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Worried About Money?

It might not be December just yet, but that doesn’t mean that a lot of us parents aren’t already stressing about Christmas. For children, the festive season is a magical time and the most exciting part of the year. There are lots of Christmas events to look forward to, yummy food, and, of course, all those presents to open on Christmas morning. However, for us parents, Christmas can sadly be a highly stressful time, because the festive season can get so expensive.

 

 

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Nursing As A Career, A World Of Choices

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"Nurses….Jack of all trades,Master of none" well I concur, yes we are jack of all trades but we can absolutely be masters of them all too.

 

One of the greatest aspects of nursing as a profession is the ability to work in many types of environments and in many different roles. It is a field which is constantly evolving. For me, I've done a mixture of jobs and many post graduate courses, but over the last 14 years I have primarily worked in Emergency departments between Edinburgh, London and Ireland. It's where my nursing heart lies, but I've always been keen to develop skills and dip my toes in other roles from time to time.

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Vegetables You Can Grow In October For Healthy Home Cooking

Now that summer is well and truly over, and hopes of an early-autumn heatwave dashed, it’s easy to forget about your garden until next year. However, after spending all of that time getting it ready for summer – it seems a shame to waste your beautiful space. Growing your own vegetables is a good way to make use of your garden and ensure that you have fresh and organic produce to cook up some healthy meals during the winter months. Make the most of your garden this October and try your hand at planting some of these tasty vegetables.

 

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Moving Abroad? Here’s What Expats Wish They Knew First

Moving to a foreign country can be an exciting and turbulent experience. Some people do it out of necessity as their job is relocating, some may do it for a new beginning; others move abroad for the pure fun of it. It can, in fact, be a lot of fun and you’re up for an amount of learning, growing, and getting to know yourself a whole lot better.

 

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Here is a handful of what expats say they never expected to learn about themselves while living abroad so that you can head off on your a

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Make Your Halloween Costumes From Rubbish Clearance

Half the fun of Halloween is seeing everyone decked out in their costumes and homemade costumes usually get the most attention and admiration of course. This year, why don't you take a cue from the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show and make your costumes out of your rubbish clearance. This annual fashion show takes place in Laguna Beach, California and features models walking the runway in "found designs" made from reclaimed and recycled materials! It's a big hit with everyone and it makes a bold statement about sustainability! 

The little ghosts and ghouls in your family will love making their own costumes from rubbish clearance. They'll also love all the attention they'll get. Besides the immediate family, get the whole extended family together: cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Let that synergistic creativity flow and come up with some stunning designs. Who said horns can't be made out of old socks and tightly wound rubberbands! Invite some neighborhood kids and school chums over too. Send out the invitations on repurposed scrap paper — You're Invited to a Rubbish Clearance Halloween Costume Making Party!  

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The Importance Of Excercise and What to Wear

If you are new to exercising, then you likely are not prepared to begin a routine until you build an adequate workout wardrobe. Having the right woman’s workout clothes can not only keep you safe and comfortable, but it can also make your workout more effective and help you get the results you are looking for. In this article, you will find advice on why having the right workout clothes for women is so important. There are many different aspects that should be examined when you consider what you wear when working out. Take a look at the list of tips below. They should help you better understand what to look for.

Safety:
The number one reason why choosing the right workout clothing that is ideal for your exercise and body type is important is for safety issues. For instance, if you are running for exercise, having the proper shoe can keep you from inuring your legs, knees or ankles during a run. Aerobics routines are accidents waiting to happen if your pants are too long in length and you trip over them. Loose fitting clothing can easily get caught in bikes and other exercise equipment if you are not careful.

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My Beauty Regime’s Simple Secret

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In the era of instant plumping masks and two-minute facials, it’s hard to imagine not speeding through your beauty routine. Yet lately there’s been a resurgence of interest around facial steaming—the old-school ritual that involves immersing your face in a cloud of warm vapors while you simply breathe . . . for at least five minutes. Long considered a homeopathic remedy for clearing out your pores and softening your skin, the practice delivers more than a supernatural glowing complexion. Steaming has gained traction among a new breed of herbalists as a self-care exercise that requires you to unplug, sit still, and be present in the moment. It's something I have included in my beauty regime for years something my mum taught me in my teens, and I have continued.

Steam helps to increase oil production to moisturize skin, and it can bring a nice, healthy glow to dull skin, The ritual is safe for all, except those who are prone to redness or have rosacea (in which case the heat should be avoided), and can be done for up to 10 minutes once a week,

The steam  is extremely beneficial for your beauty and are often used in salons for hair and skin treatments. The good thing is, you can make use of steam right at home and give yourself a mini beauty makeover in an inexpensive way. 

It’s a tried and tested method but rarely done these days due to lack of time. Yet, steaming is one of the simplest and best ways to keep your skin healthy and free of impurities.

How to Steam Your Face?

You do not need to buy the most expensive steamer in the world, although if you want to, I'd highly recommend this facial steamer, I love mine.  All you need is a kettle, a towel and a stable dish. Boil some water in a kettle put it in the dish and stand over it with a towel over your head. Yes it is that simple! Breathe in and out deeply ladies, yoga style. Do this on and off for about 10 minutes. You could do it for longer if you like and if you find the steam dwindling keep adding boiling water.

Whatever you do, do not go straight into the AC or even sit under a fan after steaming your face. You need to allow your face the chance to acclimatise. Best is to apply a face pack straight after or go for a warm shower. After your shower and/or your face pack, you can apply ice cubes on your face to close those pores. At all times remember to relax and enjoy!

 

10 Benefits of Face Steaming 

  1. Keeps pores open: Regular steaming keeps the pores open and keeps the natural oils flowing freely. This prevents blockage or grime build-up.
  2. Loosens blackheads: Ever find yourself struggling to get those awful blackheads out, which are not only painful but stressful to look at because you just know they’re going to turn into a huge big pimple! Well, steaming your face is your get out of jail free card; it loosens blackheads making them easier and less painful to release.
  3. Pushes out dirt: Sweat is the best thing to bring the dirt wedged in your skin to the surface. You cannot get to this dirt no matter how hard you try so just let that steam make you sweat as much as possible.
  4. Makes you look younger: Get that blood pumping in those veins in your face ladies, it's the best way to take you back a few years and get you looking like a young pink cheeked teenager again.
  5. Sheds dead skin: One of the key benefits of face steaming is that it gives our skin the ability to harness its natural anti-aging properties by shedding dead skin. Dead skin makes you look old and tired so let nature work its magic but you’ve got to give it a little boost now and again.
  6. Pair with a face pack: If you have a little extra time on your hands, combine a steam with a face pack. Your skin will never be more welcoming to it because face steaming opens up your pores so it's the perfect time to get them cleaned up and then of course closed up. Always, always wash your face with cold water to remove your face pack and then apply some ice cubes on your face, it is the most natural way to close those pores.
  7. Prevents pimples: You have a date tomorrow and a huge big pimple on your face, well face steaming is the best and only way to get rid of a pimple in a day. Steam your face for 5 minutes and then chill for about half an hour, then apply an ice cube on the pimple. The steam will bring out the pus and the ice will help soothe it and ensure it doesn’t look worse the next day.
  8. Removes trapped makeup: If you wear makeup everyday you really need to do a face steam regularly, Make up gets trapped in our pores and no matter how good the make up remover you need to get it out. Steaming your face does just that!
  9. Kills bacteria: Even if you don’t have a horrible cold know this by doing a facial steaming regular you will be keeping those viruses away. Steam kills bacteria and also releases any nasal congestion.
  10. Relaxes you: If we haven’t sold facial steaming to you with any of these benefits then let this last one be the clincher, it’s downright relaxing!

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Exploring the Sights of London through Fiction

It is undeniable that London is one of the most famous cities in the world. With a rich history, culture and plenty of exciting attractions and world-renowned landmarks to check out, there is always somewhere new to visit in the UK’s capital city.  

However, since there are so many attractions on offer, it can be hard to decide where to visit first. This can become especially difficult if you are visiting the city with the family – with everyone wanting to go somewhere different, finding the time to fit everything in and keep everyone happy can cause a massive headache!  

If you are struggling to decide on the perfect destination for your next trip to London, coming up with an overarching theme for your visit can be a great way to provide inspiration and narrow down the field of potential options.  

With that in mind, why not try a fiction or literary-inspired tour of the capital? London is home to many famous fictional characters and has played host to some of the biggest names in fiction, film and TV over the years.  

For fiction lovers, here are some of the best places to visit across the city. 

Sherlock Holmes 

Arguably the world’s greatest detective, the character of Sherlock Holmes was first created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1890 and has only gone from strength to strength ever since. From endless books to films, plays and the incredibly popular current TV series, Sherlock has inspired a range of outlets throughout popular culture.  

Of course, a must-visit for fans of the great detective is Sherlock’s home – 221B Baker Street. The majority of the area around Baker Street has been dedicated to the character, with the actual house now being home to the Sherlock Holmes museum. Just a short walk away is the Sherlock Holmes pub, ideal for stopping off and enjoying a drink in a typical London pub. Alternatively, for fans of the current TV series, St Bartholomew’s Hospital is a favourite landmark to check out. 

If you fancy a touch of fact mixed in with your fiction, there are also plenty of ideas, theories and speculation pitting Sherlock Holmes against some of history’s most notorious criminals. For instance, do you think that Sherlock could have helped to catch Jack the Ripper?  

Harry Potter 

The Harry Potter franchise is a big favourite among both children and adults alike, and London is home to many locations mentioned within the series. Of course, the biggest go-to attractions are the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, just outside London, and the current West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. However, if you are looking for an impromptu Potter-themed day in the capital on a budget, there are also plenty of alternatives. 


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A visit to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station is a definite must, and the accompanying shop within the station is a great place for younger Potter fans to spend all their pocket money! Another popular destination is the Reptile House at London Zoo, as made famous in the first book, or alternatively, you could take the family on a walking tour of some of the main sights of the city that can be found within the series. 

Paddington Bear 

Paddington Bear is an undisputed classic of children’s literature, with the tale of the little bear with the suitcase and marmalade sandwiches remaining a firm favourite throughout the generations. Of course, it almost goes without saying that a visit to Paddington Station is a must for fans of the character – eagle-eyed young fans can also go in search of the statue of Paddington within the station. Why not round off the day with a trip to the world-famous Hamleys toy shop on Regent Street and see if your kids can find their very own Paddington Bear to take home? 

If you are still searching for inspiration, why not do some research and check out the locations or any attractions that relate to your favourite works of fiction? With such a wide array of places to visit, you’re sure to find the perfect attraction to suit your tastes in London!

HOTEL CHAIN LAUNCHES TEDDY BEAR CHECK-IN SERVICE AT HEATHROW

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Anyone with young children knows how important their security blanket is – whether it really is a little blanket, a muslin cloth or a teddy.

And that’s because, according to new research, a child’s transitional object, as the researchers call it, is a precious second only to Mum and sometimes more than Mum.

These objects have magical powers. They ease away any kind of stress. They inspire confidence and security in all situations.

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Cord Blood Banking – How It Saves Lives

IMG_4464 Cord blood banking is standard practice in many countries but in Ireland it’s still relatively unheard of. Its not something I have ever disclosed before, not even go my friends, but we donated Amelia's cord blood after she was born. I first heard of it when I was pregnant with Amelia in London, and saw posters on the walls of my ante-natal clinic. After some enquiries and serious chats at home we made the decision to donate. If it helped someone else, then it was better off in a lab being harvest, rather than being put in a bin and incinerated. The irony of me donating Amelia's cord blood, is that I then post delivery also needed some help, in the form of 4 units of Red Blood Cells, something someone else had kindly donated and given up a an hour of their day in order to save someone else's life.

 

Umbilical cord blood can save lives.

 

So, what is cord blood banking? The term ‘cord-blood’ is used to describe blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Up until recently this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells which may be frozen for later use in medical therapies such as stem cell transplantation or regenerative medicine.

 

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