What we ignore about self-care

Images of toes in turquoise water and rolling countryside on your Instagram timelines are often accompanied with hashtags to do with self-care. That kind of branding of what self-care is has become somewhat distorted. It leaves those without resources for a new book, an expensive lunch or an out-of-town trip feeling as though they cannot engage in self-care. This article aims to redefine it.

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Becoming better friends with your siblings

Human relationships can be hard, and more so with those closest to you. Siblings are people that we have in our lives out of no choice of our own. Therefore, we have to learn to love and get along with them. That might not always be easy especially when you have different personalities. If you’re finding that you’re having a hard time getting along with your sibling(s), then consider applying the following tips.

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Who Do I Need To Hire For My Wedding?

When planning out your wedding, it’s useful to have a list of all the people you need to hire. Here are some of the main professionals you’ll need to hire for the day along with some tips on how to find the best talent.

Hair and makeup

At the beginning of your wedding day, you’ll need someone to take care of your hair and makeup. There are stylists out there that specialise in wedding hairstyles and makeup – these are usually the best choice. It’s worth booking a stylist a few months ahead and arranging a meetup the week before to do a trial so that you’re happy with your look.

Transportation

You may be able to get a friend or family member to drive you to the ceremony to save money, however those wanting to take the traditional approach may prefer a chauffeur. You could choose to hire an independent driver or you could go through a transport company which may a fleet of vehicles to choose from. This is something to similarly book a couple months ahead in order to reserve the ideal vehicle.

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Photography/videography

It’s worth hiring a professional to photograph/video your wedding – you want someone experienced who understands the pace of a wedding. When choosing a photographer/videographer, be sure to check out their portfolio to get a good idea of the quality of their work. This is something you want to arrange at least nine months in advance – the top photographers and videographers get booked up early.

The flowers/decorations

You’ll probably want to get some flowers and decorations sorted for the venue. Some venues may have staff that are able to do this – if not you’ll have to hire your own vendors. You should hire a florist a few months in advance in order to plan out the flowers you want. Decorations are something that you may be able to get a friend or family member to do for you, although you may prefer to hire wedding decorators if you have something elaborate planned out.

Catering

Some venues will similarly be able to handle food and drink for you, however you may prefer to handpick your own catering company if you’ve got a specific style in mind. Decide whether you want a sit-down meal with waited staff or a buffet service such as this one. As for drinks, decide what kind of bar service you want and whether you’ll supply your own drinks.

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Entertainment

When it comes to wedding entertainment, most couples opt for a DJ. However, it’s also possible to hire a live band as listed here. Other entertainment could include fireworks, dancers and even a magician to go around tables. As with photographers, entertainment is something you’ll want to book up as early as possible in order to secure the right act.

The cake

The wedding cake is an important detail that many people leave until the last minute. However, the best wedding cake makers get booked up early, so this is something you may also want to arrange a couple months in advance. Take a look at each wedding cake maker’s portfolio so that you can decide whether their style of cake making suits you.  

Wedding planning

If all this sounds daunting, you could always hire a wedding planner to handle all of these aspects for you. This can take away all the stress and they’ll likely have some great connections and possibly even access to exclusive discounts, allowing them to get more for your budget. It’s best to hire a wedding planner a year in advance so that they have enough time to thoroughly prepare your wedding.

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Benefits of adding coffee to your skin care routine

Coffee is synonymous with keeping our eyes open when we would much rather take a snooze. Apart from its ability to stimulate us, coffee is also known for its antioxidant properties. Science also states that it can prevent the onset of diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. For the average person, it is also said to enhance performance and make you smarter. One does, however, require a measure of caution when taking coffee to avoid tossing and turning at night.

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Getting More Out Of Your Workouts

Do you leave the gym feeling like you’ve left absolutely nothing on the table every time? Most of us can’t respond to this question with a resounding yes. We all have days when we feel like we haven’t really put in enough effort or quite achieved what we set out to accomplish. There may be days when you’re under the weather or tiredness puts pay to a PB, but if you experience this feeling on a regular basis, there may be changes you can make to get more out of your workouts. If you’re looking to maximise the time you have available, here are some strategies to try.

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Everything You Need to Pack for a European City Break

Europe is a beautiful place and given that it has some of the most historic and picturesque cities in the whole world, it’s the perfect continent to take a city break in. However, as it is with any holiday, what you need to pack depends mostly on the time of the year you are planning to take the break. Nonetheless, we have listed some of the essentials, so that you never feel ill-prepared for your upcoming European city break.

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Tips to Help Promote a Healthy Pregnancy

There probably isn’t an expectant mother on earth who doesn’t begin worrying about the health of her baby from the moment she’s informed she’s with child. However, for a first pregnancy, everything is new. You don’t know what to expect as the months go by and every little change in your body gives rise to a new concern. Of course, you will get the best information from your OB/GYN team, but much of what worries you are just those normal changes you go through at various stages of pregnancy. If you are looking for ways to promote a healthy pregnancy, here are some things you can do for yourself and that little life growing inside you.

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The Types Of Dietary Supplements Available In The Market

How do energy supplements work?

The top secret about energy boosts is that a majority of them contain caffeine. The same ingredient found in most coffees and some teas. Caffeine works by boosting metabolism, which results in a sense of heightened physical and mental energy. Some herbs, such as Guarana contain small amounts of caffeine. When it comes to caffeine, the key is to not overdo it. However, some vitamin suppliers, list their ingredients upfront. Other herbs, such as Asian Ginseng, don’t necessarily contain caffeine but they tend to contain a lot of filler ingredients.

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