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June 2020

How are Himalayan salt lamps made?

Himalayan salt lamp

Salt lamps are made from Himalayan salt, which has a lovely light pink colour to it. The salt has been stored underground for millions of years. The salt is extracted deep underground as a chunk of salt. The local people hand-carved the salt into the shape of the lamp, the inside is also hollowed out for the lighting fixture. Once lit the light will travel through the salt to give it a beautiful orange glow, it will add character to any home.

Salt lamps also come in different colours such as white and grey ones. You can also purchase salt lamps that are carved into the shape of a heart, leaf, flower, and much more. As each salt lamp is handcrafted you will have a one of a kind lamp.

Himalayan salt candle holders

If you don’t fancy a salt lamp and you are a candle lover you can also purchase Himalayan salt candle holders which looks just as stunning when lit.

What do people use them for?

Many people that practise yoga or meditation will use these lamps in their meditation room as it brings a relaxing feel to their space. These salt lamps also make a perfect nightlight, as the light is not too bright. People that struggle from anxiety or depression will use these lamp to help them relax.

These lamps can be used in most rooms in the house except for the bathroom, as the salt attracts too much moisture from the air. Salt lamps have gained popularity over recent years due to the health benefits associated with them.

Himalayan salt lamp

Salt lamps health benefits

People believe that salt lamps create negative ions, which can be beneficial for people’s health. It is believed that these negative ions reduce electromagnetic frequencies that emit from electrical goods. The negative ions can also help reduce dust, pollen, and dirt from the air. A salt lamp will help clean the air in your home.

People that struggle with asthma or breathing problems will use these in their homes. Salt therapy has been around for a very long time, using salt therapy is something similar to the use of a salt lamp.

Himalayan salt lamps

Measured by weight

Salt lamps are measured by weight, and the smallest lamp weighs around 1 kg. These lamps are perfect on a coffee table or on the mantlepiece. The largest salt lap goes up to 50 Kg, this would be a free-standing lamp and it is huge.

If you are looking for a salt lamp be sure to visit the lamp life.

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3 ways to improve your quality of sleep

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Whether you are struggling to get to sleep or wake regularly during the night, it is only a matter of time until it starts taking its toll. Not only can lack of sleep make you irritable, but it can also affect your concentration, ability to focus, and negatively impact your outlook on life. The good news is there are lots of things that may help to alleviate the problem. Here are 3 ways to improve your quality of sleep.

Try to stay active

Although exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when you are tired, physical activity can help you get to sleep. Even if you can only muster a brisk walk every morning or a yoga session before dinner, it could help you to fall asleep and, more importantly, stay asleep.

Not only does exercise make you feel tired when bedtime comes around, but it is also known to help alleviate stress and anxiety, which can contribute to unhealthy sleeping patterns.

If you usually drive to the shops or to do the school run, think about walking instead. Small bouts of activity will add up throughout the day, so stay as active as you can, and you could reap the benefits when bedtime comes around.

Has your bed seen better days?

Regardless of how tired you are, if your bed is uncomfortable or doesn’t support you in the right places, it’s unlikely to be helping the situation. If the reason for your lack of sleep is due to pain, it’s even more important that you find one that is right for you.

We spoke to a specialist bed shop in Yorkshire who have a wealth of experience in ergonomic beds. They advised us that a whopping 80% of adults suffer from back pain in particular. The right bed can not only help you sleep but can also reduce back and muscular pain and promote better recovery of the intervertebral discs. A new mattress and bed could completely transform your sleep, so it’s worth looking into.

Make bedtime more of a routine

If your current bedtime routine consists of you jumping into bed to watch a movie or catch up on the latest social media gossip, you might want to rethink it. Screen time can increase your brain stimulation, whereas if your routine is calm and relaxing, you are far more likely to fall asleep.

To help you wind down, have a warm bubble bath before bed, and make your bedroom look peaceful and inviting. Switch on bedside lights rather than the main light and choose warm white instead of stark white bulbs. Reading is known to help you get to sleep, so grab a book and settle down for the night.

If you regularly wake to use the toilet, reduce your water intake from around 6 pm onwards. Caffeine can also mess with your sleep, so try to keep that to a minimum too.

The smallest of changes could help to improve your sleep, so keep trying things out until you find methods that work for you.

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The Year Of The Garden – Definitely This Time!

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We can’t put it off any longer; the garden is so overgrown, we have a blackberry bush growing in the greenhouse and up through the roof!

blackberry bush growing in the greenhouse and up through the roof
Blackberries growing through the greenhouse roof

Ant and I went outside last week and just decided to make a start there and then. We haven’t really got any long term plans, we’re just working on a bit of the garden at a time, starting with 2 new raised beds.

While I worked on my raised bed, Ant started digging the borders on the other side of the garden that had been taken over by grass. We found a path that everyone had forgotten was there!
It only went down one side and we’re making a corner bed so Ant laid more path in front of the shorter side

We’ve all helped in some way, but Ant has done the lion’s share. We decided to make it out of wood rather than bricks as it’s faster, easier and probably cheaper, although we did have to buy a new saw. I’m not sure what kind it is, I leave those details to Ant but if you need any information about saws, check out Best Saw Club.

Ant’s having the long bed for fruit and the shorter one for herbs. He’s going to be putting a wooden board on the top of the walls so people can also use it as a seat.
We went to the garden centre earlier and bought some raspberry plants to go with the currant bushes and fig plants he planted yesterday.

We’re going to be sorting the lawn out when everything else is done.
Next job is to clear the top of the garden, including evicting the blackberry from the greenhouse!

Five Birthday Party Ideas for Your Husband

birthday party ideas for your husband

When your husband’s birthday rolls around, you can end up in a frenzy trying to figure out what to do or get him while juggling daily family life. The thought you put into his birthday will count for much more than gifts, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it memorable. What’s important is making him feel special and seeing him smile from ear to ear. As parents, your priorities are your children, so on your birthdays, you deserve some attention. If you want to get friends and family involved and plan a party for your husband, here are some ideas

1 Host a pool tournament

A fun idea that any husband will love is to get friends around for a pool tournament. You can set it up just like a regular tournament where you eliminate losers each round until there’s one person left standing. Have everyone bring some type of easy finger food like chips and dips, samosas, mini sandwiches etc. Home Leisure Direct has tons of pool tables at Homeleisuredirect.com, whether you want a classic English model or even one that converts to a table.

2. Surprise dinner party

Give your husband a birthday to remember by surprising him with a dinner party with all his friends. Have a potluck so you have less preparation to do and decorate the house when he’s at work or out. Ideally, you can get one of his friends to take him out for the day, such as taking him golfing or even just out for a coffee, while you get everything ready. Have a special chair prepared for him and a birthday hat for him to put on when he arrives. Make sure to turn all the lights off and get everyone to be quiet so you can give him a huge surprise when he comes home.

3 Adventurous weekend activity

If your husband loves the outdoors, consider scheduling an adventurous activity or weekend away with friends who also enjoy the outdoors. Plan a group excursion, such as canoeing, ziplining or white-water rafting. It could be a single day affair to make sure it’s accessible and affordable for all his friends. Alternatively, if everyone’s got time, you could do a weekend camping trip.

4 Whisky tasting party

Host your own mini whisky tasting event from your home or backyard. Invite all your husband’s guy friends and set up a range of whiskeys for them to sample. You can even mix up whisky-based cocktails for them. Do a bit of research and be their guide as you tell them about the different types of whiskeys, where they are from, and what flavour profile they have. Then, leave them to enjoy some guy time.

5 Go out for a karaoke night

Just because you are adults doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of good old fashioned fun! Book a karaoke room for your husband’s birthday and invite some friends to join and sing their heart out. Order a round of his favourite drink to start the night and give everyone a bit of liquid courage.

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Top 4 Reasons Why Dear, Klairs is a Popular Korean Skincare Brand

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Few brands in the skincare industry can enter with a bang and keep that momentum going for years. For many newcomers to the market, that buzzing sense of hype that comes with a new product line can quickly fade, shadowed by the next big thing in the fast-paced world of beauty and cosmetics.

However, a solid brand identity with a commitment to top-quality products has kept some companies relevant from their starting moments to the present day. One such company is a revolutionary developer of Korean beauty products, Dear, Klairs.

Established in 2010, the company is younger than other cosmetic brands it is ranked against. However, the brand’s consistency and attention to its customers’ needs has kept its success going, with no signs of stopping soon.

Below are three reasons why the Korean skincare company remains so popular with consumers:

1. Ethical Practices

The first reason that the brand is so famous worldwide is that users are not afraid of their business practices. While there are now more and more cosmetic companies adjusting their policies to keep up with a more ethically aware customer base, Dear, Klairs has been pioneering humane and natural product lines since its beginning days.

The Korean company makes a point to include Vegan-safe options in its product lines. It guarantees that all their products are cruelty-free, avoiding the practice of animal testing altogether. All ingredients used in their quality formulas are sourced using ecologically responsible methods, so they have a minimal environmental impact.

This compassion for mother earth and its consumers extends to all areas of their company, with even their product packaging almost always being 100% biodegradable, and boasts recyclable and environmentally friendly containers at their many Korea-based and international store outlets.

2. All-Natural Formulations

Although the company has not yet made the full transition into a fully Vegan cosmetic company, its focus on naturally sourced ingredients and plant-based formulas are evident in its products. Every line is released with two criteria in mind: Simplicity, and Natural Appeal.

Most skincare products come with no artificial fragrances or compounds, which means you smell the authenticity of their formulas. A product enriched with butter will undoubtedly carry the rich, creamy tones of natural butter extracts, just as you would expect!

This attention to nature-inspired formulas and products also has the bonus side effect of being by and large safe to use on all skin types, with minimal risk of causing an adverse reaction or damage to the skin due to the lack of unnecessary chemical compounds in their products.

3. Consistent, Complete Skincare Lines

From their Freshly Juiced products to their best-selling Rich Moist Soothing Skin Care line, the Korean company achieves a deep variety in their catalog. It has performed all of this while keeping consistent with their brand identity and vision. The company knows exactly who its customers are, and strives to deliver with every new release.

Each product line comes with an item for every skincare need, from toners to cleansers to a variety of creams that target different skin areas and conditions. Every new development assures that you never miss out and that no part of your skin is forgotten.

4. International Availability

One of the many reasons Korean skincare got attention from people worldwide is its fast availability. Beauty e-commerce is exceptionally robust in South Korea, and it has helped several brands gain exposure in other countries. Dear, Klairs has expanded its retail shops beyond Korea and into most continents around the world. Because of the brand’s aggressive international campaign, women from all over the world have experienced the magic of Korean skincare.

Conclusion

Achieving a cult following in any area is an admirable feat, but even much more so in an industry where consumers depend on top quality products every time. After all, it is their skin that’s on the line! But the company has achieved this in its relatively short time on the market compared to other brands.

It has captivated many skincare lovers because of the simple fact that the brand hardly changed beliefs after all this time. The company believes in pure, naturally-developed products that speak for themselves; all made with compassion. Customers who have come to love and need these types of skincare items keep coming back for more because very few brands do it better.

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Fantastic post-lockdown Walks around the UK

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Now that the rules concerning where we can and can’t go are finally being relaxed, large numbers of us will be looking forward to the chance to venture off the beaten track, and to get some exercise in a place that’s a little further removed from our local neighbourhoods.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of inspiring, invigorating walking routes in the UK – and even during peak season, it’s possible to maintain a prudent social distance from other people. Plus, since we’re outside, the danger of contagion isn’t as high as it otherwise might be (provided, of course, that we’re all sensible). Given the benefits of walking, it’s something that we should all be looking to do more of.

Let’s take a look at some of the most appealing walking routes in the UK.

Birling Gap and Seven Sisters

If you’re in the southeast, it might be tempting to take a stroll along the white cliffs of Dover. The Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters provide fantastic views out into the sea and provide a glimpse of the wildlife and history of East Sussex. The route starts in Crowlink car park and it’ll take you across the tops of the cliffs themselves. The south coast is easily accessible via train; you can take a train from Burgess Hill to Brighton and arrive within a few minutes.

Burns Trail

This corner of Ayrshire owes its name to Robert Burns, the poet for whom it provided so much inspiration. Starting and ending in Alloway, Burn’s home village, this is a trail that’ll allow you to see a great deal of what makes walking in Scotland so compelling. The route passes through Newark Castle, offering an eye-popping view over the Firth of Clyde, provided that you take the trip on a clear day.

Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is a long route running through the middle of the peak district, all the way up to the Scottish highlands. At a whopping 268 miles, this is a trail that you’ll need to conquer in miniature chunks. If you’re thinking about attempting the entire thing, then you may need to wait for the lockdown to properly lift in order to secure accommodation. Depending on your walking abilities, this can take anywhere from a few days to an entire month – and it poses a significant challenge, being composed mainly of hills. Part of the route runs along the famous Liverpool to Leeds canal, which makes for a convenient long walking trail for residents of either city.

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Housewarming Gifts that are a Little Different

Housewarming gifts

Now that lockdown is gradually being lifted and new ways to combat the coronavirus are being discovered, the housing market will begin to lurch once again into action. Viewings will take place, offers will be made, and keys will be exchanged. And that means that someone you know may well find themselves on the move at some point in the very near future.

To mark such occasions, a housewarming party is traditional. But since that’s not really practical when there’s a pandemic ongoing, we need to resort to other measures. That means greater emphasis being placed on housewarming gifts, instead.

If you’re shopping for a new housewarming gift, then you’ll find no shortage of options available. A bundle of flowers or a chocolate hamper! But some of the options are a little quirkier. Let’s take a look at a few of the more appealing ones.

An Indoor Herb Garden

If your friends are moving into an indoor space like a flat, then injecting a little greenery can be enormously beneficial. Look for self-watering jars that will slot onto any available south-facing windowsill.

Cutting Board

Chopping boards will never cease to be useful. Look for something that can safely be thrown into an oven, or that can flex and bend for easy pouring of those finely-diced ingredients. If you want something especially gift-worthy, then choose something substantial, with a custom etching.

Key Holders

There’s nothing quite so annoying as a set of misplaced keys. You can save your friends the trouble of having to locate such items by buying them a wall-mounted key-holder.

Cheese Board

If your friends are dedicated turophiles, then a set of stylish cheese boards and cheese knives are sure to go down swimmingly. This is a popular gift, so make sure that they haven’t already got one before you splash the cash on anything too fancy.

Bartender Kit

Just about everyone who loves alcohol loves a cocktail. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, something savoury, something sharp or something bitter, there’s a mixed drink out there to cater to that demand. But to make it, a high-quality cocktail-making kit is called for. It should include a shaker, a muddler, ice tongs and a muddler.

Tea Towels

You can never really have too many tea towels, which makes this a safe option for housewarming gift buyers. To add a personal touch, you might go for another monogram – that way, you’ll be providing a reminder of your contribution whenever it’s time to do the dishes!

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What Can You Do for your Father this Father’s Day?

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Given the amount that’s going on at the moment, you could be forgiven for overlooking the fact that Father’s Day is imminent. The day is an opportunity to proclaim our affection for the men to whom we owe so much.

In the current climate, it can be difficult to know exactly what sort of gift to shop for. Father’s Day cards are a must, but what about presents? Here, we’ll run through some of the things you should be considering.

What does your dad do?

How has your dad been occupying himself over the lockdown? Has he been keeping physically active? Is there a new hobby to which he’s taken a liking? The answers to these questions should inform your choice of gift. Fitness might be encouraged through high-tech devices like Fitbits and other high-tech gizmos. but a sturdy pack of sports socks will do the job just as capably.

Outdoor pursuits

Now that summer’s arrived, dads across the country will find themselves spending more and more time outdoors, soaking up the good weather and possibly looking after the garden in the process. If this sounds familiar, then buying something that’ll prepare him for the summer might be worthwhile. A fold-out chair, a chimney starter for the barbeque, or a new hedge-trimmer might all make worthwhile gifts.

High Fashion

Over the last few months, we’ve all gotten accustomed to dressing down. After all, when you’re only walking around the house all day, there’s no reason to spend much consideration on your wardrobe. But now that lockdown is being gradually lifted, your dad will have more cause to think about venturing outdoors – and so any gift that’ll encourage him to look his best is sure to be appreciated. Sunglasses, new shirts, and fashionable hats are all sure-fire winners.

Kitchen Gadgets

Kitchen gadgets make for popular gifts, and for good reason. Just about everyone has a favourite kind of food or drink, and the right gadget makes creating those little treats that much easier. Toastie-makers, bread-makers, coffee-makers and deep-fat-fryers are all candidates. You just need to make sure that your gift isn’t going to end up gathering dust after the novelty has worn off. A safe bet is to opt for something that’s going to make life easier. If he’s a fan of steak, then a cast-iron skillet is an obvious choice. It’ll last for a lifetime, and it never really hurts to have a spare knocking around!

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Lockdown blues? Now is the time to revamp your wardrobe

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Our lives have been turned upside down in recent months as the Coronavirus has changed the way so many of us go about our daily lives.

Lockdown appears to be coming to an end, but working from home and cutting down on social interactions look set to remain for some time to come for so many.

If you feel like you’ve lost a semblance of control in your life recently, it might be the perfect time to get a grip on things – starting with your wardrobe.

Clear things out first

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First things first, throw open the doors and throw away anything that has been hiding in those dark corners of your wardrobe for too long.

Chances are you’ve simply been too busy to have a proper crack at this before, but with much more time on-hand for many of us now is the time to get ruthless.

Back-up wedding outfit that has never been worn? Bye-bye. Dog-chewed slippers that somehow worked their way back into storage? Get out. Spare bedding that has been slept on for years? It’s got to go.

Remember, if your unwanted items are of sufficient quality, charity shops need supplies more than ever right now, so consider donating.

Are your clothes fit for purpose?

All that office-wear that you’ve been working in for so long might not be so useful anymore.

Of course, you could wear that full suit for your various video calls. But that’s a commitment not many are willing to make right now.

At the other end of the scale, you might not want your crustiest of crusty pyjamas on show to your colleagues.

Invest in quality

With the lines blurred between our personal and professional lives, picking up some pieces that match this might help you get your head around your circumstances right now.

A few cosy pieces of athletic gear or lounge-style ladies’ nightwear will ensure that you can go about your daily business in luxury, while preserving that professional sheen over vide conference.

How it will benefit you

Now you know where everything is in your wardrobe, you will have control back in your life. And being confident in what you’re wearing will help you focus on what you need to for work.

Now that’s complete, why not have a look at what else you can do to boost your productivity while you’re around the house?

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What to Know About Buying Your Teenager’s Clothes Online

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Do you have a picky teenager who doesn’t seem to like any of the clothing options found in local shops and malls? There’s a slight chance that they have their favourite sets of clothes that badly need to be replaced but they’re against getting rid of them due to not being able to find the right fit or style at a price that won’t break the bank. 

As a parent, you may not be thrilled at the idea of shopping online – there are shipping costs, the fact that items can’t be tried on before purchase, and the fact that photos aren’t always representative of the quality. Unfortunately, you’re at your wit’s end with trying to drag your teen to the store, hunting for sales/deals, and arguing over what is best suited for your young adult. 

We’re going to walk you through what you can expect when purchasing your teenager’s clothes online and why this option is better than dealing with in-store shopping. Keep reading to find out more! 

Finding the Best Fit

If you shop online, you already know that finding an item that fits you can be difficult. Every brand’s sizing is slightly different and can include varying measurements. You probably have a preferred store that you shop at because you know how their clothes fit and the quality in which they’re made. 

With this said, to find clothes that fit your teen’s body, you’ll need some measurements. Yes, you can potentially take the measurements yourself – however, a tailor might actually give you a more accurate idea of sizing. 

Obviously male and female clothes will focus on different measurements, but write down the ones that are often used. These often include chest, sleeves, waist, hips, and inseam. For men’s clothes, you will usually need the circumference of the neck as well. 

When shopping for clothing online, you’ll use these measurements to compare them to sizing charts. Hopefully, these numbers are all similar to the breakdown of various sizes but often they won’t be exact. With that said, you’ll need to base your sizing choice on the largest applicable measurement.

Additionally, if a measurement is not an exact match, you may choose to size up. For instance, if the chest measurement is 42 or 42.5 inches and a large is 42 or 43, you probably should order a size up in order to ensure a comfortable, breathable fit. 

Age-Appropriate Styles

Chances are, you and your teen have different ideas of what is appropriate for them to wear. You also might not like their overall style choices. This is an age-old topic. 

In order to come to some type of agreement, you may need to compromise. Allow your teenager to create an online lookbook or Pinterest board of styles; you may be surprised to find that your tastes aren’t completely dissimilar and that there are a number of great options for them. 

You may also choose to create a lookbook of things that might look great on them – they might even surprise you and want to wear it! 

Look at a wide range of styles including shorts and pants as well as graphic t-shirts with cute and uplifting slogans like a ‘choose joy’ shirt, dressy but youthful shirts, and blouses. For dressier occasions, consider looking at a few dresses and suits.

Although it may be difficult to see your teenager as a young adult, remember that they are growing up! They don’t want to look like their kid sibling, and they want to show that they, too, are mature.

Covering the Costs of a Teen’s Clothes

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You already know that clothes are expensive and creating fashionable looks can take a toll on your bank account. Ideally, you will find stores that offer free shipping on orders over a certain dollar amount. 

Additionally, you may consider choosing stores that are known for their rewards/loyalty programs in order to receive points or coupons for later use or even looking into online secondhand stores.

Depending on your budget, the total cost of the order, and the store from which you choose to buy, there may also be payment plan options. Catalogues may offer you to buy now, pay later clothes that you’ve needed for a while. It can be helpful in allowing your teen to contribute more money toward their clothing choices without completely emptying their bank account on a single purchase. 

Even if you don’t require your teenager to share the cost of their clothes, you may still benefit from not having to spend a large amount of money all at once. Instead, you’d be spreading the payment over several instalments which will allow for less stress on your monthly or weekly budget. 

Creating a Fun Learning Experience

The experience of taking your teen to the mall to shop for clothes might be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy spending quality time with your teenager while supplying them with a great wardrobe. 

Shopping online can allow your teen to see the price breakdown of items, giving them a realistic view of what life necessities cost. It can also be a helpful tool in teaching budgeting and even how to choose quality clothing without paying too much. 

While it can be frustrating to try to find your teenager’s clothes online, these tips will help guide you in locating age-appropriate, budget-friendy, and well-fitting clothes!

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