Wednesday 30 August 2023

Are Your Kids Getting The Help They Need To Stay Fit?

How much exercise do you think your kids need each day to stay fit? 10 minutes? Half an hour? The answer is actually 60 minutes.

60 minutes! It’s a lot, right? Especially when you consider that many adults struggle to fit in their recommended 30 minutes a day. The good news is that most kids are pretty active during the day playing games and running around, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure they’re getting the physical activity they need. 

Are your kids getting the help they need to stay fit? Here are some ideas that will help keep them get the exercise they need every day.

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Work with your school to maximise opportunities

School is one of the easiest places for your child to get some exercise, but they may not get their 60 minutes there. If you’re worried your kids’ school doesn’t give them enough exercise, why not work with them to help change that? Some of the ways you can help include:

  • Fundraise to build an outdoor playground gym. This could encourage kids to be more active during their breaks.

  • Volunteer to help run after-school sports clubs.

  • Talk to teachers about how much physical activity kids get at school. 

  • Teach your kids some fun games they can play at school during their breaks.

Make fitness a part of your whole family’s routine

Want your kids to be more active? Then you need to set a good example! Making fitness a part of the whole family’s routine can help encourage you all to be a bit fitter, and it keeps things fun too! When you’re looking for ways to keep fit when you can’t be bothered, do something fun with the kids. A quick workout video on YouTube or a family swim is all it takes to get your daily activity in, and enjoy fun with the family at the same time.

Enrol them in some sports for a variety of benefits

An easy way for your kids to enjoy some more exercise is to enrol them in some sports. It’s a good idea to take advantage of some free taster sessions to help your kids find something they enjoy - something they can keep up! Remember that there are all kinds of sports, so whether they prefer football, dance, gymnastics or something else altogether, any kind of physical activity they enjoy should be encouraged.

Encourage some time outside every day

Spending time outside has loads of benefits for physical and mental health. If you can, encourage some time outside every day. A family walk (a great excuse to get a dog!), bike ride or some time in the park will help you all become a little more active. And while yes, it does rain a lot in the UK, you shouldn’t let it put you off going outside - bring out the waterproofs and embrace the weather.

There are a lot of things you can do to help your kids get their 60 minutes in, and who knows, maybe focusing on their fitness will help you focus on your own a little more too.

*This is a collaborative post*


Monday 28 August 2023

Why is James Perse So Expensive?

We all love the easy-breezy style of James Perse, but why is it so expensive?

Main image courtesy of James Perse.

Have you been searching high and low for a designer that makes quality clothes that you can wear everyday? Are you looking for the perfect tee, dress, or tank that will go with anything in your closet and will make you look great? Then you’ve got to check out the products from James Perse. This designer has been making his mark on the fashion world since the 1990s, and his clothing is beloved of both celebrities and regular folks alike. If you haven’t had the pleasure of owning a James Perse item just yet, this could be the time to add one of his versatile pieces to your wardrobe.

The one thing holding a lot of people back from purchasing their first James Perse item is the price—they can be pretty expensive, especially for something as simple as a tee. So is it worth it to spend the money on James Perse, and do his items ever go on sale?

Glad you asked, because in today’s article we’re going to cover:

  • If James Perse ever goes on sale (and where to snag his items at a discount)

  • Our favorite James Perse tees, dresses, and cardigans you need right now!

Does James Perse go on sale?

Can you find these stylish items at a discount?

James Perse is a fantastic designer who makes all kinds of apparel perfect for the everyday moments of your life. But why is it so expensive? If you’re looking for a comfortable item that you will get years of wear out of, you can count on his tanks, tees, dresses, pants, shorts, skirts, and more. His products are on the more expensive side because he uses quality materials like 100% cotton and linen. The items are all made with care, and designed to last for years to come.

You may find similar clothing for much less, but have you noticed that those items either shrink, get holes, or just fall apart after a year or less? It’s because they weren’t made out of high grade materials. Taking the time to source the right items and having experienced people create his fashion line is why James Perse tends to be on the expensive side. If you’re willing to invest in one of his products, you’ll get years of use out of it. Not to mention be quite stylish (and comfortable!) while you’re at it.

Although there isn’t a sale section on the James Perse website, you can get their items on sale elsewhere. Shopbop has a ton of James Perse items, all at fantastic prices. No matter if you’re looking for tees, dresses, shorts, or skirts, you’ll find all kinds of stylish items sure to elevate your look. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, just keep checking back as the inventory is always updating!

You can also check resale sites such as ThredUP and Poshmark to see if you can snag any James Perse items on sale there. Ebay is another excellent source for gently used luxury items, so make sure you check their inventory out too. 

Is James Perse available at Nordstrom?

Yes! You can find James Perse at both Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom typically sells items at full price unless they’re having a sale, so if you want to get a discount on James Perse, make sure you wait until they’re having one of their sales. Nordstrom Rack usually has designer items that are from previous seasons, which is why you can get items here for less than you can at Nordstrom. Double check and see if there are any additional discounts on your James Perse items if the store is having a sale.

James Perse has a menswear, womenswear, and home line of products. Image courtesy of James Perse.

Are there James Perse discount codes?

If there is a sale on the James Perse site, you may need to enter the discount code that pops up to access the sale prices. You can also Google “James Perse discount code” and see what comes up. Oftentimes there are codes that will work on the James Perse site so you can get your items at a discount. Keep in mind that these codes might not always work, or if they did work in the past, they might no longer be valid or accepted. 

Does James Perse have an outlet?

James Perse has stores throughout the U.S. and in Mexico and Europe. You may also find James Perse items at outlets! Sometimes they’ll be in a store like Nordstrom Rack, or you may find your local outlet mall has a James Perse outlet store.

We understand James Perse is expensive, but with his apparel, you can expect a quality item that you will wear for a long time. Keep in mind there are plenty of options for you to find James Perse not at full price, whether you want to check out what’s listed on Shopbop, peruse resale sites, or even see if you can find some items at an outlet.

Must-have James Perse staples for your closet

Make sure you add these James Perse items to your wardrobe ASAP!

This James Perse cardigan would be perfect for a chilly fall day. Image courtesy of James Perse.

We’ve pulled our top James Perse designs when it comes to cardigans, tees, and dresses, and are all items that will nicely complement the clothing you already have in your closet. 

James Perse cardigans

Recycled Cashmere Rib Cardigan

If you’re looking for a comfy, cozy cardigan that you can snuggle up in at the end of a long day, this sweater is it. Cardigans can go with almost anything, and they’re great to use as a top layer on a cool day instead of a jacket, or to keep you warm when it’s extra cold outside. This cardigan is made from recycled cashmere fibers (for less waste) but it looks as stunning as ever. You’ll enjoy the all over wide-rib stitching, as well as the deep pockets, full length raglan sleeves, and matching belt.

It’s so soft, but because it is cashmere, it is very warm. If you’re craving a stylish piece that gently hugs your body, and comes in a color that goes with everything, this cardigan is for you.

Shrunken Recycled Cashmere Cardigan

This vintage-inspired James Perse cardigan is a must for your fall/winter style. Image courtesy of James Perse.

Another great James Perse Cardigan is the shorter version of the recycled cashmere cardigan. If you’re looking for something you wear throughout your day in the office or running errands (and don’t want a bulky jacket) this warm cardigan should do the trick. Made with recycled cashmere fibers, this sweater comes in two wonderful colors. You’ll love the chunky knit design, the button closure, full needle trim, pockets, as well as ribbing at the cuffs and the hem.

The shorter fit gives off vintage vibes, and you’ll find yourself reaching for this sweater whenever you need an extra layer of style in your day. 

James Perse dresses

Empire Seam Open Front Dress

This James Perse dress is effortlessly cool. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Need an easy way to add a little elegance to your day? Then you should definitely consider picking up the empire seam open front dress from James Perse. Made with the most comfortable lightweight slubbed weave, you’ll never want to take this dress off. The easy pull on design makes this a great go-to item when you need to find something that looks polished in a hurry. You’ll also appreciate the V neckline, long sleeves, empire waist, as well as the on seam hip pockets.

Pair this with sandals for the perfect brunch outfit, or make it casual with your favorite sneakers and a hoodie.

James Perse t shirts

Long Sleeve Slub Crew Tee

A long sleeve James Perse tee is an essential wardrobe item. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Want to add one of the best James Perse tees to your collection? Then head over to Shopbop and pick up the long sleeve slub crew tee. Available in both black and white, this easy to style tee is going to be a favorite in your closet for years to come. Made with their signature slubbed lightweight jersey material, you’ll wonder why you didn’t switch to James Perse tees sooner. 

Wear it tucked in with jeans or a skirt for a more polished look, or untucked with sweats or shorts, this tee is made for everyday wear.

Casual tee

If there is a perfect tee, we’re pretty sure it’s this one. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Another staple in everyone’s wardrobe is a V neck short sleeved tee, and this one from James Perse is perfect for almost any occasion. Made with slubbed jersey material, you’ll love the semi-sheer thickness, the perfect short sleeves, and the soft feel of this tee. You can wear it alone, under a sweater/sweatshirt, or over your favorite cami for all kinds of relaxed but casual looks. 

James Perse may have some expensive apparel, but no matter what you decide to get, it will be well worth the price. Find an item that speaks to your sense of style, and you can expect to have it for years to come!

*This is a collaborative post*


Friday 25 August 2023

How to Choose an Engagement Ring


Photo by Dids

If you're about to propose to your special someone you are probably over the moon about what happens next. However, there is one thing you need to do before you can get to your wedding day.

You will need to select an engagement ring. Selecting a diamond that gets those eyes popping is always a goal. Here are some tips that will help you select the right sparkler for your fiance's finger.

Consider the Shape

A key consideration that you can't afford to miss is the shape of the lab diamond. There are so many different diamond shapes out there you might be confused about which one you should go with. 

Whatever shape you choose it should flatter your fiance's hand and bring joy to their heart and eyes whenever they look at it.

Consider the personality of your fiance when you are selecting the cut of the diamond! Do they love excitement? Are they energetic? Are they stoic and quiet or an overthinker?

If you are not quite sure it's best to always go with a princess or round cut. This way you can be sure that you're going to get something that looks great.

Watch Your Weight

You don't want something that will weigh your fiance's finger down so much that it feels as if they are carrying a load. You probably want something that is not too lightweight.

Most rings may be one or two carats. If you're looking for a ring that's so shiny the light bounces off of it every time and causes heads to turn, you're probably going to need to go with something heavy like a two-carat diamond.

Choose the Right Jeweler

You want a jeweler who knows diamonds like the back of their hand.This way you can be sure that when they authenticate the diamond you will be able to sleep at night knowing that this is the correct assessment.

A great diamond not just has a great price but it should also give you peace of mind as well. You don't want to be worrying about whether you have dropped a lot of cash on something that isn't authentic.

Consider Your Budget

You must consider your budget before you buy a ring. You don't want to break your piggy bank or leave your pockets completely dry and empty. 

An engagement ring is not a purchase you should regret after making it. You want to make sure that you buy a ring you can't afford and still have money left over to pay for your wedding.

You want to bring that up and ask any question about your fiance and let your eyes light up. However, you have to remember that there are other things you need to consider such as the wedding. 

If you want to look smashingly handsome like Prince Charming and for your bride to look drop-dead gorgeous on your wedding day, you're going to need money, so don't spend it all on the ring.

*This is a collaborative post*


Thursday 17 August 2023

How to Handle Dry Eyes


Photo by Wojtek PaczeĹ›

Do you remember when you got your first computer? You were probably very excited and you probably stayed on it for hours fascinated by all the different things you could do with it. 

It's hard to argue the fact that these machines which started as creepy-looking equipment that filled up entire rooms have come so far. Now they are in the palm of your hands in the form of cell phones and tablets. 

You are more likely to see a child with a doll in one hand and a cell phone in another these days. Arguably, technology has become our playground, but it can harm vision and cause dryness in the eyes.

Blink More

One of the most reliable ways to help combat the issue is simply to blink more. When staring at computers, phones, and tablets many people are often so caught up that the building may burn and they don't even realize it.

You may be glued to what is in front of you and while this may be engaging your mind, your vision is at a standstill.

When you are not blinking dryness will happen quickly as it is needed for the production of tears. Make an effort to blink while you are looking at your screens. 

You can even turn it into a game if you want to by just stopping your actions and blinking for a specific amount of time. 

People may give you funny looks when you are doing this, especially if you try it in public but you shouldn't pay that any mind because you are saving your vision. If you suspect there is more going on, schedule an eye appointment to find out.

Look Away

It's easy to resemble a deer caught in a headlight when you are watching your favorite show or trying to complete a work assignment on your computer. You need to plan periods when you get up and walk away from it all.

Go out and smell the roses as they say. At least for some time. It allows you to focus on distances and see the beauty around you. Your perspective can be widened and your sight can take a well-deserved break.

The bottom line is, don't be in too much of a hurry to get back on a screen if it's not necessary. Use this time to exercise, talk to that nosy neighbor of yours, or take the puppy for a walk. However you choose to do it, you must give your vision some rest.

Use Baby Shampoo

Do you remember as a child crying tears and rubbing your eyes over and over whenever your hair was shampooed? You would always feel a sting. This type of sting could cause tears to flow like a river.

By rubbing this same shampoo on your lids, those tears that you ran away from as a child come in handy for your dry eyes as an adult. Use a gentle shampoo, you don't want to overdo it too much.

*This is a collaborative post*

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