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If I Won The Magic Numbers

For some unknown reason, my already pretty bad spending habit ( I'm a spender not a saver) has got out of control! It's like I just keep seeing things I like and have absolutely no will power. Now this spending spree would be fine if a) we had a massive pay increase b) hadn't just started building our dream house and should be literally be eating bread and water or c) if I had a lucky lotto windfall.





There’s a lot of talk about the many benefits people enjoy when they make the switch from smoking regular tobacco cigarettes to vaping electronic cigarettes. But before you choose a vapid, such as Vape AYR you know that changes can start immediately?


8 hours after you quit smoking, your body will begin improving. In fact, within these first few hours is when the very first noticeable effect of no longer smoking is seen: the amount of oxygen in your blood will begin to return to normal levels, even if you’re already vaping.

This is possible because the vapour that’s produced by our electronic cigarette doesn’t contain any carbon monoxide, which is found in tobacco cigarettes. This gives your body the opportunity to begin detoxifying the carbon monoxide that you had inhaled so that you can enjoy a greater amount of oxygen in your blood, and this means you will feel better in many other ways as well.


Corduray……Why The Love Affair Continues Through Generations

CORDURAY It may be most closely associated with the ’70s, but the ribbed fabric’s pedigree goes back many centuries.

Autumn has returned—calendrically, anyway—and with it a host of seasonal, perennial favorites. Football graces once again our Sundays, rakes are pulled from the backs of old sheds, and as warmer clothes are rescued from under the bed, a beloved fabric makes its triumphant return: corduroy. The sweetest zip-zip sound two thighs will ever make.

Corduroy’s roots are in the ancient Egyptian city of Al-Fustat. Located near the Nile river, the city became something of a ground zero of tough woven fabrics around the second century.


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



"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.


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.



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


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!  


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.

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.


My Beauty Regime’s Simple Secret



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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