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.

 

Valentines gift guide for her

Valentines day is almost upon us, I love Valentines day. It’s an excuse to have a nice meal, give a card and a gift and make some time for each other. Before we had children we always went out for a nice meal, now however we generally cook something nice at home, often a Marks and Spencer’s Valentines meal. We always give a nice card and a gift, it could be just a box of yummy chocolates or it could be a watch. Whatever we do we pray that the children go to bed on time without to many issues and enjoy a candle lit meal, with a few glasses of wine. Have you thought about what gift you will be buying for the lady in your life? I have put a little a guide together to help with some ideas of lovely gifts.

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My top Valentines gifts

Enjoying a glass of prosecco is one of my favourite things to drink, along with gin. I love to make cocktails with prosecco, Chambord is the perfect addition to your glass of prosecco. It’s a black raspberry liqueur that tastes amazing, just add to the bottom of your glass and top up with fizz. Why not treat your lady to a nice bottle of prosecco and a bottle of Chambord this Valentines day.

You cannot go wrong with a nice bottle of perfume, why not try this lovely bottle of Ghost Sweetheat Forever. A lovely floral perfume that is perfect for wearing everyday, it’s not over powering and would be a lovely gift for your lady this valentines day.

If you do nothing else this Valentines then a box of chocolates is a must. Praliné chocolates are my favourites and these Guylian chocolates are lovely, to share or eat to yourself.

Beauty gifts

Why not try out a hamper of fabulous face masks? I love these 7th Heaven ones, they are so reasonable in price that it it won’t break the bank and can be a fun activity for you both. A nice relaxing evening, glass of wine and a face pack, they even do them for men.

We all love a nice bath, these Himalayan bath salts from Westlab are fabulous for that relaxing bath, it is a natural detoxifier, it helps to make your skin smooth a more radiant.  Dr Bronner’s pure-castile soap are a 18 in 1 liquid. Designed for, hair, face, body, hands,dishes, pets…. you name it this fair trade liquid soap is perfect for any cleaning job, plus it smells amazing, in the Rose. Or what about Nelsons Arnicare bath and massage balm, it’s made with natural products that you can use direct on to your skin or add it to your bath. Why not treat your loved one to a nice relaxing massage for Valentines?

How about this luxurious Grace Cole bath and body set? Think luxury hotel products, that smells amazing and feels fabulous on your skin. Plus they look lovely in your bathroom.

Stationery lover

What about a gorgeous note book from The Gifted Notebook if like me your lady loves stationery, then a notebook is always going to win you brownie points. Their notebooks are from designers across Europe and have very luxurious feel to them, embossed with a gold foil design.

Add some spice

Why not add a bit of spice into your love life this Valentine day, with the new So Divine ‘Kiss Kiss’ vibrating rabbit. Something for you both to enjoy.

Whatever you do for Valentines day, have fun, laugh and enjoy spending some quality time together.

 

*Thank you to everyone for sending me items to include within my Valentine gift for her guide. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A weekend Glamping at Caalm Camp in Dorset

We have been on many a camping trip and really enjoyed our time on a campsite but never glamping and never in January. However this is just what we have been doing glamping the last weekend of January in rural Dorset. We had a very rare child free weekend and took my brother in law and his girlfriend away with us to start the beginning of his 30th birthday celebrations.

Caalm Camp Dorest

Caalm Camp is a few miles outside of Shaftesbury and they have 6 traditional Mongolian yurts for your glamping pleasure there is also Caalm cottage if glamping just isn’t your thing.

On arrival at Caalm Camp we were greeted by Mark who owns the farm with his wife Caryl, he explained that he had lived there all of his life. Caalm Camp was named after the family members – Caryl, Anna, Ashley, Lisa and Mark, I just love that the whole family are part of it. The family have had yurts on the farm for 7 years now and unlike most yurt sites they are open all year round. Offering long weekends, Monday to Friday and full weeks. 

Facilities at Caalm Camp

Mark took us down to see the facilities that have for guests to use during their stay. Each yurt has its own fridge and cupboard in the large kitchen with everything you could really need for your stay. Pots and pans, plates, bowls, cutlery, cookers, kettles, sinks, toasters all the basics to make you glamping experience as glamorous as possible.

Each yurt is also given it’s own wet room with toilet so you can lock all of your toiletries into the wet room and only you have access to it. Perfect, no need for carrying wash bags around with you. There is also no need to worry about taking towels with you as these are provided. The showers are on a push button that lasts a couple of minutes at a time, just make sure you let it run for a bit before you get it as at first its cold. But it soon warms up to a nice hot shower.

There is also a communal dining room and lounge area with plenty of tables, sofas and a TV. Some toys and games for the children and some DVD’s to watch. Also highchairs if you have little ones needing them.

Off the back of the communal space is the barn games area, with a pool table and a table tennis table, we did use them during our stay it was quite good fun. More fun than the pool table and table tennis was Ruby the goat and Sammy the sheep, they live in the barn. Although Sammy kept well out of the way Ruby was so friendly and more than happy for you to pat her. The children would have loved her.

Traditional Mongolian Yurts

After Mark had shown us around the communal area, he took us to meet Daisy our yurt for the weekend. Welcomed by a green wooden door hand painted in traditional Mongolian style. On entering the yurt we were surprised by the size but also how warm it was in there. Mark had put the log burner on about 30 minutes before we arrived and it was lovely and warm. The log burner was set in the middle of the yurt and has a metal cage around 3 sides to stop you being able to touch it or falling into it. There is a log store fully stocked up with wood that had been cut to the perfect size for your log burner which is free to help yourself too.

Should you want to use coal on the stove at night to keep it burning, then you can buy buckets of it within the communal area, at £3 a bucket. Each bucket is enough for a night. However we had taken some with us as I had read a review saying you needed to take your own. But at only £3 a bucket it is just as cheap and easy to buy it from there. Also if your fire does go out then you can buy fire lighters from the communal area as well at only 20p each.

In the yurt there was a double bed and two single beds, a couple of chairs, drawers for storage of clothing and under the single beds there was wooden storage boxes that slide under. There was also a mini kitchenette area, with a single induction hob for boiling the kettle for a hot drink. The kitchenette was equipped with the basic items needed for a BBQ.

The roof of the yurt was made up of beautiful hand painted wooden latticework leading to the centre and the source of light. A large domed open space, letting the log burners chimney out. The dome is covered to stop the rain getting in, but allowing the light in and allowing you to see the nights sky.

Outside the yurt there was a wooden picnic bench, bbq, fire pit and then a tap for fresh drinking water. Each of the yurts are set nicely apart so you have plenty of your own space. There is also a communal fire pit and seating area. Which would be perfect if you were going with a group of friends or for new friends you had met while there, great for sitting around and toasting marshmallows. Yummy!

No cars are allowed on to the yurt field, but you have the used a the cutest pink wheelbarrow to take your items down to your yurt from the car park.

After asking us if we had and questions and telling us to contact him should we have any questions or and issues, Mark left us to unpack and settle into our home for the weekend.

Our weekend at Caalm Camp clamping

Day 1 – arrival

We had taken with us our camping chairs as our booking confirmation email advised us to do so. Also I had taken a tea towel, washing up bowl, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen roll, toilet paper, wine glasses and a washing up sponge. I was unsure what items we would need so thought I would just take a few items for just encase we needed them. However the only thing we really needed was a tea towel, washing up sponge and kitchen roll. Everything else was there waiting for us to use.

The first thing we did after unpacking the car was get the kettle on. I love a good cup of tea. I had taken a few bits with us, tea, coffee, sweeteners for me, milk, hot chocolate, marshmallows, ooh I also took our BBQ skewers for toasting the marshmallows …… this was a brilliant idea. I mean who doesn’t want to toast marshmallows over a fire. Just a few basic bits that I knew we would use. Not forgetting the very important cannot live without gin and various different tonics.

On the journey down we decided that we would try and eat out and about to save cooking but cook bacon sandwiches in the mornings.

After settling in and unpacking a few bits, enjoying our cups of tea we decided to head out and find a super market and somewhere nice for dinner. We headed into Shaftesbury to the Asda store to pick up a few bits before having a drive around to find a pub for dinner. We ended up finding a pub called the Ye Olde Two Brewers that was located near the bottom of Gold Hill. It was fish and chip night and that is was all had and it was yummy. The staff were really friendly and welcoming, the food was good and men were happy with the selection of beer on offer. I would recommended a visit to Ye Olde Two Brewers pub if you are in Shaftesbury.

Heading back to our yurt, we re-stoked the log burner, set the fire pit going outside and made up some gin and tonics. We enjoyed a couple of hours around the fire pit, drinking, chatting and toasting marshmallows.

Day 2 – Tanks, Indian and Gin

After a fabulous night sleep we woke up to rain. Lots of rain. Getting up to shower and cook breakfast before heading out for the day. We had planned to go back into Shaftesbury to walk Gold Hill, or better known as Hovis Hill, however with the rain we decided to venture to The Tank Museum at Bovington which was actually well worth the visit. I found the first world war and second world war area really interesting but after that both the ladies were feeling just a bit tanked out, although the men loved it all and while us ladies went and had a hot chocolate they continued to look around the tanks in awe.

After we had finished with the tanks, we made our way back to Shaftesbury and got an Indian take away from a restaurant called Chutney in the town and took it back to our yurt. It was yummy and soon eaten by us all. We spent the evening playing card games and drinking gin and tonics sat around the log burner keeping us all cosy and warm.

Day 3 – Gold Hill, Farm Shop, Sunday Lunch, Cheese and Gin

On the Sunday morning we made our way back into Shaftesbury to walk Gold Hill, I was expecting a long very steep walk. Yes it was very steep but it wasn’t very long, the one nearer our home in Lincoln is a lot longer. We wondered around the town although just about everything was closed because it was a Sunday. However we did find a little café for a Devonshire cream tea. Yummy! The town of Shaftesbury is beautiful and very old, full of little shops that I could spend all day wondering around.

As recommended by Mark we went to the Kings Arms Inn for Sunday lunch, it was great. The pub offered a carvery style meal, with the choice of 5 different meat and then lots of vegetables. It was only £11.95 each and we all ate the lot, I honestly couldn’t fault the meal. It was really busy, we struggled to get parked when we first arrived, which is always a good sign. Before getting there we popped to The Udder Farm shop, it’s well worth a visit if you are down there. A great place for picking up a few nice bits to eat, we grabbed some cheeses, fresh olives and stuffed peppers for our cheese night.

After dinner we decided to head back to the yurt for a lazy afternoon, in fact we all wanted a sleep after a big lunch. However the girls decided it was be nice to take a walk, it was cold, wet and very muddy. We walked a good couple of miles around the fields and back down the road before arriving back on the farm. It was really nice just to have a good walk after the big meal. The boys were reading their books when we arrived back, after a nice cup of tea we headed into the games room to play pool and table tennis. I’m not going to lie it was cold in there, but then it is a barn so to be expected.

The evening consisted of cards, reading, lots of gin and then cheese. We baked some brie and camembert in the kitchen and enjoyed it was some freshly baked rolls and chutney. Not forgetting the olives and stuffed peppers we bought at the farm shop.

Day 4 – Home time

We got up fairly early on the Monday morning to pack up, we needed to be out of our yurt by 10. So after showering I made breakfast, in the communal kitchen while everyone else was getting ready, packing up their bits.

We spoke with MarK about our stay and he checked that everything went well, we had no reason to contact him while we were there, as we had no problems with anything. Although he would have been on hand should we have needed him.

After loading the car and doing a final check, we started our 4 hour journey home to be back in time to collect the children from school.

Glamping is fabulous

We had the most amazing weekend away at Caalm Camp. The facilities were great, we had everything we could possibly need while there. We thought about going back in the summer, however my Hubby thought we would loose some of the fun of the cold weather and enjoying the log burner. So we are planning to return next winter with the children. They will love it. Not only the glamping and everything on the farm but it is also it is so very positioned for some fabulous attractions, Longleat, Monkey World, the Jurassic Coast line and so much more. All places we want to take the children.

Everyone should try glamping even if it’s just once.

Thank you Mark and Caryl so much for having us to stay for the weekend. We had a truly wonderful time and we cannot wait to share the experience with the children.

 

*We are given the weekend in the yurt in exchange for a review. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

My dream bathroom with the Big Bathroom Shop

For a while now we have been talking about our forever home. It’s still not quite a reality, but one day it will be, are saving and dreaming about things we would love to have within the house. Most of my inspiration for the different rooms and be found on my various different Pinterest boards.

Recently we have been thinking about the bathroom. I would love a very tradition bathroom. Freestanding with beautiful feet and a fabulous mixer tap with an attached shower head.  Rectangular sink with lovely taps, then a matching toilet.

There are so many different free standing baths to choose from when you start looking. Roll top, doubled ended bath, slipper bath, one that has a flat side to push up against the wall. Then you look at what it is made from and if you are able to paint it, or if you can have a shower over it.

I think of often finding a matching bathroom suite is the easiest thing to do. It means you are not having to source items from different companies. So as long as you have your measurements correct online is a great place to begin your search.

The BigBathroomShop offer a fabulous range of bath room items, traditional and more modern styles.

I love the more traditional home styles, so for me this Milano traditional double ended slipper bath would be the perfect style bathroom suite for our forever home.

I would consider either wooden panelling or large white brick style tiles on the walls. But the flooring I would love a beautiful tiled floor, that us patterned being the statement of the bathroom. I would then accessories with a lovely traditional radiator towel rail a lovely big mirror and fluffy towels in either a white or a very pale pastel shade.

I just have to find a house with a bathroom the right size for this to happen now.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with The Big Bathroom Shop.  Images are from the Big Bathroom Shop. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*