7 Festival Fashion Pieces To Take You From Latitude To Glastonbury

With so many festivals happening at the moment than thinking of what to wear may be on your mind. From Latitude to Camp Bestival, to Boardmasters, to Glastonbury and the Great British Food Festival, there are festivals out there for everyone. 

women at a festival

So whether you are someone who loves a rave or someone who prefers a family festival here are some ideas for festival fashion and what to wear from 2022 and beyond.

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are always a good look for a festival. Considering most of the festivals are in the summer, shorts keep you cool and casual looking. Go for denim with some stretch for comfort, and you can stuff your face with the festival food, Obviously don't forget to pack the sunscreen, you don't want to get your knees burnt. 

Classic T-shirt

The classic t-shirt is always a festival staple. You can dress a t-shirt up with some jewellery or just wear it without for the look that never dates. Bring along a jacket too if you are staying overnight. A biker jacket or a cowboy jacket with tassels is on trend at the moment. 

Cowboy boots

Festivals can be a muddy affair, often held in big fields, so what's more practical than a pair of cowboy boots? Even Vogue thinks cowboy boots will be at every festival and park this year, they suggest teaming with maxi skirts and jackets or tops with fringing, to go full-on cowboy.

Co ord outfit

So you've got the denim shorts and classic t-shirt for the day but at night the dance music goes up a notch. Alternatively, you are going to a dance festival and want an eye-catching look. So get women's co ords you can wear day or night to stand out in the crowd. A co-ord or two-piece matching set, in some figure-hugging material, will ensure you will get noticed at any dance party or rave

Crochet dress

If you want to go for a bohemian look with a flashback to the 60s, then embrace the crochet trend that's now all the rage again. Crochet dresses are super cute and airy and can be worn over cycle shorts and crop tops to protect your modesty, depending on how revealing they are.

Bucket hat

To protect you from the British sun, which we've had a lot of this year for once, then don't forget a hat and sunscreen. A good old bucket hat can do the job, a floppy hat for a girly look or a Stetson to go with the cowboy look. Pair them with a pair of chic sunglasses, a friendship bracelet, and a raffia tote and you are good to go. 

Funky jacket

The last item on my list is a funky jacket. Whether you are wearing a fringed jacket or going Barbour cool, then check out vintage or charity shops if you don't have a suitable one in your wardrobe.  Jackets can be really pricey and it can be an absolute steal if you find one second-hand. Other places to try include e-Bay and my favourite - the Vinted website or app. 

So here is my festival fashion round-up. Check out my festival packing tips for a first timer too.  Have fun at whatever festival you end up in.

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Six Perfect Crystals For Your Needs


Crystals have grown in popularity over the years and serve various purposes. Crystals vary in decoration and design and some believe they have healing properties. Being interested in crystals can signal the beginning of a journey of self-discovery.

Getting the right crystal involves listening to your heart rather than your head most of the time. In this case, being selfish pays off as getting a crystal that appeals to you the most will bring much joy to you rather than simply going with what’s in fashion.

assorted crystals

When purchasing a new crystal, you are not just buying the rock itself but what it symbolizes and brings into your life. Especially if crystals are real, they have great uses. Consider the properties of each crystal along with its appeal and your own needs to see which will suit you best and is worthy of an investment.

There is a perfect crystal for every need you might have on the market today. This guide helps you to narrow down your search and help you find just the right one to begin your journey with crystals today.


Are you currently facing financial troubles or looking to fill the empty feeling in your life? Malachite might be just the suitable stone for you. Malachite is a green copper carbonate mineral that, they say can empower you to get the abundance you need in your life.

Believers of crystals for healing say that to invite the healing powers of malachite into your life, place the stone over your heart and ask yourself guiding questions about what kind of abundance you wish to seek in your life, be it your passions or desires, whatever you ask, malachite shall empower you to reach out for in life.

Rose Quartz

rose quartz

A popular stone frequently purchased especially by young people, rose quartz symbolizes everlasting unconditional love that is often associated with the heart chakra.

Rose quartz stones are often sourced from the continents of South America and Africa, with most coming from Brazil, India, and South Africa. Their powerful association with love naturally makes them associated with the heart, over which they are commonly worn to invite love into your life.

For those who have love in their lives or are currently seeking love, having the presence of a rose quartz stone in your life it is said can open up the door to love and strengthen the current love you have in your life.


For the more vulnerable and emotional amongst us who might need more support, the moonstone is the perfect stone to aid in your journey of self-discovery and self-love.

It is said that moonstone also allows you to keep your neuroticism at bay and keep your emotions in check while increasing your overall focus in life and making you get in touch with your spiritual self.

For the stone to be used effectively, place the moonstone along your root chakra for one minute, while visualizing the centre of your root chakra emanating a bright red glow. Repeat this exercise along with your other chakras as you continue to visualize their corresponding colours and feel the bad energies in your body leaving through your legs and exiting into the earth.

This exercise, when done routinely, will allow you to feel calm and balanced, ready to seize the day without your emotional baggage weighing you down.


One of the most popular stones for those looking to get in touch with your spiritual self, shungite is a protective stone that helps you to shield your inner energies from electromagnetic frequencies, helping you to further ground yourself into your present reality and focus your mind and body on applying yourself productively to your duties.

Some of the oldest and rarest shungite stones are currently found in Russia, with other mineral sites found in various countries such as India and the Congo.

Shungite works best by wearing a piece of jewellery, be it a necklace, bracelet, or even an anklet. It is said that by focussing your attention on the jewellery and drawing deep, rhythmic breaths during moments of distress, you will find the stones healing energy drawing you back into the present moment and helping you achieve a state of peace and tranquillity.



One of the teachings of mindfulness is being in the present moment and grounding yourself in reality. The citrine stone allows you to do just that and also helps you to manifest happiness, joy, and positivity into your life.

An exercise that works best with the citrine stone is holding it in your hands while visualizing your goals as a distinct foreign object outside your body. Use the energy you receive from this stone to push this object toward an area that you associate with success and welfare. This will allow you to constantly associate your goals with success and further manifest positivity in your life.

Finally, do not forget to express your gratitude toward your citrine stone, as gratitude is one of the hallmarks of happiness and joy — the more you give, the more you can open up your heart to receiving.

Black Jade

Perhaps one of the most common desires amongst those who actively improve their lives is fulfilling the needs of your highest self. If this sounds like you, consider investing in a black jade stone to allow yourself to heighten your intuition to better guide you through the challenges of life.

Black jade can be used whenever you are embarking on a new adventure or during important events such as a business meeting where you might need greater clarity of mind. The black jade stone will bring out the best of your intuition, and steer you toward attaining positive energy in your life.


For each need, each occasion, or each desire, chances are there is a perfect stone just for you to hold on to and channel its energies toward improving your state of mind along with achieving success.

Be sure to conduct further research on getting stones that are ethically sourced, as this can help support ethical mining operations along with keeping the industry healthy and safe from exploitation.

With various healing energies available in the form of stones, get ready to embark on a journey that will see you happier, fulfilled, calm, and successful in life.

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Best Ways To Personalise A New Home

When you get your first home you want to make it your own as soon as you can. So whether you have a big budget or a small budget here are some of the best ways to add your personality to your home to make it yours.

Get the kerb appeal

house entrance

Kerb appeal is one way to make your home your own. Do some simple things like tidy and remove any rubbish from the front garden if you have one, add some hanging baskets with pretty flowers if that's what you like, or add some plants in pots to frame your door. If your front door is shabby, sand and repaint it, maybe in a bright colour, and add some new door furniture like a new knocker and letterbox. If you have the budget a new door makes a great impression as well. 

Decorate with personal photos

Personal photos are a cost-effective way to make your home your own. I have a photo of New York that I printed on canvas that is decorating my computer room. Have a professional photo shoot with the family if you have the budget and use these on your walls. If not just take some fun family snapshots and make a collage. There are many ways of decorating your home with personal photos.

Have a feature wall

bedroom neon

A feature wall is a sure-fire way to personalise your home. In your lounge or bedroom think about getting a neon sign that's personal to you, you can get some great custom signs that can make your home look special. If you are looking for a feature wall for your bedroom, find some really cool wallpaper you like, several companies do interesting wallpaper so let your mind run wild with jungle prints, tropical vistas or even a city skyline.

Get a stand-out light feature

An unusual or stand-out light feature can be that interesting item you need to personalise your home. From unusual outdoor lighting to make the garden perfect for twilight parties, to a chandelier for your dining room if you like a grandeur style. From super modern futuristic designs to over-the-top pendants and chandeliers there are light features for every person's style. 

Make the bedroom your own


Make your bedroom your own in your own unique style. This doesn't have to cost the earth. For duvet covers think animal print, a tropical beach, or pretty florals, and mix and match with cushions and pillow cases. If you love plants why not fill your bedroom with some interesting evergreen plants or hang a work of art on the wall that you love? Or get an unusual headboard that reflects your personality. There are many ways to make your bedroom your own, and as not many will see inside this is where you can be as extrovert as you like. 

So here are some of the best ways to personalise a new home, whether you are on a budget or can afford some luxurious touches. Do you have any ideas? What have you done to your home?

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The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants In The World

Not many people can afford the luxury of a trip to a Michelin-starred restaurant, but those who can are guaranteed a unique and exclusive experience no matter where in the world they are.

Michelin star

The establishments on the list are certainly pricy; a trip to any one of them will set you back the equivalent of more than 500 dollars. They have also all – with one exception - been awarded at least two Michelin stars.

Most can be found in Asia (with half the restaurants on the list located in Japan alone), and only one is based in America. Surprisingly, the most expensive restaurant on the list is the only one that has yet to be awarded any Michelin stars – although most would say it deserves at least one.

This kind of experience is out of most people’s reach and budget, but fortunately, there are many other ways to enjoy the cuisine of whichever city you are visiting. Getting to know world-famous cities like New York, Rome or Paris by food tour is a great way to make your experience even more memorable.


Food tours are increasingly popular among tourists and locals alike these days. Taking a food tour is a fun and out-of-the-ordinary experience which dedicated foodies should consider adding to their itinerary. We've taken food tours in Iceland, Spain and New York, where we ate the amazing blackout cupcakes above.

And there are many options to choose from, from a Rome food tour focused on local pizza or desserts, to a Paris food tour which takes participants through the most romantic spots in the French capital. Not only will you learn a little about the culture and traditions of your destination through typical local dishes, but you’ll also get to sample the best food which the region has to offer!

But back to the subject at hand: read on to discover the most expensive restaurants in the world!

10. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

With three Michelin stars and a menu totalling 528 dollars, Italy’s most expensive restaurant is under the management of Enrico Crippa, whose innovative ideas are the stuff of legend. Fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit from the Piazza’s own biodynamic garden elevate the establishment’s dishes in terms of flavour, presentation and overall quality.

9. Guy Savoy, Paris, France

In the luxurious Hôtel de la Monnaie on the banks of the Seine, Guy Savoy continues to break new gastronomic ground in France’s most expensive restaurant. The chef is fiercely true to his vision, and the food is consistently honest and passionate as a result – all framed by six stunning rooms decorated with contemporary art pieces by François Pinault. Hard to resist!

8. Gion Maruyama, Kyoto, Japan

“It is not about the seasoning, but the flavour”. This is how Gion Maruyama’s chef, an indisputable leader in Kyoto cuisine, describes the restaurant’s concept, which celebrates the traditional culture of Japanese cuisine. The venue’s ingredients, recipes, dishes, and decorations are all perfectly calibrated to instil a warm and comforting feeling in its customers.

7. Joël Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan

This restaurant is named after one of the leaders of modern French cuisine, whose legacy is more alive than ever today in Japan. Kenichiro Sekiya runs the kitchen, fascinating gourmet chefs around the world with his specialities, which include some of the most delicate creations from traditional French cuisine.

6. Kikunoi Honten, Kyoto, Japan

Yoshihiro Murata describes this venue as “an art gallery of Japanese aesthetics”, inspired by the ryotei (a traditional type of Japanese restaurant). The stylish garden and restaurant interior reveals an environment born from an atavistic tradition. The food, known as “Kirei Sabi”, is elegance incarnate.

5. Masa Nueva, New York, The United States

With three Michelin stars and an 800-dollar menu, Masa serves the best and most expensive Japanese cuisine in New York and the whole US. It is a true bucket-list destination for sushi-lovers who are prepared to put up with long waiting lists to get a taste of Masayoshi Takayama’s prized creations.

4. Azabu Kadowaki, Tokyo, Japan

Back in Japan, owner and chef Toshiya Kadowaki surprises patrons with his “flavours to discover” experience, presenting fresh, innovative ideas for dishes while demonstrating his creativity. The venue is at the avant-garde of Japanese cuisine, thanks in part to the refined sensibility of its gifted head chef.

3. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Kyoto, Japan

A humble establishment which first opened its doors in 1948 is now one of the most acclaimed and respected venues in the world, with three Michelin stars to prove it. Tukouka Kunio has succeeded in keeping his family’s legacy alive all these years, working with the kaiseki concept to create a unique space over several decades. The fantastic, ever-changing view of the mountains and garden is an essential part of the dining experience.

2. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

Paul Pairet is constantly pushing boundaries, both personally and in his cooking style; that’s how he got his three Michelin stars. The talented chef is not afraid to experiment and present exciting dishes unencumbered with prejudice or preconceptions. Pairet’s concept of ‘Psycho taste’ is all about expectation and memory, the before and the after. His motto: “A dish is ready once there’s nothing left to add or subtract”.

1. Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain

The most expensive restaurant in the world is the only one on this list which doesn’t have any Michelin stars. Located in Ibiza, this venue is the culmination of a risky, crazy dream by Paco Roncero, which opened its doors to the public in the Hard Rock Hotel in 2014. Roncero’s aim was to make something truly unprecedented, which combines an authentic culinary experience with cutting-edge technology. The venue has only one table, which seats twelve people, and the customers become the protagonists on any given evening.

table set for dinner

For those who can afford it, these restaurants represent a truly unforgettable dining experience. The exclusivity adds an extra frisson, for sure, but it’s the passion and dedication of the chefs and their cooking staff which make these restaurants so special.

These restaurants are out of most people’s price range, so if you’re able to go, grasp the opportunity and be sure to share your experience afterwards with the rest of the world!

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What to See & Do While Travelling Around Benelux

Benelux is an area of western Europe that covers Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. It's also known as the Low Countries as they are on a plain near the North Sea. These countries have several things in common including their landform and climate.  

Transport Links

Getting to this area from the UK you would fly to one of the cities in Belgium, The Netherlands or Luxembourg, take a ferry for example to Zebbruge or Amsterdam, or take the train. Personally, I would take the London to Amsterdam train if you are starting your trip in the Netherlands or take the Eurostar direct to Belgium if you are starting your journey there. There is so much to see in these three countries so here is an overview and brief guide to some of the best sights in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. 



Belgium is a densely populated country, known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The biggest cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, and Brussels.

I visited Antwerp a few years ago and loved the beautiful architecture. Whilst I was there I visited the incredible MAS museum with its diamond exhibition. The Rubens House is another great museum to visit. Have a big dish of mussels and fries when you are here or a delicious bubble waffle. 

Although not one of the biggest cities in Belgium, Bruges is a pretty city. Walk the old streets, see the canals and bridges, visit the beer museum and fill up on Belgium chocolate at a chocolate-making workshop which is a great activity for all the family. Flanders is a couple of hours' drive from Bruges, visit key sites in the area from World War 1.

The Netherlands


The Netherlands is a country known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. The biggest cities are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

I have been to Amsterdam several times. It is a very walkable city and has some amazing museums such as the Van Gough museum, the Rijksmuseum with paintings from the Dutch masters and the Anne Frank Museum. Rent a bike to get around and take a cheese and wine tour on a boat to see some of the sites from the canals.

Rotterdam is also an interesting city. I'd recommend if visiting Rotterdam for the first time, to go on a boat tour of the harbour and the maritime museum then later walking the streets visiting Deliplein, the charming city square with restaurants and cafes. Some of the architecture is very modern and distinctive, especially the cube house
s and the Markthal, the modern market hall.


Luxembourg City

Luxembourg is one of the world's smallest countries and is famous for being the second richest country in the world. The biggest cities and towns are Luxembourg City, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Dudelange, Schifflange, and Bettembourg,

Luxembourg City is one place I've wanted to visit for a long time. The capital city has a historic centre which is UNESCO preserved. Perfectly walkable take in the sights such as the Wenceslas ring wall, and a view of the Alzette valley. At certain times of the year, you can do a guided tour of the underground tunnels. Get around with the free public transport (yes you heard that correctly!). 

Esch-Sur-Alzette, the second largest area by population is relatively small with a population of just over 28,000. It has the National Museum of the Resistance and the Escher Tier Park which is a great park for children with deer, goats and rabbits. 

So here is a brief guide to what to see and do while travelling around Benelux. If you are thinking of doing this I recommend getting a map, planning a route to take in the major sites and just enjoying the experience! Have fun.


What To Watch Out for When Comparing Conveyancing Quotes?

When you are comparing quotes from solicitors and conveyancers, it's important to make sure that you are comparing like-for-like.

Remember that a cheaper quote does not necessarily mean that you are getting a better deal.

Here is what leading London conveyancing solicitors AVRillo recommends looking out for when comparing quotes:


Check the services included: Some solicitors and conveyancers will include different services in their quotes. For example, some might include a search package while others might not. Make sure you check what is included in the quote to compare like-for-like.

Hidden costs: Check the small print of the quote to make sure that there are no hidden costs. For example, some solicitors and conveyancers might charge for disbursements separately, while others will include them in the overall price. Ensure that the disbursement fees are itemized to help you compare the total cost.

Ask about VAT: Some solicitors and conveyancers will charge VAT on their fees, while others will not. Make sure you check whether VAT is included in the quote so that you can budget accordingly.

Check the timeline: Some solicitors and conveyancers might quote a shorter timeline than others. While this might seem like a good deal, it's important to make sure that the quote is realistic. A shorter timeline might mean that corners are being cut, which could end up costing you more in the long run.

Extra fees: Some solicitors and conveyancers might charge extra fees for services such as acting on your behalf in negotiations or exchanging contracts. These extra fees can add up, so it's important to check whether they are included in the quote.

Should You Look For Fixed-rate or Hourly-rate Conveyancing?

The type of conveyancing fee you choose will depend on your personal circumstances. If you are on a tight budget, then fixed-rate conveyancing may be the best option for you. This is because you will know exactly how much you will need to pay for the service upfront, and you won't be surprised by any additional costs along the way.

If you are happy to pay a little more for a higher level of service, then an hourly-rate conveyancer may be a better option for you. This is because you will be paying for the time that the conveyancer spends working on your case, so you can be sure that you are getting a tailored service. If you are unsure about which type of fee to Choose, then you can always ask your conveyancer for advice. They will be able to assess your individual circumstances and advise you on the best option for you.

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5 Benefits Of Installing An Outdoor Tap

Installing an outside tap is one of the wisest moves you can make, whether you've been in your house for more than 20 years and haven't gotten around to it or moved into your new place. Of course, we're not promising that installing an outside tap will increase the value of your home, but the advantages you'll enjoy will significantly improve your garden's usability, particularly in the summer.

You can pour clean, cold water outside your home using outside taps, also known as garden taps. It is the same water you can pour inside but enters the outside world through a different pipe.

outside tap

The summer is something we are all looking forward to, and many of us will spend a lot of time in the garden. Installing a garden tap can provide several advantages, some of which can be enjoyed year-round, whether you use your outdoor space to host garden parties or to spend time with your family. Here, we will go through the benefits of installing an outdoor tap.

Upkeep Of Your Garden

Many of us will be eager to have our gardens looking their best for any parties or barbecues we may have planned for the warmer months. However, maintaining your garden's appearance can frequently be challenging with less rainfall.

Your plants may dry out and die from prolonged sun exposure. Using a garden tap, you can provide your grass and flowers with a consistent water supply. In addition, you can avoid making numerous trips back and forth with a bulky watering can by attaching a hose directly to the tap, giving you more time to get ready for your visitors' arrival.

To Wash a Car

On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, washing your car can be enjoyable rather than a chore. First, you can wash your car with a bucket, but if you don't keep changing the water, you'll start spreading the grit and dirt back over the surface, where a simple wiping motion can easily scratch the paint.

Not only does using a hose or pressure washer make the job simpler, but it is also more efficient and will prevent your paintwork from such harm. You will require an outside tap for that.

To Enjoy The Sun

Since the UK is not particularly accustomed to hot weather, we all need to cool off when it does. When the sun is scorching, nothing makes kids happier than a paddling pool or a water fight in the backyard. It can also help the dog cool off.

Good luck filling it up without an outside tap if you're fortunate enough to have a hot tub in your backyard! An outdoor garden tap allows you and your family to stay cool during the hot seasons.

For Cleaning The Outside

While you can buy outdoor cleaning supplies and chemical products that can be applied with a watering can, you'll still be in and out of the house filling it up, endangering and treading the products into the home. A pressure washer quickly cleans paths, patios, and driveways.

So installing an outdoor garden tap will make your garden cleaning quick and easy. No more scrubbing; install a garden tap and purchase a pressure washer for it to be done for you! You can also use any popular garden style adapted with the water tap. For example, stainless steel surfaces are preferred in a design garden, a nostalgic garden prefers ornamented cast, and a Mediterranean setting best integrates stone or marble elements.

Instant Hot Water

You might already have a conveniently located outdoor tap, or you might just be sold on the idea now, but why not take it a step further and install a hot tap? It could be a thermostatically controlled tap or a separate hot tap.

A hot tap outside can be very practical. It's especially helpful for dog owners because it's a great way to clean their pets, especially in the winter when the parks and fields are the muddiest. It's beneficial for paddling pools or hot tubs because you can fill them to the ideal temperature immediately rather than wait. It can also help a hot tub warm up faster.

Building Purposes

Giving your builder access to water from your kitchen can be a hassle when you are having construction done on your property. They won't have to trail through your house, leaving a trail of dust and debris that you'll have to clean up every day work is done, to use a constant flow of water for the duration of their working day if you install an external garden tap.

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5 Examples Of Water Sports You Could Try Before The Summer Is Out

Calling all adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies! Have you ever wanted to set sail and take part in some exhilarating water sports? Well, there are a plethora of water sports out there - and, with summertime still in full swing, there’s still plenty of time to get your game face on and delve deep into the whimsical world of water sports.

Participating in water sports doesn’t always mean you have to jump in the deep end and soak yourself in the action. Some sports might not get you too wet - but we believe the best activities are the ones that get you drenched! With that said, here are 5 thrilling water sports you should definitely try before summer ends.

Surfing or paddle boarding - brave some waves


Surf’s up! Surfing is one of the most widely recognised and prominent water sports of all time. What better way to enjoy the earth's waters than to jump aboard a buoyant surfboard and ride the majestic waves of the sea? We've seen it in the movies and all throughout pop culture, but now’s your time to brave the waves and give surfing a go for yourself. Not only will you feel like an ocean god, but you’ll also feel epic too.

For something more subtle and chill, consider paddle boarding. Instead of riding the waves laid down, you get to stand up or kneel on the board, getting less water in your eyes! Just buy an inflatable paddle board, and get to grips with exploring the water from a standing view.

I believe I can… flyboarding

If our idea of surfing has left you bored, then here’s another board-based water sport that will provide a captivating experience brimmed with pure euphoria. This super-advanced and far less traditional way of roaming water will leave you feeling like a superhero, soaring across the sky through the power of water. A flyboard is like a wakeboard except it’s powered by a water jet ski. Become a fish out of water and give flyboarding a go!


Very similar to canoeing, kayaking is a popular boat (kayak) based water sport which is somewhat easy - it's not too intense, but extremely fun for everyone. It’s great for exploring places with picturesque scenery - a true memory maker. If you want something a bit more intense and competitive, we think canoe slalom would be great for you.

Scuba diving

If you want to explore the depths of the ocean and soak up all the sea has to offer, scuba diving is the sport for you. Scuba diving is underwater diving with the support of a self-contained underwater breathing device. Immerse yourself into the beautiful scenery of the seas and explore its wonderful sea creatures and species. This will be an unforgettable experience like no other.

Jet skiing

jet skiing

Another more advanced water transportation method -and a great way to have some action-packed fun - jet skiing is a powerful watercraft experience that allows you to ‘ski’ over the water. You can have bundles of fun and make it competitive - just remember to follow all safety rules to the letter.

Those were just 5 water sports you should try - but, trust us, there is so much more to explore with water sports than these picks!

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National And Nature Parks Of Portugal

Portgual is an exciting and popular tourist destination known for its historic cities like Lisbon and Porto, but did you know that it has several national and natural parks that are stunningly beautiful too? So whether you are looking to do a self-guided tour or looking for one of the many organised Portugal tours, here is some information about what you can see in the national and nature parks of Portugal. This is an advertorial.

How Many National Parks Does Portugal Have?

Portugal has only one National Park, the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês but it has several natural or nature parks too, thirteen to be precise, where you can see abundant flora and fauna in a protected area of nat
ural beauty.  These include Park Natural do Alvão, Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte and Parque Natural de Sintra Cascais amongst others.

Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês


In the very north-east of the country, the Serra da Peneda and Serra do Gerês combine to make the only official national park in Portugal. It is over 695 square KM in size and its two highest peaks are Serra Amarela and the Serra do Soajo. The valleys in this national park have lots of lush green land, streams and forests of pine and oak. There are many animals to look out for in the Parque Nacional da Peneda-
Gerês including the gold-stripe salamander, the Iberian frog, wolves, boars, otters, buzzards, golden eagles and red kites amongst others. 

Parque Natural do Alvão

fisgas de ermelo

Parque Natural do Alvão is a protected area in the Tâmega and Douro Subregions of northern Portugal. This park is the smallest of all the natural parks in Portugal. The area is mountainous and is approximately 72 sq KMs in size. Trees in this area include oak, hazel, holly and chestnut. Animals that populate the area include wild boars, roe deer, rabbits and hares and reptiles include the Iberian emerald lizard and the Latastei viper. It is also home to Fisgas de Ermelo, one of several waterfalls in the park

Parque Natural do Litoral Norte 


Parque Natural do Litoral Norte is located in the northern area of Portugal on the coast. This park was created to preserve the sand dunes and wildlife of the area. It has over 140 species of birds in this area and other animals include hedgehogs, squirrels and boars as well as lizards and snakes. It is an area of intense agricultural activity too. 

Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

The Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela is situated in the largest mountain range in Portugal and also has the highest peak in Mainland Portugal, making it a popular destination for skiing in winter. It is over 100 KM2 in size and is home to the wall lizard otters, badgers, and wild cats as well as large flocks of sheep. The flora of the area includes black oak, juniper and the gentian, a plant in danger of extinction.

Parque Natural de Sintra Cascais

pena palace

Parque Natural de Sintra Cascais is a natural park of 145 km2. Being close to Lisbon, it is a popular area and has many points of historical interest. This area is very rich in flora and fauna and animals found here include badgers, wild rabbits, weasels, kestrels and the Peregrine falcon. There are many beaches on the edge of the park and a visit to UNESCO Sintra and the Pena Palace, one of the most beautiful municipals in Portugal is worth visiting. 

So here is information about the national park and nature parks of Portugal. There are more nature parks to discover too. Enjoy your visit to Portugal. 


7 Ways To Make Your Bedroom Look And Feel Luxurious

Your bedroom is the space where you unwind and relax. If you are looking to upgrade this environment and make it more luxurious you may not know where to start. Well, I am here today to help you. 


Let's have a look at 7 ways to make your bedroom look more luxurious... and this doesn't have to cost the earth.

Choose your headboard wisely

A statement headboard can really add a luxury element to a room. Whether it is a big bold headboard, one made of velvet or a unique design, a headboard can be a real focal point to a room and a statement headboard can easily add that luxurious touch.

Have wardrobes fitted

Having fitted sliding wardrobes can integrate your wardrobe space seamlessly into your bedroom. This can make your bedroom look elegant and luxurious. It also frees up lots of floor space. Just be sure not to clutter the area where your free-standing wardrobe would normally be. Another point is that the cost of fitted wardrobes can be balanced out by the value it adds to your home if you go to sell.

Up the glamour with lighting

The lighting you choose can add that much-needed glamour and luxury to a room. It's one easy way to add a little luxe.  You can also pick up lighting at surprisingly budget prices too. Choose a mix of mood lighting and brighter lighting for different functions. An over-the-top chandelier could be a great choice, or gold or silver tone lamps.  

Think of the soft furnishings

When you go to a high-end hotel you often have cushions on the bed in soft fabrics, well why not recreate this at home to give your bedroom that boutique hotel feel? Throws on the bed and a soft fluffy rug can also add that glamourous look. Materials that add luxury include chenille, velvet, satin, and silk. 

Frame the window

Think of how you want to frame the window to add that luxurious touch. Curtains that are extra wide with plenty of material add that opulence you wish for.  A soft sheer net (yes nets are not just for grannies!) can be used for privacy. If you want that California beach look, wooden shutters can add that luxurious touch. They are also great to block out light for those light sleepers amongst you. 

Flooring is important

There is nothing like a soft high pile carpet under your feet for that living in luxury feel. If you are not a fan of carpet then herringbone wooden floorboards are a great alternative. Be sure to treat them to protect the wood and make the finish hard-wearing. You can always add a rug to soften the look. 

It's all in the fragrance 

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room and it smelt fabulous? Chances are they use a room fragrance for that fresh and clean smell. Some of the high-end hotels in Las Vegas for example are known to use a fragrance to add their unique fragrance and ambience to their hotel lobbies and rooms. Find a room spray or candle you love and use it in your bedroom. Of course, always be careful around candles and never sleep with them lit. 

So here are 7 ways to make your bedroom look and feel more luxurious.  Visit here to find out more about fitted bedrooms. 

5 Benefits Of Digital Marketing For Small Businesses

If you have a small business then you know where every penny goes, after all, your business is your baby. So when you are looking for marketing options, especially for the first time you may be nervous. How can you spend your marketing budget wisely? 

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Digital marketing is one of the ways to do this, so let's look at 5 of the benefits of digital marketing for small businesses.

What is digital marketing?

Digital marketing is a form of marketing that uses the internet, and other online technologies such as apps, websites, emails and social media to promote your business. There are many benefits of using digital marketing such as increasing the awareness of your brand, driving sales and being cost-effective, so let us explore this more.

Brand Awareness

Of course, the main benefit of marketing is to raise brand awareness. That's the reason people market their business. Digital marketing can really help with this. People expect a website presence these days so having a website and being on social media raises brand awareness and thus the performance of your business. Think of a website as a window into your business. You can integrate a shopping cart into your website too. You can employ someone to do this for you or use a free blog template and a site such as Shopify to sell your products. 

Drives Sales

Digital marketing can really drive sales. An e-commerce website can show your products to people around the world. Having a way to buy your products online is almost essential for a business these days too. A well-designed website can help you form a good impression on your prospective customers. It can also help you nurture your leads and get more conversions. But, more importantly, it provides good user experience. In reality it would make perfect sense to outsource this and get help from professional web designers, and it doesn't matter whether you are looking for web design Melbourne or web design in Manchester, it's important to look for web designers with a good track record providing easy to navigate websites. Setting up social media, either yourself or through a social media manager is another way of getting your business out there. Posting offers and sales on social media with photos of the products raises brand awareness and drives sales. Having an email newsletter can also get your news and products out there and drive sales too. 

Increases Your Reach

Digital marketing can increase your reach to other markets that you may not reach with traditional marketing like newspapers and magazines. This is where SEO can help. SEO or search engine optimising is a way of ensuring your website is at the top of the search results for what you sell. Unless you have a good knowledge of SEO it's worth employing an SEO agency to help you do this. After all, you can't always be an expert in everything.

Is Cost-effective

Traditional ways of advertising such as billboards, radio, TV, newspapers and magazines can be expensive. Digital marketing can be surprisingly cost-effective and also can be highly targeted. For example, you can set up a Facebook advert for under £10 and you can target your audience to a geographical area, age of potential buyer and interests. With technology, it's easy to track the response to your adverts such as click-throughs and sales. If something isn't working then you can change it easily too.

Can Increase Trust And Reputation 

Digital marketing can increase the trust in your brand and improve your reputation. It's always a good idea to have comments from customers who are happy with your brand, whether you sell products or provide a service on your website or social media. Ask to use their quotes with permission. Review sites such as Trustpilot can also be used, so encourage past customers to write a review if they are happy with the company. If you have a social media presence for your company, being pleasant and polite on social media is a must, and answering queries promptly can help build trust too.

So here are 5 of the top benefits of digital marketing for small businesses. Do you use digital marketing for your business?

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A Small Guide On The Essentials You Need Before Giving Birth

A newborn baby is the biggest blessing and the greatest responsibility in your life. Their first months are fleeting, and you will miss these days when they grow older. Especially since motherhood is hard, you are constantly thinking of your baby's well-being and have little to no time left for yourself.

As a mum-to-be, you need to gather all the necessary stuff and prepare your home and mindset not to be taken aback by unforeseen situations that may appear. Keep reading to understand better the things you need when the big day comes.


A newborn baby's size can be between 48.2 and 50.8 centimeters and usually weigh between 2.5 kg and 4.5 kg. Therefore, there's no need to stock up on too many clothes because newborns grow about 1.5 to 2.5 centimeters a month and gain from 140 to 200 grams weekly. You want to avoid spending money unnecessarily to throw clothes away, especially when you will be spending lots of money on clothing in their first years of life. To reduce clothing expenses, you can choose one size ahead of your baby's size and roll their sleeves up. Let's be honest: baggy clothes are comfy for everybody!

To ensure your baby’s wardrobe has everything they need, get the following pieces of clothing:

  • Around 10 short-sleeved and long-sleeved onesies, depending on the season
  • Some pyjama sets
  • Around ten pairs of socks and two pairs of soft booties
  • Cotton hoodies
  • Sun hats
  • Anti-scratch mittens
  • Bibs
  • Swaddles

You can skip swaddling your baby if they are already happy and can sleep well without being swaddled. This technique has been progressively losing ground for new moms. Nevertheless, research shows that swaddling increases the quality of sleep, the chances of soothing your crying newborn and resembles the environment that was in your womb. Get a few swaddling blankets as a backup plan if they struggle to nap. They are multi-purposely helpful and can be used as changing or car blankets too.

General supplies

Babies need grooming as well. And it is good to have on hand things like:

  • Baby thermometer
  • First aid kit
  • Petroleum jelly

Put the necessary ones in your backpack or a pushchair to ensure you don't leave without the essential objects.

Diapers and sensitive skin-wipes

Build up stocks of diapers because you can expect to change your infant's diaper every two to three hours and use around 12 a day. Consequently, ensure you never run out of baby wipes and anti-itch soothing baby cream because they can irritate sometimes.

Air purifier

You can have an air purifier as a preventive measure even though your child doesn't suffer from respiratory issues. It filters the allergens and irritants out for an overall improved quality of the air you and your baby breathe.

Sterilising utensils

You can boil the bottles, though sterilizing them is safer, quicker and more effective. Get a microwave steam or electric steam sterilizer regardless of whether you breastmilk or formula-feed your baby because it protects your baby against infections and germs. Keep in mind that it is advisable to sterilize the baby bottles once a day. Also, if you want to breastmilk, have milk-storage bags, nursing pads and a breast pump always on hand.

Suitable prams and pushchairs

A pushchair makes transporting your baby easier and enables you to share the world with your loved baby. They can be comfortable for both of you and look stylish at the same time.

Buying a suitable pushchair can be hard when there's so much variety. You can opt for a pram or a travel buggy and pick one with special wheels for heavier terrain. They must be foldable, sturdy, easy to transport and to drag on all kinds of terrain. Maxi-Cosi recommends a pram with a parasol and a mosquito net to defend your baby from the hot summer burning sun and from insect bites.

It is good to choose an easy-to-carry one if you live in an apartment, and make sure it is compatible with car seats if you travel by car. You must pick a good-quality comfy one because you need to lie your baby flat to protect their back, breathing and development, so don't be stingy about a few more pounds.

Find a pushchair that suits your needs too. For example, one or two spacious pram baskets attached will serve many purposes and help you carry less weight on your back and shoulders. Also, have a carrycot as a backup plan for when you cannot take the stroller with you.

A crib or bassinet

Both cribs and bassinets deliver pretty much the same features and offer a safe sleep for the newly born. A crib has the following advantages:

  • It is stable and sturdy
  • It has a prolonged lifespan
  • It can be used as a toddler bed
  • Come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, colours and shapes

And a crib's downs are these down below:

  • It can be costlyIt occupies more space
  • A basinet's conveniences are:
  • Allows you to move your baby around the housIt is cheaper
  • It is easier to lean overIt doesn't take up much space

A bassinet's cons are:

  • It has weight limits
  • It is only suitable for a baby's first few months

Car seat

Babies should sit in the back of the car, rear-facing, to minimize all the injuries in an unexpected and unfortunate car accident. Plus, carrying them in the front seat with activated airbags is illegal.

You should own a baby car seat and practice fitting it in the car before they are born. You have to try them in your car, and it might take some time before you find the perfect one. Buy one for your child's newborn baby size and weight, and opt for a lightweight one if you have back pain.


There are basics and essentials that you need in order to increase the newborn's comfort and protection. But these necessities differ from family to family, from budget to budget and from home to home.

Ensure you have the financial and mental means to offer a healthy environment for your baby.

And don't be shy to ask for acquaintances' pieces of advice or if their children no longer use clothes and objects. Because you can return this favour by donating the things you can dispose of and make someone's motherhood experience easier as well. This is the gift that keeps on giving!

How to Become an Aesthetic Nurse In The USA

Have you decided to become an aesthetic nurse but aren't sure what steps to take next? Starting a new career journey can feel very overwhelming. However, you can look forward to seeing what you've accomplished a few years from now.

So, if you're ready to become an aesthetic nurse, keep reading! I've covered all of the critical steps in the article below. Let's begin.

1. Enroll in a Recognised Nursing Degree Program


First, you'll need the proper education to become an aesthetic nurse. You'll need to have a Registered Nurse degree to enter the field. The two best options to achieve this are through a two-year program or by earning a four-year Bachelor's degree in a BSN program.

Experts recommend pursuing a four-year degree, although it's not required. Those with a Bachelor's in Nursing make more money than those with a two-year degree. Although, if you work through the two-year ADN, you can still pursue further training to advance your career.

Overall, the first step is to get into a Nursing Degree program. You'll have plenty of options available, so make sure you research these schools as best you can before applying.

Staying Motivated

Your education and training will take the longest when you're trying to become a licensed aesthetic nurse. Many aspiring nurses need the motivation to get through the intense workload that comes with their classes.

Everything should naturally fall into place if you're passionate about becoming an aesthetic nurse. You'll enjoy learning and meeting new people within the field. Plus, you'll eventually have access to a high aesthetic nursing salary.

The average aesthetic nursing salary is $61,858, but you could make more than that with certificates and more working experience.

In short, becoming an aesthetic nurse requires a lot of dedication. You'll need to keep your motivation up by remembering your passions and future salary.

2. Take and Pass the NCLEX-RN

After your degree, you'll need to take the NCLEX-RN exam. This test is required before you can receive your nursing license, which you need to become an aesthetic nurse. The text covers everything you learned in school and is often six hours long.

You must locate your test site and review the exam format before you take it. The NCLEX-RN website has everything you need to know and more, so you'll want to take a look when you have time.

In short, you need to have a license before you can officially become an aesthetic nurse. 

3. Work and Collect Experience
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Now that you're licensed, you'll want to find a job within your field and preferred specialty. You should apply for jobs and work on your resume at this stage. You'll find a mentor at the practice you join who will teach you everything they know.

After getting a job as an aesthetic nurse, you must work and gain as much experience as possible. The best way to gain experience as a cosmetic nurse is at a practice, where you can gain hands-on experience. 

Many nurses in the field recommend working for two years to gain experience. Then, you can move to a more experienced job in the field or focus entirely on your speciality.

Required Aesthetic Nurse Skills

While in college and working your first aesthetic nursing job, you'll want to spend a lot of time working on essential skills. For aesthetic nursing, these functional skills include: 

  • Communication: You need to answer patient questions thoroughly and accurately. You'll also have to communicate with other team members easily.

  • Attention to detail: You must pay great attention to small details to ensure your patient is safe during procedures. Plus, you want to give them good results.

  • Compassion: Nurses need to have empathy, no matter their field. You need to understand your patient's wants and needs.

  • Working with equipment: Aesthetic nurses use a variety of tools and equipment. Before using them on your patients, you'll need to be very familiar with them.

Having this skill set is essential for this career path. You'll want to work on them constantly as you gain experience at your first job. Overall, these skills can lead you to better career opportunities, so you'll need to hone them as much as possible.

Where You Might Work

Aesthetic nurses can work in a variety of environments. Some of these settings can include: 

  • Clinics 

  • Med spas

  • Dermatology practices

  • Private practices

  • Outpatient practices

You'll have your choice of where you want to work because this job is very in-demand today. You can choose the setting, allowing you to pick a practice where you feel the most comfortable. 

4. Consider Becoming Certified

Becoming certified isn't required to be an aesthetic nurse, although it's a good idea with numerous benefits. You'll have more, higher-paying opportunities open up to you. Plus, becoming certified shows that you have ample nursing experience and knowledge. 

You can receive certification through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board, also known as the PSNCB. Many cosmetic nurses receive the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist certificate through this process.

However, you'll first need to do the following to be eligible for certification:

  • Have a current RN license.

  • Have at least 1,000 hours of practice in core specialities over the past two years.

  • Have a supervising physician endorse you.

  • Have at least two years of experience within one of four core aesthetic nursing competencies:

    • Facial plastic surgery

    • Dermatology

    • Ophthalmology

    • Plastic or aesthetic surgery

With a certification, you can offer your patients better care and enhance the quality of their lives— all while having access to competitive pay. Certification has several benefits since it allows you to advance further in your career in various ways.

Are You Ready To Become an Aesthetic Nurse?


Are you feeling more ready to become an aesthetic nurse now that you know the correct steps? You'll enjoy making people happier through your cosmetic procedures and can even improve the quality of life for many. Plus, aesthetic nurses make a high salary, so it's a very valuable position. 

To summarize, you'll first need to go to school, and then take the NCLEX-RN. After you pass, you can work as an aesthetic nurse for a few years to gain experience before you consider becoming certified.