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11/06/2021

5 Tips for Self Care You Should Incorporate

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The subject of health and wellness is at the forefront of almost every conversation today. Now more than ever, businesses, educational institutions, governments, and the general public are placing a greater emphasis on the mental and physical health of others.

If you feel like there is room for improvement there, you’re not alone. The truth is, there are things we all should be doing more or less of to help us feel better about ourselves and live healthier lives. Self-care is an important part of this journey and involves putting your health and wellbeing above all else. It can be easy to make this a second or third priority, especially if you are working hard or taking care of your family.

The first step is to set realistic goals for yourself. How do you want to feel about yourself? How many pounds do you want to lose? Do you want to travel somewhere? Land a new job? Move to a new city? It’s important to set these expectations for yourself and do what you can to meet them — but remember, don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t see the changes you’d like to see right away. As long as you are working towards them, everyone grows at their own pace.

To help get you started, here are 5 healthy lifestyle tips that are perfect for you to incorporate, such as boosting self-confidence, exercising regularly, and diet changes to help you feel better about yourself. Let’s get started!

Boost Your Self-Confidence

If you’re feeling down, there could be many reasons. Maybe your significant other just broke up with you, or perhaps you lost your job. Everyone could use a self-confidence boost every now and then.


There are many ways to help boost your self-confidence. Studies show that dressing up every day helps you feel better about yourself. This could involve dressing up in your favourite lingerie and reminding yourself of the good looks you have to offer, or wearing business attire while out and about.


Ultimately, your self-confidence relies on your thoughts and how you choose to view yourself and the situations around you. But before anything else, you must accept yourself for who you are. Only then will you feel comfortable and confident enough to grow into the person you want to be.
 
Eat well-balanced meals

I don't subscribe to any diets and I believe in all sizes are valid! However, there is a connection between our food and our mood so making small changes, not for weight purpose but for self-care and mental health is a positive step forward. What you put into your body can determine how you feel overall, how your skin looks, how your hair grows, etc. You want to be eating meals that are rich in vitamins and nutrients and cutting out foods that could increase your blood pressure and glucose levels. Lowering your intake of processed foods is also important, as they have little nutrients and oftentimes contain chemicals.

The most common types of foods that experts suggest you remove from your daily diet include:

Sugars such as candies and juices
Processed or prepackaged foods
Sodium
Milk
Anything that is fried

Instead, try eating more whole grains that have better quality carbs than refined grains like potatoes. Whole grains are rich in fibre, which helps keep you feeling full while boosting your metabolic rate. You should also opt for more fruit and vegetables as a healthier snacking alternative, which can help you resist the urge to eat more unhealthy snacks like potato chips.


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Try to Practice Physical Activity Every Day

The more you move, the better you and your body will feel. There are many reasons why people may want to exercise more as there are so many benefits associated with daily physical activity, including:

Boosts mood
Lowers stress
Improves heart health
Strengthens body

As you can see, everyone should be aiming to practice physical activity daily. It’s an important first step in ensuring your overall mental and physical health are in good shape. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that individuals between the age of 18-64 should practice about 150 minutes of physical activity each week. This could be something as simple as taking a walk around the neighbourhood or a local park, and then slowly increasing your activity to include jogs, weight lifting, etc. You want to make sure you are getting your heart rate up a bit, as cardiovascular activity is an important aspect to ensuring your heart is healthy.


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06/06/2021

6 Outdoor date ideas in Cardiff

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I often feel that Cardiff is overlooked when it comes to places to visit or spend the day in the UK, but the Welsh capital has a lot to offer and is the perfect place for a coffee date with a friend, a romantic stroll with a partner or a refreshing solo date with yourself (I'm all about exploring on my own). No matter what kind of social plans you have, at the moment things are still hard and staying outdoors is the safest option especially when it comes to being able to socially distance and there are without doubt bonuses to that as you get to enjoy the fresh air, reconnect with nature and your friends or partner and discover some of the best places in Cardiff.

We are all at different stages in how we are dealing with the pandemic and lifting of restrictions, some of us are still not ready to meet indoors or go to the pub so I hope this offers you a few more ideas for outdoor dates and socialising in the Welsh Capital. Meeting up with friends oro getting back on the Cardiff dating scene can really help our mental health as talking, laughing and making connections is intergral to our overall wellbeing and is something many of us have lacked over the past 18 months but it's still finding a balance that works. 

So I thought I would put together a few suggestions for outdoor dates in Cardiff 

1. Wander around Bute Park

Bute Park is the green lung of Cardiff and with over 130 acres to explore, you can easily spend a few hours here, take a blanket and have a picnic with Cardiff Castle as your backdrop. There is also a lovely Cafe called the secret garden which lies right next to the River Taff and does a mean brownie. 


Bute Park


2. Take a Water Taxi or SUP to Cardiff Bay

One of the nicest ways to see the city is from the water and once you have finished your stroll around Bute Park you can head to the riverside dock within the park and take the Water Taxi to Cardiff Bay. The trip is around 25 minutes and you pass some beautiful scenery and who doesn't like being on the water? PLus Cardiff Bay is packed with cafes and small boutique shops. Another option if your more adventourous is to paddle board along the River Taff to Cardiff Bay or visa versa, you need to go with either a organised group or have a launch pass which is fairly easy to assertain but it's something I have done and 100% recommend. 


Cardiff SUP


3. Hire a Next Bike 

Cardiff is a great city to explore by bike, firstly there are lots of dedicated bike lanes and also there is a National Cycle route along the Taff Trail running all the way from Cardiff Bay to the Brecon Beacons. If you hire a Next Bike from one of their central locations such as in front of the National Museum, you could go for a lovely ride through Bute Park to Llandaff to enjoy a nice slice of cake and to visit the impressive Llandaff Cathedral 

4. Visit Cardiff Castle

The Castle lies right in the centre of Cardiff so it's hard not to spot it when spending the day in the city. If you're local to Cardiff you can get a castle key which allows free entry for 3yrs otherwise you need to pay an admission charge although you do get access to the Norman Keep, Castle Apartments, Wartime Shelters and Firing Line museum as well as there is a Cafe and shop on-site and it's a place I personally recommend as it's so steeped in history and culture it makes for an insightful date. 


Penarth Pier



5. Take in the sea air at the Victorian Penarth Pier

The Victorian Era Pier in Penarth is the perfect spot for watching the sunset and perhaps even grabbing an ice cream or cocktail depending on your mood. The pier offers uninterrupted views of the Bristol Channel and you can see right over to Weston Super-mare. If the tide is out you can also go down to the pebble beach and skim some stone if you fancy.

6. Take a step back in time at St Fagan's Outdoor Museum 

St Fagans National Museum of History is like no other museum I have been too as it's an open-air museum that chronicles the history, life, culture and architecture in Wales and offers something for everyone. My kids love the farmyard with the pigs and free-range chickens, while I love to explore the Castle and Italian gardens. There is plenty of space here to have a picnic and enjoy a few hours surrounded by some beautiful historical buildings. 

I hope this post helps with a little inspiration when your deciding on where to meet up with friends, family or your feeling ready to get back out there are use a Cardiff dating site to meet other like-minded people, next time your in Cardiff


Cardiff Castle





05/06/2021

Why life insurance was the first thing I bought after becoming a parent

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I've always been a free spirit and before becoming a parent I really didn't think much about the future, all I wanted to do was travel as much as possible and experience as much of this beautiful world as I could. I spent 2yrs backpacking and working across Europe, I was carefree and without much of a plan and while I'm still like that now nothing made me realise more how important my life was until I had kids. 

I suddenly felt a weight of responsibility that I had never had before, to make sure they would be looked after should anything happen to me. When I  became a parent I had settled down a little more, had a reliable income although I was actually in the process of going freelance and self-employed but I had very limited savings and while I had a wealth of travel memories and experiences I didn't have much in the form of financial gains for my kids. 

So for the first time in my life, I found myself researching for life insurance for parents as I simply wanted some security that my kids would be left a lump sum of money that would get them through school, maybe purchase their first car or help with University and take the pressure off and give them a good start and while it can be a bit morbid to talk about our own mortality it's also a very important one to have discussions about especially as none of us can predict the future. 


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After becoming a parent I realise how much having children costs and who would pay for these costs if something happened to me? I couldn't expect their grandparents to not only take on the child care but also the costs such as food, clothing, birthdays, sports, activities etc but life insurance can also help to pay off other things such as debts and mortgages. 

I was actually quite shocked in a good way at how reasonable life insurance was, my first life insurance was a 5yr term at around £6 per month, I was around 26 at the time I took it out, fit, healthy and non-smoker meant I got a really good deal. Once my initial term ended I shopped around again for another life insurance, which I've now taken out for 10yrs at £7 a month and despite trying to have as little out-goings as possible it's one of the things that gives me the most reassurance than anything else I have done since becoming a parent. If you feel a bit overwhelmed or don't know where to start - here is a really handy unbiased guide to life insurance for parents

If you read my blog regularly you will know I love to travel and explore locally and further afield with my kids, we love trying new things out and enjoy hiking, bouldering, SUP, surfing etc and making the most out of this one precious life and I do feel more assured know I am covered which means they are covered if anything should happen to me, allowing us all to enjoy the present to the fullest. 

Have you made any changes since becoming a parent or had experience of taking out life insurance? Would love to hear about your experience or tips in the comments below.


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04/06/2021

5 Tips for Organising Kids' Wardrobes

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Organising a child’s wardrobe is something that may seem small and unnecessary but can really help save you time, money, reduce stress and help keep your kid's space tidy. Clothes are often the first thing that ends up on the floor or the bed and making sure they have a spot for everything will keep the clutter to a minimum. Not only that, but it will get them in the habit of putting things where they should be, which they will carry for the rest of their lives. If you think that’s an impossible task, don’t be afraid. Here are a few tips you can follow to organize your kids’ wardrobe.

Take Inventory of What they Have

Having two boys I do this fairly often as I reuse all my eldest son's clothes for my youngest. You should start by looking at what they have and what they don’t need anymore. This could allow you to clear the wardrobe, but also check what they may need at the moment. Give away anything that is still salvageable.

If there are some things that they need, then make sure that you shop wisely. Here, we would suggest that you look at discount codes on kids' clothes and toys if you want to keep costs to a minimum.

One thing you should also do is have a system for hand-me-downs. If you have children of different ages, think about keeping the best pieces when the older ones grow out of them and have a clear spot where these will be stored.

Make Sure that they Can Reach Everything

One of the things you want to make sure of is that they can reach everything. This way, they will not only be able to reach the stuff they need when they need them but put things back where they belong as well.

If you’re going to be using storage boxes, use the upper ones for things that they rarely wear. These could be perfect for seasonal clothes, for instance. The lower boxes can be for socks and underwear. You can choose to have a spot for shoes as well, but that could be a hassle if the shoes get dirty and you have carpeting around the house.


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Add a Laundry Basket

If your children’s room doesn’t have a laundry basket, you need to get one immediately. If you don’t, then you’ll have to expect dirty clothes to either end up in some corner or a drawer. Or they may get mixed up with clean clothes, which will all translate into more work for you.

Don’t expect your children to be responsible enough to use a laundry basket at first. Get them in the habit early and make them pick up their clothes if they don’t use the basket. It will soon become second nature to them.

Divide the Drawers

People often think of dividing the wardrobe, but what about drawers? Drawer systems can be a great way to keep things organized, but you don’t want things to get jumbled up in there. If you have limited storage space and you want to keep drawers well organized, consider adding a few boxes in each. If they’re using a drawer for socks and underwear, it will help keep both separate and easier to find.

Organise Clothes Per Day

If you want to take things to the next level and your children are responsible enough to dress themselves, a nice touch would be to add days of the week organizer in their closet. It will make things easier for both of you and allow you to save a lot of time in the mornings.

As you can see, keeping your kids’ wardrobes organized doesn’t have to be so difficult after all. Make sure that they do their part but give them the tools to keep everything in order as well.


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