A Couple Easy Tips to Improve Your Sleep

We all know that first movement of the day. That awkward way we’re forcing our brain to send signals to raise our lifeless arm, reach out into the nothingness and hit that snooze-button. Repeat a few times and the routine is complete. Like some kind of vampire, awaking from his slumber after a few decades, arising from his coffin we slowly and painfully make our way out of bed. Desperately trying to rub the sleep from your eyes the only thought you’re able to process is “I hope I remembered setting the timer on the coffee machine”. As you perform the rest of your morning rituals, you’re promising yourself to sleep earlier the next day, just like you promised yourself the day before that. If this sounds all too familiar to you, read on and learn how to propel out of your bed with a smile!

Sleep. Obviously, this is vital to our existence. Surprisingly, we actually don’t know all the reason as to why, but we have solved some of the mysteries around our need of sleep. It’s a way for our brain to process all the information we’ve gathered throughout our day, and store all those precious memories where they belong. Our body and brain are actually highly active during our sleep! One quick way of increasing the quality of our sleep is to drink plenty of water. Think of sleeping as our bodies way of going into maintenance. Throughout the night, the body is cleansing itself of toxins, and we can help that process simply by staying hydrated throughout the day and having a glass of water before bed!

Exercise. You knew it was coming. Exercise, but not just your body but also your mind! Stimulate your brain to improve your sleep. Solve some Sudoku or Crosswords, put your brain into hyperdrive by doing some betting betting or pick up a new phrase in another language and repeat it throughout your day! Yoga, jogging, weightlifting and all other physical activities are great, but remember to properly exercise your brain.

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Ways To Pick The Perfect Ring Without Knowing Her Size

So, you have finally found your “one?” That’s amazing! First, the good news: you know you plan on spending the rest of your life with. The bad news: you need to know her ring size! This is where the hard work starts – besides planning when and where to ask her to marry you, you need to find the perfect ring that will fit her.

Here are some sneaky ways to ensure you pick a ring that will fit:

1. Start with Her

If you want to be sneaky about figuring out her ring size, you’re going to need patience. So, start planning and leave enough time for the discovery process. Don’t start asking what type of rings she likes a few weeks before you start shopping, either. Think long term.

2. Make Casual Conversation

Wait for a jewellery commercial to come on, or wait until she is browsing online to ask her what type of jewellery she likes. Find out if she prefers white gold, silver, or gold.

3. Check Out Her Size While She Is Sleeping

If you want your proposal to be a surprise, and perhaps you are considering handmade engagement rings in Melbourne by Simon West Fine Jewellery, you can wait until she is asleep and wrap a piece of string or thin piece of paper around her finger. Keep in mind that you need to measure her left hand that she will wear the ring on. It does make a difference since the hand she uses to write with will be as much as half a size bigger.  If you already have a ring, try to avoid getting it sized any more or less than a size from what you need as it will compromise the stones, particularly if the ring has side stones. Instead, have the ring made slightly “off size” to be safe and to avoid the hassle of losing stones.

4. Fake a Purchase!

Take your lucky lady along on an outing to a jewellery store and pretend that you want to buy a ring for your sister/mother/niece, or any other relative as a special occasion gift. Ask her to try a few rings on and try to judge the sizes that way. An even better plan is call the jeweller before you go and let them in on your plan so that they can determine her ring size as she tries different rings on. This can help you reduce sizing errors significantly!

5. Borrow an Existing Ring

This one may not have occurred to you, but it works well. If you live with your future fiancé, take a look through her jewellery box and find a ring she doesn’t wear often but that you know fits her. Borrow it on the sly to get the correct size from the jeweller – just make sure she doesn’t suspect a thing!

That’s it – 5 possible ways to figure out the right ring size for the love of your life. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start getting your plan together!

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6 Ways To Keep Up Your Yoga Habits When Traveling

Summer is the busiest season for excursion, and in the coming months loads of us will be far from home. Numerous cutting edge yogis assemble their practice around studio classes: we as a whole have our most loved areas, instructors, and times to go to class, and any disturbance in our routine can bring about our yoga practice to fall by the wayside.  So how would we keep from dismissing our yoga while voyaging?

1. Pack for practice. Try not to give yourself a chance to state, “I don’t have anything to wear!” Pack no less than one asana equip that does twofold obligation as an agreeable plane or auto furnish. A number of the new cutting edge textures will wash and dry rapidly in an inn sink (bring some tender cleanser), so you don’t need to over-pack.

Additionally, consider purchasing a travel tangle that is particularly made to be collapsed to fit in the littlest go ahead. It won’t give much pad, however it will shield you from filthy surfaces and give your hands and feet something to hold.

2. Prepare. Do some exploration on the accessibility of open classes at your goal. Search for neighborhood studios to attempt, and recall that numerous inns and spas offer yoga classes to visitors.

Another awesome approach to get your practice in while you’re away is by gushing on the web classes. Spare yourself time on your excursion by going on the web before your takeoff to bookmark an assortment of recordings to attempt (distinctive lengths, levels, and so on.). That way you won’t invest half of the energy you reserved for work on hunting down the ideal class to suit your disposition.

3. Take it outside. It can be unbelievably supporting to withdraw to a room where you can close the entryway and discover peace and calm. In any case, consider moving your practice outside where your faculties will wake up to the greater part of the sounds, odors, and vibes of your surroundings. On the off chance that you feel hesitant about outsiders watching you, recollect that you’ll most likely never observe them again – also, you could conceivably make them sufficiently inquisitive to attempt yoga for themselves!

4. Get imaginative with props. No supports, squares or straps? Don’t worry about it. Utilize cushions or stacked covers to emulate supports, books or other tough protests as pieces, and a scarf or belt rather than a strap. With respect to covers, those are normally ample, regardless of the possibility that they’re not the beautiful ones we’re utilized to from the studio and not to forget your yoga travel mat.

5. Any practice is superior to no practice. Abstain from succumbing to “win big or bust” considering, and don’t skirt your practice on the grounds that your calendar doesn’t take into consideration your standard hour and a half stream. What about a couple Sun Salutations in the break before supper, or some standing postures when you stop for gas amid a street trip? When you grab these pockets of time you may be amazed at what number of “small scale rehearses” you can fit in.

6. Take a get-away from your physical practice. I know: I’ve invested this energy persuading you to remain predictable in your practice, isn’t that so? However now and again we can turn out to be inflexibly connected to the “need” of our day by day asana hone. At the point when your body needs rest, compelling yourself to push through a thorough physical practice can prompt to burnout, or more terrible, damage. Once in a while a short break from a routine – even your yoga routine – permits you to energize your batteries and afterward return revived and recommitted. Discharge the frenzy of accepting you’re permitting your practice to “slip by”, and ride the rushes of vitality and recuperation that are fundamental parts of life.

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New Year, New You … This Time We Mean It

New Year, New You … or at least that’s how the saying goes. Most resolutions roll away quicker than Big Ben can chime to 12. However, there are a few which are realistic and can be stuck to for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

Drink More

If your one resolution was to drink less alcohol, then have no fear – this will probably help you in the long run. According to recent research, as a nation we don’t drink enough water, leaving our bodies to go into dehydration and having to make up for the lack of H2O from other sources, such as food. We all know that it cleanses our body, makes us feel more energised and is generally good for us, so why don’t we do it more? Make it habit to have at least three glasses a day. Your body will thank you.

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Love Your Skin

Invest in some good quality skincare products and you will reap the rewards. Routines involving moisturisers, toners, cleansers and body butters are becoming increasingly normalised, and more people are cottoning on to the trend – a snoop around Natural Skincare’s website should point you in the right direction if you’re not there already. It’s not just about keeping your skin youthful-looking, it’s about keeping it healthy; it battles with some pretty tough stuff on a daily basis, give it some love!

Keep In Touch

Despite us having the means to get in contact with whoever we wish nowadays, a lot of us don’t utilise it enough. We are becoming a generation of recluses insomuch as we prefer to watch other peoples’ lives through a screen than be there in the moment enjoying it. When was the last time you went out with an old friend? Have you seen your group of pals lately? Make plans and start sticking to them; it’s a lot better than sitting in by yourself, and studies show social media is actually making us more depressed. What more reason do you need to put down your phone (after using it to make plans, of course…)


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Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Now, this one is pretty scary and one that won’t come easily. Stick with it. By getting out of your comfort zone, you are essentially opening yourself up for trying new things. It doesn’t have to be something as radical as jumping out of a plane at 12,000ft or slamming a resignation letter in front of your boss before heading out into the big wide world (in fact, don’t burn your bridges at all) – it can be something as small as going out and grabbing a coffee by yourself, or catching a train to somewhere completely new. It can be as grand or minute a gesture as you wish, and that’s the fabulous thing about it all – you are in complete control of whatever you do.

So what are you waiting for? Go and clean your skin, down a glass of water, grab a friend and be off on your next adventure…

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Tips For VIPS: Hosting A VIP At An Event

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Managing events can be stressful enough without having to cater for VIPs. You may be hosting a business conference and may have specially invited a leading businessman to give a talk. You may be launching a product or a business and be using an important figure to sponsor it. Or you may be hosting a sports event or a local fare and you’ve caught wind that a celebrity or important community figure wants to be there. Whatever the reason for your VIP being there, here is how to prepare and ensure they get the most suitable service.

Shout about them during promotion

If you’ve arranged a workshop or launch party for your store and want people to come, the fact that you have an important figure there should be a key selling point. Include it in social media, on posters, in personal emails – however you plan to promote. Check that the VIP is definitely coming and if they are alright with you publicly using them as a selling point. Some celebrities may want to arrive as a surprise guest to limit paparazzi and hordes of adoring fans. Some VIPs may simply want to be treated as equals.

Check they have travel and accommodation planned

Many VIPs will have personal planners to arrange hotel rooms and transport to the venue if needed. Check just in case that this is all sorted and if any arrangements need to be made such as private access and parking, as well as letting them know they appropriate time to arrive.

Hire security

Your event may require security. A VIP may attract many fans who may attempt to sneak in. Some figures may even be so important that it could endanger them to not have protection. Hire security guards in order to keep the event running smoothly. Even events without VIPs may require security just to keep unwanted personnel away.

Give the VIP their own private area

Your important guest may want their own area to relax before, after or during the event. This could include a dressing room, a private tent, a place to park up their VIP vehicle or a private booth or seating area for spectating an event. Research your VIP in case they require any special equipment or food and drinks. Don’t go overboard – a local mayor or important businessman may want to mix with the crowd and not be treated with royalty.

Invite your VIP to take part in event proceedings

Don’t just treat your VIP like a decoration. Offer them the chance of getting involved. Have them give a talk at your conference or cut the ribbon of your new store. There should be a practical reason for them being there other than simply being a marketing ploy. Of course, if your guest has come along by their own will, they may not want to get involved (such as a celebrity spectating a sports event or going to a concert). Similarly, you should be wary of VIPs that want to steal the show.

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Get That Ice Or No Dice! Everyone Should Consider A Diamond Engagement Ring!

Over the last few years, we have seen a lot more flexibility with wedding trends and traditions. No everyone has speeches or seating plans. Some prefer a pink or blue dress, while others choose locations like the Space Centre or Kew Gardens instead of a traditional church. Others choose to head off to a beach, or even to Las Vegas to tie the knot! Some people even choose a ruby, opal or emerald engagement ring. But diamonds still remain the most popular symbol of engagement and here’s why.



Diamonds more so than pearls or rubies or sapphires are highly prized in the jewellery market. They are beautiful clear colour jewels with a crystal structure. They are, in fact, one of the rarest jewels that you can find on Earth. They are actually produced over million of years when carbon comes under pressure. Or they can also be made in a lab environment, although these are often not as expensive as the naturally made kind.


You should consider a diamond engagement ring because of the expense. Yes, there is no getting away from it. Diamonds are expensive. But why is expense important when you get engaged?

Well, traditionally it plays into the seriousness with which the groom is proposing. It’s almost like security. You know that if he has spent a lot on the ring, he is or likely to go through with the wedding and that he can provide for the future.

Another old fashioned reason is that it can symbolize how much the bride means to her man. An expensive ring shows that he holds her in high regard and will do what he can to make her happy during their married life.


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Diamonds are also one of the hardest materials on earth. Which make them practically indestructible. That means that they are a symbol of lasting commitment you are making by getting engaged.

Are these traditions outdated?

The thing is that we don’t often talk about these traditional conventions. So people aren’t always exactly aware of why expensively is better. Also, there are a little outmoded now women are out there making their own money and paying their own bills.

You have to remember too, that these days most people haven’t just got money to throw around. So they may be looking for a stylish but cheaper option when it comes to getting engaged. That why other stones are becoming more popular.

Of course, it is still nice to have the symbolism of eternal love represented by the diamonds. Luckily, it’s possible to find some gorgeous preloved engagement rings from designer jewellery companies. So you can get the look without spending all of the money you have in reserve for the wedding.

Diamond or nope?


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So times have changed. Getting a diamond engagement ring is no longer about providing security for the future or proving the depths of your love. But they are still meaningful as engagement jewels because they symbolise the everlasting nature of love.

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Office Party SOS! How To Avoid Being On The Worst-Dressed List

We’re in December, and this means that the Christmas countdown has officially begun. For many of us, the festive period involves at least one party. If you cringe every time you read the worst-dressed lists in the papers and magazines, you’re probably hoping to swerve this accolade at your work bash. Here are some tips to make sure you’re the talk of the office for all the right reasons.

Finding a style that suits you

Very few people suit every style of party outfit going. Unless you’re one of the very lucky ones, you’ll probably need to try a few options for size before you find something perfect. When you’re shopping for new clothes, always bear your body shape in mind. Certain shapes and fits will flatter some body shapes much more than others. If you’re not sure what suits you, try on lots of different styles. You’ll also find some helpful tips online. Aim for a look that highlights your best features. If you love your legs, but you’re conscious of your stomach, for example, go for an A-line mini dress. If you’re proud of your abs but you hate your thighs, a crop top and pleated midi skirt will flatter your shape.

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Avoiding underwear issues

Nothing spoils an outfit like a stray strap or a visible knicker line. Thankfully, today, there are all kinds of pants and bras out there. You can buy shapewear to slim you down and give you a fabulous silhouette. You can order backless and strapless bras and pants with no VPL. Or you could opt for something more alluring, like a silk underwear set. Always match the colour of your underwear to your dress or skirt. If you’re searching for underwear this party season, have a look at offers like the Tutti Rouge sale at Knicker Locker.


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Dressing for the occasion

When you’re going to a celebration of any kind, it’s important to dress for the occasion. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb or be uncomfortable. If it’s a formal dinner, go for a dress or skirt and heels. If you’re going for lunch or cocktails, skinny jeans and a sequin top or a tailored jumpsuit may be more suitable. If it’s an informal gathering or a fun activity, like outdoor ice skating, opt for a casual look. Check the weather forecast before you leave the house. Take a coat if you’re going to be outside for any part of the evening. You can always take it off and put it in a cloakroom when you arrive.

As a general rule, it’s best to avoid showing too much flesh at a work event. It’s a party, but you’ll be there with your colleagues and bosses. Avoid plunging necklines and incredibly short hemlines. Nobody wants to be the person everybody’s talking about at the water cooler the next day because they’ve exposed a bit too much.


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Buying clothes that fit

This may seem obvious, but many of us buy clothes without trying them on first. Sizing varies so much between different brands and labels. The style of an item can also affect the way it fits you. If you buy a dress, and it’s too small or too big, it won’t look right. Try and make time to try things on in the shop, or order different sizes if you’re shopping online. You can try them at home, and then send the one you don’t want back to the store. Many of us vow to slim down before Christmas parties. But resist the temptation to buy something as an incentive. If you don’t hit the target, you’ll have wasted your money on a dress that doesn’t fit.


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It’s that time of year again. The office Christmas party is looming, and there’s a mixture of excitement and trepidation in the air. We all want to have fun at Christmas, but it’s essential to know your limits when it comes to the work party. Dress for your body type and the occasion. Think about the dress code, and go for something that flatters your shape. It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident, as well as looking fabulous. Try different styles on, and make sure you get your underwear right. If you’re ordering online, give yourself time to find something else if what arrives doesn’t suit. It’s also wise to buy two sizes just in case. Parties are all about having fun after months of hard work, and hopefully, this guide will help you to plan the perfect outfit and steer well clear of the worst-dressed list.

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Great Business Ideas For Busy Mums

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If you thought running a business was difficult, trying running a business when you’re a mum! Your time is severely limited, and there are simply some businesses you can’t manage to full effectiveness. It might be a good time to rethink what you do for a living and see if another business venture takes your interest. These opportunities provide more flexibility and less reliance on intensive workloads.

Freelance & Consultancy Work

If you want the ultimate way of balancing your business with free time, the internet offers some great ways to do it. By freelancing, you take on as little or as much work as you intend to fight for. Nearly all of it can be done at your own pace, albeit with deadlines in mind. Consultancy is very similar, allowing you to utilise your previous knowledge to help others. You set the rates, and you control how much you work and when you do it.

Blogger / Vlogger

I don’t know how good you are at writing or sitting in front of the camera, but this is a lucrative possibility. Blogging is something that anyone with impeccable writing skills can get involved with. Vlogging requires expertise with video editing and a good personality in the first instance. If you’re successful, it can bring in some serious cash. Give some serious thought to both options.

Daycare Business

This is an obvious one! You’re already taking care of your own bundle of joy. If you enjoy it as much as we hope you do, why not take it further? By running your own daycare business, you can get paid to look after multiple children. Websites like www.uCheck.co.uk can get you the DBS check you need, and there aren’t many other startup costs aside from that. You know the best bit? You get free daycare for your child because you’re the one providing it!

Course Development

If you’ve ever browsed websites like https://alison.com or https://www.udemy.com, you’ll have found many courses. While some of them are developed by big establishments, others are made by people like you and I. If you want to create a course centred around your skillset, you have the potential to do that. Then, if it proves popular, you’ll rake in the profits as a result. It’s a great way of making money from the knowledge you possess.

Franchise Business Investment

You don’t have to limit yourself to a select number of business opportunities. If you haven’t found anything you want to do on this list, that’s OK! But, to save the time and monetary constraints surrounding the establishment of a new business, you might have to cut some corners. A great way to do this is to invest in a franchise. These business opportunities provide you with your own setup, but the boring stuff is already done for you. That means you’re able to hit the ground running from day one — a luxury you’ll be glad for!

Agree or disagree with our list? Drop us a comment!

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Early Planning Essentials For The Perfect Wedding

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Your wedding day promises to be one of the best of your life. The planning stages can also be some of the most stressful. There’s so much to consider that your head will be spinning. Some small additions to your early planning can make your life much easier as the big day arrives. Breaking the mammoth task of planning into stages is sure to take a little of the stress away. Here are a few things you should start considering as soon as possible.


It may sound simple, but planning your budget early on will be a lifesaver. Weddings can be a real money pit once you get into them and having a set amount in mind will help you know when to draw the line. That line will be a constant point to come back to when you’re at risk of getting lost in wedding mayhem. When you find yourself veering off track (which is likely to happen at some point, let’s be honest), your already planned budget with help put you back on level footing.


You can’t get much done until you know a time and date. Get this out of the way as early as possible. A set date will give you a clear deadline to work towards, as well as allowing you to move forward with your other plans. With most venues getting booked years in advance, this is a case of ‘you snooze, you lose.’ Get booked up as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your dream venue or season.


Guest lists are one of the most stressful aspects to consider in those early stages. Getting yours done as soon as possible will be a big relief. With your venue sorted, you should have some idea of numbers by now. Deciding whether to invite an uncle you barely know may seem like a stressful undertaking, but it’s necessary. Whether you’re having a big white wedding or a small affair, guests are going to play a big part in your day. Make sure you know who will be sharing the experience with you.


With your guest list already done, you can get started on your save the date cards. A new phenomenon, save the date cards can be a fantastic way to ensure all your guests have plenty of notice. They will also help make your wedding invitations easier when you get to them. Like venues, people need as much notice as possible. After all, you don’t want to risk your loved ones not being able to attend. These cards may seem like a huge task but think of it as a warm up for that looming time when your invitations need to go out. You can even match the style on your save the date cards and your invitations. With that in mind, this will definitely be saving you a job in the long run.

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Getting Business Renovations Right: Essential Things to Consider

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Sometimes a business needs to be renovated. Perhaps everything is starting to look old-fashioned, or you want to reconfigure a space. Maybe things are starting to fall apart a little, and it all needs an update. Whatever the reason for the renovation, it can take a long time to organise and carry out. Getting everything right can be complicated. There are a number of issues to consider. You have to think about whether you can stay open during renovations and how else it might affect your business. There’s your budget to take into account, and finding the right people to do the work.

Getting the Timing Right

Working out the timing on a business renovation can be difficult. It’s usually made harder if you’re a customer-facing business. For example, a store or a hotel could have problems if they have ongoing renovations disrupting business. Even if you don’t deal with customers face-to-face, it could mean disrupting work for your employees. Deciding on the timeline of your renovations is a vital part of planning it. You might choose to do it all quickly or to complete it in stages. Work out what will happen when different areas are inoperable due to the renovations. Will work be moved elsewhere or will part of your business shut down for a while?

Keeping Things Clean and Safe

Health and safety is essential to consider when you renovate your business. It’s especially important if you will still have staff or customers on site. You need to ensure that they are safe and won’t be affected by the activity, noise, and dust. You’ll need to think about issues such as skip hire so that the site can be kept as clean as possible. It’s a good idea to consider signs and perhaps surrounding the renovation site with wooden boards. They can both improve safety and let people know that business is continuing.

Hiring the Right Contractors

Finding the best contractors for the job can take longer than you might plan for. You need to weigh your options carefully instead of picking the first available one. There are also more professionals than you might think you need at first. For example, you could be speaking to architects, engineers, interior designers, and building planners. Make sure there’s plenty of time to find the right people and to put a plan into place.

Sticking to a Budget

You need to ensure your business has a set budget before you begin. Deciding what this budget might be can be tricky. You’ll have to look at what the renovation is likely to cost alongside what you can afford. It’s possible you could take out a loan to help pay for the renovation. There are many costs you’ll need to take into account. They range from designing your renovation to getting the work done. Don’t get caught out by anything unexpected.

Renovating all or part of your business premises could give them new life. However, it could be an exhausting project. Don’t take it on without considering all it requires.

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