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What Are Your Beauty New Year Resolutions?

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It is fast approaching the end of the year and with that comes the idea of making some changes for the new year ahead. Many people make resolutions or have some goals they want to achieve. But the idea of what to do can often leave you feeling puzzled. Sometimes the goals may be financially oriented. Sometimes the resolutions can be motivated by family or friends. But the truth is many are related to beauty elements, so here are some of the suggestions to consider. 

Make some permanent changes

Let’s start with one of the bigger decisions you may be considering for yourself over the next year, and one that could help create some permanent changes to some of the areas that knock your confidence. Cosmetic surgery is something that more and more women are considering doing. There could be many changes you might want to make, but ultimately, only you can make the decision on this. With careful research and consideration, this could be just the beauty resolution for you.

Try out a new makeup look

One of the things you could try straight away could be some new makeup techniques. Makeup can be, for many women, armor or a war paint so to speak, that gets applied every day to help you feel more confident. But that doesn’t mean to say you always have to stay with the same look. Try a new eyeshadow palette. Watch YouTube videos teaching you how to contour or apply foundation for a flawless look. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with it.

Change your hairstyle and color

Maybe you want to change your hairstyle and the way you look in that way, and that could be a big step for you. Your long hair may be cut short. You may add extensions to lengthen the look. Or perhaps you like the idea of a completely different color. There are so many inspiring ideas on Instagram or Pinterest, and showing your hairdresser exactly what you would like is a great way to take some control over the situation.

Lose some weight

A lot of people make New Year resolutions that involve losing weight, and so this could be the thing that you are wanting to do yourself. The shape of your body can give you a confidence boost if you feel your best. However, try and avoid any crash diets and focus more on finding the right balance. It will help you keep a sustainable weight and also lose any weight more sensibly.

Consider a new style and step out of your comfort zone

Finally, beauty isn’t always about how your face or hair looks; it can be more to do with what you wear and how you feel in the clothes that you have on. Why not see the New Year as a chance to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to style? Don’t be afraid to wear the things that you like, the colors that brighten your mood, and the styles that suit your body shape. How you feel can be the ultimate confidence booster.

Let’s hope this has given you some ideas on the beauty resolutions you might want to make next year. 

Romantic Gift Ideas For Your Partner This Christmas

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Can you believe that Christmas is in just 15 days? If any of you are like me, I am so behind on my Christmas shopping! There are still a few last minute gifts that I need to pick up for the kids and I haven't even started thinking about gift ideas for my husband. The thought is starting to stress me out. Here are a few stress-free and romantic gift ideas for your partner this Christmas.

Struggling to think of a romantic gift for your partner this Christmas? Here are a few ideas that could be worth looking into.

Plan a date for both of you

Experiences are great gifts that offer lasting memories. To give your partner something to look forward to in January, you could consider planning a fancy date together and then giving them some form of receipt or ticket. This could be a trip to the theatre together, a booking at an expensive restaurant, a hot air balloon ride for two or a booking at a spa hotel. You could even book it for Valentine’s Day in February (it could be a Christmas and Valentine’s day gift in one). There are lots of experience packages online that can allow you to save money on these types of gifts.

Personalise a gift

Personalising a gift shows that you’ve put thought into it and not just picked it off the shelf last minute. There are all kinds of ways to personalise a gift. You could consider getting something tailor-made to fit their measurements such as a bespoke jacket. Alternatively, you could look into personal engraving services – you may be able order a tankard or a phone case with their name engraved into it. Another option could be custom embroidering services – you could get a message or a name embroidered onto an item of clothing or a wallet. Such gifts are unique to the recipient and are certain to be cherished. 

Buy flowers

Flowers are always a romantic gift, no matter what time of the year it is. A box of roses could make a great gift for Christmas day. If you’re worried you’re not going to be able to sneak in these flowers, you can always order a flower delivery. It’s possible to order these deliveries to come with a bottle of bubbly or some chocolates, helping to add to the surprise.

Share memories

Another great idea for a gift could be to share happy memories that the two of you have had in the past. Photographs are the best way to do this – you could consider handpicking a selection of photos and creating an album or you could put your art skills to the test and create a collage. Alternatively, you could a single photo of the two of you blown up onto acrylic or canvas. You may also be able to share memories through other gifts such as souvenirs from past places you’ve traveled together or esoteric references to private jokes.

Buy a gift for the bedroom

You could also consider looking into a gift or two for the bedroom. Whether it’s a toy or a costume, it could be a great way to ignite some passion at Christmas – just make sure it’s only you two there Christmas morning when you open these gifts, otherwise it could be embarrassing! 

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Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope the idea's above give you some idea's for romantic gifts for you and your partner this holiday season. Have a great day. Until next time my friends. 

How To Navigate The Winter Season Like a Pro

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There’s much to love about the winter season, but we would probably all agree that it can get a little old after a while. It’s cold, there doesn’t seem to be anything to do, it’s dark, and...did we mention that it’s cold? Yupp, excluding Christmas, it’s not the greatest time of the year, but if you’re just trying to make it through to spring, then maybe it’s time to change the way you think about it. Winter doesn’t have to suck, if you know to navigate it properly. Below, we take a look at a few tips that’ll have you loving the chilly months (OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but, at the very least, you won’t dislike it quite as much as usual!). 

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Change Your Mindset

Winter does its best to bring you down. If you find that you lack in energy and all-around have a low mood when it’s dark and cold, then it’s important to remember something: this is completely normal! Humans respond to sunlight, and when that’s not present, we can find ourselves a little less chirpy than usual. If you’re aware that this is what’s happening, you’ll have a small buffer between you and your moods. Don’t overthink why you might be low in energy: just accept it as a natural part of the annual cycle. It’s much better than trying to fight against it.

Cozy Up Your Home

During the spring and summer, we look outdoors. We think bigger, we’re with our friends, we’re enjoying the sunshine, and so on. That’s the external version of ourselves. During the winter, it’s time to look inward. You have to become OK with spending your evenings curled up on the couch. You’re in hibernation mode, building your energy up for when spring comes. You’ll find thinking in these terms much easier if you have a warm and cozy home to enjoy, so take a look at boosting the comfort levels of your house, and specifically your living room. There’s much quiet joy to be had from spending a few hours with a book as you unwind on the couch.

Scents and Candles

You can make your home even more enjoyable by adding things that feed the senses, including candles and scent diffusers. Look at getting things that have cinnamon, pine, incense, amber, and other fragrances that we associate with the winter season. Candles are especially recommended; the soft flicker of the flame just invites you to sink into the joys of the season.

In the Kitchen

There is one thing better than enjoying a warming, hearty meal, and that is: enjoying a delicious meal that you made all on your own. There’s no better time to enjoy the art of cooking than winter! Invest in a good cookbook, get your kitchen into shape, and get cooking. Some people think they don’t like cooking, but it’s possible that they’re just not doing it the right way. Open a bottle of wine, get some music playing through the speaker, and take your time. It can be a highly satisfying way to spend an evening.

Entertainment Options

Some people prefer spring and summer not because they’re warmer, but because there’s just so much to do. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll have to get used to entertaining yourself inside your home. Fortunately, this is no difficult matter, especially in this day and age. For starters, let’s think about the digital options. If you’ve got the internet and a television, then you’ve got all the visual entertainment that you could want. Take a look at some of the best shows and movies on Netflix, for instance, and you might find that you’re racing home just to catch the next episode. Though of course, there’s more to having fun in the home than just what you can consume. You can be an active participant in the process, too, as in the case of board games, or reading a book. Between the internet, family board games, and a few page-turner novels, you’ll have no trouble keeping boredom at bay during winter.

Outside the Home

But who says you need to spend all of your time inside your property? You don’t. While being indoors will be your default position during the winter, you can still venture out to have some fun. But you might want to make it more deliberate than simply being out on the town. Don’t forget that there are a lot of fun winter activities to enjoy! If you get snow where you live, then snowshoeing or skiing (alpine or cross-country) could be fun options. Not that it has to be that adventurous. There’s much to be said for wrapping up warm and exploring the outdoors on a frigid but sunny winter’s day. And talking about wrapping up warm….

Staying Warm

By far the biggest complaint people have about the winter is that’s cold, often uncomfortably so. Some people like everything about winter except for the temperatures!  Alas, they’re unavoidable. But if you can’t change how cold it is, you can at least change how cold you are. Remember, there’s no such as weather that’s “too cold”; it’s all about what you’re wearing. So make sure you have clothes in the closet that are able to handle the chill. Take a look at adding some Sherpa pullovers, a warm hat, and down jacket to your wardrobe. No matter how cold things seem to get, you’ll be able to navigate the outdoors like a pro. 

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Get Active

There are certain things that humans need to be happy, one of which is exercise. Working up a sweat releases plenty of feelgood chemicals into our brains, and makes us happy. It’s that simple (actually, it’s pretty complex, but the idea is simple). The trouble is that during winter, when we naturally have low energy anyway and it’s dark outside, we don’t want to exercise. However, there are a lot of benefits to making an effort to get into your car and visit your gym. You’ll be able to keep that winter weight at bay, will be adding a good habit to your regime, and you’ll be in perfect shape come the spring and summer season. If you want to feel extra great, then go winter running in the outdoors. It’s one of those things that sounds terrible, but when you’re back and showered, you’ll feel on top of the world.

Take a Trip

A lot of people choose to take their vacation during the summer, but this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s hot and there’s so much to do during the summer, why go elsewhere? It makes sense during the winter, when many of us are deprived of our required dose of sunshine. If you’ve got some money tucked away, look at taking a trip to sunnier climates. It can be the perfect thing to break up the bleakness of the frigid winter season.

Work on a Project

You’re going to have a lot of things on your plate when the summer arrives. Things just stack up and up! During the winter, you’ll have more time on your hands. Why not use this gift of time to get to work on that project that you’ve always had in mind but never quite got around to? You might just find that you’ve got it completed by the time spring arrives. They say there’s never the perfect time to work in a project...but winter might be!

Enjoy your day. Until next time my lovelies.

Simple Self-Care For Busy Moms

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Happy Thursday my friends. I hope your week is starting to wind down. My week has been going well for the most part. I am trying to be more mindful and accomplish smaller tasks like doing one load of laundry a day or emptying the dishwasher as soon as its done washing. I have been a bit lazy for the past couple of months and now that the new year is ahead of us, I am trying to get my stuff together. 

I did injure my shoulder on Tuesday... Don't ask, cause I have no idea how I even managed it. I have been in a lot of discomforts and was eager to start a new exercise plan this week thanks to my younger sister and brother-in-law but had to put a pause to that. 

If you want to put your best self forward, then as a mom, it is going to require some pretty intentional choices and decisions. And one thing that all moms find hard is putting themselves first. But as the old saying goes, if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. You can be a happy and healthy mom that has their stuff together, you just need to know the right steps to get you there.

So what are some of the purposeful choices that you need to be making as a mom? Think about your day and the choices that you have. As soon as your alarm goes off (if you’re not woken by your children, that is), you have the choice to sleep more and get up and at it. Some days, it can definitely be more of a mind over mattress situation, where the mattress wins. But other days, when you have a lot of get ready or you simply want time to wash and style your hair, then the intentional choice is to get up as you’re woken up.

Along those lines, self-care is really important and definitely an intentional decision that you need to make. You aren’t going to de-stress of stay on top of your mental health, for instance, without a little bit of intention. So here are some self-care ideas and things that you can do to make yourself a priority. You’ll be a better mom when you’re feeling like yourself.

Move More

Moving more and exercising is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. It can work wonders on our physical health, mental health, and keep us fit and strong. We can feel more energized after moving and exercising, we can sleep better, and feel less stressed. So it is a winner all round. The good news is that you can choose what you enjoy as well. If you hate running, then pick a Zumba class, for instance. Just make sure you’re being intentional and doing something as often as you can.

Change the Things That You Can

In order to feel like yourself or take steps towards looking after yourself more, then changing what you can change could be just what you need to do. It could be that you want to get a haircut or change the color of it, take care of your nails, or even get something like braces to change something you might have wanted to change for a while. Things like removable braces are non-fixed braces, so that could be an easy thing to change when you’re a busy mom and don’t have too much time for yourself. What would you want to change first?

Practice Mindfulness

Being mindful is something that can make you more conscious of your own feelings, and can help you to deal with your day better. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, then it can be an easy thing to do to make your day better. From meditating or doing yoga, or even just taking time to read a book without other distractions, can be just what you might need.

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What are some things that you do to practice self-care as busy mom's? Comment below and let's help each other with managing our own self-care ideas. 

Until next time. Have a great day.