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Ways To Reclaim Your Young Days

Nostalgia is a warm yet icy blanket. Whilst it is always sweet to reminisce about the good old days of your youth, the memory can offer be bitter, as you come to the realisation that you are no longer as young as you were and you never will be this young again. Still, this doesn’t have to be such a depressing though, as you’re only as young as you feel. That’s a stereotypical line, of course, but there’s a modicum of truth to it.

Whilst ageing is unavoidable, confidence and good health are both things which are well within your control and are both remnants of your young days. If you want to reclaim that feeling in both a mental and a real, physical sense, then here are some tips to help return your body and mind to a youthful stage.

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Sleep.

It’s easy for us to complain about never feeling awake or alert, but often the problem is that we’re just not getting as much sleep as we should be. Yes, when you were 21 you only needed a 6 or 7 hour sleep in order to feel refreshed, but time is harsh like that.

The best way to feel better as you get older is to accept that you’re getting older and work harder to hold onto that youthful, refreshed feeling you miss so dearly.

Sleep isn’t just a time for recovering energy; it’s a process which helps your entire body recover. It helps your health as much as it helps your energy levels, so don’t just see it as a chance to stop your yawning.

Try getting eight hours sleep every night for a couple of months until it becomes a habit, and you might just find that you’re feeling and looking a lot healthier and more alert.

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Strength training.

Exercise is crucial for good health, but strength training is one of the most important forms of exercise, whatever your age. Not only will you be burning fat in the same way as if you did regular cardio, but you’ll be pushing your muscles to their limits, creating micro tears and, as a result, creating stronger muscle fiber.

All of this will get your body working at an elevated level, much as it did when you were younger. You might only care about projecting an outward appearance of still living your young days, but a steady routine of weight training will make your body young and healthy on the inside.

Practicality and health should be at the forefront of your mind, as a youthful and impressive appearance will come as a happy bonus from this.

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Hair.

Hair is something which remains incredibly important to us throughout our youth and old age. It’s a defining element of your appearance and personality, which is why it still matters so much even as it changes along with you throughout the years.

However, with age, much like all things, your hair may start to become a little disobedient and wither in ways which you hoped it never would. You could look into solutions such as finasteride for hair loss too, as thinning is quite common amongst men and women once the cruel effects of aging set in.

Perhaps the fading colour of your youthful hair bothers you too, but it’s best to avoid dyeing it if you can, as this can cause further damage; it’s best to simply take care of your hair and wear it with pride no matter the colour. People are actively choosing to dye their hair white or grey now anyway, so there’s no reason your new shade of hair can’t be youthful.

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Keep your lifestyle fresh.

Routines are good for us in that they keep us on track mentally and physically, but they can also become dull after a short while of keeping them up. When you were young, life was changing so quickly, much like you, that your routine, interests and habits seemed to alter rapidly. New opportunities presented themselves every day, you learned new things and you met different people.

All these things kept your mind and body young and alert, which is why you should be seeking out the same opportunities and switching up your routine even as you get older. Wake up at a different time, go somewhere new, and meet different people. Challenge yourself, and keep life as fresh and new as it was when you were young. You truly are only as young as you feel.

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Their Health In Your Hands

Every parent hopes to keep their children healthy. In fact, it’s the main thing we worry about. We go out of our way thinking about how to keep them safe. In some cases, we stay up at night worrying about it.

The bad news is, there’s no way to stop them catching sniffles and bugs when they’re in school. Children get close and personal, so you can assure they’ll catch a few illnesses along the way. The good news is, there are steps you can take to lessen the impact these bugs have on their lives.

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KNOW WHAT THEY NEED

We’re all aware that getting a good diet is essential for helping us fight illness. Who doesn’t reach for the oranges when a cold strikes? Your children are no different. Giving them what they need will help them fight any bugs they pick up.

Provide them with a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and veg. That way, their bodies will be in the best position to fight illness. Of course, getting children to eat what they should isn’t easy. If you have a fussy eater, you may have your work cut out.

Get creative with how you present food to ensure they eat what they should. Making food fun is always a good idea. Showing it in a fun design, or playing games is your best bet. Never mind about not playing with food. If it gets them to eat what they should, it’s worth it.

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AN EMERGENCY HEALTH KIT

Every home should have a first aid kit. This is especially important where children are concerned. You need to stock up on cold medicine, painkillers, and anything else you think necessary. That way, you can get the medicine out the moment they start feeling under the weather.

A thermometer is always a good idea as well. You’ll need to keep a close eye on their temperatures. Make sure to keep this kit out of reach. If possible, don’t let your children know where it is. That way, you don’t have to worry about them getting their hands on what they shouldn’t.

FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

There’s no need to rush your children to the doctors every time they catch a cold. Even so, it can help your peace of mind to have a doctor’s opinion. That’s why it’s worth looking into an online Dr App or something similar. That way, you can put your mind at ease without making unnecessary appointments or waiting around. Plus, this will allow you to act fast if their illness is something to worry about.

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A LITTLE TLC

For many of us, the comforting love we received when we were ill as children is something we remember to this day. Make sure you give that memory to your kids by giving them plenty of love when they’re unwell.

Cuddle them on the sofa, and treat them to their favourite foods. It can’t hurt to buy them a DVD or two to watch, either.

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Confidence Is in More Than Just Your Appearance

When we talk about confidence, we typically associate it with things such as your personality, attitude, and ultimately your appearance. The more comfortable you are with your look, the more likely you are to have faith in who you are as a person and, as a result, take on life’s challenges without a worry. However, confidence isn’t just in your appearance. Once you’ve worked out, lost weight and picked out a good outfit to gain your confidence back, you might still feel like something is missing.

That something is probably your health.

Let’s face it, outward appearances don’t mean everything. We can hide things as best we can, but ultimately, our bodies are our temple and our body image should reflect how we feel inside. The most basic example is the consumption of water to flush out bad toxins in your body. Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water as opposed to alcohol or soda has amazing benefits for your skin that can really boost your confidence.

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Confidence in your body’s health

When you’re confident that your body is healthy, you’re more likely to take risks and do something extraordinary. However, if you’re worried that you might be developing an illness or that your fatigue is the result of overexerting yourself, then it might severely limit your options in life and it can be a debilitating state of mind.

There’s no use looking up online diagnosis websites to try and determine what your symptoms mean. There are some illnesses or conditions that have very obvious symptoms, but something as general as pain in a certain part of your body could be something trivial or it could be something serious. This is why it’s always recommended that you contact your doctor and schedule regular appointments to check on your overall health. It’s a lot better than sitting at home worrying that you might have a serious condition.


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Know the right places to visit

Doctors are very powerful people. Their words carry a lot of weight due to their profession which is why it’s essential that you pick a good doctor or medical practice that knows how to handle their patients. Specialised services are a step up from a general doctor and typically offer tailor-made services for patients of all genders and conditions. For instance, a smear test clinic is usually very welcoming to female patients and all the nurses, doctors and staff are trained to provide you with all the information and assistance you need.

A well-equipped medical practice is going to give you the confidence boost you need to be able to tell your doctor about your conditions. Condescending staff members that don’t care about your issues or who prescribe you useless medicines are not helpful. In fact, their negligence could be an incredibly slippery slope that you need to get off before they misdiagnose you and destroy your confidence. 

In short, if you aren’t confident in speaking to your doctor about your health, fire them and get a new one that understands you.

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Lee Stafford cordless hair straightener review | #triedtested


This arrived on its own designed brand box which looks presentable and would make a perfect gift to any ladies. Included in the pack is the Hair Straightener , The Heating Base , Heat Resistant Mat , Storage Bag and Instructions.


According to the manual user, the product would heat up to 230 degree Celsius. The proof mat is to protect surfaces and a bag included for storing make it perfect for travelling. You can also use this in curling your hair so you don’t need to bring or use a curling thong anymore which makes this product 2 in 1.


What I love about this product is its cordless feature which makes easier to use which saves time especially when your always in a rush plus the hassle of twisted or tangled cable is no more. The straightener needs to be placed back into the heating base to heat back up between use / styling and it can retain enough heat depending on your hair type. I have a a fine thin straight hair so this is easy to use for me. However, my daughter has a thicker hair and she loves having this straightener to tame her frizz.


The straightener has a ceramic plates which glides easily giving a nice straight and sleek hair. It also heat up very fast so you don’t have to wait that long. This brand is becoming a favourite for my teenage daughter since it’s design is very eye catching. I have already tried few products from Lee Stafford and were all pleased and happy with it. I think this is a nice product making life easier in styling hair.

Disclosure: I was sent this product free of charge for the purposes of review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Getting that body confidence back.

It’s been a good few months since Christmas, and perhaps some of those Christmas pounds are still lingering with the January blues and heading back to work and reality. It can be a stressful time, with a lack of motivation for work, socialising and even working out. However, the warmer, happier months are heading this way, and already those beautiful spring evenings are probably putting you in a good mood. The flowers are blooming, and your energy is up, but are you confident yet in your body and are you ready for those impending bikini holidays! Your days of feeling confident can easily come back to you, it’s all about perseverance and of course, that desire to look and feel good, just in time for the holiday season! 

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Getting back your motivation may not be easy, but you have to start somewhere, and feeling confident in your body, means saying yes to more things, which in turn, allows you to create more memories and stop saying no to things. Firstly, try to stop comparing your body to others. It’s a common problem that many of us have and it’s ruining your confidence and making you feel more miserable. 

Every body is different, and this is based on genetics, lifestyle factors and much more. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and you may be surprised at how many other people may envy your body, even if you’re feeling miserable about it! Your weight and height should be evenly spaced out, which is why we measure our BMI. You can do this online easily with a calculator based on your weight and height. 

Most of the time, we feel we need to tone up a little bit more, rather than losing weight. Drastic weight loss is never good and it’s something that we can easily get sucked into by reading the gossip magazines and seeing tons of airbrushed models! 

Start by getting into a routine, and this does not mean having to pay a hefty gym membership, but rather taking a brisk walk on a morning, or an evening stroll, just staying active by walking can be very beneficial to your bodily cycles. 

Why not try cycling, or perhaps even swimming which is a fabulous full body workout without a huge strain on you physically. Start eating your treats in moderation and plan your meals, which is good for you mentally and also lighter on your wallet. 

You don’t waste as much food! Create some healthy juices to start the day! By starting your diet early in spring, by the time those beautiful summer days roll around, you’ll be seeing the results; and before long, you’ll be feeling confident to wear those sassy luxury swimwear pieces again that you can find at knicker locker

Often women feel a little happier with a tan. Fake tan can be just as good as a natural one if you find the right one for you. Try a gradual tanner if you’re worried about any orange streaks, and then it’s a more gradual and natural process and can really make you feel happier in your own skin. 

Get your notepads at the ready and start planning, get ahead of the game, and feel more confident again! 

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Organic Moringa Oil from Wikaniko #triedtested

At the ripe old age of 32 I have started to notice a few wrinkles creeping in (I would call them laughter lines but unfortunately they seem to be frown lines!) and after two children I have a number of rather impressive stretch marks. I am all for being proud of your stretch marks because they are a sign of what you went through for your child, but I would like them to be reduced…

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I was offered some Moringa Oil to test from Wikaniko and have been using it for 2 weeks now.

I did a quick bit of research about Moringa Oil (I am the daughter of a scientist so I do not naively accept facts found online, so this information was from an article which quoted its sources from various scientific journals (see article here): Moringa Oil is known for its anti-aging properties and is found in many skin care products. It also hydrates and moisturises and leaves the skin brightened, it is antiseptic and anti inflammatory so helps prevent outbreaks. Moringa Oil helps treat dark spots of hyperpigmentation.

As a teenager I had an acne outbreak and the doctor prescribed something which seemed to be pure alcohol and sapped all the moisture from my skin, since then I have had super sensitive skin which turns red at the slightest thing (including water). Since using the Moringa Oil I have found my skin is a lot less sensitive and definitely brighter and less tired looking.


I don’t have massive wrinkles, but I certainly have the start of them and would be very pleased if I didn’t! Haha! After two weeks of using Moringa Oil every evening I can see a good difference, they haven’t vanished but they are certainly reduced.

I have a facial dark spot which has appeared over the last few years (as a skin cancer sufferer I, of course, freaked out and got it checked but I can assure you the dermatologist doubled checked it and it is just a mark), since using the oil there has been a good difference and I hope to continue using it and perhaps eliminate it altogether:


I have also been using the Moringa Oil on my stretch marks on my stomach (in preparation for a bikini in America this coming June!) again there has been a good reduction in the obvious marks, but I can’t expect miracles my son was 9lb8!


Finally, I tested the claim that the Moringa Oil was good for conditioning the hair. Apply before it is washed (leave on over night is best but I only applied it immediately before a shower) and then wash off with natural shampoo (SLS free shampoo is best, see my reviews of sls free shampoos here). I was surprised how beautifully soft and shiny my hair was afterwards, my hair has been bleached recently so is pretty dry atm. I assumed it would get greasy quickly since I has smothered it in oil but actually it lasted longer than normal between washes.


The Moringa Oil isn’t cheap at £16.95 for 100ml but you really don’t need much of it for each application so it lasts really well. If you would like to try it I have been given a 10% discount code to share with you all, use code MOR10 at checkout. Offer valid on this website only, until end of March 2017.

*please note, I was provided this item free in exchange for a review. This has not effected my opinion and all words are my own.

 

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Nay Nay’s Facemask Party, Worthing 

I try to come up with some fun days out over the children’s holidays, so when an advert for a children’s facemask party popped up on Facebook I decided that would be a fantastic day out for me and Bethany. 

It was over at Nay Nay’s Beauty Boutique in Worthing (West Sussex), which is the salon I use regularly for my beauty treatments (Karen is amazing!). It cost £15 for the two of us, for an hours party, which seemed like a good deal to me. Bethany’s best friend Sophie and her Mum also joined us. 


We started off, following the instructions of the wonderful Karen:


By making a facemask per person, we used items which you will all find in your kitchen: oats, honey, yogurt and cocoa powder. 

Karen did tell us what benefits each of the ingredients had for our skin, but I didn’t write them down, sorry! 
We then, of course smothered the weird mixture on our faces, and applied cucumber for refreshing our eyes too. 


The face masks were then removed (which took ages because I put it on too thick) and we were allowed to try the Stardust and Glitter Lips which consists of applying a glue to the face/lips and sticking the glitter to it (it’s all hypoallergenic of course). The girls of course loved the glitter:


It was really nice to spend some mummy and daughter time (without the boys), I do find that, as the oldest, bethany often gets left out so it was nice to give her some one-on-one attention. 

Although this was a special party which Nay Nay’s was holding for the holidays, they do offer similar parties for children’s birthdays. Karen tells me the party is similar, if the child is older (teenager aged) they apply age appropriate make up for the birthday girl and focus on avoiding teen make up pit falls and promoting positive self image andenhancing their looks rather than smothering on loads of make up to make themselves look older than they are. 

I will probably be booking bethany and her friends in for a party this year.