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June 28, 2017

Advice You Need To Keep Your Garden Safe!

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Safety is not something that springs to mind when it comes to your garden. After all, you would hope that it would be a secure area that nobody would touch. But you might be surprised how common it is for people to break into your yard and ruin your flowers and plants. Not only this but they might take your valuable tools which could cost you a small fortune to replace. Therefore, here is some advice you need to keep your garden safe from intruders.

Always lock the gate

When you live in a safe area, it’s easy to put garden safety at the back of your mind. For instance, you might not be on point when it comes to things like locking your gate at night. But even though you might live in a safe area, you never know who’s watching your home. And if you head inside without shutting the gate, an intruder might find their way into the garden. Then it might be a couple of hours before you notice someone has been in the garden and stolen your valuables. Therefore,  it’s so important to always lock the gate when you are finished in the garden. It will ensure no one can easily get into your garden before causing a scene which will alert your neighbours. And if the lock is not it’s best, it’s a good idea to get it sorted now, so you don’t live with regret.

Put all tools away in secure storage

It’s easy to leave your precious tools out on the yard after you have finished using them. After all, you think you will put them away later on. Or if you plan using them the next day, it can be more convenient to leave them out. But unless you want them to be stolen, it’s so important that you do make an effort to put them away. You don’t want to find they have been taken from your garden overnight. After all, things like a chainsaw and hedge shear are not the cheapest things in the world!  Therefore, hunt down some garden storage solutions like a small shed to ensure you have somewhere safe to store your tools. And not only will it protect them, but it will ensure your garden stays nice and tidy too!

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Get some lights for the garden

You might be surprised how easy it would be for someone to get into your garden at night without you noticing. You are likely to have the curtains shut so might not see what’s going on outside. And then they could take your valuables and ruin your garden without you having a clue. Therefore, to stop this occurring, you should get some lights for the garden. You might want to opt for solar lights. These will come on automatically as night draws in. Or you could even go for a security light which will switch on if there is movement in your garden. That way, you can check what’s occurring. And it could mean you stop a burglar before they do damage to your garden.


Also, you might want to go for a greenhouse for your garden. Not only does it give you plenty of space for growing your plants and vegetables, but it can keep them safe as they will be out of harm’s way!                                
June 27, 2017

Weight-Loss: The Hardcore Methods!

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We’ve all been there, we need to lose that little bit of weight or a lot of it. Losing weight is a constant in life, and while there are many ways of making it work for you, from working out to eating some kind of balanced diet, but the fact of the matter is, it’s hard, however you go about it. And this is something that we have to get into our minds before we embark on any type of diet or eating plan. If you're embarking on a “diet,” you are depriving yourself in one way or another, but if you're going for a “lifestyle change” it will help as it’s not a temporary measure. And as far as weight loss methods are concerned, try these, but please be warned, they are very difficult to see through, the reasons will be explained in due course. And before going on any type of extreme diet, please get checked over by a medical professional!
Intermittent Fasting
This is a very common weight loss method doing the rounds, and with good reason. And the health benefits are not just reduced excess weight, it will pump up your Human Growth Hormone (HGH), develop your resilience but also, after a while, you won't feel the hunger as bad as you used to. In the beginning, it’s very difficult, and you can have water or black coffee to help with the hunger, but ideally, you should fast for at least 18 hours a day to see the benefits. For more information, check out for an unbiased view on intermittent fasting. Remember that it’s not as scary as it sounds, as many cultures take part in fasting, such as Muslims during the season of Ramadan.

The HCG Diet
A relatively unknown one, the HCG diet relies on a 500 calorie intake every day while consuming HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) droplets, which is a hormone found in predominately pregnant women and consists of 244 amino acids. For a breakdown of the diet, have a look at for more information. But as the hormone results in burning your fat stores as well as curbing your appetite. As with any diet that restricts your calorie intake, the beginning is always the hardest, and it can take a lot of focus to see it through.
Also known as low-carb, high-fat, this is a very common thing on paleo forums. The no carb rule, or limiting it to 50 grams per day, while filling up on foods that are high in fat, from butter to cream, has got a lot of support in the paleo community. While filling up on fat certainly has its advantages over starving yourself, there are still some people who are in the fearing fat camp, and while there are still countless studies being undertaken on the LCHF diet, there is still an underlying concern about what it is doing to your heart. Although depending on who you speak to, these claims are unfounded.

June 26, 2017

How To Deal With Stress At Work

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There are countless studies outlining the far-reaching consequences of work-related stress upon the individual. Stress at work can manifest itself in anxiety, burn-out, mental health problems as well as a whole host of physical health issues. As well as financial stress, most people will suffer work-related stress at some point in their life. Being able to manage and limit the effects of stress is crucial to recovering from this and not letting it have long-term consequences.

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Reducing the stress that you might experience at work is, of course, the ideal situation, however, finding a low-stress job may be difficult for some people, and therefore you need to focus on developing strategies to deal with any stress you might experience at work.
There are plenty of tactics and techniques that you can employ to reduce or deal with the stress you face, several of which are listed below.
Stay Organized

There are many ways to stay organized at work, some of which are simple time management strategies and methods. One such strategy is the Pomodoro technique which is a time management method that aims to boost productivity through periods of intense focus and regular breaks. Keeping a clean, minimalist work area is crucial to maintaining your focus and not getting distracted. If you are organized and stay on top of your work, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and out of your depth, even when you go through challenging and potentially stressful moments.
Focus on one thing at a time
Multitasking is a thing of the past; now It makes perfect sense to follow a list of thing you have to do in the order in which they need to be done, rather than attempting to do as many as you can.There is nothing worse than trying to do several things at the same time and failing to do any of them well. If you work in a job that requires precision and careful calculation, it is of particular importance to focus on accuracy rather than splitting your attention between several things at the same time!
Avoid Conflict
This might sound obvious, but quite often conflict can start out as a small issue that grows into a real problem when not dealt with sensibly and promptly. Having to deal with conflict in the workplace can take a huge toll on the individual and make coming into work an unpleasant experience. As you will probably spend a significant percentage of your day with your colleagues, avoiding the person or people you have a conflict with can be complicated, and this can cause a great deal of awkwardness and embarrassment. Do not get involved with office politics and try to avoid controversial topics of conversation, particularly if one of your co-workers has deep feelings about a subject. If you are when you feel conflict cannot be avoided, make sure that you have let a superior know or a designated welfare member.
Be clear on what is expected of you
Not knowing what is required of you can be a stress in itself. Not knowing if you are doing too little or too much can lead to a sense of instability and isolation. Make sure you talk to your manager or supervisor if you are unsure or feel as though you could be better guided and they should be glad to help you out and will appreciate that you are proactive.
Make exercise a part of your daily routine
One of the biggest stress-busters is exercise! Raising your heart rate, sweating, and having some time to yourself while you will have physical as well as mental benefits. The endorphins released when you exercise, trigger positive feelings, a boost in self-esteem and a reduction in anxiety. Even if you feel that you do not have the time or the motivation to exercise outside of your work hours, then make exercise part of your daily commute to work by walking or cycling instead of driving. Despite what you might think, regular exercise gives you more energy, particularly when you exercise in the middle of the day when many people experience a slump in energy and motivation. Check if your company has a gym or offers fitness classes which you could fit into your lunch break.
Make the most of your company's support services
Many companies now offer internal or external benefits and services for employees that need assistance. This might be related to stress, work performance, health, and well-being. Some companies may offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), provided by an external organization such as Health Assured, which provides specialized support for an employee's problems. As part of your company’s workforce you are entitled to all the programs and benefits that they have in place, so do not be afraid to ask for assistance or to make use of a particular service.

June 26, 2017

Top April Favorites

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Time goes by so fast , I hardly believe we're in May already! I didn't use a lot of make-up in April , so I don't have many make-up products among favorites. However I discovered some products that I really love and they are in my top 3 all time favorites for skincare. I'm talking about the Zenmed products :
Facial Cleansing Gel Sensitive - this is so gentle but cleans my make-up or 

This Real Technique brushes are amazing! Good quality + good price = great deal!

June 26, 2017

Flight Attendants' Beauty Secrets We Can All Benefit From

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Let’s face it; no one knows how to do beauty better than flight attendants. They spend hours in the sky, serving customers, and they don’t get a chance to re-apply their makeup from scratch. They look flawless at all times, and we can learn a lot from their approach to beauty. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the key beauty secrets of flight attendants.  
Makeup texture is everything – One thing any flight attendant recognises is that the texture of their makeup products means everything. Creamy textures are ideal because they can be blended again with washed hands, making it easy for a quick fix-up. Look for makeup that comes with easy-to-use handle sticks and products that are easy to pack.

They swear by dry shampoo – Flight attendants swear by dry shampoo, and they are very picky about the ones they choose. Powder form dry shampoo is the best choice, as there is no need to worry about liquid restrictions. Plus, powder versions ensure that nothing interferes with soaking up grease. Liquid formulas can often be very sticky, and this detracts from the desired outcome.

They pay attention to the order of things – One of the most important things you need to do when flying anywhere is ensure you get your beauty treatments in the right order and that you apply your makeup in the correct manner. Let’s deal with beauty treatments first. Flight attendants have a stringent routine that they stick to. They know that they need to book their waxing appointment around two days before their spray tan. They know to have their lashes and eyebrows tinted a day or two before flying. They also know that any trips to a cosmetic surgery specialist should be done in their time off work. Checking recovery times are vital in this regard. Lip fillers have become a very popular over the past few years, and the average recovery time for this treatment is two weeks. When it comes to makeup application, the right order is also pivotal. Oils, creams, and serums matter when it comes to part of a balanced, recycled air-considering skincare routine, as does the manner in which they are laid. First, you need to deliver a short of nutrients by applying a serum. The second thing you need to do is load up on moisturiser. Lastly, to ensure everything does not evaporate in the dry air, oil should go on last.

They know that SPF matters – Flight attendants know the importance of applying sunscreen or SPF-based products. Even when you are on the ground, rays can have an extremely damaging impact on skin cells. It is always important to protect yourself.

They know the importance of hydration – Last but not least, flight attendants know the importance of hydration. Flight attendants constantly apply moisturiser and drink litres of water. Some also take extra measures in terms of sleeping with a humidifier or using facemasks.
There is no denying that flight attendants have their beauty routine perfected. Copy the tips mentioned above and you can too.

June 26, 2017

Weight-Loss Misconceptions That Could Be Holding You Back

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Staying healthy, in particular losing weight, can be extremely difficult. One thing that makes it even harder is the common myths and misconceptions that have been spread around in this modern, health-conscious society of ours. Let these sink in, and it can really hold you back. Here, we’ll list some of the common misconceptions about losing weight, and reveal the truth behind them.

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Desserts Are a No-Go
Good news: you don’t have to starve yourself of desserts anymore! The truth is there’s room in your diet for any kind of food, even those that health-conscious people tend to avoid like the plague. As long as you’re keeping tabs on your caloric intake, you’ve got nothing to worry about. It may feel easier to quit sweet treats altogether, but depriving yourself of the desserts you love can actually up your chances of binge eating, and in turn, losing faith in yourself.
Carbs are Fattening
It’s true that if you’re insulin resistant, your body will find it easier to convert carb calories to fat than to use it as energy. However, the fact remains that carbs, including starches, are less dense in calories gram for gram than many other kinds of food. It’s important to understand the whole good carbs vs bad carbs issue. If you’re loading any starchy foods with fattening additives – sour cream or butter on potatoes, for instance, or eating them in copious quantities, then your caloric intake can really creep up on you.
Skipping Meals Makes You Lose Weight Fast
It follows that eating less means that you’ll put on less weight. However, all the evidence shows that people who skip meals (particularly breakfast) actually tend to be heavier than people who don’t. Aside from increasing the risk of overeating later, skipping meals can make you low on energy, and deprive your body of the important nutrients it needs to function properly. Eating in your regular routine, but taking the time to calorie-count and plan your meals, is the best approach.
It’s What You Eat, Not How Much
The kind of food you eat, and the portion sizes you take it in, are both very important. However, recent research has shown that the number of calories in your food tends to be much more important than where they come from. For example, a bagel might seem healthier than a donut on the surface, but most dense bagels contain the same calories as six slices of bread! Provided you’re not eating too much fat in the rest of your diet, the donut wins!
Exercise Enough, and You Can Eat What You Want
Yes, exercising will burn off calories, and contribute to you trimming excess weight. However, no matter how much you exercise, it’s not going to make much difference when you’re not backing it up with good nutrition. Losing weight through exercise alone is extremely difficult. Even if you do manage to slim down on a bad diet, your health will still be in a poor state in other, less visible ways.

June 26, 2017

The Best Careers For People That Love Helping Others

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We all have certain personality traits that make us who we are. For a lot of people, one of their key traits is their love for helping others. If you see an old person struggling with their shopping, you feel inclined to offer assistance. If someone you know is upset, you’re always the first one to try and comfort them.
No matter what, you seem drawn towards helping other people. Consequently, when looking for your dream career, you should think about jobs that involve helping others. If you’re struggling to think of the best careers like this, here are a few ideas:

Life Coach

There’s a common misconception that being a life coach isn’t a proper job. This is largely due to TV and movies making fun of them and depicting life coaches as mysterious people. In reality, a life coach is there to help someone develop and move forwards in life. There’s a lot of human psychology involved in this job, it can be very complex and emotional. The good news is, you don’t need to go to university and study a degree for this career. Instead, there are life coaching courses you can attend to gain the qualifications. This is a really good career idea if you are intent on helping people achieve their true potential and develop as a person.

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The role of a psychiatrist is very complex, and it’s certainly a job that involves helping people. Basically, you listen to patients and help them overcome different mental obstacles and issues. This could mean you help someone with depression or a personality disorder. There are loads of things you can treat, and it does require a degree in a relevant field to get this job. But, it’s well worth the years of study as the career pays well and is really rewarding. You’ll be amazed at how many lives a psychiatrist can save simply by listening to someone’s mental problems and providing them with expert advice.

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While the first two career ideas center around caring for people’s emotional and mental wellbeing, this career is focused on the physical side of things. As a physio, you will be in charge of ensuring people get back on their feet after injuries and are free from pain. It’s a very rewarding job as you can get patients that have been in pain for years and completely cure them within a few sessions. Again, it’s a job that pays well and requires a degree or relevant qualifications to get into. But, it’s perfect if you enjoy helping people live a higher quality of life. Plus, it’s good if you’re perhaps not great at providing emotional help to people.
You’ll notice there’s an absence of any medical careers on this list. That’s mainly because they’re quite obvious careers for people that want to help others. I decided to mix things up and list a few careers you might not have thought about before. If you are someone that enjoys helping others, these careers are perfect for you.

June 23, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Setting Up Your First Home

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We all dream of getting our own home when we are living with our parents. We may even plan what we would want it to look like. The reality, however, is that it may be a few years before you can afford a place of your own.
Most people in their late teens move into halls of residence at university or flat-share or house-share with friends at first. You don’t have complete control of your home at this stage. You may be in your twenties before you eventually buy or rent a home on your own or with a partner. This is when the real fun starts!
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The boring paperwork aspects of having your own home

Owning a home comes with responsibilities. Obviously, you have to keep up the mortgage or rental payments or you could end up losing your home. It is best to keep all the paperwork relating to this in a big file!
You also need to arrange insurance for the contents of your home and the building as well if you own it. You can search out the best deals for your property. Don’t forget about local taxes. You can find out more the local government for your area.
Finally, sign up with a gas and electricity supplier and inform the local water supplier that you have moved in.

The fun side of having your own home

The best bit about setting up your own home is making it look just the way you want it. If you have bought a house or flat that needs a lot redecoration, this could be a long job. Don’t try to rush it. Take your time and enjoy it but don’t try to do more than one room at a time. Focus on the rooms where you spend the most time. The kitchen and living room are the obvious choices. Get one room completely finished before you move onto the next or you could end up getting overwhelmed.
You don’t have to spend a fortune doing up the house. A few tubs of emulsion and a few pots of gloss paint cost very little! Do as much of the work as you can yourself using guidance from blogs and YouTube. You will soon become an expert.
You can freshen up any room very quickly by getting some affordable ready made curtains. This is the quickest and cheapest way to transform the room that you have just decorated. There is such a huge range to choose from that you will always find a style to suit you. There is even plenty of guidance on how to measure the window and how to fit the curtains once they have been delivered.
You don’t need to buy all new furniture. Borrow what you can from friends and family and trawl charity and second-hand stores for bargains. Don’t forget sites like Ebay.
Before you know it, you will have a lovely space to live in and you will be hosting your first party to show it off!
June 23, 2017

Digestion Problems? Here’s Food For Thought…

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Is your gut unhappy? Whether you’re suffering from the runs, constipation or painful cramps, a trip to the doctor is always recommended, especially if you’ve been suffering with a reoccurring problem or simply been suffering for a lengthy amount of time. Sadly not all digestive problems are easy to diagnose, however you may be able to restore order to your gut by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Here’s some helpful tips and tricks to digest and get your bowel movement back to normal.  

Try medication

There are plenty of over-the-counter meds worth trying including IBS probiotics and laxatives. Some may have side effects so it’s always worth reading the label first. By buying online you may also be able to read consumer reviews to judge the medication’s effectiveness. Various herbal remedies such as ginger root, fennel and many herbal teas are proven to be good for the bowel.

Limit fat and up your fibre intake

Fatty foods take more work to digest and can make many digestive problems worse. Take a break from such foods, especially ones including processed fats. A high fibre diet made up of vegetables, whole grains and fruits can be good for both constipation and diarrheal symptoms. Generally it’s also good to avoid trigger foods such as dairy, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine too.

Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water will help to flush out any bacteria that could be causing an infection as well as breaking down any hard stools if you have constipation (as well as stopping your body from becoming dehydrated if you have diarrhoea). It’s very difficult to drink too much water – we should all be drinking 8 glasses on average a day. For digestive problems, it’s beneficial to drink even more than this.

Exercise regularly

Staying active also keeps foods moving through your digestive system, which is useful if you’ve got constipation. Exercise also has the dual effect of creating antibodies and boosting your immune system, helping to fight off any infections or pains. On top of this, you can help maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise, which is also good for your digestive system.


Stress is also bad for your digestive system. When stressed, our body goes into a survival mode that traces back to when we were cavemen. Energy and neuro signals are sent to important parts of our body used for fight or flight (e.g. the legs for running, the lungs for breathing) and taken away from parts of the body that aren’t deemed important at that time (e.g. the digestive system). This causes our gut to go into disarray, producing too much stomach acid and not producing enough digestive enzymes. Taking the time to de-stress could be the solution to your gut problems, or at the very least calm any ongoing disorder such as IBS or a food intolerance. Various forms of relaxation therapy and herbal remedies can stop you from getting as stressed.

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