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Why I’m dedicating more time to myself, and you should too!

Time is so precious, and after some advice from my boss I’ve decided that I need to invest in more time for myself. This means sometimes saying ‘no’ to extra work, hiring someone when I need help (cleaner, accountant etc), as well as making time to disconnect. 

Last May I bought my first property, meaning my life was consumed by the house all summer. Then once the cold set in, I stopped exercising as much as I used to; it feels like a life-time ago that I ran half a marathon and far too long since I’ve been out on my kayak.

Why I'm dedicating more time to myself, and you should too! | UK Lifestyle Blog

So, I’ve decided to dedicate my summer to embracing the outdoors, getting healthy again and putting myself first. This is my plan for spring/summer 2016, and how you can get outside and stay healthy, too:

Cycle around the coast

You might not want to walk or run around the local forest, but why not take the bike out for a spin? Getting fit is much more fun when you’re riding on two wheels. Biking is a great activity to get you healthy, and one that you can do almost anywhere. Even on rocky terrain, you just need to be careful so you don’t hurt yourself. Get some mountain bike cover if you’re heading up the hills, and you’ll be protected if you do any damage to your bike.

Swimming in the morning

How much fun is swimming? You can do it in so many places as well. If you’re on holiday, you’ve got the luxury of swimming in the sea. I don’t why, but swimming in the sea is just so relaxing. When you get home, you can go to a number of swimming pools in the area that will be happy to have you. It’s normally a low-cost activity, and you can swim as much or as little as you like.

Taking up a new sport

One of the very best ways to get healthy without realising it is to play sports. There are not many people out there who don’t enjoy at least one sport. Enjoy soccer? Ask your friends for a kickaround at the local park. Or perhaps tennis? Join a local club and get started. They’ll normally have all the equipment you’ll need, and you might make some friends along the way.

Joining a dance fitness class

Dancing is a great way to get healthy. You can do it anywhere too. Dance in your home as regularly as you can, then go out with your friends and do it there. Don’t feel the need to pile yourself with alcohol if you’re in a nightclub. Respect your desire to get healthy and enjoy dancing with others. Join a class like Zumba that’ll get you fit and help you meet others who want the same thing. 

2018-01-08T03:34:03+00:00 February 29, 2016|Health|

4 things to discuss when planning a wedding

It’s finally happened. They popped the question, and you said yes. You fell in love, they bought a ring, you are going to buy a dress, and say I do. That’s all there is to it, right? Wrong! Wedding planning can be as easy or as overwhelming as you want it to be. But, no matter how small your day is, there is still a lot more to think about than just the ring, the dress and the I do’s.

As you’ve probably read (because I keep going on about it), I’m the maid of honour for my best friend who is getting married this summer. It’s been really exciting discussing everything that’s happening for her big day and planning her hen weekend. There is so much to think about, so here are a few questions you might want to discuss before planning a wedding.

4 things to discuss when planning a wedding | UK Lifestyle Blog

What type of wedding do you want?

This is a discussion that is best happening right at the beginning of wedding planning. It’s important to be on the same page when it comes to the type of wedding you would like. You need to take into consideration whether or not either of you are religious. Whether a church ceremony is what you would like or if a civil ceremony is something you would be more comfortable with. You may even want to jet off and have your celebration abroad, but you would also need to consider the type of wedding you would like for that as well. Some countries don’t allow you to have a legal marriage there. Some countries prefer you to be particularly religious, so it’s worthwhile doing your research.

Who do you want to be there?

Are you going to be having a big affair or something more intimate? Do you want a smaller reception during the day and then a big party in the evening? Knowing your numbers is going to be a key thing for so many parts of your wedding, from your budget to the size of venue you need to have. It’s ideal to have an idea of what you want and then stick to it as best you can.

Wedding stationery can be a hefty part of wedding cost. Once you know your numbers, you will be able to work out how much this is going to cost you. Wedding invitations can set the tone for your wedding. Pure Invitation wedding invites could be the perfect choice for you.

What is your budget going to be?

Once you have the ideas of what you would like to have, you need to have the all important conversation about the budget. At the end of the day, there is no hiding from the fact that any wedding will cost some sum of money. This can be as low or as high as you and your partner want it to be. But the conversation needs to be had. This will ensure that you both know exactly where you are up to and don’t over spend in areas that could have been avoided. It’s never a nice conversation to have when finances are concerned, but it’s so important for you both to be on the same page.

When are you going to do it?

Finally, the last conversation I suggest you have with your partner in the early stages of planning a wedding is having a date in mind. You also need to decide whether or not you are flexible with this.

Once you have discussed all of the above, you are ready to get on with the fun bit of planning your wedding. Enjoy!

2018-06-04T01:28:32+00:00 February 29, 2016|Weddings|

Why Women Don’t Like Talking About Facial Hair

Ok, so it’s something women don’t like to talk about. Some of them won’t even admit to their closest friends. Which, considering that one in ten women suffer from it, it’s still a taboo subject. Yes ladies, we’re talking about excess hair. And in particular, excess hair on the face.

Beards are lovely. Many women do love a good beard. On a man, who looks like the Beard Czar. Not on their own face. If you’re a woman who suffers from a fuzzy face, then you’re bound to feel self-conscious about it. But you’re not alone. You’d be surprised just how many of your girlfriends are likely to suffer the same problem, in silence, just like you.

Why Women Don't Like Talking About Facial Hair | UK Lifestyle Blog

From the odd frisky follicle to a full on five o’clock shadow, women are keeping it to themselves. But there’s no need to feel embarrassed. It’s just another one of the downsides to being a woman. Like periods. Gee, thanks a bunch, Mother Nature!

So, what causes excess hair on the face?

Blame your parents. No, seriously. There’s a good chance it’s genetic. It can also be caused by abnormally high levels of the male hormone testosterone. (Don’t worry. You’re not going to turn into the Incredible Hulk. Unless you’ve got PMT too.) In many cases, this is caused by Polycystic Ovary syndrome.

If you’ve got excess hair elsewhere too, you might have Hirsutism. This is characterised by too much hair all over the body, alopecia, acne, and often, an enlarged clitoris.  Whatever the cause is, it’s best to go and get it checked out by your doctor. It could point to underlying health problems. Even if that’s not the case, they can help you deal with your fuzzy face.

How Can I Get Rid of Excess Hair on my Face?

If the hair is very fine but dark, you can use hair lightening creams made especially for the face. Anything lightening products intended for use on any other part of the body will be too strong and can damage your skin. Tweezing, waxing and threading can work well too. But if you don’t want to have to worry all the time about whether you’ve got a ‘tache or not, you may wish to look at more long lasting methods.

Electrolysis has been popular for years, but laser hair removal is fast become the most popular method of removing unwanted hair. It’s quick, easy and relatively pain-free. The benefit over electrolysis is that small areas can be treated at on time, rather than having to destroy every hair individually.

Whatever you do, DO NOT SHAVE HAIR ON YOUR FACE. Put the razor down. It might seem like a quick fix, but you’re going to regret it. Cutting the hair at an angle makes the hair look thicker as it grows back. They may start growing back darker too, so all the fine hairs round those couple of pesky ones will look coarser and darker too. Before you know it, you’ve got (not-so) designer stubble. No matter how tempting it may seem, just don’t do it.

2018-01-08T03:34:03+00:00 February 27, 2016|Beauty|
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