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25 Old And New Poster-Worthy Dunks

Some will tell you that the modern NBA is a shooters game, with the dominance of the Warriors in the past few years, where three’s are as common as a layup. There’s a lot of merit to that stance. But while hitting an average of 13.1 three’s per game is guaranteed to give you an upper edge, there is still something spectacular about a big dunk.

The main event at the 2016 NBA all-star game was supposed to be the 3-point contest, with Curry going head-to-head against Warriors teammate Klay Thompson. But when the dunk contest rolled around, it quickly stole the spotlight. Zach Lavine went the distance against Aaron Gordon in a battle that became the most talked about story of the weekend.

Dunks will always have a place in the game, no matter how many threes the Warriors hit.

To honour the dunk, I’ve put together a collection of some old and new NBA and NCAA dunks for the fanatic. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


dunk-1Credit: Eric Kilby

dunk-2Credit: Beaverbasketball

dunk-3Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE

dunk-4Credit: Juan Ocampo/NBAE

dunk-5Credit: Beaverbasketball

dunk-6Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-7Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE

dunk-8Credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE

dunk-9Credit: SD Dirk

dunk-10Credit: Keith Allison

Washington Wizards v/s Los Angeles Lakers December 14, 2010Credit: Keith Allison

Washington Wizards v/s Cleveland Cavaliers November 18, 2009 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-13Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-14Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE

dunk-15Credit: Eric Kilby

dunk-16Credit: Beaverbasketball

Washington Wizards v/s Miami Heat December 18, 2010Credit: Keith Allison

Wizards v/s Heat 03/30/11Credit: Keith Allison

Washington Wizards v/s Phoenix Suns November 8, 2009 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-20Credit: SD Dirk

dunk-21Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-22Credit: Keith Allison

dunk-23Credit: Erik Drost

dunk-25Credit: Dan Fornal

dunk-26Credit: Chad Cooper


Conclusion

Dunks will always be relevant. Credit for the first ever NBA dunker goes to Bob Kurland, who revolutionized the game with the “high-percentage shot” back in the 40’s. Players like Spud Webb, Shaq, Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, Vince Carter, and more recently Blake Griffin, Lebron James and Zach Lavine, have all been able to take things a step further and keep the dunk alive. I don’t know if anything will ever take its place.

17 Modeling Themes That Will Make You ‘Blue Steel’

The modeling industry is what makes the world go-round.

I’m totally joking, but where the modeling industry is huge is in the influence it has on consumer spending and self-image. NYC’s fashion industry (which you could argue is the fashion capital of the world) employs 165,000 people and generates an estimated $55 billion per year. That’s big business…

Fashion trends and consumer spending is so heavily influenced by the image that models portray. Kanye West started marketing a style of clothing last year that most people said was stupid and wouldn’t work. A year later, that same style is the trend and sells for a lot of money. If you’re in the industry, realize the influence that you have and take advantage of it!

Just for interest’s sake, here are the top 16 paid models of 2016.

  1. Gisele Bundchen: $30.5 million.
  2. Adriana Lima: $10.5 million.
  3. Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss: $10 million.
  4. Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: $9 million.
  5. Cara Delevingne: $8.5 million.
  6. Candice Swanepoel and Liu Wen: $7 million.
  7. Miranda Kerr: $6 million.
  8. Natalia Vodianova and Lara Stone: $5.5 million.
  9. Doutzen Kroes, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio: $5 million.
  10. Joan Smalls: $4.5 million.
  11. Lily Aldridge, Barbara Palvin, Jasmine Tookes and Taylor Hill: $4 million.

{source: Forbes}

I’ve put together 17 modeling related themes for those who are looking to ramp up their online presence. Enjoy!


Models Agency | $17

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Models Agency is our new chic and sophisticated HTML template designed specifically for fashion or modelling agency but could be used as a personal modelling portfolio as well. This template has got everything you need to make an exquisite fashion statement.
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Modellic | $59

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Modellic is a WordPress theme perfect for model agencies, photo studios and shops. We’ve studied many model agency websites around the world and collected a lot of opinions from agency owners, managers, photographers and models to create this theme. All features and options were carefully planned, designed and built to meet high criteria of professional model agency website.
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Faxhion | $49

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Faxhion is a Responsive Fashion Model Agency WordPress Theme with a unique design. It has an elegant design reflecting fashion industry. It is also a multi-purpose theme that can be used for any type of website, such as Creative Agencies, Photographers, Designers, Artists, Models, Personal Bloggers and Freelancers.The theme comes with an extensive admin panel, packed with various options so you can easily modify styles, colors, fonts and other aspects of the theme.
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Scent | $59

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Scent is a beautifully designed and fully responsive WordPress Themes dedicated for model and photography agencies. It includes full screen animated slider that will bring attention all your viewers and allow you to show your best photos.
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Modish | $59

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Scent | $15

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NRGfashion | $43

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NRGfashion is a professional one-page model agency and fashion Joomla template, perfect for modern clothing and fashion brands, modelling agencies, and other related businesses requiring a powerful, attractive web presence. This multipurpose template is cross-browser compatible, fully responsive, and retina ready. NRGfashion is easily customizable and easy to maintain, making it a pleasure to work with.
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Angel | $59

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Lavan | $49

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Lavan Fashion Model Agency WordPress CMS Theme is fully responsive, which uses latest CSS3 & HTML5 techniques and suits perfectly for fashion models, artistic showcase and Portfolio websites.
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DONDO | $49

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When it comes to performance DONDO Model Agency Wp Theme delivers like nothing else. Packed with premium plugins like the Revolution Slider and Visual Composer nothing stands in your way creating an awesome one page or multi page website.
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OMBRE | $17

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NRGfashion | $48

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NRGfashion is a professional one-page model agency and fashion Drupal theme, perfect for modern clothing and fashion brands, modelling agencies, and other related businesses requiring a powerful, attractive web presence. This multipurpose theme is cross-browser compatible, fully responsive, and retina ready. NRGfashion is easily customizable and easy to maintain, making it a pleasure to work with. The theme performs beautifully on all devices, with smooth animations and optimum speed.
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NRGman | $43

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NRGman is a professional one-page model agency and fashion Joomla template, perfect for modern clothing and fashion brands, modelling agencies, and other related businesses requiring a powerful, attractive web presence. This multipurpose template is cross-browser compatible, fully responsive, and retina ready. NRGman is easily customizable and easy to maintain, making it a pleasure to work with. The template performs beautifully on all devices, with smooth animations and optimum speed.
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Evelina | $14

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Evelina HTML5 template has exactly as much as an actor or a model needs to tell about him/her self: short description, ability to download a detailed file (e.g. biography or CV), photographs (head shots, photo shoot), demo reel video and contact form. It can also be used for other purposes. For example, if you are a photographer, you can remove “Video” section and have a vary big image gallery.This template has been designed thinking about the simplicity and perfection. Better less content and functionality, more precision and compatibility.
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Modelissimo | $25

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Modelissimo – fresh Adobe Muse template ready for fashion model agency, photography, artistic showcase or portfolio. It’s simple, clean and easy to edit one page template ready for desktop, tablet and mobile.
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Nextop | $59

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Nextop is elegant multipurpose WordPress theme with modern design style. It can be used for any type of website, such as Creative Agencies, Photographers, Designers, Artists, Models, Personal Portfolio, Freelancers, Architects, Gallery Art and more. Theme has a universal design style and thought every detail and animation effect. It has just as easy to customize to fit your needs, replace images and texts.
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Almera | $45

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Almera is a clean & creative WP Theme, best suits for Photo Agency, Model Portfolio, Image Gallery websites. Excellent for Fashion, Wedding or Interior business branches. This one goes with five different home pages, including Fullscreen Gallery Showcase and mixed layout.
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Conclusion

The modelling industry is a big pond with many small fish. But some of those small fish grow into big sharks and eat the other small fish. A solid online presence is definitely a step in the right direction to becoming a shark in the industry!

I hope that you enjoyed this weeks theme roundup! Thanks for stopping by!

The NBA Is Back! Here’s 36 NBA Logo Variations

We all know what happened at the end of last season. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I personally have heard enough about that. I think it’s time to move on and focus on the 2016/17 season at hand.

Cleveland and Golden State are close favorites to win it all this year, with teams like the Spurs, Clippers, and OKC following behind. It’s the NBA, anything can happen.

I’m a big bandwagon fan when it comes to basketball so I’m rooting for Steph, Thompson, and Green to get their redemption and beat the Cavs in the finals. I also like KD so wouldn’t mind seeing him get his first ring.

But regardless of who you’re cheering for this season, it’s guaranteed to be action-packed and full of drama like always.

In celebration of the start of the season, I’ve put together a roundup of 36 NBA logo variations that I think would look pretty cool on the front of a jersey. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


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Conclusion

Golden State got blown out in their opening game against the Spurs. At the time of writing, they have yet to play game 2, but I’m thinking they will answer with authority and get back on track. The question is, will they challenge last year’s record-setting season? We’ll have to wait and see!

Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck to you and your team this season!


3 SEO Details to Cross Check on Your Ecommerce Platform

Are you looking to increase traffic to your e-commerce site? Hoping to drive sales for your digital marketplace? Search engine optimization (more commonly referred to as SEO) is a term that every successful e-commerce business should be more than familiar with. At its core, SEO is a cyber strategy that boosts the likelihood of your site being found by potential customers via Google and other big search engines.

While this is primarily achieved through keywords, the climate of SEO is constantly evolving – so you need to make sure your platform is designed to keep up with these changes.

When selecting an e-commerce platform, make sure the SEO tools used are current or convenient. Always be aware of how your own SEO strategy is either working for the success of your business or holding you back, so you can make adjustments if necessary.

Here are a few key SEO tips you need to check to ensure your company is top-of-mind for search engines everywhere:

1. Title Tags

Having smart title tags is one of the best ways to improve your SEO rankings. Title tags are the blue, clickable links above your website name or URL, and are often the only thing an online user reads before deciding if they want to visit your site. Coming up with eye-catching title tags, with relevant keywords, is crucial for driving traffic to your site.

You can manually update these title tags yourself. Of course, it’s easier to do if your e-commerce platform offers some SEO guidance. For instance, if you are looking to build an e-commerce website, choose a company like Shopify that has customizable title tags as part of their platform. From your platform, you should be able to modify your store’s title tag and the tags for all your product categories.

2. Keywords

No one will ever stumble upon your store if you mismanage your SEO or choose the wrong keywords. Keywords are the words and phrases used by people when searching for specific products or services. But don’t just plug in keywords willy-nilly. Be sure to write informative content that is helpful to users and always include relevant keywords so your page gets ranked high in Google’s search results.

You should be able to link the keyword content you write to your e-commerce platform. This will allow people who stumble across your content the chance to take a look at your store. Keywords can make or break a business. A research study conducted by Optify shows that listings ranked in the No. 1 spot in Google get 36 percent of the click-throughs! Do your research and choose your keywords wisely.

3.Analyze Your Site

Even if you take all the necessary steps to ensure you are ranking high in search engine results, consumers will exit your site if it is clunky and difficult to use. In fact, it is estimated that 40 percent of potential customers will actually leave your site if it takes more than three seconds to load! Double check that your e-commerce platform is user-friendly and runs quickly.

Lengthy load times aren’t the only killer. Be on the lookout for bad links within your e-commerce website too. Make sure any missing link errors (such as 404 and 303) are corrected. All 404 errors need to instantly redirect to a clean page, otherwise, your site will appear clunky and disorganized – ultimately driving customers away from your online store. Don’t forget to update duplicate title tags or descriptions!

By understanding the basics of SEO, you can make sure your website is search engine friendly. Getting the top rankings during relevant searches will ensure that you get the most business possible for your e-commerce store.

44 Supercar Photos That Will Get Your Engine Revving

I don’t care who you are; everyone likes supercars (some obviously more than others.) There are millions of car enthusiasts around the world who follow car blogs, social media accounts, tv shows, youtube clips, and even movies like Fast & Furious.

Some are into the aesthetics, others are geared more towards the mechanical aspects of the machine, and yet others the status that a supercar carries.

There are people who are so enthusiastic about supercars that they can distinguish a car solely based on the sound that it makes.

My point being; “gearheads” are very appreciative of the beasts that are supercars.

Myself being a car enthusiast, I had a ton of fun putting this collection together! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Credit to respective artists.

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credit:Ben

car-49
credit:Lummi Photography

car-48
credit:Ben

car-47
credit:Daniel Stocker

car-46
credit:Ben

car-45
credit:Ben

car-44
credit:Daniel Stocker

car-42
credit:Ben

car-40
credit:Ben

car-39
credit:David Villarreal Fernández

car-38
credit:Eddy Clio

car-37
credit:Daniel Stocker

car-36
credit:Ben

car-35
credit:Ben

car-34
credit:Daniel Stocker

car-33
credit:Ben

car-32
credit:W_Minshull

car-31
credit:Ben

car-30
credit:Ben

car-28
credit:europeanspotter

car-26
credit:Ben

car-25
credit:Ben

car-24
credit:Ben

car-23
credit:Daniel Stocker

car-22
credit:Ben

car-20
credit:Eddy Clio

car-19
credit:Winning Automotive Photography

car-18
credit:Eddy Clio

car-17
credit:Eddy Clio

car-16
credit:Ben

car-15
credit:Ben

car-14
credit:Ben

car-12
credit:Ben

car-11
credit:Ben

car-10
credit:Ben

car-9
credit:Ben

car-8
credit:Ben

car-7
credit:Ben

car-6
credit:Ben

car-5
credit:Ben

car-4
credit:Eddy Clio

car-3
credit:RSdBarros

car-2
credit:Ben

car-1
credit:Ben

Conclusion

I hope you loved this week’s photography roundup; whether it be the Lamborghini Aventador, Mclaren P1, Bugatti Chiron, Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 458, or the Ferrari FXX.

I’d love to hear what you liked the most, so any comments below are welcome!

If You’re A Blogger, You’ll Love These 28 WordPress Themes

Blogging might be a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s definitely not just a phase. Not only is it a very effective way to connect with your audience/target market, it has also proven as a more than effective way to boost results.

  1. Websites with a blog have 434% more indexed pages. – source
  2. More then 6.7 million people blog on blogging sites. – source
  3. 77% of internet users read blogs. – source
  4. Small business that blog generate more than 126% more leads. – source
  5. 61% of US consumers have made a purchase because of a blog post. – source
  6. 82% of consumers enjoy relevant content from a brand. – source
  7. Those stats should be convincing enough. If so, have a look at the 28 WordPress blogging themes that I’ve put together below. Enjoy!


    Writing Blog | $49

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    Wrting is a clean and minimal blog theme for perfect for writers who need to create personal blog site with simple creative features and effects to make readers feel the pleasure of reading blog posts and articles, Writing personal blog theme mixes between modern, classic and minimal styles and will help you create a simple and clean blog.
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    The Blog | $34

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    Minimal experience of Blogging & Writing, remembering you the early days of the WordPress platform. Built on a clean design & code it offers you a lot possibilities of a use. Create your blog / magazine in minutes using the layout builder and choosing one of the featured content. Choose from a range of 4 layouts and 4 sliders to build your ideal site.
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    Grand Blog | $49

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    Grand Blog is a clean and minimal WordPress theme for Blog and Magazine web site. Built with the latest WordPress technology. Grand Blog support responsive layout so it looks great on all devices. It has predefined styling for blog posts which can be imported with one click.
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    Family Blog | $39

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    Family Blog is a beautiful, simple, and personal way to share your family’s life online. It’s the perfect WordPress theme for mommy bloggers, proud dads, loving grandmas, household paparazzis and family storytellers.
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    Like Blog | $34

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    This theme is carefully crafted with easy customization for bloggers in mind, impress your audience with smartly clean, and stately aesthetic modern blog look. You can showcase your content in an effortlessly timeless style with this theme. Unlimited color option, numerous features, robust options, killer design and huge customization ability will give you a modern and smart blog website.
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    Uber Blog | $59

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    Uber Blog is a grid-based, responsive, retina ready, post-format supporting, minimalistic Blog WordPress theme suitable for any kind of creative, personal or business use. It comes with a Theme Manager, Page builder, Front Page Manager and many other options.
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    CheerUp Blog / Magazine | $24

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    CheerUp is a theme with luxury design options, tailored to be exceptional on all kinds of blogs and minimal magazines. Not only the built-in modern design choices are aesthetically pleasing, it’s packed with over 100 possible layout combinations suitable for blogs and elegant magazines.
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    Sylvia | $52

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    Selasih | $49

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    Selasih is designed for magazine sites, especially for Newspapers & blogs. It is highly customizable so it can match your personal taste and be quickly converted into a multi-purpose theme as well but it can also be used for simple personal blogs. Made with modern responsive design, awesome typography and good visitor experience.
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    Esthetique | $49

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    Esthétique is an elegant, modern, aesthetic and clean professional blog theme. It’s responsive, which means it adapts to the device on which it’s displayed. Specially crafted for bloggers and magazines, full of features, but easy to configure with visual composer and our nice support team.
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    Josephine | $49

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    If you are bloggers, travelers, photographers, illustrators, food lovers or simply you have something important to tell, Josephine Theme can be what you are looking for. Tell your story to the World with this blog theme for WordPress. Thanks to a clear and simple design enriched with elegant details Josephine Theme will make your publication one-of-a-kind!
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    Holbrook | $49

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    Holbrook is a clean and elegant blog template, created for those who like to travel and know how to promote most interesting media. Holbrook include all popular features that will help you in your storytelling.
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    Felix | $49

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    Felix is a clean, modern and fully responsive Personal Blogging WordPress Theme, it has everything you need to start your own blog. It’s very easy to use and power your imagination with live customize panel. You can select from 5 post layout styles for your homepage and pick other one for all archive pages, select from 2 layouts for single post view, select from 4 layouts for banner slides, and more…
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    Noemi | $49

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    Noemi – is pure and simple wordpress blog theme for all fans of beautiful design and flexible functionality. Noemi is created to emphasize individuality and to focus on creativity and independence of bloggers. To even more underline all Noemi advantages we have added custom slider, custom colors, instagram widget, featured categories and many other options and features which makes Noemi powerful tool with truly elegant design.
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    Summer Blog | $48

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    The Summer Grunge WordPress Theme is a bright, light and fresh template; featuring 4 header designs and a Dark and Light version. The style includes subtle white grunge photo effects, clouds and watercolour effects. This theme is suitable for a range of businesses including; surfing, coastal, lifestyle, health, photography, personal blogs, and so much more.
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    TheBlogger | $34

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    Introfolk | $59

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    IntroFolk is a very stylish, elegant and powerful multipurpose WordPress blog theme perfect for any personal blog. Theme has an unique design with a lot of options, that can help customizing you blog, changing fonts, colors, layouts, post views and more. IntroFolk’s stunning slider and creative promo boxes offer a unique visual experience to showcase your content in different ways with responsive layouts optimized for all devices.
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    Monreal | $49

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    Monreal is a modern creative responsive blog WordPress theme with tons of great layout options and features. The theme is perfect for anybody looking to create a modern and clean design that all visitors will fall in love with.
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    CorpusChristi | $49

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    Birds Eye | $28

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    Bird’s Eye is a contemporary responsive WordPress theme for blog and magazine websites. The color scheme, different slider sand header styles and the detail page all work together with such finesse that the visitor would not be able to navigate away from the website.
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    Booco | $49

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    Booco is a simple, clean and modern blog/magazine WordPress theme. It is totaly responsive so it adapts to any device it is viewed on. It has custom color options with beautiful default color schemes, a harmonious fluid grid using a mobile-first approach, and impeccable polish in every detail. Booco will make your WordPress look beautiful everywhere. Easy installation and powerful settings are all you need to build excellent websites.
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    Lets Blog | $49

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    Lets Blog is a clean and minimal WordPress theme for Blog and Magazine web site. Built with the latest WordPress technology. Lets Blog support responsive layout so it looks great on all devices. It has predefined styling for blog posts which can be imported with one click.
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    Ocean | $39

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    Make your blog with Ocean, a clean and elegant blog theme with beautifully balanced pages, that gives your readers immersive browsing experience. Ocean’s layout adapts to your needs and helps present your content in the most compelling way.
    Template layout focused purely on content and include all popular features that will help you in promoting your most interesting stories.

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    RushMore | $44

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    RushMore is a modern theme for blogging with 6 pre-defined home pages for tech, food, fashion, lifestyle, fitness and general content. RushMore supports all kinds of post format (video, gallery, audio, chat, aside, standard) so you can write great content.
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    ShineBlog | $49

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    ShineBlog is a clean and unique WordPress Blogging Theme which lets you tell your stories and thoughts with style. This is a responsive and retina-ready WordPress theme. ShineBlog is a theme installed and customized easily.
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    Blogme. | $50

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    HTmagazine | $49

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    The Htmagazine theme is excellent for a news, newspaper, magazine, publishing , Games, Food, Blog, Health ,fashion,Design,Sport,Tech, Technology, Travel,Politics ,video,buzz,viral and review Website. This theme has multiple homepage and header variations and easy to use admin back-end.
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    Benaam | $39

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    Benaam WordPress Blog Theme is a dynamic, fast responsive Blog WordPress theme. It is suitable for wide-range of blog niches such as personal blog, fashion, photography, travel , sports, news, Magazine etc. It has colorfull and clear look and built with following latest design trends and using advanced development frameworks.
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    Conclusion

    Did you know that the highest earning blogger is making $2,330,000 a month? Albeit, it is Ariana Huffington (owner of the Huffington Post), but she still started somewhere! Sites like Huffington Post, Mashable, Tech Crunch, Perez Hilton, Venture Beat, Car Advice, and so many more, all had a small beginning once-upon-a-time. The point is that they had a start, so if you’re contemplating, just start! Who knows where you’ll end up.

    Thanks for checking us out!


Why you Should use Parallax Scrolling Technology in Website and Game Design

One of the hottest graphic trends on the internet right now is parallax scrolling technology, where the background of the screen moves slower than the foreground, creating a 3D effect. It is a unique way to make optical experiences that are traditionally 2D more aesthetically pleasing and engaging. The method has been around for a while and was used a lot on the simple games of the 1980s like Super Mario. Now with more advanced technology available, these effects are enjoying a renaissance and a number of games and websites are using them to enhance their appeal.

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Interstellar Force: Nebula” (CC BY 2.0) by David994A

Games

The first video game to use parallax scrolling came out in 1982 with the arcade game Moon Patrol in which players controlled a moon buggy fighting alien ships. In the classic platform games of the 80s like Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong, parallax scrolling effects were put to good use to make it seem as though the character was moving along the 2D landscape. Now, this idea has been expanded upon and modernized using up-to-date graphics engines that can create some stunning images.

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In the online world, the latest parallax scrolling technology has been mostly used by iGaming providers which want to add further spice to their already glittering slot machine designs. Microgaming, a software developer that produces games for online casinos on desktop and mobile devices, was the pioneering company to bring parallax scrolling to the slot machine world. The company won the Digital Product of the Year award in 2015 for its Jurassic Park slot game, which was the first of its kind to incorporate the technology.

Online casinos that partner with Microgaming have reaped the rewards of housing a game which is at the forefront of the slot machine revolution. For instance, the Jurassic Park game is part of 32Red’s online slot catalogue and the glitzy appeal of the game serves as a good introduction to newcomers who are unfamiliar with slots, or pokies as they are colloquially referred to Down Under. Once players have been drawn by the uniquely animated jungle, they’re bound to look for other classic pokies based on films such as The Dogfather (not a typo!) or Hitman.

Because other online casinos like Emu Casino and Jackpot City Casino also host the popular slot game, each site tries to outdo each other with their bonuses. For example, 32Red has a Red Letter Day bonus where lucky depositors can receive free cash up to $250, Emu Casino offers free spins, and Jackpot City gives players a first-time deposit match bonus.

Websites

The innovative parallax technology has had a major impact on early platform games and the online casino sector, but it doesn’t have to be restricted to games as it can also be used to make normal websites stand out from the crowd and gain more traffic. A landing page that uses the effects can bombard the reader with pictures and information about the site without the user even having to scroll down and see for themselves. With the vast quantity of websites out there for users to flick between, it is imperative to capture people’s attention instantly.

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Alex Black of Creative Bloq believes that parallax is still a hot technique, but must be implemented with moderation: “When it is used sparingly, it can provide a nice, subtle element of depth.”

Even novice web designers can easily create great effects with the help of tutorials by front-end developers like Petr Tichy. Amateurs can download pre-made plugins and apply them without even having to use Flash. The coding is straightforward, just use a container element and add a background image to the container with a specific height. Then use “background-attachment: fixed” to create the parallax effect. Installing the effects is easy enough, but if you have any difficulties professional web designers can help. From a creative viewpoint- in which situations would they best be applied?

Food websites could make excellent use of these advanced graphics. For instance, the pages at Menulog – an Australian online food delivery service – look great. There are a few mouth-watering pictures of meals to get customers’ taste buds tingling on the homepage, but then users have to scroll down to select a certain type of food and choose from a list of options that is slightly less easy on the eye. Parallax scrolling effects could add a whole new dimension to sites like these if they included pictures of tantalizing meals flashing across the page continuously on the site’s landing page. The same could be done with clothes, groceries, or holiday resorts – you name it.

Parallax scrolling technology is certainly worth exploring, but if you are a game or website developer you may want to jump on the trend while it’s still hot. Remember, it should be subtle enough not to seem overdone, but also immersive enough to create a stunning 3D experience.

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27 Breathtaking Photos of Waterfalls

If you’ve ever seen a major waterfall in person, you’ll understand the magnitude of the facts below. Not only are waterfalls very beautiful, they also have a pretty awe-inspiring side to them as well. The massive volume of water that flows through some waterfalls is really incredible to watch. For interest’s sake, here are some notable waterfalls and their flow rate per second.

  • Niagra Falls – 2407 m³/s
  • Victoria Falls – 1088 m³/s
  • Boyoma Falls – 17,000m³/s
  • Inga Falls – 42,476 m³/s
  • Virginia Falls – 1,000 m³/s
  • Great Falls – 213.5 m³/s
  • Vermillion Falls – 2,400 m³/s

Besides the magnitude of some of these waterfalls, others are simply breathtaking in their beauty, as seen below. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


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credit: Lamar Gore/USFWS

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credit: Marcelo Campi

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credit: Paulo Valdivieso

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credit: Bruno Caimi

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credit: zolakoma

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credit:Débora Schaidhauer Lazzari

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credit: Cameron Wong

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credit: Alberto Garcia

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credit: Sean MacEntee

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credit: narcah

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credit: D Piddy

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credit: Kim van Holland

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credit: Jan Tik

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credit: Cameron Wong

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credit: Dinesh Weerapurage

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credit: Thomas Strosse

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credit: Even Normann

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credit: Tom Hall

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credit: Toshihiro Oimatsu

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credit: zolakoma

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credit: John Fowler

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credit: garycycles

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credit: Alex Fryatt

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credit: Erik Junberger

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credit: Matthias Schack

About 500 metres downstream from The Subway in Zion National Park, this waterfall of the North Creek is framed by an overhanging sandstone wall.  This panorama was created by stitching together 5 vertical shots using Hugin, and adjusting levels in Aperture.
credit: Sascha Wenninger

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credit: Kamil Porembi?ski


Conclusion

If you have the chance to visit a local waterfall, or a waterfall while on vacation, I would strongly encourage you to do it! If you’ve seen some waterfalls in the past that have really stood out to you, feel free to comment their location and name below!

Thanks for reading!

25 Charity WordPress Themes That Will Tug On The Heart Strings

People say money makes the world go round. I say being charitable with money makes the world go round.

Almost 50% of the world lives in poverty, relying on just $2.50 per day. The fact that many of us spend this on a coffee at Starbucks leaves us with the responsibility to do our part in making the world a better place.

Barack Obama said it best by saying,

“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”

I’ve put together a roundup of WordPress themes that are geared towards exactly that, charity and the desire to make the world a better place! Enjoy!


Pena | $64

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This theme has been inspired by “Living On One Dollar” documentary we watched one night. We were deeply touched and wanted to somehow contribute to the whole project. As theme developers we decided to develop a WordPress theme to help spread the word about it. Pena is modern, responsive and mobile friendly theme.
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The Child Guardian | $59

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The Child Guardian is a modern, unique and clean WordPress theme for charities and not for profit organisations. This design is built to attract the visitors by clearly expressing the objectives and goals that would help mobilise people. It is a contemporary design and has all the elements that any charity would like in their website including the events and cause page.
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Charity | $59

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HelpMe | $59

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Helpme is not just a theme it is most powerful web engine loaded with latest technology and tons of features. With HELPME now a website is just a few minutes away from you. it’s fully drag and drop with unlimited layouts and features, just give it a try and we are pretty sure you will love it more then any WordPress Theme.
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Samphatic | $54

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Lifeline 2 | $40

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The great appreciation of Lifeline—one of the best selling Nonprofit WordPress Theme – energized us to give the users something even better – Lifeline 2. A product of exclusive research and endeavor, Lifeline 2 is an all-encompassing template which simultaneously fits for the cause of Charity, Nonprofit, One Cause, Environment, Fundraising, Politics, NGO, Church and other non-profit projects.
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Giving hand | $49

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Giving Hand is a WordPress Theme is created for non-profit websites, like governmental social program websites, NGO, Donation and fundraising websites, etc. Giving Hand is a Charity template, as well as a non profit theme for any social organizations, funds and donation campaigns.
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Helping Hands | $49

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Ri Charity | $59

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Ri Charity is an elegant WordPress Theme for Charity & Crowdfunding with predefined web elements which helps you to build your own site. Ri Charity is suitable for charity, NGO, non-profit organization, donation, church or a fundraising website.
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Soraka | $59

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From love and passionate with WordPress, Soraka is a great theme for charity, non-profit organization, donation or fundraising website. It will make a model and professional website for you.
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Open Heart | $59

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Open Heart is highly flexible modern WordPress theme based on redux option panel and visual composer, Open Heart provides complete non profit charity fundraising system to create your website with in minutes.open heart is fully responsive for all devices, it’s SEO optimized theme with unique and cool design, open heart provide every thing you desired without writing a single line of code, it’s provide complete donation system with paypal, stripe, authorize.net, and offline payment options.
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Humanitas | $49

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Humanitas is a modern WordPress theme suited for Charity, Non-profit, Donation or Fundraising Organisations.
The premium plugin, Total Donations, is included so you can benefit from all the options offered, including four methods of payments and a bunch of cool features.

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Generous | $48

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Generous is fully hand crafted, simple, flat and clean with huge features theme which build by _S Theme Framework with fully customizer supported so you don’t need to learn any complex framework. It’s specially design for non profit organization such as charity, child care, orphan, lorn etc.
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ELEVATION | $49

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Elevation is a modern, clean WordPress Theme and suitable for Charity and Non Profit Organization WordPress Theme. This Charity Nonprofit WordPress Theme will attract the visitors by it’s eye catching Design. This Theme has all the elements that any Charity Website need. It comes with premium WordPress Page builder (Visual Composer) and Revolution slider Plugin.
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Kindness | $59

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Kindness Theme has modern and functional design perfectly suitable for non-profit organizations. The Theme is a best choice for any charity, NGO, donations, foundation, fundraising or governmental social program website. Kindness includes all the necessary theme features that your nonprofit website could possibly need.
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Born To Give | $59

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“Born to Give” is a full functional WordPress Theme designed & developed for Crowdfunding, Charity or Non Profit Websites and comes handy for Corporate Business Websites as well. It is fully responsive template based on Twitter Bootstrap 3x framework that makes it available for all screen sizes from the bigger ones to smartphones.
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Charity WP | $64

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Charity WordPress Theme – Charity WP is perfectly built for charity, nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), donation and fundraising campaign with outstanding and amazing features.
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Alone | $59

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Alone is amazing Charity Multipurpose Non-profit WordPress Theme with the very creative design which is quite flexible and can be used for different types of nonprofit organizations, NGO, campaign project.
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Confidence | $54

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InCharity | $59

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InCharity is WordPress theme for Charity and Fundraising and non-profit organization. It will not only breathe a new air into the interface of your charity organization’s website, but also the experience for the users. InCharity has full functionality that a WordPress Charity theme must have. It comes with a simple and vibrant theme design which is suitable for any charity organization, or religious institutions.
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Charitable | $59

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Charitable is an elegant WordPress Theme for Charity & Crowdfunding with predefined web elements which helps you to build your own site. Ri Charitable is suitable for charity, NGO, non-profit organization, donation, church or a fundraising website.
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HelpingHand | $59

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Helping Hand is a powerful responsive charity/donations/foundation/fundraising premium WordPress theme it’s a clean and elegant theme, developed mainly to setup charity,NGOs, nonprofit organization ,church, donation-and corporate websites.
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Attyia | $59

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Attyia is a modern elegant NGO and Charity WordPress Theme. It comes with 2 gallery styles, projects, causes, Event Calendar, Charity Products, donations and more. Attyia is fully responsive on all devices and compatible with all modern browsers.
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Volunteer | $59

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Volunteer is a WordPress Theme is created for non-profit websites, like governmental social program websites, NGO, Donation and fundraising websites, etc. Voluntee is a charity template, as well as a non profit theme for any social organizations, funds and donation campaigns.
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Angel | $49

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Conclusion

“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

Let that sink in. Charity is medicine for the heart!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup and have been inspired to be charitable in your everyday life, whether it’s donating money, giving food, or volunteering your time.