At the beginning of every year, we like to set ourselves some goals or challenges. One of the most common of which is to try and lose weight. You want to become a healthier version of yourself, and should be applauded for that. Unfortunately, you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while - or you tried before in the past - and the results just aren’t there. You’re following workout plans and you’ve got a diet nailed down, yet the pounds just are not leaving your body. 
Why is this happening? In 99% of cases, it’s down to one of these reasons: 

You’re not moving enough
Sure, you’re following a diet, but that’s only half of the weight loss equation. In the simplest way possible, you will lose weight by burning more calories than you take in. A diet helps you restrict the calories entering your body. However, this won’t mean you start burning more calories. 
If you’re not active enough, you can still consume more calories than you burn - or the same amount. Sometimes, you’re burning a tiny bit less, but not enough to have an impact. The solution is simple; be more active. Start walking more and spend less time stationary. This will help you burn extra calories to push you over the weight loss line. 

You’re eating too many snacks
Again, you’ve got a fairly decent diet in the sense that your meals are planned out and healthy. You’re also being active, so why are you still failing to lose weight? In many cases, it’s down to what you eat between meals. 
You think your diet is healthy, but you’re snacking on things that are really high in calories. Packs of crisps, a chocolate bar here and there - even some nut bars are high in calories! You don’t think about the snacks as real food because they aren’t part of your meals. But, they add extra calories to your daily intake, meaning you’re not going to lose weight. Cut down on snacks - eat fruit or veg instead. Something like sliced cucumber or carrot sticks will fill you up but won’t contain many calories

You’re too inconsistent
Finally, the biggest reason people don’t lose weight is inconsistency. You exercise and are really good with your diet for a week, maybe even a month or two. Then, you stop. For whatever reason, you start working out infrequently and turn to more and more snacks. A lack of consistency means you are never going to see positive results. 
Try to find the motivation to keep on track. The idea isn’t just to reach a weight-loss goal but to maintain it and continue living a healthy life. Consider looking into personal training for weight loss if you’re really struggling. Working with a trainer could help you develop more motivation to carry on going until you see results. 

If you’re one of those people that avoids working out because you’ve tried it before and never lost weight, this post is for you. Understand the main reasons you aren’t losing weight and you can work on fixing them. After all, it’s a pretty simple equation: consume fewer calories than you burn, and you will lose weight.

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If you're struggling for Christmas gift ideas for your mum then this post is full of great suggestions. There's something for every personality.

A Calendar*

Every busy mum needs a family calendar to keep on top of where everyone needs to be. Calendar Club have a huge range of family planner calendars. They have ones that are themed with Disney, animals, gardens and much more. Family planner calendars are great as they have multiple rows or columns for adding in family members. Being a big Disney fan, one of my favourite ones is this Thomas Kinkade 17 month family calendar. You can view the full range of calendars here, Calendars.




A unique piece of Jewellery*

Every mum deserves to feel special so a unique but beautiful item of jewellery from Lily Blanche would make a perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas Day. They have lovely necklaces, earrings, rings and much more but they also have lockets which make a great, personalised and thoughtful gift. 
I was lucky enough to receive some earrings from the Birthstone Jewellery collection at Lily Blanche and they truly standout. The Aqua Chalcedony Earrings are elegant but vibrant at the same time. 
The jewellery comes beautifully packaged so you don't have to worry about wrapping paper and boxes. to view their full range and find that unique gift visit here, Lily Blanche.


Cozy Pyjamas

There's nothing nicer than having a new pair of cozy pyjamas in the winter. Chelsea Peers are my go to brand for luxurious feeling pyjamas that are reasonably priced. Their Christmas range this year is gorgeous with plenty of matching family sets to choose from. Here are some of my current favourite prints. You can view the full range here at Chelsea Peers.


Images taken from Chelsea Peers

Perfume

Jo Malone perfume always makes an extra special gift at Christmas. It's luxurious, the scents are incredible and last all day. They also offer an engraving service for their packaging which is a lovely idea. My favourite new scent is Orange Bitters which is a limited edition fragrance this festive season. Another great gift would be the Christmas Ornament which comes with a mini sized English Pear and Freesia Cologne and a Myrrh and Tonka body creme. You can view the full collection here, Jo Malone.



Image from Jo Malone

Charm Display Box

Stackers have lots of great but practical gifts. They offer perfect storage and travel solutions for jewellery, makeup, handbags etc. One item that I think would make a fab Christmas gift is the Classic Charm Display Box. If you have a mum that has a charm bracelet then this is the present for her. It comes in a range of colours and sizes so depending on her collection you may need a bigger or smaller one. You can view the full range here, Stackers.

Image from Stackers


Bodycare*

L'Occitane has the most gorgeous range of body care. Their scents are amazing and their Christmas gifts are cutely packaged. I always adore their hand wash and hand creme. They are gentle on your skin whilst having an intense but beautiful smell. You can view their full range here, L'Occitane


Images from L'Occitane





Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers are one of my favourite things for the home. Here in South Wales there's a local business who make beautiful ones and they are Bloomhill. They are based in Rhiwbina, Cardiff but you can also order online. What makes these reed diffusers unique and extra special is their dried flower bouquet. They are gorgeous. You can choose your bouquet and a scent which makes them more individual. My current favourites can be seen in the photographs below but you can view their full range here, Bloomhill.

The Maya. Image from Bloomhill

The Austen. Image taken from Bloomhill

What gifts would you like to receive from what has been suggest above?

*Items marked with an Asterix have been gifted to me for inclusion in this gift guide, however all words and options are my own and truthful*

Advent Calendars have become bigger and better than they've ever been. There is one to suit any age or interest. Here are some of the best advent calendars for 2022.

L'OCCITANE Classic Beauty Advent Calendar*

L'occitane provides lovely beauty, skincare and well-being products. Known for its incredible, intense scents, this advent calendar will suit any L'occitane fan or someone who likes good quality beauty products. It includes 24 days of their bestselling pampering products worth over £100. The mini sized treats are perfect for testing out their range and for someone that likes to travel as they can be popped in a toiletry bag for overnight stays or hand luggage items. You can purchase their full range of advent calendars and more here, L'OCCITANE.




Sephora Advent Calendar

If you're a beauty fan then you will have been ecstatic to finally see Sephora selling in the UK. I think it's something I've been waiting for for years. They have their own advent calendar which includes a 34 different beauty must haves worth over £700. 17 of which are actually full-sized beauty products so it's really worth every penny. You can purchase yours here, Sephora.

Build a Bear Advent Calendar

If you have children in your family who love Build-a-Bear then their Beary Merry Plush advent calendar will be perfect for them. It includes 25 pieces so they have one door to open on Christmas Day for an extra treat. The calendar includes 6 mini plush friends and 19 clothing and accessory pieces. You can get yours here, Build-a-Bear.



5 Surprise Mini Brands Limited Edition Advent Calendar

If you have children like mine who are obsessed with opening these kind of surprise toys then this is the calendar for them. It's packed with 24 minis including a few limited editions which cannot be found anywhere else. It also includes 2 ultra rare minis. You can purchase this calendar at all good toy stores.


Image taken from the website


Hannah Marie Magic 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

For Disney fans what more could be better than 12 days of handmade Disney magic. These calendars are truly unique. Hannah Marie Magic makes the most incredible Disney ears and accessories so I'm sure this advent calendar won't disappoint a true fan. It's also great to support a small business especial during the festive season. You can grab yours here, Hannah Marie Magic.


Sandwick Bay Christmas 
Advent Candle*


This candle is a great alternative to a traditional advent calendar. Available in 2 festive fragrances, this will fill your home with a Christmas aroma throughout December. It can also be reused and enjoyed every year by placing a new candle in the jar. You can get yours here,



Electronic Games Advent Calendar



This advent calendar is truly different. It contains components to build your own games. When you finish opening all the doors you will be able to create 24 games such as codebreaker and whack a mole. Due to the small pieces it's suitable for ages 14 and up. You can purchase it from Menkind

Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Beer Advent Calendar

(Photo from the Menkind website)

For the Star Wars fans this beer advent calendar includes 12 delicious beers. It's officially licensed and only available at, Menkind

*Please note items marked with a * have been gifted to me to include in a blog post*

Like most people, you probably associate exercise with going to the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. But what if we told you that there are other, more creative ways to get your daily dose of exercise? In this blog post, we'll explore five out-of-the-box ways to get your daily exercise. So whether you're looking for something new to add to your workout routine or you're just not a fan of the gym, read on!

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1. Go For A Walk Or Run In A Park Or Nature Reserve.

One of the best things about getting your exercise outdoors is that you can appreciate the beauty of nature while you sweat it out. So instead of hitting the gym, put on your sneakers and head to your local park or nature reserve for a walk or run. Not only will you get some fresh air and vitamin D, but you'll also be able to take in the sights and sounds of nature, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

2. Take A Dance Class.

If you're looking for a fun way to get your heart rate up, why not try taking a dance class? There are all sorts of dance styles to choose from, from salsa and ballroom dancing to hip-hop and breakdancing, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for you. And not only will you burn calories and tone muscle, but you'll also get to meet new people and maybe even learn a thing or two about another culture.

3. Take Up Roller Skating.

Remember the days of roller skating or rollerblading as a kid at the local rink? Well, dust off those skates and hit the pavement for a fun and low-impact way to get your daily exercise; just be sure to wear safety gear! Not only will you burn calories, but you'll also improve your balance and coordination. Bonus points if you can learn some cool tricks! This is a great way to get in a full-body workout without having to enter a gym.

4. Go For A Bike Ride.

Hop on a bike and explore your neighbourhood, or even take a day trip to a nearby town. Not only is biking great exercise, but it's also eco-friendly and can be a great way to bond with friends or family members. And if you want an extra challenge, try finding some hilly terrain to really get your heart pumping. You could even consider riding your bike to work or to the grocery store instead of always jumping straight in the car.

5. Do Yard Work Or Take The Stairs.

Sometimes getting your daily exercise doesn't have to be complicated; you can simply do yard work or take the stairs instead of the elevator when given the opportunity. Of course, if you really want to make things challenging (and fun), try doing yard work while wearing a weighted vest or running up and down the stairs instead of walking. Trust us; your heart (and muscles) will thank you later!

Conclusion.

There are all sorts of ways to get your daily exercise; it doesn't always have to involve going to the gym or working out alone. So if you're looking for something new and exciting (or maybe even something less time-consuming), consider one of these five out-of-the-box ideas for getting your daily dose of fitness. And who knows? You might just have some fun in the process!

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Making the decision to move into a retirement home can be challenging. It can be very stressful, especially if you are unsure of what to expect. This blog post will discuss tips on making a move as easy and stress-free as possible and also provide you with information on the different types of retirement homes available so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you!


1) Do your research:

When considering moving into a retirement home, it is important to do your research. There are many types of retirement homes, each with its unique features and benefits. Therefore, you will want to read up on the different options so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.


In addition, it is also a good idea to talk to other people who have already made a move into a retirement home. They can offer you first-hand advice and insights that you may not be able to find elsewhere.


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2) Make a list of your needs and wants:

Before you start looking at retirement homes, let's sit down and make a list of your needs and wants. This will help you narrow down your options and make it easier to find the perfect retirement home for you.


You should consider the home's location, size, amenities, cost, and whether or not the home is pet-friendly.


3) Get organised:

One of the most stressful parts of moving into a retirement home can be the actual process of packing up and moving all of your belongings. To make this process as easy as possible, it is important to get organised ahead of time.


Start by making a list of everything you need to pack, and then start packing them up little by little. You can also decide to make use of https://www.storagearea.com, to store some of your things until you have finally decided what to keep and what to let go. This will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and make the whole process much smoother.


4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Moving into a retirement home can be a big undertaking, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes. If you find yourself feeling stressed out or unsure of what to do next, don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Many people have already moved into a retirement home, and they can offer you valuable advice and support. In addition, professional moving companies can assist you with the physical aspects of moving, such as packing and loading your belongings.


5) Take your time:

One of the most important things to remember when moving into a retirement home is to take your time. This is a big decision, and it is important to make sure that you are comfortable with your choice.


If you feel rushed or pressured into making a decision, then there are better choices for you. Take your time, do your research, and make sure that you are making the best decision for your unique situation.


In conclusion, deciding to move into a retirement home can be a stressful process. However, following these simple tips can make the transition as easy and stress-free as possible. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure that your move into a retirement home is everything you hoped it would be!


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