LIFESTYLE: TOP TIPS FOR BUSINESS TRIPS

Travelling for work, whether you’re a career girl heading to client meetings or a blogger attending a conference, can be very stressful. There’s none of the fun of jetting off on holiday, but all the stress of airports, hotel booking and navigating somewhere new. Here are some top tips for making business trips easier. 
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Travel Packing
If you’re going to be flying for your work trip, try to pack into just a carry on bag. If you don’t have any luggage that needs to go in the hold, you can save a lot of time by not having to check it in and not having to hang around at the baggage carousel when you land. Instead, just get off the plane and set off. 

If you travel a lot for work, you could keep a bag of essentials pre-packed. Buy a set of travel toiletries and a spare toothbrush and keep a wash bag packed that you can just throw into your suitcase and not wonder if you’ve forgotten anything. You could also keep packed some things you’ll know you’ll need, like a spare phone charger, business cards or stationery. 

Pack shirts in plastic garment bags to stop them from getting wrinkled in your case. Remember to pack casual clothes for the evenings too! Leave your electronics and liquids easily accessible to make the security queue faster to get through. 

The Hotel
Booking a hotel for work means you’re probably looking for different things than if you were booking a hotel for a holiday. Many chain hotels offer loyalty schemes that are very useful for frequent business travellers. Look for hotels with offers that suit you, whether that’s better prices or faster WiFi. Look for somewhere used to business travellers, like Dorsett Hotel, Sheperds Bush

Check hotel amenities. If you’re there for work, it’s important that you have access to good WiFi. While WiFi is a standard in hotels now, it’s often not that great and can be slow. Look for high-speed internet, or somewhere that offers rooms with a wired connection for the internet. 

Is there a safe in the room large enough for things like your laptop? If you’re travelling for work, you want to be sure that you can lock away any company valuables before you head out for dinner in the evening. 

Is there a hotel concierge? They can suggest nearby laptop-friendly cafes if you want to get some work done before your meetings, as well as making suggestions for somewhere for dinner where you won’t feel out of place as a solo diner. 

A hotel with laundry facilities could be helpful if you need to freshen up work clothes after being crammed in your suitcase. If you need to be well-rested, see if the hotel offers different options for pillows, so you can choose the right ones to be comfortable to help you sleep well and arrive for meetings or conference refreshed. 

What sort of food options are on-site? As a lone diner, you might feel less out of place in a hotel restaurant, especially if the hotel welcomes a lot of business travellers. 

LIFESTYLE: WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO READ TO YOUR TODDLER



Reading is a crucial component of any child’s development which is why parents should read to their kids from a young age. It helps them with their imagination, as well as their spelling, grammar and general vocabulary.


The earlier you get your child into reading, the more likely they are to find an interest in it as they get older. It’s also a great way to spend some quality time together and will help get them off to sleep at night. I have teamed up with a pre-prep school in Hertfordshire to explore the advantages of reading to your toddler.


When your child starts school, one of the first things they’ll learn is how to read. That’s why it’s wise for you to get some practise in beforehand, so that they don’t fall behind. It’s a much more beneficial way for your little one to spend their time than watching cartoons as it keeps them entertained whilst teaching them valuable skills. You might think your toddler is too young to reap the benefits of reading, but actually, it will help them with their general knowledge.


Whatever the type of story, reading to your child will help them with their communication skills. This is because they will learn new verbs and adjectives and the two of you can discuss the events of the story once you’re finished. What’s more, it may even improve your child’s ability to concentrate on something for a reasonable amount of time, which will serve them well when they start school.

Bedtime stories are a blessing for both children and their parents, as they’re a way to bond in a calm and comfortable environment. There’s no denying that any home activity like this is an important way to supplement your child’s learning outside of a classroom environment.

LIFESTYLE: HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR SOCIAL SKILLS



Your child’s social experiences will play a crucial role in their life, aiding their growth and development in various ways. For instance, the interactions they have when they’re young will help them when making friends at school and build healthy relationships in general. With that said, it’s important for parents to find ways to help their children develop strong social skills from as early as possible. Here are some tips from an independent school in London.

Start by trying to teach and show your child some appropriate and inappropriate ways to behave. A lot of this will be learnt through observation of you and other influential people in your child’s life, so you should always try to be a good role model around your child. Talk to your child about the importance of being polite and well-mannered when talking to someone. Teach them that when someone is talking, it is rude to interrupt. Essentially, you should explore the different elements of a healthy conversation.

You will also need to explain to your child that sometimes body language can be just as powerful as words. For instance, if a person is crying, then you know that they are sad. With that said, your child will need to learn how to determine how another person is feeling based on their actions, so that they can respond appropriately. To help, you might be able to find some flash cards of different facial expressions that you can show your child and ask them what each one means, giving examples of suitable ways to react.

Make sure that your child is given plenty of opportunities to socialise with both adults and children from a young age so that they are comfortable with it. Arrange lots of play dates and when your child is old enough, encourage them to join some extra-curricular activities so that they have a chance to meet new people and interact in different environments. Their social interactions shouldn’t always occur within the comforts of their own home, so try and mix it up as much as possible.

If you are worried about your child’s social development in any way, don’t be afraid to seek professional advice and support. You could even speak to your child’s teacher, as they may have some suggestions and will be able to help your child to their best of their abilities.

LIFESTYLE: ENCOURAGING YOUR CHILD TO BECOME MORE INQUISITIVE




Curiosity is an important component in a child’s learning journey, and life in general. It’s what drives us to uncover new information and figure out how the world works. With that said, it’s important for parents to encourage their children to become inquisitive and ask lots of questions from a young age, to help them learn and grow continually. An independent day and boarding school in Hitchin have some tips.

Start by making sure you answer your child’s questions, even if you’re busy. It’s easy sometimes to shrug them off when you’re in the middle of something, but this will only discourage them from asking more questions in the future, thus stunting their curiosity. If you don’t know the answer, it’s a good idea for the two of you to try and figure it out together, by researching online or looking through a few books.


Try and help your child experience new things on a regular basis, by visiting various places or pursuing new hobbies. This will stimulate their inquisitive side because they will likely have lots of thoughts and questions. If they become used to something, they will cease to be curious about it. This might mean breaking away from your usual routine from time to time but it will be worth it if it’s stimulates your child’s learning and creativity.


Another way to encourage your child to be inquisitive, is to be inquisitive yourself. As you go about the day’s activities with your child, ask lots of questions. For instance, if it starts to rain you could say “do you know where rain comes from?” and then you can discuss the answer together. When reading a story to your child, ask them “how do you think this story will end?” and see if their predictions come true. Try and create an environment where asking questions, talking openly and exploring different things is normal.

LIFESTYLE: KNOWING WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR NURSERY



The question of what age is the most appropriate for sending your child to nursery has no easy answer. There isn’t a universal option that caters to all children and all parents, as it really depends on the unique circumstances of each family. Perhaps you’d like to encourage your child to meet and interact with other children their age, in a structured learning environment. Maybe you’d like to get them ready for school so it doesn’t seem as daunting when they move into a Reception class. You might just need some form of childcare so that you can focus on your work commitments during the day. There are clearly many different reasons why a parent may choose nursery as an option. Here are some tips from an independent nursery school in Somerset.

For those of you who are concerned that your child is not ready for nursery, you should know that whatever age you choose to send them will bring you a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. While you might feel that you’re missing out on a lot of time with your baby if you send them to nursery when they’re just a few months old, it allows them to become accustomed to being separated from you. On the other hand, if you wait until they’re two or three years old, they might find it a lot harder to be away from you. Of course, all children are different, and many toddlers settle in well as they are just starting to become independent and figure out ways to keep themselves busy.

Most nurseries don’t tend to accept babies under the age of three months, but you might be able to find one or two exceptions. Younger children have additional needs, so make sure you do plenty of research around your local nurseries so that you are 100% happy with your decision and your child is receiving the appropriate level of care. You know your child better than anyone so only you can decide what’s truly best for them. Don’t succumb to pressure from other parents or feel like other people are judging you, because their circumstances will be completely different to yours. 

[AD-GIFTED] LAZY BEAR LAWRENCE NAVY BACKPACK FROM TRENDHIM.CO.UK


Today's blog post is a review of this backpack that we have kindly been sent by Trendhim.co.uk The back pack is by a brand called Lazy Bear who have a collection of lovely mens bags. Trendhim.co.uk are a mens accessories retailer, they stock a variety of different product and brands. It's super easy to shop as you can shop by category so you can find exactly what you are looking for. Trendhim stock everything from watches, bracelets, bags, sunglasses to jewellery and more. My experience with Trendhim was very good, the website was easy to use and browse and delivery was quick, sent via Royal Mail so I was able to track delivery. 

Clint picked out this bag from the Trendhim website as he's needed a new backpack for a while. He uses a backpack for work but we thought this would also be super handy for days out or a holiday. It's a good medium size not too big but you would be able to fit loads inside. It has a big front pocket with zip aswell as a laptop compartment inside to keep your laptop safe. Clint liked the simple design of the Lawrence bag, it's a Navy blue colour with Tan artificial leather detailing. They do it in a black version too. I think it a really nice smart bag that would be perfect for the commute to work but it's also casual enough to use as an everyday bag or a gym bag. It's a really decent size so you don't need to worry about packing too much stuff. It's a really good quality and the straps are comfy too so great for using on a day out. 

The bag is very nice and Clint is really happy with it. He will be using it as his new work bag, once he's allowed to go back to work. Be sure to check out Trendhim if you are shopping for mens accessories, Fathers Day is next month so a great excuse to pop online and have a browse.   










LIFESTYLE: YOU ARE AMAZING MAMA!



I thought i'd do a little update about how we are getting on during lockdown. I did a post right at the start even before lockdown with a little update. In my last update Clint had been laid off temporarily, he's now been furloughed so will be getting 80% of his wage which is good, i've since then also been furloughed, I was working from home but it's difficult to do that as a receptionist and my company has now been forced to make cuts where they can. I have been trying to be more productive and positive but it can be really difficult to self motivate yourself during times like these. I have been making more effort to get up and get dressed, i've also been having a daily power walk by myself and i'm finding having a little time to myself is really helping. We live in an apartment so we don't have a garden so we was taking Amelia for a walk around our building but this wasn't enough excercise for me and I haven't felt great so going for a walk alone has really helped. We have been doing loads of crafts and  baking but this is getting abit boring now. I want to try and find some more things that we can do to stimulate Amelia. We have also been potty training during lockdown and Amelia has taken to it really well, we've only had a couple of accidents, usually when she's playing and gets distracted. She's been using a potty but we've bought her a toilet seat too now and she's been using it really well.

That's everything really, not much to report over the last few weeks. I want to get back into blogging so hopefully there will be some more posts coming soon... I ordered a few bits from The Ordinary so I will review them soon and i'm expecting a few bits for product reviews so I should be back up and running soon...

LIFESTYLE: DON'T FORGET ABOUT THESE AWESOME OPTIONS FOR YOUR KITCHEN RENOVATION

Are you thinking about completing a kitchen renovation this year? If so, then you’re definitely not alone. Improvements to the kitchen are probably one of the most common home changes and there’s a good reason for this. By changing the kitchen you could add as much as 25% onto the asking value of your property. So, it’s definitely a popular choice when it comes time to think about selling and moving to a bigger place. So, what changes to the kitchen should you be making? Well, there are a few options to consider here. 


New Light Fixtures

If you are working with a budget and you want to make sure that you are giving your home a completely new look, then you should definitely think about changing up the lighting. A big benefit of doing this is that it means that you will get a totally fresh aesthetic for your home. At the same time, changing the light fixtures will typically be rather inexpensive. Of course, there are some options that you can consider which are a little more exciting. For instance sunken spotlights, while a tad more expensive, will provide a stunning new look to your kitchen. Spotlights can also be used to elevate key areas and features. 

A Breakfast Bar


If you have a little more in your budget and you are using a contractor then a breakfast bar could be a fantastic new addition. You could also make sure that it becomes the centerpiece attraction of your kitchen, perhaps adding the spotlights overhead. There are a lot of choices to think about here including the material that you want to use as well as the size and design. However, it could be a wonderful place to share meals with your family while also bringing your kitchen design together. 

New Blinds

When buyers do come to look at your house, you’ll find that one of the key areas that they focus on is the windows. There is a practical element to this. They want to ensure that your property has a fantastic level of insulation. But they are also likely to be interested in the aesthetic choices that you have made. That’s why you should be considering how to dress up your kitchen windows and made to measure wooden blinds could be the perfect choice. Indeed, you can even go further than this and opt for electric wooden blinds that are certain to dazzle and impress. 

Smaller Changes 

Or finally, you could consider making several smaller changes to your kitchen that will have a big impact. For instance, you would be amazed at how different your kitchen is going to look with different cabinet and cupboard doors. It will dramatically alter the overall aesthetic and help the room feel fresh. 

We hope you love these possibilities and consider adding them to your own kitchen design. If you do, we certainly think you’ll be delighted with the results. You could completely refresh your kitchen and fill it with new life while ensuring that it is fit for a practical purpose. 



[GIFTED] REVIEW: THIS WORKS MORNING EXPERT RANGE


Here's my thoughts on the This Works Morning Expert range. I have a few items from the range and couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed them already. I've been using these for a little while now. I think this is a great range and have been loving the products. I wanted to share my thoughts and how i've been getting on with them.

My favourite product from the collection is the Hyaluronic serum, it's so light and sinks into the skin really fast to hydrate and brighten skin. You can use daily on the skin to maximise the pumping effect. I really like this product is smells lovely and isn't greasy it just goes on without any effort. It's gentle and I really notice that my skin appears firmer when I use this.

Next is the Morning Expert Open Eyes, eye cream. I love the applicator for this product, it makes it super easy to apply and the metal applicator leaves the eye area feeling cool. This leaves the eye area appearing more awake and reduces the appearance of dark circles.

Finally the Morning Expert Multi Acid Pads, I really like these and they are super easy to use. Again can be used daily to exfoliate and enhance skin resurfacing, unclog pores and minimize morning shine. They are really nice and gentle and I think they are an easy way to add acids into regime.

Make sure you check out the bundles on the This Works website for some super amazing savings!





LIFESTYLE: 3 TIPS FOR TURNING A TODDLER ROOM INTO A 'BIG KID' ROOM

It might be hard to believe that all of the planning you did for nursery and toddler room ideas has come to this; your little one isn’t so little anymore! 

Whether they’ve been requesting a new look for their room or you just know it’s time for a more age-appropriate change, your child should always be able to look at their bedroom as a place of safety and comfort. It should also reflect their interests and be somewhere they enjoy spending time. 

Now might be the best time to finally take the plunge and change things up, since most of us are stuck at home! So, how can you easily transition your little one’s bedroom into something that fits better with their age? 

Let’s look at three easy tips that can make a big difference. 


1. Make Room For a “Big Kid” Bed

Perhaps the biggest change you’ll need to make in your child’s new room is switching out their bed. If they’ve been in a crib, you can gradually change it to a bed with a railing. Or, if they’ve already outgrown that, it might be time to switch to a normal, adult-sized bed. 

Keep in mind that there isn’t a set time for when your child should stop sleeping in a crib. Some children can switch to a bigger bed before they’re two, while for others, they may not switch until they’re over 3. You know your child better than anyone, and you’ll know when they’re ready. 

2. Find a Functional Dresser

Up until now, you may have had a small dresser in your child’s bedroom with a changing table on top. Whether they’re fully potty trained or not, it’s time to swap it out for something more functional - a more permanent dresser that they can use to store their clothing. 

It’s a good idea to choose a dresser that isn’t too “child-like” in the way it looks. That way, it will still be appropriate as they get older, and you won’t have to keep purchasing furniture. 

3. Create a Space for Play

You might consider removing some things from your child’s room that won’t get a lot of use anymore, such as a rocking chair, and replacing it with an open space to play. Or, if your child likes to read, create a small reading nook where they can relax and enjoy their favorite books. Making the most of the space in the room will give them the opportunity to do the things they love. 

Don’t be afraid to let your little one be a part of the process as you make changes in their room. The more they feel as though they have a say, the more likely they are to actually enjoy their new space and want to spend time there. 

While it isn’t always easy to let go of the adorable nursery items you decorated their room with even before your child was born, it can be exciting to watch them grow, develop their own personality and interests, and know that you get to experience all of that with them! Have fun with this room transition, and don’t forget to take pictures so you can document it for your child’s baby book or another keepsake item.

[GIFTED] KHAKI FEMME LUXE LOUNGEWET SET



So everyone needs a good loungewear set right now! With us all being on lockdown it's all about being super comfy and cosy and what better way that to chill in a nice new loungewear set. 

I picked out this gorgeous Khaki green one from Femme Luxe. It's like a Khaki marl colour which is lovely. I got a XL and it fits perfectly, it's really comfy. It's a really nice thin material so perfect for the warmer weather we are having. It's really nice and soft and super cosy. I've got a grey one too and I wear it all the time. 

Loungewear is great as I think it looks a little more dressed that Pj's but is comfy and great for working from home or just chilling during lockdown. There's some really lovely pieces out there, the set i've picked is quite casual but Femme Luxe have some really nice sets that are a little more dressed up with off the shoulder details or cropped tops. I thought this khaki set would be great for around the house during lockdown to do crafts and activities with Amelia. 











[GIFTED] OUTFIT POST: PERFECT TSHIRT


T-shirt - Femme Luxe (gifted) // Culottes: Primark // Necklace: Daisy London (previously gifted)

How 'perfect' is this t-shirt Femme Luxe? I'm a big fan of a nice white t-shirt with a simple slogan written on it. They are super easy to wear during the spring/summer when it's abit warmer. I love wearing a white slogan t-shirt tucked into a pretty pattern skirt or some black culottes like I am today. There are loads of really cute T shirts on femme luxe to choose from, they have one that says Ooh la la that I might have to buy. Most of them come in black as well as white too! 

We've just been for our daily walk around the block and this outfit is perfect, I wore my trainers too as we walked through the woods. The t shirt is super comfy, i've gone for the XL as I like my tshirts to be a little oversized, I have big boobs too so need a little extra room for them. Its a really nice soft material too. 










FASHION: MY LOUNGEWEAR WISHLIST

As we are on lockdown I think it's safe to say most of us are living in our comfies, i've seen alot of people raving about loungewear. I only have a couple of pieces of loungewear, but i've been looking at ordering a few more pieces so I thought i'd share some of my favourites out there at the moment. 

I think a matching jersey set is a must have, these are super comfy and look good. I love this pink set form Next which also comes in grey. It looks super soft and I just love the pink colour. This middle set is from New Look and I love the off the shoulder style, it still looks super comfy but a little more trendy. These Flares from Missguided are lovely, they are a jersey rib material so will be super comfy but look abit more dressed up, you could team these with a little short cardigan like the image or a cami top. A big comfy cardigan is a must have for working from home, this will keep you snug and warm and stop you reaching for the dressing gown, I like this grey one from Missguided that will go with everything. This Rust jumpsuit from Missguided is an example of how you can dress up a little but still be super cosy! I love the colour too! And finally a long maxi dress like this spot one from New Look is another super easy way to be comfy but dressy. The smock style is super flattering and the long length means you can sit how you like. There's no waist band either so you don't have to worry about your trousers digging in after you eat 3 easter eggs for lunch!! 

Top Left: Next Hoodie :£28 Bottoms £22
Top Middle: New Look Bottoms £15.99 part of their 2 for £28 mix and match
Top Right: Missguided Jersey Flare trousers : £12.00
Bottom Middle: Missguided Rust Ribbed jumpsuit £22
Bottom Right: Black Spot maxi from New Look £19.99 
Bottom Left: Grey Cardigan from Missguided £30 


LIFESTYLE: WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW!


I thought i'd share a few books that I've been reading lately share my thoughts, like a little mini review. I've been loving everyone's recommendations so thought i'd share a few of my favourite reads.



  • The Woman in the window - A.J Finn
    This was really easy to read and I really wanted to know what happened. A good thriller and very twisted. I was so shocked!
  • The Girl in the Letter - Emily Gunnis
    A really good story line and very easy to read. Lots of twists, a heart-wrenching story.
  • Found -Erin Kinsley
    I read quite a few books about missing children, this is a little different because the boy returns. There a few twists in this story and it's really gripping, I didn't want to put it down.
  • Lies Lies Lies - Adele Parks
    I read this book so quick. It was really easy to read and such a good storyline. Really engaging, loved it!
  • Small Great Things -Jodi Picoult
    Such an easy read. I just needed to know what was going to happen. Couldn't put it down.
  • Big Lies in a small town - Diane Chamerlain
    Another book I couldn't put down, I wasn't too sure about this at the beginning but it's such a great story line and everything makes sense at the end. Loved it.

Right now i'm reading A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson 



LIFESTYLE: TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME


Hello, hope everyone is all well? These are some strange times and I know a lot of people are having to work from home so I thought i'd share a few tips on how to work from home productively. I only work part time (2 days) so working from home isn't too bad for me but if you work 5 days a week I would really look at some of these tips to ensure productivity.


  • Routine- Get yourself into a good routine, just like you do when you work in the office.
    Get up, get ready, have breakfast etc and then log on. This makes it easier to establish when you will be working. It just gets you up and ready for the day ahead, it can be easy to get into the habit of working from bed or in your pj's and I find I work better if I get up and ready personally.
  • Office space - Now not everyone is going to have a home office but I really think some kind of office space/ area is such a good way to get your head into work mode. This is a great way to get into work mode and switch off at the end of the day.  I find it more productive to have a seperate space away from others. My partner and child are at home with me at the moment during lockdown so I have set myself up in the bedroom away from them. I also find having my laptop set up on a desk more productive.
  • Set office hours - When working from home you want to make sure that you are sticking to some kind of office hours. Setting your working hours means you know what time you log on and what time you finish. Some people struggle with not working enough from home but it's actually just as easy to work too much from home as it's harder to switch off, by setting working hours you can log off knowing you are done for the day.
  • Distractions- It is impossible to completely remove distractions but if you can minimise them in some way then I recommend you do so. This might mean working from a separate part of the home, closing doors, making sure your family members don't disrupt you. These small changes can minimise disruption and increase productivity. 
  • Have a break - Working too much can actually be a bad thing and it's good to have a break so why not leave your office space and get some exercise, have a cuppa, read a book. It's really beneficial to have a little time away from your work otherwise it can get a little full on and having a break can boost creativity and a good mindset. 
These are just a few little tips that I think can improve working from home during this time. 

LIFESYLE: TIPS TO GET AROUND THE DAILY BEAUTY ROUTINE GRIND

 What is the first thing you do when you wake up? For many women, the answer is a step-by-step beauty routine that can take up way too much of the morning. If you’re spending an hour getting ready in front of that mirror, it can really start to grind on you. However, we all want to be confident in how we look. As such, what can you do to make your mornings a lot less stressful while still making sure that you give yourself the kind of care that you deserve? Here are some tips to make sure that your morning beauty routine isn’t an ever-lasting endeavour, but something you can get out of the way quickly.

From finding the ways to save a little time in the mornings to giving yourself a longer-lasting solution that can straight up reduces what you have to do each morning, here are some ways to get around the grind that a woman’s daily beauty routine can easily become.


Some of the things you do each morning might not be as essential as you think
The first thing that’s worth doing is looking at any steps or processes that you can get rid of entirely. For instance, a lot of people spend a lot more time cleansing their face than they really need to. You might want to get rid of the oils on your face, but cleaning them out too thoroughly can end up dehydrating your skin and leaving it more open to pimples. We’re not suggesting you skip cleaning your face, of course, but you can cut out some of the heavy cleansers and stick to water and skin-friendly soap. 

Similarly, instead of washing your hair each and every morning, you can consider using dry shampoos that have much the same impact. Look at your skincare products to make sure that you’re not accidentally doubling-up on certain steps of the routine, as well.

Get organized about how you tackle your morning routine
Not only should you look at what, specifically, but you’re also doing during your morning routine. You should also be looking at how you’re doing at as well. In particular, by rearranging your products and how you access them, you can find that the whole process becomes a lot more streamlined.

For instance, if you open up your bathroom mirror or look at your countertop to find a glut of products staring back at you, all mixed together, then you can find that it can take just as much time to find products as it does to use them. However, there are a bunch of bathroom organisers that can help you put everything in a place that’s much easier to memorise and quickly turn to when you need it. Make sure that you identify the products that you use on a daily basis or more regularly and put them front and centre so it’s always easy to grab them.

Find one that can do both for you
How many products do you have in your bathroom cabinet? How many do you actually need? We’ve already talked about getting rid of products that “double down” on certain benefits that others offer. To that end, you should be looking at products that can do two or more things for you at the same time, as well  There are a lot of products that are specifically designed to be a “two-in-one” multitasking solution. However, there are also ways to make better use of products that you own. For instance, a lot of keratin-infused scalp tonics can also be very good at helping polish and strengthen your nails. Similarly, a lot of women are great at using mascara as an eyeshadow instead of having to buy both. If you learn to multitask or simply find more uses for the products that you have, it will save you time, save you space in your cabinet, and even save you money.

Choose the longer-lasting solution
When it comes to things like your anti-ageing products, you could actually save yourself a lot of time in front of the bathroom mirror simply by choosing a solution that lasts much longer. By opting for a treatment that has a longer lifespan, you can cut entire steps out of your daily routine. For instance, a facelift, botox or dermal filler can mean that you spend a lot less time using anti-ageing products in front of the bathroom mirror. However, it’s not only in the realm of anti-ageing processes that this tip works, as well.

If you find that taking care of your hair is becoming more and more time-consuming, then you may also want to look at the possibility of getting a shorter or low-maintenance haircut. Simply put, if you have less hair to take care, then you’re also going to spend less time taking care of it. It really is that simple.

Get a tool that does it for you
The idea of getting a specific tool of appliance that helps save you time and energy during your beauty routine is not a new idea to most women, by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is wise to ensure that you’re getting the tools that are most suited to the job and are likely to be reliable and to work without too much maintenance over time.

When it comes to getting appliances that help with your beauty routine, then don’t simply pick the first or cheapest thing that comes your way. You can spend a lot more time struggling with the device to get it working than actually using it. Make sure you look up reviews for the best electric shavers or whatever product you might be looking for before investing.

Hopefully, the tips above help you see a few ways to save a lot of time during your morning beauty routine. We all like to look our best and feel confident, but many of us can only withstand the grind for so long. Find a way or two to cut it down and you’ll be much happier.

LIFESTYLE: INTERIOR DESIGN 101: 4 SIMPLE TIPS TO ADD BEAUTY AND COMFORT TO YOUR HOME

Your home should be a getaway and sanctuary where you get to relax after a busy day from work. For your house to be a home, it needs to make you feel at ease and be appealing enough to draw you home every day. For this to happen, you need to decorate it with the right decor items.
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You can easily get caught up in the world of interior design, forgetting that you do not need expensive things to create a cozy home. Sometimes a clean, simple space may be all that you need. If you are looking to add some beauty and comfort to your house, here are some tips you can follow:

Adding Rugs to Your Floors

If you have wooden or tile flooring, you can add some rugs to your house. Rugs add warmth and depth to the space. They not only refresh your space but also make it feel luxurious. You can use large area rugs to create an illusion of a bigger room. When decorating your living room, the rug should be big enough to have all the furniture on it.
Use bright colored carpets as they enhance the appearance of your house, giving it a more significant and spacious look. Dark rugs absorb light making the room appear smaller.
You can use rugs to separate spaces in your house, such as a dining area and living area. Depending on the style you use, rugs can bring a room design together. You can match your carpet color with that of your wall.

Using Blankets and Throws

Try to find some quality throw pillows and blankets that can coordinate with your bedroom and living room décor. You can use them in different ways, depending on your style.
You can add one or two textured pillows to your coach and an extra throw blanket to the side. If you have an armchair, you can place one throw blanket and a throw rug to give the sitting area an excellent finish.

Accentuate the Fireplace

Does your house have a fireplace? You can highlight the area with decorative pieces such as candles, vases, and pots. However, choose your décor materials wisely by finding only materials that match your style and personality.
You can as well create a focal point by placing a painting or any other big décor piece above the fireplace area to help pull the room together.

Adding Texture to Your House

Your house may have the right color scheme, décor, and furniture, but without the right touch, it may lose its liveliness and appear a little flat. When you use rough textures, you can make your home feel grounded and more intimate than smooth surfaces, which give your home a sleeker and more reserved tone. You can use wooden benches, marble tabletops, flowers, baskets, and shadow boxes, amongst other items.

Whether you throw a rug to warm up your house or use a wooden coffee table to add some texture to your living room, you need to have a good plan for a perfect interior design that makes your house look beautiful and cozy. When you have a comfortable home, you will have a place you can unwind, play, and relax. The décor you use will help to create a sense of calmness, allowing you always to want to get back home.