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19.6.17

Get That Junk Out of Your House!




Over the years, we tend to acquire way too many possessions. Things we don’t need. Things we don’t even necessarily love. A lot of people know this, and have had ‘declutter’ on their to-do list for quite some time; others really don’t think all that much about it because they can still make their homes look really tidy.
Having all this junk in your home doesn’t really do a great deal for your comfort. So perhaps it’s time that you actually make the time to declutter your household. It doesn’t matter what the reason is. Whether you’re looking for a way to make your home less stressful, or you’re moving home and want to reduce your packing needs, or even if you’re simply looking to buy more stuff and don’t have any room for it, this guide is for you!
Schedule
schedule is pretty much key to anything you want to accomplish in life, and decluttering is no exception. Make sure you have the time to do this; book time off of work if you have to. Pick a day, pick a time, pick a room. Get to work. Even if you dedicate an hour a day to a room and complete the task over the course of a week, you’re still making progress.

Start with the big stuff
If you’re looking to really make some space in your home, then it’s best to deal with the big stuff first. Do you have too many chairs? A spare spare bed? A bookshelf that doesn’t actually contain any books? A sofa bigger than you require? Then start with those. Move them into the attic, or hire a van to get it out of your sight for good.
Defeat sentimentality
Now we move onto the small things. The problem with these smaller objects is the root cause of a vast amount of home clutter: sentimentality. It doesn’t matter if you don’t need the item; if it brings back memories when you look at it, it can be hard to throw it away. (Unless the memories are, y’know, awful. In which case, what are you doing keeping it!?) You should look into strategies for throwing sentimentality to the wind if you’re really serious about getting rid of the clutter in your home.

Donating and selling
When you’re sorting out all this junk, it’s best to sort things into piles (or, better yet, put them into appropriate boxes or bags). The things that you’re selling belong in one category. Things you’re donating to charities belong to another. But within those categories are other categories! For example, the donation pile may consist of clothes, books, electronics, etc - some charity organizations will take all of them, but some will only take specific items. The same goes for any outlet that’s willing to buy this sort of stuff from you.
Trash
If you know that you can’t sell or donate something, and it inspires no positive feelings within you, then you need to get rid of it responsibly. If you’ve collected a lot of this sort of thing, then get someone round with a van who can either dispose of it or recycle it. 
You should be left with a much clearer home, as well as a clearer mind. Try not to let it get cluttered again!

16.6.17

How To Prepare Mentally and Physically For Your Dream Wedding

Your wedding day is approaching and you have dreams of the grand event in your mind. However, making a dream into a reality takes a lot of work and planning. Yes, it is worth every moment of it, but if you are not prepared for the task at hand, your dream wedding can make you one tired and not so fun bride on your honeymoon. 
Fear not. There are plenty of couples who have managed to create their dream wedding without wearing themselves out. We will share some of their proven tips with you.

First things first

When you prepare for a marathon, you begin with your body and mind. You make sure you are operating at your full potential before you strap on your running shoes. Preparing for a dream wedding is much like that. There are a million details to attend to. From the venue to the bridal gown, to the menu, there are endless decisions to make. 
Your mind must be sharp. Your memory must be clear. You must have high energy levels and you need plenty of restful sleep. Nootropics can help. Corpina is the industry leader in the manufacturing of proven, all natural supplements that improve all of these areas. Everyone from college students to CEOs is using them and they will help you too.
During your prep time, stay away from sugar, caffeine, and other unhealthy foods. Take time to exercise, even if it is just a 10-minute walk daily. You will feel better and function at 100%.

Dream Big

When you think about your dream wedding, think big. This is the platform from which you will build your design. Do you see yourself in a chapel or make on a beach in Hawaii? Do you picture all the glam and glitz or a more casual affair? Do you see your groom in a tux with tails or jeans and a jacket? 
Get online, buy bridal magazines go to bridal shows and get inspired. Get the idea of what you want before you begin the plans of how to make it happen. 

There’s an app for that!

Visit your app store for apps that will help you keep up with, track, and plan the details of your event. Look for apps by The Knot which will help with guests lists, wedding website management and a lot more. If you are working with a wedding planner (and you should be) make sure they are using the apps too so everyone is in sync. 

Narrow The Playing Field


Of course, you want your wedding to be your brand. You want it to reflect you as a person and as a couple. But, do not make the mistake of trying to combine things to make your statement that is not really wedding material.  You may love the old style southern look. You may envision a grand house with Magnolia blooms lining the stairwell. Your future husband may be into horses. A horse and buggy would be a perfect addition to your fantasy wedding. But if he is really into motorcycles and the James Dean look, it will be a strange to arrive in a white tee shirt on a motorcycle. The groom's cake can reflect his hobby but you need to agree on wedding decor that fits the mood and era you want to present.

Your dream wedding can be anything you want it to be. As long as you plan carefully, budget properly and prioritize, there is no limit placed on you. So get started, stay healthy, and stay focused!  You can do this.


Author Bio
Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Victoria Gate Casino On Fathers Day

Victoria Gate Casino has been the hot topic of conversation since it opened in the fabulous Victoria Gate. I visited their Curve Bar for a cocktail masterclass, which you can read about here. When I realised they were offering something exciting for Father's Day, I really wanted to be a part of it.

The Father's Day Deal included 2 or 3 course meal, FREE £10 electonic gaming ticket, Dad's eat free and get a free selected drink, and all other diners receive a £5 promo ticket. The casino restaurant is affordable anyway, and is chic and stylish, it's grand and beautiful. For all those who are nervous about stepping into a casino, it really truly is the Las Vegas experience in Leeds. ul of slot machines, big screen TV's and lots of areas to have a drink and you do not need to be tied to any membership.


We started out in the restaurant and had I decided on having a delicious falafel burger and we also ordered the Hunter's Chicken. The staff in the restaurant are incredibly friendly and accomodating and nothing was too much trouble. Food is available 24 hours in the casino.

 








For more information on the casino and what other offers they have during the year then click here to go straight to their website. *Always gamble responsibly*

You're Not Beyonce, And You Don't Have To Be!




The thing about the beauty industry is that it's full of insider tips and tricks that we regular girls often don't get to hear about. But we can spend hours comparing ourselves to images online and in magazines, wondering why no matter how hard we try we can't achieve the same standard? But what can we do about this? Well, we can take some inspiration from these secrets and apply it to our own beauty regime. Read on to find out more. 

Be realistic

First of all, before we get into the secrets of the beauty industry, it's just necessary to know that they are there. 
Why? Well, it helps us to be more accepting and not put less pressure on ourselves to live up to beauty standards that aren't 100% natural. You're not Beyonce, and you don't have to be! 
Of course, there is nothing wrong with taking a leaf out of the celebrities book and doing something to maximise our look like the suggestions below. But just realizing that they need help too, can make it a lot easier for us to be at peace with ourselves. 

Realise that a lot of celebs have work done 

Now, you will probably be fairly aware of this ‘secret,' as it can be pretty obvious when celebrities have had extensive work done. Such as facelifts and nose jobs. Even if they don't like to admit it in public.

Photo Courtesy of: Flickr
But having work done doesn't need to be so extreme. In fact, if you are looking to improve your appearance you can do much more subtle things like facial fillers, and lip plumpers that can really change the look of your face. As well as being much quicker, cheaper, and less invasive than going under the knife. 

Realise a lot of celebs wear wigs

Photo Courtesy of: Pixabay
Another well-kept secret in the world of celebrity beauty is that famous people wear wigs. Especially for an important occasions like red carpet appearances and the like. 
Now, you may think, well it’s understandable if they are losing their hair, but wig wearing isn't just limited to those going bald. It’s a commonplace article for anyone and everyone that wants to look their best. 

Photo Courtesy of: Pixabay
These wigs are expensive too, as they are often custom made to match the celebrities own hair colour and texture. But exactly can we learn from this? Well, first of all, that looking after our hair is a vital part of any beauty regime. 
Secondly, you can try wearing wigs for big nights out, as they are readily available online. Or you can choose to enhance your own locks with extensions making them longer, or giving them a totally different style without having to go through the risk of actually getting it cut. 

Realise a lot of celebs have professional makeup artists

Lastly, it always helps to remember when you are looking at a picture of celebs at their best that they have a professional makeup artist in their employ. That means not only do they have the benefit of having someone do their makeup for them, but that person is also a professional with extensive experience in making people look their best.

We can learn from this by practicing our makeup looks before we wear them for real. As well as ensuring that our makeup is always well matched to our skin tone and applied properly so as to look flawless in all lights. 


9.6.17

Giving Something Back To The World



Do you ever feel like you want to give something back to the world that has provided you with so much? Perhaps, your life has been going rather well lately, and you want to show the love to other people. This is totally understandable, and it is basic human nature to want to do something positive and give something back without expecting anything in return. But this can also be quite difficult. 
You might want to give to charity, but how do you fit that into your budget. It can be hard, particularly if you just about have enough money to get by yourself. So maybe you want to dedicate time rather than money, but again it can be tricky to fit this into a busy lifestyle. You might soon realise that if you search long enough, you will always find issues that will stop you from giving back to the world. But, if you keep looking, you’ll also discover the solutions. Here are a few of the best ways you can bring some positive energy back to the world and in doing so feel better about yourself. 

Holidays That Mean More

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We’ve just entered June and that means that a lot of people are probably looking forward to their summer vacations. Where are you off too this year? Perhaps you’re taking the kids to Disney World or maybe you’re exploring a beautiful paradise. But why not instead try and make your holiday mean a little more. 
When you’re a student, you’re always looking for ways to fill your summer vacation on a limited budget. You might come across the idea of volunteering abroad. Packages like this are often around four weeks long. You’ll spend two weeks doing volunteer work such as teaching English or building houses in Fiji. On the second two weeks, you get to explore this new location, appreciate it and have some fun. So, essentially, you get the best of both worlds, and you’ll love every minute of it. 
These types of vacation volunteer packages are available for people other than students too. So, you can easily fill a few months of your summer with a spot of relaxation and a good load of charity work. All that’s usually required is for you to pay your own way and this tends to be a lot cheaper compared to your typical vacation. 

Or, you can just organise a full three months of volunteering in a place that needs help. While this certainly won’t feel like a holiday, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience that gives you a brand new perspective of the world and the challenges that people face every day of their lives. 

Giving To Charity

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You might decide that rather than spending your summer helping people you just want to give some money to charity. But, as we have already discussed, you might find it difficult to fit this into your monthly budget. Particularly, if every so often you want to treat yourself. The best idea is to not to give any of your hard earned money away. Instead, you should raise other sums of capital for the charity that you want to support. Your first step should be finding the charity that you want to donate money too. This could be anything From Shelter to Save The Children to a charity that support veterans. However, you should look at the charities carefully. It’s fair to say that they do differ on how they handle money. Some only give a percentage of their donations to the actual cause because they have to pay their workers, marketers and other bills. 

You might be wondering about the type of ways you can raise money for charity. Well, there are options, and companies such as Cashfloat certainly provide some brilliant ideas. But some examples would be using your skill, hobby or passion. For instance, you might love baking. If that’s the case, you can make some lovely cakes and sell them for a profit. Any money you raised can then be donated to a charity. 
Alternatively, you can get sponsored to complete an activity such as running a marathon. You set yourself a big enough challenge you will discover that people are eager to get involved and support you in your endeavours. 

Helping The Planet

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Of course, it is worth pointing out that it’s not just people who need your help. The planet does too, and with a reduced support from America to help protect it, you should certainly consider providing more of your support. The best option here is to make your daily life a little more green. For instance, you might not live too far away from your place of work. If that’s the case, rather than getting in the car, get your bike instead. Or, head out for a brisk walk. Not only will this do you a world of good, it will reduce your personal CO2 emissions.
You can also think about changing your home to make it more green. If you invest in new tech, you’ll find that it uses less power than your typical technology. As such, you can lower the amount of energy that you use on a daily basis. You could also think about introducing renewable sources of power into your home. For instance, you should think about getting solar panels for the roof of your home. With solar panels, you can make sure that you use less energy at home without changing the way you live in the house or altering your family's lifestyle. 

The biggest issue here is probably the expense. But you can get help with this from environmental agencies and the government. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and that’s why these days you see so many homes with those futuristic panels on the roof. 

I hope you see now that there are lots of different ways you can give back and make a difference to the world. Even if you are strapped for cash or running low on time, there is always ways to fit this into your lifestyle and feel a little better about yourself.