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4 Great Reasons to Make Your Home Smart

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

4 Great Reasons to Make Your Home Smart

 

It’s safe to say that technology is advancing at a rapid pace. In no more than a couple of decades, we went from corded phones to smartphones you can use to chat with your friends and shop online. Still, one of the biggest advantages the age of technology brought us is smart homes. Now you can have devices in your home like a thermostat, security cameras and a TV connected to a system you can control from your smartphone. If you’ve been thinking about making your home smart, here are 4 great reasons why you should go through with it.

Security

One of the best things about having a smart home is that it means you’ll have an advanced security system that includes cameras and motion sensors. When it comes to cameras, you can connect these to your smartphones, which will allow you to take a look at what’s happening inside of your home when you’re away. Motion sensors can be set up to send you a notification whenever someone enters your yard. Some smart homes even have fingerprint identification instead of traditional locks, and if you decide to invest in this as well, it’ll be even more difficult for burglars to get inside.

Flexibility

With more and more people deciding to make their homes smart, most new devices on the market can easily be integrated into an existing smart home system. This is a huge plus, mostly because even if you have top-notch devices, it doesn’t mean they’ll last forever, so it’s possible that you’ll need to find replacements at some point. And since you can integrate any new device into your smart home system, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about when making your home smart. Not to mention that there are all kinds of new smart devices being released and you’ll be able to add each of these into your smart home.

Remote control

We’ve already mentioned that by making your home smart, you’ll get to control all of your devices from your smartphone. It cannot be stressed enough how important this is, as it makes your life much easier. Let’s say you’re on your way home from work on a hot day. All you need to do is tap your smartphone and you’ll have your air conditioner turned on. It’s also important to mention that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make your home controllable from far away as you can have professional CBus installers get the job done for you.

Functionality

If you’ve decided to make your home a smart home, you’ll also get to see all of your devices performing better. For example, by replacing a traditional TV for a smart one, not only will you be able to watch Netflix or YouTube on a big screen, but you’ll be able to connect it to your smartphone with just a few taps. Or, in case you choose to get a smart oven, cooking your chicken to perfection will be a real piece of cake. No matter which smart devices you opt for, your home life is guaranteed to become more enjoyable.

Smart homes sure are exciting stuff, and they’re definitely worth investing in. And with more and more homeowners deciding to turn their homes into smart homes, the biggest tech companies out there are giving their best to outdo one another. As a result, there are all kinds of smart devices available and some of these simply have to find their place in of your home. We can only expect to see more of these being released, so make sure you keep an eye on new smart home devices on the market.

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7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

 

Allergies are a rising epidemic. Just in the US alone, they are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. A lot of people presume they know what they are allergic to, but, due to possibly delayed reactions, it’s actually quite hard to discover the culprit. However, what you can do is try to prevent an allergic reaction, which will alleviate the symptoms as well. Here are some ways to do that.

Try to determine the cause

Determining the cause of your allergy is not always an easy task, but it could be very helpful. Unfortunately, allergy sufferers are often allergic to more than one allergen. Year-round allergy sufferers could benefit greatly from getting vaccinated. These vaccines have pretty good results, reducing the symptoms greatly. The downside is that at the beginning, they are pretty time-consuming, and can sometimes cause negative reactions, which means you need to be monitored for a while after receiving one.

Clear the air

In the case of airborne allergens, clearing the air in your home is essential for good health. Start out by regularly cleaning your AC filters and keeping your home free from dust. If your allergies still aren’t going away, you should probably consider getting a high-quality HEPA filter air purifier. With so many products available on the market with huge differences in price and quality, choosing the right one can be a nightmare. Relying on a reputable source like Air Purifier Ratings could help you find a product that fits your needs and budget. Finally, stop smoking and make your home a smoking-free zone.

Make your home spotless

Although uncleanliness, at least to a reasonable degree, can actually help boost our immune system through exposure to pathogens, once you already have an allergy or even asthma, there’s nothing you can do but scrub your home until it’s spotless. Fabrics are notoriously difficult to clean, so you might consider removing your curtains and using furniture with as little fabric as possible. Removing carpets will make vacuuming and sweeping the floors a breeze.

Reconsider having pets

Parting from beloved pets is hard, but sometimes, if allergies are severe, there’s no other option but to reconsider. Pet dander is very difficult to get rid of, so a quality filter is a must. Also, sometimes it’s enough to just make your bedroom a no-pet zone. Keeping animal dander as far from your bed as possible and vacuuming it from the floors and furniture could help you keep your allergies under control.

Wash your hair frequently

Your home might be a clean, allergy-free zone, but remember that you are carrying allergens inside every time you walk in. It’s helpful if you change into clean clothes once you come home. Your hair is another reservoir of allergens, so try to wash it every day during allergy season. Clearing your nose from accumulated allergens is also great. All it takes is a simple netipot and some salt water. It’s a simple enough addition to your daily routine, but one that might make all the difference.

Keep dust mites away

Dust mites are present in every home, no matter what you do. However, you can try to minimize their effect on your health by vacuuming often, deep cleaning your furniture and washing your pillows and blankets frequently. To keep them away from you, try creating a barrier by using high-quality, tightly-woven linens. Linens marked as 2-micron or lower are ideal for keeping these tiny critters from reaching you.

Get rid of mold

Mold can cause allergies or exacerbate already existing ones. It’s usually found in humid spaces, so your bathroom and kitchen are the biggest risk zones. If you happen to find mold, get rid of it immediately using a chlorine-bleach solution. Mold spores can be very dangerous to your health, so always handle mold with caution and use protective gear such as a face mask and gloves. To prevent further growth, don’t leave wet clothes, towels and rugs in your bathroom and fix any leaks straight away.

If you happen to suffer from allergies, one of the best things you could do for yourself is make your home an allergy-free zone. That could make a world of difference and help you manage your symptoms in a much more effective way.

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Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

 

The diversity of men’s jeans is both a blessing and a curse. While you have a myriad of fits and cuts to choose from, sometimes that just makes it even more difficult for you to find the perfect fit. The original jeans simply used to fit or didn’t fit, they were black or blue, had five pockets and that was pretty much it. Today, with the variety of fits, cuffs and washes, the search for the perfect pair of jeans can sometimes be a true nightmare. If you’re one of the many men who see shopping for jeans as a big challenge, this guide will make your life so much easier.

The fit

The most important thing to pay attention to when shopping for jeans is the fit, simply because the fit determines how the jeans will feel, which further determines how you look. Since you want to look your best in comfortable men’s jeans, you need to choose your fit accordingly. Skinny fit is the tightest fit of all, and has a tapered leg opening. Skinny jeans are tight from hip to hem, looking quite similar to jeggings. Slim fit, on the other hand, will slightly hug the thighs, knees and calves, loosening up around the ankles. This fit is perfect for athletic men, because it’ll look very flattering on their toned body. Straight leg fit is a bit looser in the knees and calves unlike the slim fit, but feels the same in the thigh area. Thin men should consider wearing straight leg jeans, because they’re roomy and won’t attract attention to their undefined legs. If you’d like to offer more room for your thighs, look for a relaxed fit because they’re cut loose from the waist to the leg opening. Relaxed fit is the roomiest fit of all and it’s perfect for men with large hips, because they’ll need a pair of jeans with an equal leg width from hip to hem, which the relaxed fit offers.

The rise

Aside from knowing the perfect fit, when you start looking for a pair of comfortable men’s jeans, you should know which rise is perfect for your figure. High-rise is the perfect option for bigger men with wide hips, and make sure you don’t tuck in your shirt. Wear high-rise jeans above the belly button, because that’s where they’ll fit nicely. Medium or mid-rise jeans are a great choice if you like to tuck in the shirt, because the waistband skims the belly button. For a more relaxed appearance and a casual fit, go with low-rise jeans. If you have a thin body, low-rise jeans will look great on you. If you prefer jeans that are saggy at the rear, seat and hips, then a low crotch rise is your best pick.

The length

A pair of jeans should be long enough to have a half or full break, because that will make your entire look sharp. The length that sits right on the ankle ‒ usually it hits 0.25 inches above the bottom of the heel ‒ is the one you should go for. So, if your jeans are much longer than that, make sure you take them to a tailor, so they can have them hemmed to the proper length. However, if you want to cuff them, they should be a bit longer, and the cuff size will determine the length in that case. If jeans are too long, they’ll look too baggy on you, which won’t look stylish as it should.

Choosing the perfect pair of men’s jeans is crucial for achieving a dashing look. Therefore, make sure you know which fit is the best for your body type, don’t wear jeans that are too long, but have them tailored and you’ll look and feel amazing in your perfectly fitted pair of jeans.

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Summertime Home-Improvement Projects You’ll Love

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Summertime Home-Improvement Projects You’ll Love

 

If you’re thinking about home-improvement projects, the best season to do them is summer. Doing any construction or renovation project is easier then since you can avoid bad weather and huge chances that finishing all the work will be postponed. Therefore, here are some great ways to treat your home and yourself to an upgrade this summer.

Take a long bath

Summers tend to be long, hot and sticky in Australia, and whether you’re indoors or outdoors most of your days, that moment when you finally get into a bathtub for a nice, relaxing bath to wash away that horrible sweat can be the highlight of your day. That’s unless you don’t have a bathtub. So, if your bathroom is old and outdated, invest in some new bath or shower fixtures that will do their job better than the old ones, making you feel refreshed and clean. This is an investment you can enjoy not only in summer, but all year long. Plus, this type of renovation adds to your property appearance and value, in case you want to sell your house one of these days.

Cool down

When the temperatures go way up, all you want to do is crawl into a chilled corner somewhere and wait for the sun to go down. This is especially true for the big Queensland cities, due to the huge areas covered in pavement and concrete. That’s why upgrading the air conditioning in your home this summer is an amazing idea. Find reliable and professional Brisbane electricians and have them install the best air conditioning system on the market, so that you can be cool during summer and warm in winter. If a new air conditioner is too expensive, you can always opt for the second best option – a ceiling fan to make your home more comfortable in warmer weather. You can even install both, so that the ceiling fan improves the cold air circulation inside your home.

Enjoy your backyard

Your backyard is an important part of your home, a place where you can spend your summer days, entertain your friends and have barbecues. So, make sure your driveway and any other paved areas get pressure washed, that your mow your lawn regularly, and that your flowers are tended to. If possible, you should have a tree or two in your backyard, so that you can enjoy the shade they make when being in the sun becomes unbearable. If you don’t have a tree, consider the alternatives, such as various big umbrellas or custom-made awnings that can protect you not only from the sun, but also from the summer rain. Doing landscaping only takes some time, good will and a bit of skill, and it can improve your quality of life during summer, as well as the impression your home makes on your guests.

Relax on your new deck

If you haven’t built one by now, there’s no reason to wait any longer. A deck is a very useful addition to your home – one that can easily connect your living room to your backyard, creating extra space for you to sit down and sip cold lemonade or iced tea when it gets too hot. This is an upgrade that doesn’t take too much time and can be a great DIY project, if you’re one of those amazing handy people. You can benefit greatly from your deck by placing some comfortable furniture there, or even an outdoor kitchen, so that you don’t even have to be indoors when you cook. If you already have a deck, check if there are any loose boards, or if there’s anything damaged that you should fix. Also, it might need repainting, which you can do yourself, or hire a professional. And if you want your deck to be perfectly clean for this summer season, you can use a pressure washer on it, as well.

Whether you invest your time or your money in your home, you can make it look better, increase its value, and create new ways to really enjoy its benefits this summer. And since summer won’t last forever, start your home-improvement project today.

 

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Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

 

 

Just because you’ve reached a mature age, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. Granted, keeping fit as we grow older can present its own, unique set of challenges – we lose muscle mass, our mobility is lower, and our joints can become stiff. However, these problems can be overcome or worked around. Here are some of the best activities for seniors, and how they can help us be our best selves well into old age.

Why exercise matters

As we age, our bodies start facing new issues that just weren’t there when we were younger. Exercising can help address and alleviate these problems. Heart disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses that plague the modern man. There are many lifestyle aspects which can contribute to it, but our mostly sedentary lifestyle is one of the main culprits. Regular cardio training can help you avoid this serious health problem. Seniors often have to deal with poor balance and slow reaction times. This general lack of agility can be annoying in day to day life, and, in some situations, even downright dangerous. Exercising can also help us maintain healthy weight (or lose excess weight), build muscle mass (which is generally known to diminish with age), and improve our flexibility.

Take a dip

We Australians are blessed with so much coast that water sports are practically in our blood. Lucky for us that water sports are an amazing way to stay fit. They provide excellent cardio and build muscles. This is a low impact form of exercise that is ideal with people who have sensitive joints. If your joint issues are the result of arthritis, make sure you choose a pool with appropriate water temperature. Many senior communities in Australia, like the luxurious Mark Moran Vaucluse, have their own pool and offer activities such as swimming, aqua aerobics, or even water polo.

Relax with yoga

Yoga is an amazing choice because it supports both a healthy body and a healthy mind. It puts great focus on proper breathing, which can help your body with everything from stress relief to heart problems. Physically, yoga works on stretching and improving flexibility and balance. It’s ideal if you’re feeling stiff, or if you just don’t like very intense, sweaty work-outs. However, don’t be fooled. Yoga requires a lot of strength, focus, and skill. It’s best to start with a class for beginners and ease into the practice slowly. Before you start, explore what type of yoga is the right fit for you. Combining yoga with meditation and mindfulness practice, it can help you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.

Improve your strength with weights

Lifting weights is not just for the young ones. Two weekly weight-lifting sessions can do wonders for your overall strength and muscle mass. It’s crucial, of course, to start slow, with lighter weights, and then gradually progress as your body adjusts. In time, you should reach the phase when you can do sets of up to fifteen repetitions. You can use classic weights, like dumbbells. But strength training is just as effective when using other methods, like resistance bands, or the machines at your gym. Remember to always get warmed up before you start, though! The last thing you want is to injure yourself.

When it comes to working out, it’s important to acknowledge the transformations our bodies are going through, and adapting our exercise regimen in a way that our changing bodies can handle. Staying active should be an essential part of the senior daily routine, since it adds to longevity and vitality. And always remember, even if you can only start small, it’s still a step in the right direction.

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

 

There’s an old stereotype that women know nothing about cars besides driving them from point A to point B. So, if you want to change the way women are perceived in traffic, make sure to learn a few useful things. Here’s what every woman needs to know about cars.

How to check the oil

One of the easiest and most important things is knowing how to check for oil. Not having enough oil can result in many car problems including causing your engine to fry, so make sure to keep your oil levels in check.

How to fix broken lights

The next common car repair (the one that can save you a lot of money in mechanic visits and fines) is fixing your headlights and taillights. If you have an older car, this fix can be very easy and fast. Just remove any trim components to expose the headlight panel and replace your burned-out bulb with a new one. Don’t know which bulb to buy? Just take your broken one to a car store and people working there will give you a matching replacement.

How to drive a stick

Knowing how to drive a stick is one of those things that can save you a lot of trouble in the future, because you really can’t know when you’ll need to use this skill. Luckily, operating a manual transmission isn’t that hard—all you need is some practice and patience!

How to buy and sell a car

Hopefully, you’ll have many opportunities to buy new cars and sell your old ones, so knowing how to handle these situations can be super useful. First, learn enough about your potential new car or your old one, so that you can avoid getting scammed. You can also find a good agency to handle your sale or purchase if you don’t want to risk getting ripped off. For instance, you can easily buy and sell cars at Carbiz as they can help you get quick cash for your old car or deliver your new wheels directly to your house!

How to check for tire pressure

Having proper tire pressure is quite important both for economic and safety reasons. Driving with under or overinflated tires can be very unsafe, plus it causes your tires to wear down quicker. Luckily, checking for tire pressure is super easy and fast. Check the inside of the driver’s doors and you’ll find a sticker with pressure recommendations for your car. With a small tire pressure gauge, you can check your pressure and see if you need to add or remove air.

How to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is every driver’s fear, but it shouldn’t be! Once you get a few practice tries, you’ll see how easy it is to change a flat and continue your ride in peace. Plus, that skill can save you a lot of money and even your life (getting stranded at the side of the road can be quite dangerous). There are great videos online with step-by-step tutorials, you just need to have good will and a few tools!

How to recognize red flags

Have you ever heard a weird sound coming from the engine or seen an unfamiliar light on your dash? Knowing what these sounds and lights mean can save you a lot of money and even your life. Some sounds and lights require immediate attention while some can be put off for a while. Here are some common warning sounds you shouldn’t ignore and some important dashboard lights to keep an eye on.

So, be a good driver that shatters gender stereotypes and make sure to learn about your four-wheeler. Every responsible car owner, regardless of gender, should know these seven car-related fixes and skills which will ensure their safety and safety of other road users.

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How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

 

When looking at someone’s face, they can have the perfect features all over, but one smile can ruin it all. That is, if they don’t have healthy teeth. Of course we all want to know that our teeth are visually perfect, but that is impossible if our teeth aren’t first and foremost healthy. Bleaching and aligning teeth that are dying from the inside is far from a sustainable solution, and here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Proper diet

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but do we know why? Sugar (and precisely white, processed sugar) sticks to our teeth and quickly reacts with the environment of our mouth to turn into acid that starts eating away at our teeth. This is why it’s crucial to cut down on sugary sweets, and especially those that have a lot of direct contact with our mouth like lollipops. The second villain is sodas. You really shouldn’t drink soda for any reason – since it literally has nothing nutritious for you – but it also contains dangerous chemicals that corrode our teeth. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruit available in the sunny Australia climate and making sure you’re getting enough calcium will get you on the right track towards a healthy smile. Lastly, while we’re on the topic of food, it’s important to address some foods that can seriously stain our teeth. Coffee drinkers, I’m looking at you. Dark drinks like coffee, black tea and red wine can stain our teeth, but so can many berries. So especially right after teeth bleaching, you want to stay as far away from these as possible.

Crooked teeth

There is a plethora of reasons why someone might have crooked teeth: from genetics to injury that induced trauma, our jaws and teeth can misalign, making them lay diagonally when they should be going straight, or laying on top of each other. Sometimes, crooked teeth can be a simple aesthetic problem, but they can also give you an underbite or overbite, as well as cause pain. Many people don’t want to get braces because of the in-progress look of them, but you can get fitted with Invisalign in Maroubra and achieve the effect of braces without it ever being noticed. They are sets of invisible, removable aligners that you can take out whenever you want, but they are so unnoticeable that you won’t have any problems keeping them in for longer periods of time. There are also versions for teens, who are notorious for wanting to avoid braces because of their appearance.

Good dental hygiene

The number one way to get and maintain a healthy smile is to do the work and never be lazy when it comes to taking care of dental hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal, and floss to make sure you don’t have any bits of food stuck between your teeth that can cause cavities. You also want to make sure you visit a dentist for regular check-ups, because if you wait for a tooth to start aching before you go – you’re too late. The damage would be far smaller if the problem was found before it started to hurt. Your dentist can also spot some symptoms in your oral health that can be very useful warning signs for other health issues.

 

It’s important to remember that healthy teeth are not only important for aesthetic reasons, but they are a vital part of a good diet, since they help us chew our food, as well as help us communicate properly. So make sure you give them the attention and care they deserve.

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5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

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5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

Planning a wedding is never easy but it’s also a lot of fun! If you’ve always dreamed about saying the faithful “I do” at a magical and exotic place, then you’ll definitely want to look into the most popular tropical wedding destinations. It may be more challenging for the organization and planning in some aspects, but, on the other hand, these places also provide special wedding packages to make the whole burden of preparation a bit lighter for you and your spouse-to-be. If you’re still thinking about the perfect spot in the world for your big day, take a look at the following destinations.

  1. Costa Rica

If you want to make sure that you start off your married life happy and fulfilled, you may be interested in joining hands in one of the happiest countries in the world. Costa Rica, like other places on this list, is a perfect choice for couples looking for something truly special and magical that can also become the best place for a honeymoon. The breathtaking nature of Costa Rica will leave everyone amazed, and there will be plenty of sightseeing and exploration to do. From magnificent beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and even volcanoes to gorgeous black and white sand beaches, Costa Rica is the ideal destination to start your life journey together.

  1. Moorea, Tahiti

Those of you that are true Moana fans would definitely enjoy a trip to Tahiti for this happy occasion. Among all the Tahiti islands, Moorea is undoubtedly the most picturesque place to get married at. The greenery of mossy mountains paired with the bright blue of the lagoons make this particular place in the world absolutely mesmerizing. Not only will it allow you to enjoy its beauty and endless adventure, but it will also serve as an amazing backdrop for all your wedding and honeymoon photos wherever you decide to snap a pic. Of course, you’ll get to experience real Tahitian culture and sing songs to celebrate your love and future.

  1. Australia

Want something spectacular when it comes to both natural sights and modern entertainment? Then Australia is the ideal wedding destination for the two of you. What’s more, the guests will have so many different options for fun time as well. Australia is an amazing country as it allows you to customize your memorable wedding experience however you see fit. From astonishing beaches and venues that will make for the most magical beach weddings you could ever think of, to more whimsical settings. For instance, you could go for the lush Paronella Park that allows you to get married in a castle surrounded by amazing wildlife, and even Taronga Zoo, for those of you looking for both elegance and adventure. As you can see, Australia is the ideal tropical place to be for couples who want their wildest dreams fulfilled.

  1. Jamaica

One cannot discuss tropical wedding destinations without considering Jamaica as well. After all, this place is famous for tropical weddings and its beauty. The island is covered with white and golden sand as well as rich mountainous foliage, while almost every hotel in Jamaica has several different wedding packages for couples to choose from. Due to the mentioned popularity of the destination, it’s very easy to organize the whole wedding with almost no hassle on your part. Obviously, this Caribbean Island is full of places to explore and adventures to discover, and is also the perfect spot in the world for the ultimate relaxation as well. Essentially, Jamaica has it all for both your and your guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

In case you’re interested in a tropical destination that will have enough fun and entertaining options, together with breathtaking nature but also very private and secluded spots that just scream romance, Punta Cana island in Dominican Republic is definitely the place to choose for your perfect wedding day. As mentioned, you can choose private beaches for your wedding day, but also enjoy colorful and vibrant villages and amazing service. In the end, you can get the best of both worlds, and customize your stay however you want. After all, Punta Cana also has plenty of fun activities such as water sports, surfing camps, catamaran excursions, etc. so that you can easily pick something more exciting, while relaxing time in the villages and beaches will always wait for you.

Don’t give up from your tropical wedding dream just because you think it’s too difficult to pull it off. As mentioned before, these destinations are popular and have plenty of wedding packages to make things easy for you. It’s true that you’ll have to start your organization and prep sooner than later, and seriously take care of all the tasks, but the wonder, beauty and magic of starting your married life somewhere absolutely beautiful and slightly mysterious will definitely allow you to make the fondest of memories.

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Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

 

 

 

Year after year, these amazing one-pieces keep making a comeback. We are talking, of course, about playsuits. They are the easiest thing in the world to make into a full outfit and they fit nearly everyone amazingly. But there are a few tricks to making a playsuit look good, and once you master them, it will surely become your new favorite piece. So to help you be perfectly on trend this summer, here is exactly what you need to know about wearing this fabulous piece of clothing.

Choose the right style

Just like you can’t bundle up all dresses under one name, you can’t do it with playsuits either. And a lot of people give up on a playsuit just because the first one they tried on didn’t fit them the way they wanted it to. For starters, let’s look at the tops. Tops of playsuits vary as much as tops in general, so going for something that you usually like to wear as a top will give you a better chance of finding something you like. If you wear wrap tops, tank tops, or off-shoulder tops, find a playsuit that features a similar style. As for the bottoms, there is a clear distinction: playsuits feature shorts, culotte jumpsuits are a bit longer, and traditional jumpsuits have a full-length bottom. Choose something you are comfortable with, that fits the occasion and that shows off your personal style.

Sizing

This is the tricky part. Even when buying a fitted dress, you can’t just drape it over your body. You need to see if the waist is in the right place, if there is enough room for the chest, etc. With rompers, it’s a step further than that, because you also have to figure out how high the crotch should be so that it looks flattering. This will depend mostly on the size and length of your torso and your legs. When you are picking out a jumpsuit, or ordering online, you might want to aim for a size up, unless you are very petite. A baggy look is a lot more forgiving than something too tight, so use that to your advantage.

Layers

An amazing way to style playsuits is to layer them with something. Because they are an outfit all by themselves, throwing in something over or under the playsuit can make all the difference. If you live in a colder climate like Scandinavia, you can still wear playsuits, layered perhaps with a turtleneck underneath. Or if you live somewhere where the weather changes often, like Sydney, summery playsuits in Australia can be worn with a rain jacket tied around the waist, ready to be put into action if it starts to rain.

Accessories

Depending on the print of the jumpsuit, you might not have to accessorize a lot at all. If it is a busy print, then necklaces and other jewelry will just get lost in the clothing. In those situations, consider accessories that don’t overlap with the romper, like hats, shoes and bags. However, if you are wearing a plain black jumpsuit, then it’s the perfect time for a colorful belt, long necklace, bracelets and all the other pieces that make your style truly your own. This can also help you with choosing your playsuit initially. If you are someone who likes to accessorize, don’t go for a heavy print, and vice versa.

Playsuits aren’t going anywhere as a style, and there are more and more of them to choose from every season, so get comfortable and remember – going to the bathroom in a romper is not as scary as everyone thinks it is!

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Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

 

You have a deadline and you really need to work, but the busy Sydney streets are screaming at you from outside your window, you can’t get that scene from your favorite TV show out of your head and then, just when you clear your mind and finally focus on your assignment, somebody comes in with a question. There goes your concentration, leaving you frustrated and in panic. But, is there a way to enhance your concentration? Yes, there is. Here are some ways to do it.

Be rested

If you don’t get enough sleep, or if your sleep isn’t calming and restful, your thoughts can become scattered and focusing on anything might prove to be next to impossible. Establish a quality sleeping routine, which will include going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a place that you find relaxing. If you don’t sleep enough during the night, try having at least a short nap during the day, in order to energize and concentrate more easily.

Eat well

Never skip meals, especially breakfast, since hunger can be your concentration’s greatest enemy. Your meals should be a healthy balance between proteins and carbohydrates, loaded with nutrients. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to maximize brain function, as well as water to remain hydrated, since dehydration can lower your concentration. However, overeating can cause discomfort and drowsiness, so avoid eating too much.

Take breaks

Trying to stay focused on one thing for a long time can be tiring and can even make you nervous. After a while, your brain’s processing abilities will decline, and your concentration along with it. Therefore, make a schedule for each task or each working day, one which will include several breaks. Taking an hourly short break can help you get your focus back and make you feel refreshed and alert. Use these breaks to have a healthy snack, take a nap or phone your friend for a quick chat.

Listen to music

Other than making you feel relaxed and boosting your mood, music can also improve your concentration. Certain types of music affect the parts of the brain related to paying attention and memory update, while others calm you down and help with anxiety. Find the music that makes you productive and helps you concentrate, invest in the best noise-cancelling headphones Sydney can offer and get back to work.

Exercise your body and mind

Physical exercise can get you into shape and improve your overall health, including your mind. If you’re unhealthy and physically inactive, you mood worsens and you feel worn down, which can make it very hard to focus. A daily workout can help you concentrate since it improves your circulation, and blood flow to the brain. It can be something as simple as a walk on the beach or a bicycle ride to and from work. And if physical exercise isn’t enough, you can also exercise your mind. Read a good book, do some crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or have a stimulating conversation during your lunch break to improve memory and concentration.

Remove distractions

Sometimes the loss of concentration is caused by outside factors, such as noise from the traffic outside or your colleagues’ squeaky voice and laughter. If you have your own office, closing the window or the door might be all it takes to regain your peace and quiet and avoid distractions. If not, try isolating yourself in another way, like using earplugs. Log out of your social networks accounts and turn your phone to silent mode if possible. However, if you need your phone and the social networks for work, you need to learn to ignore these specific distractions, disregard them and stay focused on your task.

Avoid multitasking

Jumping to a new project without finishing the previous one can be confusing and lead your brain to think it’s OK to switch focus from one topic to another, which in return can lower your concentration. If you start doing several things at the same time, you’ll be giving each of those things only partial attention, which can cause you to achieve less and make mistakes you wouldn’t make if you were completely focused on a single task. In order to improve your concentration, stick to a task until you finish it, and then make a short mental break before starting the next one.

Although it takes effort and time to concentrate properly, it’s not an impossible task. All it sometimes takes is to challenge your brain to stay focused on a single task for just a bit longer than the previous time. So, do what you can to stay healthy and sharp and your problem might just disappear.

 

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