Why A PAJ GPS Easy Finder Tracker Can Save You Stress

It isn't a secret that I love travelling. Travelling at the moment though can be highly stressful, especially travelling internationally. If you are flying anywhere soon, you may be worried about the delays that have been reported everywhere. This is due to a combination of many things.  Two of these are the sheer number of people travelling after being at home for two years, as many COVID-related restrictions are being lifted and not enough staff being employed in places like baggage handling. 

The sight of the number of bags at Heathrow left in a large hall has been shocking. I know that it took two hours for our luggage to be offloaded from our plane at Bristol Airport recently. I can only imagine what people at Heathrow have been going through.  Now if you have lost a suitcase or need to know where it is if you have to wade through a large amount of bags, then a GPS tracker can come into use. 

So I was thrilled when the PAJ GPS Easy Finder 4G tracker was sent to me to review. This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own.

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The Paj GPS Easy Finder tracker is a new generation of tracker with 4G network coverage. This tracker is in the form of a small device that can easily be stored in your luggage, kept in a car or kept on a person in your handbag or backpack. You can see the location of the tracker through their app or the PAJ website online. 

GPS back box

In the box is the tracker device, a pouch to keep it in and a neck strap, a quick start guide, in multiple languages, a charging cradle and a USB power outlet adapter

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Before use, you need to charge the tracker for between 8 to 12 hours. After you do that you need to sign up for a subscription. This is £5.99 a month if you pay monthly or there are other payment plans such as £54.99 per year. This will allow you to track the device. You then press the on button for a few seconds and the device will be on and available to track. To track, you sign into the website or download the app available. It's that simple to use. 

The PAJ GPS tracker has an SOS button for emergencies, is waterproof and has up to 14 days of battery life in standby mode. 

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So I charged the device and tried it out. 

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I found the website and the app easy to use and it was very reassuring to be able to track my luggage as simply as using the tracker. In the Finder portal on the website or app you can also activate a series of alarms including low battery, speed limit and entering or exiting an area. It also has an SOS emergency button for your own safety and security.  Perfect for solo female travellers. 

The PAJ GPS Easy Finder tracker lives up to its name as it's very easy to use. It's also not too bulky or heavy to put in your case or to carry with you. If you are worried about losing your suitcase or backpack or having your luggage stolen this is the perfect tracker. Having your luggage tracked like this can help you be reunited with your luggage sooner thus saving your sanity and a large amount of stress. I think it would be a great gift for anyone who loves to travel too.  You can buy the PAJ GPS Easy Finder 4G tracker from their website or buy the tracker from Amazon

Let me know what you think. Would you use the PAJ Easy Finder Tracker?

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Oversized Women's Jackets

Larger than Life: Wearing Oversized Jackets

The oversized trend is clearly here to stay. It's been seen on all the world's premier fashionistas: Kim Kardashian, Justin, and Hayley Bieber, Rihanna. They all pull off those oversized layers so flawlessly, mixing Ted Baker jackets with slim-fit trousers and high heels with slouchy boyfriend jeans. The options are endless, and there are so many exciting, contemporary combinations to be created. The best part of this trend, in our opinion, is the oversized coat or jacket. There are so many options to choose from; denim, classic trench, puffer, coach, parka, or bomber, just to name a few.

Getting your hands on the perfect piece is only half the battle: the rest of the battle is figuring out how to style it properly so that you don't end up looking like the bag down the street. The perfect oversized look walks a thin line and has to be styled just so as to be eye-catching and well put together. We’ve got a few tips on how to find and style the perfect oversized coat for you.



Choosing Your Oversized Jacket

The oversized look started out as a trend, but we believe it is going to stay around instead of disappearing, which means that you can incorporate it into your permanent style. We advise that outerwear is in a shade that is neutral to your wardrobe: in other words, something that will go with about 80% of the other garments that you own. If your style is super bright and loud, a brightly coloured or printed jacket will still work with most of what you have. Stay away from trending fabrics and prints unless this trend is something that works into your existing style.

Styling

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect oversized jacket. You need to think of a few key ways to style it.

Solo

If you’ve selected a blazer-style jacket that falls to around your mid-thigh, why not wear it alone? Wearing a coat or jacket so that it looks like a dress is a cool and edgy look to try out. This look works really well with either a really feminine kitten heel, a super chunky boot, or even a pair of trainers (think Princess Diana for inspiration). You can dress it all the way up, clubbing casual or brunch casual.



Layered

A more traditional way to wear your oversized coat is to layer it with much tighter pieces underneath. Layering with tight garments underneath the oversized coat creates a streamlined look with minimal effort. Some people like to layer oversized with oversized.

Belted

While an oversized coat usually hides more form than it shows, you can change that in an instant and give yourself a completely cinched waist by adding the perfect belt. Remember, if you’re shopping for the belt without the coat on, you need to buy a belt that fits about 2 sizes bigger than your actual waist because you have to get all the coat in there. If the coat is simple, you can go for a more eye-catching belt. If the coat is already eye-catching on its own, go for something a little more classic: less is more!

Matching Set

There's nothing cuter than a matching set. The only way to get a matching set with a pair of pants that fit properly and a coat that's oversized is if that's how the set was made: usually, these sets aren’t available as separate pieces. The great thing about buying a matching set is that you’re getting a huge range of outfits for the price of one. You can style the coat and bottoms together or separately.



Classic

If you’re looking for a more subdued but still super stylish and current way to style your oversized coat or jacket, we suggest that you go “pro”; a classic look featuring your oversized coat, a pair of pleated trousers, a button-down shirt and a nice pair of loafers or heels; a la the 90s. You can wear a look like this wherever you want: to return library books, out to dinner on a date, or to grab some groceries at the shops. You can substitute sneakers for a more casual look or heels for a dressier one.

Wrap Up

These are just some examples of different ways that you can choose and style an oversized coat. Remember that in fashion, the only real rule is that you’re happy and comfortable with the outfit that you’ve put together.

Beating The Bills: How Households Can Save Money In 2022 And Beyond

Making ends meet is getting harder for most UK households. Inflation and supply chain squeezes have made the prices of many common household items, as well as energy and fuel, skyrocket over the last year.

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Here are five simple things that anyone can do to reduce their regular outgoings. You can make small savings every month that will add up to a huge amount over 2022, and beyond.

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Taking care of the little things helps the big things to take care of themselves. Home insurance is very important in the event of an emergency and could be a requirement of your mortgage agreement.

Saving money on this monthly bill makes sense, especially if you do not lose any coverage. Look here for some exclusive home insurance quotes you cannot find anywhere else that can cut your costs down. You should always compare home insurance quotes before taking out an insurance policy or renewing one.

Switch Your Energy Supplier


The price of electricity and natural gas has surged in recent months and shows no sign of coming down. Several factors contribute to this, but the biggest ones are the conflicts in areas close to supplies and pipelines and the carbon emissions goals set by governments around the globe.

You can save some money if you switch your energy supplier to one that offers you a better deal, even if it is only a small reduction. Better still, you can often get £50 cashback when you make the change.

Choose A Cheaper Supermarket

The fastest-growing bill in British households today is the food bill. Prices are increasing on many everyday goods and foods, and families are struggling to keep up.

It is no surprise that budget supermarkets are exploding in popularity, with many people making the switch from big-name supermarkets like Tesco or Sainsburys to cheaper alternatives. Getting your weekly shop from a supermarket like Aldi or Lidl can help you to save up to £25 per shop for the average family.

Cut The Cable Cords

We are spending more than ever on entertainment, and as the bills start to mount up and times get tighter, this should be one of the first sacrifices we make.

Cut the cord and cancel some of your regular media streaming subscriptions. There are cheaper alternatives out there. Free services like YouTube are often overlooked too, even though there is plenty of music, movies, and sport available for free.

Keep Your Meters Up To Date


Many common household bills, like gas, electricity, and water, are on metered supplies. This means that every unit of energy or water you use is recorded on a meter in or on the outside of your home.

Energy and water suppliers may check this meter once or twice a year, but they estimate your usage the rest of the time. These estimates are often more than you have consumed, so keep your meter up to date and ensure you only pay for what you use.

Using just a few of these tips should help you to save a significant amount of money each month. Try them all, and you should be able to save yourself hundreds of pounds a year.

The Beauty and History of Engagement Rings

When you think of engagement rings, what do you typically think of? Beauty? Luxury? An object imbued with an unquestionable mystery and made with expensive materials like gold and diamonds? But, did you know that the original engagement rings, tracing their way back to Roman times, didn’t include either gold or diamonds? Initially, engagement rings were an ownership p symbol made of such materials as ivory, stone, bone, base metals, and iron.

A Brief History of the Engagement Ring

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In 850, Pope Nicholas I signified engagement rings’ meaning as a man’s intent to marry. Gold was the most popular material for such rings during this time. Then, back in 1947, diamonds became the stone of choice for diamond rings through an amazingly successful de Beers marketing campaign touting the slogan “Diamonds are Forever.”

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Everyone knows the song “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” It’s true, you know. But the problem with traditionally mined diamonds is that the diamond industry artificially inflates their cost by creating false scarcity due to being stockpiled. This stockpile was estimated at $5.2 billion in 1999 and would be worth about $9.1 billion today. However, you should note that de Beers promised to stop stockpiling in 2000. Diamonds also have a human toll, often being a point of contention in wars and political upheavals. The methods used to mine them are often environmentally unsustainable. But what if you could have diamonds’ beauty, luxury, and mystery without the expense? That’s where lab-grown diamonds come in.

The Beauty of Diamonds

The 4 Cs of Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat are what gemologists use to judge diamonds. Cut refers to the proportionality, sparkle, and brilliance of the diamond. It also notes the positioning and number of facets the diamond has. Various cuts can be defined as follows:

  • Round Brilliant 

  • Princess-Cut 

  • Emerald-Cut 

  • Asscher-Cut 

  • Marquise-Cut 

  • Oval-Cut 

  • Radiant-Cut 

  • Pear-Shaped 

  • Heart-Shaped 

  • Cushion-Cut



Colour refers to the colour a diamond has. It’s exceedingly rare to find a diamond without any colour at all. The clearer a diamond is – that is, the least amount of colour it has, the more valuable it is. Keep in mind the setting’s tone can affect how the diamond appears.

Clarity: looks at the diamonds’ external imperfections, known as “blemishes.” Internal flaws, known as “inclusions” or “internal characteristics,” are those things that give diamonds their character. Diamonds with the least amount of inclusions are the most expensive.

Carat represents the diamond’s weight, not necessarily its size. A diamond may have a heavier carat weight than another, but due to other factors such as poor cut, a high number of inclusions, and poor colouration may still look less brilliant than one with a smaller carat weight. 

Lab-Grown Diamonds

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Lab-grown diamonds are created and produced in the laboratory. What does this mean?

  • They are indistinguishable from traditionally mined diamonds to the naked eye. Only specially-trained gemologists can only find these differences with highly advanced tools designed for that exact purpose.
  • They’re grown in about a month instead of being made in millions of years.
  • Most people can’t tell the difference between a mined diamond and a lab-grown one
  • They’re formed with the same processes as natural diamonds using heat and pressure.
  • Designation between lab-grown and mined diamonds lies only in their creation and origin.
  • Depending on the creation method, they are often more environmentally friendly. The CVD method of lab-grown diamond creation saves, 143 lbs (65kg) of C02, Approximately 126 lbs of air pollution, 250 tons of earth, 120 gallons of water, equivalent to about 2.86 barrels

Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Rings

In recent years, lab-grown diamond engagement rings have become more popular. In fact, lab-grown diamond engagement ring sales are up 63% while simultaneously eroding traditionally mined diamonds by 25% over the same timeframe. This shift in consumer attitude may be due to the cost, which can be 72% cheaper than traditionally mined diamonds, thus allowing consumers to opt for larger stones for their engagement rings.

The VRAI Difference

VRAI offers only “excellent cut” lab-grown diamonds. Their most popular engagement rings come in the following styles: “Signature Solitaire,” “Classic,” and “Three-stone” that are set in platinum or yellow 18-carat gold. In addition to the engagement rings, they also offer the following types of jewellery:
  • Necklaces that come in Solitaire, Pendants, Tennis, and Medallions
  • Earrings, including Solitaire Studs and both “Pavé Huggie” and “Bezel Drop Huggie” hoops, which are set in yellow, white, or rose gold.
  • Bracelets, including their “Bezel/Bezel Station Bracelet” and “Tennis Bracelet,” both of which are customisable in shapes and set in yellow, white, or rose gold.

VRAI Lab-Grown Diamonds Pricing

VRAI is a vertically-integrated jewellery company. Their environmentally friendly and sustainable process removes intermediaries and markups, providing excellent-valued diamonds. Furthermore, they ensure all of their diamonds have no human costs. Because they own the whole manufacturing procedure, use superior technology, cut and polish in-studio, and their diamonds pass through fewer hands, they pass along those savings to the consumer.

Buy From VRAI

If you’re shopping for diamond jewellery, specifically engagement rings, why not take the time to look at VRAI’s fantastic selection of lab-grown diamonds today? The environment will thank you for choosing a green product, and your wallet will thank you for the savings. Your conscience will even thank you, too. Buy a sustainable diamond today!

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Cotton Traders Wrinkle Free Collection

Summer is here and before long the autumn. As I am always looking for new fashion items to refresh my wardrobe I was pleased when Cotton Traders got in touch for a collaboration. I was gifted the items for this blog post but all opinions are my own.

If you are looking for Spring Summer clothes then check out Cotton Traders' new Suitcase Ready Style campaign which is bigger and better than ever. We have all been looking forward to the return of the summer holidays so if you are going abroad or staying in this country Cotton Traders has something for you.

The Wrinkle Free Collection is perfect for packing in your suitcase without creasing whilst their new items for August are ready for the perfect Summer and cooler Autumn days too. These collections are essential items to pack in your suitcase without getting creased.


Who are Cotton Traders?

Have you heard of Cotton Traders? Cotton Traders are a UK success story, started in 1987 by Fran Cotton and Steve Smith. They are known for their licensing with Rugby Union in the 1990s, producing authentic sweatshirts, their official charity partner Help for Heroes, and being worn in the Clint Eastwood Invictus film!

Which items did I pick?
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I picked a variety of items above. Unfortunately, the Poppy dress was too big but everything else fitted perfectly.


Coast to Coast waterproof jacket, Romantic crinkle tunic and navy jersey leggings from a pack of 2

I really liked the bright pink of the Romantic crinkle tunic. It has ties which you can use to tie behind to accentuate your waist and pintucks. This gives you a flattering shape. The pearlised buttons add a nice design feature and the crinkle fabric is effortlessly wearable. Also available in Fern.

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Coast to Coast waterproof jacket, Romantic crinkle tunic and navy jersey leggings from a pack of 2

The Coast to Coast waterproof jacket is easy to wear. This hooded jacket is available in the colour magenta as featured above and in navy. It is fully waterproof to keep out the rain, whether you are walking the dog or picking up the kids from school. It has a lovely soft marl jersey lining too. I liked the fact that the hood comes off easily with poppers, and it has a flattering drawcord waist too as well as storm flaps to keep the weather out. A very practical and fashionable coat.


Spot print leggings from a pack of 2, top and shoes my own

The spot print leggings come in a pack of 2 with the plain navy leggings as shown previously. These leggings are brilliant, they are so easy to wear and comfortable on. I loved the fact they are stretchy and move with your body due to the cotton and elastane mix, and they also have an elasticated waist too. Perfect if you've eaten a little too much! They also come in a 2 pack of plain grey and spotted grey.


Cotton Traders also sell men's clothes, accessories, footwear and home essentials and standard delivery is £3.99 to your home, £5.99 for express delivery whilst click and collect is also available to your nearest Cotton Trader store or to an Evri parcel shop, prices on this varies. 


They often have big sales and you can also sign up to their email for 10% off. If you are looking for some great clothing for summer check out the Cotton Traders website

Let me know what you think of the items I have chosen.

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How To Choose The Best T Shirt

A t-shirt is a modern-day classic for everyone's wardrobe. A t-shirt is a versatile wardrobe item as it can be worn on a number of casual occasions and also can be dressed up for smarter wear too.  This is an ad.

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But how do you choose the best t-shirt and what should you look out for? Let's look at how to choose the best t-shirt for your lifestyle.

Size

Firstly find the size that is right for you. The most flattering and versatile size is usually just a little bit loose. Avoid tight fit or incredibly baggy unless you are going for a certain look.  Sizes also vary between brands so it's worth measuring yourself and comparing it to the brand's sizing. Measure across the widest part of your chest to get the chest measurement. 

Colour

Monotone shades are best for versatility.  Black or white are the most popular and then colours like navy. White is great in the summer as black can absorb heat making you feel hotter,. If you are looking for something colourful for the summer, bright pink or green can add a dash of colour and can be teamed with smart trousers for the office, a loose-flowing skirt, shorts, leggings or jeans. 

Length

The classic length should be just below the waist so they do not ride up too far. If you are going for big and baggy then the length can be longer, and shorter will end up looking like a crop top. It's always worth remembering some cotton t-shirts will shrink too.

Shape

V neck and crew neck are two main styles that are versatile, you can also get other styles like a boat neck, scoop neck or off the shoulder,  If you have a large bust a v neck can be more flattering if it is not too low.  T-shirts can be short-sleeved, three-quarter or long sleeves. 

Material

Cotton is the material of choice for most t-shirts. Cotton is an affordable breathable fabric and you can buy sustainable organic cotton which is great for the farmers and the environment too.  If you exercise you can buy moister wicking t-shirts and t-shirts that are made of a sweat-proof material stopping armpit sweat stains. You can also get material that can stretch such as jersey which is a cotton elastane mix.

Design

T-shirts don't only come in simple colours, they are also available in a wide variety of patterns and designs, from concert and band t-shirts, art graphic t-shirts and slogan t-shirts amongst others. If you are going for a patterned t-shirt, choose one which reflects your interests or fits in with your wardrobe colour scheme. You can also buy t-shirts with embroidery or other embellishments 

Price

You do get what you pay for. Sustainable cotton will be more expensive than cheaper cotton, and more expensive t-shirts will generally be cut better, be of better quality, won't lose colour and last you longer.  

So here is how to choose the best t-shirt for you. Tell me, do you have a favourite t-shirt?

For more fashion tips check out my menswear tips for summer.

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Winter Cocktail Dresses for Every Type of Party

Winter fashion opens up the opportunity to explore luxe fabrics, rich colour palettes and elegant silhouettes, especially when it comes to dressing to impress. Whether you’re attending a lavish birthday celebration or sophisticated dinner party, you don’t need to compromise your style to suit the cooler weather.

From long sleeved dresses to luxurious layers, our winter party picks will see you embrace these new season trends and keep you warm whilst looking chic and elegant.

Classic Black Dress

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Whether you’re in a cosy bar sipping mulled wine by the fire or attending an after-dark winter soiree, you’ll never look out of place in a classic black cocktail dress. One of the most timeless and elegant pieces, it can be styled to suit any occasion or season. Layer a black cocktail dress with a faux fur jacket to stay warm. Choose a cropped style to accentuate your figure and avoid overpowering the dress. Accessorise with a pair of jewelled drop earrings and clutch bag to compliment the shade of the jacket.

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Add a sense of opulence with a faux fur jacket over a classic black cocktail dress, the perfect balance of style and practicality for those cooler evenings. Pictured first above is the Matilda Dress from Alamour The Label and second the Denise Dress. Photo: Alamour The Label

Long Sleeved Dress


From a flirty mini to an elegant sweeping midi, a long sleeve adds a classy yet stylish edge to any dress. Explore stunning styles including feminine off-the-shoulder cuts, bishop sleeves or bell sleeves in heavier fabrics and rich hues. Skip the layers and let a statement sleeve be the centre of attention for indoor events and warmer evenings. Finish the look with minimalistic jewellery and a small bag or clutch in a coordinating colour.

Elaine dress


The Jourdan Dress pictured first features a flattering ruched bodycon style and a stunning off the shoulder long sleeve. The statement bishop sleeves of the Elaine Dress next make this the perfect trans-seasonal piece for brightening up your winter wardrobe.

Jumpsuit

Solange jumpsuit

If you’re looking to stray from the classic cocktail dress this winter but aren’t sure where to start, a jumpsuit is a perfect pick. For the most flattering fit, opt for a style that skims your figure and cinches your waist. Plunge neck or backless styles add a touch of femininity to this contemporary piece. Complete the look with a pair of strappy heels and drape a faux fur jacket over your shoulders.

The fitted waist and backless style balances the wide leg pants of the Solange Jumpsuit, creating an elegant and chic look.

Coordinating Set

Zoe

A sidestep from the classic cocktail style, a two-piece coordinating set lets you express your personal style whilst keeping in tune with the elegance and sophistication that is synonymous with a cocktail dress code. A bodycon or A-line midi skirt and chic crop in the same fabric and shade give the illusion of a midi dress, whilst subtly showing off your figure. Coordinating sets in heavier, structured fabrics such as tweed or velvet are ideal for a classy evening event.

A stylish twist on the classic black midi dress, the racer cut crop and pencil midi of the Zoe Set forms a seamless fit, accentuating your figure.

Find the perfect balance between comfort and style in these stunning winter looks, showing off new season trends and staying cosy whilst you do it. From layering a lavish faux fur jacket over your shoulders to making a statement with a long-sleeved ensemble, there’s a look out there waiting to be worn to your next winter social event.

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The Best Ways to Stay Fit During the School Holidays

The school summer holidays are great. It’s a chance for the kids to rest and have some fun after a tough year at school, and for families to get some quality time together. But for many parents, it’s also difficult. You might be juggling work and childcare, and if you work from home things can be a lot more challenging than usual. Unfortunately, during the school holidays, time to do things for ourselves like exercise often gets left behind. 

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This can often mean that during the summer, when you are perhaps keen to look and feel your best, your fitness levels decline, you gain weight, and you become unhappy with your body. Here are some tips on how to keep your fitness levels up during the kids’ holidays.

Make Nutrition Easy


During the holidays when you are busy, it’s tempting to reach for fast food or snack on junk. Holidays and warm periods can mean that we reach for the ice creams. It’s easy to pick up bad habits and gain weight, and hard to get back to healthy eating in September.

Make healthy eating and nutrition easy by preparing healthy snacks, meal planning, and prepping food. If you are looking to lose a little weight to boost your fitness, you might want to consider weight loss shakes from Shake That Weight. These weight loss shakes are tasty, easy, and help you to get all of the nutrients that you need. Shakes are also great for taking on holidays and summer days out. As a substitute for one meal and eating a balanced diet every day, it can help you in the short term.

Schedule Exercise

Planning the summer holiday carefully can help you to manage your time. It’ll make it easier to sort out any childcare that you need, book fun things to do to break the time up, and even fit in exercise. Some parents even find that creating a spreadsheet or using a shared calendar app helps them.

Enjoy Family Days Out

Family days out to the park, the beach, a theme park, or even museums are probably a lot more exercise than you think. You’ll spend a lot of time on your feet, you’ll walk for miles, and you might spend time running around, carrying bags, and walking on different terrain.

Keep Your School Run Alarm On

As we come towards the end of the school year, most of us are excited about turning our school run alarms off. Even if you still have to go to work some of the time, you might not need to get up as early.

But keeping your alarm on means that you can get a workout in before everyone else wakes up.

Exercise Together

Think about exercise that you can do with the kids. Things like bike rides, fruit picking trips, hikes, climbing, visiting a trampolining park, and swimming are great exercises for the whole family.

Break up Your Workouts

While the kids are at home, you might not have a chance to head out for a long run or a couple of hours at the gym. But remember, several short workouts can be just as effective. An early morning run and 30 minutes of yoga before bed are still hours of exercise. Focus on little and often, fitting short workouts in when you can.

Staying fit during the school holidays can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible. With a few changes and good habits, you can keep fitness levels up until they head back to school.

Why Use Facial Oil


Facial oils help moisturize and hydrate your face. It is one of the oldest facial skin care routines that has been in use for many years, but most people seem to think it is ineffective. It makes it one of the most overlooked skincare products.

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Here is why you should use facial oils.

Antioxidant Properties


Facial oils such as Acai facial oil have antioxidant properties that protect the face from free radicals. These free radicals can cause your skin to get puffy and lose elasticity. Consequently, the skin will sag, age, and breakout.

Best For Dry Skin


Dry skin requires more hydration and moisturisation. Without these, it is likely to become dry and flake. Apply facial oil if you have dry skin on your face to prevent this. Additionally, if you live in low-temperature regions, facial oil protects your skin from the effects of frost and low temperatures.

All you need is a pea-sized amount of facial oil for ideal results on your face and skin.

Essential Fatty Acid Properties

Facial oils contain essential nutrients that nourish and strengthen your facial skin. You can find Omega 3 and 6 oils in facial oils. They help to rejuvenate the skin. Facial oils can penetrate the skin to drop these essential oils into the body. They ensure that the skin renews and strengthens itself quickly.

Provide Protection To The Skin

When you apply facial oil to your skin, it becomes a shield on your face. It prevents the loss of moisture and hydration from your skin. Therefore, it ensures that your skin always looks young and relaxed.

Additionally, a layer of facial oils protects your skin from dirt and other toxins. Dirt, dust, and other harmful things can easily hang onto your skin as you carry out your daily activities. However, a layer of facial oil prevents them from it.

Healthy Glow

As we age, our skin loses vitality. It also becomes dull and dry. The older you get, the less oil the skin produces. Consequently, it ages quickly. Dehydration and lack of proper sleep also cause the skin to lose vitality and its natural shine. However, applying a dash of facial oil changes this.

A dash of facial oil gives your skin a healthy glow. You can use it without makeup to make your face appear younger and healthier.

Primer For Your Foundation

Facial oils are a perfect primer for your makeup routine. If the foundation you use clings or flakes on your skin, you can apply facial oil first. It will ensure that it remains fresh throughout the day. It enhances your makeup and appearance.

Makeup can dehydrate the skin. However, using facial oil as a primer ensures that the skin retains its moisture.

Does Not Clog Pores

Facial oils are lightweight and do not leave a greasy residue on the skin. Therefore, applying facial oil does not clog your pores. Instead, it hydrates the skin and enlarges the pores. As hydrating agents, facial oils remove grime and fats from pores to shrink them.

Soothes Sunburn


Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays causes sunburn that causes the skin to itch, irritated, and burn.

You can soothe these symptoms of sunburn by hydration and moisturisation. Applying facial oil to sunburns eases the pain and itching. It also hydrates the sunburns to heal them.

In addition to soothing sunburn, facial oils also soothe rashes with their anti-inflammatory properties.

Soothes Irritation And Sensitivity

If you have sensitive skin, facial oil is good for you. Applying facial oil to your skin strengthens the skin to deal with outside irritants that may cause allergic reactions.

Body Massage

You can also use face oil for body massage. It is smooth and allows hands to slide easily over the body. They also provide grip to allow for a relaxing massage to take place.

Is Facial Oil Used Daily?

Apply facial oil to your body daily. You can apply it during the day or at night. Dry skin may require more facial oil than oily skin. The more facial oil you apply, the more moisturised the skin becomes
.

The skin produces less oil at night. Therefore, you can safely apply facial oil to your skin at night. 

Apply skincare products from thinnest to thickest. The final product provides the necessary protection to the layers of products and the skin.

Facial oil is the last to be applied. Therefore, it protects the skin from externalities that may react with it.

Can I Use Facial Oil If I Have Oily Skin?

Facial oil is suitable for all skin types. However, if you have oily skin, apply only a few drops for the best results.

Facial oil makes skin glow. Oily skin glows naturally due to the excess sebum it produces. A little facial oil protects the oily skin and helps it to open up pores to enhance skin vitality.

Can I Use Facial Oil On Other Parts Of The Body?


Facial oil is versatile. Use it on different parts of the body. You do not have to restrict it only to face applications. You can apply it to your hands, elbows, knees, nails, feet, and toes.

As a hydrating oil, it works best on the body parts that may look dehydrated. It helps to lock in moisture and to provide a healthy glow to the skin.

Are Facial Oils Suitable For All Skin Types?

Everyone should apply facial oils. It is suitable for all skin types, there is a facial oil for everyone out there. Many people who do not use facial oils feel that they do not need one. As a result, many people lose out on the best skin care product to use.

Use it on its own or as part of a skincare program. Your hands and your face should be clean before applying facial oil.

Facial oils protect, rejuvenate, and glow on the skin. Apply it to any part of the body.

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Saperavi, A Love Story.

Saperavi is a truly remarkable and unique wine and a friend to all. The gorgeous colour and lively acidity have made it one of the most popular wines used for blending and bringing vibrancy to less lively wines. Saperavi is one of Georgia's most famous wines and is grown in the area straddled by the Caspian and the Black Sea.

Saperavi is the Georgian word for 'dye,' but it doesn't just end there. The robust tannins and acidity play a strong supportive role in a host of different wines, from rosé wines all the way through to semi-sweet, sweet, and fortified wines.

The most comfortable position for the Saperavi wine is undoubtedly in the realm of the big-time full-bodied dry red genre with loads of dark fruits, blackberries, and lovely black plums.

The French also have this wine down as a 'dyer' but in a little more encompassing way. Saperavi is one of the very few wines that has red flesh. Teinturier is the term used to describe wines with red flesh like Alicante Bouschet and Dunkelfelder.

Traditionally, Saperavi wine was used to blend with other wines. Still, the natural beauty of the wine has encouraged the production of one-hundred percent Saperavi wines that are typically aged for up to ten years.

Let's look at the top Saperavi wines and begin with one from Georgia.

Winiveria Saperavi 2019

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Winiveria Saperavi 2019 is a young wine with a lot of growth potential. The rounded and firm tannins coupled with the dark fruit and plum produce a fresh and full-bodied wine. The wine will benefit from resting in the cellar for ten years or so and should be decanted for a short while before drinking.

George Piradashivili has combined both the traditional winemaking processes using Qvevris to ferment and macerate the wine, followed by ageing in oak barrels. The introduction of wood ageing helps to create a well-rounded wine.

The Winiveria Winery produces limited quantities of quality wines, and the Saperavi 2019 is a classic example of great organic wine from this winery. A wine to pair with rich meat dishes and game.

Lagvinari Saperavi 2020

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Around ten years ago, Eko Glonti started the Lagvinari Winery in the prime wine area of Kakheti. After harvest, the grapes are left in underground qvevri containers for eight months. The first three months are spent with the skins.

The resultant wine has a powerful, balanced combination of rich tannins and dark fruit flavours that pair beautifully with rich game flavours and duck.

The Lagvinari Saperavi 2020 is a wine that will develop further left in the cellar for up to ten years.

Danieli Saperavi 2019

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A lovely organic wine from the tiny region of Argokhy region famous for wines made with the Kisi grapes. Eka Chviritidza and Olaf Malver produce limited quantities of this one-hundred percent Saperavi wine.

The Danieli Saperavi 2019 is produced using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine rich in rounded tannins and lushes dark fruit. The rich dark colour combines with the enticing aromas of red cherries and sweet violets to make an irresistible wine.

The wine will benefit from a leisurely sojourn of up to ten years in the cellar, and decanting the wine for an hour will enhance the tasting experience.

Solomnishvili Saperavi 1984

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On this family-run estate, Georgy Solomnishvili produces superb wines that benefit from his intimate knowledge of the terroir of the Kakheti region in Georgia.

The thirty-five-year-old vines are grown at an altitude of five hundred and fifty meters in a rich combination of limestone, gravel, and clay.

The wine enjoys a combination of traditional and modern fermentation techniques. After spending time fermenting in the ancient qvevri pots, the wine is aged in French Oak for a further eighteen months. The result is a wine of deep, intense colour with a concentration of dark fruits and smooth tannins and a delicious lingering aftertaste.

After decanting for an hour or so, the Solomnishvili Saperavi 1984 2017 is a perfect partner to substantial red meat dishes, venison, and strong cheeses.

The superb quality of this wine allows it to be cellared for up to fifteen years.

Chateau Purcari Acaemia Saperavi 2019

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This is a wine from the southeastern corner of Modolvia in the region close to the Black Sea. The prestigious winery produces this Saperavi wine in limited quantities, and only six thousand bottles are produced annually.

The bouquet is of prunes and rich dark fruit. The deep and luscious colour presents an invitation to enjoy the beautifully smooth and velvety tannins coupled with the dark textured fruit and ending with a long, satisfying aftertaste.

Enjoy this beautifully crafted wine with pork and veal dishes.

Let me know, do you like red wine?

What Is The Best Type Of Garden Fencing

If you are looking for garden fencing you may be surprised with the variety out there. There are a number of types of garden fencing and different finishes, but each type of fencing has its own benefits. Let's have a look at the best type of garden fencing for your home.

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What is the purpose of the fencing?

Before you decide what type of garden fencing you need, you need to think about why you need it and what the purpose of the fencing will be.

Here are some things you need to take into consideration. 
  • Do you need it for privacy? For example to stop people from looking into your garden.
  • Do you need it to keep animals in? If you have dogs or rabbits for example then you may want it to be robust so no animals can get out. 
  • Do you want a traditional look or a modern one? The finish may be important to you. You may want a traditional-looking picket-style fence or a more modern panel look.
  • Do you want it to be maintenance free or are you willing to maintain it? Some fences are made from PVC which can be less maintenance than wood. Wood will have to be protected from all types of weather by a weatherproof paintsuit  or stain. 
  • What is your budget? Some fancy designs are more expensive whereas basic panel fencing will be one of the cheaper options. Think about your budget, how much fencing you need for your garden and the finish you want.
Types Of Fencing 

The main types of fencing include picket fencing, featherboard fencing and panel fencing. 

Picket Fencing

Picket fencing, otherwise known as timber palisade fencing is a traditional style type of fence. This fencing comes in a variety of heights and can be low fencing as well as high. It can be installed in panels making it less time-consuming to install than some fencing. It is not really suitable if you want complete privacy though as the style of the fencing means that it has gaps and lets light through. Picket fencing can be slightly cheaper than featherboard fencing. The amount of wood is generally less and that will reflect in the price.

Featherboard Fencing

Featherboard fencing also called close-board fencing, is overlapping fencing with feather-edge wood boards. It is a good option if you want a secure type of fencing, perfect if you have dogs for example that you let out in your garden. It is also excellent to provide privacy too as the type of fencing is generally at least 6 feet. A great type of fencing if your house is close to another for privacy. It's also a durable form of fencing that can last a long time. This type of fencing is often medium to expensive in cost.

Panel Fencing

Panel fencing comes in a variety of styles from larch lap or slatted wood panels to Lourve panels. Panel fencing is often a modern look that can add an extra design feature to your garden. It can be easier and quicker to install than traditional style fencing. Pricing on panel fencing depends on the type of panel, traditional lap fence panels are relatively cheap while Venetian panels can be expensive.

Hope this guide has been useful for you whether you want panel fencing in New York, picket fencing in the Cotswolds UK or featherboard fencing Austin Texas.

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How To Find Good L-Shaped Sofas

L-shaped sofas can be a great space filler and an excellent piece of furniture for a larger room, but finding the ideal one to suit your needs can take a while.

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It is not always easy to know what makes a good L-shaped sofa, and even if you find one, you will still want to compare it to similar options on the market.

Type

While L-shaped sofas always have the same basic structure, they can come in a range of different specific types that all have their own quirks and specific features. Choosing a sofa that you like means looking at all of the features, not just the ones that first catch your eye.

For example, angled-corner sofas are the most common type, but you might prefer a modular sofa for more control over the shape. L-shaped recliner sofas can provide more comfort through reclining seats, and chaise sofas tend to have slimmer, more compact designs that can fit into a smaller space.

The type of sofa that you choose will alter how you use it, right down to the exact amount of comfort that it can offer you. It is important to choose something that suits your overall preferences and style choices, especially if you plan to use that sofa on a regular basis.

Style

The visual style is just as important as physical details. Colours, materials, shapes, pillow positions, and even small details like exposed tags can all be a major part of how the sofa looks in your home. It is important to choose a sofa that you like the look of and one that matches your preferred aesthetics.

Even if you do not tend to care about style very often, there is a huge difference between a sofa that fits and a sofa that does not. A mismatch of styles can become a subtle annoyance that makes a space inherently less comfortable or pleasant to relax in, and you might eventually resent the choice that you made.

Style and aesthetics are a case-by-case issue, and one person’s preferences might be completely different from another. Never feel pressured to buy something that does not match your preferred visual style or colour palette.

Cost

Naturally, the cost is one of the most important factors for buying any new piece of furniture. Costs can be complex, and the price of a sofa will not necessarily reflect the overall quality or amount of material used in the design – in some cases, an expensive sofa can be worse than a cheaper one.

Taking cost into account is extremely important since it is one of the first things you will have to deal with when you actually go to make a purchase. This could be the cost of the sofa itself, the cost of delivery, or even just the overall price of getting it moved into your home properly.

Finding cheap L-shaped sofas is always a good idea, even if your budget would allow for something more expensive. The less you pay for your furniture, the better since it frees up more money for you to find other decorations or items of furniture to fill out the same room.

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