Ways To Have Fun With Your Girlfriends

We spend so much of our time working and trying to sort our lives out that we often forget to have a little bit of fun. Whether it is neglecting friends and forgetting to text back, or not going out for that dinner you planned months ago, it's good to socialise and it's also good for you to let your hair down. Having fun with your friends is a key factor in maintaining good mental health and not feeling too withdrawn from life. It can be difficult, but you have to remember that there are plenty of ways to have fun, and some of them even include winning prizes! Here are my top tips for what to do for a girly night out!

1.  Spa Day

Instead of going out and spending a ton of money on booze and feeling dreadful the day after, why not look at a day spa. Many hotels actually offer this for non-residents and if not, there are a lot of day spas around where you can have a massage, perhaps a manicure and pedicure and a swim and jacuzzi and feel rejuvinated. Always time for a drink afterwards and it'll allow you to feel calm after the stressful week you've probably just encountered!

2. Bingo Night?

Why not stay home, with some takeaway food, or better yet, some delicious home cooked food and nibbles, with a glass of wine and play a game online. There are plenty of bingo sites and it's super fun, and gets everyone involved and you can even win. It's a nice relaxing thing to do without going out and what's even better is that you don't have to mess around with makeup!

3. Get Active

Keeping active is good for your mind, and on these lovely long summer evenings, why not opt for a long walk around the park, or down a trail, with your walking shoes on and explore the areas around you, with your closest friends. It beats the gym and can be a lovely bonding session. There'll always be a pub somewhere along your trek!

4. Be Crafty

There are so many arts and craft shops about that it's easy to make so many exciting pieces, either for your home, as gifts, or just for fun. There are lots of places, including garden centres, that sell lots of craft things. It can be a really lovely thing to do on a rainy day, or if it's sunny, take your crafts outside and have a little picnic. You can make so many things and it's also a very therapuetic thing to do. Take a look at the nearest craft shop and make some cool bits for yourselves!

Make Your Garden Part Of Your Home

Your garden can easily become neglected. We don't live in a country where we have wonderful weather all the time but I know that I love outdoor living. I can however forget to take good care of my garden and more often than not, I throw a few plant pots in and plants some bulbs and forget about it but there are some ways and tips to make your garden a little more liveable and create a happy space outdoors, because a little bit of fresh air and having making the most of your outdoor space is a very important thing to do for your physical and mental health.

Add Furniture

Take a little look at your local charity shops for furniture that you can use outdoors. A little bistro table, perhaps an old wooden table that you can paint up! If you already have some furniture, then giving it a little makeover can make it feel like new. Add colour, perhaps add some weather resistent cushions and blankets for evenings when it can get a little chillier. A swinging bench is always a great addition to any garden for cosy evenings and reading but if you can't find anything within budget, then a smaller bistro table will get the job done - you can even take your office outdoors if you need to!


Add a little texture to your garden or driveway and get it repaved or add some decorative flooring. This is a lovely way to bring a bit of style to a bland garden and make sure that it looks good and feels good under foot. This then can enhance what you already have, and make those little plant pots look even cuter!

Add Lights

Lighting is key, indoors as well as out. You can intertwine some fairy lights around your fence or perhaps around your door. These can be solar powered so you don't have to worry about leads, and there are plenty of garden centres that sell them for reasonable prices. This way you can make it cute and cosy and looking pretty. Get something a little different, butterflys or rose gold lanterns, or perhaps something that just suits you and your needs. It also brings the indoors outdoors a little, and will of course make your garden that extra little bit Instagram-worthy!

Make Your Garden Practical

Your garden can be used for so many things, but of course, growing your own vegetables and fruits is a big one. It saves a lot of money in the long run and you can have fresh organic veg everyday. Simple fruit trees are easy to maintain, or even herbs if you enjoy cooking can be grown on patios and it just adds a little more homeliness to your garden. I thoroughly enjoyfinding new things to plant and grow as it feels like you're creating such a lovely environment to live in, and it's healthy!

Get Ahead & Plan Your Winter Break Now!

It might still be summer but if you’re hoping to get away this winter, now is the time to get planning your break. Most of us are thinking about where to spend our summer sunning ourselves. However, now is also the ideal time to get ready for your winter break. The truth is, when it comes to travel, the earlier you book, the better. So, to help you save money on your next break, below are a few tips and ideas for getting your winter getaway booked early. The question is, what should you do, where should you go, and who should you travel with?
To help you plan the perfect winter getaway, below are a few tips and suggestions.What type of trip do you want?
First and foremost, you need to decide on the type of trip that you want. Do you dream of a luxury getaway to a little log cabin in the Meribel ski area? Or, do you love the idea of taking a family trip to the slopes? Maybe, you fancy spending a week in a little cottage somewhere in France? Or, perhaps you like the idea of heading somewhere that stays hot all year around, such as Florida, The Canary Islands, or Cyprus, for instance? Before you book your trip, it’s important to take the time to think about the type of break that you want.

Choosing your accommodation
Once you’ve determined the type of trip that you want to take, the next step is to look at your accommodation options. Of course, the type of accommodation that you’ll opt for will depend on who you’re traveling with and the type of break that you want. If you’re hoping for a fun and relaxed getaway, staying in self-catered accommodation could be best. However, if you’re hoping for a more luxurious break, opting to stay in a hotel could be the best option. The good news is, wherever you opt to stay shouldn’t be too expensive to book as you’ll be booking it early. Make sure that before you book anywhere in particular, that you take the time to look around and compare prices. Sometimes, by shopping around you can get some fantastic deals on incredible accommodation options.
Planning your activities

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The great thing about booking your trip nice and early is that when it comes to planning your itinerary, you’ve got plenty of time to get it sorted. This means you can shop around online for the best deals for sights and attractions that you want to visit. You’ll also have the best pick of all the excursions that your travel operator offers. So you can take your time looking at the sights and attractions on offer. And then once you know what you want to see and do, you can plan an itinerary that fits perfectly around yourself and your travel buddies. (If you have any that is - you may opt to travel alone.)
When it comes to travel, being organised really pays off. If you take the time to plan your break early, you’ll find that it’s much easier to get everything organised. You can take your time choosing where you go, picking accommodation, and choosing what sights and attractions to see. When it comes to travel, it really is worth planning in advance, especially in terms of the savings you’ll make.

Issues That Can Kill Your Travel Plans And How I Avoid Them

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Guys, I love traveling, I do it all the time, and it’s a huge part of my life. It’s fun visiting new places, seeing the sites and exploring the world. Unfortunately, there are a few things that if you forget about them, will almost certainly kill your travel plans. As such, you need to think about them before you book a new holiday or vacation. Here are some of the biggest pitfalls you can hit with your travels and how I avoid them.
Bad Weather 
You can’t always predict bad weather, particularly if, like me, you live in England. It’s just one of the many problems of living on this small Island. That doesn’t mean there aren't ways to stop bad weather affecting your travel plans. There are a couple of ways to do this. You can think about when to book your holiday plans in the first place. For instance, I would never book a trip in February if I could avoid it. Of late, this is when the worst of the winter weather has been hitting Britain. Or, if you are booking at a time like this, make sure you have plenty of space between connecting flights. That way, even if your first flight is delayed, you’ll make the next one.

Limited Time 
You might plan a holiday at the last minute. Maybe you found some great tickets available on Hotukdeals. They constantly have last minute holidays at budget prices. In this case, you’ll suddenly find yourself flying out to America two days later. There’s a problem with that, though. If you’re heading to a country like America, you need to get a Visa. Visas take time to organize and arrange. Without one, you won’t be allowed into the country. The solution is to get an online visa for the USA. These are quick to arrange and will allow you to make your flights, getting through customs with ease. 
Unforeseen Issues 
There are plenty of issues you simply cannot foresee that will bring your travel plans to a grinding halt. One example is the threat of terrorism. I know, it’s not something you want to think about. Unfortunately, if there is a terror attack, all flights are grounded until the government says it’s okay to travel. In the UK, this happened in July 2005. There’s nothing you can do to prevent this but you can plan. You can make sure your travel insurance covers this type of problem. You may not be flying out, but at least you won’t lose a fortune.

Lost Luggage
Finally, something that will affect us all at one point or another is lost luggage. Around five percent of luggage is lost every year. Mainly, this is due to connecting flights. So, if you have a direct flight, you shouldn’t need to worry. Lost luggage does usually turn up, but there is a way to avoid it becoming a complete nightmare. Don’t pack cases by person if you are traveling in a group. Instead, make sure everyone has at least one outfit in each case. 

Tips And Tricks For Dealing With Migraines

From time to time a migraine will kick in, and it can be exceptionally debilitating. Without knowing what causes your migraines and how to combat them, it can be daunting and take away from your daily life, leaving you drained and unable to do anything.

The key causes of migraines are stress, hormones or eye strains. Women tend to get migraines or can suffer with general headaches around the time of her period. Stress, this is just sometimes unavoidable but trying tricks like yoga and meditation, can really assist your stress levels. To avoid any problems with your eyes, ensure that you get your eyes tested yearly. It may be that you need glasses or stronger lenses, it may be connected with overtiredness or a bug, but it's best to get things checked.

Ways To Help

  • Cool dark room - expel as much light as you can, wear an eye mask in bed if you bed to and keep it cool. The migraine can get worse in the heat. 
  • Medicate - try over the counter remedies, or look at Independent Pharmacy for some other options for effective migraine relief. 
  • Excerise - if you feel upto it, allow yourself to get up and try to do a little bit of exercise. This will get the blood flowing and you may start to feel a little better. This can be a little jog, or a walk, perhaps even swimming, and it can aid. 
  • Avoid caffeine & stock up on vitamins - may seem obvious but some people think the caffeine will wake them up a little and therefore perk them up but this isn't always the case. Definitely opt for some healthy options, salmon, vegies, any food with magnesium in is very good. 
  • Hydrate - drink plenty! We forget to do this usually when we do feel OK and the effects can be very bad. Keep up your fluids, this will really help also and get some rest! 
So here are some of your tips to keeping healthier and happier when a migraine strikes! Don't allow your life to be dictacted by migraines any longer and be sure to try all of the above to feel better quicker! 

The Weird And Wonderful Things You Can Do For Charity

Doing something for charity can be both rewarding and exciting. Many charities often rely solely on the donations of others for good work to continue. But often people don’t want to just donate a small amount that they can afford, they like the idea of doing something different, to raise awareness and potentially raise much more than they could personally donate themselves. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the weird and wonderful things you could do for charities close to your heart. Perhaps it will inspire you to try one yourself to raise money and awareness.

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Get onboard with an ongoing trek, climb or hike
Thankfully, you don’t have to have that lightbulb moment yourself when it comes to looking out for events and organised activities. All you need is the inspiration to actually do something and then head to the internet to look for something that might spark your interest. There are plenty of organised treks, hikes or climbs you can be part of, often in aid of your chosen charity or something that is close to your heart. Think climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking the Oman desert or even something as simple as a sponsored climb or hike where miles and distance are what you base your donation on. 
A charity swim
A popular way to raise money is to consider a charity swim. This is a great way to encourage you to raise money while also taking care of your health in the process. You could easily be sponsored by how many lengths you do. Or if you want to be a little weird and crazy why not take on some of the biggest swimming challenges. A sea or lake swim can be a great way to encourage more donations, due to the type of event you are taking part in. Although, ensure that you only take on something that you are physically able to do. 
Donate something crazy
If you like the idea of raising a large sum of money but don’t feel confident enough to take part, in any event, yourself, then why not donate something to a charity organisation. Of course, the crazier, the better, and in truth the more money that could potentially be raised. Charities have been known to accept car donations enabling them to sell the asset for funds, old pieces of furniture or clothing with a backstory, or anything celebrity related can always work well with charity. 
Change something about yourself
Finally, why not do something a little different with yourself to raise money for charity. Perhaps you have long hair and would be willing to have it all off for charity. Maybe you would get a tattoo or a body piercing if enough money was raised. There are many different possibilities that you could consider, and as long as you are 100% comfortable with it, the money raised could go to a very worthy cause. 
I hope this has offered you some inspiration for some of the weird and wonderful things you can do for charity.

Take All The Help Going To Boost Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

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Trying for a child is one of those processes that pulls your emotions all over the place. Yes, there is the excitement of hoping to bring a new life into the world, always a positive feeling. But with trying, of course, comes the fear of failure. Add into the mix the anticipation, frustration, doubt and love that you'll be feeling, and it is a potent mix. This isn't enough to stop us trying, of course, but it helps to be ready.
One thing that needs to be said about trying for a baby is that it's not easy. Although there is a lot of information and a lot of assistance out there, you may still find that it's not first time lucky. It may not be second time either. You just need to keep up hope that it will be one of these times. Persistence may be necessary. After all, it's not like the process is all bad, is it?
One thing that needs to be borne in mind as you prepare to bring a new life into the world is that you can't have too much help. You may feel like you're getting too much advice - and need to tune some of it out - but the more strings to your bow, the better
Eating Right Does Make A Difference
Sometimes claims are made for diet that people really have no business making. Listen to enough people with enough diet tips and you could believe that this berry will cure cancer, or that bread will make you smarter. But the truth is that diet does play a part in health, on every level, for good or bad. And if you're trying to get pregnant, beans and leafy greens will help. Don't worry, so will ice cream!
Taking Supplements Can Fill In Gaps

Preparing your body for anything you want to make it do is about making sure you have every tool at your disposal. Some of us can get what we need from diet alone. Some of us readily produce, naturally, what is required. Sometimes we need supplementary assistance. If you have a condition like PCOS, you may find it hard to get pregnant and need some help.
If you fall into that bracket, then there are useful supplements. One example is D-chiro Inositol, which promotes improved fertility and oocyte quality. This is essential for balancing up the roadblock that circumstance has thrown in your way.
A Positive Attitude Is More Than Just Self-Help Talk
You'll probably get sick of people telling you that you just need to stay positive. Not least because if all it took was positive thinking, we'd all get lucky first time. You'll need more than a positive attitude, but it does help. You'll reduce stress and with it all of the tangible health issues that it causes. This will make your body more ready to create and nourish a new life. Meditation and lavender are just a couple of tools in your arsenal for stress relief.
Getting pregnant is not going to be easy, and there are bumps along the road, but what you get at the end of it is worth the wait and the worry. Just make sure that you keep a focus on your own well-being, and what will be will be.