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We all have those months that are especially difficult and hectic for one reason or another. At the end of it all, we all deserve something special as a reward for getting through it all. With that in mind, here are three things to treat yourself to after a busy month.

 

Spa Day

 

A spa day means having a relaxing day where you are pampered and take care of you all day. You can have various treatments including massages and scrubs. Whatever you enjoy the most or that you feel will be the most beneficial you can do during your day at the spa. However, you don’t just need to get treatments. Relaxing in a hot tub, taking a swim or sitting in the sauna can help the stress and worry of the week melt away. If you enjoy the spa day experience, then you arrange it more often. Sometimes things like this are even better if you have somebody with you to experience them alongside. You might decide to bring your partner or a friend to enjoy and relax in a spa day with you.

 

Meal Out

 

Eating out is one of those things that almost everyone enjoys. There is something really nice about being cooked for and not having to do the dishes afterwards. There are so many choices of restaurant that you can go back to an old favorite or try something new. No matter what your favorite type of food is, there is a restaurant that can accommodate that and then provide an excellent meal for you. A meal out is best enjoyed with friends and loved ones. You might want to do with your partner or someone else that you are close with. You can talk, enjoy the food and let the stress and worry of the month drop away. You can buy this on your 0 APR credit cards so that you don’t have to worry about paying for it until the following month. A meal out can become a regular and fun thing to do each month and make for a great way to treat yourselves for all of your hard work.

 

Buy Yourself Something Nice

 

Another thing you can do to treat yourself for a busy month, is to buy yourself something nice. There are probably things that you want, but you can’t justify at other times during the month. This might be because you don’t have time to fully enjoy whatever it is, or you don’t feel you can afford it. In either case, you should be allowed to treat and reward yourself. Buy yourself some cinema tickets and go watch that movie you have been looking forward to. Buy those shoes that you loved the look of so much; they might be perfect for one occasion or another. As long as you don’t go overly wild and put yourself in the red, then you should feel like you can treat yourself and allow the buying and enjoying of whatever you have bought let the stress of the month fall away. You are a busy, hardworking person and you deserve to have something nice every now and again.

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As 98% of festive songs tell us, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s 24-plus days of fun, frolics, family, friends, merriment, good tidings, festive parties and cheer. But it is also a time of some super-stress, the kind that starts out kind of unnoticeable and then snowballs into total uncontrollable freaking out as you try and make everything perfect on the big day.

 

So, to prevent stress from wreaking havoc this year, we have pulled together some top tips that will guarantee to make Christmas day nothing but enjoyable.

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1. A Fresh Take

We know what it’s like, Christmas is all about traditions, which means you want to do certain tasks in certain ways. But you don’t have to. Instead of hitting your head against the wall as you try and tackle that one task that always drives you nuts, make a change. If you hate making Christmas dinner, especially because every year you have a different theme and this year is Italian, get caters in and for the best catering, party platters and banquets, look no further than Illiano’s for the best Italian food. If it is just getting your Christmas cards done, why not enlist the help of your entire family bu a) splitting the list or b) getting creative with a family photo.

 

2. Less Pressure, Please

Perfection is not real. It isn’t. It is subjective and, in terms of Christmas, also temporary. Instead, you should be happy with good enough. You don’t have to top last year’s efforts and you don’t need to go bigger than your next-door-neighbor. Just be happy with your efforts. Take your Christmas tree; it’s just an evergreen shrub, so there’s no need to have one flown in from the wilds of Quebec.

 

3. Take A Break From Tradition

We’ve touched on traditions once above, and we’re touching on them again. Why? Because if they are causing stress then give them a break. Let’s say you go and watch the Rockettes every Christmas (because it’s tradition), but your kids are kicking and screaming about it, then try something new. Traditions are only fun if you all find them fun. We all change, so adapt to any change instead of stressing yourself out.

 

4. Keep A Lemon With You

No matter what task you are taking on, make sure you have a lemon on you. This may sound mental and, no, it isn’t a metaphor for making lemonade, it’s because science proves lemony scents improve our mood. So, when you feel yourself getting stressed, either sniff a lemon or pop into a department store and ask to try their most lemony fragrance.

 

5. Stay True Daily

We all have daily rituals we cling onto for dear life as a way of relaxing and unwinding. It could be reading for half an hour before bed, or curling up on a chair and plugging into Spotify for an hour or any number of things. Whatever it is, don’t give it up just because it is Christmas. These everyday rituals of ours help centre us and keep us calm, so keep them up.

 

 

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Thanksgiving is a time of the year which many of us look forward to all-year long. It is the perfect time to spend with our families, friends and to reflect on the year we’ve had, giving thanks for all we are grateful for. One of the most fun parts of this holiday is having a big party with the ones you love and eating plenty of delicious food. If you want to hold a party this year, here are some great tips.

Keep It Simple

The key to creating the ultimate menu for your guests is to not over-do it. Remember that you are only one person, and if you choose a ton of recipes you’ve never made before- things can get stressful very quickly. Here are some ideas for food you can either whip up ahead of time, or stick the oven before you get ready for the party.

Snacks and Appetisers

  •         Homemade Cheesy Breadsticks with hummus dip
  •       Corn Fritters
  •         Soup and Crusty Bread
  •         Nuts

Main Meal

  •         Roasted Turkey
  •         Roast Potatoes
  •         Vegetables
  •         Pepper Jack Corn Muffins
  •         Stuffing
  •         Mac and Cheese

Simply put all of these out on the table and let everyone pick their own.

Sweet Treats

  •         Mini Fruit Pies
  •         Cupcakes
  •         Apple Blossom Tart
  •         Chocolate

Drinks

There are two options here. You could either hire some bar equipment and have fun creating crazy cocktails for your guests. Or simply have a table in the corner of the room with glasses, bottles of wine, beer and spirits so that everyone can help themselves to whatever they want.

Create Ambience

The beauty about hosting a party around Thanksgiving is that you will already have a lot of decorations in your home to make it feel festive. However, if you still want to add a few more elements to your home and make it the ultimate winter wonderland, you might want to look at adding some extra touches to the home:

  •         Lighting: To really create that magical festive atmosphere, you’ll want to turn off the main lights and make use of all of those fairy lights and candles you have around the house. Decorate the table with tealights and hang fairy lights around the door frames for extra festive glow.
  •         Music: There’s no better way to make a fun atmosphere than to have some music on in the background as you enjoy your party- there are tonnes of great thanksgiving playlists online which you can download and play throughout the evening

Extra Preparations and Smart Hacks:

To make the night, and the morning after, go even smoother- you can also make a little extra effort in the preparation and get ahead with the tidying. The great thing about preparing most of your food in advance is that you’ll have already done the washing up. The only things you’ll need to wash afterwards are the platters you serve the food on, the plates and cutlery. However, to make you life even easier: you can buy disposable platters, cutlery and plates so that once the party is over everything can simply go in the trash can. Before you invite the guests to your home, spend the day tidying away clutter, opening the windows to let fresh air in, and cleaning up to make the house feel fresh and new. You can then light a scented candle an hour or so before people start to arrive to add that festive aroma to the home.

 

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In the winter time, people tend to worry a lot about their skin because it’s dry and chapped. This is all down to the drop in temperate and the low humidity levels that steal moisture out of the skin. While it may sound rather daunting, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to keep your skin glowing, and feeling magnificent.

Here’s what you need to do.

 

Don’t be tempted by the heat

Sure, when it’s been a long day, and you’ve finally got back home from being stuck out in the cold, there is nothing better than a hot shower to bring your body temperature up to toasty. But having the water hot – especially on your face – will actually dry it out even more. It may not feel like it at the time because you’re wet, but the drastic change from cold to hot will pull out any moisture that you had left, leaving you with nothing. This doesn’t mean that you have to shower under freezing water – but rather, lukewarm. And if you’re able to manage it, an icy cold splash on your face at the end is great for closing up your pores and tightening your skin, giving you the ultimate facelift for free.

 

Invest in the right skin care

There are plenty of different brands of skin care on the market all claiming they do the best job. But actually, a lot of them have all the same ingredients, they just add a different scent to them and maybe even a bit of color, and voila - totally different. Right. So when looking for the right products, it’s essential that you do some research first. Have a look at the label on the back, and google what the different ingredients are and how they can help you. Face masks are a great way to restore moisture while also cleaning out your pores. Natural products are a brilliant direction to go in because there aren’t alien chemicals that you’re applying to your face like many other brands out there, so try and use innisfree mask and see what kind of results you get.

 

Hydrate from the inside out

Eating food that has a high content of water is a very clever trick in restoring the moisture back into your skin. Food like watermelon, apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber, and celery work great for this as they are made up of a lot of water. Plus they’re deliciously juicy, and good for you in so many other ways too. You will want to make sure that you are getting a lot of Vitamin C and Zinc that makes your body create more collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin looking younger and tighter. And don’t forget the Omega-3 which will smooth out your complexion.

You should also be drinking a lot of water, as we tend not to in the winter time because we move onto things like hot chocolate to warm us up rather than quench our thirst, but you still need water.

 

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