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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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Exercise

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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Give Your Kids An Active Fall and Winter With These Top Tips

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After a summer hopefully filled with running around outdoors and discovering the joys the natural world around them has to offer, how can you keep your kids occupied once the cooler weather hits? The opportunity to run around and burn off some energy can be invaluable to frazzled mums hoping for their little darlings to be tired out come bedtime and have a proper night’s rest. How do you avoid having the kids cooped up all day indoors, hunched over their phones and tables or glued to the TV? We take a look at some simple ideas for keeping those fully-charged youngsters enjoying active play until well beyond Christmas…

Create a Treasure Hunt

If your kids are reluctant to venture outside when the weather isn’t so good, make it fun by challenging them to a treasure hunt. Pick a prize and a location, invent some clues and set a trail – it can be around the local park or just in your backyard, as long as it entices them to get outside and get moving. If hiding clues isn’t possible in a public space, think about setting them a photo safari instead. Provide a list of things they need to snap – birds, animals or local landmarks. The kids must take a picture of each one of things when they spot them. At the end of it, they’ll have had a fun day out and captured lots of memories as well. Ideal for keeping little legs moving and little minds engaged.

 

Try Lasers, Trampolining or Swimming

If wet weather derails your plans for active play, don’t worry – there’s plenty of fun activities to be found indoors at specialist play centres. How about a day at an indoor water park? Or is there a trampolining park near you where kids can bounce until their heart’s content? If they are up for the challenge, you could give something like StratumHQ.com laser tag a go. Chasing around exciting play sets will be great exercise when you can’t get them outside.

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So You Want To Start A Business? Save Money By Planning Ahead

If you’ve made up your mind to try and run your own business, then now is a pretty exciting time in your life. It’s easy to get carried away and start taking on more than you need to in the beginning though. And it’s even easier to lose track of everything that needs to be done to make sure your business can run smoothly. Fortunately, you’re a mommy, so you have all the skills you need to get going:

 

Business Premises

When you start a business, you might be thinking of working from home. The trouble is, not all businesses can be run this way. Chances are you need a dedicated workspace or formal business premises. This will need regular maintenance and cleaning. If you look at websites like www.alltex-plumbing.com, you’ll see that commercial servicing contracts can save you money and reduce the risk of big repair bills in the future. It’s worth getting all of your essential services in place. You’ll know what your ongoing costs are so you can budget effectively.

 

Employees

You might not want the cost of employees immediately. After all, it is a big commitment! Instead, you might ask friends and family to help. You still need to protect anybody on your premises or connected with your business. Make sure you follow local laws and regulations and have adequate insurance coverage. When you’re ready to start a formal recruitment process, plan your budget carefully. Make sure you can meet all the taxes and benefits that you will have to pay.

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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

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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…]

What Makes Looking After A Baby Much Easier?

Any new parent will surely be on the lookout for anything that will make their job a little easier. The truth is, there is plenty of that around once you start looking, and as long as you really know what you are looking for. If you are a first-time parent and you are curious to know what it is that can help you to make child-rearing that much simpler and easier, then read on. In this post, we are going to look at a few of the things which you might want to consider if you want it to be as easy and straightforward as humanly possible. With any luck, your experience of bringing up a child will be made much easier.

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The Right Attitude

If there is one thing that will really make a huge difference to everything else involved here, it is being able to keep your attitude in the right place. Having a good attitude is often all you really need in order to make child-rearing go much more smoothly – and by contrast, if you don’t quite have the right attitude, it can make the whole process considerably harder to do. But what exactly does the right attitude consist of? Let’s take a deeper look to see whether you currently have the best attitude or not.

One of the most important factors here has to be patience. As long as you have patience, you will find the whole process of looking after a baby considerably easier and less stressful. But cultivating patience can be surprisingly hard, especially if you are a first-time parent. Nonetheless, it’s worth attempting, especially if you are keen on making it go as smoothly as possible. With a little patience, you will be able to take things in your stride a lot easier, and that alone will make a huge difference. You might also find that it is necessary to try and cultivate a sense of exploration. As you go into parenting more and more, having an open-minded sense of wonder will definitely make it much easier to deal with many of the less favorable aspects involved.

With the right attitude, you might even argue that all else will more or less fall into place, so it is a good idea to ensure that you get this one sorted first if you want it to be as easy as possible.

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Small Rituals

Something that can really help both you and the baby is having some kind of ritual for each activity. It only has to be something small, but as long as you have a practised set of movements and modes of speech, you will find that it affects the way you interact in a great way. These small rituals are often the kind of thing that comes entirely naturally, so you probably won’t even need to think about it for it to happen. But knowing what effect they can have will ensure that you don’t overlook them,as they can be among the most important bonding factors for many parents and children. It is also true that rituals help to create a sense of routine, which is really what we are going for here. With routine, you can expect to keep everything running much more smoothly for as long as you need to.

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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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