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Going on a tour can be an amazing experience, especially if you don’t go on one too often. Many people, including myself, have a special appreciation for life experiences that they don’t get to do often. This isn’t to say that people who have the opportunity to travel often don’t appreciate wonderful experiences as much as people who don’t, because they most certainly do.

For someone like me, who is a mother, it’s a little bit harder to find the opportunity to travel around the world. This is especially true when it comes to trips that require flying in a plane across the world. In the past, I typically went on various family road trips with my husband and our three children. If you are a parent, then you know trips are not quite the same when going as a family as they are when it’s only adults. Don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy my family vacation trips because it’s nice to get away from work and the everyday stressors of life in general. Last year’s trip, we went to Disney World, and we had a blast. My mother came along with us so my husband and I were able to get away and have some fun adult time in the evening.

Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find a sitter when you have little ones, so some of us have to wait until the children get older before we can really let loose and go on the craziest world tour of our dreams. I may be exaggerating a bit, but I’m sure you get my drift.

Anniversary Plans

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This past summer, May 22nd, was me and my husband’s fifth anniversary. A few months before that we were making plans to do something awesome and fun since the previous two years we didn’t get to really do anything due to lack of a sitter and our youngest coming down with the flu. So this year, we decided to plan something amazing that we knew we’d both enjoy. We looked online at a number of different vacation destinations. Three of the places that we had been talking about visiting for the past three years were Bahamas, Australia, and London.

We spoke with my mother-in-law this past year about her taking care of the kids so that we could celebrate our anniversary, and she agreed to it. We were so excited knowing that we would get to go out and enjoy ourselves for once and not have to worry about our kiddos.

Deciding on London

After a few weeks of discussing where we wanted to go for our anniversary vacation, we decided on London. We felt like it would be a very romantic yet beautiful place to visit. Plus there are a lot of romantic things to do in London for couples.

I couldn’t get back to my blog quick enough to tell you all what a wonderful time my husband and I had when we went on our anniversary trip to London. It was definitely the escape of a lifetime and I hope to do it again someday. The main highlight of our trip to London is when we went on the helicopter flight tour.

It was a breathtaking experience that allowed us to be able to see the beautiful views as well as the various landmarks. Some, we had visited during our trip, while others – we hadn’t gone too. The tour allows you to see every bit of London, so it’s like you aren’t missing out on anything because you get to see it from the sky. It is truly a breathtaking experience. My husband and I were even able to take pictures of the view.

My husband was a bit nervous at first, just like he was when we got on the plane to head to London. Knowing that we were over 1,000 feet in the air didn’t sit well with him but once we started taking in the beautiful views of London, his mind eased up a bit and he was able to enjoy the flight.

Being on this wonderful helicopter tour, we experienced so many luxuries that we weren’t accustomed to back home. I felt like we were being treated like royalty. In the afternoon, we were spoiled with yummy pastries that resembled those that I only dreamed of eating at a pretend tea party as a little girl. There were also a variety of different types of coffee and tea to choose from.  All of the pastries were fresh right out of the oven.

The Tour Option

When signing up for the helicopter tour around London, there were three different tour options to choose from; Bronze Tour, Silver Tour, and the Gold Tour. My husband and I chose the Silver London Tour since this particular one included a spa which was something that we felt would be relaxing and rejuvenating for the both of us. The spa was a great choice because it is something that we felt we both needed. It lasted almost the entire day, and we were given champagne while we were pampered with one of the best massage experiences ever.

Concert

Concert

Later on during the evening my husband and I were able to fly in the helicopter in style to a local music festival event. There were so many people, and it was very crowded. I have to say though, that it was really nice to be able to ride in a helicopter and arrive to the music festival instead of being stuck in traffic in a car. There was a special area that we landed, away from all of the cars but there were still people around and we felt like celebrities as we exited the helicopter.

Even though there were a bunch of wild people at the concert, it didn’t matter to us much; we were able to handle the craziness of the crowd and still have a good time listening to the music and watching the performers.

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Professional goals and dreams aren’t always as easy to obtain as you might think. Many of us often need a little boost or a little bit of motivation to help get us to where we want to be in our careers. Not only do some of us need a boost to help us get started with our career paths, but our personal lives can also affect some of the decisions that we make if we are experiencing anxiety, stress, or doubting ourselves when it comes to advancing in life.

Everyone has a breaking point when it comes to various different aspects of life and we all have our strengths and our weaknesses. If you are part of an organization where your position requires that everyone comes to you, then you most likely have trouble finding someone that can help you in times of stress and hardships.

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Both men and women alike suffer when it comes to keeping things together, especially when they are at the top of the business chain. If you are in a CEO position of your company, then you know what I’m talking about. I can’t say that women suffer more than men do, but there are differences when it comes to the stress of keeping things together for the company and taking control when business decisions seem to unravel. As women, we struggle in our leadership roles because we are typically not taken as seriously as men are. The pressure is high most definitely and it is expected that we work just a little bit harder to prove ourselves when it comes to making decisions in the business world

Being the executive director of an Independent Review Board I stay quite busy making sure that things run smoothly with our company and that we are meeting the expectations of our clients. Everyone comes to me for every matter of the company. I can say that as a woman, I feel as though I stress out more than what a man in this position might. Quite often, I’m also looked down upon as though I can’t handle my job very well. I only say this because we women think differently than men do and we take criticism different; we are more emotional beings.

There is this constant pressure of feeling the need to prove myself to people that I barely know.  I have actually been told by an angry client that I shouldn’t be working in an executive position because it would be better for a businessman to handle such a job title.  I have been told that I didn’t deserve my position as an executive director.  It’s simply mind-boggling the things that people say to you when you are already under a lot of stress from dealing with clients, paperwork, making phone calls to people, etc.

Not only do I have this stress to deal with at work, but at the end of the day I have to go home to my family, and by this time I barely have the energy and motivation to take on my wifely duties and spend time with my kids.

Searching for a Personal Coach

I reached a point in my life after about five years of stress and working under so much pressure that I just needed help. I needed the type of help and assistance that couldn’t be offered by my husband, couldn’t be offered by a colleague, and couldn’t be offered by a friend. That help would come from a personal coach. I had never thought I would ever need a professional coach in my life, but I had heard in previous years some of the success stories that some of my fellow colleagues had shared with me about how their personal coaches helped to get their career life back in order as well as helping them with managing daily stress.

I started my search online of local personal coaches and came across various web pages and eventually, I found what I was looking for. My personal coach has helped me through some of the hardest times in my career during these past two years. I can never thank her enough for all that she has done to help me get back on track, and help me to build the confidence that I needed as a woman for my choice of career. She is a very understanding person who I was able to go to at the right time. Being a woman herself, she was able to easily sympathize with me and relate to me with some of my struggles.

She spoke words of encouragement to me and I think it is a wonderful thing that she has chosen to do. As a woman, it helps to have other women out there that will help to build self-esteem and confidence in one another.  I would say that having a female coach, in general, is the best option for women because we can relate to a lot of things, whether it’s business, or our family, or home lives. Although just having a personal coach period could really help a person to keep their heads on straight.

My personal coach was able to help me become more organized and think clearly so that I could focus more on tasks at work without falling apart. She helped me come up with plans of actions for reoccurring issues that I was having in my leadership role at work.

It’s Worth It

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If you feel like your world is crumbling around you and you have a lot of responsibilities; a career that requires high demands, it is definitely in your best interest to have a personal coach. I feel as though everyone at some point in time in their lives needs a personal coach. We all have our breaking points and sometimes it really does take someone with the proper knowledge and skills to help build us back up again.

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Sometimes with the stress of daily life, work, family, errands, etc. it’s simply time for “Me Time.” When you’re a Mom and wife it isn’t always easy to get that “Me Time” when you have to meet those daily demands and responsibilities. What can I say though? That’s just a part of life. Regardless of what you do in life and all of those responsibilities, at some point, you should be able to find time for yourself. Every woman needs an escape once in a while, whether it’s going to the spa to get a massage, a pedicure, or just to climb in bed and read a romance novel without interruptions. We all deserve to do something relaxing and something that we enjoy doing.

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For me, that escape would be yoga. Yoga is a way for me to just wind down and relax at the end of a busy day or at the end of a busy week; whenever I have time to meditate I take part in it. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find time to do yoga when you have four kids; including two toddlers that run around the house. I typically aim to get my yoga in first thing in the morning before having the get the kids off for school and take the little ones to daycare. Regardless, it’s best that I get some type of meditation in rather than none at all.

The Ultimate Getaway

We, women, tend to stress out more than men. We sort of handle stress differently than what they do. This is why yoga is more of something that you see women doing; although there are a handful of men out there that take part in it as well. I have tried to get my husband to partake in yoga, but hunting and going to the shooting range is more up his alley.

Anyways, ladies, if you are looking for something to do in your spare time or when you have a few days off of work, you should definitely consider visiting a yoga retreat. It’s a much more different experience compared to visiting a local yoga class that is still situated in a busy environment that most of us live in. I have been to a few of them over the past few years and I can definitely say that I felt renewed and rejuvenated after returning back home from them.

Escape to a Yoga Retreat

A couple of weeks ago I had paid time off from my job which was pretty nice because I generally try to do something for myself if I haven’t been able to get out of the house and just breathe. So my husband decided to take over the kids for a week so that I could get away and detox from all of the stress from my job and just everyday responsibilities. He and I actually sort of switch up, when he has paid time off I let him go on an adventure with his buddies or alone if he chooses and vice versa. It actually helps us to have some balance in our relationship as well. I’m a big believer in everyone having some alone time once in a while.

With that being said I was able to get away for a few days to a yoga retreat. I have been on a couple of retreats in the past and it was pretty nice; I actually went with my best friend the time before this last time. We had a blast; they had wine! What woman doesn’t want a nice glass of wine after a nice relaxing yoga session?

This particular retreat that I visited was one I found out about through a friend. Although I took my friend’s word for it being a wonderful place to go to experience some tranquility, I definitely wanted to read up on it more.

Amethyst Heaven

The retreat is called Amethyst, and it is definitely what I call a piece of heaven to visit. I was able to take a look at their schedule and find a time that worked for me. The classes were three hours long; I chose to go on a Monday.

What I’d like to say the best part about this retreat was the location of it. It was pure tranquility and peace. It’s located out in the country, far from the busy streets, loud cars honking and crazy pedestrians. When I got there it was such a beautiful scenery of trees and perfect green grass; you could hear the birds chirping. It was just the perfect atmosphere for yoga.

Variety of Classes

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I really liked the variety of unique classes that Amethyst offered. I was able to choose from the different classes and pick one that fits with my current needs and lifestyle. They had classes that allowed you to work on various areas of your body according to your specific needs.

I really wanted to get into better balancing so the class that I chose was an evening arm balance class which helps to build strength for various different yoga practices. I was introduced to new moves that I could do at home in my spare time in my own personal routines. I enjoyed this class so much I decided to sign up for a second class.

The second class that I signed up for was the Functional Anatomy of Shoulders class. This was also a class that I really enjoyed because it helped with mastering various different breathing techniques. This class also incorporated various poses. Their purpose was to strengthen the shoulders. There was a break in between as it was a 3 hour class.

Another perk about being a part of a yoga routine is that when you go regularly, you start to meet other like-minded people and you can even meet life-long friends. I thoroughly enjoyed it; the experience was well worth my time and money.

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Speaking from personal experience, getting the right amount of sleep at night can be a challenging task. There are a lot of people with unknown causes as to why they are unable to get the enough sleep. Sometimes it is a medical issue that requires diagnoses from your doctor, and sometimes it could be something like stress or anxiety that could be causing you to lack the sleep that you desperately seek.

What may work for one person may not work for another person when it comes to the sleep aids that are available on the market. It really all just depends on your personal situation. I know for a fact that I am sleep deprived because of my busy work schedule, and tackling the task of being a mother, which sometimes brings on the stress and anxiety that can make it hard to sleep at night. It probably doesn’t help that I often worry a lot about bills and finances either. I understand that all of these things are just a part of life and part of being a mother with responsibilities, but it definitely starts to take a toll on my sleep after a while.

Could it be Insomnia?

Insomnia

Like many of you have probably done, I was getting desperate for answers and so I paid a visit to my physician to see if he could figure out why I was having such a hard time getting to sleep at night. I thought maybe it could have just been a case of insomnia, but after he asked me a few questions and asked about my daily routines, he confirmed that it was indeed stress that was making it tough on my sleeping patterns.

He wanted to prescribe me with a sleep aid sort of medication, but like many people, I really didn’t want to become dependent on medication for the rest of my life. I was hoping that this issue was just something temporary that I would eventually get through. After I told him that I didn’t want to take any medication for the stress, my doctor recommended that I get a bit of exercise at least three days out of the week.  With my current schedule I knew that I wasn’t going to really have much time to go for a run after work so I decided to take matters into my own hands and search the web for supplements and other natural treatments that could help aid with the issue of these sleepless nights.

Calm Me

It took me a couple of days before I could finally find a supplement that stood out to me that I felt would help me get the sleep that I needed. Now, when I first found this page I was skeptical about whether or not the supplement called Calm Me would work for me or not. Honestly, I’m sure many of you have been there before, being skeptical about a product and whether or not it will work for you when there are so many products that promise you results but don’t deliver. However, after reading a bit about Gabriella Peacock, the woman behind the Calm Me supplements, I was sold. She is a model who is quite experienced in the area of nutrition and stress-related situations.

So after reading a bit about her and her accomplishments as a female nutritionist, I decided to go and read the descriptions and the ingredients for some of her sleep aid supplements. I was pretty impressed with what I read the ingredients were. A lot of the ingredients that are included in the calm supplement are those that are vital to a woman’s health. They include:

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Iodine

The magnesium is a mineral that helps to give you a sense of feeling calm, while vitamin D is good for proper functioning of the nervous system.

The vitamin C helps to have better energy levels throughout your day so that you feeling less tired and more energetic. The iodine helps to keep you focused and helps with the known brain fog that many of us have throughout a long day of work.

It just made sense to me that with these three ingredients I should be able to get the rest that I needed at night as well as the energy that I needed to help get me through each day. Best of all, these ingredients are all natural, unlike the medication that my doctor was trying to prescribe to me.

Price

After I decided that this product was something that I wanted to try, I took a closer look at the prices to figure out what the best deal to go with was. I wanted to start with a pack that was closest to a trial to see if I could feel the difference in how I felt throughout the day and at bedtime, so I chose the 3 for 2 promotion with the one time purchase. The pack was to last 3 days and included 3 sachets of capsules and 3 drink blend sachets.

Taking Calm Me

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For three days I took 1 Calm Me capsule in the morning and in the afternoon while I was at work I mixed the drink sachet in a 20 ounce bottle of water; shook it very well and then drink the contents with my lunch.

I started to notice the difference in how I felt on the first day after finishing the drink while I was at work. Instead of feeling groggy and sleepy like how I’d typically feel, I was more awake and alert. I also felt like I had more energy and was in an overall positive mood.

In the evening when it was time to go to bed, I felt more relaxed and was able to go to fall asleep about an hour faster than what I typically would be able too.

By the third evening of using the capsules and the drink, I could definitely feel a difference in how I felt overall.  Since this seemed to be working for me I decided to order the 28 day supply and sign up for the subscription to get the discount that is offered with it.

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Starting a blog and having it become successful is not as easy to do as some might think. When you get into the business of creating a blog, there are some things that must come first. You need to create your blog based off of something that you have a passion in. Something that you are either good at doing or something that you know a lot about. People want to read blogs that give them a lot of insight on topics that they are interested in. Most people want to be able to take something from your blog and share it with close friends and family.

Keeping Your Reader’s Attention

Keeping Your Reader’s Attention

When you are in the process of building your blog, you need to be mindful of what will catch your audience’s’ attention. Ask yourself this? What is it that you can do to set yourself apart from the hundreds of other blogs that are available online for people to read? You don’t want to share basic thoughts and information with people that they can easily find somewhere else. Although you can set your blog up based on similar topics that are discussed online, you have to find a way to set yourself apart from everyone else. This is what will draw the attention of others to your blog website.

Do you have a sense of humor or a corky personality? Well this is something that you should think about using for your writing style for your blog. Add character to your blog; things about yourself that you know people will like.

Also, whatever information you are giving to your readers, make it informative and interesting so you don’t bore them. Remember that you want to keep them coming back for more.

Choosing the Right Platform

Once you have an idea of what you would like to share with your readers, you need to choose a platform for your blog. The most popular platform that features millions of blog sites all over the world is WordPress. Of course, you can check out some of the other platform websites known for hosting blogs. Keep in mind that there is a difference between the .org and the .com versions of WordPress.

A Name for Your Blog Page

Naming the web page and your blog plays a huge role in the ability that it has to draw in the type of audience that is interested in what you have to offer. For instance, if you are trying to give advice for easy recipe ideas for stay-at-home-moms, you need to name your blog something that has to do with being a mom and cooking. If you have a company for your blog then you will need to make sure you give the blog your company name that is associated with the information that you will be giving to the readers that visit.

If you don’t already have a name for your blog you should think of a unique name that stands out. The more unique the name is for your blog, the more likely your chances are of being listed at the top of the search engine pages.

Trial and Error

Don’t let trial and error keep you from staying motivated to enhance your blog. Keep this in mind, especially if this is your first time ever creating a blog. You will face trial and error in some of the decisions that you make for your blog, but it’s quite alright because you will learn from these mistakes and errors and you will grow from them. There are many people who start off by purchasing pre-existing blogs because they feel like it will give the head start in maintaining the high volume traffic that they already have. However, if you don’t have the experience and strategies known to keep the traffic coming to the blog, then you will see a decrease in visitors to your page. This is just one of many perfect examples of trial and error that you may experience. However, the good news is that most people learn from trial and error and this is how they improve their blogs over time and with experience.

Choosing a Unique Theme

Just like the name chosen for your blog page should be unique, so should the theme of your blog. Without a blog theme, your page would look quite boring and basic. This really is something that will also make or break your blog page. Themes attract visitors to your blog site. With that being said, you can choose from many free themes that are available. Keep in mind that just because some themes are free doesn’t mean they are of low quality.

If you want to step it up a notch you can hire a web page designer to fix your blog up with a unique and one-of-a-kind theme that will really enhance your blog page to stand out from the rest. I once had a web designer friend help me with creating a theme that went very well for my Spring time fashion blog. It was a beautiful, feminine floral theme that went perfectly well with the information that I was giving my viewers. I truly believe that the theme that was created helped draw in more viewers to my blog page.

Search Engine Optimize

SEO

Search Engine Optimization for your blog is another one of the main aspects that will allow your page to be noticed by hundreds and thousands of people. With the use of the correct keywords that are related to your blog, you are making it easier for people who are interested in what you have to offer to find your blog.

It’s a way to set them apart from others who may have no interest in the information or ideas that you share within your blog website. While adding keywords to the content of your page is good, you must also be aware of keyword stuffing and make sure that you don’t overload your blog website with too many keywords. Keyword stuffing could lead to lower rankings or removal from the search engine.

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Sometimes, you get tired of the road to the gym, because you are either too exhausted before you even arrive, or it’s time-consuming. Paying for a gym membership while you’re busy most of the time is not exactly the most pleasant thing to do.

Thankfully, you can stop wasting money on memberships and create your own gym. Having a gym in the comfort of your home is not only money and time-saving, but also more convenient, as there’s nobody to stare at you. Here is how you can build the ultimate home gym.

1.   Flooring

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Flooring is a very important aspect of a gym because it not only protects your property, but it also makes the gym equipment last longer. Moreover, the correct gym flooring won’t let you be too noisy when working out. It will actually reduce the sounds.

Look for commercial grade foam flooring, as it’s pretty affordable and it can last you for a while. Don’t buy a usual carpet and call it quits, because it’s not fit for a gym.

2. Home Gym System

A complete and effective home gym system like The Total Gym or Bowflex can come in handy if you decide to build your own gym in your house. Total Gym uses your own weight as resistance, so you can do a variety of exercises to stay in shape. In addition, its flexibility allows you to work more muscles in your body, not only focus on one part.

3. Barbell & plate set

As the foundation of almost all of your workouts, this is probably the most important thing your gym should contain. You don’t have to do flashy exercises in order to keep your body in shape, but rather classic core ones that are still popular to this day. This equipment lets you do exercises for your back, arms, legs, chest, and shoulders.

4. A Bench

In order to make proper use of your barbell set, a bench is important to have. Make sure you find high-quality ones that don’t rip too easily, as you don’t want to keep spending money on new benches. Opt for one that has a decline and incline functionality, because it can be very useful if you decide to go for a split bodybuilding style training phase.

5. Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to motivate yourself, especially if you look seeing yourself working out. Make sure you place them in many places, so you can watch yourself using multiple equipments.

6. Dumbbells

If you have enough space in your gym, you can add dumbbells on your list too. If you want your family to exercise with you, as the lower weights make a low barrier to entry. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can opt for adjustable dumbbells, which don’t take a lot of space.

If you’ve decided to build a gym in your home, you hopefully know what you need now. It’s not an easy task, but with some preparation, you’ll be able to organize your space and purchase the right equipment.

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Do you feel that your office has a sterile feel to it? If you plan on asking your employees about their workspace, be prepared to hear some strong opinions. That’s because not everyone likes the traditional monochrome décor.

Summer days are the longest. This is why it feels like you are going to be stuck forever in the office during summer. As the CEO, your room is decorated exactly the way you want it. Have you ever thought about what your employees want? For them, it might be a little depressing. It’s time that you shook things up a little!

When the sun is bright outside and the office interior is plain and gloomy, employees get a little antsy. This is not good for productivity. So, how do you give your employees a brighter workspace that will keep them happy? If you want to find out, then keep on reading.

1.     Add Colour

When it comes to changing the décor, the first thing you need to do is change the colour. It really brightens up the area and makes the office look more spacious. However, instead of repainting the office with a single colour, why not go with the employees’ preference. If each employee in the office has a private workspace with a divider, then a great way to liven up the space is to paint each divider according to the employee’s choice. If it’s a co-working space, then go with colour splashes on a single wall. Compliment this wall by hanging abstract art on the other walls.

2.     Use Residential Lighting

Every office has commercial lighting, which sometimes can feel boilerplate boring and cold. So, here’s what we suggest: first, use small chandeliers in the main areas to give the office a warm look and second, place a HappyLight compact lamp on each employee’s desk. This lamp mimics sunlight and enhances mood, focus and energy without the harmful UV rays.

3.     Bring Plants In

Bring Plants In

Office Plan Hire is a service that not just make the place vibrant with planters but provide regular maintenance to make sure these plants thrive in an indoor environment. These plants get rid of toxins from air and provide a stress-free work environment. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate them in the workplace such as potted plants, green wall, desk plants and more.

4.     Someecards

Every office has inspirational quotes and that is a great way to keep employees motivated. However, a little laughter is needed for socialisation. What better way to promote this than printed meme macros from Someecards. Place one on every employee’s desk and give them the gift of laughter.

A little change in the office gives the employees something to talk about. As important it is for the company to reach its goals, it is equally important to keep the employees happy. After all, happy employees result in more productivity. Happy and satisfied employees are the backbone of an organization. They work harder because they feel content in the environment. Moreover, the change in environment and décor creates a good impression on the clients.

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When we are trying to clear up our skin, we often tend to buy a topical skin care product. We will spend thousands on trying to create a glow, reduce redness and get rid of dark circles. But maybe your best skin care products have been in your refrigerator or pantry all along? What we eat and don’t eat greatly affects our skin. Our skin is simply trying to tell us something when we experience issues like early aging, extreme dryness and blemishes. If, for example, you have gut issues it can become apparent on your skin (as the gut acts as a host for a large proportion of our immune systems). Other issues such as dehydration, candida, lack of adequate nutrition and allergies can also have a huge impact on your outer appearance.

If you become mindful of what you put in and on your body, you can create an ecosystem that thrives and which supports a healthy body and skin.

Us women often have so many things going on in life that we tend to neglect our bodies or skincare (especially if you’re a mom). If you are in need of a resource which will help you to cope with being a mom, while not forgetting about yourself, go to mommyauthority.com for more.

Beauty Products

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The truth is that most of us have no clue what goes into our personal beauty products. It’s quite shocking that the U.S government does not require any health studies before they allow certain ingredients or products to be sold to the public. It might, therefore, be a better option to look into DIY beauty recipes, more natural brands and finding out what foods might benefit our skin.

The following foods are worst for our skin and should rather be avoided:

Alcohol

Alcohol is toxic to the cells that are responsible for detoxing the liver. It, therefore, compromises the liver’s ability to detox unwanted ingredients from our blood. It is further also pro-inflammatory and dehydrates the skin.

Dairy And Sugar

These two foods are some of the foods that contribute most to skin issues. When it is removed from the diet completely, most people experience better skin. This is because it can spike hormones such as insulin and androgens which contribute to pimples.

The following foods are really good for your skin, both topically and internally:

Healthy Fats And Antioxidant Rich Foods

This includes sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots, cabbage, berries, dark leafy greens, quinoa, nuts and seeds, lentils, peas, beans, wild caught fatty fish such as mackerel and salmon. These foods will help your immune system to function properly, combat inflammation, balance hormones and lower blood sugar levels.

Raw Honey

Honey contains a lot of antioxidants which reduce inflammation and reduce oxidative stress. It further also naturally falls within the skin’s pH range, making it an ideal topical tool for healing skin. Honey can be mixed with coconut oil and granulated sugar for a natural lip scrub.

Oats

Topical use of oats is known for its soothing properties. It can be blended into a fine powder and then mixed with water for a cooling face mask. It is great for eczema, burns and rashes. It further also helps to eliminate toxic waste, reduce irritation, inflammation and redness.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar acts as an excellent toner as it is a natural astringent. It will help to restore your skin’s natural pH balance and balance your complexion. It can even act as a solution for age spots, acne and problematic skin. It can also reduce fine lines and absorb excess oils. It is recommended to dilute it with water so it won’t be so harsh on the skin.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory food which is used to improve liver health and digestion. This is a great food to use topically and to eat due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also said to help with eczema and rashes.

Be aware that it can stain, so it may take a few washes to remove the color when applied topically.

Essential Oils

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Certain essential oils are great for skin issues as they have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-microbial properties. The type of essential oil you choose should depend on your skin type:

  • Dry skin: Neroli or Sandalwood
  • Normal skin: Lavender
  • Sensitive skin: Sage or Tea Tree oil
  • Oily skin: Bergamot
  • Spots or Aging skin: Rosehip
  • Damaged skin: Frankincense
  • Acne prone skin: Tea tree

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So much of our day to day life now involves being online. From banking to shopping, there are endless tasks which can now be done with a click of a button and can be completed within a matter of minutes. With the digital world constantly growing and developing, it’s becoming increasingly important for brands and SME’s to strengthen their online profile. There are millions of searches made on Google alone and it’s surprising how many pages of results appear. With this in mind, you can understand how hard it is to improve your online visibility and become a stand out name within your industry. There are many aspects involved when it comes to growing your online visibility, some of which can be done in-house; however, many SME’s turn to search marketing agencies like Click Consult, to help strengthen the process.

SEO is one of the main services used within search marketing, which can help boost your websites rankings and contribute towards achieving a profitable ROI…

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If you have a website which has been established for some time now, it’s worth investigating and seeing what your backlink profile looks like and whether there are any broken links. At some point we’ve all come across a broken link, whether you were aware of it or not. A broken link is simply a hyperlink within an article which should direct to either an internal or external webpage; however, if the link is broken then you’ll be taken to an error page. If your website does contain broken links then it can have a negative effect on how Google views the site. Checking for broken links can be tedious but extremely beneficial in the long run.

Creating a high authoritive, relevant backlink profile will benefit your rankings and help towards how search engines view your site. The backlink profile looks at other websites which have linked to one of your pages and how trustworthy they are. It’s not ideal to have external sites linking to your website that aren’t relevant to your services and aren’t seen as authoritative themselves. By building relationship with other relevant websites, you can work towards obtaining backlinks from their site, whilst passing authority and allowing Google to see which other sites are talking about your brand.

Where your website ranks on SERP’s comes down to your keyword research. Researching the key terms you want to rank for means you can attract more relevant traffic to your site and hopefully convert them to sales. Once you’ve identified the keywords you’d like to rank for, they can then include them within your websites content and help towards boosting your keyword rankings. Unless you have previous experience, it’s best to seek professional help when it comes to keyword research, as it needs to be carried out thoroughly by an expert, to achieve the best results possible.

Why is online visibility important?

With rapidly growing industries and the online world become more and more competitive, how your brand is viewed online needs to be at the forefront of your business strategy. If executed correctly, then the services within search marketing can be highly beneficial and help achieve your online objectives.

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The two titles of “ophthalmologist” and “optometrist” can turn out to be pretty confusing terms for many people. However, there are certain crucial differences as well as similarities between the two.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has specialized in eye care. They would have completed at least four years of undergraduate study, and then subsequently completed four additional years of medical school successfully. After that, the good doctor has to spend a bare minimum of four years of residency, which is hospital-based training under senior ophthalmologists.

On the other hand, an optometrist typically possesses a degree of ‘Doctor of Optometry’. After the mandatory completion of four years of undergraduate medical study, the optometrist should compulsorily attend at least four years of optometry school as well.

Optometrists

One should note that an optometrist basically specializes in the prescribing of eye glasses and contact lenses as corrective measures for any number of vision-related ailments. They can also help diagnose issues that might require vision therapy, low vision, as well as the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various eye diseases.

An ophthalmologist, on the other hand, is a duly certified medical doctor who specializes in prescribing eye glasses as well as contact lenses. Apart from that, he will also be able to diagnose and treat various eye diseases via surgical methods as well.

Both an optometrist as well as an ophthalmologist can easily diagnose and treat certain eye conditions and illnesses.  Furthermore, they can also prescribe a wide variety of drugs and medicines to treat certain eye disorders. These may include a rare condition known as “pink eye”, different eye-related allergies, and glaucoma. As a matter of fact, treatments for all of these can easily be prescribed by both optometrists and ophthalmologists.

However, one crucial point of difference between the two is that an ophthalmologist is actually trained to perform corrective eye surgery. Whether it is a full-fledged eye surgery to be performed in a tertiary level hospital or a surgeon’s office, it is important to remember that it is only an ophthalmologist who would be duly qualified to perform such a surgery.

The other major difference is that the vast majority of optometrists tend to believe that the human body’s visual organs are an entirely dynamic system.

What this means in medical parlance is that the brain has a certain amount of elasticity and therefore, it can be retrained as well. This is the part where Personal Eyes Optometrists come into the picture with their recommendations for many non-surgical eye care alternatives.

However, many ophthalmologists tend to see it as purely a static system per se.  This is why they tend to rely on surgery a whole lot more.

Whatever the case may be, it is important to have your eyes checked from a skilled and qualified eye specialist at least once a year.

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