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Lockdown Hair Care - 5 Causes of Dry Hair & What to do

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Many of us are desperate to get to the hairdresser after months of lockdowns and restrictions but there are plenty of ways to keep on top of our locks in the meantime. Dry hair can be a nuisance. It looks dull and is more brittle which increases the chances of you breaking it, causing split ends and making it hard to achieve a workable style that you want. In fact, dry hair can even damage your self-confidence.

Fortunately, it’s not something that you have to live with. Once you know the five most common causes of dry hair you’ll be able to take steps to avoid or prevent these things from happening.

Over Use of Heat Styling Tools

Moisture is trapped in your hair by a protective coating of oil. This prevents the moisture from escaping and drying out your hair. However, heat evaporates the oil and the moisture from your hair which can be a risk when using heat styling tools such as your hairdryer and straightening tongs. These can strip the moisture which isn't ideal if you're using them every day, preventing your hair from being able to put the moisture back properly.

By simply cutting back on the use of heat styling tools will help, as will lowering the temperature of the tools.

The Wrong Products

Hair is surprisingly sensitive. That’s why one hair product can be perfect for one person and not for another. Using the wrong product can, at times, damage your hair’s ability to retain moisture and in turn cause you dry hair.

Instead of looking for one specific product, choose a range, such as this selection of purple shampoo products. You’ll then have the perfect product for every occasion, regardless of your hair type.

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Washing Your Hair Too Much

We all want our hair to look clean and silky but washing it every day can be too much for it. When you wash it you’ll be removing the natural oils on your scalp which protect your hair. This will make it appear dry. In addition, washing every day increases the risk of you damaging your hair, it's most fragile when it’s wet.

Try washing it every other day, you’ll be surprised at the difference and can say goodbye to dry hair. If you need to you can use dry shampoo on the days you’re not washing it.

Bleaching Products

You probably already know that bleach is not good for your hair. It strips it of colour and will quickly dry it out. What you may not realize is how many hair products contain bleach, as well as your hair dyes. Take a look at the ingredients and often ones with bleach in, it will reduce the likelihood of you having dry hair.

Environmental Issues

Finally, you should be aware that pollutants in the air, the sun’s rays, and various other environmental factors can affect your hair, causing it to dry out. It can be difficult to avoid all these environmental contaminants.

But, it is possible to reduce exposure by using protective products, wearing hats, and even avoiding certain places. You’ll need to check the environmental contaminants in your area but it’s worth doing.

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The Best Places to Visit in Italy


Nothing can compare to my stay in Italy, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The food, the wine, the art, the architecture, the hillside towns, rich historical sites, incredible food, magnificent countryside, and coastlines made me fall in love with this magnificent country. The list of the best places to visit in Italy is inexhaustible given its vast diversity, which is why it may take more than one Jettly journey to see it all over the years! Here's a list of the places I enjoyed the most during my vacation:

Amalfi Coast

I had the best time touring the Amalfi Coast. It was quite a trek reaching the Amalfi Coast cliffside, but it's definitely worth it. Amalfi Coast has a vast coastline and is home to magnificent seaside towns, each with a unique history. Amalfi and Positano are the most popular towns with spectacular hotels and restaurants. While here, I went on hikes, relaxed, and ate to my heart's delight. The Amalfi Coast, located in the Campania region, feels like a little heaven on earth. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site covering over 34 miles of majestic terrain and multi-coloured towns.

Amalfi Coast


I toured exemplary art museums in Florence, a testament to the fact that it was the Renaissance's birthplace. Florence (Firenze) features sculptures by Giambologna and Michelangelo, canvases by Bronzino and Botticelli, and frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Giotto. There is so much magnificent art and architecture within the city walls. Florence offers more than just monuments and museums.

The town is bursting with contemporary art and an eclectic cultural life that embraces classical music and opera. The city is in close proximity to Tuscan art towns like Sienna, Arezzo, and Lucca. I enjoyed an exquisite restaurant and nightlife; Tuscany is one of Europe's most vibrant and civilized tourist destinations.


Rome is the capital city of Italy and formerly the capital of the Roman Empire. It's a vast and complex city located in the central region of Lazio. Rome is both historic and modern; it houses the Vatican City and the ancient Roman structures. For more than 2500 years, Rome has endured as a centre for power, culture, and religion. The city has the most ancient attractions, like the Forum of Augustus, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. I had so much to see and do in Rome; it took me over a week to see it all. The ideal time to tour Rome is from October to April; I enjoyed a great stay because the tourist crowds had cleared.



It was great touring Venice, one of Italy's top travel destinations. Located in north-eastern Italy, the city is built on a lagoon, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. It's an archipelago of 118 islands that are connected by numerous bridges and beautiful canals. The popular Grand Canal divides the city into two sections. Its historic architecture and picturesque waterways make Venice one of the most romantic tourist destinations in the world.

It's true, Venice is often crowded and a bit expensive. However, I still recommend it as one of the best places to visit in Italy. One of the most exciting tourist activities I engaged in is taking a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. You also get the option of riding a vaporetti along the smaller and quiet back canals.


Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It lies across the southern tip of Italy and often serves as a crossroads due to its location. You will notice that Sicily is very distinct from the rest of Italy in terms of history, cuisine, and culture. I was fascinated by the rich archaeological sites lying scattered across the island. You will enjoy Sicily's rugged beauty, characterized by secluded beaches and rugged cliffs lined by sparkling waters. Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, towered over everything on the island.



Tuscany is the place to be if you seek a quiet and romantic stay away from large tourist crowds. I enjoyed the spectacular landscapes, complete with secluded villas and castles (Castelli). I enjoyed being in Tuscany, away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Rome and Milan. There was no better experience than eating home-made gnocchi and enjoying a glass of wine under the Tuscan sun.

Italy certainly does have so much to offer. Travelling to Italy made me discover, firsthand, that it's indeed a dream destination. I could come up with more than one hundred reasons to visit Italy. This is not a hard list to come up with, given the rich culture, history, cuisine, and tourist attractions I enjoyed.


Tales by Mail - Children's book box review

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*Tales by Mail provided us a PR sample to review - my words are my own & I have not been paid to provide this review

Like most parents, I really encourage my children to see the joy in reading and how stories can come alive in our imagination in a way screens don't. This has never been so important especially when we cannot travel at the moment or see friends and family, to bring stories of wonder and adventures to life is helping get us through lockdown so when Tales by Mail got in touch to review one of their boxes I was really keen to see what their bi-monthly subscription boxes are all about. 

First of all, what is Tales by Mail exactly? Well, it's a letterbox book club that sends two books every other month along with a few extra goodies such as chronicle pages & author cards, game, activities and a few small surprises. The box is aimed at children 8-12yrs old and also includes access to the Tales by Mail podcase with author interviews and book recommendations. 

Marvellous land of the Snergs

When the box arrived we really didn't know what to expect especially as reading can be quite a personal journey and I was curious to see what my eldest thought of the book choices, but I needn't had worried as from the moment we opened the box we knew it was a good one (I'm pretty sure each box is very well curated) and I was instantly impressed with the quality of the contents.

The first book of the two contained in our "whimsical worlds box" was The Marvellous Land of the Snergs which was apparently the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit which happens to be one of our favourite reads. We immediately decided that the Marvellous Land of the Snergs was going to be our family bedtime story so that not only could my eldest enjoy this book but also my youngest (and myself) and as we near the end of this book I highly recommend it to any children who love mythical feelgood adventure stories. 

The next book in the box was The House at the Edge of the Magic by Amy Sparks, which we cannot wait to get stuck into (again as a family), we had actually come across a review of this book in The Week and we are excited to get stuck in and again is perfect for this age group.

The book also included some bookmarks which have been super useful, stickers, a pin badge, signed author bookplates and letters from the authors, activity cards, a beautiful wooded decoration and small and wild tea bags. What my son liked was the review card to create his own review of the Marvellous land of the Snergs once we have finished - giving an extra element of engagement with the stories and activities throughout the reading. 

We were all really impressed with the box, if fits perfectly through the letter box yet contains so much and is perfectly curated for ages 8-12yrs and feel it's well worth the price which depending on what option you pick is as low as £19.50 every other month. Check out their website to see more

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What 2021 means for those looking for love, companionship and friendship


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Well 2020 threw the curveball none of us expected and suddenly we saw our social life dwindle and the idea of making new meaningful connections become even more challenging. We all had to get use to socially distancing ourselves from anyone outside of our family unit for nearly most of the year while getting to grips with Zoom calls and virtual hangouts with friends.

Not ideal when your on the dating scene or have moved to a new city and want to strike up new friendships but not all is lost, there is a glimmer of hope for normality in 2021 even when things feel very up in the air at the moment. The roll-out of the vaccine will have an impact, it may take months to see this impact start to work but it means we can start to look towards the future with a bit more excitement.

2020 did, however, teach us a lot of things, many of us started to prioritise our needs, friendships, our own self-care as well as our time. It's made many aware of what they really want in a partner or friend and have a clearer picture of our needs, likes and dislikes means we can be more direct and hopefully not waste time, which is helpful when you are dipping your toe into the virtual dating pool or trying to find like-minded companions. 

Right now could be the perfect time to put feelers out there with the aim to start a budding romance or friendship because while we still have to socially distance for the immediate future it means we have more time to really get to know someone virtually and if anything the pandemic has made dating slower and potential a more meaningful experience, which is key for those truly looking to make a connection with someone. 

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Slow dating may seem at times frustrating but in the longterm, it can be a real positive as it allows you get to build a fairly solid connection before deciding to meet in person. This approach is also great for the older generation who may not be as free and flexible as those with little responsibilities beyond themselves. Making friends or dating is without a doubt harder when you're older as your usually juggling work, parenthood, looking after your home as well as your own needs so finding a like-minded person who fully understands your life commitments is really helpful. 

Even if your not very online savvy 2020 has taught most how to communicate via video chat and social media and when it comes to meeting new people there is an app for everyone, no matter where you are in your life. Most of us would of hear of apps such as Tinder and Bumble but if you are older there are dating sites for over 50's for those looking for both romance and friendship and like other platforms offer it in safe and secure way. 

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In fact more and more people of all ages are joining apps and websites after 2020 which impacted many who live on their own or come into contact with very few people (which is great in a pandemic but not fantastic for your mental health). So it's not something to be embarrassed about at any age!

So now is the time to be upfront about what you want, be honest about who you are but also be open to talking, listening and making real connections and hopefully meeting up in real life being a reality really soon. Just remember to stay safe (in fact here is a post I've written about staying safe online when making friends or dating), listen to government guidelines and use reputable apps, but most of all have fun because I don't think we have had enough of that over the past year. 

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