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It’s pancake day tomorrow and I know one little girl who is very happy about that thought, it is basically the only day a year she is allowed a pudding for her dinner!
Although a traditional lemon and sugar pancake is divine, over in our house we like to add to the fun by mixing and matching flavour combinations. We stock up on all the basics eggs, flour, milk, lemons and icing sugar but we also fill the counter with other ingredients, cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, a variety of fruit like bananas, mangos, strawberries and blueberries. Then we get our chef hats on and have fun playing around with new creations. It is a chance for Littlelish to be creative and experiment in the kitchen and one thing she loves is flavour combinations (this is the kid who dips cucumber in her orange juice and carrots in her milk, mmmm)!
These are some of our tried and tested, family favourite flavour combinations for pancakes.
Apple, cinnamon and maple syrup
This is a simply heavenly combination. Bake the pancake as normal but add thin slices of apple to the top of your pancake while in the pan and sprinkle with cinnamon. Flip over using the spatula and brown the apple side too and then pop on a plate and cover in maple syrup.
Chocolate and banana
This is taking your standard chocolate and banana pancake to a new level! Take some of your pancake mixture aside (enough for one small pancake) and add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to the mix. Your kids will love the idea of a chocolate pancake. We serve ours with chocolate sauce and slices of banana. Yum!
One for the little girls in your life, the pink sprinkle and cherry pancake! Simply a normal pancake with cherries, pink sugar sprinkles and icing sugar. Pretty as a picture.
Banana, blueberry and honey
This is a lovely flavour combination and one I eat most mornings with my paleo pancakes. Cook a handful of blueberries with your pancake and serve with sliced bananas and some yummy organic honey.
I’m sure we will be creating some new, exciting flavour combinations tomorrow if Littlelish has anything to do with it! What are your favourite family flavour combinations? I’d love you to inspire us!
A big thank you to Dunelm who sent us the perfect set of equipment for pancake making and will ensure we have a successful pancake day tomorrow with no lumpy pancakes sticking to the bottom of the pan!
- A Mason and Cash mixing bowl – the only mixing bowl as far as we are concerned! Ours always comes out of the cupboard when we are baking, we love it.
- A Spectrum collection whisk – large and sturdy.
- A spatula – definitely needed for flipping.
- A beautiful beechwood lemon juicer – a great sized, hand juicer which I know will come in very, very handy.
- A copper bottomed Infinity frying pan – did a great job of ensuring our pancakes did not stick.
A what? What is this Cricut mini I speak of (I must admit I had never heard of one either)? Well it is only something really, super, duper cool for all those who love crafting like I do!
Ok how to explain, a cricut mini looks like a printer only it doesn’t print, it cuts… paper, card, vinyl and iron on transfer material into pretty much anything you could imagine. It comes with computer software which you upload onto your PC or MAC.
You create a design in the online craftroom by using all kind of fonts and images, select ‘cut’ and the Cricut gets to work cutting out your intricate design / font / pattern with it’s tiny blade. I’ve often wondered how on earth to the make such intricate paper cut art / perfect iron on transfers / beautiful cut out cards that I would so love to make but did not have a clue how. The Cricut is the answer!
So when the team at Cricut asked if I would be interested in reviewing a Cricut, I have to admit I might have squealed a little bit! The thought of being able to make such beautiful things at the push of a button (well using a bit of creativity and handy work of course) was very exciting. I couldn’t decide what to make first, I had so many ideas buzzing round my head.
I decided to give the iron on transfer a go and customise the new curtain I had just sewn for Littlelish’s high sleeper. Installing the software was very easy, it was just a case of following the instructions and then I set to work designing. The Cricut mini works with cartridges which you can also upload to your online workroom. These cartridges hold all the images and fonts you need to create a design. I wanted to create the word ‘imagine’ so I fond a suitable font and began laying out the letters.
I soon realised it wasn’t possible to lay the word out in order, I wanted to maximise the amount of letters I could get onto my A4 piece so I arranged them cleverly to all fit on one page as you can see in my photo. It was time to turn the Cricut mini on. I had to stick the vinyl I wanted cutting out onto the Cricut mini mat which is like a sticky mat that keeps whatever it is you are cutting in place. Super straightforward. Then I loaded the mat and pressed cut and watched the machine work it’s magic. It was literally done in less than a minute.
Peeling the letters back off the sticky mat took a little longer and was a little bit fiddly, but with a bit of patience and some wiggling, I had my iron on letters. I believe you can buy a special cricut tool to make this job easier, nevertheless it was possible without it. I laid the letters onto my fabric and followed the iron on instructions. Within 5 – 10 mins, the curtain was complete!
And here is the finished article, what do you think? I love it and so did Littlelish. She went straight into her ‘den’ after school yesterday and only came out at dinner time!
The possibilities for creativity are literally endless with the cricut. I have a very long list of ‘things to make’ with my new machine; wall stickers, cards, upcycled plant pots etc etc. For some more Cricut inspiration check out their Pinterest boards.
Disclaimer: I was sent the Cricut mini to review but all opinions are honest and very much my own.
It’s been a little bit quiet on the blog recently but if you popped over to my house you would see I’ve been a busy little bee! With Christmas well and truly out of the way it was time to start work on decorating our new house, putting our stamp on it and trying to make it into our home. So we’ve been busy decluttering, re-arranging, painting, DIYing and buying a few key pieces of furniture.
One of the things we have just invested in is a new sofa. It arrived last Monday and is a beautiful addition to the room. Not only has it totally transformed the look and feel of our living room but it has had an impact on us as a family, our evenings, family time and snuggle time. We now have the perfect space for us to lounge, relax, cuddle and chill and it feels wonderful.
Choosing a sofa can be really quite stressful, we spent countless days wandering through shops and evenings looking at measurements and pondering what would work best. There is so much choice out there and such varying qualities and prices that it can be a mind-field.
Today I’ve teamed up with the quite brilliant Sarah from Willow and Hall, www.willowandhall.co.uk to get her top tips on buying a sofa. Sadly I didn’t have this advice before buying mine but hopefully I’ve found the right one for us! Perhaps these tips can make your sofa shopping experience more enjoyable and less difficult, after all if you are spending such a large amount of your hard earned money, it should be fun shouldn’t it?
Over to you Sarah!
In this case, size is very important! Consider the proportions of your room and work out what size will be suitable. You will also need to take into consideration the other furniture in the space. A sofa needs to fit into the overall space but also work with the other large items in the room. If you’re finding it hard to visualise the proportions try laying down cardboard, covering the exact area of the sofa and any other large items in the room (it may not be glamorous but it really does help!)
2. Shape and Style
You need to think carefully about what shape and style sofa is going to complement your décor and fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick a sofa with simple, clean lines that reflects that. If your home is traditional then look for a sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back and or a skirting/ valance. As for fabrics, I recommend sticking with a fairly neutral fabric. You can add colour and pattern through cushions and throws – a far easier and less expensive way to subtly change the look of your sofa if you decide to change your décor.
3. How will you use your sofa?
It is important to consider how you will use the sofa in the room. Do you like to unwind in front of the TV whilst lying on the couch? If so, choose a style with relatively low and curved inner arms so you can rest your head comfortably. Is it a large space with multiple functions? Try an L-shaped sofa to help divide the room up into the functions you want.
Fourthly you need to consider the position of your new sofa. If you like to watch TV you will need to make sure it is positioned in front of it; if you like to socialise a lot on the sofas consider a rounded sofa or two sofas facing each other with a coffee table in the middle. Also remember the flow of space – far too often sofas are positioned in such a way that people have to manoeuvre themselves around them to get out of the room…remember your sofa should fit around you and your lifestyle not the other way around.
Finally, since sofas are such a big investment, you’ll want yours to stay in fashion and more importantly last for as long as possible. Given that, I recommend making sure yours comes with a solid wood frame and an extended manufacturing guarantee over and above the obligatory 12 month one offered by all retailers – this is a good indication of the quality of the wood frame.
If you want your sofa to double up as a sofa bed then likewise look for one with a good solid wooden slatted and webbed mechanism (not the cheaper trampoline type mechanisms) and with a top quality sprung mattress.
It is also important to consider the fabric when thinking of a sofas durability. Find out what the rub counts and cleaning instructions are for the fabrics to get an idea of their durability and practicality. As a rule, synthetic fabrics are more durable, colourfast and easy to clean. Tightly woven fabrics and fabrics that are heavy will stand up to wear and tear better, as will leather.
So there you have it. A pretty extensive guide to buying a new sofa, thank you Sarah! Happy shopping and don’t forget to check out the beautiful Willow and Hall for their exquisite selection of sofas and sofa beds.
So you may have heard about this little thing called Sport Relief, no? People up and down the country raising money for Comic Relief… it’s why Davina did her amazing 500 miles recently and why Nick Grimshaw will be cycling 1000 miles in a few weeks on Radio one.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.
And in less than 24 hours it is my turn! As you can see, Team Peterborough handed over the baton on Sunday, after walking 15miles and cycling 25 miles, raising a whopping £1173.00.
We (Mr. B and I) are having a little rest today and psyching ourselves up for tomorrow when we are joining TEAM NOTTINGHAM, the group of Nottingham bloggers to do our part for the Team Honk Blogger Relay which has seen more than 200 bloggers up and down the country (with help from their friends and family) unite to do a blogger relay.
The relay started in Lands End on the 12th of January and finishes in John O Groats on the 23rd March 2014. There are 38 regional teams and the aim is to collectively raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief! You can check out the route here http://teamhonk.org/2014-blogger-relay/team-honk-2014-relay-route-and-masterplan/
We’ve literally seen all different types of transport: pushchair pushes, roller blading across the Humber, boating round Bristol, #Honkopoly around London, fancy dress, onesies, bikes, scooters, planes, hiking, rafting and mountain climbing. It has been so much fun to watch but now… it’s our turn!
Team Nottingham is split into two teams, half the team (Penny, Donna, Hannah, Emma, Jennifer, Simon, Alex, Rebecca and Sarah) joining me tomorrow, the 25th of Feb, to take the baton from Grantham to West Bridgford by bike dressed as Robin Hood and his merry (wo)men! In total it is a 30 mile trip which I have to say I am ill prepared for – wish me luck! We then hand over the baton AND costumes to some more fair maidens (Amanda, Jen, Emily and Louise) who will be walking a further 30 miles to Derby on the 26th of Feb.
You can support us (please support me, I need it!) by donating to our Regional Team page here http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/nottinghamteamhonk.
The money raised by Sport Relief goes towards helping people both here in the UK and abroad. You can read more about the kind of charities supported by Comic Relief as Penny and Jen recently went to visit a Comic Relief project http://lovechicliving.co.uk/sport-relief-money-go/
Want to join in too?
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
While music festivals and family friendly don’t always sit together, they’re not all about drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. There are some fabulously family-orientated festivals across the world, where the focus is on parents and children enjoying and discovering new music together. Here are just a few of the most family friendly festivals where you can listen, dance, craft and camp together:
Off The Tracks festivals
Stall at the Off The Tracks festival by David Wilson Clarke
What to expect – Off The Tracks holds two festivals at Castle Donnington, in the heart of England, every year, in May and August. Ordinarily a camping and caravanning site, it means there are good facilities, with proper loos and showers. There’s a children’s play area and arts and crafts activities for little ones, along with a line-up that, for spring, includes Jesus Jones and Big Country.
Where to stay – You can stay on-site, in your tent or motor home, and there are power points for hooking up your tourer. Tickets for the event are based on a package which includes camping. If camping is not your style then the festival suggests the Lady Gate Guest House in Diseworth near Castle Donnington.
Into the Great Wide Open
The Ferris wheel at Into the Great Wide Open by Maarten van Maanen
What to expect – A pop festival on Vlieland, a tiny island on the coast of The Netherlands, The Great Wide Open describes itself as a ‘dream festival’ for all ages. It offers a mix of music, arts and film, all in breathtakingly gorgeous surroundings. Taking place at the beginning of September, artists on the line-up include Ebo Taylor and The Silhouettes. The event is very much geared towards enjoying the Great Outdoors, so families can listen to music while gathering around campfires and eating seafood from the surrounding flats.
Where to stay – Camping Storetmelk is all about getting close to the elements, staying in tents on the dunes. The site is just a stone’s throw from the beach, where you can have a dip in the bracing North Sea.
Porthcawl Interceltic Festival
“The Brim” Porthcawl Interceltic Festival at by Kim Appleby
What to expect – A celebration of the music, songs and dance of the Celtic countries and isles of Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Brittany and Wales, the Porthcawl Interceltic Festival in Mid Glamorgan, Wales, prides itself on offering something for all ages. Taking place from March 7 to 9, it features more than 300 performers, culminating in the Parade of the Celts, in Porthcawl Town Centre, a colourful spectacle with pipers, dancers and musicians.
Where to stay – Staying at Parkdean’s Trecco Bay caravan site makes an ideal base as it’s in keeping with the festival’s family-friendly values, with its beach access, indoor swimming pool complete with pirate ship, dodgems and kids’ clubs.
Primavera Sound by primaverasound.es
What to expect – A good way to introduce children to the world of music, Primavera Sound takes place in May at the Parc del Forum, Barcelona. The festival includes Minimusica, an array of events for children, all geared around a different theme each year.
Where to stay – You won’t find family friendly camping at Primavera Sound. But, there are plenty of good options near the Parc del Forum. The Hotel SB Diagonal Zero Barcelona is just a minute’s walk away and has a rooftop pool for cooling down after working up a sweat dancing.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Bonnaroo by Jason Anfinsen
What to expect – Taking place in 700-acres of rural gorgeousness in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo prides itself on keeping its values firmly in the ethos of the Woodstock generation. Admission is free for children up to the age of six and there is a kids’ club that runs from midday to 6pm along with a colossal waterslide. All that, and music too!
Where to stay – Camping is included as part of the general admission package. There’s a special family camping area for parents and small children to make sure they have the best possible festival experience.
For parents who want to introduce their children to music festivals, these events now offer the chance for a family-friendly getaway. And, while they may not give you all the comforts of home, choosing one of these smaller festivals gives you the chance to enjoy an outdoor music experience with all the family, young and old.
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As a regular reader you may remember a while ago I wrote about Littlelish being highly sensitive, what led me to believe this and how it isn’t always a bad thing. It was entitled ‘We have a sensitive child and she is great!‘. I received quite a few comments and emails from people on this subject, many with not such positive experiences who are struggling to deal with their HSC. There are many highs to having a highly sensitive child but I would be lying if I ignored the fact that there are quite a few lows or ‘challenges’ too. But this is parenting right? It is all about the challenges…
One of our major, major challenges in our house is… socks… and knickers… and shoes… and pretty much clothes in general. On a particularly sensitive day (like today) we will have to change knickers (once), socks (once), clothes (once) and shoes (three times!) because they don’t “feel nice”. This isn’t just a casual statement, these words which I have grown to hate are said in an ultra whiney voice, combined with ‘Kevin the teenager style’ huffing, puffing, flailing of arms and legs, wailing and throwing herself to the floor. I get it, she is sensitive, sensitive to how things fit, how tight or loose they are, seams, any possible squeezing, rubbing or uncomfortable feeling. I really do get it, but oh my goodness it is SO frustrating, especially when you are trying to get them dressed for school and out the door so we aren’t late… again.
I try to patiently work with her on this and am happy to accommodate a change of socks/knickers/tshirt here and there – fine! But woah did I have to do some serious breathing techniques this morning to stop myself from exploding. It didn’t work, I totally lost my temper after the second shoe change (this was after the knickers, jumper, socks AND first shoe change) and we ended up getting into the car with some real feelings of sadness, anger and frustration about how the morning had played out.
We talked about it in the car on the way to school, I explained just how frustrating I find it and she in turn explained how yucky they make her feel. I explained how when my patience runs out I get angry and she told me that it makes her sad, which made me sad… But really short of moving to a sunnier clime and becoming nudists, what can we do? We all have to wear clothes and socks and shoes most of the time. Here are some things we have tried to use to ease the situation with differing degrees of success. Who, oh who, has anymore tips for me?
Test: We always test when buying clothes to see if they are comfy. (They normally are at the time of purchase but don’t always stay that way)
Avoid: Any clothing that is too tight or that rubs.
Adapt: We often cut the feet out of tights and wear them with socks to school because tights are just too unbearable!
Wiggling: We always do a wiggle test. If it doesn’t feel nice, I make Littlelish wiggle around or do something for a minute and sometimes she gets used to it!
I love the conversations I have with my 4 year old daughter, sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking but always cute. I love to see how her mind works and my goodness does it work! Our conversation yesterday after school went something like this.
LL: Mum, if we didn’t dry ourselves after a bath would we go mouldy?
Me: No, babe, people don’t go mouldy (at least I don’t think! eeek)
LL: Oh right because sometimes liquid makes things go mouldy, like the toys in the bath if you don’t dry them properly.
Me: Yes, it does sometimes but not with people.
LL: So whatabout blood?
Me: What about blood?
LL: Well that is a liquid but does that make us mouldy on the inside? Because we can never dry our blood on the inside…
Me: No, that doesn’t make us mouldy either.
LL: Actually can we ever have a wash on the inside? What about when we are drinking water? Is that like washing our blood inside?
I’m not really one for New Years resolutions, I know how easy they are to make and break.
This year is no different, I’ve not made any official resolutions. Something is different though, I do have a focus, I’m going to get fit and healthy in 2014.
Since having a child 4 years ago my body has not been the same. It wasn’t so much the pregnancy that wreaked havoc with my waistline, rather the change in lifestyle.
I became a stay at home mum. My priorities and focus changed, I took on motherhood with great enthusiasm and my baby daughter was my life. I happily played with her for hours, read to her, admired her every move and coo. I did not care one bit for how I looked on a day to day basis and neither did she. I had less time and desire to look good, I was in love!
I didn’t eat unhealthily, I’ve always been big on homecooked food, fruit, vegetables and fish and that didn’t change. But I did find myself eating lots of bread and pasta, my two biggest weaknesses. My little girl and I also loved to bake cakes and biscuits together, so much fun but for someone like me who loves food and doesn’t seem to know her limits, it was difficult. I could happily scoff more than a couple of cupcakes we’d made together.
I stopped going to the gym and 4 years down the line, I had put on 2 stone and was a size 16. It felt like a constant struggle. I was happy with how I looked and felt annoyed that society put pressure on me to be a size 10, I was beautiful just as I was. But actually the reality of it was, I was unhealthy and sluggish and probably really deep down, unhappy about my appearance. I did dream of being thinner but then talked myself out of it, I was fine.
While ever I thought like that there was no chance of my body transforming. Any change in lifestyle that you want to make requires a real commitment and desire to achieve.
Once again, it is January, a New Year and time to start again. Last year was a tough one, I made a few big changes which turned my world upside down. Now in a better place, I felt more in control over my life and who I wanted to be. I recognised that yes I was a mum and I loved that but I was also still me, the ‘me’ before children and she still wanted to play. I was a woman who was a loving mum and a healthy, happy, determined, empowered woman who could achieve whatever I wanted.
And one thing I really wanted was to take control of my figure again. The fate of this body was in my hands and nothing was going to change until I did something about it. It was like a switch went on in my head, I signed up with the gym, started researching nutrition, diet, fitness and sport so I was well informed. It became an interest of mine, a daily hobby and a lifestyle change. I even started a new blog all about fitness and wellbeing called www.timetotry.co.uk.
After a couple of times dragging myself to the gym, I realised how much I enjoyed it. From my research I’d decided to focus on a mainly resistance exercise program to build muscle. Because this wasn’t just about being thin but about being fit and strong, building my body up to be the best it can be. Plus I hate cardio, so I needed to do what worked for me. I was not scared about bulking up as I had discovered it was near on impossible with a women’s body design.
I’ve also taken up running, something I never, ever would have imagined. I am not a runner, this is what I told myself year after year and yet after a few times out there, I realised I actually like running. There is a certain power it gives you, a drive and it is addictive.
As for my diet, I have decided to try and give the Paleo diet a go. There is so much contradicting information out there once again I had to go with what would work for me. I’m basically eating fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and have cut out all grain and dairy. It is the diet of the gatherer hunters rather than the farmers we evolved into. So far it is working, within about a month I’m down to a size 12/14 having lost quite a few inches off every part of my body.
I don’t know what is different this time. Perhaps I just really, really want it more than ever before. Rather than finding an excuse not to exercise or go to the gym, like I have too much house work to do, too much work to do, I have to go and do the shopping or some other task that can wait. I now make time for me. My body and health is a priority and nothing is going to miraculously happen unless I put in the hard work.
So I guess I did make some kind of resolutions but these were more lifestyle changes that are hopefully less likely to be broken.
1. Make time
In this world where everything is rush, rush, rush we need to make sure we are taking the time to look after our bodies and minds. We need to make time for sport and exercise, take time to prepare delicious healthy meals and to try out new beauty ideas. We need to set our mind to this and find the time for ourselves, because looking and more importantly, feeling good, makes us more confident and ultimately, happier people. And there is no time better to start than now!
It is about trying, wanting to achieve, persevering, having the willpower to succeed. No one else can achieve this for us, it will take hard work, there is no denying that but it will be worth it in the end.
www.timetotry.co.uk is a blog about fitness, diet and beauty written by me, Lucy. I am not perfect, I do not have a beautifully sculpted and toned body (yet), I am not an athlete or a model. I am a curvy, size 14 woman, mum of one who is making time to improve my lifestyle and fitness. So if I can do it, so can you. Are you going to join me? It’s about time to try getting fit!
Our converstation this morning went a little like this.
Littlelish: Mummy, I’ve changed my mind, I don’t ever, ever want to go to Disneyland.
Mummylish: Really darling, why not?
Littlelish: Well erm, we don’t have the time do we?
Mummylish: (confused) Well of course we do, we would just go in holiday time. But surely that isn’t the reason you don’t want to go?
Is there some other reason?
Littlelish: Well…. it is the place that dreams come true. Only I don’t want my dreams to come true…. because some of them are scary.
Mummylish: (scoops LL up) I know baby but it is only the nice dreams that come true.
Talk about taking things literally, so sweet!
Today’s guestpost is perhaps what every woman wants to know, the secrets to beauty! For me it is definitely about the last 3, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, I see so many beautiful women each and every day. Have the confidence to know that you too are beautiful in your own enitrely unique way and if you need some extra tips on how to look glowing, take note!
There are some women who just seem to have a certain indefinable something. Many famous women have it and in our daily lives we come across it as well; if you see these women’s mothers, they often seem to have it too. While there’s often an element of good genetics involved, there’s also a set of rules or tips that they adhere to which help them obtain that little spark that elevates them to the status of ‘beauty’!
The right lifestyle
Women who seem to be effortlessly beautiful are actually ‘living’ their beauty regime. They don’t follow fad diets, but eat well most of the time, keeping the indulgent foods for a treat at the weekend or for special occasions. In addition to this, they find a way to incorporate exercise into their lives; they may walk when they do a small amount of shopping, for example, rather than taking the car and they are more likely to use the stairs than the lift. An open secret of being beautiful is to get plenty of sleep; there’s a reason why they call it ‘beauty sleep’, so if you want to give yourself an advantage, try to get to bed early. One other aspect of the beautiful woman’s lifestyle is her attitude to personal grooming. She won’t leave her eyebrows unplucked or her legs unshaven and little touches like that make a difference!
The perfect canvas
Being beautiful isn’t about how you apply make-up but how you take care of your skin and there are three beauty tips that will make you glow. First of all, the cleansing routine needs to be stringent; never go to bed without removing every scrap of make-up and use a gentle cleanser twice a day, with a regular exfoliation programme, once or twice a week, to get rid of dead skin. Secondly, apply moisturiser each morning and night and don’t neglect your hands, feet and those areas likely to become rough, such as knees and elbows. Finally, give yourself a boost with a good fake tan, leaving your skin with a sun-kissed radiance without exposing it to the dangers of sun beds or excessive exposure to the sun itself.
A great attitude
The last three beauty secrets are related to how you face the world. Regardless of bone structure, colouring, weight or the arrangement of facial features, there are three things that set a woman apart: taking the time to relax, letting herself have some fun and being confident.
Relaxation will help you to avoid developing a stressed look that hides your beauty; it won’t keep wrinkles at bay forever, but laughter lines are so much more attractive than frown lines. Taking the time to have fun has various benefits, whether it’s because you’re being active and getting some extra exercise, getting a chance to unwind or just enjoying good company.
When you enjoy yourself, your body releases endorphins which are natural painkillers and reduce stress levels, which is better for your general health. The last aspect – confidence – is something that comes when you know you’re living a healthy lifestyle and being good to yourself and others. It’s the essential ingredient that can’t be faked and will make you shine
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but just about everybody agrees that a woman who is happy has an inner glow that makes her look beautiful. So, whatever else you do, just accept yourself and you’ll be one of those women with that certain indefinable something.
If you are interested in more health, fitness and beauty articles and tips visit www.timetotry.co.uk, my new blog!
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