Planning Your Budget For Summer Now

January is nearly over, and you can finally kiss goodbye to what is usually a dire month! It’s a good time to get ready for the year ahead and to start making plans that you can look forward to.

Like Christmas, the summer holidays can be another time of year when you struggle financially, with an expectation to fit a lot in and make the most of the summer. Planning your budget for the summer holidays now can help make sure you do the things you want without having to stress about your finances. Take a look at these tops tips for planning your summer budget.

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Make a wish list of what you’d like to do

Making plans for the summer is a great way to give you something to look forward to when the skies are still dark and the temperatures are cold. What type of things would you like to do over the summer? Go on holidays? Book summer swim lessons for kids? What about doing some sightseeing around the UK? Whatever you’d like to do, write a wish list that you can use to work out what’s possible and what’s not, and give you something to aim for.

Set yourself a savings target

After working out what you want to do, you can set a savings target between now and the summer to help you achieve it. Set a goal that’s realistic and easy to manage over the coming months. With a goal in mind, you’ll find it easier to budget. Start looking at cutting down on unnecessary spending and reducing outgoings like your food spend to help you make the savings that you need.

Look out for money-saving deals

With time on your side, you’re in a good position to keep an eye out for bargains. From money off tourist attractions and theme parks to cinema and restaurant vouchers, it’s worth looking at deals now that you can benefit from later.

You could also look at ways of saving money on your summer holiday to help you keep your costs down. From staying in Airbnbs to booking your flights early, there are a lot of money-saving tips to take advantage of that can help you holiday on a budget.

Boost your income

If you foresee things being tight over the coming months, why not take a look at some additional ways you can make money? There are some clever methods of earning more money from home, including using cashback websites or even starting a blog. Making some extra cash here and there can help you build up a nice little fund ready for your summer of fun.

Planning your summer now will give you plenty of amazing things to look forward to. If one of your goals for 2019 is to spend more time with your family, then an action-packed summer is one way to do that. Start planning your summer budget now and look forward to your family’s summer of fun.




Keeping the Peace at Home

We all imagine that our homes will be tranquil spaces filled with light and never-ending joy. Just picture watching TV with the kids and not arguing about who gets the remote and how loud the volume goes… But while this heavenly idea might sound appealing, the reality is that the vast majority of us live in a sort of mild chaos most days!    While this is entirely natural for busy families, especially, there are a few things you can do to try and assert a little more of your peace-filled vision on your household. If you are willing to take a holistic view of your home and relationships spanning everything from the way you tidy up to how you handle  disputes between family members , you will certainly find that your quality of life goes up.   Life will never be perfect but as you read on, you will hopefully see a few ways you can improve it.   Learning to Compromise and Negotiate  We can’t all have what we want all the time - something that  parents constantly apologising to friends  will understand too well! This is something we know and something we try to tell our kids but it never quite comes off as we intend. What might seem perfectly reasonable to a parent is quite clearly crossing the line for the kids and vice versa all the time. But losing your temper isn’t going to help here, instead, you will find your home is much more peaceful if you learn to mediate and compromise.   Negotiation is a crucial part of every adult relationship but it is something that should be cultivated early on. Though  negotiating with your kids  isn’t appropriate all the time and sometimes you do need to just say “no”, teaching them how to negotiate with you and how to compromise is a good thing. For example, you might agree that you will give your kids pocket money for doing chores and allow some negotiation for how much they will be paid.   Though negotiating with toddlers and teens is very different, the process is still broadly the same. With a toddler, a simple, “if you do this, I’ll do that” approach will work well. For example, “if you put your toys away, I will let you have a biscuit.” Teenagers will put you through your paces a bit more but keep coming back to the principle that you want to find a compromise that suits you both.   You should also try negotiating with the adults at home too. Whether you are discussing something with your partner or you have a grown-up child living with you, negotiating instead of arguing is always best. Again, you can use some  similar approaches . Try to be logical and think about what you say before you say it.   A Calm Home and a Calm Mind  When there are toys and clothes everywhere, unwashed dishes piled up in the kitchen and you are overwhelmed by stuff all the time, it is difficult to stay calm. A calm space leads to a calm mind, after all. But this doesn’t mean that you need to spend your whole time tidying up or that you need to get rid of everything, you just need to  put some strategies in place  to stay on top.   Involving the whole family in keeping the house clean and tidy is essential. You cannot possibly expect just one person to be responsible for all the housework! Even  toddlers can do some chores  such as tidying up their toys and helping to set the table before eating. A house rota could help if you feel like you are constantly nagging but another approach could be that everyone does their chores at the same time and you all get a reward afterwards such as playing a game together or watching a film.   As well as keeping the place tidy, you should also think about the other aspects of your interior that will  create a calm atmosphere . Indoor plants are a great addition to any home and will also act as a kind of natural air purifier. We all come across strange smells in our home from time to time so scented candles and diffusers are also recommended!   The Importance of Family Time  You might spend a lot of time under the same roof but actually spending time together is about more than just sitting in front of the TV at the same time. Spending quality time together is about focusing your attention on each other and really being together.   Family activities don’t have to be expensive and some of the best times are actually the ones where you don’t spend anything at all. Going on outings, having games nights and family meetings to discuss any issues that come up are all great way to spend quality time together. Similarly,  picnics , walks and film nights watching a DVD with popcorn are all fun things to do.   Eating together every night like this is a good way to create a  sense of stability at home . Having a regular routine helps everyone to feel settled and safe, though you might like to mix up the menu occasionally! Going around the table to ask how everyone’s day has been is a good way to connect and keep up with everyone else’s business. Teens will try to get away with monosyllabic responses but you can tease more information out of them gradually.   Getting into the routine of spending quality time as a family is a good way to teach children your family values. Honesty and love are the hallmarks of any positive relationship and so giving them a chance to talk to you in a safe environment every evening will only help to encourage this behaviour. It’s important to note here that family time will almost certainly require your negotiation skills from time to time!   Keeping the peace is always the best way to keep your family safe and happy. As you settle into good habits and regular family time, you will certainly see the difference.

We all imagine that our homes will be tranquil spaces filled with light and never-ending joy. Just picture watching TV with the kids and not arguing about who gets the remote and how loud the volume goes… But while this heavenly idea might sound appealing, the reality is that the vast majority of us live in a sort of mild chaos most days!

While this is entirely natural for busy families, especially, there are a few things you can do to try and assert a little more of your peace-filled vision on your household. If you are willing to take a holistic view of your home and relationships spanning everything from the way you tidy up to how you handle disputes between family members, you will certainly find that your quality of life goes up.

Life will never be perfect but as you read on, you will hopefully see a few ways you can improve it.

Learning to Compromise and Negotiate

We can’t all have what we want all the time - something that parents constantly apologising to friends will understand too well! This is something we know and something we try to tell our kids but it never quite comes off as we intend. What might seem perfectly reasonable to a parent is quite clearly crossing the line for the kids and vice versa all the time. But losing your temper isn’t going to help here, instead, you will find your home is much more peaceful if you learn to mediate and compromise.

Negotiation is a crucial part of every adult relationship but it is something that should be cultivated early on. Though negotiating with your kids isn’t appropriate all the time and sometimes you do need to just say “no”, teaching them how to negotiate with you and how to compromise is a good thing. For example, you might agree that you will give your kids pocket money for doing chores and allow some negotiation for how much they will be paid.

Though negotiating with toddlers and teens is very different, the process is still broadly the same. With a toddler, a simple, “if you do this, I’ll do that” approach will work well. For example, “if you put your toys away, I will let you have a biscuit.” Teenagers will put you through your paces a bit more but keep coming back to the principle that you want to find a compromise that suits you both.

You should also try negotiating with the adults at home too. Whether you are discussing something with your partner or you have a grown-up child living with you, negotiating instead of arguing is always best. Again, you can use some similar approaches. Try to be logical and think about what you say before you say it.

A Calm Home and a Calm Mind

When there are toys and clothes everywhere, unwashed dishes piled up in the kitchen and you are overwhelmed by stuff all the time, it is difficult to stay calm. A calm space leads to a calm mind, after all. But this doesn’t mean that you need to spend your whole time tidying up or that you need to get rid of everything, you just need to put some strategies in place to stay on top.

Involving the whole family in keeping the house clean and tidy is essential. You cannot possibly expect just one person to be responsible for all the housework! Even toddlers can do some chores such as tidying up their toys and helping to set the table before eating. A house rota could help if you feel like you are constantly nagging but another approach could be that everyone does their chores at the same time and you all get a reward afterwards such as playing a game together or watching a film.

As well as keeping the place tidy, you should also think about the other aspects of your interior that will create a calm atmosphere. Indoor plants are a great addition to any home and will also act as a kind of natural air purifier. We all come across strange smells in our home from time to time so scented candles and diffusers are also recommended!

The Importance of Family Time

You might spend a lot of time under the same roof but actually spending time together is about more than just sitting in front of the TV at the same time. Spending quality time together is about focusing your attention on each other and really being together.

Family activities don’t have to be expensive and some of the best times are actually the ones where you don’t spend anything at all. Going on outings, having games nights and family meetings to discuss any issues that come up are all great way to spend quality time together. Similarly, picnics, walks and film nights watching a DVD with popcorn are all fun things to do.

Eating together every night like this is a good way to create a sense of stability at home. Having a regular routine helps everyone to feel settled and safe, though you might like to mix up the menu occasionally! Going around the table to ask how everyone’s day has been is a good way to connect and keep up with everyone else’s business. Teens will try to get away with monosyllabic responses but you can tease more information out of them gradually.

Getting into the routine of spending quality time as a family is a good way to teach children your family values. Honesty and love are the hallmarks of any positive relationship and so giving them a chance to talk to you in a safe environment every evening will only help to encourage this behaviour. It’s important to note here that family time will almost certainly require your negotiation skills from time to time!

Keeping the peace is always the best way to keep your family safe and happy. As you settle into good habits and regular family time, you will certainly see the difference.

Don't Let New Life Be The Death Of Your Relationship

It’s not difficult to work out that everything changes after a baby comes into your life. Suddenly, you can’t look out for number one all the time anymore. You can’t go out whenever you fancy or make plans on a whim because it suits you. Instead, you’ll need to forever think about what’s right for your little one. And, that means making some sacrifices with the things that you might like to do at times.What you might not expect is that your relationship could soon come under strain when that baby comes along. This is the one aspect of our lives most of us assume will stay strong. You made a child together, right? That’s supposed to bring you closer together. Too often, though, new parents find themselves facing issues. In extreme cases, these can even lead to divorce proceedings, and a need for mitigation from  experts in family law . For obvious reasons, that’s not something you want for your baby or yourselves. Which is why you need to think about the reasons behind these fallouts early on.  The main thing to bear in mind is that couples only fall apart when they stop paying attention to each other. When you have a newborn baby, they suddenly become the thing you love most in the world, not your partner. That’s as it should be. But, if you  neglect your partner  altogether, there’s no way you can be the strong family unit that child needs. That’s why you should keep on reading to find out how you and your partner can stay close, even with a newborn.    Make sure you still get time alone   Before the baby came along, you and your man probably spent the majority of your time alone together. Even if you were at home doing different things, you would sit in the same room and snuggle up or chat. It’s this time we spend together which helps us stay connected as couples and reminds us why we love each other. When you have a baby, though, that time you can spend alone becomes pretty non-existent. This is especially the case in the early stages, where your baby doesn’t yet sleep through the night. If you aren’t careful, you could go weeks or even months without spending any quality time alone. And, that can cause an obvious strain. Hence why the first thing you need to do is dedicate time to each other. This is time when you get someone else to watch your baby and focus on each other. It doesn’t even need to be a lot of time. Heading out to a restaurant for two hours once a month could be all it takes. Or, you may want to find someone who can watch your baby overnight on the odd occasion. Either way, this needs to be a priority.  Date nights like these  are the difference between divorce and happily ever after.

It’s not difficult to work out that everything changes after a baby comes into your life. Suddenly, you can’t look out for number one all the time anymore. You can’t go out whenever you fancy or make plans on a whim because it suits you. Instead, you’ll need to forever think about what’s right for your little one. And, that means making some sacrifices with the things that you might like to do at times.What you might not expect is that your relationship could soon come under strain when that baby comes along. This is the one aspect of our lives most of us assume will stay strong. You made a child together, right? That’s supposed to bring you closer together. Too often, though, new parents find themselves facing issues. In extreme cases, these can even lead to divorce proceedings, and a need for mitigation from experts in family law. For obvious reasons, that’s not something you want for your baby or yourselves. Which is why you need to think about the reasons behind these fallouts early on.

The main thing to bear in mind is that couples only fall apart when they stop paying attention to each other. When you have a newborn baby, they suddenly become the thing you love most in the world, not your partner. That’s as it should be. But, if you neglect your partner altogether, there’s no way you can be the strong family unit that child needs. That’s why you should keep on reading to find out how you and your partner can stay close, even with a newborn.

Make sure you still get time alone

Before the baby came along, you and your man probably spent the majority of your time alone together. Even if you were at home doing different things, you would sit in the same room and snuggle up or chat. It’s this time we spend together which helps us stay connected as couples and reminds us why we love each other. When you have a baby, though, that time you can spend alone becomes pretty non-existent. This is especially the case in the early stages, where your baby doesn’t yet sleep through the night. If you aren’t careful, you could go weeks or even months without spending any quality time alone. And, that can cause an obvious strain. Hence why the first thing you need to do is dedicate time to each other. This is time when you get someone else to watch your baby and focus on each other. It doesn’t even need to be a lot of time. Heading out to a restaurant for two hours once a month could be all it takes. Or, you may want to find someone who can watch your baby overnight on the odd occasion. Either way, this needs to be a priority. Date nights like these are the difference between divorce and happily ever after.

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 Put the baby in their own room as soon as you can
For health and comfort, the general advice goes that you let your baby sleep in the same room as you for the first six months. As such, you and your partner may even face sharing your bedroom for a good while after your baby is born. But, it’s worth moving that cot into the nursery as soon as you can to prevent romantic issues. In general, it’s thought that the six-month mark is an okay stage for a move like this. There’s even some evidence to suggest your baby will sleep better in their own room after six months. And, this allows you and your man to reconnect romantically. Even if you don’t feel like jumping under the sheets so soon after giving birth, a couple’s bedroom should be an intimate space. Having a baby around can burst that bubble. By rebuilding it as quickly as possible, you stand a much better chance at preventing problems later.
Connect over your parenting journey

Instead of letting parenting pull you apart, why not use it to bring you closer together? Bringing a new life into the world is, after all, the most romantic thing that any two people can do. So, why are you letting it tear you apart? Instead, embrace parenting activities and allow them to connect you.  Go out for a walk as a family , or just do things like dressing and bathing your baby together. Even making feeding times a communal affair sometimes can help you all to stay connected. That’s because these are intimate parenting experiences which always feel magical. And, that magic will only grow if you do them together. In many ways, this can also prevent the two of you from becoming estranged. There’s no way you can feel distant from each other if you’re sharing in experiences as intimate as these regularly.      Stay on top of the small stuff   Often, we also feel a disconnect from our partners at this time because we forget the small stuff we used to do for eachother. Sending a loving text to your partner, for example, is the last thing you think about after  a hectic day with your newborn baby , but it’s things like these which make all the difference. These are the small ways which romantic couples use to stay close and keep their love alive. If you suddenly stop all contact like this, your relationship will soon feel the strain. As much as it isn’t on your radar, then, it’s essential you take the time here. Sending a message only takes a few seconds, after all. Add this to your to-do list for the day if it helps you to remember, and make the most of the time when your baby is sleeping. It’s a simple step, which could go a long way towards keeping you and your partner happy for years to come. That, in turn, can make for a happier and healthier home environment for your newborn. You could say, then, that everyone would win!

Instead of letting parenting pull you apart, why not use it to bring you closer together? Bringing a new life into the world is, after all, the most romantic thing that any two people can do. So, why are you letting it tear you apart? Instead, embrace parenting activities and allow them to connect you. Go out for a walk as a family, or just do things like dressing and bathing your baby together. Even making feeding times a communal affair sometimes can help you all to stay connected. That’s because these are intimate parenting experiences which always feel magical. And, that magic will only grow if you do them together. In many ways, this can also prevent the two of you from becoming estranged. There’s no way you can feel distant from each other if you’re sharing in experiences as intimate as these regularly.


Stay on top of the small stuff

Often, we also feel a disconnect from our partners at this time because we forget the small stuff we used to do for eachother. Sending a loving text to your partner, for example, is the last thing you think about after a hectic day with your newborn baby, but it’s things like these which make all the difference. These are the small ways which romantic couples use to stay close and keep their love alive. If you suddenly stop all contact like this, your relationship will soon feel the strain. As much as it isn’t on your radar, then, it’s essential you take the time here. Sending a message only takes a few seconds, after all. Add this to your to-do list for the day if it helps you to remember, and make the most of the time when your baby is sleeping. It’s a simple step, which could go a long way towards keeping you and your partner happy for years to come. That, in turn, can make for a happier and healthier home environment for your newborn. You could say, then, that everyone would win!

Boost Your Facial Beauty With These 4 Clever Tactics

Radiance, and youth that is what most women want their faces to present. However, when you are a busy mom, even getting to shower each day can be a challenge! Don't despair though because no matter your facial beauty issue there's something below that can help Read on to find out more.

Learn to contour.

If you are looking for a quick fix to boost your beauty, then your time is best spent learning the skill of contouring. This is something that is all over social media as well so it won't be too had to find a tutorial that matches your face shape.

Basically, the idea is that using makeup you can reshape your face and draw attention to your best features while minimizing things you don't like so much.

You don't even have to invest a load of money in makeup to do this, as you can buy a contour stick with light and darker shades for shadows from most drugstores for around $10. Just watch the video to way to get you started.

Get a treatment.

Facial beauty treatments are standard these days, and they are another smart way to boost your look with only a little effort.

In fact, you can choose from facials and light treatments that take around an hour, to lip injections, and some women even choose facial plastic surgery to create a younger tighter look. Something that can definitely help to boost the look of their face.

Of course, no one treatment is right for everyone, and it's more about deciding how severe your problem is and what the results are that you are looking for. Just remember though that whatever treatment you get be sure to choose it because the results make you feel fantastic.

Find that one fantastic product.

Another great way of boosting your facial beauty and your confidence is to find that one key product to splurge on. I'm talking about that high-end mascaras that make you look as if you have false lashes on, even though you don't or that full cover concealer that you can use to cover your eye bags and also as a higher too! Sometimes the splurge is worth it!

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Take better care of your skin.

It's hard to look your best when your skin isn't as healthy as it can be. In fact, your skin is like the foundation for your look, and if it's not right no matter how much makeup you put on top, you are going to run into problems.
To that end, if you want to look your best in and out of makeup and even make it easier to apply your face each morning, it is well worth looking after your skin.

That means always removing makeup and dirt each night, as well as moisturizing thoroughly. In fact, some bright sparks even use moisturizer as a cleanser to remove their face from the day. Something that is as gentle and nourishing as possible but also ensures they get perfectly clean skin before bedtime that will boost their beauty come the morning.




3 Tips for Taking More Pride in Your Appearance

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Guys aren’t necessarily encouraged to take pride in their appearance, as a rule. All too often, an interest in fashion or presentation among men is seen as arrogant, vain, and gratuitous.

Sure, guys are expected to exercise good personal hygiene and look presentable, but there often aren’t many avenues in place to help young men, in particular, who are dissatisfied with their appearances and want to take active steps to reinvent themselves.

All the same, taking pride in your appearance is a sub-category of overall self-care that can have a tremendous and positive impact on your overall self-esteem and confidence, not to mention how seriously you take yourself in all the different domains of your life.

If you’re not very happy with your appearance, and haven’t really been motivated in the past to take proactive steps to change the situation, here are some tips for taking more pride in your appearance.

Treat fashion as a game or hobby

Getting into fashion can be difficult for people who haven’t ever paid much attention to it before, and even attempting to “dress stylishly” can seem embarrassing, arrogant, and over-the-top for those whose self-confidence isn’t very high.

One useful trick is to treat fashion as a game or a hobby. Imagine you were playing some kind of videogame where you had to style up your character the way you wanted — but in this case, you are the character.

Invest in props like a tie rack and get into the “hobby”. Experiment with different style combinations, check out online blogs and catalogues to see what’s popular and what appeals to you, and reinvent your appearance from this semi-detached position of playing a game.

Rebuild your wardrobe, focusing on quality, not quantity

Many people have their wardrobes filled with pretty low-quality and unflattering clothes that they’ve accumulated over the years, but have very few high-quality, tailored items that they can really take pride in wearing.

There’s nothing wrong with having some cheap, generic t-shirts, but if your whole wardrobe is made up with poorly-fitting novelty graphic T’s, you might want to try rebuilding your wardrobe, focusing on quality rather than quality.

Get rid of clothes that you really don’t like, or that don’t do a lot for you, and buy a few outfits that you can really take pride in. Focus on quality rather than quantity.

Start focusing on improving your overall health and fitness

Focusing on developing your overall health and fitness is an excellent way of improving not only your health, but also your sense of confidence, and the amount of pride you take in your appearance.

Often, people’s physical insecurities and lack of pride in their appearance are connected to body insecurities, such as being overweight, or not being muscular enough. Anything you can do that will move your physique closer towards your ideal will naturally make you feel better about yourself.

And if you’re happier with your physique, you’ll automatically be more inclined to want to dress in a flattering way.


Not Your Usual Women's Gift Guide!

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A remarkable woman needs a gift that is worthy of her unique character, something that can be tough and time consuming to find. Happily, you need scour the internet and shopping malls no more, because below you can discover some of the most exciting and unusual gifts there are, in the post below. Read on to find out more.

Experience days

Spa days that is what everyone thinks women want. However, before you go and book your vouchers for the remarkable woman in your life, stop and consider whether there is anything a bit more unusual that they make enjoy?

I'm talking about extreme sports experiences here like Nascar driving days, or bungee jumps, or how about a cheese making experience or one where she can learn to survive out in the wild? After all, if she is remarkable, she may want a more unique experience to enjoy.

Subscription boxes

Instead of getting the lady in your life one gift, why not get her 12? Happily, this is easy to do if you choose from one of the many subscription boxes that are on the market. Boxes that are available tailored to pretty much any interest and type of person there is.

In fact, you can get hobby boxes that come with projects to complete along with instruction and all the materials you need. Then there are the beauty boxes that are jammed packed full of beauty and makeup treats, some of which the receipt may have never had the chance to try before, but all of which will be gratefully received.

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Of course, the best thing about gifting a subscription is that a single opportunity to the special woman in your life turns into a year-long event! What better way to show her how special she is?

Something homemade

There is nothing cliche about gifting a present that is made by your own fair hands with love. In fact, it can show that special lady in your life just how much you adore her. For added impact, you can even try making her something that she taught you how to do such as knitting, quilting, or even painting.

Alternatively, homemade eats never go down badly either, and even if you aren't quite the master chef in the kitchen, you can get together a gift of ingredients like this instead. Then all you need to do is wrap and slap a bow on, and you’re good to go.  

Something funny

If the special lady in your life has a rye sense of humor, the best thing you can get her is something that reflects that. Luckily, there are some genuinely hilarious presents out there that are bound to bring a smile to her face.

One in particular that caught my eye is The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump (Unabridged) book that is available from places like Amazon. A charming reimagining of POTUS’s tweets that show his more sensitive side. A genius gift for anyone who can see the humor in our current political situation, and if they can do that, they surely are a most remarkable lady!









5 Fun Crafts To Try At Home With The Kids

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If you’re trying to encourage your kids to spend less time looking at screens, a great way to get them involved in fun activities like arts and crafts. Not only will this get them away from their computers, consoles and phones, but it will encourage them to have a creative mind.

If you’re looking to start getting your kids involved in being, here are five fun crafts to try at home:

1. Start A Scrapbook With All Of Their Favourite Things

A great ongoing project you can start with your kids is to create a scrapbook. There are absolutely no rules for creating a scrapbook, so your child can have complete creative reign. Try encouraging them to do a little bit each day, creating pictures and designs that represent how they’re feeling or all of their favourite things. They can cut and stick things out of magazines, use stickers to add colour and go completely wild with glitter - it’s completely up to them.

2. Create Cards For Special Occasions And Holidays

There are lots of special occasions and holidays you can create cards for so this is a great opportunity to regularly get your kids interested in crafts. This can be an incredibly affordable craft to do at home, but if you want to go the extra mile and create intricate designs and cut-outs out can purchase professional equipment such as a vinyl cutting machine. For more information on how to use and vinyl cutting machine safely, you can visit www.vinylcuttingmachineguide.com/.

3. Decorate Photo Frames For Showcasing Their Favourite Memories

If you love printing out photos and displaying them around the house, getting your kids to decorate their own photo frames is the perfect craft! Let them pick out some of their favourite photographs and then purchase plain wooden frames for them to go in. Before they place the photo inside they can decorate the frame in their own special way.

4. Make Jewellery And Keyrings They Can Keep

If your kids like making things that they can wear and keep for themselves, jewellery is a really fun craft for them to try out for themselves. There are lots of different materials available that will allow kids to safely make their own necklaces, bracelets and keyrings - with only a little bit of help from mum or dad if it gets too fiddly.

5. Make Coloured Kinetic Sand To Keep Them Busy For Hours

One of the latest crazes when it comes to arts and crafts is creating colourful kinetic sand that will stay in the form you build on its own. Once they have made the sand the fun doesn’t stop as it’s something that can be played with for weeks to come, providing you store it properly.

If you want to know the best way to make kinetic sand, you can visit this handy guide here.

Do you love doing crafts with your kids at home? What’s your favourite craft? Let me know in the comment section below.


Dietary Changes that Can Help You to Lead a Healthier Life

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Living in a society where we are becoming increasingly aware of the effects our diets can have on our bodies - and consequently our overall health and wellbeing - it’s not all too surprising that many of us are looking for healthier ways to eat! Now, there are plenty of trends and fads out there and not all of them are all that they make out to be. So, to prevent you from wasting your time, let’s take a moment to look at a few different steps and techniques that can help to get you started off in the right direction when it comes to your diet!

Cut Out Fast Food

Millions of us consume fast food on a regular basis. This is why there are so many outlets about! If there wasn’t huge demand for fast food, there wouldn’t be fast food restaurants and take aways on pretty much any street you find yourself on. So, what is it about fast food that keeps us all coming back for more, time and time again? What sends us in droves to drive thrus rather than cooking a wholesome meal of our own accord? Well, fast food is convenient. It’s fast. It’s relatively cheap if you choose the right places to go. It also tends to taste good and has genuinely addictive qualities about it. So, why cut it out? Well, while fast food might be fine as an occasional treat, you simply can’t lead a healthy lifestyle when eating it for every meal. Items on takeaway menus tend to have an extremely low nutritional value. THey also tend to be filled with high amounts of saturated fat, high levels of salt, and excessive levels of sugar. They’re scant when it comes to genuine nutritional value! So, significantly cut back on this type of dining. Your body needs a lot more than these meals are offering in order to function productively.

Vegetarianism and Veganism

We’re coming towards the end of veganuary, so it’s highly likely that you’ll have been surrounded by a whole lot of hype surrounding vegetarianism and veganism lately. Major brands are releasing vegetarian and vegan options, capitalising on this trend! But this could be so much more than a mere fad. Vegetarianism and veganism are lifestyle choices where you consciously cut animal based matter and materials from your diet and life. This means no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatine, or other animal products. These choices are on the rise and experiencing boosted popularity due to many of us being more conscientious on the whole. There are a host of reasons that going vegetarian vegan is an ethical lifestyle choice. You can do it for the sake of animals (who are cruelly harmed and slaughtered in the production of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal derived products and for the sake of the environment (livestock industry results in the production of huge amounts of methane, as well as contributing towards deforestation and water pollution). But let’s focus on going vegetarian or vegan for your own sake and the sake of your overall health and wellbeing for now. While propaganda spread by the meat and dairy industry suggests that you cannot achieve a balanced and nutritious diet without animal products, you should know that a vegetarian or vegan diet can genuinely be much healthier for you! You just have to make sure you get it right!

Cutting Out Meat

Various studies have been carried out on meat consumption and results have found that individuals eating red meat in particular tend to have higher individual risks of developing serious health problems down the line. They can run a higher risk of developing heart disease, type two diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Reducing Dairy

Milk companies spread many myths surrounding why we need to add dairy into our diets. The majority of us have been raised believing that we need calcium from milk and other dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, and cream in order to lead a full and healthy lifestyle with strong bones. But this isn’t necessarily rue. In fact, while milk based products do contain a lot of calcium, we do not actually absorb much calcium from the pasteurised products that we purchase from the store. In fact, studies have found that increased milk consumption can actually increase calcium loss from our bones. Instead, you should focus on getting your calcium from leafy greens!

Ensuring You Get Enough Protein

If you do decide to take on this type of diet, you need to make sure that you do get enough protein into your body. Most of us rely on getting protein from meat, so when we cut it out, we can feel at a loss as to where to get it. Before we get started on this, let’s discuss what proteins actually are. Put simply, there are two different types of proteins - complete proteins and incomplete proteins. “Complete proteins” are amino acids. Twenty different types of amino acids can make protein. Our body can produce eleven of them independently, however, we need to get the other nine from our food. These nine amino acids that we need to find in food are referred to as essential amino acids and you really don’t need meat to find them. You can get them from:

  • Mycoprotein - this is perhaps the easiest, most common, and most accessible source of  non-animal derived protein. Brands such as Quorn create meat substitutes out of mycoprotein. If you are following a vegan diet, make sure to double check packaging, as the company is known to use egg for binding in certain items.

  • Seitan - seitan is another protein packed meat substitute that is receiving increased interest and popularity. Try out a seitan burger! Just bear in mind that it might not be suitable for you if you do not consume wheat or gluten.

  • Soy - soy is a complete protein. Tofu is a soy product that can be purchased in most stores. Generally speaking, the more firm tofu is, the better, as it’s likely to contain more protein.

  • Buckwheat - believe it or not, buckwheat isn’t actually a form of wheat. It’s actually pretty closely related to rhubarb! Try incorporating it into your dishes for a protein kick!

Paleo

If you haven’t tried paleo out before, now could be the perfect time to try it out and follow a Paleo diet. Put simply, a Paleo diet is a type of “caveman diet”. A simple guideline is that while on this diet, you wouldn’t eat anything that a caveman wouldn’t have access to. This means no bread, no pasta, nothing with artificial colours, preservatives, or additives… you get the gist. This can prove to be an extremely good diet in terms of health and wellbeing, as you cut out a lot of the artificial ingredients you would otherwise casually fill your body with. You are encouraged to eat all natural dishes and you are also likely to eat a lot more raw fruits and vegetables. Not only does this tick off your recommended five a day, but raw foods tend to have a higher nutritional content than cooked foods.

Reduce Your Sugar Consumption

Sure, there are much worse substances in the world than sugar. But sugar really can wreak havoc with our health if we don’t consume it in moderation. Sure, a little sugar here and there can form a part of a generally healthy diet. But you do need to monitor your sugar consumption and ensure that you aren’t letting your sweet tooth get the better of you! Now, this can be easier said than done. It’s extremely rare that someone actively dislikes the sweetness that sugar provides and there are evolutionary reasons behind this. Theorists believe that in the past, our ancestors actively sought out sweeter fruits, as they were more likely to be ripe and ready to eat. The sugar would help to fuel their bodies for a longer period of time. However, nowadays, we have such easy access to mass manufactured sugar, and it is incorporated into so many different foods, that we can easily find ourselves eating way too much of the sweet stuff. This can negatively impact us in various ways.

  • It can create serious problems with our overall oral and dental health. Sugar provides the bacteria that lives in our mouth with a source of easily digestible energy. This fuels it, allows it to multiply, and can have an end result of tooth decay. Excessive amounts of sugar in your diet could leave to fillings, root canals, and even tooth extraction.

  • Sugar is essentially empty calories. It makes our bodies feel full, but doesn’t help our bodies to function.

The good news is that there are a few simple steps that you can take to seriously reduce the amount of sugar you eat on a daily basis. Start out by exchanging your usual drinks (tea, coffee, fruit juices, squash, or carbonated drinks) for water. Not only will this help you to keep hydrated, but it will reduce your sugar intake at the same time! Also try switching up your chosen snacks. Most of the sugar we eat is consumed as snacks - chocolate bars, cakes, sweets. Instead, opt for something savoury and a little healthier. If you do want something sweet, have some fruit. These contain natural sugars.

These are just a few dietary changes to consider. They may seem simple, but they can make a huge difference!


Accessories That Will Complete Any And Every Outfit

If you’re like most, you’re always looking at ways in which you can improve your fashion sense and sometimes, it’s not about the clothes that you’re wearing! Accessories have a bigger effect on your overall look than you think, so rather than going down the route of trying new styles with your clothing, why not explore the effects of accessories instead? Not only is it a new approach for your fashion sense, but it’s likely to be more friendly on your purse too! Here are some accessories that will complete any and every outfit!

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Scarves

We’re still at that time of the year where scarves are at large, and not only do they help keep you warmer during the colder weather, but they are an amazing accessory to any outfit! Even if you’re dressing up for a black tie event, you can still accessories with the next best thing - a pashmina! There are so many different designs, so why not pick up a selection so that you can alternate them?

Rings!

No matter if you’re married, engaged, or wearing a promise ring, a ring is a perfect accessory to pretty much any outfit. A sparkly and delicate jewel resting on one of your fingers is the epitome of class - and again there are a plethora of designs in this category too! https://diamondexpert.com/james-allen-review/ allows you to design the perfect ring for you, so why not treat yourself to a new bit of bling?

Chunky necklaces

Chunky necklaces are the perfect accompaniment to most outfits as they help create a focal point for your outfit. So, if you’re trying to show off your figure or even the brand new blouse you’re wearing, a chunky necklace will grab attention and keep it there!

Watches

Over time watches have become more than just a source for telling the time - they’re now fashion accessories too! The great thing about most watches these days is that you can interchange straps to match your outfit rather than having a huge collection of watches - unless you want to of course!

Earrings

Earrings, whether they are simple studs, or dangle down to your neckline, are a wonderful way of tying an outfit together. Not only that, they can help compliment your hairstyle, jawline, and even the kind of make up you’re wearing too! You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to get your hands on some beautiful earrings that will help make your outfit even better.

Hats

Finally, much alike scarves we are still in the season in which we’re more inclined to wear a hat. That’s why right now, we think that a hat is a perfect accessory to pretty much any outfit. Our personal favourite? The bobble hat! Cosy, fashionable, and wearable with many different kinds of hairstyles!

Best Campgrounds for Families in Canada

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From British Columbia to Newfoundland and the Yukon, Canada hosts some 16,000 campgrounds, including plenty of RV campgrounds. With an RV in Canada, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in some spectacular wilderness areas while enjoying many of the comforts of home. These campgrounds in particular are ideal for families who want to get out and explore what this vast nation has to offer.

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland

Canada’s most easterly national park offers the opportunity for camping at oceanfront in its Newman Sound Campground with sites for everything from tents to RVs. There are 11 scenic trails for hiking or biking as well as opportunities for sea kayaking and pond swimming. At the visitor center, the kids can feel the marine creatures in the saltwater touch tank, check out the aquarium and underwater camera exhibits.

Hidden Hilltop Family Campground, Nova Scotia

A former farm converted into a campground, Hidden Hilltop offers both un-serviced and serviced sites for RVs as well as a wide range of activities. Located just an hour from Halifax, it’s open from May through October and features a heated swimming pool with a slide, miniature golf, a hockey court and basketball court, a jumbo jumper pillow, arcades games, a pool table, daily children’s program and even a petting zoo. In the summer, karaoke, dances and live entertainment are frequently hosted too.

Bon Echo Family Campground, Ontario

Located on a small lake in southeastern Ontario near Bon Echo Provincial Park, popular for canoeing, fishing, swimming and hiking. Bon Echo Family Campground offers plenty to do of its own. Campers can take advantage of 30amp electric and water hookups, hot showers and even Wi-Fi. It’s open from mid-May through October and features a sandy beach that edges calm waters where the little ones can splash around as well as pedal boats and ATVs for rent. It also hosts an onsite store that serves ice cream and a playground, while two golf courses, free outdoor tennis courts, a petting farm and bird zoo are just down the road.

Gold Rush Campground RV Park, Yukon

The Gold Rush Campground features 83 sites for all types of camping and is open from mid-May to mid-September. Guests can delve into history while enjoying a variety of activities and scenic natural surroundings. It’s the original site of the Klondike Gold Rush, set at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, surrounded by magnificent wilderness.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most significant fossil beds, located about 30 miles northeast of Brooks in Alberta. It offers all sorts of family programs as well as authentic dinosaur digs, wildlife and fabulous scenery as well as guided hikes and tours. Self-guided tours allow the family to roam the grounds just like the Jurassic giants once did, searching for bits of teeth and vertebrae that are scattered throughout the landscape The campground includes both un-serviced and serviced sites that are open throughout the year, and from mid-May through mid-October, there are hot showers, flush toilets, food concessions, a convenience store and laundry facilities.











5 Ways To Make Baths More Relaxing

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At the end of a long hard day, few things are more relaxing than a hot bath. However, you can make your bath all the more peaceful and soothing with a few bath time improvements. Here are just several ways to make baths more relaxing.

Try using Epsom salts

The buoyancy of the hot water in a bath can help to relax muscles. However, you can help to relax your muscles even more so by adding Epsom salts to the water. These salts contain magnesium sulphates – a chemical that has long been used as a natural pain killer. An Epsom salt bath is perfect for relaxing muscles after exercise when they are likely to be achy. It can also be a great way to relieve chronic pain if you have a condition such as arthritis.  

Set up a bath caddy

A bath caddy could allow you to combine bath time with other relaxing activities. These are wooden trays that fit over your bath, allowing you to prop objects on them. This could allow you to read a book in the bath or drink a glass of wine or snack on some chocolates.

Light some scented candles

Scented candles can help to bring relaxing aromas to your bathroom whilst you bathe, further helping you to destress. Scents such as jasmine and lavender are great for this purpose. You can even dim the lights and allow the candles to illuminate the room for a relaxing ambience.

Invest in a nice bathrobe

For when you step out the bath, it’s worth having a nice robe to slip into. This will give you something to look forward to and it will keep you warm. There are guides online that can help you to find the best bathrobe. It’s worth doing your research to find the ideal texture and thickness for you.  

Upgrade your tub

The ultimate way to make bath time more relaxing is of course to upgrade your tub. A luxury tub is certain to be more comfortable and spacious. There are many designs to look into – the slipper design is great for lying back in whilst circular tubs are better suited for sitting back in. Freestanding bath tubs could help to get you away from the wall giving you more elbow room, however these tubs do require a certain amount of space that few bathrooms have. Freestanding baths may also require extra plumbing, which could add to the already high purchase price. That said, such an investment could be worth it if you love your baths. There’s also the option of a whirlpool bath to  consider – such tubs contain jets which shoot out water to help simulate that Jacuzzi feel, offering some hydrotherapy massaging as you bathe.


Saving Money At Home: A Busy Parent's Guide

Saving money as a busy parent can be one of the hardest things to do, because you feel like you’re always paying out a lot of extra costs here and there, and it seems impossible to get them down. When your kids are growing, they are in constant need of new things, and on top of this, you have all of the costs associated with keeping your home up and running. However, there are some things that you can do to cut the household costs, and we’ve noted them here if you’re looking to save some cash!

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Make sure that you thrift

OK, thrifting has been labelled as uncool for quite some years now, but everybody is getting back on the bandwagon with vintage trends coming back in. However, thrift stores are not only great for vintage clothes and furniture, but kids clothes, too. There are many parents out there who have to give away clothes because their kids grow so fast, so look into the like-new clothes out there in thrift stores!

Make small changes

Small changes in the home, such as reducing the temperature of your washing, and hanging your clothes out to dry rather than putting them in a dryer, can really help you to save a bit of cash over the year. Make sure that lights are off upstairs when nobody is up there, that your TV is always turned off at night instead of being on standby, and you’ve tried all the little money saving tips that you can.

Change your windows

Whilst it may seem like a costly thing to do, changing your windows can help you to save in the long run. When you think about all of the money you spend on heating your home, why should you have poor quality windows so that your home is colder than it should be, and you’re spending way more money than you have to? Whether you want to keep out the cold or the heat, look into the clever fiberglass windows on the market.

Use coupons

When it comes to saving money, especially when you always seem to be purchasing something, coupons and discount codes are your best friends. Whether you can save a little bit of money, or even get 50% off whatever it is that you’re looking to buy, coupons will help you to see the difference in your monthly (and yearly) outgoings. Have a quick search online before you buy anything, and you won’t regret it!

So, if you’re looking to save some money in your household, but you don’t know where to start, try out a few of these tips. Make sure that you thrift before you hit the high street, you make the small changes where you can, and you change your windows so that your heat isn’t just escaping into the air outside, after you’ve paid so much for it. Lastly, look into some coupons before you buy to get yourself some great savings! Good luck trying out these money saving tips!



4 Tips For Prepping For A New Baby

A new baby is a total adventure. From pregnancy to birth, a Mom is completely overwhelmed - in a good way - about what’s to come and what a baby will mean for her life. Everything is about to change and things will never be the same again. The one thing that will always be the same, though, is the fact that Mom’s have money to spend on their new babes before they arrive.

Getting ready for the arrival of a baby takes a lot of prep work, and babies are expensive. That means that you’ve got nine months to get your house ready so that you are stocked and ready for your baby to arrive. You need to use your pregnancy to get ready, because once your baby arrives, your life is going to whirlwind. Let’s take a look at four tips to help you get ready for preparing for your new baby.

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The Basics. You may be fretting about a nursery for your baby, but as long as you have a crib set up in your bedroom for them to sleep in, you’re going to have enough. You don’t NEED a nursery set up before the baby arrives, while it’s nice to have one to store all the bulk baby diapers you’re likely going to get. If you do have a nursery ready, remember that you need a cot for the baby to sleep in, but that the space should be empty aside from a fitted sheet. That means no bumpers, Mama, and you can read here as to why.

Stocking Up. We just mentioned the bulk buying of baby diapers. If you plan to do this to get ahead, keep some money one side for micro diapers if baby is preemie, or larger diapers if baby is a chubby one! You need to make sure that you keep all the receipts, but you can buy wipes, Muslin cloths and diapers nice and early so you’re ready. If you want to go the extra mile and you have the cash, consider buying sleepsuits and vests in a range of sizes so that you can be prepared.

Hospital Bag. Packing your hospital bag early according to lists like this one is a good idea. Anything can happen in pregnancy and you want to be ready when it does. Plan your hospital route early and keep a change purse in the hospital bag to pay for a taxi if no one can drive you there.

You, Yourself. You need to prepare yourself. It’s not just attending breastfeeding classes and Mommy and Me groups - it’s about getting ready for the waves of baby blues you could feel. It’s knowing that the real life of motherhood isn’t always sweet baby kisses and snuggles. Sometimes it’s hard. And as long as you are open to that, you are going to be the most awesome parent out there.

Good luck with your brand new arrival; it’s the time for an adventure.



Time To Relax: Unwinding After A Hectic Day With Your Newborn Baby

When you feel like you haven’t used the luxury of a seat for the majority of the day, and it’s taken way too long to get your little one to sleep; it’s time to start relaxing as soon as possible. This is especially important if you want to get a proper rest when you eventually head to bed. However, if your head is full of jobs that need doing tomorrow, it can be difficult to wind down both physically and mentally. Therefore you should set some time aside at the end of the day to focus on yourself and you’ll be able to rejuvenate to tackle tomorrow’s never ending list. Rope in your partner, family, and friends to help you with the little things, and check out some of the following tips, to assist you with a relaxing end to your busy day.


Set The Mood As Early As You Can

As soon as you have the head space after your latest breastfeeding class, feed, or nappy change; it’s worth investing in the details that make a big difference to your environment. It’s no secret that candlelight can be a calming addition to an environment, so lighting one or two before you sit down on the sofa will help you feel at ease and unwind. Scented candles will further relax you, especially if you choose a fragrance specifically designed to aid rest and sleep; they can often feel like a treat, so you’ll enjoy your evening that little bit more. For some relaxing scented candles inspiration, take a look online. If you’re taking the time to physically create a particular ambience, then your mind will catch up and you’ll end up feeling tranquil from head to toe.

Snuggle In And Get Cozy

Once you’ve set the scene with the scented candles; you don’t want to ruin the flow of your evening by perching on a metal stool. You’ll want to cocoon yourself in your surroundings, and this can be done with soft textures and cosy warmth; this is the perfect environment to feed or soothe baby too, so it’s worth thinking about. Wrap up in a blanket or throw while you sit on the sofa, surrounded by cushions, if you feel like you’re sinking into comfort, your busy brain will start to drift towards relaxation too. Try and stay warm and cosy by using a hot water bottle, or sipping on your favorite hot drink; you can make this time as indulgent as you want, it’s all about releasing some of the daily stresses and feeling good.

Refocus And Drift Away

Everything you physically do in your relaxing evening routine should be to benefit your overall well-being; however, for many busy moms, switching off is no easy task. Distraction is a good way to shift your attention somewhere else, so think about what makes you happy. Watching some trash T.V, flicking through magazines, or reading the latest Chrissy Teigen cookbook will refocus your thoughts towards something other than the pile of laundry in the corner of the room, and what everyone’s going to be eating for the next week.

We're No Good At Tackling Situations Like These...

As humans, we’re good at some things, and just absolutely terrible at others. Sometimes we handle situations so well, and it’s just one of the reasons why we’re thriving at the minute… well, for the most part we’re thriving. But when it comes to these situations that we just can’t seem to handle, our life just goes to pot. Suddenly our brains go into overdrive, and all we can focus on is this difficult situation that we’re struggling with at the time. When something so big can take over your life and potentially ruin it, we get why it might be so easy to ignore certain situations, rather than trying to face them. Which is why we bet you’re wondering what situations we could be on about, and how you can ensure you’re the best at getting through them. Keep on reading to find out more!

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The Ones Where We’re In The Wrong

Ok, so nobody at all likes dealing with situations where they’re in the wrong, it just mentally is not fun for us. We like to think that we can be in control of every situation, and therefore every situation we’re in control of, we will be in the right with! But there are mistakes that we make through our lives that can put us into a little bit of a pickle, such as problems with the law on the road, or problems at work. It’s not uncommon for people to go on their phones, get caught, and have to pay the find and have the ticket. But sometimes it can go a little bit further than that. If you were behind the wheel and using your phone at the time of a crash, a criminal defense attorney would have to get involved. It’s a criminal offence, and if you were to cause harm, you would have to go to court. Always think before making decisions that could change your life, even if it is just picking up your phone whilst driving along.


The Ones Affecting Our Family

Anything that might happen to our family, is where our minds just lose all control of what might be rational, and we tend to make bad decisions during time of distress relating to our families. The biggest being if we lose a family member close to us. The grieving process is a hard and long one, but if you do lose a love one and are struggling mentally, the best solution is to talk to someone. Whether it be another loved one, or even getting professional help!

The Ones That Make Us Change Our Lives

Now this is something no one is going to like doing, because change is sometimes a nightmare to deal with. This commonly happens when being forced to move house because of work or family commitments, and you have to relocate to a new area. Our advice would be to take your time to find the perfect place, spend a couple of days in the area before you even decide, and get accustomed to the new area. No one likes changing to a completely new location, but it could be the best thing for you.



Adding Some Fun to Your Boring Winter Wardrobe

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Every year, winter seems to drag on forever. Even after a long and hot summer, as soon as it starts to get colder, time begins to drag on, especially once Christmas is over and there’s no excitement to make it all worth it. In the first few weeks of cooler temperatures, many of us rather enjoy it. We like cuddling up on the sofa in our pyjamas with a hot chocolate as soon as we get in from work. We enjoy shopping for new boots and getting all of our chunky knits out of storage. It’s different, it’s exciting, and it’s comfortable.

Then, suddenly you’ve been in the same skinny jeans/boots/coat combination for weeks, and you are bored. Fortunately, there are some great ways to add some fun to your boring winter wardrobe.

Add a Hat and Scarf

Hats and scarves are a brilliant way to add fun to any outfit. Outdoors, they keep you warm and add some fun to your coat, seen as no one can see what is underneath it anyway. Indoors, you can always keep a scarf on once you’ve removed your jacket to add some interest to your plain jumper.

The best thing about hats and scarves is that they are cheap and easy. Invest in some merino wool knit beanies and thick scarves, and rotate them so that you never get bored.

Invest in a Bright Coat

Coats are expensive. Most of us only have one or two proper winter coats, and we try to get a good few years life out of them to make them worth the expense. A good coat will last, but it’s boring. More so if it’s black or navy like most of the other winter coats you see out on the streets.

Invest in a coat in a bright colour, and you’ll stand out from the crowd. A brighter coat could even make you happier and more cheerful on a miserable dull day.

Don’t Be Scared of Dresses

Sticking to jeans in the winter is easy. They are comfortable to wear, they look good with boots, and they keep you warm. But, you shouldn’t be afraid to wear dresses if you want to. Layer them with tights, add long sleeves or vests underneath and a cardigan on top and you’ll stay warm while looking great.

Get Some Cheap, Bright Wellies

Boots are fantastic. They keep your feet warm. They help to keep you safe on slippery floors. But, good boots, like coats are expensive. So most of us limit how many we buy.

Wellies, however, can be bought cheaply. Get a few pairs of bright or fun wellies for when you are bored of your sensible winter boots.

Find a Quirky Umbrella

Umbrellas are perhaps the ultimate winter accessories. And if you’ve got to have one, why not find a quirky one that stands out in a crowd and shows off your personality?

Add Layers to Your Summer Clothes

If you want to wear your summer clothes all year round, do it! Add t-shirts and vests, tights and leggings, cardigans and chunky knits, as well as wooden socks, hats and scarves. Layers are a great way to add warmth to an outfit, and as long as you keep them plain, they’ll always work.


Feel Good In Anything You Wear - Here's How

Imagine pulling something out of your wardrobe, anything, throwing it on, and feeling amazing. Wouldn’t that be nice? However, most people have to get changed numerous times before they feel good in an outfit that they wear. Here, we’re going to reveal what you need to know to feel good in absolutely anything you wear. Take a look, and you’ll wonder how you lived without these tricks before!

Create A Capsule Wardrobe

Start by creating a capsule wardrobe where you have items that all work interchangeably with one another. This means you’ll be able to create a plethora of different outfits using many of the same pieces, which can be a time saver and a money saver. The idea is that you only fill your clothes with items that you a) need and b) really love. Because the idea is that you’re not buying clothes all the time, you can afford to spend a little more on higher quality items that you adore and will stand the test of time!

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Say No To Fast Fashion And Be More Selective Instead

Fast fashion is cheap fashion that goes out of style in a few weeks. One week one print is in, the next it’s a color, then it’s a certain style - the list goes on. Fast fashion companies unsustainably churn out fashion items all the time and it ends up in landfills. It goes out of fashion quickly and is usually low quality. Instead, look at buying your clothing from sustainable companies and even handmade companies. It’ll give you a sense of satisfaction knowing that your clothing was created with love! You can do this for your jewelry too - check this out to find jewelry that will stand the test of time. Try to avoid fast fashion at all costs and treat yourself to fewer, luxury items.

Assess Your Past Fashion Choices And Why They Worked/Why They Didn’t

It’s a good idea to think about things you’ve worn in the past, why you liked them, and why you didn’t. Was it the color, material, or style? You can get a good idea of what really works for you this way. Take pictures of yourself when you feel your best in an outfit so you can look back at it for inspiration!

Book An Appointment With A Professional Stylist

See if you can book an appointment with a professional stylish in your area. They may be able to tell you your ‘colors’ (the colors that suit you best) and the shapes that suit you best, too. You only need one appointment and you can pick up lots of fantastic tips.

Find Fashion Muses That Inspire You

Search Instagram and find fashion muses that inspire you. You don’t have to copy them - just learn from them!

Have Something Signature About Your Look

Perhaps it’ll be a particular color or pattern - whatever it is, create a signature look for yourself. It’s a lot of fun, and people will come to recognize you for it.

Are you ready to feel good in anything you wear?




Getting Married Abroad? Five Ways You Can Ensure It Runs Smoothly

Do you dream of getting married on a tropical beach? With gorgeous weather, spectacular views and a laid back atmosphere, who could blame you? You can start your honeymoon as soon as the ceremony is over, and it’s something a little different from a standard church or hotel wedding back home.  However, there are a number of additional considerations you’ll need to bear in mind when it comes to getting married abroad.

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Send out invitations early

Traditionally, wedding invitations are sent six to eight weeks before the wedding. However, if you’re planning on getting married abroad then you’ll want to send them much further back than this. There’s always going to be a significant amount of expense and planning for guests to attend your overseas wedding so you’ll want to give them time to get organised. They might need to save up enough money, get their passport sorted, book the time off work and sort out things to wear. It’s not as simple as driving down to a venue like a standard wedding, so the more notice you can give people the better. You’re likely to get a better turnout that way.

Consider those that can’t come

As much as some might want to come and celebrate your wedding with you, not everyone is going to be able to travel to do so. It could be a financial holdback or a practical one- childcare could be an issue or they might need to work. It could even be health issues, those that are unwell or pregnant might not be able to fly. For this reason, you could host a smaller reception once you return back home. It doesn’t need to be a huge expense, but a chance for everyone to get together, and you get to wear your dress a second time! It’s an opportunity for those who couldn’t make it to take some photos and be a part of this special time with you.

Think about your dress

Speaking of your dress, this will be a little different to a standard wedding back home. Beach wedding dress styles tend to be more lightweight and floaty, you’ll need to bear in mind the material and the heat of the destination when making your choice. You will also need to consider how you’ll transport your gown when you fly.

Work out where you will all stay

One option would be to all stay at a hotel, you have your separate space but are close enough together to be able to meet up and enjoy each other’s company before and after the ceremony. Alternatively, things like family reunion home rentals could be considered where you hire out a large house or villa and all split the cost. This can work out cheaper, and you get more privacy as you’re not sharing with any other guests. If guests are looking to cut costs, they might consider flying out the day before the wedding, staying in a budget motel for the night and then flying back after the ceremony. If so, you’d only need to think about your own accommodation (chances are, you’ll want to spend a bit more on something a little more luxurious). Once you’ve received your RSVPs and know how many are attending, you can go about having a discussion with your loved ones, and deciding what would be the best choice for a place to stay.

Find a good wedding package

When you get married in the country you live in, you tend to hire different vendors from all over the place. A regular venue might include music and caterers, but chances are you’d find your own photographer, florist, wedding cake maker and more. However, when you’re getting married abroad this is going to be much more tricky. You’re unable to meet vendors ahead of time, and in some cases they won’t even speak your language. To make things easier for yourself, it can be far better working with a wedding company that offers everything in one package. You’ll only have one company to pay, everything will be taken care of by them and you can ensure things run smoothly which is what you need when you’re getting married in another country! Of course, you’ll need to do your research and find a company that you’re happy with. One that speaks English and you’re able to communicate with well. Read their reviews, go through their portfolio and have a chat with them on the phone to make sure you’re happy with your decision.



Jack Frost Nipping At Your Nose? Mom's Lessons For Staying Warm

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With the winter now fast approaching, moms are looking for ways to make sure the whole family stays warm. Not only does wrapping up warm help to stave off common colds and infections, but it can also help you keep the heating bill down (which can get a little out of control in December and January).

So what can busy moms who have no time do to make sure that hubby and the rest of the family stay nice and toasty over the holidays?

Get Moving

Staying active is good for maintaining a healthy weight and keeping degenerative diseases at bay. But it’s also highly effective at keeping you warm too. If you wrap up warm on a cold day and do some exercise, you soon get uncomfortably sweaty and have to take layers off.

You and your family can try all kinds of fun things to stay warm, from taking the bikes to the park to using a Nintendo Wii.

Use Rugs

Staying warm in the winter can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you want to walk barefoot on cold, hard floors. Rugs are a great way to make rooms feel a little warmer and cozier (even if they’re not) by providing extra comfort underfoot. Make sure you get rugs with rubber strips on the bottom to prevent slippage.

Get Sweaters For The Whole Family

Knitted sweaters are a hallmark of the Christmas period, featured extensively in romantic comedies, like Bridget Jones’ Diary. What’s more, the festive season is pretty much the only time of year when you can get away with wearing them without raising a few eyebrows. Grateful Dead sweaters are ideal for dad (especially if he likes his music), and the kids can enjoy jerseys with cartoon or kids’ TV themes.

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Teach Everyone The Principle Of Layering

We like the luxury of putting on as few clothes as possible while we’re in our homes. But during the winter months, this habit can increase your heating bills substantially.

Layering provides you with all of the warmth you want, but without having to ramp the thermostat up to 20 degrees Celsius, significantly above the outside temperature. Teach your family about how layering keeps them warm by trapping little pockets of insulating air in the fabric, preventing the cold from penetrating from the outside.

Use Electric Blankets

While it’s true that electric blankets use energy, they do so in a far more efficient and environmentally-friendly way than central heating. Electric blankets help to trap heat in the vicinity immediately around the body, meaning less energy goes to waste.

Insulate Your Home

Insulating your home needn’t be complicated or expensive. You don’t have to pump foam into cavity walls or install expensive double-glazing. The simplest and cheapest methods often work the best.

Try, for instance, to seal any gaps around your doors and windows. If the caulking around the windows has chipped away, replace it. Use a draught excluder on any exterior doors that are not sealed to prevent air from getting in.




Why a Beautiful Smile is Just What You Need

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Regardless of if you have just left college, are a young mum or are about to retire, having a nice smile will boost your confidence no end, and every time you use it you will make someone else feel better. Smiles are almost contagious, and when you smile at someone they will smile back and then often at someone else too. A smile can brighten a whole room and draw people to you. We would be living in a happier world if people smiled more often.

That is not the only advantage of a nice smile though; there are other consequences of showing your sparkling pearly whites.

Health Benefits Of A Smile

It might surprise you to know there are several health and beauty benefits to a smile.  Your immune system will improve because you are more relaxed. It can cause a reduction in your blood pressure. Mentally, smiling will reduce any stress you are going through, and it can help to change your mood to a better one.

Smiling makes you more positive, and this is something you can try out. Put a smile on your face and then think of something negative. You will find this is not so easy to do as long as you keep smiling. Studies have shown that smiles make your body produce endorphins, which create a feel-good factor in our brains. Smiling is also considered to be a natural painkiller.

You Will Look Better

A smile will make you more attractive to other people, as there is something more appealing about someone who is smiling. The muscles you use to smile also lift your face making you appear younger and healthier. Research has also shown that people who smile more often appear to be more successful. They are more likely to succeed at job interviews too.

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Don’t Hide It

Not everyone has naturally white teeth, and as we age they start to yellow. This is just one reason why people do not smile properly and force their smile with their lips closed. They will also do this if they have some crooked teeth, but both problems can be helped.

Your dental surgery will be able to help you with teeth whitening and with a clear correct aligner or retainer to straighten them if need be. It is well worth having this done so that you can smile properly and make full use of all the advantages that smiles provide.

If there is any other reason you do not like your smile, try practicing it in front of a mirror, until it is how you want it to be. Keep practicing and eventually it will become the way you smile all the time.

Smile On Purpose

Scientists have shown that if a smile does not come naturally, smiling on purpose will have the same effect. It changes the chemistry in our brain, which is why all these other good things happen when you smile. Just try it and see. Next time you feel a bit low, smile on purpose and there is no doubt you will feel better for it.