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Review: Yurbud Running Headphones

Sport headphones have greater demands placed on them than regular earphones: higher impact and sweat is involved. Standard smartphone sets are too flimsy and insecure, and won’t sufficiently block out external noise, while bigger headsets that may provide better sound quality are too bulky and not resistant to moisture. While some don’t come cheap, investing in a pair of specialist sports headphones that have good functionality and sound quality will pay off if you use them often.

Review: Yurbud Running Headphones | UK Lifestyle Blog

I feel like I have searched far and wide for ear buds that will stay in my ears while jogging. It only takes a couple of kilometers before you give up listening to music completely when using in-ear headphones during a run, as they pop out every couple of minutes. Wasting time fiddling with wires and readjusting earbuds is not only infuriating but slows you down or disrupts your rhythm. And as for over the ear headphones, it feels like wearing earmuffs, which is the last thing I want on my head during a run. Listening to music has been proven to boost performance, so I persisted on finding the right headphones.

I’ve been using the Yurbuds in ear headphones from the Inspire for Women range. Founded in 2008 by Seth Burgett, President and CEO, an active triathlete and Richard Daniels, COO, a 24-time marathoner yurbuds were conceived as an exceptional audio products that integrate ergonomics, technology, and emotive design to allow people to both enjoy being active and exercise at the same time as listening to their favourite motivational tunes in comfort.

Review: Yurbud Running Headphones | UK Lifestyle Blog

They have a Twist Lock Technology that is guaranteed to never fall out. The earphones are made from soft medical-grade silicone for a comfortable fit and are sweat, germ and water resistant. When iPhone had their new ergonomic shaped earpiece that worked better – but they eroded quickly working out by the beach and the sound quality and cords were damaged from sweat, twisting and getting caught up during my workouts.

The Inspire for Women range is designed specifically to fit smaller ears, the yurbuds employ trademarked FlexSoft and TwistLock technologies to ensure that the earphones will not become painful or fall out during movement, with the earphones twisting and locking into place in the ear to fit securely. They are also sweat and water-resistant and additionally allow for ambient noise awareness, perfect for anyone who runs or cycles on the road; being able to hear nearby traffic being important for safety.

Review: Yurbud Running Headphones | UK Lifestyle Blog

I’ve been running with the headphones for about a month or so now and I’m very impressed! The Soft Silicone casing of the earphones makes them incredibly comfortable for my ears. They don’t hurt in the slightest. Sound quality of the headphones is great. Clear and Crisp sound.

They are designed from the founders own experiences, and developed by athletes. They are affordable, fun and great quality. Available in 6 colours, they are available at fitness store at The Running Outlet £22.49 online here.

2018-06-01T16:13:50+00:00 July 22, 2014|Health|

Interview with a blogger: JuggleMum

Nadine is a busy working mum (“Is there any other kind?!”) who has a fascination with time management which borders on the obsessive! She loves to find more effective ways of doing the daily juggle whilst enjoying the journey and has lots of practise through raising her two children, managing her small businesses, being a best-selling author, running her home, public speaking and finding time to get to the gym!

Nadine loves updating her blog JuggleMum and vlogging on her YouTube channel allows her to pretend she is on the telly! She can also be found on Pinterest, G+, Facebook and Instagram but her favourite social media site is Twitter where she is Businessmum. You could say she’s an internet junkie!

Interview with a blogger: JuggleMum | UK Lifestyle Blog

What were your original plans for your blog(s) and why did you start blogging?

Blogging was initially a creative outlet for me, somewhere that I could write creatively, a place I could design and make my own and have everything exactly where I left it which isn’t always the case at home with two kids! I wanted to make a record of the children’s childhood, and I’ve done this but now the blog has turned into something more. It is about me and my life and things of interest to me, so I find it completely thrilling that I can make money from something that I find such fun and I’ve been able to carve out a career that fits completely around the kids.

Approximately how many visitors and followers do you get to your blog?

The last time I checked, my overall reach was around 200,000 a month including my social media channels and the freelance writing that I do. I was pleased to notice that my YouTube channel has had a quarter of a million views too… this was quite exciting!

What are your favorite social media tools to increase user engagement?

My faves have to be Instagram and Twitter but then I use G+ for sharing posts and the community and also have a Facebook page where a lot of my personal contacts find out what is on the blog.

How do you make money on your blog? Are you using affiliate marketing tools?

I have several streams of income including affiliate links, advertising, sponsored posts and I also use my blog as a platform to promote my books so I earn royalties from the sale of those too.

What is the most important thing that beginner bloggers should understand about SEO and PR?

Content is king. Write great regular content to help your SEO and be mindful of your personal brand. Everything you put out onto the internet, on social media or your blog reflects upon you. Be sure that you are sending out the right message.

What tips would you give new bloggers to help them start out on a path to success?

Find your voice first, before you try to make money. You need to know who you are and what you stand for. What is your passion? This is what will keep you blogging through the tough times.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started to saved time and energy?

I wish I knew what tags were for! I didn’t know what post tags did or why they were important, and now I know, I make sure that I tag all my posts appropriately. If I go back into an old post for any reason, I will always update the tags!

What tips can you give bloggers to drive traffic to a new blog?

You have to comment on other blogs and join linkys. It takes a lot of time but it is worth investing in making comments, add your URL to the comment so people can see where you came from! You’ll get to know other bloggers by doing this.

What are your three favorite blogs to read? What makes those blogs special?

I like The Londoner for her lifestyle and her great photos. Cherry Menlove is a UK homemaker whose blog is very nice to browse and Not Dressed as Lamb is a 40+ UK style blogger who always looks fantastic. I like her love of colour.

2018-01-08T03:34:44+00:00 July 21, 2014|Blogging Tips|

Buying my first property!

After sleepless nights, a lot of decision making and a fair few tears – I’ve finally found the perfect property and it’s all falling into place. I’m lucky enough to live in Cornwall, even better, Falmouth. Voted the 4th best place to live in the UK, I knew I’d never be able to afford to buy a place here, so I’d been searching far and wide. After numerous properties falling through due to being outbidded, valuation issues and surprise mundic problems – I was loosing hope that I’d even find anywhere to buy.

Just as I decided to take a step back, after loosing another property, something came on the market that I had to view! It was in Falmouth, a couple minutes from work with two gardens, a private driveway and amples of room. I’d been so used to tiny living rooms with cramped kitchens – this place was spacious and even had a dining room.

To top it all off – it was under budget as she was looking for a quick sale, after a previous buyers chain fell through – so she dropped the price a whooping £35k! Not to mention it was actually IN Falmouth, close to work and to my parents house – it was too good to be true from the outset.

Buying my first property! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Within 48 hours I had a viewing, fell in love and put in an offer. Typically, a cash buyer came along and too tried to snap it up, but I raised my bid and won the war! The buying process started and the vendor agreed not to accept any other bids! I had my mortgage appointment after the weekend (of celebrating!), followed by a speedy valuation the next day.

It’s by no means the end of the road, after all nothing is set in stone until completion date – however I’m feeling a lot better about everything now since valuation is complete, searches are instructed and my solicitor has given me my exchange date (44 days to go!).

Maybe all those other properties fell through for a reason? I was willing to travel over 30 minutes to work, friends and family everyday and now I can walk down the road to work and have a seaview from my street – wow!

Buying my first property! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Recently, my lovely friend Charlotte who blogs over at started her round the world trip with her fiancee. She sold everything she owned and left with a backpack and a one way tickets out of the UK. She kindly sold me pretty much the entire contents of her house at a ridiculously low price just before she left the country.

This, along with all my crockery, small furniture and domestic appliances from my previous flat and shared houses I lived in during university, has given me a bit of a foundation to build on. However, there is still so much left to buy and so much furniture to upcycle – but I guess this is the exciting bit now.

Buying my first property! | UK Lifestyle Blog

In retrospect, purchasing and moving into my first house on my own (that needs a bit of cosmetic work done!), along with finishing the third year of my degree via distance learning and training for my first half marathon – whilst working full-time in a new job was probably a bit ambitious. I’m in the deep end now, fingers crossed I’ll come at the other end of this alive.

2018-01-08T03:34:45+00:00 July 17, 2014|Home Decor|
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