Why You Should Stop Smoking before Surgery


If you know you’re due to have surgery – whether for medical or cosmetic reasons – you should make every effort to stop smoking as soon as possible. You should aim to quit completely as soon as possible before the date of the operation.

The reasons why

Non-smokers experience fewer ill-effects during and after the anaesthetic and they often recover much more quickly than smokers. Their wounds are more likely to heal with no infections and with less visible scarring. If you have, for example, tummy tuck surgery in Manchester with Dr Gary Ross, he will recommend that you stop at least six weeks beforehand.

Your body, especially your lungs and heart, start to recover and repair themselves as soon as you quit smoking.

The more time that elapses between you quitting and having your surgery means more repair and recovery.

Smokers spend on average two days more in hospital after surgery than non-smokers.

If you carry on smoking

You’re at increased risks of chest infections, post-operative blood clots in the lungs or legs and your wounds will heal much more slowly. All this puts you at more risk of infections.

You have a 30% chance of post-op breathing and/or heart problems.

You’re 12 times more likely to have wound complications, including infections and ruptures.

Why smoking is bad for you

Chest infections

Your lungs are lined with millions of cilia – tiny hair-like projections that wave about and move mucus up from the lungs and air passages. Smoking temporarily paralyses these cilia so they can’t do their job of removing mucus, dust and other foreign bodies. This makes smokers much more prone to infections, especially after a general anaesthetic.

The effects of nicotine

Nicotine raises the heart rate and blood pressure – during an operation, when you’re under an anaesthetic, it’s crucial that heart rate and blood pressure are maintained within strict parameters.

Increased risk of blood clots

If you smoke your blood will have high levels of compounds that can cause it to clot faster than a non-smoker’s blood. This increases the risk of post-op blood clots in the lungs and lower legs; these clots can be fatal.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO2) is a toxic gas inhaled with cigarette smoke. It reduces the ability of your blood to carry oxygen, which in turn can increase the risk of heart attacks, gastric ulcers and strokes. While you’re under an anaesthetic, your blood may carry less oxygen than a non-smoker, which can starve the heart and brain. Post-operatively, lower levels of oxygen can delay healing and make you more prone to infections.

What you need to do

Ideally, you should give up as soon as you know you’re having surgery. If you feel you can quit quickly and cleanly, then do so; if not, see your GP or practice nurse for help with making a managed withdrawal. You may, if you need, use nicotine replacement therapy, but remember that nicotine on its own will affect your surgery and recovery.

Your safest option both for your operation and for your long-term health is to quit smoking for good – you can do it!

Don’t Move House – Renovate!

More and more people are choosing to renovate their home, rather than move home. When you add in the cost of things like stamp duty and legal fees, you can see why. It might even work out cheaper for you to stay in your current home, even with the cost of renovating some of the space. You can renovate without breaking the budget, but can cost a lot more to move. Just be sure to not cut any corners when renovating, as you could end up with more expensive problems down the line.


There are plenty of renovations that won’t need planning permission. Some renovations will, though. Things that are inside the home, as a rule, won’t need planning permission. So update your kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms as much as you like. You’ll want to look out for renovating your kitchen tips and advice for changing your bathroom. If you are adding space, or extending, then you will quite often need to get planning permission from your local council. Double check for things like loft conversions too, as it depends on what the size of it will be.

Once you have decided what you are going to renovate and have the correct permissions, where do you start? It will depend on what you are able to do yourselves. To save the most money, it is a good idea to do most of the work yourself. If a lot of the work is painting and decorating, it is likely that you can do that yourself. Other things like plumbing and electrics might need you to call in a professional. It can be quicker, and they will know all about the legislation and restrictions too. Just look into the professionals you will be using, and check their reviews and feedback from other customers. Don’t always just go with the cheapest. So factor the cost of that into your plans. If you have friends or family members that could help with the renovations, then rope them in! It will make the work go much quicker and will make it more enjoyable too.

When you have done the main renovations, the next step is decorating. The best part in my opinion. I could spend hours browsing on Pinterest looking for all of the home decor inspiration. You don’t need to spend a lot when decorating either, though. You can get good quality paints quite cheaply. You could even make your curtains or blinds to cut down the cost of it. When you are filling your home with furniture, think about upcycling your existing furniture. You could sand down and paint a chest of drawers or sideboard that you already have. You could update cushion covers or seat covers. It is also a good idea to look around in places like charity furniture shops, for bargains that you could update. This kind of look is perfect if you are going for a shabby-chic style interior.

Have you got any experiences of updating your home that you could share? I’d love to hear what went well or what you would avoid.

Adding More Comfort To Your Living Room In 5 Simple Steps

After the bedroom, the living room should be the comfiest room in the house. It is the room in which we spend most of our lives. We watch TV, read our books, and spend our time relaxing in so many other ways in our living room. Most people see their living room as a calming retreat away from the busy modern world. So it’s fair to say that your living room should be super cozy. Don’t think yours is quite as comfy as it could be? Here is how you can improve that!


Add Bean Bags

You will already have sofas and armchairs in your living room. Still not finding it comfortable? How about adding some bean bags! And I don’t mean the small ones that kids through around in their sports lessons. You can also buy big bean bags that you can sit on. They are super flexible, so you can lounge on them anyway you like! And you can also buy different coloured covers for them, so they can be as vibrant as you like. You can buy new covers for your bean bags online: www.comfysacks.com/Bean-Bag-Covers.html?redirect=1.

Personalise The Decor

If you aren’t happy with your living room’s decor, then you will feel quite uncomfortable to be in it. That is why so many people choose to redecorate as soon as they move into a new home. One of the best ways to up the comfort is to make your interiors very personal. Cover your walls in family photos and any artwork that the kids have done. This will help your room go from sterile and impersonal to feeling super homely and family friendly!

Rugs And Carpets

Floorboards and tiles may look chic, but they can add a coldness to your living room. However, if you lay down carpets and rugs, you can add an element of warmth to your living room. And they will feel better on bare feet! Not only that, but they can be safer for small children who are playing on the floor. Choose warm colours such as earth tones to create a very cozy atmosphere. You can see a lot of colour palettes on interior design websites: www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2016&pid=11


Blinds And Curtains

Having a naturally lit living room can create a bright and vibrant environment. But it is also a good idea to hang blinds or curtains, so you can control how much light enters your room. If it is too light and bright in the evening, you might find it hard to relax. If you hang some warm-coloured curtains, you can always close them if it ever gets too light. If you live on a busy street, think about getting some net curtains. These will prevent any passersby from snooping in your living room! Plus, they will block out some lights, so you don’t have to close your curtains too early in the day.

Follow these steps to a super comfy living room!

The Ultimate Survival Guide For Embracing Change



Change is a natural part of life and inevitably makes it more exciting. It compels us to embrace new experiences and environments. It helps us grow as a person, and become more resilient and adaptable. For all of those positives, you’d think it would be easier to embrace. But the reality is that change often scares us. At any age and any gender, we can be stuck in a rut. When change inevitably comes along, we can be filled with fear that the new situation is going to be worse than our current one. We can fear that we’ll not be able to cope. What we fail to understand is that coping has a lot to do with our attitude. It isn’t necessarily about finding the situation easy or desirable. It’s about adapting as best you’re able, even if things aren’t ideal. These are the changes that really develop us as a person, and before long you’ll be glad they happened. If change is on the horizon and you’re worried about how to embrace it, look no further than the advice below!

Take Action

Change can often make us feel powerless. It can feel like a faceless, unstoppable force that is too big for us to negotiate with and so we’re just swept along as if by a tide. But we can take action. We can feel like we’re happening to change, not just that change is happening to us. If a change is coming, think of the ways you can take action. This can range from taking steps to make things easier or smoother for yourself. It can be researching what the change involves or what the new area you’re moving to will be like, for example. Taking action can also mean being honest with ourselves about why the change is happening or why we should embrace it. We might have something about our appearance we want to change, for example. We can embrace that by researching our options. We can discuss things with professionals like Belcara health. We can even change the situation by learning to embrace what we see as a problem. Taking action, especially when it means doing research and getting informed, takes a lot of fear away from change. Feeling powerless and confused would make anyone hesitate to move forward. With a bit of investigation and a proactive attitude, we can fully embrace change.


Think Positive

Many of our objections to change are imaginary. If the change is yet to happen, then we necessarily haven’t experienced it. We don’t know what the reality is yet, so why are we frightened or convinced it will be negative? If we’re going to rely on assumptions and imagination, why not imagine something positive? Why not assume everything is going to be fun and lead to great things? There are many philosophies that suggest the way we think has a huge impact on what actually happens to us. Thinking negatively and refusing to accept change because we fear it can be painful can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Visualize all the positive ways that change could affect your life. They can be personal, professional, physical, or emotional. It’s sensible to make standard preparations for things that could go wrong. But it is not healthy or productive to dwell on them as if they are definite. Think positively, and your experience is so much more likely to be a good one.


Don’t hesitate to discuss your fears and concerns about change with others. They may have thoughts and experiences that will set your mind at ease. If not, they can at least offer support and guidance. If we regularly talk about change, it will become normal. Once change has become normal, we have truly embraced it! Success!

10 Home Manicure Tips for Perfect Nails and Toes



Looking after your feet is important, and there’s lots you can do to help look keep them in good condition. Here’s a few of my best remedies:

  1. A Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is not just good for your overall health but for your nails too. Nails are made from the protein keratin, and this will develop well with a balanced diet that covers all the protein, vitamins and minerals your body needs.

  1. Keep Your Feet Clean

Wash your feet at least once a day with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap to keep skin and nails clean. Make sure you get in between the toes. Massaging the feet during this process will stimulate circulation, which is beneficial too.

  1. Dry Feet Carefully

Ensure your feet are thoroughly dried with a clean towel to prevent moisture building up and creating fungal breeding areas and causing conditions like athlete’s foot.

  1. Wear Correctly Fitting Shoes

To protect your toes and nails, you should make sure your shoes fit well, are breathable and comfortable. Sports shoes can provide a breeding ground for fungal infection, so buy the most breathable option you can afford. And make sure you get your feet out in the fresh air and light as much as possible, as this will help to let your feet breathe.

  1. Cut Toenails Carefully

You should give yourself a home pedicure approximately once a month, but potentially more frequently if your nails grow quickly. Begin with clean feet and remove any traces of nail polish. Then trim toenails with good-quality clippers, ensuring you cut straight across.

Cutting down at the sides can lead to a painful ingrowing toenail. Make sure you don’t cut them too short – leave enough to let the nail do its job of protecting your toe. Gently shape them with a file if you need.

  1. Soak and Exfoliate

After you’ve cut your nails, give your feet a good soak for at least five minutes to soften the skin. You can use a mild soap or essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus if you want here.

Then use a foot scrub to exfoliate – a homemade combination of baby oil and sugar will do the job by scrubbing away dead skin cells. After this, rinse your feet and pat them dry, again ensuring you get between your toes.

  1. Cuticle Care

Soften cuticles with oil or a cuticle cream and then gently push them back with a cuticle stick.

  1. Moisturise

Moisturise your feet using a thick, rich moisturiser, making sure to cover your toes and nails. The massaging effect is again good for stimulating circulation. If you’re painting your nails, make sure you wipe them clean of moisturiser so that you begin with a good base.

  1. Get Out Your Toe Separators and Polish

It’s a good idea to get some toe separators to make sure you get a clean and professional-looking finish. Then begin with a thin layer of base coat, which will smooth out any ridges and provide a good surface for your colour.

When that’s dry, paint on two thin layers of polish, making sure the first layer has dried before adding the next. Use three strokes – start at the centre of the nail, then each of the sides, aiming for a thin and even finish. Finally, add a thin top coat, which will not just add shine but also protection. I found that DaniPro nail varnish gave my nails a flawless finish and better yet, it’s completely toxin free!

  1. Relax

Allow your nails to dry out thoroughly and enjoy!


Villa or Hotel- Which One Will You Choose For Your Holiday?

Holidays are constantly on our mind as we decide where to visit. Once you have booked your flights, it’s now time to find suitable accommodation. It can be a hard decision when deciding whether to stay in a hotel or to look into hiring a villa. We discuss both here to help you choose which one’s the best for you and your family.



Staying in a hotel will provide you with the ultimate relaxing break for you from your normal life. You won’t have to worry about bedding and towels as they will be changed for you. The hotel will have facilities for you which will keep everyone busy, including a pool. They often have an activity plan with many classes for you and your family. Depending on where you stay, they will also have playgrounds and games for your children.

As Saga Magazine explains, hotels are ideal for giving your holiday structure. The hotel has it all planned out for you, and they have entertainment to keep you busy every evening. And depending on your board, they will provide you with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating at a hotel gives you plenty of choice of food, and means that you will not have to lift a finger.

Staying at a hotel will also make you feel safer, as you will be able to ask questions to a rep. There will also be reception staff on 24/7 that will be able to help you organise trips and taxis. Also, if any of you got poorly, they would be able to arrange a doctor or if more severe, help you find a local hospital. We talk more about arranging family vacations here.


Staying at a villa can mean that you and your family can have a private holiday. It is more intimate as there will be no strangers about, and you won’t be rushing for a sunbed in the morning. Villas typically come with a pool which is perfect for all the family, and there are no rules about when you can use it. A nighttime swim might sound bliss for some holidaymakers.

A villa also gives you flexibility when it comes to food. You can buy food and make what you want when you want. Making your food means you don’t have to worry about what ingredients have been included.

A villa is also fab for the whole family as it will feel more homely. They often have more space, and with villas such as a Mykonos luxury villa, being as lovely as a hotel, you will feel like you are getting more for your money. Unlike hotels, you will be the only ones around your stuff which will make you feel safer, and the villa can also be cleaner than hotel rooms, due to fewer people using it regularly.

So a villa has more space, more flexibility and privacy, while a hotel can make you feel totally relaxed, and has facilities for the whole family. Which one will you choose?

Have fun with bingo for free


Bingo is one of those game that will never die, always managing to get people’s interest and offer them a great time. Lately, it became highly available online and as a mobile application, reaching people no matter what device they use. Still, we are accustomed to paying for the services we receive, even if they are connected to entertainment and are online. But, even so, you can find free bingo games if you know where to look. Some sites may require a fee or deposit, but there is a way to play bingo without any of these conditions, allowing bingo players of all kinds to enjoy their favorite game.

Free games are the best to get, as they offer entertainment anytime without the need to pay for it. Bingo can provide fun in a quick manner, so it is normal for bingo games to be free. After all, we have already too many things to worry about, so one more aspect, of having to pay to enjoy a game of bingo, is something no one needs.

Luckily, you don’t have to put up to this, as bingo does come for free. If you’ve been paying until now to enjoy this game, now you know that you can spend that money in other ways, no needing to spend any more on bingo. Now, each time you have a cup of coffee or tea, you will also be able to play bingo, no strings attached.

If this is good news for you, then you shouldn’t wait any longer and enjoy your free game of bingo. It is closer than you may think, especially since you don’t have to invest anything in it, except a good mood and some free time. After all, this is what games should be about. There is always something bigger to save for, like a new car, or an exotic vacation, so spending money on games will make the achievement of such goals harder. The costs may not be that big, but little by little you money slips away. But, since bingo can come for free, such a worry will not exist. So, as a bingo enthusiast that respects the game, make yourself comfortable and have some fun with the help of bingo.