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Wife to Tom, First time Mummy to Little Boy Freddie and Auntie to 4 Boys & 1 Girl.

Super Supplements To Give Your Diet An Extra Boost

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Eating healthily is the number one way to keep your body in great shape. By now, you will know exactly what that means. Making meals out of lots of fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on sugar and fat. But did you know you can also give your diet a little boost by supplementing it with somethings? Supplements are usually tablets and teas that contain high levels of various vitamins and minerals. You can also find some in powder form. When taken alongside a nutritious diet, they can help your body stay fit, strong, and supple. There are loads of different supplements out there in the health food shops. Not sure which ones to take? Here’s my roundup of some of the best ones.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is one of the world’s most popular supplements. Especially among weightlifters and those wanting to build muscle mass. It often comes in a powdered form that can be used to make milkshakes or can be simply sprinkled onto your meals. Whey protein is a byproduct produced during the cheesemaking process and is super digestible. But this amazing supplement isn’t just for those who want to bulk up. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure, and it can also effectively regulate blood sugar levels. Some studies have been carried out to research this latter point. They show that taking whey protein could be effective in treating type 2 diabetes. That isn’t where the benefits stop. It is also considered an anti-inflammatory and can also relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

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Omega 3 Fish Oils

Do your kids have exams coming up soon? It could be worth getting them to take a daily dose of Omega 3 fish oils, as some studies show that they can improve brain power. But there are also some other great advantages as well. Some that may even persuade you to start taking them! Omega 3s are very beneficial for the heart and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. This is because they help with lowering blood pressure and can slow down the development of plaque in the arteries. Omega 3s are also linked to reducing asthma and depression. It’s very easy to add these oils to your diet. They are found in fish, especially in sardines, herring, and wild salmon. But you can also buy them in capsule form.

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Citicoline

Until recently, not that many people had heard of citicoline, but over the past couple of years, it has seen a boom in popularity. This chemical is produced naturally in our brain, but sometimes we can do with giving our body an extra dose to help protect our brain and neurons. Increasing your levels of citicoline will improve most of the brain’s functions. Things like memory, learning, and visual focusing will increase. Some people take it as a way to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia while others use it as a way to combat ADHD. You’ll find many top-rated Citicoline brands in your local health food store.

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Green Tea Extract

Green tea drinkers will tell you that it is a great aid for weight loss. Well, now you can tell them that they can go one step further and start adding green tea extract to their cooking! You can sneak it into various dishes if you don’t particularly like the taste of green tea. Alternatively, look for tablets of it in your local health store. So why is the extract better than just drinking the tea? As well as helping with weight loss, it can treat headaches, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Some people believe that it can be used as a cure for cancers. You don’t have to stick to just eating your green tea extract. Use it topically to relieve skin ailments, including athlete’s foot and to reduce the red puffiness under tired eyes.

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Probiotics

If you have been suffering from stomach and digestive issues lately, probiotics could help you to sort out any unbalance in your gut. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that occur in your gut naturally. These can be lost through illness, so taking supplements of probiotics will replace them and help your body get back to good health. Recent studies show that probiotics may be able to help out with more than just digestive problems. There have been studies that show they can clear up skin ailments, especially eczema. It is also widely believed that they can reduce the unpleasant symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. You can buy yogurts and other dairy products that have been enriched with these healthy bacteria. They will be ready for you to eat straight away so that you can promptly feel the benefits!

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Vitamin D

If you live in an area that doesn’t get much sun, even during the summer, it could be worth investing in some Vitamin D tablets. The vitamin is important for healthy bones and teeth as it can regulate the absorption of calcium from the blood stream. But there is a lot more to this little vitamin! New research suggests that low levels of Vitamin D can put you at risk of type 1 diabetes. And the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers can increase if you are not getting enough of the vitamin. It can also lower blood pressure, which can lead to a reduced risk of some heart diseases. Our body naturally absorbs this vitamin from sunshine, but it is also found in many food sources. There are high levels of it in eggs, cheese, and fatty fish. But many people choose to supplement their levels by taking Vitamin D tablets. Ask at your local health food shop for more information.

If you start taking these supplements, then your diet couldn’t be any more healthier! There are, of course, loads more possible supplements for you to take, all with their different benefits. If you want to find out more, there are loads of resources online! The staff at your local organic or health food shop will also be very happy to help you learn more.

Utilising space in your home

We’ve been in our house15months now and still have lots of little bits to sort out.  When we moved in I saw potential in 2 little spaces in our kitchen one been the understairs cupboard and the other been like a utility that was called the “coal house”.  The previous owners used both as junk storage.  This is what I have done and it hasn’t cost me much money either.  Just proves you can do a lot with small spaces without breaking the bank.

The utility

This room once was a storage room, painted in a dark horrible colour that made it look dull and dirty, which housed a wooden storage unit full off rubbish, a washing machine, fridge/freezer and general junk. I gave it a lick of white bright paint to make the room look bigger.

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It is not a very big room but it is big enough for what I need it for.  There was no worktop there when we moved it, but I said I wanted to add a worktop to be able to put things in there e.g the microwave to keep the worktops in the kitchen free.  So to save a bit of money I phoned round kitchen places to see if I could get a pieces (I only need 1metre length) for as cheap as possible,  Well after phoning round I managed to finally find a company that had a perfectly sized piece for…FREE.  There is still plenty of room aswell both on top and underneath.

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Again, when we moved in this room was used as a junk room,  We cluttered the room with dog food, alcohol/Beer – Obviously most important thing, coats, ironing board and anything that would fit really.  Then I thought one day I want to maximise this space and make it in to something that was useful.  I said to my dad, can we make this room into a pantry?   He didn’t see why we couldn’t.  With me and my fiance working full-time it was difficult to find time to help my dad get it sorted, other than weekends but we always seemed to have something on.  Finally a few long months May bank holiday Monday arrived and my parents said they would come round and help get it started.  This is what it looked like before, a shell that we used as a junk store, coats, paint, alcohol, ironing board, dog stuff and more….

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After a few weeks of cutting and prepping wood and painting it all to give it a nice finish.  Then it was time to cut some battens to create the supports to fix the brackets on to.  It’s not a difficult task but took a good few hours to complete, lots of drilling, screwing and sawing later, These are the end results.

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As you can see we made sure there was plenty of spare room at the bottom for the alcohol.

I am in love with my pantry/understairs cupboard (Sad I know), but it has given us so much more space to utilise in other cupboards and drawers.

What spaces have you changed in your house?

Cocktails & Razors

Well I attended my first ever blog event a few weeks back now and what better way to start than with making your own cocktails, I love a good cocktail.

When you think about cocktails and razors it’s obviously something that you wouldn’t usually put together. Well on the 9th April this combination worked, when a group of bloggers were invited to Bar Opus in Birmingham near snowhill train station for a cocktail masterclass to celebrate the successful launch of Friction Free Shaving.

I love cocktails an often try and make them at home but was excited to have a go at making some with the pros. I love Cosmopolitan’s or a little Sex on the Beach, but it never taste a spot on what you get in bars when I make them.

I have to admit I have not heard of them up until this event so was interested to find out more about Friction Free Shaving.After hearing the background It’s pretty damn amazing idea. Basically, it is a subscription box that specialises in women’s shaving products. Each month you are sent new blades for your razor – you get the razor in your first box. I tend to shave every time I have a shower even if it’s not necessary.   How handy would it be to have some sent out every month, Save the hassle of forgetting to pick replacement blades up on your shopping.  I’ve tried so many different types of razors and nothing compares to Friction Free Shaving now as they are decent ones, with moisturisers and stuff built in. This subscription box costs between £3 and £7 a month, which I think is really good value for money, and the razors well they are Gorgeous!!

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How pretty is that?

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It is rose gold and It even had my name engraved on it, this service will be rolled out soon by Friction Free Shaving. This razor is called ‘Samantha’, and is £7 a month. I couldn’t wait to try it out… It certainly a cut above the rest.

And then onto the cocktail making.Amazing!!

The first one we made was called ‘Samantha’ – named after the above razor. This was made with gin, limoncello and lemonade it was rather refreshing and went down far too easily, like pop.

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The second one we had a go at making was called a ‘Faye’, which is the name of the £3 a month razor.  It was made with cold milk, honey Jim Beam, vanilla syrup and crushed honeycomb – I didn’t like this one very much but was ok.

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The Third and finally was the ‘Frankie’ , named after the £5 a month razor. This was the hardest one because it was created to stay in layers…It was difficult, but still tasted pretty damn good  – It was made with rose syrup, blackcurrant gin and prosecco.

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I had a great time making the cocktails and finding out more about Friction Free Shaving and meeting lots of new bloggers.

*I was invited to this event for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Planning A Photography Holiday This Summer: Tips & Tricks

We all have our hobbies, mine is card making, for example. The great thing about travel is that you can use it to enhance your skills and make yourself more passionate about your hobbies. There are vacations for all sorts of hobbies, from card making to cooking. So whatever you are interested in, there’s sure to be a trip that’s perfect for you.

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Recently, there’s been a lot of hype about photography holidays and how great they can be for budding photographers. Especially as most of these holiday photography courses are run by professional photographers. In case you’re wanting to head off on a photography vacation this summer but don’t know where to start, I’ve put together this guide for you. Packed full of all the best tips and tricks for picking the right trip, this guide should come in handy.

Look at your options

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First things first, you need to look at your options. Google photography tours and see what comes up – there’s sure to be plenty to choose from. If you’ve got a certain location in mind, make sure to put that into the search bar as well. Once you’ve found a few options, read through each one, to see what’s on offer. It’s important to look at how long the trip lasts, who it’s aimed at, and what area of photography it will focus on. This is important as if you’re an amateur photographer, you don’t want to attend a course for professionals. It’s also important to take your niche and the type of photography on offer, into account.

Choose your location carefully

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Once you know what type of trip you want to take, the next step is to choose your location. The chances are that there are numerous locations on offer, it’s just a case of working out which one is best for you. Sites like artisantravel.co.uk can be helpful for this as they not only offer a range of trips but also tailor made travel. This means that you may have the options to mold your trip to be whatever you want it to be. You can choose whether you want to be part of a large group or a small group, as well as the type of photography you focus on. You can find out more about this at selfgrowth.com.

Know what to expect

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It’s important that you know what to expect from your trip, as well as what you’ll need to pack. Depending on how long your trip is, you’ll most probably be on your feet a lot. Of course, they’ll also be some time for relaxation and socialising, but most of the time will focus on photography. It’s also worth finding out about whether you’ll receive any one-to-one tuition with the instructor. Or whether the entire course will be taught as a group.

Travel courses that specialise in a certain area like photography can be a great way to improve your skills. Unlike regular photography classes, vacation tours offer a lot more real world experience. Teaching you how to use your skills in a range of environments and situations.

Simple Steps to Take For a Healthier Waistline

There can be a lot of contradictions around dieting and losing weight. Sometimes we are told you shouldn’t do something. Then we are told that you should do something. It can all be rather confusing! With summer coming up, a lot of us might be looking for a few ways that we can be a bit healthier and shift a few pounds. That bikini isn’t going to wear itself! So here are a few tried and tested steps that you can take, to ensure some weight loss this summer. There is no need to overcomplicate dieting.

Avoid Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks are, funnily enough, full of sugar. As well as the ways that sugar affects your body, you need to think about the calories. There are sugar-free drinks but they are just full of chemicals. A good idea, if you like to have fizzy drinks, is to have sparkling water. You could flavour it with lemon or lime slices or even some citrus essential oil drops.

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Have Green Smoothies

When people start a weight loss plan, they usually choose to make smoothies. This is a good option. However, it is much more likely to lead to weight loss if it is a green smoothie. If you have a smoothie that is purely fruit, it will contain a lot of sugar. This is better than eating a chocolate bar, as the sugar is natural, but not the best for a calorie controlled diet. One thing to do is to make sure that you add plenty of green leafy vegetables to the smoothie. Adding spinach or kale are fab additions. You can even add things like ginger, celery, and cucumber. They are lower in sugar than fruit and full of goodness.  Smoothie only diet

Stop Smoking

Smoking isn’t good for your health, so if you want a healthier lifestyle, you need to avoid smoking. It can lead to many health issues so you’ll want to avoid it. It might not sound like a simple step to being healthier if you are a regular smoker. You don’t need to stop cold-turkey, though. There are many options to help you quit. You could try using patches or by vaping. It is a much safer alternative. You can even choose e-liquid from an e-liquid uk store, to make sure that you have a ‘flavour’ that will help you to quit.

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Chew Your Food Slowly

One way that we overeat is because we eat our food so quickly. One way to make sure that we feel full, after having several bites, is by chewing slowly. This helps us to recognise the triggers of our body and will help us to stop when we are full. As a result, we will eat less, and shift a few pounds while we are at it.

Drink Lots of Water

A lot of diets have one thing in common; that is drinking a lot of water. Water helps to keep you feeling full, as well as helping your body to function as it should. It is a must for a healthier life and waistline!

Get a New Front Door to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The front of your house is the first thing you see when you get home. It’s what others see when they walk past, or even if they’re thinking about buying your property. More specifically, your front door makes one of the first impressions on anyone who sees your home. A lot of us haven’t given much thought to our front doors before. However, if you want to improve your home’s curb appeal, the door is an excellent place to start. Changing it can make a huge impact on your home’s image. Try out one of my ideas to make your front door a bit more exciting.

Go for Quality

Many of us have PVC front doors. They’re easy to keep clean, and they’re perfectly safe. However, they don’t look that great. If you want your home to look sophisticated, a PVC door is going to bring it down. They can look a bit cheap, especially if they’re a boring white. You can look at other options to make your home look classier. Wooden doors look great, and you can paint them in any colour you want. If you want to add even more class, choose something with a knocker that will give your door a more upmarket air.

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Add Some Colour

White doors aren’t very interesting, and they don’t catch the eye either. If everyone on your street has a white or brown door, yours will stand out immediately if you change the colour. You could choose whatever colour you like, although you might want to be sensitive to the property and the neighbourhood. Neon pink possibly won’t look great in a row of Victorian houses. However, you can still be bold with your choice if you think it will work.

Install Glass

A glass panel in your front door can make it look beautiful. Of course, you don’t want it to be transparent, or else anyone will be able to look in. Instead, you need to find a service that does decorative glass and glazing. You could have a clear, frosted panel that focuses on the pattern, or you could choose to have coloured glass. Another option is to have a panel of glass above your front door, instead of in it. The window should let some more light into your entranceway, especially if it’s in a good position for the sun.

Move Away from a Single Door

Most homes have one hinged door that swings inwards. These work well, so it’s no wonder that most people stick to them. However, if you want something different, you don’t have to stick with that option. You could change things up if you have the space to do it. For example, you could have double doors, instead of a single one. Your front door could even slide open, instead of being hinged. These are excellent possibilities if you want a drastic change.

Changing your front door could alter the whole look of your property. If you’re looking to up its curb appeal, it could be the best route to take.

Plan The Perfect Baby Shower In 5 Easy Steps

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If you or a close one are expecting a baby, it will be a very exciting time! There will certainly be a lot of preparation and organising for the expectant parents. The baby will need new clothes and a whole load of other things ready for them before they enter the world. And that is where a baby shower helps. This American tradition has slowly been creeping its way into British culture for the past few years now. And there’s no wonder it’s become so popular over here! It’s a small get together for the new mum and all her close female friends and family. It is a chance for them to celebrate the upcoming arrival, but it is also a chance for the mum’s close ones to shower her with gifts – hence the name! The mum rarely organises the baby shower herself; it is something that her best friends will do. So, if your bestie has a baby on the way, think about throwing her a baby shower. Here are five steps to perfecting the event!

Pick The Date

Anytime during the pregnancy is fine for throwing the baby shower. However, many mums prefer to have one at a later stage during the pregnancy. She will then know that everything is going well and that the baby is healthy and developing properly. But it is best not to wait until just before the baby gets here. Otherwise, mum could be uncomfortable and sick of being pregnant! That won’t make for a good mood on the day of the shower! Once you have decided on a date, make sure you send out the invitations in good time. This way, everyone will know to keep the date free.

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Pick A Venue

If you want to keep things cheap, host the baby shower at your home or the mum’s home. This will, of course, depend on whether or not there will be enough space for all the guests. It is becoming increasingly popular to have a baby shower at a local cafe that does afternoon tea. This is a very sophisticated option and will give everyone the chance to relax over tea and cakes! If you want, you could also visit a baby show as part of the shower. Feel free to organise anything as part of the day, as long as it isn’t too active or physical. Otherwise, the expecting mum won’t be able to join in!

Organise Food

Your guests will want to nibble on some snacks during the day, so it’s a good idea to put on a bit of a spread. Planning a buffet is probably the easiest option if you are holding the shower in your very own home. If you don’t have many ideas, these great baby shower food ideas should help you out. If you are thinking of holding the shower elsewhere, check ahead to make sure there will be food available. Or that you will be able to stop off for a bite to eat on the way. Try to plan healthy food, as the mum will be sticking to a nutritious diet to help the baby’s development. But the odd sweet treat is perfectly alright! Many people get a baby shower cake – just like a birthday cake! Decorate it with some white icing and the parent’s names.

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Buy A Present

Now you will have to buy a present for the new parents! Most people buy gifts that are practical and can be used for the baby. Things like clothes, nappy bags and bibs are very popular. Gifts that will help mark the occasion are also often given at baby showers. Silver photo frames are a cute idea as the new parents can put a picture of their special delivery inside. Small trinkets are also great baby shower gifts, especially if they are bespoke. Think about ornaments that have the new baby’s name on. The mum will certainly appreciate some pampering gifts for herself as well. She will definitely need them to help her relax after the birth! Don’t forget the dad either. He could enjoy some fancy cigars or beer to celebrate the birth of his new child with!

Baby showers are a great way of showing the expecting mum just how much you care about her and how excited you are for her new baby. It will help her look forward to the birth and will also provide her with some handy presents that she can put to good use once the baby is here. The most important thing, though, is that she enjoys herself!

 

Denim, Rain and Homemade cookies #LittleLoves

Wow that is another month over and gone already… Why are the months flying by so quickly?

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Nothing this week has been crazy busy, going to try and sit down next week and read through people’s blog posts. I love reading what everyone else has been up to.

Watched

Rain, snow, hail and the sun shining, it’s been a week full of all four seasons, I just hope it improves soon.  I hate been cold and it’s been freezing.  Roll on Summer.

Wore

I have worn this, my denimn dress I brought the other day from New look.  I never thought full denimn would suit me but I love my new dress.  I tried to wear it with nothing on my legs but then soon realised it was a bit too cold and a little too short so put some leggings on underneath.  I’ve had lots of compliments when I’ve worn it so that’s given me confidence.

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Made

I made cookies unfortuantly not from scratch I cheated and brought a packet mix but my god they tasted pretty awesome.

Heard

Along with the every sort of weather all in one week we had a big thunder and lightening storm as well.  The lightening lit up the whole house and the thunder rumbled and roared for what seemed like forever but lasted only a short time.  I think our dog Carly was glad when it was all over.

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Hope you have all had a great bank holiday weekend!?

Planning a Wedding? Then You Need to Read This

If you know me well, you will know that I am engaged to my partner of seven years. If you don’t know me, well, now you know that I am engaged! It is a fun but also a daunting task to think about planning a wedding. There is a lot to take into account and decide on. Weddings need to be pretty perfect so it can take a lot of planning.

One thing that I thought might be fun to talk about is the different roles that people have at a wedding. They are the people that help to make it perfect for the happy couple. It will be so nice to be able to sit back and relax as other people take charge. Well, as much as you can relax on your wedding day!

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The Bridesmaids

I am not sure yet how many bridesmaids I will have yet. What I do know is that I want a few. On the wedding day, they are pretty much there to help the bride with everything. If the dress needs help to be carried around, then they can help with that. Assisting the bride with makeup and if hair is out of place. Before the wedding, the bridesmaids, or maid of honour will be in charge of planning a hen weekend or hen party. It has to happen, right? They can help with pre-wedding prep like wedding invitations, wedding dress shopping and anything else that you need a hand with.

The Best Man

The best man plays a massive role in the day. You will want the best man to be a close friend, but also someone that is up to the task. They will play a role in organising groups for photographs. So it is a good idea to give them a list of the photos that are a must for you to have on the day. If you want photos with certain family members, make sure you have the best man know about it. Your head will be filled with all sorts on the day, and little things like that will be the last thing on your mind. The best man gives a speech of course, as well as acting as a bit of an MC at the reception.

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The Mother of the Bride

The mother of the bride takes a big role in the wedding, but a lot of it is behind the scenes. It will be pretty much all in the planning of the wedding where she has a role. She will assist with ordering the wedding cake, table settings, and seating plan. She will help with organising the flowers and helping the couple book the church or venues. This is all the traditional things of course and can vary, depending on family situations and what the couple wants.

The Father of the Bride

He will have quite a chilled role until his moment comes to walk his daughter down the aisle. Then it will be his turn to give a speech at the wedding. It can be quite an emotional time for the bride’s father.