Slimming World week 3: Peaks and troughs

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With any diet you can expect good days and bad and this week has had both. At the beginning of the week I was excited. I’d tried on a pair of my small size 18 trousers and they fit perfectly. This was a good sign that I would soon be in a size 16. I had also started to feel less hungry, as if my body had adapted to the change in diet from processed food and sweets, to fresh food and fruit. Unfortunately the weekend was a turning point. Child wanted to go to McDonald’s, so I reluctantly decided […]

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Slimming World Week 2: No flip flops for me!

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After my successful loss of 3.5lbs last week I was unexpectedly subdued. I still don’t really understand why. After all, I should have been over the moon with the result. Still, despite my mood I settled down to another week on Slimming World. Week 2 This week was far easier in many ways as I already knew which of my favourite foods were free and the Syn counts for my favourite pointed foods. I’ve found that I’m eating bucket loads of fruit and yogurt, and filling myself up on jacket potatoes and baked beans. Bacon and eggs for breakfast is […]

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5 Ways to stay safe while driving this holiday season

5 Ways to stay safe while driving this holiday season

The summer holidays are on the horizon and in a few short weeks thousands of people will packing everything but the kitchen sink into their cars and heading off to the coast. But with so many precious (if occasionally noisy and smelly) things in your car, it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider how you can protect your family during your journey. Below is 5 of the most common causes of traffic accidents and how to avoid them. 1 Don’t drive tired It won’t be a surprise to hear that one of the leading causes of traffic accidents is […]

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5 Tips for drying clothes indoors

5 tips for drying clothes indoors

With summer finally on its way, most people are taking advantage of the warm weather and giving up their airers and tumble dryers in favour of the great outdoors. But what if you don’t have access to an outdoor space to peg out your pants?! After spending 8 years living in a one bed, third floor flat, I became painfully aware of the constant battle to dry clothes indoors without causing damp problems or the delightful “wet dog” smell that comes with slow drying clothes. However, my pain is your gain as I am now a indoor clothes drying pro […]

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5 Hair removal methods to try this summer

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Summer is on the way and as jeans and jumpers start to give way to skirts and strappy tops, it’s time to get into a pruning routine again. When I was younger, getting rid of unwanted hair seemed much easier, but one of the numerous side effects of getting old, is an increase in the quantity of unwanted hair sprouting up all over the place. So, if like me you are taking up arms (or razors) against your furry legs, and battling under arm fluff, here is a rundown of some the most popular hair removing products and treatments available […]

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January 2018 Life Goal Update

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Well, we’re a month into the new year so it’s time for the first of my life goals updates. Overall the month hasn’t gone too badly. January is always a bit of an up and down month in my book. There’s the initial excitement of the new year, followed by the let down of realising that nothing has changed except a number, followed by the rallying cry of “Oh well, best get on with it then…” Fitting into my wedding dress One of the things that hasn’t changed this year is that I’m rubbish at dieting… I mean, really bad. […]

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5 unusual beauty treatments that really exsist

5 Unusual beauty treatments that really exist

Men and women have always been willing to do some very strange things to make themselves more attractive. From poking your face with needles to pouring wax on your body and ripping it off, hair and all. You have to wonder who came up with these treatments and how drunk the first person who agreed to undergo them was. Spurred on by celebrity endorsements, social media, and the hunt for the fountain of youth… or at least the leaky faucet of wrinkle banishment… The general public have become increasingly willing to try absolutely anything that promises to lift, firm, or […]

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Baby’s grand nursery tour

Baby's grand nursery tour

When you’re expecting your first baby, one of the most exciting jobs to look forward to is decorating the nursery. Nearly every expectant mum in my pregnancy group spent hours planning their baby’s first bedroom, pouring over paint, obsessing over furniture, and deliberating whether to buy the circus or the zoo themed accessories. My experience was slightly different. Although I could plan to my hearts content, I was unable to put any of my plans into action because we were also expecting to move just a couple of weeks before my due date. This less than perfect timing meant that […]

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Review: Nude pearl jewellery

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Pearls are my favourite jewel, after diamonds of course! They’re elegant, timeless, and extremely tactile. So, when Nude asked me to take a look at their pearl collection I was more than happy to oblige. About Nude pearl jewellery Nude use freshwater cultivated pearls in several different sizes and colours for their handmade jewellery. Each earring or necklace is set in either silver, gold, or rose gold and can either be ordered from their catalogue or their London boutique if you have something unique in mind. The items I will be reviewing today are a pair of medium ivory pearl […]

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13 tips to help you give up smoking in 2018

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Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, so why not make 2018 the year that you kick the habit for good using these helpful tips. Identify your motivation Giving up smoking because everyone says you should isn’t terribly motivating, so sit down and work out why YOU want to give up. Maybe you want to feel healthier, you want your kids to grow up in a smoke free environment, or you want to save money. Whatever your reason, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere safe so that you can remind yourself why you […]

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