Health

Finding A Home In The Modern Era

There’s a lot of different housing needs out there, and everyone on the planet needs a safe and secure place to live. However, prices are up and down all over the market and trying to afford a flat near a job in a big city is something not a lot of us will see in our lifetimes!  And yet, moving doesn’t always have to be so difficult to get on with. If you know you’re going to have to find a place of your own in the future, and the idea itself is completely scary, this is the post for you. Keep these considerations in mind, and always remember you’re going to land on your feet.

Deciding on a location

House prices fluctuate wildly the nearer you go to a major city. Whilst you might be able to comfortably afford a place in a southern town for the time being, the location itself isn’t usually sought after. Access to medical centres, soothing your shopping needs, crime rates, and the ability to call people out for something breaking down can very easily make the area stale and frustrating.

It’s then we turn to finding roommates to afford a better place, or taking on more hours at work so you can achieve a higher rental price securely. However, even when you’re not in an inner city circle, finding yourself an urban area isn’t going to come at too steep a cost. Maybe an extra ten or twenty pound a month is going to grace your bills, but that’s fair when you consider the amount of needs satisfied by being near the local corner shop.

Moving with family in mind

Our generation is one that has to cope with a lot. A crashing economy, the introduction of new and exciting technology that makes us nostalgic of simpler times, and having to stay at home a lot longer due to financial, medical, and family concerns.

Even if you do need to move whilst considering how your family will cope, there’s a lot you can look into to help you out. Maybe you have ageing parents and you’re worried about where they could go; thankfully, homes like that of Cayon Care Services can take the pressure off. Using a service like this means you can live your life to the fullest whilst still keeping your parents in mind!

Go with your gut!

You know what you want, and more importantly you know what you need, so make sure you’re always following your instinct when it comes to finding a place to live. Never ignore your own intuition in the face of expert opinions and a good location; if you’re not comfortable now, you never will be.

Finding a good place to live that has all of your considerations in mind is going to be tricky, but it’s not impossible! Never forget the amount of options you have, and never let yourself feel hopeless in the face of this current real estate market. It’s your oyster!

Valentines Day in Numbers

It’s very nearly valentines day, the time of year you show your loved ones just how much you love them. Often buying a nice gift, flowers and a card and sharing some special ‘couple time’.

Did you know that in March the number of home pregnancy tests that are bought is higher than any other month of the year? Believed to be resulting in the passion that come rounds around Valentines day……….

Although it’s important to be aware of your sexual health all year round, The Independent Pharmacy are encouraging people to me more ‘Sex Wise’ at this time of the year. Sales of condoms increase by around 20-30% at this time of year, which is great but it isn’t just safe sex that is important.

Valentines day is a collection of numbers, the amount of red roses produced, boxes of chocolates, engagements but for some people it can be unwanted pregnancies, STI’s, erectile dysfunction. The Independent Pharmacy has put together a Valentines day in numbers guide, it just goes to show how important Valentines day has become to us as a Nation.

Valentines day in numbers

Sex, health, and romance on Valentine's Day.

Whatever you are doing for Valentines this year, have fun but stay safe.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with The Independent Pharmacy.*

3 Parts of Your Body That Need The Most Attention

There are lots of parts of your body that you need to look after. You need to make sure that you exercise so that your muscles stay strong and you don’t put on weight. You need to make sure that you don’t strain your eyes to protect your eyesight. However, these are the three parts of your body that need the most attention.

3 parts of your body that needs attention

Skin

You need to take good care of your skin. Poor quality skin can start to dry out, crack and become painful. Your skin stops all kinds of bacteria and infections from entering the body, and if you do not take care of it, then it will not be able to do its job. However, you also want to take care of your skin to ensure that it looks and feels as lovely as possible. This means that you need to wash your skin often and apply moisturiser to it as well. This will keep it hydrated and in good condition. When it comes to the skin on your face, you are going to need to spend a little more time with it than the rest of your body. You need to wash it twice per day. This will ensure it keeps in good condition. If you are wearing makeup, then you are going to want to make sure that you wash this off. You might also need to use toner, and you should always apply moisturiser to ensure the skin does not dry out.

Teeth

You need to look after your teeth. Not doing so can be painful and expensive. You only get a single set of adult teeth, so if you ruin them, you are not going to get a second set. This means that you need to spend time looking after your teeth. Each day you need to clean them twice. This means brushing your teeth in the morning when you wake up and then again before bed in the evening. After you have brushed your teeth, you need to make sure that you floss and use mouthwash. If you are concerned about how straight your teeth are, then you can contact a company like Invisalign, and they can help you to straighten your teeth. You should also do your best to avoid food and drink that will leave bacteria and plaque on your teeth. Also, you foods that are high in acidic content such as soft drinks can cause major damage to your teeth, so these need to be avoided as well.

Hair

Your hair likely takes a lot of time to manage and get looking amazing. You need to wash, dry and then style it. However, you need to make sure that it is kept healthy at the same time. You need to avoid over washing your hair and make sure that using hair tools such as a hairdryer and straightener is not drying out your hair. If they are, then you need to make sure that you are using conditioner and hair moisturiser. You should also make sure that when brushing you start at the bottom and work your way upwards. This will be the least amount of strain on your roots and means that you are less likely to pull your hair out.

 

The sweetest of dreams with Sleepbear

Our mattress is years old. In fact I have had it for longer than me and the Hubby have been together and thats now 11 years. I remember reading that a mattress should be changed every 5-7 years, so ours is definitely due an upgrade.

We have a double bed, sometimes I wish it was a king size, but in our first home together we didn’t quite have the space. Our bed also cost us a lot of money, as it is solid oak and we bought it to last. Although I do sometimes think a lovely white wooden bed would be nice. My Hubby wouldn’t to too happy if I told him that I wanted a new one.

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Since having my daughter 4 years go I seem to have developed an issue with my lower back. I often thought that it was due to my sleeping in a funny position, but recently I have been wondering if it is connected to our mattress. It has led to me having some very restless nights.

Sleepbear got in touch and offered me a mattress to review…. yay! Fingers crossed for a better nights sleep.

Sleepbear

Sleepbear are a British family owned business based in Oxfordshire. Who after trying to find an affordable mattress that was also comfy, supportive and of a high quality but being disappointed, decided that they would design a mattress that was all of those things but  so much more. Sleepbear was born.

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Sleepbear mattresses are different because they are made with premium natural latex, giving their mattresses more bounce, making them more breathable and non-heat retentive. The memory foam layer is also in the middle so it means that unlike most memory foam mattress’s you do not suffer with the heat. The Sleepbear Mattresses are also made using their very own Cairfull sleep surface fabric, it gives extra ventilation, moisture regulation, resilience, it also compliments the natural latex perfectly well. The Cairfull fabric has a 3 dimensional cross structure that also adds a ventilating layer of air within the fabric itself. With all these carefully thought out elements coming together to make a mattress like no other.

My Sleepbear Mattress Review

When placing the order for our mattress, I was able to choose when it would be delivered. I choose a Friday and although it was just over a week away I knew I would be home and have the time to sort everything else out ready for it’s arrival. I had a email the day before to confirm it would be arriving with us, on the day it arrived with no issues and a friendly delivery man. After we had removed our very old mattress gave the bed frame a good clean, we began to remove the outer package. To be honest I was quite impressed with how little packaging was actually used, just the box and then a large plastic bag for protection followed by the plastic that was used for the vacuum packing.

The mattress when rolled was really easy to move about. We positioned it nicely on the bed, cut away the vacuum packing and watched it inflate. The fabric feels so lovely and soft. It was surprising how quickly it went from flat to a full depth mattress, only a couple of minutes, we did however give it a little while before eagerly trying it out. Just sitting on the edge of the bed you instantly sank down into a soft yet firm cushion, so comfy. We left the mattress to fully expand and inflate for a few hours before making up the bed and it being ready for us to sleep in.

Wow! I don’t really think there is much else to say about our fabulous Sleepbear mattress. We were both slightly worried about our backs hurting for the first couple of nights, but that shouldn’t have been a worry. From the first moment of getting into our newly made up bed we were in love with it. It’s so supportive, yet soft and comfy at the same time. It moulds to you as you move positions and then holds you in place once you are in the perfect sleeping position. My back has improved even in 10 days, I haven’t woken up in the morning once thinking about my back aching which really is a great improvement. My Hubby goes away a fair bit with work and during the last week of him being away, he came home to say ‘I cannot wait to get in to bed, with that new mattress’. So it must be good.

The only thing that took a little bit of getting used to was the that if you get too close to the edge while asleep with the foam moving with you, you would almost just roll off, unlike our old mattress that was so firm around the edges that it had no give and you stayed on. It however, only took a couple of nights to get used to this and honestly most people wouldn’t even notice. But when you regularly have a four year old in bed who takes up most of the space that the Hubby and I often find sleeping on the edge the only space left for us.

We have been speaking about getting the children them for their beds too, as they will last and they will be as comfy as us. Plus it also means if we have to hop into one of their beds for the night we also have a comfy nights sleep.

Just about everyone who has been around to our house since our new mattress arrived, I been saying ‘ooh, come a sit on our new mattress’ my brother in law and best friend are now both considering getting a Sleepbear mattress. I genuinely cannot fault our Sleepbear mattress, I cannot recommend it to enough and with a 100 night sleep trial what are you waiting for? If you do not like the Sleep Bear mattress then you can just send it right back, with a money back guarantee.

Giving back to the Bears

The family team at Sleepbear not only wanted to design and manufacture a brilliant mattress they also wanted to give something back. Sleepbear give a percentage of proceeds made from their mattress sales directly to Polar Bear International. Polar Bear International are an organisation raising awareness about the Polar Bears, their ice and their seas. Doing everything they can to ensure that the Polar Bears will always remain part of our Artic.

 

*Thank you to the lovely Sleepbear family for sending me this mattress that comes with the sweetest dreams. As always thoughts an opinions are my own.*