Moving Home || Neom Perfect Peace Limited Edition Candle

You may have noticed I've been slightly quieter over the last few weeks, we were actually getting ready to move house. Having previously had house moves fall through at the last moment, I didn't want to publish anything until we were in and settled. Well...

We're in.

Now that we're settled and mostly unpacked I can honestly say it's strange and hard to get used to but, I know in time I will get used to it and it will start to feel like home so I'll continue adding decor items, changing the layout and creating memories until that happens. Before we moved I'd purchased some candles because candles have always been my go to decoration of choice due to their ability to make a house homely, smell nice and make the decor look polished and complete. We buy so many candles these days even my sons have a favourite brand and scent and I hope in time that certain scents will invoke happy memories for them just like Frankincense and Myrrh and Lavender did for me as a child.

My Neom candle was sent around about three weeks ago, it had sat in its box the whole time and it took a lot of willpower not to open or light it especially as I could smell it through the box. Once our furniture was in and we were officially 100% in the house the first decor items I unpacked was my Neom candle and popped it in its place in the living room.  Look how beautiful it is guys.

This is the Neom Perfect Peace candle, there are two limited edition Christmas 3-wicks this year from the brand both completely different scent wise but both equally gorgeous. I chose this one because I love the simplistic design which will also look fabulous as we head into 2016. Don't get me wrong I adore Christmas candles, I really do but I just can't bear to keep them out after Christmas has passed.

Fragrance wise this is 'Pine, Myrrh and Lime Peel'. It's most definitely a unique combination especially for a crimbo themed candle but once you sniff it you're hit with the balsam pine which is lifted and brightened with the zingy lime note and warmed with the resinous myrrh notes. Initially I was worried that it wouldn't resemble a Christmas scent or that the lime notes would overwhelm the pine and myrrh which in all honesty were the notes that intrigued me but it doesn't.

The pine is definitely the main note, the lime note lifts the pine so that you're really hit with scent and the myrrh lengthens the fragrance while providing a warming and comforting depth, just like it does in any luxury perfume. The scent dries down to become this smooth but uplifting scent that's really positively complex. It just makes so much sense to my nose. It really does.

Being a bit of a candle snob I'm well aware of the dangers that candles can bring to the home and to your health. Not all candles are made alike and some are actually really dangerous because they use ingredients that are toxic and once lit, the toxins are transported throughout your home and breathed in. Not so appealing are they? Some of those ingredients include paraffin, lead which has been known to be used in the wicks or retainers, benzene and toluene and even more toxic chemicals are used in synthetic fragrances. Not only is this candle made from real essential oil perfume notes it also doesn't contain any toxins which from a health point of view you can't really beat especially if you have children in the house.

Because these are real notes they also have therapeutic benefits such as lifting your spirits, boosting your energy and relieving mental fatigue and calming you. We use aromatherapy a lot in our house so it's natural that we'd extend this to the candles we use.

As for how it looks, well the picture says it all really. This isn't a cheap candle and is definitely more of a splurge but factoring in the design and the scent as well as the container being thick and substantial in weight and size as well as the silver sprinkling that you see on the side of the glass being made from real platinum you can see why this costs a little more than the average candle. It's pure luxury. Visually it makes me happy. Surely that's all that counts when you're treating yourself, no?

You can check out this particular candle on the Neom website. I really want to add the Mandarin, Cinnamon and Tonka Bean scent to my candle collection next because it's a scent I've never tried and I adore cinnamon and tonka notes. I'm thinking I'll purchase that one in the New Year.

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* This was kindly provided by Neom - All words and musings are my own. I was sent this 3 wick candle after specifically choosing this scent, this is my second candle in this scent from the brand of course, the first candle was purchased by myself *


Beauty || 5 Natural Ways To Stay Young That Work

Everyone wants to look younger as they start to get older. It is one of life's many battles that millions of people around the world try to win, and tend to fail. Let’s face it – fighting Mother Nature is not easy. We can’t help skin starting to sag and wrinkles starting to appear because that is all part of growing up and becoming an adult. No one stays young forever, yet there are people who stay younger for longer thanks to a couple of natural remedies. Here are the natural methods that will fight the signs of aging and come out on top.

Take A Break

The one thing that speeds up the aging process is stress. As soon as we start to feel stress, our bodies begin to feel the effects. Just thinking about stress is making me feel a little bit older! To stop stress from being an issue, it is time to take a break. Tell your boss that you are having time off work and tell the kids that they are going on holiday. A bit of time relaxing in the sun is exactly what the doctor ordered. Plus, the right amount of sun is good for you skin so you can kill two birds with one stone!

Go To An Organic Specialist 

The best way to fight the signs of aging is to see the doctor. They will prescribe you with drugs that will help your body. For example, if you are stressed, they will give you medication that helps relieve the stress. The problem with medication is that it can have a negative effect on the body, so I like to see a doctor who uses the organic option. Instead of pumping me with pills, they tell me about massages and acupuncture and herbal remedies that can help. The best part is you can find organic specialists for anything. Are your teeth hurting? Then just head down to the holistic dentist for treatment. 

Eat More Fat

Thank God! Finally a natural remedy I can get on board with! Well, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t mean unhealthy fats. It means healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids that strengthen bones and tighten skin. I am not going to lie and say that you won’t have to eat healthily to get your share because you will, but it is not all bad. In fact, if you are a lover of fish, you are in for a treat. Salmon is full of Omega-3, as well as healthy oils.

Stay Out Of The Sun

I know that Mediterranean women have dark, flawless skin, but that doesn’t mean we can stand in direct sunlight all day. The sun’s UV rays are dangerous to our bodies in large quantities. For starters, they can cause cancer because they mutilate cells. And, at the very least, they loosen the skin and make it sag. To get the olive skin that you want, take turns in the sun and the shade. 

Become Mindful

Mindfulness has increased in popularity lately purely because it works. Becoming mindful doesn't simply mean that you are aware of what you're doing at that time, it means that you are aware of your actions, what your body's trying to say to you and enables you to manage your lifestyle, your stress and your health better. Once you've got into the mindful mindset it definitely becomes apart of your routine and we all know that reduced stress and happiness equals that confident and beautiful glow we all strive for. I will be covering mindfulness in a separate post soon though guys!

In my book, the natural remedy is the best one and once we alter our routines it becomes the easiest and most affordable option too. What natural things do you do to help boost your beauty and health routine?
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Kure Bazaar || Festive Glitters

Luxury polish brand Kure Bazaar are glitzing it up with their Christmas collection which will feature fifteen glitters in varied shades and an internet special. Launching at Fortnum & Mason and Naturisimo on November 20th you'll be able to glitter up your manicure well before the festivities start. If you love glitter but hate removing glitter, they also have a peel off polish base so you can wear, without the hassle of removing afterwards.

The line up includes:

 Argento | Bright silver tones.
 Crystal | Opalescent tones.
 Crazy Animal | Internet Special. Pink, gold and silver strand glitter.
✓ Disco | Red, green and silver.
 Diva | Pink and silver.
✓ Diamond | Diamond rainbow tones.
✓ Luna | Deep sapphire blue and turquoise.
 Pigalle | Utterly gorgeous letterbox red tones.
 Precious | Multi-tonal gold.
 Reve | Very similar to Luna but smaller circular glitter pieces.
 Strass | Blue and silver glitter
✓ Stella | Kaleidoscope of colours.
 Superstar | Deep pinky-red and lighter pink tones.
 Vegas | Deep gold and bronze tones.
✓ Venus | Amethyst tones.
✓ Venise | Pink and silver.

My absolute favourite is Pigalle. It's so gorgeous, red does tend to be my favourite go to polish colour but when I saw Pigalle I kinda had a 'oh gosh it's boooo-ti-ful' moment and actually said it outloud - husband asked what the hell I was on about. See...

What do you make of glitter polishes? Do you love or hate them?

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Cheltenham 2016 || A fashion preview

March might seem ages away at the moment, but if you're lucky enough to be off to Cheltenham for the races this year you'll need to start looking for that perfect outfit soon. But how can you make sure you get the right look for one of the fanciest race events of the year? Here's a look back on some of the fashion that made headlines last year and a look at what might make headlines this year.

Colour was a big theme for Cheltenham fashion in 2015, but the most stylish outfits mixed a splash of colour with monochrome. There were plenty of examples of this with ladies teaming pops of red with black and white outfits. The bold red makes you stand out but the black and white pattern on top makes it look smart and stylish. Other colours that were popular last year was the gorgeous mustard colour that was a hit on the high street. If you do want to go in your traditional little black dress, a mustard scarf, clutch bag or pair of heels will give it that bit of excitement you need for the races.

Surprisingly sensible coats were also a big hit in 2015. Tweed coats use to be only seen on men at the races, but last year the women made them look glamorous. Dark green and greys were the most popular shades at the races last year. Staying on the 40s theme, fake fur was also seen on a huge amount of women last year. A full-length fur coat might be too much, though, instead chose a shorter jacket that comes to the waist or a coat with a fur trim.

Whilst we're talking about fake animal fur, one thing that you might want to avoid this year is the animal print. It's been extremely popular of the last few years, and it's more than likely that you have a piece in your wardrobe, but the style might have had its day. Especially on a day where you want to look like a million dollars, it's a style best to avoid.

Of course no matter how hard you try, all this race course fashion often doesn't come cheap. If you want more money to spend on your outfit then you can save on your horse racing bet for Cheltenham 2016 by betting before you get to the race course. Bookmakers at the race course often don't give you the best odds. Betway are already giving odds on Cheltenham 2016 and will even give you a free bet if it's your first time.

So when you start looking for your racing outfit remember these three things. Don't be scared by a bit of colour, coats still can be fashionable and avoid animal print.

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6 Things I've Learned About Driving Over The Years

There's no denying that it's a profound feeling when you pass your driving test. But, your brief supervised stint on the road is beyond compare when it comes to solo driving! I must say that I'm not someone that always enjoys driving these days.

If I can opt for another mode of transport, I'll probably take it. Some of you reading this might think I don't like driving because of a lack of self-confidence. But, it's just more down to the daft things motorists do on the road!

In the last few years, I've learned a few things from my experiences. Here are six of them that you might be interested in knowing about:

You're more likely to get stopped by the police

These days there is a higher chance of getting stopped by the police. Some folks moan they should go and "catch some real criminals" instead of doing spot checks. But, their job is to take dangerous drivers - and cars - off the road.

Budget tyres are a waste of money

Whenever my car needed new tyres, I'd just go for whatever was the cheapest option. What I never knew at the time was what a waste of money they are! They never seem to last as long as you'd expect, and they often have problems like punctures.

One day my other half persuaded me to get some new Continental Eco Contact 3 MO tyres. They lasted almost twice as long as my budget tyres, and I never once had a puncture!

Paper maps are a thing of the past

I remember my parents used to have a collection of maps for various parts of the UK. They'd often spend time studying them, only to end up going to the wrong places! When sat-nav devices first became affordable, I was one of the first people that I know to buy one. Now I rely on it to give me directions to unfamiliar places. And, guess what? I never get lost!

Never rely on people to know what they're doing

Sometimes driving a car is a draining experience. Why? Because you always have to try and anticipate the actions of other motorists! They don't always do the manoeuvres you think they'll do.

Yes, you get taught to observe your surroundings wherever you drive. But what they don't teach you in your lessons is that you'll often come across folks that seem to daydream!

Music with a fast tempo makes you drive fast

Are you a fan of drum and bass music? Maybe you like to listen to techno on your travels? Did you know that the music you play in your car will affect your speeds? Hubster did a little music experiment on me last week. I can confirm that music DOES affect your speed and isn’t an urban myth! If you want to keep your licence - and your life - slow your music down!

Your mirrors are probably adjusted wrong

I always used to think that you should adjust your mirrors so that you can see the side of your car in them too. Only last week I learned that is wrong!

You're supposed to adjust them, so your car is just out of sight in the mirrors. That way, you'll end up having more of a view of the world behind you.
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Advice for Anyone Waiting to Start a Family

If you’re planning to start a family, then you’re preparing for a wonderful time in your life. There are so many things to look forward to when you decide to have kids. But there are also a lot of pitfalls and problems you might face. You need to make sure you are prepared and ready to have a family before you make the decision.

You need to come up with some hints and tips that will help you through the process. If you can take a look at these points, they should help you through it. This is advice that I would give to anyone who is considering starting a family. Whatever age you are, these are hints you can use to help you adjust to family life much better.

Make Sure You’re Married First

Of course, you don’t have to wait until you’re married before you have kids. And, unless you’re religious, you might not want to. But, I think it makes common sense to take this approach when you start out. You need to have a settled and secure relationship before you think about bringing a child into the world. The best way to do this is to make sure you’re married before you make the decision to get pregnant. Once you solidify your relationship, you will have a more secure family unit.

Stable Income

One thing you can be sure of is that starting a family is expensive. So you need to be responsible and see to it that you have a stable income. Hopefully, after getting hitched, you’re going to enjoy the benefits of a joint income. This is going to make things a lot more comfortable when you have to shell out for your kid. There are so many reasons why you might have to spend money on a new family. And the more money you have to fall back on the easier it’s going to work out for the whole family in the long run.

Consult and Get Advice

It’s also important to make sure you get expert help and advice. If you’re serious about starting a family, it’s worth getting some guidance from a family law solicitor. They will be able to give you the advice you need about what to expect. This will help you to understand everything that’s going to be involved in the process. After careful consultation, you’ll know if you are in the right circumstances to be starting a family. It’s better to get an informed opinion so you can make the right decision.

Stop Renting

One thing I would stress if you’re planning on having kids and settling down is to stop renting. Renting a place is a big long-term expense and will cost you a lot of cash. You’d be better off saving up and trying to get a mortgage. This gives you a bit more security, and it’s a long-term investment for you and your family.

Starting a family is always a massive decision for anyone to make. And it’s one of those decisions that you need to be absolutely sure about. You’re going to have to make sure you’re ready to have a family. If you’re unprepared, then you’re going to find it a lot more difficult to gain financial stability and reduce stress.

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Simple Steps For Younger Looking Skin

As a mum in my thirties, I am well aware that I have probably peaked regarding youthfulness. There’s no doubt in my mind that ten years from now I’m going to look a lot more lived in. And, let's be honest: when you have three young children, there’s not much you can do about it! 

But, that’s not going to stop me from trying to keep those wrinkles at bay. So, I thought I would take some time and look into ways that I could find that will keep my skin looking as young as possible. I’ve shared some tips on how to care for your skin from your teens to sixty before, but this time I want to concentrate on the here and now! 

So, if you are around the same age as me and are staring at your forties with a suspicious eye, read on. I hope you can pick up some tips.

Better habits

First of all, as you get older, your skin is a lot less agreeable as it was when you are a teen. And, you're going to have to knuckle down and sort out a routine every day if you want to look youthful. 

You don’t need much - just find a good cleanser, and a simple moisturiser (with UV protection, of course). Kiehls Ultra Light Defense has had excellent reports. But it’s the routine that’s the most important part of all, so make sure you get into good habits!

Sleep well

Sleep is something that all parents with young children relish but rarely get to enjoy. There’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of aging happens in the ten year period between the birth of your child and when they start to make their breakfast! It’s one of those things, unfortunately, but there is a bit that you can do to help yourself. 

Again, it’s all down to your routine. Try and have a set time to get up every day, as much as you can. This will make you tired earlier at night; you will go to sleep quicker, and get more out of your time in bed. I know it’s tough when the kids are very young, but it will get better and they will settle. Eventually!

Quit the cigarettes

If you are a smoker, then now is the time to quit. According to research, if you stop smoking when you’re 35 or under you have a real chance of repairing all the damage. Now, we all know the health risks, but smoking is terrible for your skin, too. It will give you an older, greyer look to your face, and it increases the speed that wrinkles appear. 

So, do whatever you can to stop your smoking cravings, whether it’s going cold turkey or trying out e-cigarettes. Here's a guide to get you started - it helps you quit the habit, then it’s worth a look. 

Exercise and diet

Regular exercise will also help you retain your youth for a lot longer. And, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat. So, make sure you have a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise at least three or four times every week. Do this, and you will be looking fresh for many years to come.

Do you have any tips for more youthful looking skin? Let me know about them in the comments section below.

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