Why you should be getting more Omega-3 in your diet…

Many of us have heard of omega-3. What’s with all the hype? Well, it happens to be one of the few fats that’s worth getting excited about. Most commonly found in foods such as fish and walnuts, this nutrient has all kinds of impressive health benefits a few if any drawbacks. Here are a few reasons why you should be upping your omega-3 intake.

More Omega-3 In Your Diet

It’s good for your mental health

Omega-3 is one of the best nutrients for the brain. Regularly taking cod liver oil has been linked to reducing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. There have also been studies such as the Zutphen Elderly Study, which found those that didn’t regularly eat fish were more susceptible to cognitive deterioration diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Fish has long been viewed as good brain food and this is likely to be its omega-3 content, which few other foods are as rich in.  

It can help fight ageing

Those wanting to ward off wrinkles could also benefit from omega-3. The fatty acid can help reduce inflammation such as sunburn, which can in turn lead to dryness and wrinkles. It can also provide more moisture to the skin, similarly preventing ageing. Plenty of supplements for younger looking skin contain omega-3. Whilst these can combat UV ray damage, it’s worth noting that such supplements shouldn’t be used as an alternative to sun lotion.

It’s good for your heart

Heart disease is regularly caused by damaged blood vessels, which are often caused by inflammation. Because omega-3 is proven to reduce inflammation, a regular intake can help hugely reduce the risk of heart disease. Fish such as mackerel and salmon are great for those wanting to keep their heart healthy, as these are bursting with omega-3. Avoid deep fried fish however as these contain a lot of unhealthy fats which could have the opposite effect on your heart.

It may reduce the risk of many cancers

Many cancers are also thought to be linked to inflammation, which causes cells to start uncontrollably multiplying. As omega-3 reduces inflammation, it is believed to be an important nutrient for reducing the risk of cancer. Studies have linked high levels of omega 3 to a lower risk of developing breast cancer. That said, not all cancers may be prevented by taking omega-3, with some research even suggesting that eating lots of omega-3 may help develop prostate cancer in men.

It can fight allergies

Many allergic reactions result in inflammation. This may be inflammation of the throat causing wheezing (asthma), inflammation of the skin causing rashes (eczema) or inflammation of the eyes and nose (as with many pet allergies and hay fever). As omega-3 can help fight inflammation, ingesting lots of this nutrient could help to make allergic reaction symptoms less potent. Many studies further support this.

Updates to immediately brighten up the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, as we’ve all been told so many times. It’s not wrong, either. It’s the room that a lot of us spend the most of our time in when we’re trying to get something done. It’s where we cook, eat, and sometimes even like to relax. So, when you’re not feeling in love with your kitchen anymore, it can make a big impact on how much you like your home. But how do you give it the kind of update that will get it feeling fresh and bright once more?

Think usefulness first

When it comes to a kitchen upgrade, the best way to make sure you’re actually spending your money wisely is thinking about the utility of it all. It might not be the most glamorous part of any room, but a new kitchen sink from places like this website can make the time you spend there a lot more productive and a lot easier. Think about your appliances and which are well past their usefulness. Otherwise, think of the surfaces of the kitchen, like the counter itself. If you want to update it, then think about going for surfaces like granite that are much more durable and easier to clean. That means a lot less time spent tidying and a lot more time relaxing.

Let the sun shine

How comfortable you feel in your kitchen is just as much down to the décor and the aesthetic of it as it is how useful the space is. Two big contributors to that feeling of comfort in the kitchen are the lighting and cleanliness. We’re not going to tell you how to clean your kitchen, but we will tell you that a darker kitchen is almost always going to look dirtier thanks to shadows and dingy corners constantly in view. Fitting inlaid lights in the kitchen can guarantee a more even distribution through the whole room, but natural light is best. Instead of thick, heavy curtains, think about using thinner, more open window treatments.

Give yourself room to breathe

The kitchen is a magnet for clutter. Your cupboards are going to fill up before you have time to notice and before long you will be dealing with surfaces that are crammed with unseemly mess. It all has a use so you can’t throw it out but you can just tell it doesn’t below. Look at these great space-saving tips to win your kitchen counters back. Use a magnetic strip instead of a knife block, for instance. Add more vertical storage with hanging baskets and spice racks. Put more hooks on the insight of cupboards to hang cups from so you get your storage space back. A clutter-free kitchen is a much more comfortable kitchen.

Updating the kitchen is well worth it. Not only is a room that needs a little more care and attention compared to the rest of the home, but it also drives up the home value. Definitely something all you long-term planners want to think about.

 

It’s Handmade review – Gifts for your Wedding Party

Are you looking for a cute little personalised gift for your bridal party? Do you have a little flower girl or bridesmaid who you are needing gifts for? It’s Handmade are a lovely family run business, that specialise in personalised gifts.

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It’s Handmade started when they spotted a gap in the market for beautiful personalised jewellery designed for Mummies and babies. So born were their ‘Mummy and Me’ sets. Stylish matching bracelets and engraved charms, that Mummy and baby can love forever.

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It didn’t take It’s Handmade long to realise that it wasn’t just Mummy and Me sets that people wanted but also personalised gifts for other occasions. Christenings, Fathers Day, births, Weddings and birthdays.

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It’s Handmade now stock a range of keyrings and cufflinks for men, perfect gifts for Grooms Men and Page Boys. All personalised how you would like, maybe a ‘thank you’, the date of the wedding or ‘Usher’, ‘Best Man’, whatever you require.

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My It’s Handmade Review

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I was sent out a beautiful Mummy and Me set, to have a look at. I wasn’t disappointed the chunky hearts lovingly engraved with the words I had asked for. The chunky hearts were set onto pale pink elasticated bracelets. Easily adjustable to fit even the smallest of wrists. I wouldn’t hesitate into buy one for a gift.

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My only tiny criticism is, although they arrive beautifully wrapped in tissue paper I would have loved to see a little gift box. You are able to add on the option of the gift box to go with your order, so if like me you love a gift that is beautifully wrapped you can.

These bracelets are lovely. I think they would make a wonderful gift for your wedding party, or any gift really. We are now in a time of personalised gifting, so It’s Handmade is the best place to start looking for the perfect gift. My daughter loves her bracelet, she hasn’t taken it off since she was given it.

 

*Thank you It’s Handmade for sending me out a beautiful Mummy and Me set, in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Charlie & Stu’s Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

I have been planning on doing a real wedding series for a while now, so I thought there was no better way to start than with my best friends wedding.

Charlie and Stu had been together for 5 years, when they got engaged on 1st July 2010. It was something lots of us thought would never happen, including Charlie. They had already been living together for 4 years and had just had their second son. Having almost a 2 year engagement before the big day in May 2012. Charlie decided to book the wedding on Stu’s birthday so he would not be able to forget their anniversaries in the future!

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The Venue

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Having chosen Barnsdale Hall Hotel, a beautiful location right on the edge of Rutland water. They opted for a civil ceremony that took place in the Edith Weston Suite, within the grounds of the Hall. With the beautiful sounds of a violin and a flute, playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, as Charlie walked down the aisle. Accompanied by her Dad, Maid of honour (which just so happened to be me) and Mia, her 6 year old flower girl.

 

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Wedding Dress

Charlie wore a stunning fit and flare lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. The gown was lined with a champagne coloured taffeta and had a beautiful ivory lace overlay, with a long tulle train. Along with ivory shoes and a crystal hair brooch that sat along side her vintage style up do. Make-up was completed by a lovely local make up artist, who also completed make up for Charlie’s Mum and me.

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Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Bridal Party

Charlie’s bridal party was made up of her maid of honour and a flower girl. I wore a stunning cornflower blue full length dress. I carried a posey of peach Vendela roses with ivory flowers that were hand tied with beautiful lace. Mia her 6 year old flower girl wore a Next ‘Occassion’ dress with floating petals layered into the dress. Mia carried a mini posey of blue hydrangeas and peach roses that matched Charlie’s.

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The Grooms Party

Stu opted for 2 best men, Matt and Richard, they had all been best friends since childhood. Stu’s Brothers were both Ushers for the day, along with Stu and Charlie’s Dads completing the grooms party. They wore matching black morning suits with cornflower blue cravats and ivory waist coats, their button-holes were made of ivory roses.

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The Colour Scheme

Charlie and Stu opted for a cornflower blue and ivory theme, with a vintage feel. Setting the tone of the wedding with an ivory and blue invitation. The flowers were blue hydrangeas and ivory and peach Vendela roses. Along with candelabras as the table centres with blue and clear crystals scattered on the tables. Each of the tables were named after different types of roses. The top table being Vendela which was the rose used in the bouquets and button holes. The name place cards were hand written by Charlie, they all had little blue roses on them, tying to the colour scheme. The children were kept entertained with personalised activity packs.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding breakfast was a 3 course sit down meal consisting of smoked salmon and prawns, Charlie’s favourite starter. Followed by a main course of roast beef and all the trimmings and a delicious cheesecake for pudding, Stu’s favourite. Guest sat at round tables of 8 people with a traditional top table, of parents, maid of honour, best men and of course the bride and groom.

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The beautiful wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each tier being a different flavour. One fruit, one chocolate and one lemon. It was covered in ivory icing, topped with roses and trailing cornflower blue petals. The style of the cake complimented the look of the wedding and tasted delicious, it was even served at a BBQ the following day.

As it was Stu’s birthday he was given a transformers birthday cake during the speeches and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Charlie and Stu finished off the lovely speeches giving out gifts. The groomsmen where all given transformers cufflinks. While the mothers were given beautiful floral bouquets. I was given a lovely rose pandora charm for my bracelet while Mia was given a charm for her nominations bracelet.

The Evening Do

Their evening guests where welcomed with a yummy hog roast, that was cooked all day outside, along with drinks and a great disco. To keep the children entertained throughout the day and into the evening there was a bouncy castle, which was a brilliant idea. It kept the children busy and allowed the parents to sit around it on the outside tables and enjoy the day.

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The Honeymoon

Charlie and Stu spent a week in Sorento in Italy. Opting for a stay in a luxury hotel for a child free week, while their children stayed at home with the Grandparents. They are hoping to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.

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