3 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Help with Anxiety

Knowing the reason behind your anxiety can really be effective in managing it. Many of us have faced the signs and symptoms of anxiety, whether writing an exam or when interviewing for a new job. Some of us find it difficult to stop feeling anxious in seemingly ordinary situations, leaving a lasting effect on our quality of life. So, it is very important to figure out what is going on and why you are feeling so anxious. The fantastic thing about our brain is that it can rewire itself all the time; this is called neuroplasticity.

By making some very simple but not easy lifestyle changes, you can literally boost your brain’s ability to help heal itself and reduce your anxiety forever. Another thing to remember is that with or without medication, you will have to make some lifestyle changes. One of the most critical changes will be to change your diet; there are certain foods that can alleviate your anxiety, and there are some foods you need to avoid because they can worsen your symptoms. Below are three simple lifestyle changes that I have discovered that can help with anxiety.

Exercise at least five times a week 




Whenever you can exercise as much as you can. Thirty minutes of exercise five times a week has been shown to help anxiety and depression, according to Anxiety UK, a national registered charity. Exercising has amazing effects on the brain as when you start exercising your blood flow will increase, and your brain will be filled with oxygen-rich blood and nutrients. Exercise also produces more neurons in your brain, so it stimulates the production of new brain cells. The best time to exercise is early morning, as when you begin your day with exercise it is said your mental capacity for handling stress nearly triples. The reason is that our brain recognizes exercise as a period of stress, heart rate increases and the brain kicks into a fight or flight mode. As a defence to this supposed threat, the brain starts producing chemicals that can help in alleviating anxiety.

Exercise is also known to help you feel better, and the positive mental effects of exercising last almost the entire day. Starting the day with a moderate exercise session leads to better diet choices, a faster metabolism, more energy and a sense of accomplishment. Morning rituals to help with anxiety can be any physically stimulating activity, a trail run, an aerobics class, or even a brisk walk with your dog. Just get out of breath and have fun!

Cut back on coffee and caffeinated drinks




The problem with coffee is that it contains caffeine and consuming more than a cup or two of strong coffee in a day is a known cause for anxiety. Drinking too much coffee can worsen your anxiety over a period. Caffeine can create all kinds of body sensations that resemble a panic attack — consuming more than the recommended limit of coffee can create heart palpitations, tremors, sensations of anxiety, and nausea. Caffeine is also known to trigger panic attacks.

The way our body metabolizes coffee is partially based on our genetics. Coffee can be a silent cause of your anxiety, and for those of us who like to start our morning at the local cafe, this can be a tough habit to break. In this case, try substituting one cup for a herbal tea such as chamomile known to be calming, for example, or swap one caffeinated cup for decaffeinated. One thing worth mentioning here is that your morning routine can easily set the stage for the rest of the day. It may be easier for you to cut out that first cup than it is to cut out the second one. You should consider cutting back on coffee but also keep track of the caffeine content in other drinks like chocolate and all the energy drinks.

Yoga and deep meditation can help manage anxiety 



There are many meditation techniques in yoga. If you find yourself in one of the emotional spaces that make you feel anxious, one thing that can help is yoga and meditation. Yoga is filled with numerous activities that coordinate breathing with an empowering movement of the body, developing strength on the inside as well as the mind. So get practising meditation techniques. You will need that inner meditational strength to dig yourself out of that dark emotional anxiety that causes depression.

Dealing with anxiety is not easy, but you can help manage it. Other than medication and talking therapies, these three simple lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your anxiety. You must be aware that anxiety is not dangerous in itself, it may feel like terrible things are going to happen, but actually, nothing will happen. So help yourself, try these lifestyle changes and see if they work for you. I wish you a happy and prosperous anxiety-free life, and I hope you enjoyed reading my experiences that helped me with anxiety.

Ways To Decorate A Flat For Rent To Maximise Earning Potential

As an amateur landlord, you know the importance of saving money while not scrimping on the essentials. It’s a fine balance trying to kit out your rental flat to a high enough quality to attract the best and most reliable tenants without overspending and wasting cash on unnecessary additions to your property. To maximise your rental yield, you need to be savvy with your money and how you decorate the flat.  Take a look at this guide to help you decorate a rental flat without breaking the bank.

Decor


The most sought after rental properties are relatively plain and boring shells. Crisp white or magnolia walls complete with engineered wood flooring running throughout the pad creates an image of an easy to maintain interior for your tenants. Your potential tenants don’t want garish decor or plush carpets. Anything that might be at risk of getting broken or stained will have tenants running a mile as they will not want to lose their rental deposit come the end of their rental period. Keep things simple.

When focusing on each room, go for mid range essentials. Go for a resilient wipe clean paint for example. While a little more expensive than the budget brand, you won’t be slipping into a false economy as you won’t be repainting as often. When it comes to the furnishings, maintain an unfurnished pad. This puts the onus on your tenants to kit out the flat to their own personal taste with their choice of furniture, and you won't have to worry about your possessions being damaged.

Kitchens


The kitchen of your rental accommodation will be an important space that will dictate how much you can charge each month. You don’t need to opt for the designer bespoke cabinetry complete with granite quartz worktops, but don't opt for the most bargain basement units made of basic MDF. Go for something middle of the road that will last longer if you can, and head to showrooms to investigate the ex-display models. These can be perfect for rental flats as they may be top of the range but they might have had their drawers opened a few hundred times. Still, they will be up to half the recommended retail price and the kitchen will look top notch when you carry out viewings. Important in a competitive area for rentals.

Young Professionals


The main target you should be trying to hit is young professionals. This demographic has the most cash to splash and they want to have a well maintained property. Ensure that you show off your landlord credentials with boiler service certificates and PAT test reports for all of your electrics. Renting is still a tenants market so you do need to be head and shoulders above the competition. Enjoy creating a simple blank canvas that is near transport links and amenities. These are the key factors that will have young professionals flocking to your pad.

Being an amateur landlord isn't as easy as the swathe of current reality TV shows suggests. However, follow this guide and you will have a maintained rental pad that costs you the bare minimum but that allows you to reap a generous rental yield.

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African Destinations To Visit For Manmade And Natural Beauty

Africa is a vast and spectacular continent. Not only is it culturally fascinating; it’s also stunning in a visual sense. Every country on this continent is unique, of course, but they each offer breathtaking natural beauty, and that’s a wonderful thing to have in common. It’s what bonds the nations of this continent. So, if you’re planning on exploring Africa, then these are the destinations you need to visit for manmade and natural beauty.

Marrakech, Morocco


Marrakech, or Marrakesh, is one of the most impressive cities in Morocco. As a nation, Morocco is culturally and naturally beautiful. There’s no denying that. Still, if you could only visit one place in the entire country, then it should be Marrakech. Firstly, it’s set in a beautiful location at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. This range of snow-capped mountains serves as a stunning backdrop for this atmospheric city. These mountains set the scene. They’re idyllic and surreal. Of course, they’re not just aesthetically-pleasing; they’re fun to climb, too. So, if you’re looking for an adventure, then you should consider hiking up these magnificent natural monuments and admiring the world from a great vantage point.

In terms of manmade beauty, you’ll find plenty of that in the heart of the city. It oozes historical significance. The El Badi Palace, in particular, is well worth visiting. This city is full of palaces and intriguing historical buildings, but the El Badi Palace is certainly one of the most intriguing. Architecturally, it’s gorgeous. You’ll find luxurious archways, peaceful openings which bounce light off the walls in a transcendent manner, and wonderful views of the city as a whole. Make sure you visit the Marrakech Museum, too. This vibrant and colourful museum reveals the intriguing culture of this fantastic country. Never have history lessons seemed so vivid and eye-opening. You’ll truly fall in love with Morocco and Africa as a whole, after visiting Marrakech. This city is a bustling, bold, and beautiful place to visit. It should definitely be one of the first destinations you should explore on your African excursion.

Cape Town, South Africa


South Africa is another spectacular country which draws tourists from all over the world. It’s easy to see why this is the case, when you see the country for yourself. You should start by visiting Cape Town. The capital of South Africa is an energetic coastal city with so much to offer to travellers. From glitzy modern skylines to crisp white beaches, Cape Town fits the definition of manmade and natural beauty in many different forms. Make sure you visit Clifton Beach, which has four beautiful coves. You also need to visit Boulders Beach (the name aptly sums it up) near Simon’s Town. This beach is home to a colony of African penguins, and that makes it a big attraction for plenty of tourists. Where else in the world can you see such incredible and unique wildlife on a public beach? That’s what makes South Africa so incredible. Of course, Cape Town, in particular, is the place to be, with so much to do,  so check out some of the tours when you are here.


However, South Africa  is not just Cape Town.  There’s much more to explore in this large country. You could check out the best South Africa tour in the area. This could take you on the Grand Southern Safari Tour. You’d go from Cape Town in South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (an iconic destination). Taking a tour such as this would help to introduce you to some of the other wonderful spots in South Africa, such as Swakopmund, Etosha NP, and Ghanzi. Africa is a sprawling continent, and each country has so much to offer to explorers.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


As mentioned in the previous point, the Grand Southern Safari Tour will take you from South Africa to Zimbabwe. Given that it ends at Victoria Falls, you should take the opportunity to fully explore and appreciate one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Africa, never mind Zimbabwe. This stunning waterfall on the Zambezi River serves as a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you want a truly memorable experience, you should try what is known as the ‘Armchair’. Essentially, you sit within a rock barrier near the edge of the waterfall, but it’s absolutely essential that you only do that with a professional during the September-to-December period. Still, if you’re feeling adventurous, this could be a unique and beautiful way to experience Victoria Falls.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is one of the world’s most impressive cities. and one of the main attractions for many people who decide to explore Egypt. If you’re going to take a trip to this truly impressive city, then you should definitely start by visiting The Egyptian Museum. Much like the city of Cairo itself, this museum isn’t content with providing the most breathtaking collection of exhibits in Egypt or even in Africa. People from all over the world come to this museum to see incredible ancient artefacts. The Tutankhamun Galleries, obviously, offer some of the most intriguing treasures on display in the museum. These artefacts are all genuine relics from the tomb of Tutankhamun. You should also check out the Royal Mummies. These fantastic exhibits are unlike anything you can find anywhere else in the world.

Of course, a trip to Cairo would be incomplete without visiting Giza. It’s only a few miles southwest of Cairo, and this ancient city is home to some of the most significant landmarks in Egypt. You’ll find the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Great Pyramids of Giza here. You might think you’ve already seen them countless times, but you’ve not truly appreciated them until you’ve seen them in person. It’s an entirely different experience. These are some of the oldest manmade structures on the planet. That’s a beautiful thing in itself, but the Sphinx, the Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure are all architecturally-astounding to this day. Khufu is the only one of the Seven Wonders to remain mostly intact. That’s a testament to the prowess of the ancient engineers responsible for these Egyptian monuments, whoever they were.

Masa Mara, Kenya


This is another wonderful destination that you should put on your must-see list if you’re planning on taking a trip to Africa. Kenya is a majestic country with so much to offer to visitors. In terms of natural beauty, you’ll want to visit Masa Mara. This is where you can go to see the Great Migration. It involves two million wild zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest migrating from the Masa Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania. You can even follow them back to the Masa Mara, afterwards. If you’re weighing up the tour opportunities in the area, then that’s definitely the one you should do. After all, it’s most people’s reason for visiting Masa Mara in the first place. But it’s also an opportunity to see Tanzania, so that’s why those two countries are often coupled together. Of course, even when those fantastic animals aren’t migrating, you’ll find plenty of wildlife in the Masa Mara, throughout the year. You might see huge herds of elephants, lions, rhinos, and even Cape buffalos. It’s a travel experience like no other. Plus, if your migration tour takes you to Tanzania, you could see the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well. You could even hike up it, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda


Uganda is a stunning country in Eastern Africa. The scenery is so diverse in this vast region, and the culture is incredibly diverse, too. If you’re looking for tranquil and ethereal beauty, then you should definitely visit the Rwenzori Mountains. This spectacular mountain range is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It might be one of the most beautiful borders in the world. Not many countries can boast about stunning mountains forming their borders, after all. These monumental natural formations support glaciers and function as one of many sources for the Nile river. So, the Rwenzori Mountains aren’t just visually-transfixing; they also serve an important purpose in Uganda.

These mountains have a beautiful human history attached to them, as well. They are often linked to the Mountains of the Moon, which were historically cited as the source of the River Nile. Whilst you might simply want to admire these snow-capped mountains from the warmth and safety of their bases, many explorers do traverse them. It can be an arduous ascent, but it’s a rewarding one, too. If you want an experience like no other in Africa (or the world, for that matter), then the Rwenzori Mountains might be calling to you.

Let me know, would you like to visit Africa?

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ContentCal Auto Publishing And Scheduling App Review

With so many companies needing to get noticed and marketing costs spiralling, many small businesses want a cost-effective marketing strategy to promote their business. This is where auto-publishing scheduling software comes in like ContentCal. This post is in collaboration with ContentCal, all opinions are as ever my own.

ContentCal. is a platform for planning and auto-publishing marketing content, a social media management tool in simpler terms. Signing up for ContentCal is easy and the basic account is free. There are also other pricing for business accounts (£9 a month), company (£29 a month), and premium (£79 a month).




The free account gives you a single user account with 4 social profiles, 1 calender and 10 posts per month as well as email support. A feature of ContentCal is the collaborative aspect, sharing ideas and creating content and collaborating together. 

So the first thing I would recommend is viewing the quick start guide video to give you a basic understanding of how ContentCal works.


Firstly you add calendars to your workspace and invite users. You can also set up a range of social media profiles within the calendar, namely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

The social media calendar is easy to set up, in day by day, week or month view. The filters here are a useful function on the right to show categories or social media content and the search function allows you to find content based on a certain word or term. You can also export the content to an excel document.

What I liked is that its a very visual way of seeing when all your content is scheduled for. You can add ideas, reminders and notes to the Pinboard and drag posts from the Pinboard to the calendar and vice versa, and with the paid-for options managing multiple accounts is straight forward too. The Pinboard is an area in which to store those brilliant ideas and posts that you have but you are not ready to publish. 

So let's look at how simple it is to use. This is how to schedule a Facebook post.



As you can see it is fairly straightforward. All new posts are either sent to approval or can be approved now. 

Twitter is very similar to schedule too, however, there are some quirks that apply to all scheduling software. With all scheduling software, you have to ensure you don't post the same content on Twitter too frequently as it will refuse to post it. It's always good practice to ensure there are a number of different tweets in between the same post in my opinion. 



Twitter is also limited to 280 characters, and it will show you how many characters you have left to write so that's useful when scheduling. 





You can create a category for each post as well in the schedule section which can be useful for organisation, and also create hashtags to use.

After the social posts are published you can reschedule the post easily which is useful to do and you can view the analytics too, which is beneficial to see how well the posts are performing. 

Benefits of using ContentCal

ContentCal is easy to set up and intuitive and provides a great visual way to schedule content. The basic set up is free and the business account at £9 a month is very affordable. The way you can collaborate with others is one of the major benefits and viewing the analytics can provide incredibly useful data. If you've used other scheduling tools, it's very easy to move over to using ContentCal and it's free to get started. If you are looking for a cost-effective way of scheduling social media content then you can do no wrong trying ContentCal. 

Check out ContentCal and let me know what you think.
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Hair Loss In Women


Hair loss doesn’t just happen to men - and whilst it can be upsetting and humiliating for both men and women, women often tend to take it harder as there can be more stigma attached to female hair loss.

Losing your hair may be upsetting but there are a number of things that can be done to rebuild that confidence that you might have lost once your hair started to fall out. There are plenty of hairpieces for women out there and various other options as well to address the causes of hair loss and help disguise it too.

But what should you consider if you are suffering hair loss as a woman?

Who can suffer from it?


It is estimated that around 70% of women over the age of 70 suffer from female-pattern baldness which is the most common type of hair loss and thought to be inherited. However there are plenty of different types of hair loss - you might just be suffering from thinning hair or you may be losing great handfuls. Women of any age can suffer from different variations of hair loss,

What can cause hair loss?

As mentioned above, the most common type of hair loss in women is female-pattern baldness and this is thought to be a genetic issue. However there are many other reasons why you may be experiencing the loss of your hair. Perhaps you’ve been suffering from stress? This would be an explanation. There is also the chance that a medical condition could be causing it or even medication that you are taking for an existing medical condition.

What can you do?


There are a number of things you can do to combat female hair loss. There are many great wigs available out there now, looking natural and designed to give you confidence. A particularly great collection is Silk Base - light, strong, durable and with great ventilation. You may want to consider hair extensions or simply embrace your hair loss but occasionally wear head scarves.

If however you are looking for a more permanent solution, laser treatment may be worth a try or even in extreme cases, a hair transplant. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, you may be able to take some medication for it to try and combat and reverse the actions. 


How can you cope?

Losing your hair can be a distressing experience and there are plenty of stages you may go through. It might take you a little while but you may learn to accept it and embrace it; you may struggle every single day - whichever you do is completely fine and is a completely natural way of dealing with the situation.

It is definitely worth sitting down and talking to people about how it is affecting you though whether that is family, friends or your GP. It is also worth doing your own research and see what works best for you.

I hope this post has helped you today. Hair loss in women is something that is not talked about enough and is often seen as a taboo subject. We should be talking about it more and not afraid to ask for help or support if we need it in that situation.

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Hair Loss In Men

Male hair loss is something that isn’t talked about as much as it should be. Whilst it is more common than female hair loss, that doesn’t mean it is any less humiliating or frustrating when it happens to you. It is something you may expect more as you age but if you are quite young, losing your hair can be so upsetting.

There are many ways that men deal with something like this happening. Some choose to embrace it and shave their head, others choose to opt for another solution - there are some fantastic hairpieces for men available out there. Whether men choose to use a temporary hairpiece or go for something a bit more permanent such as laser treatment or a transplant, there are so many options that they can consider to boost their confidence once again.

Did you know that most male hair loss is due to male-pattern baldness? There are three different factors to be considered when it comes to men losing their hair. These are their genetics, their age and their hormones. However not all hair loss is caused by male-pattern baldness. Another thing to consider is alopecia, illness or surgical procedures.

Most male hair loss starts at some point in their twenties but it can actually take many years to go bald although some men can have it happen very quickly, losing all their hair within five years - quite a shocking figure!

Men can also try a number of different remedies before opting for a hair replacement solution. This can include different types of medication. But there are also things that men can do to stop the speed at which they lose their hair.

Quitting smoking is perhaps the biggest one - we all know about the effects smoking can have on our lungs and skin but did you know it can cause hair loss too? A balanced diet is also said to be beneficial in a number of ways and this is also the same for hair loss. 


There are a few different conditions that can exacerbate hair loss as well so it might be worth having a checkup with your doctor and check that you have none of these conditions. Men and women over a certain age should be having regular check ups anyway so if you are finding that you are losing your hair, perhaps bring it up at your next doctor’s appointment and see if they can find any reasoning for it.

Reducing stress is another way to slow down the speed of male hair loss too - so see what factors are causing you stress and seek to get rid of them. Stress is the cause of many different things that happen to our body - it is amazing just what effect it can have. Reducing stress factors is vital to keep a healthy and happy body.

Whether you choose a toupee or other stock replacement solutions, male hair loss shouldn’t be something to worry about. There is always something that can be done to bring the confidence back and leave you smiling once more.


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Why Renting Luxury Cars Could Be a Better Option Than Buying

While some people rent standard cars because of necessity, for example when on holiday, the reasons why people rent luxury cars differ significantly. Some could be on honeymoon and want to give themselves a treat or to spoil their partner, whilst others just want to have the experience of driving a luxury car for a few hours or a day. Some people may also rent high-end cars for an occasion like a wedding. However, it makes almost always makes sense to rent a luxury car instead of buying one.

Below are some reasons why it could make sense to rent luxury cars:

To have an experience with your dream car




Do you think every person riding around in a luxury car owns it? It is said that even James Bond did not have ownership of his Aston Martin, but he had hired it. It may not be possible at a given moment for you to afford to buy your dream car, but you can afford to rent it. This way renting a luxury car allows you to treat yourself to some luxury without breaking the bank.

To enjoy a different luxury car every time




Among the greatest benefits of renting luxury cars is the chance to enjoy a different car every time. Experiencing a variety of high-end cars like this is a dream come true to many and out of most people's financial means but by renting luxury cars you can try a number of different automobiles. This can only be possible with exotic car rental services such as Atlanta exotic car rentals where you can find Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, and Aston Martin, among others.

To pay only when you use the car




Most of us do not need a luxury car every day, so buying it would not make sense. Instead, you could rent it when you need to make an appearance, say at an event or for a photo or video shoot. You also get to rent the newest cars, so you get the best value for your money.

To do away with the upfront costs of owning a luxury car



If you calculate it, the upfront costs involved with owning an exotic car are out of this world, right? Consider the huge down payment amounts and sky-high insurance premiums. Renting a luxury car removes these costs from the picture and lets you take your place in the driver's seat sooner. When you rent a luxury car insurance is included for the time period as well so no need to buy yearly insurance.  Also, new cars depreciate in value, so if you do buy a new luxury car for a great deal of money, within a year the value will go down by up to a third. Not a nice thought! Even more devastating is that by the time you have saved enough for the upfront costs, the car you were saving for may no longer be the most fashionable and prestigious.

There you have some reasons why it makes sense to rent luxury cars. Renting a luxury car is within most peoples means and for a special occasion, it can be a very memorable experience.  Let me know, would you consider renting a luxury exotic car? What is your favourite luxury car?


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3 Of The Best Casino Hotels In Las Vegas

Las Vegas is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. When Mr W and I first visited, we didn't know quite what to make of Vegas but the more we visit the more we love this vibrant city! It's an incredible place, and some would argue the entertainment capital of the US. Often thought of as an adult Disneyland, in Vegas, the casinos are at the heart of the city and every good hotel has a casino, but casinos hotels are also much more than that - they are complete destinations in their own right.

Let's have a look at the best casino hotels in Vegas, and why I think they are the best.

The Venetian

The Venetian hotel is a luxury hotel that is part of the complex that includes the Pallazzo hotel and the Sands expo centre. One of the largest hotels in the world, you would never realise it as the service is impeccable, our bags were in our room within 10 minutes of arriving which is no mean feat when you consider this hotel has over 4000 rooms. Each room is also a suite and blends old world charm with modern facilities. It was quite a delight to go into the huge bathroom and as well as a marble bath and shower, find a television as well as a phone! 

What I love about this hotel as well is that it is stunningly beautiful. Architecturally influenced by Venice in Italy, when you wander around the complex you come across Venetian landmarks such as St Mark's Square complete with a pretend twilight sky and street entertainers, and the marvellous structure that is the iconic Rialto Bridge. Also, who cannot be thrilled by the Venice inspired canals, complete with gondolas? A trip on one of these with a singing gondolier is one of the best luxury experiences in Las Vegas.



The casino floor at the Venetian is vast, spread over two floors. With a huge selection of slots and video poker, a world-class poker room, a race and sportsbook section and loads of table games you will have fun here that's for sure.

You are also spoilt for choice with the numerous restaurants from Celebrity chefs such as Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck. Other restaurants of note including the well known Grand Lux Cafe where you can eat with a view of the canals, and southern table and bar restaurant Yardbird, where you can have amazing fried chicken and waffles.  For drinks, there are no less than 5 cocktail bars as well as the TAO nightclub. Entertainment includes the Human Nature Motown tribute show as well as Madame Tussaud's waxworks Las Vegas. Shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes is a pleasure, with over 160 stores including Pandora, Hugo Boss, Coach and Tommy Bahama, and don't forget to try out the extensive pool area to relax in when you are here.

The Cosmopolitan


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or the Cosmopolitan for short is a world-class hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Each room has been newly renovated and its urban style appeals to chic travellers all around the world.  Often cited as some of the best rooms in Vegas, many have views of the Las Vegas Strip, with the best rooms having a breathtaking view of the Bellagio fountains.

What I loved about this hotel was its perfect placement set on the middle centre strip by the Bellagio and Paris hotels. It's super modern, cool and has the wonderful Chandelier Bar on three levels for cocktails with a difference.


The casino floor at the Cosmopolitan has a range of classic table games from Texas Hold Em to Three Card Poker, slots have everything from 1 cent machines to 500 dollar machines and race and sportsbook uses the latest betting technology. If you are new to the game world you need to know that there are etiquette tips that people follow, from changing money to chips to the etiquette of tipping and what to wear. 

With 16 restaurants including all-day breakfast place Egg Slut, one of the best buffets in Vegas at Wicked Spoon with curated portions, and trend-setting Beauty and Essex there are plenty of food options here too. There are also three distinct pools with a day club featuring amazing pool parties. Entertainment includes a rooftop ice rink in the Winter whilst The Chelsea is a 40,000 square foot concert and event venue for holding the best concerts and events. If you are looking for a fantastic spectacle of a show be sure to catch Opium an adults-only show by Speilgelworld. The Cosmopolitan appeals to the young and young at heart, and those that like a designer edge to their Vegas hotels.

The Bellagio


The last of my three best casino hotels in Vegas is definitely the Bellagio. The Bellagio in Las Vegas is a AAA five diamond resort again set mid strip for a great location but slightly back from the street, with the glorious Bellagio fountain dancing on the huge lake every day. This stunning luxury hotel based on the village of Bellagio in Italy seems to blend traditional and modern details seamlessly and design details include unstated elegance combined with bold colours.

What I love about this hotel is its grandeur and luxury with the Roman-inspired interior design and of course the best free show in Vegas, the Bellagio fountains.   It's a very calm environment with excellent service you cannot fault. The Bellagio also has seasonal displays in the conservatory and botanical garden which are always worth a look, and a team of 120 people work diligently on the displays. Christmas displays include huge polar bears, and giant snowflakes, for example, with over 2000 flowers decorating the area.



The casino floor at the Bellagio hotel is again vast, and many professional poker players favour their Bobby's Poker Room for its high stakes. The table games compete with the best in Vegas and include Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, and more.

You will never get hungry at the Bellagio with 20 restaurants on property including world-class cuisine at Le Cirque and Spago Italian restaurant by Wolfgang Puck with a view of the fountains.  Shows include 'O' by Cirque Du Soleil and resident singers include Cher and Lady Ga Ga.  Designer shops at Bellagio include Chanel, Dior and Prada, whilst jewellery lovers will love Harry Winston and Tiffany and Co. The Bellagio appeals to those that want a luxury environment with some of the best restaurants on property and designer shopping galore.

So here are 3 fo the best casino hotels in Las Vegas. Have you ever visited Vegas? Do you agree with my choice?

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Christmas Gift Guide And Competition 2019 Ends 01/12/19

I say this every year around this time - yes it won't be long to Christmas! I don't know about you but I generally buy my presents over November and December so not to panic buy. I always feel I don't have enough for my son though and end up buying extras last minute.  This year we are making a conscious effort to only buy what we really think will be appreciated. I think experiences are great, and this year I am looking to buy my son an experience like an activity. In the past, for my son and husband I've bought escape room activities, a driving supercars racing day and Zombie shooting. I'm easy to buy for, give me some chocolate, some makeup and a hotel stay and I'm sorted. Mr W take note!

If you are finding it difficult what to buy this year. I've done some of the hard work for you. I've rounded up some great gifts here for my adult Christmas gift guide 2019 and the best part is you can win all these prizes too.

For your husband




For your brother or son, this leather friendship bracelet from Hersey & Son would make the perfect gift. Made from sterling silver and the finest 3mm plaited black or mid-brown leather (dyed with eco-friendly dye) the solid silver disc on this friendship bracelet can be engraved with a name or a short message to make it even more personal. 

Hersey & Son is a London silversmith that sell a wide range of silver jewellery and silver giftware for all ages. From stunning silver cuffs to christening bangles, silver cross necklaces to silver wine coasters and photograph frames made of silver, Hersey & Son is the perfect online store for all your silver needs.

For your brother or son

For the brother that has everything, this retro sweet hamper would hit the spot. With 27 different types of sweets from everyone's childhood, this hamper is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The hamper contains an assortment of cola bottles, jelly babies, flying saucers, gobstoppers and more, taking you back to relive those happy childhood days. 

All packaged in a wicker hamper, this retro sweet hamper makes a great gift on Christmas day. What is especially cool is that it is personalised too with any name. This retro sweet hamper is from The Personalised Gift Shop, check out their store for a range of personalised gifts, from jewellery and watches to photo frames and bags.

For all the family






Teenagers are notoriously hard to buy for but what a game like this you can play with your teenage son or daughter. Escape Room - The Game recreates the excitement of an escape room in your own home. You have to work together to solve puzzles and find hidden clues. 

Suitable from the ages of 16 plus and with 3 thrilling escape rooms, Escape Room - The Game is perfect to play at birthday parties, celebrations and over Christmas and New Year. Escape Room - The Game, can be found in Amazon and Argos and is priced at £30 and is made by Goliath Games.

For your daughter or sister



I love a good advent calendar, and I normally get a chocolate one but this advent calendar by Mad Beauty is great! Containing a number of beauty products, from lipstick, and lipgloss to nail polish and blusher, this calendar is perfect for your sister, daughter or even yourself.

If you haven't heard of Mad Beauty, they are a beauty company that focuses on making beauty fun. Their gifts are super affordable too. I love the Disney products they sell and the Man's Best Friend cosmetics bags with photos of dogs on. If you are looking for an advent calendar or stocking fillers that are affordable check out their website today.

For all your girlfriends




For your girlfriends, this Christmas, what about these unique travel wallets from Made Of Carpet? All uniquely designed in London and handcrafted in Europe, those pretty travel wallets can be used to protect your passport or other documents, as well as used as a purse. Made with real Belgian carpet and high-quality leather your friends will really appreciate the luxurious design of these purses.

Made Of Carpet is a company that has won numerous awards for its carpet bags inspired by British literary characters such as Miss Marple and Mary Poppins. Irina Bragin the founder was a finalist in the Best Businesswoman award 2018. As seen in the Amazon series Good Omens and the BBC period drama Ripper Street, these bags and purses bring a touch of Victorian England to any fashionista's wardrobe. 

For your foodie friends



If you have any coffee lovers or foodies among your family and friends then Pure Kopi Luwak coffee is an intriguing gift! This 100 per cent organic and cruelty-free drink also called 'cat poop coffee' is made by harvesting beans processed by Asian wild palm civet cats in a tiny farm in Java. 

The coffee is said to have many health benefits and is low in tannin, but being full of malic acid that can boost energy and it's packed full of antioxidants and brain-boosting neurochemicals. Priced at $140 for a 100-gram pack, this is one luxury coffee that will be a must-have gift this Christmas. 

For you

If you are thinking of what to ask others to get you, what about the Revamp Progloss Perfect Finish hair styling brush? A really easy to use hair styling brush with retracting bristles that won't pull your hair, gently releasing the style, and this brush also has ceramic heaters to heat up quickly and 5 heat settings, to get that volume and look you really want.

The Progloss Perfect Finish curl and wave brush also has Keratin, Argan and Coconut oil to help protect your hair every time you use it too. So your hair is lovingly protected from the heat. With a 2 year guarantee and worldwide voltage, this is one professional hair styler that is made to last.

So here is my Christmas gift guide 2019 and here is a brilliant competition! One of my lucky readers will win all the prizes above including not one but five Made Of Carpet travel wallets. Total prize value is worth approximately £390. 


Thanks to these brands who have given prizes for this prize bundle.  While you are here don't forget to check out the other competitions I have running too. Good luck!

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Prizes worth approx £390

A personalised retro sweet hamper from The Personalised Gift Shop £34.99
Escape Room - The Game from Goliath Games£30
Mad Beauty advent calendar £20
Leather and silver bracelet from Hersey Silver (not personalised) £39
5 x Made Of Carpet travel wallets £100
Progloss Perfect Curl and Wave brush £59.99
Pure Kopi Luwak coffee $140

7 Things To Do In Benidorm Spain

Benidorm in Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Made known to us brits from the TV series Benidorm and with some of the best beaches across Spain's Costa Blanca, it's the type of tourist destination where you will never feel bored, as it has entertainment at its heart, and it's also has a mild climate all year round. Here are my top things to do in Benidorm Spain.

Sun yourself on Levante Beach 


There are two beautiful beaches in Benidorm - Levante Beach and Poniente Beach. Levante Beach is the classic crescent of golden sand seen on every postcard. with lots of cafes and restaurants nearby. It's a great beach but can get very popular in Summer. In contrast, Poniente Beach is close by and is quieter and more family-friendly. 

Take a stroll down the Old Town


The Old Town in Benidorm has more of an authentic Spanish feel than other areas. With cobbled streets and dozens of shops, boutiques, authentic restaurants and bars, it's a place to visit and enjoy. When you are there seek out Tapas Alley for some tasty snacks.

Eat some tapas at Tapas Alley



Calle Santo Domingo, in the Old Town, otherwise known as Tapas Alley, is the place to go for bars selling traditional (and not so traditional) Spanish tapas. Tapas are small morsels of food often served with drinks, as an appetiser or snack. Popular tapas include various toppings on small slices of bread, meatballs, croquettes, calamari and Spanish omelette. There are some good deals on tapas in Benidorm's Old Town and on our recent visit we saw a jug of sangria with 5 tapas for 5 Euro!

See some entertainment at the many bars



Benidorm is known for its bars with music and entertainment. From tribute acts to Adele, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond, to stand-up comedy from the likes of Chrissy Rock from the TV series Benidorm, and big shows including dancing and singing at the famous Benidorm Palace, Benidorm has something for most people.  Some of the places to try include Steptoes, Morgan Tavern, Jokers, and the Tropical bar which also does a mean cocktail.

Get an adrenaline rush at Terra Mítica



Just outside Benidorm is one of the biggest theme parks in Spain called Terra Mitica. With the theme of ancient civilisations of Rome, Egypt and Greece, this excellent theme park has big rides for the adrenaline junkies out there and lots of live shows based on history. It's a great place to visit with all the family, and especially with teenagers. Stop at the well-appointed 4 star Grand Luxor hotel next door.

Go location spotting for the TV series



If you are a fan of the TV series Benidorm you may want to go location spotting. Morgan's Tavern doubles as Neptunes in the TV series, whilst the Benidorm Palace, where the Garveys in the show often visit, is called the same in real life and is on the road out of town. The hotel where the majority of the show is filmed is called the Sol Pelicanos Ocas hotel and is much nicer in real life than in the show. Stay there to soak up the atmosphere of the series.

Get wet at Aqualandia


If you want to cool down in the hot Spanish sun and are especially travelling with kids then Aqualandia may be right up your street. With slides for the adventurous and relaxing pools for those that just want to chill out, as well as a huge wave pool and pools suitable for the little ones,  Aqualandia is certainly worth a trip if you love the water.

So as you can see there are many things to do in Benidorm for people of all ages. For last-minute deals to Benidorm try Voyage Prive for the best prices.

Let me know, have you been to Benidorm? 

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