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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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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!




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.


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.



The Parent’s Guide To Taking In A Lodger – Tips & Tricks All Families Should Read

Lots of people are struggling financially at the moment. There are thousands of families out there that only just manage to pay their mortgages at the end of every month. So, it’s sensible for people in that position to find a solution as soon as possible. Many homeowners in the UK and US now decide to rent a room in their houses to a lodger. That is an excellent move because it means someone on low income gets a roof over their heads without breaking the bank. It also means the owners get to raise some side capital to assist with their bill payments. The tips and tricks below should help readers to get it right. 




Present lodgers with a list of rules


The biggest complaint people make about taking boarders into their homes is that they don’t follow the rules. To avoid any arguments or bad atmospheres, just make a list before offering the person room at the property. Ensure both parties understand that breaking those rules will lead to the individual having to leave. There’s no need to become a mini dictator or anything like that. Just explain how often the tenant is expected to tidy their rooms and let them know the arrangements for meals, etc. Also, some people might have to:


  • Apply for permission from their local authority
  • Purchase a specialist insurance policy
  • Register as self-employed to declare the income



Smart Move: Choosing The Best Place For Your Kids

Moving home with a family can be a very difficult job. A lot of parents don’t know what to look for in their new home, along with the difficulties which come with a transaction like this. All in all, this can make the whole move into a nightmare, soaking up your time and energy right up until the move is made. With all this work, a lot of people fail to consider some of the most important aspects of their new home. 



Don’t Let That Small Room Stump You!

Do you have a small room in your home that you’re struggling to plan out? Don’t let that small room stump you. Use this quick and easy guide to make it look great and enjoy it! 


Use Light Colours

Lighter colours won’t create more space, but they will make the room seem far more open than darker colours. It’s all about creating optical illusions – so don’t forget to include plenty of mirrors to reflect light either. 


Excercise For A Better Mind and Body

If you live in a climate that’s as changeable as the UK’s, you will be familiar with how difficult it can be to get outside. We lead busy lives with work and family commitments. We’re probably already trying to take extra steps to be healthier in our diet and exercise level. What little free time we have that we would like to spend outside is often ruined by the weather. Cold, miserable days or heavy rainfall can stop us from enjoying fresh air and expansive skies. It's likely that we spend a lot of time indoors, probably in front of the television or a computer screen. Fresh air can be something we’re really lacking in our lives.



Wood: A The DIYers Dream

Everyone likes the idea of creating their own furniture and household items, instead of relying on a business to do it for them. Being able to build chairs, tables, and other goods is a great benefit in life and can save a lot of money. Unfortunately, though, most people feel too daunted by this job to actually do it. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. You just need to start with the right materials and methods. The best material for newcomers to DIY is wood. This forgiving resource is found everywhere and is cheap enough for anyone to get their hands on. To help you out, this post will be going through some of your best options for building your own wooden furniture, as well as the tools and skills you’ll need to do it.


Parents & Property: What Are Your Options?



As both a parent and a person, you’ve often got a lot of option to consider when it comes to the course of your life. There are a lot of important decisions that you’ll need to think about over the years. Some will be on a life level, some will be more concerned with parenting, and some will be a combination of both. One that definitely falls into the latter camp is the question of property. Because when it comes to where you live, your family home needs to not only be somewhere that you love, but that’s also best for your family. And to decide on that, you have a lot of options to consider.



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