Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Perfect Smile Is The Best Way To Boost Your Confidence

Hi everyone.
How are you all?

Most ladies want to achieve a perfect smile, but nobody likes the idea of spending too much time say in the dentist’s chair. With that in mind, sometimes you have to make changes to your routine and think outside of the box if you want to achieve the best results. That is especially important for women who suffer from a lack of confidence. You are always going to feel more outgoing if you have pearly whites to show off at every possible opportunity. So, this article will show you how to get a perfect smile without breaking the bank or working too hard.

Brush with specialist whitening pastes

Instead of choosing the cheapest toothpaste you find on the shelves, try getting something that uses a specialist whitening formula the next time you visit your local store. If you can’t find anything suitable, just go to see a chemist or search online for niche retail sites. You should notice a vast improvement in the color of your teeth within only a few days if you use the whitening toothpaste every morning and evening. Most of those products contain bicarbonate of soda, and that helps to break down any tar or stains while ensuring your mouth remains as sterile as possible.

Invest in teeth whitening kits

If you want to go a step further, experts like those working for companies like Pearly Whites offer a vast range of different teeth whitening kits you can use at home. They aren’t going to break the bank, but they should create the same results you get when you visit your dentist. The kits will do that for a fraction of the cost, and that is why they have become so popular during the last few years. Just ensure you follow the instructions. Also, read some online reviews before investing so you can sort the wheat from the chaff and select the best brand available.

Avoid sugary drinks that contain caffeine

The most significant change you need to make to your oral hygiene routine relates to the type of drinks you consume every day. It’s sensible to avoid anything that contains high levels of sugar or caffeine for the best outcomes. That means brands like Coca-Cola are your worst enemy, and you need to leave them on the shelves in your local store. There are also some fruit drinks that could cause issues due to the vast quantities of sugar they contain. If you’re ever unsure about a beverage; you can limit the damage it might cause by consuming it through a straw. That should stop the liquid from hitting your teeth quite as much as it otherwise would have done.

You should now have a reasonable idea of what you need to do to achieve the perfect smile and showcase your pearly whites. So, take some of the suggestions from this post and start working towards your goal right now. With a bit of luck, you will feel more confident than you did in the past, and that could bring many new life opportunities. Maybe you’ll find a new partner or a fantastic job? Stranger things have happened!


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

How To Make A Fashion Statement without Breaking the Bank

Hi everyone

How are you all?

A lot of people worry because they think that their fashion statements often intertwine with their bank statements and that the whole thing is too expensive to even think about. This isn’t the case at all, and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for you to not only get a fashionable outfit but also at a price you can afford. The main thing that you have to remember here is that you don’t actually need to go out and buy new clothes just to look great, and there are plenty of things that you can do to make use of your existing wardrobe as well.

Denim is Your Friend

Denim is great and it is really fashionable as well. The key to making a statement with denim is to try and wear pieces that help to extenuate your figure. You will also want to highlight what you believe to be your assets. Try and opt for jeans that are flared but fitted, and also consider wearing a denim dress as well. If you like this then try and opt for denim that is ripped or even ones that have a very unique design. You can even pair this with some summer wedges and a natural handbag. You could opt for leather in this instance or you could opt for one that is made out of burlap or even straw. All of this will really help you to stand out when the warmer weather comes along.

Wear White

You probably have a huge range of little black dresses around your home, but you probably never think about wearing the little white dress. By simply changing the colour of what you wear, you can help everyone to see you for who you really are. Think about pairing your white dress with some oversized jewellery and even some heels. You can really accessorise here and it’s all about finding what works for you.

If you are struggling to fit into your little white dress or if you know that it has a huge stain that you just can’t seem to get rid of then sites such as stitchit.co are great for this. They can dry-clean all of your items for you and they can also make any alterations you need, so you won’t have any problems getting that white dress restored to its former glory.

Boyfriend Jeans Aren’t Always Masculine

A lot of people believe that boyfriend jeans are masculine and that they have a very androgynous look. This is not the case at all and it is more than possible for you to give them a feminine twist. All you have to do here is pair them with a white t-shirt or even a white blouse. If you want to add even more, then consider wearing some pink jewellery with the outfit. This is one of the best ways for you to really make the most out of your existing outfit and it won’t cost much for you to really make a statement with it as well.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Wait what? healthy wine? Slimwine

Hi everyone, 
How are you all? 

I want to introduce you to my new favourite wine. Slimwine. Where do I start? Ok, how about its only 50 calories a glass. 50 calorie wine. It's like someone somewhere heard my prayer and sent this to me. I am not a huge drinking but I do like a glass of fizz with my girls and this ticks all the boxes. 
It's sugar and carb free! the red is a full body red. I am not a red wine fan but I cheekily gave it to my husband and he loved it and when I told him about the magic in it, he was amazed. it smells divine. Red is £8.99 

My favourite the Super sparkling white £10.99. This is super dry and delicious. I love a dry sparkling wine and this one has no guilt at all. It heaven. Only 373 calories per bottle. that's less than most chocolate bars. I know these will make an amazing gift for friends and family too. I will defo be putting in another order for research I will need to try the white and rose sparkling right? 

What they say
We’ve all been there – after a few glasses of wine we can feel a little regretful the next morning after realising the amount of diet-damaging sugar and carbs we’ve consumed.

But, those guilt ridden evenings will be a thing of the past as SlimLine Wine has created a completely zero sugar zero carbs wine range without any compromises on taste or strength. Launching on December 14th, available in Super Sparkling White & Pink, Really Red and Crisp White, the range is made with the finest grapes from the finest wine makers so that you can experience all the flavour and strength that a high-quality premium wine should have, but without the nasties.

As if created by magical vineyard elves, this festive season you can surprise and delight friends and family by cracking open a bottle of delicious SlimLine Wine Super Sparkling. At an impressive 10.5% ABV and with all the flavour (and more) of regular sparkling, you and your guests can spend more time savouring the taste and less time concerned about the carbs.


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Van conversion Why?

Hi everyone,

It's time to come clean. I have been a little absent on the social media channels lately and I want to tell you why.


My husband and I have been thinking about this for a while and we have decided to bite the bullet and finally agreed to buy a van to convert to a campervan. 

I have friends who bought a van conversion through Gumtree but this was in Australia.  This meaning they could travel throughout Australia without paying a fortune for accommodation. They did this on a cheap budget with the view to either sell on the van or scrap, it when they when finished travelling. This is what inspired us to do this ourselves. I thought I would discuss the process we have gone through so far with you all.

Why do we want a van conversion?
Well, as you know we have two beautiful dogs and a passion for mountain biking. We love to travel and take the pups with us. It is not always the easiest as a lot of hotels don't accept dogs. Mountain biking is awesome but it can be super cold and wet and come back to a freezing car to change clothes and get warm is not the best. Plus I worry about the dogs getting too cold or hot in the car. Our dog Millie has mild hip dysplasia so she can't bike with us. It would be nice for her to have somewhere to chill when we are biking. So we started to discuss getting a van. We did look at motorhomes but these are super expensive for something reliable and would fit our needs.

What do you need in the van?

We had to go through all the pros and cons of getting a van to convert ourselves. What does the van definitely need to have to make it doable? 

1. First a bed. We need somewhere to sleep for us and the dogs Enough room for a big dog bed. 
2. Bike storage for up to four bikes. 
3. Biking kit storage. 
4. A good heater.  I hate being cold. 
5. Somewhere to cook 
6. a small sink.
7. we need a seat. 
8. table to eat at. 

When we worked out the minimum things we would need. It became apparent we needed a big van. I did not want a toilet or shower in the van. I can think of nothing worse than this in the small space of a van. Just the basics for a few night away or going to a campsite. 

What size of van?

Well taking in to account the above we needed a big van. goodbye, small van easy to park vans and hello long wheelbase. We had a look at ford transits. We were pretty certain this is what we wanted until we looked at them and yes they can be big but they just were not big enough. We looked at a lot of these and none of them fitted our requirements. We decided on a Fiat Ducato. This has a long wheelbase and it taller than the ford transit and a bit longer. 

What we wanted in the van.

The van had to be at least registered in 2010 and less than 100,000 miles on the clock. Be clean inside and out. This was really important as I have asthma and there are somethings you can not clean out of a van. We wanted a full year's MOT and good tyres. Preferably no advisories on the MOT and a complete service history. I know we are not asking much, are we?

Where to find a van.

The journey to find a van is a long process. I had visions of us turning up at a garage and boom we have a new van. Nope, this is not the case. 

We both spent hours on Gumtree, AutoTrader and local van sale facebook groups. Hoping to grab a bargain. We even went to a British car auction. But no luck there either. 

This was a long process made harder by the fact that there appeared to only be six Fiat Ducato vans in our price range in the country. We travelled 535.6 miles one day to look at a van, that we were told was in amazing condition. We got there after a marathon drive to find a van which looked like a cement bags had been tipped over the inside and have no wing mirrors as well as a lot of cosmetic damage. The photos we were sent was of a van they had previously sold. Yes, my husband had asked about the condition and was told how excellent it was. At this point, I lost faith in humanity and by humanity I mean van sales centres in Reading.

Back to Gumtree we go and finally, we find our van. If you haven't used gumtree before where have you been? living under a rock? Ok, I Joke. it's an awesome site. It reminds me of ads you used to get in the newspaper but are now all online. it's super easy to navigate and there are loads of bargains.

It makes looking for a van super easy. Gumtree is not just for Vans but everything you can imagine. We even sold our old furniture through gumtree when we moved house. So drumroll Please

We bought a 2012 Fiat Decato with 70,000 miles on it. it is super clean and is an ex Joiners van. The gentleman who sold it to us said he kept it super clean as he gets a £500 bonus from the company he works for, for doing so.  

I'd like to introduce you to the Duke. 

I will be updating you all as We go along with the Duke's progress. So don't forget to check back for more posts and lots of tips and trick to help you convert your own van. 


Saying goodbye to shaving

Hi everyone, 

How are you all? 

I wanted to take a taboo subject. Hair removal. I am so sick of shaving. I mean come on it is so annoying and razors are expensive. How many cuts do you think the average women get from shaving? I was thinking this morning as I watched blood pour from my knee. I have had enough. It's time to think the more permanent solution.  

I did a rough calculation and for one year I spend 

£119.88 on razors
£71.88 on shave cream
£37.14 on hair removal cream
£300 on eyebrows

Total £529.90 WTF!!!

This is crazy. What scares me most is this won't include any impulse buys or aftershave creams etc. 
When I see this figure it is actually shocking me. That's it is time for a more long-term solution. 

Right time to do the research, No more shaving for me.

Oh, my goodness this video by pulselightclinic.co.uk Has sold the treatment to me even more. 

Why I have chosen laser hair removal. 
  1. Its permanent and works from the first treatment. 
  2. I am sick of shaving. 
  3. I hate the dark hairs on my lip and I have two on my chin. 
  4. Its inexpensive compared to buying razors and shaving cream and balms. 
  5. It's a quick procedure & Can be done on a lunch break
  6. I send a lot of time in shorts riding bikes and I hate having to shave my legs. 
  7. No more panic, I always worry I have not shaved my legs. I know but I do. 
  8. Timesaver this will make shower so much quicker. 
What is laser hair removal? 
In a nutshell, it is Laser works by targeting and destroying the hair follicle with a laser light. This stopping the hair from regrowing. This does not affect the tissue around the hair. It is super safe and effective way to not have to worry about hair removal. 

I will be using pulselightclinic.co.uk for my treatments from my research, they are the best in their field and I have every confidence in them to do an awesome job. Plus their prices are amazing! treatment start from £35 and they offer payment plans and if you book blocks of 6 you get 55% off or 8 You get 60% off. As you have seen the shocking amount I spend on shaving products this will save me money in the scheme of things. So It really is worth doing. 

So who is coming with me? 

Contact details
Liverpool street clinic
150-152Fenchurch street 
Tel 0207 593 8055


Saturday, 17 February 2018

How to Maximize Your Winter Workouts

Hi everyone,

How are you all?

I get asked this a lot. How do you maximize your winter work out?  I thought I would answer this today.

This is going to come as no surprise but diet is a huge factor. Imagine your body as a machine. If you put the right fuel in the machine it will last longer, perform better and live longer. Its simple isn't it? Well, life gets in the way sometimes I get it. But when you are training you need fuel. Your body needs carbs and good fats to function. think back to the machine. Put in cheap fuel it will work but will break down quicker. Put in good fuel and boom energy and efficiency for longer. happy machine.

I take Supplements. I have found getting the right supplements really helps me train harder and get more out of my training. I think everyone in the modern world should be taking supplements. My journey started when I found out I was iron deficient.  I had the lowest level of iron in my system my doctor had ever seen and was quite ill because of it. I really put the effort in to find out what works for me and what doesn't work.

Here is what I take

Green tea- This curbs my appetite and helps burn fat. I find this really works for me.

Glucomannan- This is to help aid weight loss and weight management.

Vitamins B6 & B12- Allows the body to use and store energy from proteins and carbohydrates in food. Helps form haemoglobin this is the substance in red blood cells which carried oxygen around the body. B12 helps keep the nervous system healthy.

Vitamin A & D -To help keep my body able to fight any illness and also helps with eyesight.

Vitamin D-  For healthy muscle teeth and bones.

Copper- Produces red and white blood cells and triggers the release of iron to form haemoglobin.

Iodine - Helps make thyroid hormones. This helps to speed up and strengthen my metabolic rate.

Your body is made of water. Without water, your body cannot and will not function. You have to keep hydrated. I know a lot of people say I just don't have time to drink enough water. I have to say this is the worst excuse I have heard. You don't have time to drink to help your body function?. Take a water bottle with you it will encourage you to drink and this, in turn, will fuel those workouts. Dehydration is the number one cause of headaches and blurring vision. No one wants that.

Work out planning
This is key. I like to have a plan in place so I know what I am doing. I like to have a lot of variety in my workouts. I like to know that throughout the week I will have HIIT, Biking and Core work. I leave my workout timetable flexible. I never say on Monday you must, as I find this really demotivation me.  I like to choose what I am in the mood to do. Something I don't want to kick my ass at boxing, I want quietness, so Yoga it is. Plus its winter getting out on my bike is hard in 5 inches of snow so Variety really is the spice of life as they say.

I hope this helps you with your winter workouts.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Tips to update your kitchen

Hi everyone, 

How are you? 
Giving your kitchen an update from time to time stops your home from becoming outdated or boring. You don’t need to do a massive renovation of your kitchen, with a few simple changes your kitchen can look entirely new. If you feel a bit lost and don’t know where to start, this post gives you some tips that you can try even when you’re working on a tight budget.
Painting cabinets

One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen look brand new is by giving it a new lick of paint. A great way to do this on a smaller scale is to repaint your cabinets. Unless they are incredibly outdated or have lost functionality, this is the perfect alternative to a costly remodel. If your kitchen is very small, then you should choose light colours as this will help to open up those darker spaces beautifully.

Replacing doorknobs

An old trick that never fails, changing doorknobs and handles will also help to change of look of your kitchen. Often overlooked, but handles and doorknobs all help contribute towards a theme or style. Whether it be vintage or modern, there is plenty of choices out there.

Add decorative accessories

Accessories should never be underestimated when redecorating a room. In your kitchen, you can use your glassware and crockery as pieces of decoration by displaying them on shelves. Plants are another good addition to your kitchen as they give an organic and natural atmosphere to a room. If vintage is what you’re going for, you can easily find various pieces in charity shops or vintage fairs. This is a fantastic way of up-cycling and reusing old pieces of furniture.
Extra lightning

Lighting is key to the look of any room, and your kitchen is no different. Ideally, you want bright lights overhead to help brighten the room when cooking. For this, spotlights or LED bulbs are perfect as they provide plenty of lighting. But for a more atmospheric look, you can use fairy lights to decorate shelving units or the dining area. This helps to bring a more charming and relaxed look when you’re hosting guests perhaps.

Updating the flooring is also a good way to give the kitchen a revamp. You might be thinking that changing your floor isn’t a cost friendly way of updating your kitchen. However, you can find very cheap floors that don’t sacrifice style over substance. For example, you can find a wide range of cheap laminate flooring that looks like solid wood but without the price tag. Laminate floors have the advantage of being both water and scratch resistant. These are important features in the kitchen as spillages are very likely as there is an increased level of activity. As we mentioned previously, laminate floors are a high-quality alternative to solid wood and as such are available in a huge range of styles and designs.

So there you have it, some tips that will help you to make your kitchen look brand new without having the break the bank.