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Smart Ideas To Create A Healthy Home

When it comes to healthy living, we tend to focus on exercise and diet alone. However, as crucial as those factors may be, they aren’t all that you need to consider. The home also has a huge part to play. You spend a lot of time in there, after all, so the environment is bound to have an impact. There are many mistakes that people make which turn their houses into unhealthy places to live. With that in mind, here are six smart ideas to help you create a healthy home. 

Clear Out Any Clutter

Having an untidy home is a much more serious issue than never being able to find the stuff that you need. Clutter is a huge source of psychological stress, which, if ignored, could trigger several serious physical and mental health problems. Clutter also creates the perfect environment for dust and dirt to gather. To solve this, you should clear out clutter and get your house in order.

Limit Your Textile Use

The carpeting might create a cozy environment in your house, but it can also act as a magnet for all sorts of bad things, especially dust mites. For this reason, you should try switching your carpets for hardwood or stone flooring. If you opt for the latter, a stone floor cleaner will make keeping your home spotless much easier. Make sure to also limit the pillows and blankets in the house. 

Throw Out Junk Foods

We all know that cooking our own meals is healthier than eating out. However, this only works if you actually have healthy foods in your home. The more junk food you keep in your fridge and pantry, the more you will eat each day. By switching unhealthy ingredients and snacks for nutritious ones, you’ll be less tempted to eat junk and make it easier to stick to a healthy diet. 

Hide Those Gadgets Away

Technology is a constant part of everyday life. You can’t go anywhere without seeing some sort of device. The trouble is, while this technology has its benefits, excessive use can result in stress, as well as eye strain. This is why you should create a space in your home to put technology away. Taking some time away from screens will make you much happier overall. 

Adopt A Family Dog

Finding a reason to adopt a dog is never difficult. That being said, if you are searching for one, then look no further than your own health. When you have another creature’s health to consider, you will be much more motivated to exercise. Dogs also cause a number of other health benefits, including an improved mood and even a smaller risk of developing asthma. 

Set The Right Temperature

The temperature of your house needs to be just right. When you allow it to get too cold, you’ll feel uncomfortable, which can cause stress, but if you make it too warm, you create an environment within which mold and bacteria thrive. Whatever temperature you set your home, you must make sure that the bedrooms are kept slightly cooler. 

With these smart ideas, you should have no trouble creating a healthy home for your family to live. 


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Nailberry | Favourite Polishes for Summer

One of the most popular Nailberry collections launched in Spring-Summer 2014, the collection got major hype and was made up of twelve shades suited for the happiest seasons of the year. Nailberry had only launched their brand in September of 2013 so for this collection to be a major seller, was incredible for such a new brand.  

I've blogged about them a few times and my first polishes from the brand were Atlantic (deep blue with green undertone) and Strawberry Jam (strawberry jam colour) (review here). I still opt for the Nailberry polish over others in my collection today.  

Unlike many other big brands, Nailberry polishes are non-toxic, four free and made by hand. I fully support UK companies that try to improve their standards and you know what I'm like with ingredients *wink* I'm an ingredient snob, especially since becoming a mummy eight years ago - using products that are as safe as can be (within reason of course) which won't cause any nasty side effects or long term effects are always going to be my product of choice and Nailberry fits my snobbish rules to a tee. 

The collection consists of pretty pastel shades which make up the spring collection and brights which make up the summer collection. The spring polishes will all work seamlessly together and colours include...

Lush // light grey-blue

♥ Fashionista // burgundy pink
♥ Young and Fabulous // dusky pink
 Noisette // warm brown
 Mystere // lilac-grey
 Lait-d' Armande // cherry champagne

The summer collection is bright, vibrant and juicy! polishes include 

 Rio // Brazilian yellow

 De Janeiro // Brazilian green
 Extravagant // plum
 A Smart Cookie // deep pink
 Bubblegum // bright pink
 Baby Blue // blue

I have three of the new polishes, Rio, De Janeiro and Mystere to show you and the matching swatches. Typically I'm a two swatch girl and normally gauge a polish based on it's the ability to be opaque on two swatches. I know there are bloggers who happily pop on three and even four coats but I always find my polish chips, smudges or wrinkles with too many coats even if they're thin coats. 

The consistency of Nailberry polishes is perfect and I do feel like Goldilocks and The Three Bears when I say that it was neither too thick or too thin - it really is the 'perfect' consistency to apply to the nail without it dripping and without it ending up all gloopy. What I did find from these polishes is that one coat - yes ONE COAT is enough to get an even opaque finish due to the awesome pigmentation in each of these. 

Here are the polishes...

And the swatches...

The colours also are very true to what you see on their website, there's no tricks or surprises and you can really choose the perfect shade to go with your outfit. You can also rest assured that there are no nasties in these polishes as they are 4 free as mentioned before. This means you will not find toluene (attacks the central nervous system), DBP (Pregnancy risk & carcinogenic), formaldehyde (carcinogenic & asthma trigger) and camphor (is used in pesticide, toxic with possible carcinogenic properties) in any of their polishes - these ingredients are found to cause reactions by simply breathing in the fumes or applying to the skin and nails, do you really want to risk your health? 

Nailberry polishes cost £13.50 and you can find these beauties over on the Nailberry website, what colour will you choose? 


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3 Ways To Strengthen Your Relationship

Many relationships sail along happily when all is going well in life. When there is money to spare, when every day is a pleasure, or at the very least mundane, and there are no tragedies or painful experiences to face. Unfortunately, though, there is likely to come a time sooner or later when your relationship will be tested, which is why today we are sharing with you 3 ways to ensure your relationship stays strong through the tough times. 

Whether you are in a new relationship or you have been together for a decade, life sometimes throws things at you that are incredibly difficult to cope with, both personally and as a couple. As everyone deals with things in their own way, it can be hard to hold onto the normal stability in your relationship and some experiences can forever change the people that you are. But they say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The same can often be said for relationships that weather the storms, so do work to pull together rather than drifting apart in the face of adversity. Whether you are going through a cycle of IVF, struggling through a family bereavement or dealing with an unwanted redundancy, you need to stay committed to your relationship with one another. 

Communicate honestly

As with all things in life, communication is absolutely key. When you are communicating, accept that you will both be emotional, irrational and not your usual selves. Don’t worry about that, it would be unnatural any other way, but do focus on remaining honest. If you are somebody that likes to talk everything through and air every thought that you have, that’s great and you will feel better for sharing it all. 

However, bear in mind that your partner might not operate in the same way and they might need time to process and think things through before articulating their feelings. Do allow them time to do this, don’t push and push, however difficult it is for you to wait. 

Keep touching 

It is important to continue to be affectionate with one another. This can mean anything from maintaining your healthy sex life to holding each other as you go to sleep each night. 

Perhaps you both just need a hug every morning, a kiss before parting ways or to hold hands whilst you are out and about. Keep the physical connection up, just as you work on your mental bond through communicating honestly. 

Create ‘normal’ moments 

This can be so hard to do when you are suffering, but creating moments of normality can help to bring you together again, pull you out of your own head from time to time. If you like to cook together and this is your normally chatty time each evening, make the effort to throw together a meal. If you enjoy watching films together, arrange a night in curled up together on the sofa.

We are not suggesting that these moments will erase any problems and they might not even manage to distract you from them for long, but they will create a familiar closeness again, enough to see you through another day together.

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