Body Confidence: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

The term “body confidence” is, without a doubt, one of the main buzzwords of 2017. The idea behind the term is simple: love the body you have, not the body that marketing managers, celebrity magazines, and advertisers tell you that you should want.

While, in essence, the idea of body confidence is a wonderful one, it can also be a little confusing. Embracing the body you have is great, but what if you’re not 100 percent happy with the body you have? Are you somehow failing for wanting to change it? Should we all throw out our beauty products and our healthy eating habits? Is there something wrong with wanting to look as good as possible? These questions, and others like them, have been confusing women since the idea of “body confidence” moved into the mainstream.

So, let’s clarify a few “dos” and “don’ts” about what body confidence should truly mean for you and your life experience. Hopefully, this will allow you to answer any questions you have about the movement, and give you access to all the positives that you can take from the idea.


DO: Decide What’s Right For You



The idea behind body confidence is that we are all able to decide what works for us. So, if you’re comfortable at a certain dress size, you shouldn’t feel the need to change that size unless you specifically want to.

Knowing whether you want to change your body or whether you have been influenced by the media is… tricky. Our perceptions of beauty normality have been warped over the years, and many of us have totally unrealistic expectations of how our body should look as a result.

As a general rule, if you eat a healthy diet and keep active, there is no internal need for you to change. Anything else — such as the pursuit of a “thigh gap” — is not a genuine need, but one that is externally influenced. Casting aside these external ideas of what you “should” look like is key to achieving true body confidence.


DON’T: Feel Pressured To Ignore Your Perceived Flaws

One strange side effect of the body confidence movement is that it can make women feel like they should be happy with aspects of their body… even if they’re not. This can lead to women feeling like they are “failing” at being body confident; failing at the idea that they should love and embrace their flaws, when in reality, their perceived flaws are still a problem for them.

Let’s be clear: there is no “failure” whatsoever with feeling there is a part of your body that you don’t like. There’s nothing wrong with deciding you want to change an aspect of how you look; no problem with making the decision to view Roxy Plastic Surgery for more information on the fixes for the issues you have identified. Body confidence doesn’t mean you just have to love your body as it is and never want to improve anything; it just means you should only be concerned with the issues that bother you. Your opinion is what matters, and if your opinion says that you have a perceived flaw you want to be rid of, then there’s nothing wrong with that. Provided you are the only person influencing your decision, then it’s only natural there might be things about your body you want to change.

Body confidence is about knowing your body and what works for you; if something about your body doesn’t work for you, and you acknowledge it and want to fix it, then that’s a kind of body confidence, essential self-knowledge, in and of itself.

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7 Ways to Make The Winter Season More Bearable

Some people love everything about winter. They seem to take to it like a duck and water, and fully embrace the cold weather and lack of social time. For other people – most people – it’s a season that they have to endure, not embrace. However, while many might struggle to see the benefits of the cold weather months, there are things you can do to make it more bearable – and, dare we say it, even fun! Below, we take a look at seven ways you can make sure you don’t have to wait until spring to start having fun again.


Embracing Hygge

Have you heard of ‘hygge’? It’s a Danish concept, one that doesn’t have a natural English translation, but it’s effectively about embracing the winter season. And if you’re going to do that, then you’ll need to give your home a ‘hygge’ makeover. Invest in candles, buy a few warm throws, and go shopping for some high-quality loungewear. Whether all these purchases will make you fall in love with winter remains to be seen, but you’ll have a relaxing time finding out, that’s for sure.


Use Your Time Wisely

We tend to think of modern life as always being rushed, but really, that’s just not true during fall and winter. If we choose to, we can slow down and take our time. Since there’s nowhere near as much events taking place as there are in summer, we’re given the gift of time: but it’ll only be a gift if we choose to accept it! Over the coming months, don’t spend your evenings watching television. Instead, use it an opportunity to learn a new skill. You could pick up a language, learn to play an instrument, or finally get that creative project you’ve been thinking about underway.


Add the Color

Summer is the season of brightness and color; winter is a season of darkness. But who says it has to be this way? Nobody! You’ll feel a lot better if you add color and energy to your day-to-day life. Think about the lighting in your home, and pick up a piece of art or two for the walls. You can’t change the darkness of the outdoors, but you can ensure your home isn’t dark!


Hit the Sunshine

By far the biggest complaint about winter is that it’s dark and cold. So why not break up the chilly months by heading to the sunshine for a vacation? There are plenty of winter sun options available to you, both in the United States and beyond. For a week or two, you’ll be able to wear stylish sundresses and drink cocktails; just like you never left summer! Naturally, you’ll still have to return to the cold weather eventually, but it’ll be a welcome break. Who knows, by the time you come back you might even enjoy the season more, knowing that escape is only a short flight away. [Read more…]

Refresh and Relax This Weekend


Now that the countdown to Christmas is beginning, what were once cosy, relaxing evenings in are now turning into online shopping sessions and planning for the big day. It is at times like these that many of us can become very stressed out and unable to break free from that feeling of helplessness, and it is at these times that we need to take the opportunity to step back, relax and refresh.

  1. Exercise Regularly

A huge contributing factor to us feeling low and stressed is down to lack of movement. Sitting behind a desk all day not only strains our eyes, but it also makes our muscles weaker than they should be. Exercising every few days for a while will help you to relax your mind and focus on something else for a while- it is also great for releasing hormones into your bloodstream which promote a better mood.

  1. Plan Your Days

Before you start you day, plan it. The simple act of sitting down and planning out what you need to achieve each day as well as the priority for each task can go a long way to helping you cope with your workload and feel more on top of your life. Try it out for a month and see what difference it makes to the way you feel.

  1. Prioritise Tasks

The key to reducing stress levels is to prioritise your tasks effectively and learn when it best to complete a certain task each day. It might be that you’ve got a few big projects you’ve been putting off for a while, but now that you have planned them out, you can get cracking and finish the tasks which are the most important to you and your work. It also means that you don’t waste valuable times doing small menial tasks in place of more important ones. [Read more…]

Get Real! The Importance of Being Reasonable With Your Health Goals

We are fast approaching the new year. When it comes to self-improvement this late in the year, many of us will delay things. We’ll claim that there’s no point in trying to change our lifestyle or better ourselves until the new year rolls in. But this is a huge problem. New Year’s resolutions are rarely carried out and maintained. Most people will have completely forgotten their proposed changes by the end of the month! This is just one of the reasons that we need to start being a little more logical and realistic with our goals. In particular, let’s focus on health goals. Rather than thinking that we will transform into a new, proactive person on the 1st January, it’s time to accept that we are unlikely to change that dramatically simply because a new year has begun. In fact, we are still going to be exactly the same people. We are still likely to have the same cravings for junk food. We probably won’t suddenly fancy spending thirty minutes on the cross trainer in the gym. We most certainly aren’t suddenly going to smile at a salad and drool at the thought of green smoothies. But we can make small changes to our lifestyle and routine that will better our health. Here are a couple of things to consider.

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Think of how many people take out gym memberships during the first week of January. So many premium plans are taken out and left unused for the term of the contract. That’s so much cash going straight down the drain! So why do so many of us neglect our gym memberships? Well, firstly we may have opted for somewhere that is out of the way and difficult to get to. After the first few trips, the novelty wears thin, and we start questioning the cost and time involved in getting there. Second, we realise that the classes we were initially interested in happen to clash with our work timetables and other responsibilities. So, rather than deciding to timetable your week around the gym, why not fit exercise around your general routine instead? Invest in a yoga mat and do your sun salutations from the comfort of your own home before work. Take a brisk walk around the local park on your lunch break. Whatever you the time and means to do, take up that opportunity. It will feel more natural and less forced. Seizing individual moments will also eradicate the sense of foreboding that comes with allocated gym times. Results may not be as quick as if you hit the gym in all of your spare time. But the results will be more sustainable. You can also use shorter-term solutions to see desired changes in your figure in the meantime. If you find yourself questioning “do waist trainers work?”, this page could answer all of your queries. It may be time to invest in one! [Read more…]

Mean Makeup Magic For Busy Moms

Winter is a wonderful season. We get to wrap ourselves in luxurious scarves, enjoy the first sight of snow, and breathe in the crisp winter air. The only problem with all of this, though, is that it sucks the moisture right out of our skin, leaving us with dry patches, redness, and a general itchiness that makes winter less wonderful than we hoped it would be.

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Luckily, there are a few exceptional makeup-artist moms who have shared their best tips on how to achieve a soft and smooth-looking face even when the temperatures are dropping. It makes it a bit easier to get out the door quickly in the morning, and you can confidently face the cold air outside.


Tinted moisturizer

Dry skin is not a fan of powder makeup, so keep it on the low and opt for some tinted moisturizer instead. Use your fingers to apply it so that you’re not using too much, and find one that matches your skin tone perfectly.

You have probably heard this advice many times before, but so many tend to skip it and hope that their regular moisturizer will be enough to keep the dryness at bay. Invest in a good foundation or tinted moisturizer as soon as possible, and you’ll notice the difference immediately. Have a look at the best organic makeup brands here if you’re looking for something new, and scroll down to the Origins foundation to keep your skin hydrated throughout the cold days.

You can still use a regular foundation if you want more coverage, though, just remember to use your fingers to apply it still. The heat from your fingertips will make it melt in and look more natural – and, as mentioned above, you avoid applying too much.


Cream cheek stick

Tired of looking tired all the time? You’re not alone. The fresh, crisp air may help put those roses on your cheeks, but it doesn’t really show when you’re using a tinted moisturizer or foundation. Instead of using a regular powder-based blush to look a bit fresher, try to use a cream stick instead and apply it with your fingers to make it look a bit more natural.

Nothing says fresh winter health like blushed cheeks under a cozy beanie, so cover up your skin and head before facing the coldness.

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Is Your Home Winter Ready?

It might feel as though it was only yesterday that you were sitting out in the backyard sunbathing, but winter is actually approaching pretty fast. Of course, that’s not a bad thing! There are plenty of amazing things about winter. You get to snuggle up at home all cosy and warm, it’s finally time to bring out your chunky sweaters, and no one is going to judge you for drinking hot chocolate all day long! Of course, that doesn’t mean that everything about winter is great. After all, the cold weather can bring a whole host of problems if you’re not prepared for it. This is especially true at home. To help you avoid getting into any trouble during the cold months, here are a few ways to winter-proof your home.


Deal with drafts

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It’s incredibly easy not to realise that there are drafts in your home during the summer. After all, you’re probably going to be happy for the cool air coming in! However, when winter rolls around, a draft can be a serious problem. Not only can it let cold air into your home but it allows a great deal of hot air to escape as well. Make sure that you go through your home before it gets too cold and seal up any drafts that you find.

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Make Moving House Less Stressful



Moving home is a stressful affair, especially when you have a family and a baby to try and organise along the way. Your house will probably be full to the brim with furniture, personal belongings and A LOT of toys. The thought of packing all that up and moving to a new place can be daunting, and understandably might make you want to crawl into bed and pretend nothing is happening at all. However, don’t fret; there are a few ways that you can make the trip slightly less stressful, and it’s all about forward planning.

Never Complete On A Friday

Friday is the most popular day of the week for families looking to move home, and that’s mainly because after the initial move, you then have the whole weekend to get things settled before getting back to work on Monday. However, there are downsides to Friday being the most popular choice. The first one is the fact that removal companies are much busier on a Friday- the issue with this is that removal companies will push up the prices towards the end of the week, so if you can move in a Wednesday instead, that would be much better. The other reason is that if anything goes wrong with handing over the keys or the paperwork, the issue won’t be sorted over the weekend, meaning you’ll be trapped until Monday when people are back in the office.

Hire A Professional Moving Company

If you want to make the move less stressful for you and save yourself hiring a van and enlisting your friend to help with the move, hire a professional mover such as MyBekins moving companies. You’ll save time and money on making several trips with your goods, and also, you’ll be insured for any damages to your belongings in transit. [Read more…]

Getting Back Up When You’re Hit By A Huge Bill

It will happen at some point. You might have a dental crisis that needs paying for. You might have a much larger fuel bill than expected. You might even find that you’ve been overcompensated in some scheme or another and are expected to fork over the difference now. Most people will be hit by a big, unexpected bill at some point and if you’re not ready to deal with it, it can lead to a spiral of financial trouble that can mean real trouble at the end.

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Check the bill for mistakes

Sometimes you are going to get charged when you shouldn’t be. Rarely, are these charges made on purpose, so don’t go burning with righteous indignation. But do be ready to check any major bills you receive with costs you don’t recognize. Medical billing mistakes are especially prevalent so be vigilant. You shouldn’t bank on it, but you could get off with a reduced bill if it’s not entirely removed.

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Beautiful Bathrooms On A Budget

Bathrooms are the places where we often go to relax and unwind at the end of a long and hectic day. However, the downside to many bathrooms is the fact that they can be expensive to design, maintain, and run. That being said, just because bathrooms can be expensive places, that doesn’t mean that they have to be.

Do you wish that your bathroom could be a more luxurious space, without costing you too much more to run? Believe it or not, designing this kind of space doesn’t have to be a pipe dream, it’s just a case of understanding what steps you need to take to keep the cost low. For all the best tips and ideas for a less expensive bathroom that has a sense of luxury about it, read on.

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Revamp and reuse

It’s always better to revamp and reuse wherever possible, which is why instead of replacing older bathroom feature, such as your bath tub and your shower cubicle, it’s best to revamp and update them. After all, new features like these can be pretty pricey. So it’s always worth considering revamping and reusing. Whether this means having your bathtub and shower professionally redecorated or it means purchasing second-hand replacements and doing them up, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are finding little ways to reduce the cost of upgrading your bathroom and making it look and feel more luxurious.

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Create a Perfect, Pinterest-Worthy Pantry!

If you’re looking to stay organized, save money and always have the means to whip up a tasty meal- a home pantry is a smart move. Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and social media, a well-equipped home pantry is definitely back in Vogue, but not only does rows of neatly organized dried good look satisfying but is extremely practical too. If you want to boost your domestic goddess status or you’re just sick of rooting around in tiny cupboards for the ingredients you need, here’s how you can create the perfect pantry at home.


Decide On a Location

If you already have a pantry area in your kitchen, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, you’ll need to find the perfect location. Do you have a boiler cupboard or storage cupboard in your kitchen? Is there a nook anywhere that you could section off by adding some doors? If not, you will have to get a bit creative. Your pantry doesn’t necessarily have to go in the kitchen, if you have a space under your stairs, this could be transformed into a fantastic pantry area. A shoe cupboard could be repurposed, any downstairs area really could work.


Fit The Shelves

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, the next step would be to add the shelves, If you add rows of shelves from the floor to the ceiling you maximise the space and can make the most of every inch you have in there. A cool idea would be to add a fridge freezer, this could be your main refrigerator or an extra one for backup storage. You could even find a second hand one cheaply, or find one that’s not working for free. People get rid of these all the time without having the problem diagnosed, you could even snag a good brand like Sub Zero. From there you’d just find a Sub Zero repair company and have it fixed. This is far cheaper than buying new, and could be the perfect addition to your pantry!


Find The Right Storage

Once the main pantry is set up it’s on to the fun part- organizing! Here’s where you can decide exactly what is going in your pantry and how you’re going to store it. Glass lidded flip top jars are a good option, they keep everything fresh, and if pests find their way into your home, there’s no way they can get in. Fill them up with things like flour, sugar, pasta, rice, lentils, grains and arrange them in a way which makes sense to you. Don’t forget to label everything, so you don’t forget what’s in each jar- you can get label makers cheaply online and it gives the pantry a cool look too. Don’t forget to add best before information and allergy information too.  Baskets and storage bins on shelves are another option, you could hang hooks on the walls, use plastic lidded boxes for more bulky items. Either way, spend some time deciding how you’re going to store and organize things based on what ingredients you will have in your pantry.