Friday, 8 December 2017

My Christmas outfit

Wow, it's the 8th December today; how can that be? My oldest friend has her birthday on the 15th of November and I always feel that once we've celebrated that, I start to focus more seriously on Christmas but this year I feel like I'm behind on everything.  Hope it's not just me...

I've got friends who've had all their Christmas shopping done since early September.  Not me I'm afraid.  I don't mind collecting up odd things throughout the year but I prefer doing it in November and December.  It adds to that festive feel I find!  My boys have made their lists, I've bought some items and other items I've planned where to buy them.  Plus, of course, Father Christmas is taking care of a few.. As I've got my head (pretty much) around gifts for others, I've found myself thinking about what I'd like to wear on the big day itself.  Everyone does Christmas Day their own way, but, for me, dressing up in something special (and new!) is pretty much essential.  This year, as I am working again, I also have a Christmas party to attend! I am most definitely on the search for a party outfit!

I shop online for clothes most of the time, mostly due to time constraints and the fact that our town doesn't have much in the way of decent clothing shops.  If you exclude the charity shops.  I love a good second hand bargain! I usually start off with a good google for the kind of thing I'm after and see what pops up.  Last night I found myself perusing Esprit.  When I'm looking for my Christmas Day outfit, I'm looking for something special.  A bit of luxury, a true party outfit. 

I definitely struck gold stumbling across Esprit.  It's hard to pick just one dress! But my budget dictates that I must.  A lot of the velvet dresses they stock appeal to me (there's something so festive about velvet!) but for my body shape I feel this lovely  is the one for me.  I love the simple black top half, it's unfussy and compliments the patterned skirt well.  The fact the dress actually looks like a separate skit and top is something different, I don't have something quite like this in my wardrobe (and as I own over 130 dresses that's quite an accomplishment).  The skirt has just the right amount of "shiny" about it and I love a bit of bronze.  It's still a very on trend colour but also one I feel is Christmassy.

esprit party dress 2 in 1


Of course, once you've chosen a dress, you have to accessorize, right?! Footwear at Christmas time has to have an element of practicality, I feel.  For one thing, it's chilly.   I'm not one for strappy high heels at the best of times.  I think these metallic ankle boots have the right combination of complimenting the dress, keeping feet toasty and looking a little bit different too.  I'm also not a fan of going for the most obvious choice.



I'm a tights girl.  I have almost as many pairs of tights as I do dresses.  Which is actually pretty logical, I think! This is the time of year for soft and cosy tights and I think these cotton tights would work perfectly with the dress and boots.  Keep my legs nice and warm!

esprit cotton tights

So, how about you?  Do you like to wear something special on Christmas Day or is it a pajama day for you and your family? Whatever you wear, however you spend it, I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 10 November 2017

These Tips Will Help You Find the Perfect Mattres

Are you in the market for a new mattress? If so, then you probably have been pulling your hair out trying to find the perfect mattress. With all the choices out there these days, finding the right mattress can be very frustrating. Luckily, we have put together some tips that will help you in your search for the perfect mattress. So if you are going to be mattress shopping in the near future, you just might want to take a few notes.

Read Online Reviews

One of the best ways to find a good mattress is by reading online reviews. Websites like bestmattress-brand.org and others provide valuable information regarding the mattress industry. Not only can these reviews help you find the right mattress, they can also help you to avoid the bad ones. As you probably already know, not all mattress companies are alike and some skimp on quality so that they can provide a cheaper product. These reviews are very helpful, and you can use them as a guide to find a mattress that meets all of your needs.

Test Them Out in Person

While you can find some really good deals on mattresses online, you can’t test them out. For this, you will need to go to a mattress store and test them out in person. This will allow you to get a feel for the mattress brand and you can then go online and buy the same brand and model at a much cheaper price. Also, some mattress companies are now allowing customers to test mattresses out in their own home for a long as 100 days. This is great because if you don’t like the mattress, you can simply return it and get your money back! What’s not to love about that?

Avoid Those Extended Warranties

Many mattress companies try to upsell you an extended warranty on your mattress. These warranties can be several hundred dollars depending on the value of the mattress. But most mattress defects occur in the first year of ownership and you will already be covered by the factory warranty. Most mattresses come with at least a 2-year warranty which will often provide ample coverage. Also, most people get a new mattress every 8 to 10 years so having a warranty longer than that simply wouldn’t make practical sense. Instead, you should spend your money on a nice mattress cover to protect your investment.

These tips will make your next mattress shopping trip much easier! Now you know that you should test out any new mattress before buying and avoid those extended warranties that mattress companies offer. Also, make sure that you read plenty of online mattress reviews so that you can get a better idea about what to look for in a mattress. These reviews will help find the perfect mattress for you and weed out the ones that skimp on quality. Remember that just because a mattress is cheap doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good buy.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Different Treatment Options for Drug Addicts

Drug addiction is a huge problem in many countries. In the US, around 21 million people are addicted to something, yet only 10% of them have access to treatment. Drug addiction ruins lives. It destroys families and places even more of a burden on the healthcare system. The problem for addicts is that it is notoriously difficult to conquer an addiction. Addicts have to deal with the symptoms of both physical and psychological withdrawal. Without adequate support, most addicts will never kick their addiction.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options, which have all proven successful. Here is a guide to the different treatments available for people with substance addiction issues.


Detox


Whether a patient attends an in-patient rehab centre or starts treatment as an out-patient, detoxification is the first stage of any treatment program. Detoxing means removing all traces of the substance from your body. This is when withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, so it is vital that the patient has professional support.


Medication

There are various medications available that help the patient cope with withdrawal from a substance. Going “cold turkey” is often dangerous for a long-term addict and medications are vital for managing the process of withdrawing from the drug. Medication is used as part of a wider treatment program, but it is very important. Since many addicts are also suffering from mental health disorders, medication can also be used to treat underlying health problems. This aids the recovery process.


Counselling


Counselling and therapy are very important. Counselling sessions help a patient come to terms with their addiction, face their problems, and work through the reasons why they became addicted to a substance. Therapy is often conducted in group sessions, so addicts can listen to each other and offer support. Family therapy sessions are useful for adolescents with addiction issues, as it can strengthen the family’s coping mechanisms and help loved ones feel supported.


Long-term Support


Long-term support is vital for long-term abstinence from substance abuse. An addict is never truly over their addiction and there is always the risk that circumstances will lead to a relapse. Continued
counselling sessions and being assigned a mentor can prove instrumental in helping an addict stay clean. Addicts need a lot of support to rebuild their lives and close personal relationships. Without love and support during the recovery period, they will find it hard to make a successful transition back into everyday life.


Alternative Treatments


Detox, medication and therapy are the three main facets of addiction recovery programs. One other treatment worth considering is Ibogaine. Ibogaine is illegal in the United States, but it has been successfully used for several decades to treat strong addictions and mental disorders. Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid, which must be used under close supervision, but when used correctly, it can eliminate withdrawal symptoms almost immediately. For more information about Ibogaine treatment, check out experienceibogaine.com. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction, seek help as soon as possible.

Four Steps to Getting in Control of Your Acne Breakouts

Most people find themselves suffering from acne at some point during their adolescence or teen years, usually during or just after going through puberty. Acne can be down to several different reasons, including hormones, stress, or even lifestyle habits and choices. Thankfully, the good news is that hormones are not totally uncontrollable, and there are some simple steps that you can take to try and minimise or even totally eliminate your breakouts.


#1. See a Professional:


Whilst some small and mild acne breakouts can be easily managed with the right creams and solutions, if you’re constantly suffering from breakouts that seem to be taking over your face, then it may be time to see a professional. The good news is that acne is usually something that any good dermatologist will be willing to treat, since they understand just how painful and uncomfortable this problem can be for many people, both physically and psychologically. For example, Cedars Dermatology in London offers a range of acne treatments that you could try from oral pills to chemical peels and photodynamic therapy. Bear in mind that you may need to try several different treatment options before finding one that works well for you.


#2. Consider Natural Treatments:


If you are seeing a doctor or dermatologist about your acne, then you might also want to speak to them about your options when it comes to natural treatments for breakouts and for helping acne scars to fade. Aloe vera, for example, is a very popular option when it comes to a natural acne treatment – it’s chemical-free and gentle on your skin, so there’s very little need to worry about any adverse reactions. Although aloe vera won’t get rid of your acne breakouts altogether, it can certainly help to significantly reduce acne scars and marks to improve the appearance of your skin.


#3. Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes:


Making healthier lifestyle changes will certainly help to improve acne breakouts. Exercising regularly is just one of the things that you can do to get your body in better shape and reduce the appearance of acne. Exercising will release endorphins, which in turn will lower your stress levels leading to a reduction in oil production, which will have a positive effect on acne. Along with that, exercising also makes you sweat, which is great for cleaning out dead skin cells from your pores. Be sure to always shower after exercising to wash away the dead skin cells and keep skin oil production low.


#4. Improve Your Diet:


Lastly, improving your diet can have a lasting positive effect on your acne. In some cases, acne can be made worse by eating certain types of food; you might want to try cutting out dairy, meat, or even both for a while to see if it will have an effect. Make sure that you are getting the right nutrients in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins to keep your skin in the best condition and encourage faster skin regeneration. Living with acne is never easy, but these steps will help you to manage it better.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Hats of Faith - A Book Review

As a blogger I am very lucky to be sent books to review.  It is a joy, a pleasure and an honor.  I truly mean that! 

Felix, my youngest, is one of those children who asks questions about people really loudly and in public.  I am not one to suppress this, I think curiosity is a wonderful thing, something often lost in us as adults.  What can be difficult is not causing offence.  We live in a diverse world which I love.  I love different, I enjoy the differences in people and cultures.  I like that my boys are growing up in a world where more and more often, people from different religions, races and cultures mix together.  Their school is so much more diverse than mine ever was.  However, we still live in a predominately middle class, white and Christian town.  When the boys see someone on the street who is dressed a little differently and who has a hat or headwear on they aren't so used to, they ask questions.

I had been wondering for a while how to address these questions, what to tell them.  The simple fact was that I did not know the names for many different faith-based head coverings.  When I was contacted and asked if we would like to review a book called Hats of Faith all about head covering I jumped at the chance. 

I wasn't sure how the Felix would take to the book.  It isn't a story book, there's not many words but the illustrations are very eye catching so I needn't have worried.  Felix grabbed the book of me straight away and took himself off to have a look at it.  Not long after he called me over so he could ask questions and I could read it to him (he's not yet reading properly, he's only 4). 


Hats of Faith book

When we look at the book together, I ask him if he's seen anyone wearing any of the head-wear in there.  We talk about where he saw the person, what age they were, where they were.  He has an understanding of religion.  Whilst we aren't religious, he attends church with my Mum now and again so he knows about God, about what Grandma believes.  We are now able to discuss other religions and how different faiths have different beliefs and requirements.  We can now both name quite a few different faith based head coverings and he now understands why people are wearing them.  No more loud questions in public (on this topic at least!).



You aren't going to get a long and relaxing bedtime story from Hats of Faith but you will be able to answer some questions and it's a great springboard for discussions around faith, differences, gender, equality and all sorts of things!  As a parent, anything that helps my children understand the world around them and helps grow tolerance and understanding is a great thing.

Hats of Faith was written by Medeia Cohan and illustrated by Sarah Walsh.