leave it as long as you want. 

3. Cucumber slices

Cucumber has a lot of health benefits to your system when you eat it; imagine applying it on your skin and leaving it for some minutes. Doing this repeatedly will help you clear out your poison ivy rash and will hardly leave any scar. All you have to do is get a tuber of cucumber, slice it into several pieces, and apply the slices on your skin. It is as simple as that.

4. Baking soda and water paste

For those who have more time and don’t think the soda bath is effective enough, you can try the baking soda and water paste. It is very easy to make. Just pour some water into a small bowl, add baking soda gently and stir the mixture until it forms a paste. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it for at least 30 minutes. 

If, after trying these natural remedies, you don’t see any improvement after one week, you should consider seeing your doctor for further assistance.

Easy 30-Second Instagram ‘Filmmaking Tutorial’ Using Your iPhone

The social media community is a very big one. People use different social media platforms for different things. It could be just for fun, business, to create an audience, and so on. Whichever one it is, how you manage it matters. Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms. It is widely used to post pictures and videos. Instagram videos are not your every day 15 to 30 second TV commercials. They are a way to connect with your audience. Nowadays, Instagram users have been experimenting with different ways to create mind-blowing 30-second videos for their audience.

Instagram can be used for visual storytelling and a lot of brands are making good use of the opportunity. Instagram videos are a great marketing strategy for business people. You can film and upload directly from your phone. They could be anywhere between 2-60 seconds. I’m sure you must have seen some Instagram videos which could be about 30 seconds. How do you film such videos? Can you do that with your iPhone? Yes, of course!

There are some apps you can use to shoot and edit Instagram videos on your iPhone. Here are some of them:

1. iMovie

2. 8mm vintage camera

3. PicPlayPost

4. Instasize

5. Lapse It

With these apps, you can comfortably shoot and edit your videos on your iPhone. Some of them are available on the Google play store too.

Here’s what you should bear in mind:

1. Set clear goals: It can be very difficult to tell an engaging story within 30 seconds or one minute. Therefore, adequate planning is necessary. Know exactly what you want to include in the video because any unnecessary part will just make it longer.

2. Be precise. Go straight to the point

3. Use on-screen captions

4. Don’t forget you are telling a story that is meant to engage and compel your audience.

Video Lighting

There’s nothing better than a very clear Instagram video. Make sure you use natural light to record your videos. Don’t shoot your videos under overhead lights. It could make your videos unattractive and dull.

Shooting The Video

1. Since you are filming with your iPhone, you can either use portrait or landscape mode. Don’t worry, Instagram won’t crop it out.

2. Keep the phone focused on whatever you are filming. You could be filming yourself or something else. You can choose the focus mode by tapping the exact part of your iPhone screen you want to be in focus.

3. Let your phone be steady

4. Go ahead to record.

Like I said earlier, there are several apps you can use for cutting and editing. Some of them have been listed above. Choose your preferred one and start filming. It’s very easy and if you’re still confused, remember that practice makes perfect. Another good thing about Instagram videos is the ability to choose the content. You can focus your videos on one particular niche and grow your audience from there. Creativity and flexibility is the key!

Public Speaking Tutorial for Giving a Toast at a Wedding

Giving a toast at a wedding sounds very easy till you are called up to do it. If you are not careful, you might just be at a loss of what to say. Usually, if you are going to give a toast at a wedding, you will be informed beforehand. This gives you time to prepare your speech. Those who give toasts at a wedding ceremony are usually close to the couple. A stranger cannot be called upon to give a toast.

A wedding toast could either be funny or memorable, it could be sweet or embarrassing. The couple always wishes it would be more fun than embarrassing. Of course, they have no idea what you are going to say till you say it.

Preparing A Speech For The Toast

Bear in mind that your wedding toast has to be meaningful. You don’t need to get all worked up over what you are going to say. Just keep it light and unique. Here’s an outline:

  • Start by congratulating the couple on tying the knot: Let them know how happy you are that they are getting married and how you are excited to witness it happen
  • Introduce yourself to the guests and tell them your relationship with the couple
  • You can tell a little story to easy tension
  • Focus on the couple and not one of the pair. Even if you don’t know one of them that well, try to include them in your toast
  • A little humor is fine
  • Ask everyone to raise their glasses to the couple, cheers, glasses together, and a sip from the glass.

Tips To Help You

1. Give examples: If you’re talking about how loyal the bride or groom is, give an instance. You could tell the guests a story or share an experience you had that shows the person is loyal.

2. Your toast should be quick. At most, your toast should take about 5 minutes. Anything higher than that is too much.

3. Try not to embarrass the couple. Since you are a friend of the couple, you must have embarrassing experiences with them. Try as much as possible not to bring it up.

4. Don’t overstuff your speech with unnecessary things. Go straight to the point.

5. Practice before D-Day.

Here are some things to help you:

1. What is your favorite memory of the bride or groom?

2. What has the relationship of the couple taught you?

3. What are the qualities you admire in them?

4. How did you know they were meant to be?

Giving a toast at a wedding is not a big deal. Even if you haven’t faced a crowd before, it’s something you can easily get over with. Practice a lot before the wedding day and you will be great at it. Don’t forget to be all smiles while giving your toast. Have it in mind that you have to make the couple proud and make their wedding fun!

How To Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Card

It is the month of February and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is a period of love. It is that period where you show your loved ones how much you love them. Of course, a lot of Valentine’s day cards and flowers will be sent out. It could be to your significant other, family members, friends, and so on. Whichever person it is, ensure to give them something from the depth of your heart. One good way to do this is to send them homemade Valentine’s day cards. Yes! A card you made yourself from the scratch.

It is quite easy to make Valentine’s day cards or any card at all. You only need to have the materials and follow the procedure carefully. In less than 30 minutes, you will be done with it. Valentine’s day is a day to show someone that you care about. When you present them with your card, they’ll realize that you care about them so much to craft something but yourself. Of course, you can always buy them an already made card. However, a handmade card is more unique. You know what the person likes and can incorporate it into the card.

Here are materials to make a Valentine’s Day card:

1.  White cardboard paper and plain paper

2. Markers

3. Glitter

4. Glue

5. Pen or pencil

6. A pair of scissors

Procedure

1. Cut the cardboard paper to be shaped like a card. It could be a rectangular card, square card, circle, or whichever shape you like. Set it aside.

2. Using the scissors again, cut the plain white paper to be love-shaped.

3. Apply a little glue at the back of the love-shaped plain paper and stick into the cardboard. Allow drying for a few minutes.

4. Write your love notes inside the paper. You can write things like “I love you”, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and so on.

5. Using the markers, design the front and back of the cardboard paper. You can also add some designs inside. You can draw little hearts and color them red. This is why white cardboard paper is preferable.

6. Use the glitter as a finish. This will make it sparkly and more beautiful.

7. Your Valentine’s card is ready!

That was easy, wasn’t it? It is a homemade card and so, you can design it however you want. You may also want to use stickers on the card. Accompany your card with a little gift and the person getting it will be extremely happy. It could be flowers, perfume, Valentine’s key holder, and so on. You can shop for gifts from a nearby supermarket. They are aware of the season and will have gifts in stock.

If you need to send a card to someone over the internet, you can design your own Valentine’s day card with several available templates on the internet. Get the templates, make your unique design, and send it across to the person.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Smokey Eyes Makeup Tutorial

If you want a bold and signature makeup look, then smokey eyes are your go-to. Of course, it depends on the occasion and where you are going. If you attend a wedding with smokey eyes, you’d probably feel out of place. You wear it to occasions where you need to make a statement, say like a fashion show, a runway event, or even a club. Nevertheless, smokey eyes are quite tricky and if you are not being careful, you might just mess everything up.

Smokey eyes are a beautiful makeup style for brown eyes. If you are a beginner, you might just need a tutorial. Well, of course, you need one. Here’s what you need:

1. Black eyeshadow

2. Concealer

3. Primer

4.  Black Mascara

5. Eyeshadow brushes

6. Black eyeliner

If you’ve noticed, almost everything is black. It has to be smokey, doesn’t it?

Tutorial

Before applying your makeup, ensure your face is clean. It would make your makeup sit well on your face, without being scratchy too. Well, here’s the procedure to get smokey eyes:

1. Apply the primer on your face. It helps makeup to stay longer on your face. It also allows your eyeshadows to blend well.

2. Next, apply concealer on your eyelids and under your eyes to even out discoloration.

3. Apply your black eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eyes and also into the crease.

4. Blend out the eyeshadow evenly

5. If you feel that it is too light, add more eyeshadow

6. Using your black eyeliner, apply very close to your eyelash line

7. Blend with black eyeshadow

8. If you want the eyeliner to stand out, take it into the crease and blend it out

9. Proceed to apply the eyeliner under your eyes

10. Gently smudge it out to enhance the smokey effect

11. Apply your black mascara and you’re good to go!

Smokey Eye Makeup Tips And Guidelines

1. Ensure that your face is not oily. Unless you want your smokey eyes to smudge, use an oily face. Other than that, wash your face very well before your tutorial.

2. Use clean makeup brushes while applying your smokey eyes effect. Clean brushes will give you the right effect and allow you to easily apply your smokey eyes makeup.

3. Smokey eyes are suitable for night events

4. Nude lips accentuate smokey eyes. If you go heavy on the eyes, you don’t need bright colors like red, purple, pink, and so on your lips. A simple nude color will do.

5. Use original makeup products. If you want your smokey eyes to last longer, you should buy your products from a very good brand. There are several makeup brands out there, which is why getting an authentic one might be difficult. Nevertheless, get a good brand and buy from them.

There you go! Smokey eye tutorials may seem difficult at first. However, it becomes easier with constant practice. Play around with your brushes and be confident that you can do it.

Sugar-free Holiday Cheesecake Recipe

The holidays are upon us again, and we have to prepare promptly to receive them. The joy that Christmas brings, the thrills of getting to meet with long-time friends and distant relatives, everything is worth looking forward to. But then, what do you have to offer them when they finally arrive? Let me give you an idea; you can create this super-delicious cheesecake without worrying about excessive sugar content.

This article will show you how to make your own sugar-free holiday cheesecake recipe. You’ll see how easy it is to get everyone smiling at the dining table. The good thing about this cheesecake is that it can still pass for a good dessert if you prepare it well. You don’t have to worry about a family member who has diabetes; it is sugar-free and is still as delicious as you can imagine.

What You’ll Need

For the Cake Filling

  • 750 gram of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Two tablespoon yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of rice malt syrup
  • Extra raspberries and mint leaves to decorate
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream

For the Cake Crust

  • One cup of almond meal or other nut meal
  • One cup of shelled pistachios
  • 120 gram of softened unsalted butter
  • One cup of shredded coconut

Directions

It is not an entirely new procedure if you have been baking other types of cheesecakes. The only difference this time is that you won’t be adding sugar to the batter.

Step one

Start by preheating the oven and lining the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

Step two

To make the base, you’ll whiz the nuts in a food processor. Continue to do that until you’re sure it is very smooth. Pour your shredded coconut into the bowl, add the almond meal and butter. Stir the mixture with your hand till it forms a dough. If you don’t feel like the butter is enough, as some more. Remember that the oil in the nut can only be released when you stir correctly with your hand. Press the dough into the pan and bake for around 5 to 8 minutes until you notice that it is becoming golden in color. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.

Step three

Make a puree out of raspberries by slowly blending it. Ensure that you add some water to make it pass through easily. Pour the product into a saucepan and stir carefully until it becomes slightly thick. Allow it to cool down while you move on to the next step.

Step four

Empty all the remaining ingredients into a big bowl and stir thoroughly. Drop little bits of the mixture into the cold pan, and drop some of the raspberry sauce on the surface of the cheesecake. Pour the remaining mixture into the surface of the cheesecake and smoothen it out. Place it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcook it. Place the product in the fridge for some hours and serve it cold.