Monday, 26 November 2018

Beauty Essentials


Beauty hacks are so important and all women need to have some kind of system in place to help them look great. This is so crucial because it can go a long way toward helping boost confidence and self-esteem - I’m not saying that you need makeup to feel good but it definitely helps me! It is really important to look as good as you possibly can, and this is something that can really be helped by having the best possible beautification regime in place.

When it comes to beauty essentials, it is important to think about how to make things better for you on a daily basis. Your appearance is important and you need to work on making sure you are as happy as possible with the way you look. So, check out these essential hacks and try to use them to boost your beauty regime to new heights, and get more comfortable with how you look...


The Skincare Queen
One of the most important elements of any beauty regime is always the skincare. You have to make sure you are focused on doing your best to improve the way your skin looks and feels. This means keeping it clean on a regular basis, as well as moisturising often as well. Having good skin is one of the first steps in the process when it comes to improving your looks and making you more confident as well.

Weight Loss Tips
There are a lot of ways in which you can boost your beauty and self-confidence, and it is clear that one of the best ways of achieving this is to make sure you lose weight. Easier said than done, of course, but this is something that is certainly achievable with the right level of dedication. So, you need to think carefully about the different ideas to help you lose weight and slim down. Staying active and exercising as much as possible is a great place to start.

Get a New Hairstyle
Trying out new hairstyles is a great way of being able to make a difference to the way you look and feel. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind that will help you with this, and it is important to try out new things. For instance, you might like to experiment with clip-in hair extensions, or you may even consider changing the entire hairstyle completely. You’d be surprised by how different you can look with a new hairstyle in your corner!



Find the Right Makeup
Finding the right makeup to match your skin tone is so important, and this is something that a lot of women seem to get wrong. Make sure you are focused on choosing the right type and making sure you look fantastic as a result. Whether it’s brow makeup, foundation, or eyeshadow, you need to think carefully about the makeup you choose. Keep in mind your complexion, and do plenty of research before you actually come up with

There are so many different elements to beautifying yourself, and you have to think about what works best for you. If you can get this right, you should have no problems with boosting your appearance and your self-confidence in the future. There are a lot of things that you need to think carefully about when it comes to your health and beauty regime, and these ideas are going to help a lot.

Friday, 23 November 2018

The best UK Christmas Markets

I don’t know about you but I’m struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but theres one way for sure that will get me feeling all those tingles and that’s visiting a Christmas market! It has to be the one time of year that it’s socially acceptable to wrap up warm and drink beer from glasses that are bigger than your head whilst still wearing gloves. Right!? I’m lucky that I live in the midlands and have the opportunity to visit some of the most amazing Christmas markets that the UK has to offer with my first choice always being Birminghams Frankfurt Market. 


Set along the streets of Birmingham city centre, you will find the traditional style wooden huts selling all sorts of bits and bobs, from food, to alcohol, Christmas gifts to Christmas sweets! It’s the perfect social event or the perfect opportunity to un-wind at the weekend and take in the Christmas cheer! It does get ridiculously busy at weekends though so I recommend visiting mid-week if you can! 

Probably the most popular Christmas event in the UK is London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. More of a Fair and modern market, there are still Christmas stalls, bars and food huts spread across Hyde Park with a huge fun fair too! There’s also an ice skating rink which is perfect if you haven’t tried skating before and it’s a great excuse to visit the big smoke! Again, it can get really busy at weekends so choose when you visit wisely! 

Another Christmas Market which may be a little more popular with those of you situated up north (further than Birmingham that is to all you southerners) is the Cheshire Christmas Market. Running until the 22nd December, you can spend your day wondering around the 70 traditional wooden chalets and gazing at the lights on the huge Christmas tree situated in the heart of Chester! With Christmas gifts, crafts, accessories and food available you can pretty much finish (or start) your Christmas shopping here! If you’re looking for more specialised items, Cheshire Oaks is situated just 15 minutes away so you can really make a weekend of it! And for those of you who have never been to Cheshire, it’s a great place to spend a weekend with friends or your other half, especially at this time of year too! 

If you’re planning on visiting any of the Christmas markets this year, make sure you wrap up warm and stay safe! 

Monday, 20 August 2018

5 Travel tips for Gran Canaria

If you’re lucky enough to go abroad this year, you may already be looking at ways to get the most out of it. Unfortunately for us, we’ve had to miss out on our aeroplane holiday for the last 2 years (as Millie calls them) because of me being pregnant, having Mylo and of course, this year we decided to come to Cornwall instead but when we do go away, we always head to Gran Canaria as it has everything we could want and more. 

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands and is perfect at any time of year, it’s a popular place for some winter sun but also very popular in the summer months with temperatures on average around 30 degrees. We’ve never had a bad spell of weather when we’ve been so it’s always perfect but we do always try and make the most of our holiday and save money where we can but still have a great time! So here are some of my travel tips if you’re planning on any holidays to Gran Canaria this year or it’s on your to-do list! 


1: Research the area you’re staying in as Gran Canaria is VERY hilly. We’ve stayed in both Amadores and Puerto Rico and they’re both quite high up if you don’t pick the right hotel. We stayed at Marina Suites before we had Millie - a beautiful nautical themed hotel set on the edge of the harbour, the second time we stayed at Gloria Palace Royal which is built into the rocks overlooking the gorgeous beach of Amardores but a quick trip in the lift and you’re down to level ground. Some hotels are up windy roads and are so high so make sure you know the position of your hotel! 

2: Get a taxi transfer from the airport to your hotel - the transfer times vary from 1.5-3 hours due to the hills and layout of the resorts and after a 4 hour flight, you don’t want to be stuck on a bus for another 3 hours like we were so put aside a little cash to get a taxi straight to your hotel and you’ll thank me later! 

3: Go half board - most of the hotels offer the option to dine half board instead of just B&B or All Inclusive. Some hotels also give you the option to use your meals on either Breakfast and Lunch or Breakfast and Dinner so if you want to eat out a few nights then you haven’t wasted money as you’ve still had lunch included in your allowance. 

4: Book a boat trip but be cautious of sea sickness! Both times we’ve done a catamaran trip we’ve seen dolphins and it’s amazing but some of the boats aren’t as big as you’d hope and you may get struck by sea sickness! It’s completely worth it but just be aware - the last one we went on over half of the boat was sick and we had to turn back early! 

5: Following from the last point, book excursions direct with the companies or people advertising them on the harbour. You’ll find that your rep will add money onto the cost of the trips if you book through them and we’ve never had a bad experience booking direct. There are tonnes of boat trips and sea activities you can do so have a look at what’s around and book there and then! 

Friday, 10 August 2018

5 Tips for Calorie Counting Diets

If you’re anything like me and struggle to ‘diet’ because of your love of food, you may have taken to the calorie counting way of eating and are beginning to just start taking more notice of the foods you’re eating, rather than starving yourself daily and binge eating at the weekends! Calorie counting works for me because I know that I’m in control of the food I eat and it means that if I still want a doughnut, then I’ll plan it into that days’ calories and take a hit on everything else I plan on having and make better choices for the rest of my meals (usually filling up on vegetables at dinner instead of potatoes or pasta). 

Of course, calorie counting isn’t for everyone and sometimes, calorie counting alone isn’t going to help you lose weight or achieve fat loss, everyone should be doing some form of exercise to increase their weight-loss and overall general health and of course, if you are, you’ll see the difference a lot quicker than you would without the exercise. So, if you’re looking into a calorie controlled diet or you’re doing it already and just want some tips, then carry on reading! 


1 - Get a calorie tracker if you haven’t already! App’s like MyFitnessPal and Lose it! make it really easy to keep track of your calories and macros (if you’re tracking those too) and means that you can input regular meals so that it’s easier in the long run to see what you’re consuming.  

2 - Make everything from scratch instead of buying pre-made meals. Even though buying pre-made meals may seem like the easiest way to track your calories, you won’t be getting the goodness from the pre-made stuff that you would if you were to make things from scratch. Vegetables and Fruit don’t have that many calories in and so you know you can eat pretty much as much of these as you like without going too far over your calories but using sauces or jars that are pre-made will up your calories significantly! Be savvy when you can and cook things at home! 

3 - Be cautious of eating out; Most places should have a nutritional guide to hand for anyone who requires the dietry information of the meals, places like Wetherspoons have their calorie information actually on the menu so if you’re heading out, either look on the net first to see if their nutritional info is on there or ask as soon as you arrive to know what is open to you. You don’t have to go without, just be mindful of what you’re eating. 

4 - Try not to ‘drink’ your calories; A lot of people won’t realise when it comes to calorie counting that they may well be going over their allowance just by drinking their calories. Drinks such as pre-made smoothies, juices, fizzy drinks, energy drinks and Coffees will be packed full of calories without you realising. If you’re looking to drink smoothies then make them yourself at home using water and low-fat milk to save on the calories and use a juicer or smoothie maker to make your own. You can get some fab deals on MyJuicer so if you browse online and take a look, doing this won’t only save your calories but will save your pennies too! 

5 - Don’t be too hard on yourself. Dieting is tough and we all fall off the wagon every now and again but it’s important to know that everything is fine in moderation. If you want a pizza on Friday, have a pizza but remember to be mindful of what you eat for the rest of the weekend and don’t overindulge too much - you aren't going to put half a stone on just from one meal. Dieting is a hard task for most of us and it’s all about mindset, once you get that balance between thinking and eating then you’ll start to see amazing results! 


The above image shows you just what 100 calories looks like an how deceiving it can be to think that you know what certain foods contain but if you’re looking for low-calorie snacks, I wrote a post including some of my favourites and you can read it here. 

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to any diet, but especially calorie counting, is that the thing that always works is following the calories in vs. calories out module. As long as you’re burning off more than what you’re consuming, you’ll be on track to lose weight, this is why exercise is important. The average person will burn around 1600 calories a day regardless of what they do but if you add an hours exercise on top of that, you’ll be looking at burning an additional 400-700 calories which means you’re burning off more than you’re eating. It’s a hard thing to understand so make sure you’re tracking your calories as well as you can and everything else will follow. 
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