Those Lines Are Getting Clearer

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We’re all different, and that means that we all start to show signs of age at different times in life. Did you know that some men start to go bald before they reach twenty? While women can develop their first wrinkle at the grand old age of nineteen. It’s completely true, and it all depends on how well you look after yourself. Then, of course, there are genetics, and there’s very little you can do about issues you inherit.

However, what you can do is understand the key features that people look at when assessing your age. If you keep these areas of your body looking young, people will always shave at least a few years off when guessing your age. So, what features are we talking about?

Protect The Skin You’re In

You do need to make sure that you keep your skin protected if you want your skin to look young. There are two important aspects to think about, elasticity and colour. When you’re skin loses it’s elasticity you will start to develop wrinkles as well as loose skin, and you don’t want that. There are ways to reduce the chances of this. For instance, you can complete skin tightening exercises for certain areas. You certainly don’t want to develop a turkey neck.

To avoid this, tilt your head up to the sky so that it’s straight with your neck. Open and close your mouth slowly, and you’ll feel the skin stretching into place. Do this ten times each day, and you’ll be able to avoid your neck aging too fast.

You might also want to think about using a natural face mask on your skin. With natural vitamins and nutrients, you can give your skin everything it needs to stay youthful.

All You Gotta Do Is Smile

Believe it or not smiling automatically makes you look younger. Of course, you need the right type of smile with straight teeth and no signs of damage. If you have a damaged or lost tooth, this can affect how young you look. Generally, we associate lost and damaged teeth with signs of age. Thankfully, health practices such as Harrell Dental Implant Center are providing the solution to this problem. Using their services, you can quickly get lost teeth replaced and ensure you look young and stunning.

Of course, you may also want to think about the color of your teeth. Yellow teeth are another sign of age, but there are easy ways to whiten them. With baking soda and lemon juice, you can make a great paste that will give you back your pearly whites in a matter of months.

You Better Work It

Finally, energy and vigor are always going to be associated with youth. So, if you want to stay looking young, you need to be exercising regularly, keeping your body fit. Ideally, you should be aiming for that toned look, and that doesn’t just come with exercise. You need to eat the right diet as well, filled with foods high in nutrients and vitamins. Don’t forget, if you don’t think you’re getting the right vitamins in your diet, you can always use supplements and add them to your meals.

Don’t Be Down In The Mouth! Try These Oral Hygiene Methods

While all sorts of food are wonderful, from sugary drinks to lovely chocolate and tasty red wine, they’re not the best things for our mouths, are they? While we can talk about oral hygiene until we’re blue in the face, it still won’t stop us reaching for those delicious treats. And we can brush our teeth twice a day as we’re told to, but it’s about preventing these problems so we can enjoy our food but also not have to have a root canal when we’re older!

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Make Your Teeth Whiter

There are plenty of options to make your teeth whiter. If you really need to seek the help of a dentist, there are sites like www.pmddentalcare.com.au to give you the professional help you need. But if you’re like me, then you would like to reduce your time in the dentist’s chair when you can. There are natural remedies to whiten your teeth, and these include apple cider vinegar, which is also great at removing plaque. But it is very acidic, so be careful not to overdo it. Vitamin C is a great tool in whitening your teeth, and you can apply foods that are rich in Vitamin C onto the teeth directly. Strawberries, oranges, and lemons are examples of fruit rich in Vitamin C, but again, these are highly acidic! So once you have applied the fruit to your teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. And be sure to only do it twice a week.

Make Your Breath Fresher

A key part of your appearance in social functions is something that you cannot see! The best methods are avoiding the classics, such as garlic and onions, but preventing bad breath is all about stimulating saliva in your mouth which will rinse out the bacteria. You can do this by eating foods that will stimulate saliva, like apples. And breath freshening herbs, like mint and cinnamon, are great additions to your breath-freshening armory!

Helping With Mouth Ulcers

These can be incredibly painful when left untreated. The trick to shrinking them down is about reducing the bacteria in the mouth. You can do this by swishing salt water around, which has been an age-old cure for mouth problems, or you can use honey. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it helps to prevent dehydration, and has very high anti-microbial properties. Coconut oil is another anti-microbial foodstuff that you can easily buy over the counter now in stores, and as well as being a trendy health food, there are lots of people who use it for oil pulling, which helps to remove bacteria and improve the overall health of your mouth.

Gum Disease Prevention

While all these methods are great for quick relief, they are no replacement for having all round good oral hygiene. To prevent gum disease, not only do you need to be flossing and brushing as regular as clockwork, but your diet plays a big part. Eat your greens, and if you need that glass of wine or bar of chocolate, make sure you have it as part of a balanced diet.

Luxury Features That Will Make Your Home The Ultimate Relaxation Haven

Your home should be more than just somewhere to come home to at the end of a long and hectic day; it should be a space that you love, a luxurious place. Your home should allow you to feel lavished and spoilt; it should give you the chance to relax and unwind quickly and easily. Think opulence. Think extravagance. Think luxury.

When you think about the word ‘luxury’ what comes to mind? Because the features that come to mind are the things that you should aim to incorporate into your home to make it a more luxurious and relaxing space. With that in mind, below are some examples of features that you could consider adding to your home to make it a more relaxing and luxurious space.

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Hot tub, sauna and swimming pool

What could be more relaxing and luxurious than a hot tub, sauna or swimming pool, or all three of these things? If you’ve got plenty of space in your garden, then building a sauna or swimming pool or adding a hot tub could be an option. You can opt to have the pool and hot tub outside, or you can incorporate a covering over them, depending on what you would prefer and how often you would like to use them. If you are going to add a covering to these areas, consider incorporating strip lights to add a warm glow to the room, creating a more calm and tranquil atmosphere. It’s also important that heating is taken into consideration, as there’s nothing less luxurious than a hot tub or pool area that’s cold, is there?

Meditation room

All of the most luxurious homes are fitted with tranquil meditation rooms. These are usually marble affairs that have a stereo, some floor cushions, and some scented candles dotted about. If you are desperate for a meditation room but have no room inside your home, perhaps you could build a summerhouse to use as a meditation room? Having somewhere to relax and unwind is crucial if you want your home to have a wonderfully luxurious vibe to it.

Outdoor kitchen

In luxury homes, having a well designed indoor kitchen just isn’t enough, an outdoor kitchen is also required. The fact is that when it comes to hosting BBQs and summer parties, having an outdoor kitchen can come in incredibly handy. All an outdoor kitchen needs is a sink with running water, an outdoor grill, and an area for preparing food on. So building an outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it’s just a case of being willing to invest in the space and realising that it will add value to your home, so is worth the time and money. You can opt to cover your outdoor kitchen or have it completely open air, depending on where you live and what the weather gets like.

There you have it, a guide to the luxury features that will make your home the ultimate relaxation haven, and a place that you look forward to coming home to at the end of a long and hectic day.

Greece is the Word: 5 Great Reasons To Go To Greece

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Greece attracts millions of tourists each year – and for good reason. There’s something for everyone in this ancient Mediterranean paradise. If you’ve been stuck for a place to visit this summer, here are several reasons to consider Greece as a top option.

Explore the history

For those looking for a cultural getaway, nothing beats Greece’s cast history. Arguably the centre of European ancient civilisation, Greece has many ancient monuments and landmarks worth visiting. There’s the likes of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well sites steeped in mythology such as the ruins of Europe’s oldest city Knossos. Fast-forwarding a few centuries, there are also many medieval sites to choose from including the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora and the scenic city of Rhodes.

Soak up the sun

One of the major reasons people head to Greece is simply for its stunning weather. If all you want to do is put your feet up and work on that tan, Greece has the perfect climate. You can stay at a hotel or hire a villa from a site such as www.villasingreece.co.uk to make your trip all the more tranquil. Hotels and villas are often guaranteed to come with a pool, and the azure sea is never far away.

Taste the cuisine

If you’re a food lover, there are many great dining experiences in Greece. It’s traditional cuisine includes seafood, lamb dishes, goat’s cheese and baklava. The country also has some great wines and a vast selection of vineyards with many allowing tours and tastings. The country is also known for its fresh fruit including figs, pomegranates and watermelons – a perfect healthy refreshment on a summer’s day.

Go for a hike

Greece’s scenic coastlines and mountainous inland terrain make ideal for hikers wanting an active holiday. Famous walks include the Menalon trail and the mighty Viros Gorge. There are also a number of mountain climbs that receive regular annual pilgrimages such as Mount Athos and the mythical Mount Olympus. Sites such as www.tourradar.com offer some great opportunities on guided hikes across the country for those that want to learn about the country’s history and culture along the way, as well as meet new people. Greece’s picturesque mountain roads are also great for cycling enthusiasts.

Experience the nightlife

If you’re a keen partygoer, Greece has countless nightlife hotspots. Ios, Zante, Ayia Napa and Santorini are some of the biggest party destinations, sporting an array of bars and clubs. Some of these venues can attract big names. It’s also worth looking out for colour festivals, beach parties, boat parties and other events that often take place on these party islands. On top of these young nightlife destinations, the likes of Kos and Rhodes cater to all ages, offering a wide array of restaurants and bars with live music for those wanting something a little less rowdy than the clubs.

Why Your Dream Home Isn’t Out Of Reach

If you’re the type of person that thinks the home of your dreams is out of reach – there are plenty of reasons why you are wrong. It might be that the home of your dreams is closer than you realize!

One of the first things that you need to do when attempting to grasp the home of your dreams to check your expectations. If budget and realism is constricting your ideas, then you might need to bring your dreams and ideas back down to ground! Bankrupting yourself in the pursuit of a dream home isn’t a good idea, is it? Anyway, a more grounded dream home that isn’t the Palace of Versailles will be easier to design, and build while being cheaper. This makes it plenty more affordable, which makes the home cheaper. This means it is closer to being an actual home that you can live in rather than being a dream.

Then comes the planning. Planning is where you get your dreams and ideas down on paper. While you can do this yourself, it’s a good idea to only handle this phase on your own if you have a mindset and the skills that can lead to an actual home being designed. This isn’t for the realm of fantasy – designs need to be realistic and mathematical in nature – if you lack the skills you need to consult professional constructors and architects. There are even agencies who specialise in the design of family homes. These are the people that can take your ideas and transform these ideas and wishes into realistic plans – something you can take forward into actuality.

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The actual building of the home is something best left to professionals, especially so if building from scratch. It’s not impossible to develop a plot of land on your own, but it certainly is hard, laborious work and even though you might very well have the skills to build, you might lack the experience or knowhow to resolve issues. Leave it to a professional team who can actually carry out the work. Good professionals as well, so read the reviews and work with experience. Don’t skimp on cost here.

If you do want to get into DIY – this is something you can do, without building from scratch. It might be that your current abode just needs a few tweaks and renovations to become the home of your dreams. DIY is something that should be relatively risk free, but be sure to not push your abilities too far. Start out with simple skills, like tiling and painting before moving onto more demanding tasks. Learning these skills is a great way to be handy.

With a good budget, realistic expectations, great designs, a good team and the willingness to work hard, the home of your dreams might be closer than you could have ever expected. It will remain out of reach if your plans are too lofty and grandiose, so bring everything back to Earth and actually dream up a home that can actually be realized.

Gorgeous Bridal Chic From Top To Toe

It’s wedding season! If you’re the lucky bride this year, then you’re probably busy planning the last minute arrangements. Of course, if the wedding is all a bit last minute, you might be feeling flustered and under pressure! Don’t panic. We have the best top-to-toe guide for preparing for that special day. Here’s what you need to know:

Hair

Before you start booking your hairstylist, you need to decide if you are planning on wearing a veil or a tiara. These are both placed in your hair, but your hairstylist can usually do that for you. Tiaras look beautiful with up-dos as well as extended curls. Veils, however, can obscure the beauty of more elaborate hairdressing. Don’t be afraid to choose a new color, or to cut especially for your big day. The photos will last forever.

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Makeup

You might be horrified by the amount of makeup your artist uses for your wedding day. However, have faith. The photographer will thank you for it. Bolder shades than you usually wear look amazing in soft focus, fade-effect wedding portraits. Don’t overdo the self-tan though. The last thing you need is to be glowing orange against your brilliant white dress,

Dress

White or ivory? Neither are essential. Be bold and choose a style and color that best suits your personality. Many brides coordinate what they’re wearing with their husband’s suit. This is quite tricky to do if you’re superstitious and don’t want him to get a peek at the dress! You can always take a photo of it to take along to his fitting.

Hands

Your hands are one of the most important parts of the wedding. Diamond engagement rings always look incredible in the before-photos, so make sure yours is a good one! Leave it on for the ceremony so everyone can admire the two rings together. Some ring designers offer bands as well as engagement rings, so why not try to get a matching set? Nails should be modest and not too showy – the rings are the stars of the day!

Getting Ready

On the day, you might want to be able to dress quickly so you can get on with relaxing. Perhaps you have an early ceremony booked? Minimalist styles will always be easier for self-dressing if you’re feeling shy on the day. And no, you don’t have to wear your bridal lingerie under the wedding dress. Pick something that’s comfortable and enhances your shape. Save the rest for later.

Leaving The House

One of the biggest worries and biggest challenges of the day for a bride is getting ‘that’ dress in and out of the wedding car. If you’ve chosen a horse and carriage, you may have to deal with steps too! Footwear is key. If you have a long dress and train, you can get away with wearing any footwear you like. If you’re in heels, ask your bridesmaid to help with the dress and your balance!

Your wedding is going to be the most beautiful day ever. So relax, take a breath, and enjoy.

Funky Kitchen Upgrades For A Modern Home

When it comes to the rooms in your home that you upgrade the most, your kitchen is probably quite high up on that list. Why? Well, simply because we use this room the most. In fact, kitchens have developed over time to become pretty multi-functional. Whereas once they would have been a space purely dedicated to cooking (with dining and socializing activities going on in other parts of the home), now we use them for a multitude of different things. Often, we use them as a dining room with a table in, as the concept of the ‘dining room’ has died out somewhat as houses become more compact. Equally, we use them for catching up with friends and family in over a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!) and even for hosting parties in. The versatility of the kitchen, therefore, should never be underestimated. For all of these reasons and more, it is also the room in your house that holds the most value, so any changes you make to it can be seen as an investment. If you have recently noticed a growing difference between your own kitchen and the ones you see in magazines and online (or even in real life at your friend’s houses)  it could be a sign that something needs to change. But how exactly can you bring your aging kitchen into the 21st century? Here are a few amazing gadgets and luxury upgrades that will make you never want to leave your kitchen ever again!

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An at-home bar


We already know that kitchens are perfectly designed for entertaining in. After all, how many times have you hosted a gathering or a house party and despite the myriad of other rooms in your home, everyone has ended up congregating in the kitchen? Whether you like this or not, you may as well run with it, as it’s not likely to change anytime soon! Therefore, a home bar could be a great addition to your kitchen that will make your parties and gatherings the talk of the neighborhood. It shows you are sophisticated and makes entertaining at home so much easier. Plus, what with so many of us shunning nights out for nights in, there has never been a better time to make this change to your kitchen. Sure, you may not be a bartender by trade, but it’s never too late to learn and impress your guests! You can always just buy a ready-made home bar, but if you want to save a few pennies, you could easily make one yourself too. Just get hold of an old cabinet or shelving unit, give it a lick of paint, and there you have the basis of your bar! From there, you will just need some quirky extras, such as some stylish glassware and a cocktail making kit. If you are hosting a special event, you could even make your own drinks menus and display them on the bar – kind of like a ‘specials’ list. Don’t forget to stock up on syrups and garnishes, so you have a whole range of different drinks at your fingertips.

Taps that do everything

We are used to the very basic function of the kitchen tap – it’s either on or off, and it’s either hot or cold. You might think that’s all you need from a tap, but when there are so many other options now available on the market, what’s stopping you from indulging in some amazing water technology? The hottest new gadget of the moment has got to be the instant hot water tap, which means you won’t need to buy a kettle ever again. When you consider that the average kettle takes three years to boil, resulting in around 18 hours a year of kettle-wait time, this could easily be in the running for most convenient gadget of the last few years. It can also save you a lot of money too, as you only use the exact amount of water needed for your cup, rather than filling the kettle for just one cup of coffee. There are also other tap-related gadgets that you can invest in, such as taps that dispense slush and ice on demand. When you’re having some laid back drinks on your patio in the midsummer heat, a refreshing slushie can sometimes be just the ticket. Often you can buy fridges with these kinds of dispensers already-built-in, or failing that, you can get a standalone machine.

A warming drawer

When you are entertaining guests at your own dinner party, it can often be easy to feel the pressure. There is always so much to do, and all too often we can become panicked and stressed throughout the cooking process. The last thing you want to do is to be so preoccupied with a side dish or serving up drinks, that you leave your main dish out and it’s cold by the time you serve it – especially if you have been planning this evening for a while. For these instances, a warming drawer can be your best friend. You may recognize them from programmes such as the Great British Bake Off, where they are frequently used to help cakes rise and keep them warm during the preparation stages. Now, more and more homes are jumping on the bandwagon and getting their own warming drawers to help accommodate their lifestyles. Spent the evening cooking a luxury meal for your partner, only to find that they are going to be home late from work again? No matter – simply pop their portion in the warming drawer, and it will remain heated until they get in, without becoming overcooked while you’re at it. In fact, if you are someone who struggles with timings in the kitchen altogether, a warming drawer should be an absolute must in your home. What you end up choosing depends on two things: how high you want the temperature inside the drawer to reach, and how much room you have in your kitchen to accommodate it. These drawers are also ideal for baking bread in and even defrosting food, so they really are one of the most multi-functional pieces of equipment you could have in your kitchen.

A cutting board rubbish chute

Fancy cutting out the middle man when it comes to disposing of your rubbish while cooking? A messy workspace during meal preparation can often be enough to sway even the most relaxed of chefs, and constant trips to the bin can easily throw you off your schedule. Make all this a thing of the past by considering a built-in chopping board that leads directly down to your in-kitchen trash can. This means that you can rid your surface of debris as you go, leading to a much more focused and organized preparation area. You could even have multiple ones installed for different types of food – i.e. one for meat and one for vegetables. This is especially important when it comes to avoiding cross-contamination, which could potentially be very dangerous for your and your family. Even if your chopping boards are built-in, always make sure you clean them well after every use to rid them of any lingering bacteria. You may not be totally convinced on any or all of these kitchen upgrades, but remember what was mentioned earlier – the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house, so it is definitely worth upgrading it as you see fit.