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!


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 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.

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:


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.



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,


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.


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.

Added Value: Up-sell Your Home!


Finally, you’ve heard from the real estate agent. They’ve got a buyer who’s interested, and a viewing’s been booked for tomorrow. You should be excited, but instead, you’re worried, the last time you got an offer it was far too low not to mention an insult to all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into making an average house into your dream home!

Present A Blank Canvas

No one wants to walk into a house and trip over kids toys, wonder who’s in all the photos on the walls or see endless books and magazines cluttering surfaces. Pack away anything that’s really personal, cut down family photos by about 50% and make sure you’ve got no paperwork lying around that looks messy. Think of it this way, when you come to sell; you’ll be boxing stuff anyway so doing it now will save you time. Remember, these people are strangers, they aren’t your friends and so need a proper welcome. Have good coffee ready, make sure you’ve popped some fresh flowers in a vase and arranged a plate of biscuits in the kitchen. Light some scented candles but make sure the fragrance isn’t too overpowering a good bet is usually fresh linen or cookie dough.

Bigger, Better, Brighter

Yes, you might love using low energy bulbs but now’s not the time to have them. Swap them out for full strength ones, switch on all the lamps and lights you can and make sure all blinds, curtains, and screens are wide open so everyone can see the garden. Consider buying a state-of-the-art table lamp, or stunning chandelier for the hall as it’ll give the impression of wealth and success making someone worry about missing out on such a desirable, well cared for property. The goal is to encourage feelings, for instance,

pregnant couples will respond favorably to happy, carefully edited, memories of family life you casually share.

Got It Flaunt It

Every home has that WOW factor, the one place that just makes people think it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen. For some properties, it’s the garden, the outdoor dining area, the stunning master bedroom with ensuite and rainforest shower. Identify the USP and show it off. For instance, a tech loving buyer will adore any cool gadgets or fun features, while buyers who appreciate sustainable living will immediately look for solar panels. Point out those beauties straight away! Inform the prospective buyer that the solar panel installation company is one of the best in the area and will happily take care of any problems as well as having a 24 /7 call out service for preferred customers. Your real estate agent should also liaise with you beforehand on what to say about which room, and try to get a feel about what they’re looking for within the first few minutes of the viewing.

Plants Not Ornaments

Floral arrangements are fantastic, but you obviously don’t want to have to keep buying new ones for each viewing. Look for plants that’ll last the distance, go fake if you really must, and choose bouquets that complement each room’s color scheme.


Four Great Rules To Live By That Will Truly Affect Your Appearance



There is so much more to looking your best than dressing well and expertly applied cat-flick eyeliner, unfortunately. Not only do we have to consider our weight, hairstyle, and fashion, there’s all manner of seemingly innocuous things that will sneak up on us and make us look tired, old, or just plain drab. It can seem like a bit of a minefield, but there are four basic rules to follow.

  1. Prioritise a good diet

A bad diet can have a really detrimental effect on our appearance, and it’s not just our weight that suffers. Eating fatty or oily food in high quantities can make our hair limp, and our skin look dull or spotty. We also need lots of vitamins and minerals, protein and healthy fats in our diets to ensure strong hair growth, clear skin, and healthy skin rejuvenation. Water is also crucial for keeping skin looking clear, aiding weight loss, and just making us look awake. Yo-yo diets can also cause poor skin and lifeless hair, and even result in weight gain. The best way to look great and benefit from clear skin is to enjoy a healthy balanced diet and good hydration – easy peasy.

  1. Avoid bad habits

It might surprise people to know that there are so many bad habits that people associate with poor long-term health which can also have an immediate impact on physical appearance. Smoking, for example, not only compromises life expectancy and health, but it can seriously affect looks too. Lines around the mouth, skin discolouration, dull skin, and a bad odour are all almost immediate side effects of smoking. Drinking too much alcohol can also cause the skin to look dull and tired, and weight gain is also common.

  1. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason

If you’re a stranger to sleep, you’ll be no stranger to dark circles and maybe even other skin complaints. When we miss out on sleep, our bodies produce cortisol, known colloquially as the stress hormone, which worsens inflammation such as acne or psoriasis. Our bodies also rely on sleep to rejuvenate and create more collagen, which is essential for keeping skin plump and elastic. Missing sleep can even speed up the aging process, so don’t skimp on it!

  1. Consider your medications

Some medication can have side effects of skin problems, and it can be difficult to know what to expect before you start taking them. This is especially the case for contraception, as the use of hormones can have a significant effect on skin clarity. The two major types of contraceptive pill, the mini pill or the combined, such as the Yasmin pill, use different combinations of hormones, so will affect the body differently. On the plus side, if one has a negative effect, the other might work perfectly, so make sure you speak to your doctor if you think this could be a problem for you.

There are so many factors which affect our appearance, many of which we never consider, even though their impact can be significant. Just remember, if you’re worried about anything it’s really important to see your GP for advice.


Couple’s Workouts: Yea Or Nay?

It’s that happy time of year when we all try and stick to resolutions and maintain motivation for longer than 2 weeks. If you’re still going with a new exercise regime, well done! You’ve made it a lot further than many people. If your motivation levels are dwindling by the day, you may be thinking about varying your workouts, but have you considered embracing the new trend of couple’s workouts? Here are some of the pros and cons to consider.


The pros

You get your own cheerleader

When you work out with your partner, you’ll have your own cheerleader to encourage you and push you that little bit further. If you’ve got someone there to give you that extra boost you’re likely to get more out of the sessions.

Moral support

Rocking up to the gym on your own can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not a seasoned athlete. If you go with your other half, you’ve got a workout buddy straight away, and you’ll probably feel more comfortable.


If you have fun while you exercise, you’re much more likely to stick at it and want to go back to the gym on a regular basis. If you’re listening to music together, chatting, and having a laugh, the time will fly by, and you won’t consider your workouts a chore.

Joint celebrations

The couple that trains together can celebrate together. After a hard week at work and giving it our all in the gym, you can enjoy a well-earned treat together at the weekend. You can bask in the bliss of knowing that you’ve earned that takeaway or a 3-course feast at your favourite restaurant.

The cons

Your appearance

Many people feel self-conscious about how they look when they work out. Let’s face it, being bright red and sweaty isn’t everyone’s idea of their best look. If you’ve been together for a long time, you probably don’t mind him seeing you with sweaty hair and rosy cheeks, and you can put up with him being one of the grubbiest men in the gym. However, if it’s a relatively new relationship, you may not be ready to let your guard down just yet.

Different interests

If you’re working out together, you need to find activities that you both enjoy. If you love the cardio machines, but your partner prefers to lift weights, you’re probably both going to lose interest if you try and do similar programmes. If you do have different interests, you could work out at the same time, but follow separate plans. You may also find that you have different levels of fitness, and this can make it tough to train together. If you’re finding everything a challenge, and your partner’s skipping through the workout with no problem, this could also make you feel less confident.

If you’re a fan of Instagram, you may have come across images of couples working out together. It may look cosy and glamorous on the images, but would you really want to work up a sweat at the gym with your other half? Hopefully, this article has helped you to decide whether to say yea or nay to feeling the burn together.

Want A House Of Your Own? Break Those Bad Financial Habits & Fix Your Credit Score!

Whether you’re currently living at home with your parents or are in rented accommodation, if you dream of having your own one day, you need to start planning. The fact is that buying a home of your own isn’t a quick and easy process; there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Of course, one of the most important parts of buying a house of your own is ensuring that you are financially able to. It’s not just about saving up a deposit or having a good job; there’s more to it than that – your finances need to be in tip-top shape. So, with that in mind, below is a guide to how you can fix any financial habits that could hold you back when it comes to buying a house.

Be a saver, not a spender


First things first, if you’re someone who likes to spend a lot of money on unnecessary items, then you need to change that. In order to be able to buy a house of your own, you need to save up a deposit. To do that, you need to learn to be a saver, not a spender. This means only spending money on the essentials, not splurging on unnecessary buys. Open a savings account and ensure that you put a certain amount of money into it each month. Whether it’s £50 or £300, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you get into the habit of saving money each month. Aim to put away whatever you can afford, and only spend on necessities.

Get to grips with how mortgages work

Part of preparing to buy a house of your own is taking the time to get to grips with how mortgages work. The chances are that you know what a mortgage is – a loan to buy a property, but do you know what it takes to get one? A lot of people are unsure of how the mortgage application process works and what it takes to be successful. Whether or not a mortgage application is successful, depends on a range of factors, from how much you earn to your credit score. If you’re unsure of what constitutes a good credit score and are wondering what is the highest possible credit score, you can read up online to find out. Then, once you know what score you should aim for, you can start improving it, increasing your chances of mortgage application success.

Clear your debts

Very few mortgage companies will touch anyone who already has debt. So if you want to ensure that your mortgage application is successful, you need to clear each and every one of your debts before applying. As that way, you up your chances of being approved for a mortgage, so even if it means the process takes longer, it’s worth it. As if you’re rejected for one mortgage, it makes your chances of success in the future lower, as mortgage companies check to see if applicants have applied and been rejected before.

So there you have it, a guide to breaking those bad financial habits and fixing your credit score, ready for when you apply for a mortgage to buy a house of your own.

How to recreate your favourite TV and movie weddings



Every great wedding has a theme. Some are dictated by colour or the venue, others by a shared interest or passion of both partners. But no matter what you choose, it’s important to follow a theme that means something to you. Here’s your opportunity to include that special little nod to your personal favourite moments from TV and film.

Below, we help you pick the venue, the theme and, of course, the dress to recreate your favourite TV and movie weddings.

Fleur and Bill, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1

When Fleur and everyone’s favourite Weasley (sorry, Ron) tied the knot at the beginning of the seventh film, it was a magical wonderland of loving, homely comforts we just yearned to be a part of. Yes, the big day ended in a little bit of a hoo haa (what with the Dark Lord descending an’ all), but as the only wedding to feature throughout the entire HP series, it certainly didn’t disappoint!

The Venue: We’ve found something really special with Sandon Hall, a stately home wedding venue which also offers tipi weddings. It’s the perfect nod to the marquee at the Burrow, which had “rows and rows of fragile golden chairs set on either side of a long purple carpet. The supporting poles were entwined with white and gold flowers.”

The Theme: Well, we can’t quite match those self-filling glasses, but this one was all about the hand-made effects, good food and mis-matched furniture. Our recommendation? It’s time to get crafty! From homemade fudge favours to recycled jam jar centerpieces, here’s some token inspiration for you.

The Dress: Fleur, as always, stole the show in an elegant black and white number. It can be a difficult look to pull off without seeming too grunge, but lace and embroidery detail or a simple belt can add a real touch of old Hollywood class. Here’s the perfect guide to black and white wedding gowns.

Phoebe and Mike, Friends (s10 e12)

Despite the ups and downs, this adorable pair knew they were meant to be together forever. Phoebe and Mike’s outdoor ceremony during a blizzard was beautiful, even if wedding planner Monica got a little power hungry. After lots of shenanigans, Chandler walked Phoebe down the aisle, Joey officiated, Ross held the groomsmen dog Chappy, and the most free-spirited of all the Friends officially tied the knot.

The Venue: Sun, rain or snow, a street party wedding can be a little bit of a challenge to pull off, but the Lamb’s Tavern offers a fantastic best-of-both worlds venue within London’s famous interior street, Leadenhall Market.

The Theme: Well, it was all about the snow. We suggest a perfect winter wonderland, complete with half-melted ice sculpture, of course! Here’s a beautifully snowcovered pinterest collection for inspiration.

The Dress: There was just a touch of pearly pastel colour to the bride and bridesmaids’ dresses we loved. The top tip from fashion mag Cosmo is to decide whether you want to go monochrome or mixed, neutral or bright with your pastels. If you’re after a sophisticated look, its best to stick with a simple palette. With that in mind, here are some real pastel beauties for your wedding.

Leslie and Ben, Parks and Recreation (s5 e14)

Even though Leslie and Ben’s wedding was thrown together last minute, it was perfect in every way. From rings crafted by Ron to a dress Ann made out of important documents from Leslie’s career—we loved it and we liked it. Of course, Councilman Jamm tried to ruin the festivities, but instead he only made it better, forcing a venue change to Leslie’s favorite place: City Hall.

The Venue: Well, this one’s easy! Local town halls are simple venues for all things marriage and civil partnerships! Some are incredibly grand, like Manchester Town Hall, but in a way the key here is to find a town hall local and/or important to you.

The Theme: Leslie and Ben had a bit of a work-vibe going on (it was their office, after all) but that rustic, simple arbour under which they said ‘I do’ was a lovely focal point. A wedding arch really transforms a space.

The Dress: We’ve never really seen a dress as personal as this one! If you have the skills, check out this DIY guide here, or consider a bespoke dress like the one sported by Angelina Jolie!

Bella and Edward, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, part I

It took four feature-length films to get there, but Bella and Edward’s wedding was one of the most anticipated events to hit the big screen all year. Despite a false start nightmare that ended in a bloodbath, the actual event was a real picturesque fairytale. With flowers cascading from the trees above, wooden benches for guests to sit, this was the ultimate romantic wedding scene.

The Venue: If your garden isn’t quite big enough to accommodate a weddings-worth of guests, take a look at this run down of the UK’s best woodland wedding venues here.

The Theme: Everything about this wedding was beautifully au naturale, dressed with delphiniums of white and green. For a real insight, read and interview with the film’s wedding set designer here.

The Dress: Bella sported a custom Carolina Herrera gown, but you can now get an exact replica all for yourself! If you prefer something a little more subtle, take a look at these gorgeous lace back dresses for inspiration.

The Red Wedding, Game of Thrones (s3 e9)

This one was such a shocker few of us can even remember who it was that actually got married (it was Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, apparently). The inexorable event begins with the first notes of the ominous “Rains of Castamere” and only ends after Catelyn watches (spoiler alert) her son Robb die before she meets the same fate. But with all the drama of the reception, there’s plenty of fodder here to inspire any medieval-esque wedding.

The Venue: The events of the wedding were supposedly inspired by the Black Dinner that took place at Edinburgh Castle in 1440. So where better to stage your (murder-free) recreation? There are also similar castle venues a-plenty across The North.

The Theme: No, not ‘Red’. We’d go instead for a little more of a medieval twist, with a banquet to feast on as the main event.

The Dress: The costume designers who work on Game of Thrones aren’t the biggest fans of white, and it’s a tradition that can’t be traced that far through our history, either. But if you’re not quite up for ditching the glowing gown altogether, why not try a renaissance or pagan gown style gown?

Juliette and Peter, Love Actually

Juliet and Peter are married in a traditional church ceremony that is a real anchor tying together many of the disparate story lines in this Christmas classic. Mark, the best man, promises no funny business on their wedding day, but as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife, a singer, choir and band appear performing “All You Need Is Love”.

The Venue: Church weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and generally, you can marry in a church regardless of your beliefs. If there’s a place of worship that’s special to you, be it a church, temple, synagogue or mosque, it can be so much more than just a venue.

The Theme: There are professional groups who can recreate the magical ‘All You Need Is Love’ moment, or (literally) band your mates together for that added personal touch.

The Dress: Juliette’s early noughties gown was, well, interesting to say the least. It’s bang on trend for the times, certainly not off-the-rack, and Keira Knightley wears it well—even if the rest of us would look like a sack of turnips. Still, how about a similarly sheer, long sleeved gown, perfect for a traditional church wedding? Or if you insist on quirky, how about this t-shirt wedding dress? (Feathers optional, of course.)