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How to Look Great at the Gym

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Look Great at the Gym

 

Losing weight and staying fit is tough work and sometimes it’s hard to look your best when you’re covered in sweat from head to toe. But, if looking extra fly will motivate you to work out harder and more often, then you must try to get some new gym wear that will inspire you to hit the treadmill. The right gym clothes will not only make you look amazing but also make your workouts more efficient and easier. So, what to wear, what to wear?

Undergarments

Even though it looks super cute on you, that lace bra and underwear might not be the best gym clothes option. It certainly makes you feel sexy on a date night, but it will only make you feel uncomfortable at the gym. In general, no underwear will be as comfy during exercise as a sports bra and athletic panties. Sports bras provide some extra support, limit breast movement and pain, and typically come in light and breathable materials that help keep your skin dry. Men have it a bit easier here, just make sure your undies are comfortable.

Socks and shoes

Athletic socks should be your number one choice to wear during your workout because they’re made of light, synthetic materials that wick away sweat and don’t scratch your skin. No matter the length you prefer, sporting goods stores have all kind of athletic socks for you. When it comes to shoes, you should choose them according to your preferred activity. For instance, if you love to run, then getting cross trainers is just not a great idea, and if you’re an avid weightlifter, running shoes will not do the job. Don’t be scared to splurge some more money on high-quality shoes, otherwise, you’re risking injuries and all sorts of unwanted side-effects. But, generally, look for shoes that are light, comfortable, keep your feet cool and provide ample support.

Shirts

Both women and men have a wide variety of options here. Ladies usually opt for T-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved shirts or sweatshirts for the gym. In general, gyms permit all sorts of tank tops, but halter tops and shirts that show excessive cleavage are usually frowned upon. Just to be sure, check your gym’s dress code to ensure which shirts are appropriate. Guys better avoid tiny tank tops, even if you’re a pro bodybuilder. We get it, you have a killer body, but obviously, you have an even bigger ego. Instead, get a high-quality sleeveless shell tank that will show off your arms and hint at your abs just the right amount. And as with all gym clothing, ensure your tops and shirts are made of light, stretchy fabric that keeps you cool and doesn’t limit your mobility. You can also check out some moisture-wicking options.

Pants and shorts

For many women, the only criterion when buying gym pants is that they match with their shirt. But, your foremost priority should always be to find shorts, yoga pants and sweatpants that are light, comfortable and allow a wide range of movements. Some ladies prefer elasticized biking-style shorts, while others favor the comfort and freedom they find in yoga pants. When it comes to the gentlemen, don’t try to make your swim trunks do your gym work. Instead, pick up a few pairs of men’s gym shorts that offer breathability and comfort.

Hair and makeup

If you feel too naked going to the gym without any makeup, then choose a sheer, light foundation, a couple of coats of waterproof mascara and pull your hair out of your face. It’s an easy and functional look that still allows you to look polished at the gym

Now that you know what to wear and what to avoid in the gym, there are no more excuses. Grab your gear and hit those dumbbells.

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Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

 

Welcoming friends or family into your home can be an amazing experience. There is something truly special in letting other people be a part of your most personal and private space, a real pleasure in sharing it with those who are dearest to you.

That being said, providing them with more than just the most basic of necessities can be stressful, especially if you don‘t plan it right.

In order to relieve you of at least some of the stress that is usually associated with preparing to welcome houseguests, I‘ve compiled a list of eight handy tips to consider and take care of before the doorbell rings and your guests step into the house.

Make sure that you have the essentials ready

There are some items that your guests will simply not be able to do without and it is extremely important to have those bases covered. You might want to write them down and check the items off the list one by one, so as to rest assured that nothing is forgotten during the hustle and bustle of preparation.

The necessary items include fresh bed sheets, curtains or window coverings of  some sort, towels, a functioning light, a wastebasket, an additional blanket in case the nights get chilly and a shelf or a drawer for your guests to store their belongings in. Providing them with a fan, a clock and some extra toiletries is also a good idea – for more in-depth info I‘d recommend this guide on TidbitsAndTwine.com

Clear the most important issues up in advance

Do your guests suffer from any allergies that you should be aware of? Are they on a specific diet? Do they have any other preferences or dislikes concerning food or their surroundings?

Being aware of any food they might be allergic to is the crucial part of a stress-free weekend.

Nothing can ruin a joyful stay like a trip to the emergency center because you didn‘t know some of your guests was allergic to, say, kiwi or peanuts and you mixed some into that gorgeous cake.  You can read a more detailed plan on welcoming guests with allergies on WomansWeekly.com here.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and take the time to ensure that their individual needs are attended to. If the houseguests have small children, you can try and track down some baby gear to borrow for the duration of their stay, as well as make sure that there is something in the fridge that the children can eat.

Get a quality air mattress

If you are not able to offer your houseguests the comfort of a guest room, or even if there is no futon or daybed available at your apartment, do not lose any sleep over it. A good air mattress can be just as comfortable, if not more so, as the aforementioned options.

However, before you invest in one, there are some key issues that you should consider. Choose a size which will comfortably fit within the free space that you have in your apartment, while also allowing your guests to have a good night‘s sleep. If you have elderly guests coming over, buy a high-rise air mattress – the low-rise variety will be difficult for them to get in and out of.

Pay attention to the weight capacity of your preferred air bed, especially if some of your guests are heavyset. Make sure that your mattress has a built-in pump or, even better, a secondary ‘never-flat‘ pump, which automatically inflates the mattress if it loses some of its pressure during the night.

The topic of choosing a good air mattress can easily be a topic on its own, but the full scope of it is beyond this article – my go-to resource about choosing a good air bed is TheSleepStudies.com.

Create a welcoming and homely environment from the very start

Remember that the first impression is always a lasting one. Even if the guests are arriving late, make sure to light some candles in their room, provide a cozy place for them to sit down and relax at after the journey, as well as some beverages and snacks to munch on.

Give your guests a brief house tour

If they are new to your home show the guests around your apartment once they arrive. Let them know where they can find extra blankets, toiletries, dishes and anything else that they might need. If there are any quirks that they should be aware of – such as a toilet that has to be flushed in a certain way, – point them out as well.

Respect their privacy and their sleeping schedule

This is particularly important if the guests are staying in your living room. Take extra care to provide them with as much private space as is possible under the circumstances. If they prefer heading to bed early, allow them to do that and retire to your bedroom in the evening, leaving them to rest undisturbed.

Let them help you out with some small tasks around the house

Helping you wash the dishes or set the table is a way for your guests to repay you for your hospitality. Do not preclude them from doing that if they offer their assistance. In fact, doing chores with them can be a great bonding experience.

Relax and let things go

Some additional chaos and clutter is unavoidable in a situation where there are more people inside your house than usual.

Do not let the stress overtake you. Just relax and enjoy the company of your guests – the mess is only temporary and you will miss your loved ones after they leave.

A good day for everyone

This is pretty much all you need to know in order to be an incredible host. Your guests are sure to feel happy and grateful as long as you put these tips to use – and they will return the favour once the tables are turned and it is you who is stepping over their threshold!

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The Simple Lifestyle Changes That Reduce Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

The Simple Lifestyle Changes That Reduce Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

Most people have been affected by cancer in some way, whether they’ve had it themselves or they know somebody else that has. It’s something that we are all at risk of, especially as we get older, and a lot of the time it cannot be avoided. Even the most healthy people can contract the disease, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to avoid it. While there is always the chance that you will get ill, regardless of what you do, there is still a lot of common causes of cancer that are completely within your control. By changing your behaviors, you can massively reduce your risk of getting cancer and you don’t need to make any huge lifestyle changes to do it, so you can easily fit it into your hectic lifestyle. These are the causes of cancer that you can easily avoid.

Alcohol

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Nobody is going to tell you that drinking alcohol is good for you. We all know that it’s not great for your health, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it in moderation still. You’ll be glad to hear that reducing your risk of cancer doesn’t mean giving up drinking entirely. Most people don’t really know how much they’re drinking every week and we tend to underestimate it. Track how much you’re having for a week and then see where you could cut down. The more you cut down, the lower your risk is, so it’s really up to you how far you want to go with it. Even cutting out just a few drinks will make you a lot healthier and reduce the chances that you’ll contract cancer in later life.

Asbestos

Even if you eat right, never drink, and exercise every day, you could still contract cancer if you’ve got asbestos in your house, or workplace. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos in over ninety percent of cases. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos without knowing then you could be owed some compensation. There are plenty of companies that can help you find the right asbestos & mesothelioma lawyer and tell you whether you have a case or not. If you’ve contracted cancer, your medical bills are going to be incredibly high and this extra money could really help you.

Weight

Being overweight is one of the biggest health concerns at the moment. The levels of obesity around the world are skyrocketing and it doesn’t look as if they’ll slow down anytime soon. People often think about heart disease when they consider the health risks of being overweight but cancer is just as big of a problem. If you’re overweight, it’s likely that you aren’t eating well so a lack of vitamins will increase your chances of getting ill just as much as being overweight will. A healthy person should be getting around half an hour of exercise every day. That doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym every day, but walking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the lift will help. All of these small changes will add up to better health.

Processed Meats

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A processed meat is anything that has been preserved in any way apart from freezing it. That covers a lot of things so you’re probably eating a lot of this stuff every day. You don’t need to cut it out completely but if you limit yourself to once or twice a week, you’ll be much healthier for it. If you’re replacing that meat with vegetables and pulses, you’ll also be getting far more vitamins than you normally would so that will reduce your risk of getting cancer even further.

Salt

One of the major causes of stomach cancer is a high salt intake, but the thing is, you don’t need it most of the time. Most processed or pre-prepared foods have loads of salt thrown in there to replace the flavor that’s lost during the preservation process. If you make the same foods from scratch with fresh ingredients, you don’t need to do that. By cutting out this salt and cooking from fresh, you’ll be a lot healthier in general and you won’t be at risk of getting stomach cancer.

Sunlight

We all like to get a nice tan but if you aren’t protecting yourself in the sun, you’re massively increasing the risk of getting skin cancer. The majority of skin cancer cases are linked to sun damage so always make sure that you wear sunscreen, and if you are using sunbeds often, consider switching to fake tan instead. It might not give you the exact same result, but it’s much better for you.

All of these simple lifestyle changes will add up to hugely reduce the risk of you getting ill when you’re older.

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Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

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Depression may strike us at any given time, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from it. Scientists are psychologists provide us with a whole platter of different reasons to this gloomy monster; while some of them point out genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalances to be the source, others point to psychological and sociocultural factors.

Regardless of its source, depression is hard to fight – and especially when you do it on your own. Exercise has proven to work wonders on our mind, though, and certain types seem to be more effective than others.

Why Yoga?

This ancient activity is a sequence of poses and is supposed to clear the mind to prepare it for meditation. Today, we focus more on the physical benefits of practicing – as well as celebrating the added benefits of a calmer and steadier mind. We’re looking at it from the other way around, in other words, where ancient yogis would see added strength and flexibility as a nice little bonus to a quiet and relaxed mind.

By combining these two benefits, the strength a yoga practice can give your body as well as the calm and meditative state we tend to practice in, you achieve a holistic view of your health where the mind, as well as the body, is in focus.

This is important to feel more connected, in general, and to be able to deal with chronic and daily stress.

Health is about more than activity and a peaceful mind, although this certainly takes you a long way. Make sure you eat a variety of food, mostly plants, and bathe your cells in quantities of water every day. Read up on a few AlgaeCal reviews if you’re an aging woman, as we all are, and keep up with the cardio to keep your heart healthy.

To stay strong and vigorous, you need to tackle the problems that are specific to your health; consider supplements if you’re not eating enough nutrients, and always consult with your doctor before taking anything new.

The best poses to combat depression

If you’re convinced, it’s time to roll out your mat and enjoy a deep and energizing breath. Some of the yoga poses are known for its abilities to increase your mindfulness and turn you inwards rather than outwards to bring you closer to yourself. Inversions are usually the best mind-boosting poses you can choose, such as the forward fold and head-to-knee forward bend.

Remember that any forward bend should be equaled out with a back bend, such as the cobra and bridge. If you’re not that advanced in yoga yet, try to modify your bridge by keeping it in a table-top style rather than a full bridge.

Other complicated inversions, such as the headstand and shoulderstand are also known for their healing effects – but again, don’t attempt these without having a yoga teacher around.

Holding these for around eight breaths or up to two minutes is good for both your mind and your body. Breathe slowly through your nose and keep the exhalations as long as your inhalations.

It might not make you instantly healthy, but keep it up and you’ll reap the benefits of your practice with a happy mind that’s ready to tackle the challenges of life

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Beyond The Pain, Coping With The Stresses Of Sudden Illness

Beyond The Pain, Coping With The Stresses Of Sudden Illness

Sudden illness, injury, or disability can really turn your life upside-down. The trauma, pain, and stress of the discovery and treatment can be enough to deal with. If only that was the only impact it had on your life, however. The truth is that sudden illness actually has much further reaching impacts that aren’t considered as often. Here are a few that you should be aware of and how you might deal with them.

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Finding comfort

Beyond the treatment you’re given by your healthcare professional, it’s worth considering a proactive look at how you deal with the symptoms you face in the long-run. Chronic pain is a common side-effect of many illnesses and injuries, but finding ways to cope through pain management techniques can help them become much less debilitating. For some, seeking additional physical therapy through techniques like massage therapy and meditation can work. For others, focusing on recovery through reintroduction to exercise adapted to your mobility levels and a healthier diet can help you become stronger and healthier by comparison.

The way that works for you

Whether it’s temporary or permanent, an injury that’s disabling will suddenly make the world seem like a much different place. Things you could do with no issue before now become a challenge. But rather than forcing you to use considerably more effort, there are plenty of creative home modifications for those living with disability, for instance, that allow you to better adapt your home environment to your current condition. Similarly, you should talk to your employer, if you’re still able to work, about allowing a little more flexibility in your role so you can continue to work without putting your body at further risk.

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The financial impact

Many illnesses and injuries bring them serious financial repercussions, too. If you’re involved in an accident or exposed to elements that bring about your sickness and it’s someone else’s fault, then seeking responsibility can help you cope with costs that you otherwise shouldn’t. But the longer-term financial stress is often caused by no longer being able to work. Getting what you’re entitled to isn’t always as easy as applying for social security. With some diseases that have symptoms that aren’t as visible, like fibromyalgia, getting help from an attorney can often give you the convincing edge you need to make sure you get what you need. If you haven’t yet been injured or made ill, then it’s worth considering investing in long-term sick insurance for yourself, too.

It’s not just your body that takes a toll

One of the hidden impacts of serious accidents being brought more to the forefront as of late is the high rates of severe stress, anxiety, and PTSD in victims. But even no-fault injuries and illnesses can have a tremendous impact on self-esteem and confidence, especially if new disability makes it much harder for you to do what you once could. It pays to be aware that your mind might be suffering a much heavier toll than it should be, even in relatively dire circumstances. Taking your mental health seriously and knowing when you might need help can be an important step on becoming the same person inside that you were before the incident.

Health issues have ripple effects across your whole life, from your ability to work to how you used to carry out simple household tasks that now seem much more difficult. Coming face-to-face with your challenges and finding the ways to cope with them can help you get some control back, instead of feeling like your life is being taken over.

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HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

By Guest Blogger, Sara

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

 

 

You have kids to look after and workload to deal with; I get how busy life is! You might not even be able to take out two minutes for yourself, let alone planning out a proper diet chart and heading out to the gym. However, we need to understand how important it is to relax the body and mind and to look after our health more than anything else, while this seems nearly impossible for some.

 

I have gathered a few simple steps following which you can achieve better physical and mental health without putting too much time or efforts into them. So, read through and thank me later:

 

  1. Keep a Fruit Basket on the Table

 

Keeping the fruit basket on your table benefits you greatly and saves the fruit from getting bad and wasted. Your dining table is the most accessible place where you your meals and keeping a fruit bowl on it means easy access to a healthy snack. You can always pick your favorite fruit from the basket and carry it with you while heading out too.

 

  1. Keep a Water Bottle with You

 

Water intake is highly important and yet many of us don’t drink it enough just because it is not around. Keeping a water bottle with you all the time will increase your intake greatly. Squeezing a lemon into it can be even more beneficial for detoxification of the body. Make sure you carry the bottle around with you and finish it twice. This will not only keep your body hydrated but also benefit your skin greatly, flushing all the harmful toxins out of the body.

 

  1. Get in Bed with No Gadgets Nearby

 

Phones and other gadgets can be a great distraction from getting a good sleep, especially when you are a workaholic. We all know how important a good night’s sleep is and major problems like anxiety, indigestion and lack of focus are a caused by lack of proper sleep. Therefore, I would suggest you to power off your gadgets before you head to bed. Also, keeping a good full-body massage chair in your home and spending 15 minutes on it before you head to bed can improve your sleep and relax your mind greatly. Doing so will also relieve you of the stress that relates to your work or family.

 

  1. Never Skip Breakfast

 

No matter how much hurry you are in, do not skip breakfast. Breakfast is the main meal which keeps you up and running throughout the day without getting tired, lazy and stressed out. Have some quick and healthy options at hand for breakfast like fresh juice, fruit, oats and Greek yoghurt.

 

  1. Quick Morning Exercise

 

Instead of rushing to the bathroom as you wake up, get out of bed and warm your body up a little with a quick workout. Make sure you set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you are supposed to wake up. This way, your body will be much more active and your mind refreshed throughout the day.

 

Author Bio:

Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com/.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

By Guest Blogger Jenna J.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

 

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Your brain is a complex system with just as many neurons in it as the number of stars in our entire galaxy. Each neuron is connected to others through a whopping 40,000 connections referred to as synapses by medical professionals. And yet, for many of us, it is the most overlooked organ in the body.

 

More than the body, it is the brain that needs sleep. All your body organs are cleaned of toxins and metabolites while they’re in their normal function throughout the day. It is the brain which has to wait for when you’re asleep to have its cleaning done. There’s other important stuff your brain needs to do while sleeping as well, which has bearing on your memory, health and immunity. Why then do we skip sleep?

 

 

Superstitions of Self Denial

 

A common motif in the annals and accounts of success has been that of spending nights in motivated labor. It’s only too visible in pop culture, for example, when Will Smith puts the kid to bed but works the entire night to correct a malfunctioning machine he intends to sell. Or, when in the legend of Achilles in the Iliad, he spends the night awake, plotting for revenge. We’ve never stopped to ask why we buy these myths. The Romans had a famous distaste for sleep, considering it a state of absolute debilitation and something to avoid to as much extent as possible.

 

It seems to be our hunger for success that makes us believe we can make hard sacrifices from our sleep to chase an ungraduated goal. “Well, as you know, there are 24 hours in every day. And if that’s not enough, you’ve always got the nights!”, as Ronald Graham the famous mathematician says. And yet, as we make cuts from our 24 hour day, we never have a quantified measure of success. Is $2400 a day a measure of success? Is it the awe of getting 24 people in the course of a day? Or are we chasing an elusive goal of paying off our debts in 24 months? If the answer to all these questions is no, what really are we chasing?

 

How poor sleep routs the brain

 

Despite no graduated standards, we deny ourselves sleep. If you skip an hour of sleep 5 days a week (and no, there’s no such thing as making up for it over the weekend), you’ve lost over a month’s worth of sleep at the end of the year. You can be sure it is detrimental to the brain.

 

 

To know what happens when you don’t sleep, let me tell you why the brain needs sleep.

 

  1. The brain generates toxins and metabolites like any other organ in the body during its course of activities throughout the day. While other organs can be cleaned by the body anytime, the brain gets its only major cleanup while you’re asleep. This is because sleeping allows brain activity to calm down and brain cells to shrink a bit. More ugly stuff can be washed out of the brain, and your brain doesn’t have to fight against this garbage to function the next day.
  2. A crucial part of memory retaining is the transfer of information from short term to long term memory, which, you guessed it, only happens when you’re asleep. Your brain sorts out information it gathered through the day and puts what’s important in long term memory, the rest being discarded. Without sleep, you’re going to have a hard time remembering things.
  3. Research shows your brain cannot make new brain cells to replace the dead ones when you’re sleep deprived. Take out neurons little by little for each day you spend in sleep deprivation, and suddenly the high number of nerve cells doesn’t seem all that insurmountable.
  4. Without adequate replenishment and cleaning, your brain as well as body are fighting a losing battle. Sleep and immune function are closely related, as studies point out. Low sleep means you’re going to be more susceptible to coughs and colds, as well as more dire infections. With disease comes monetary and mental exertion, which results in stress and further lack of sleep, making a self perpetuating cycle.

 

It’s not always your fault either. It can be the traffic on the street outside your house that’s keeping you from sleeping well with its noise, or the nightclub nearby. Many have trouble logging off the internet, and so their minds are alert to the sounds of any vibrations or notification tones it might hear, even in sleep. Sometimes, it might just be a smelly or dented mattress that’s not keeping you comfortable while you sleep, or the temperature of the room that’s all wrong.

 

Urgent Corrections to Follow

 

It can be hard to follow the 8 hour schedule, especially since it is not valid for everyone’s bodily needs. Just as many people wake up groggy from too much sleep as those who wake up under-rested. A rule of thumb is to allow yourself to wake up when you’re satisfied with your sleep. If you wake up groggy or have a slow brain day more often than twice a week, it can be that you’re not well rested.

 

Get thick blinds and invest in soundproofing to keep the outside noise outdoors. Clean your existing mattress or buy a better one you will easily get various mattress reviews online. Set the thermostat to a temperature your body is comfortable with when it’s resting. You can crank it up or down later. Most importantly, switch to airplane mode before flying off to dreamland.

 

Your brain needs its sleep to keep your body in order, as well as to make sure you don’t lose your job due to low performance, get a bad cold or get long term illnesses like depression or Alzheimer’s. It is worth the time to get adequate sleep.

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Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Moving home can be one of the biggest upheavals any one of us can face. Not to mention the most expensive purchases we can make in our lifetime. But moving home can often provide us with many different possibilities. Experiences in living in different places, and the chance to make new friends and change our lifestyles. However, there is no hiding from the fact that it is completely stressful. So as summer seems to be a popular time for people to think about or even move house, I thought I would share my top tips to help take the stress out of the situation. I hope it helps you in the future.

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Pack specifically for each new room in your home

Packing up your existing home may feel daunting, but unpacking is a whole new ball game. Especially if you have a different layout or different rooms to consider. This is why it’s important to pack up your old home with your new home as your focus. This means that unpacking will be easier and more organised, as will unloading and putting boxes into your new place. Make sure you clearly label any boxes and furniture with new home rooms, to ensure there is no confusion at the other end.

Pack an emergency box for when you arrive

Moving house isn’t normally done in a day. Of course, you may get there, but the unpacking can take further days and even weeks to complete. However, there are things you will need more or less straight away, so it’s important to pack up an emergency box for when you arrive. Include a change of clothes, toilet paper, a kettle, a toaster maybe. Some mugs and plates to eat and drink from during your first evening. Anything you think you might need for the first 24 hours, should be in these boxes. It makes it much easier rather than panicking looking through boxes in your new home.

Consider using a removal company for ease

With heavy furniture to move and a lot of boxes, you may want to consider the help of a removal service to do some of the hard work for you. Looking online will help you determine a local moving company to help you out. They can help transport large items of furniture safely, as well as help with some of the manual work like transporting boxes. This could be useful if you have children or family pets to look after during the moving process.

Take as much time as you can

It can feel overwhelming once you are in your new home and the urge to start unpacking everything can be huge. But try and take your time during this process. Once you are in, you have plenty of time to design your rooms, and ensure that you unpack things properly.

Remember to keep positive throughout the process

Finally, it is important to remain positive throughout the process f moving. Positive thinking can help elevate stress levels as you visualise everything going to plan, rather than facing problems.

I hope these tips help you take the stress out of moving home.

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Becoming Healthy The Organic Way

Becoming Healthy The Organic Way

With all of the expensive fad diets in the world these days, you will be thankful to know that there is a way of keeping yourself healthy using organic methods. Switching to all organic foods and methods is becoming increasingly popular because of the awareness of animal and human cruelty being largely spread. We have also realised that nasty additives aren’t good for our bodies. Eating organic foods will not only improve your health no end, but it will also help take steps towards ensuring that animal cruelty ends. Here are some ways that you can become fully organic.

For something to be organic, it has to be derived in the most natural way, without the use of chemicals, pesticides or additives. This means that ingredients like vegetables, cops and fruit must not have anything added to them to make them grow bigger and better. Growing your own vegetables and fruit means that you can rest assured that no horrible chemicals have been added to your food. If you have children, growing your own produce is a brilliant way of getting them on board and keeping them excited about eating organically. You may need to invest in a greenhouse for your garden for certain fruit and vegetables, but it will pay for itself in time.

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Having meat that is organic is a must too. It must have been able to wander about and not be kept in a cage. Animals that are kept in cages are often bred for the sake of killing and then the sale of their meat. Having livestock that has been organically raised will often taste better too, because it will have had the chance to graze on natural sources and had plenty of sunlight. If you have the space, (and the time) you could think about getting a chicken coop. Letting them run free around your backyard and feeding them only fresh and natural seeds is another way that you could become organic. That is, if you can handle humanely killing and plucking one, of course.

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Ensuring that things that you have to buy in are organically sourced is important too, so be sure to check all of the labels on your products. Drinks, for example, are something that you should keep an eye out for. Consider buying skinny tea for your morning drinks because you can rest assured that it was fairly sourced, and it’s great for your health too. Only buying organic cleaning products from the store too will benefit your health because you won’t be using any harsh chemicals that can damage your skin and lungs from inhalation. Organic products often smell nicer too.

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Although buying organically can often prove to be more expensive, isn’t it worth spending that extra money for the sake of yours and your family’s health? If you are choosing to go organic, why not go green too and help save our wonderful earth?

We should all aim on making the world a better place to live.

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Poison Plants Ruining your Summer?

By Guest Blogger Gene C.

Poison Plants Ruining your Summer?

Do you know of any plants that cause an allergic reaction to over 50 million Americas every year?  A species of plants that over 85% of the worlds population is allergic to?

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Poison Sumac are poisonous plants that dwell in most parts of the United States and can camouflage itself in your garden.  Without knowing its whereabouts or its defining characteristics, this can certainly ruin a weekend if infected.

Redness, itching, and blistering are all side effects of the allergic reaction that can be caused by coming into contact with these plants and not taking the proper actions to rid oneself of the infection.

Next time you are curious about a mysterious green on your property or an awkward looking plant on your stroll through the woods, keep this infographic in mind before grabbing what could be an itchy mistake.

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GreenPal Lawn Care Poison Ivy Infographic

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