Monday, August 29, 2016

Want To Start A Blog? Here's How To Get Started

Blogging is a great hobby. Sometimes it can even turn into more than that and enables people to earn an extra income, even making blogging their careers. It’s a lucrative world to be in, but how do you go about getting started? We all have to start somewhere. Which is why I thought it would be good to introduce some new people to the world of blogging. With my tips and tricks on how to get yourself started.


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Find your niche
Finding your niche in the blogging world is important. It enables you to establish exactly what your whole blog and brand will be about for me. It’s possible to blog about a little of everything. But there will always be an underlying subject and style. For me, I like to blog about a few different things, but I have a passion for a healthy lifestyle. So that can dominate from time to time. The main thing is to stick with things you are passionate about and have an interest in. It’s a big mistake to start blogging about something you know nothing about, or have little interest in; you will soon lose heart in your blog that way.


Think of a name
Now you know your niche you need to think of a name. This will be your blogging domain and what you use to advertise your blog. So don’t make any rash decisions on what it will be. Take your time to think about what will work. Once you have an idea, make sure you check the domain and social media handles are all available. The last thing you want is someone else using your name. Try and not stick with something that you may outgrow. For example, a parenting blogger making their name “mom of three”. Of course, I just made that up. But that kind of name would be fine if you know that situation isn’t going to change, it won’t work if that person ends up with a fourth child. I hope that explains what I mean more clearly. Check out websites like http://www.successfulblogging.com for tips.


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Make yourself aware of social media
The best part of starting a blog is to familiarise yourself with social media. This will play a huge part in your blogging life. From engaging with followers to advertising your latest blog post. It will be hard at first, but social media requires a lot of effort to get your profiles off the ground. This why sometimes it can be worth your while to consider services from websites like www.getmorefansquickly.com/buy-instagram-followers/. If you are unsure, check out other bloggers who may have shared some tips on how to make more use of social media through your blog.


Set up an email
A great little tip is to set up a separate email for your blog. Many readers may want to get in touch of a post related to them. Or potential brand collaborations could come your way in the form of reviews. Even other advertising opportunities. You won’t want to let those emails get lost in your personal ones.

Finally, you should be ready to start writing. Make sure you take pride in the work you publish and publicise your posts as often as you can. Good luck with your blog.

This is a contributed post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Importance Of Staying Healthy

The importance of eating healthily and exercising regularly is well documented, but fitting it in around a busy lifestyle can often be a challenge. But it’s important not to let your healthy lifestyle slip. Good health is a gift that should never be taken for granted, and you should do everything in your power to maintain it. Here are some of the reasons that a healthy lifestyle is of the utmost importance.


You Will Be More Confident
When you’re healthy and know you look your best it, can give you an amazing boost of confidence. This kind of confidence gives you the ability to get out there and live to your full potential. Eating mindfully and with a purpose, being aware of what you put into your body and eating for nourishment can make you feel good about yourself. Regular exercise, and pushing yourself to achieve your fitness goals can boost self esteem. If you are above a healthy BMI, losing weight will improve your confidence no end. Eating a well balanced diet with the addition of a weight loss supplement can help.


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You Will Be Happier
Healthy people are generally happy people. Regularly eating healthy foods such as oily fish, oats and nuts can boost mood and make you feel happier and less stressed. Maintaining a healthy diet and body weight can also regulate hormones meaning you’re less likely to experience mood swings and can even help improve mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. These conditions can be made worse due to a lack of certain vitamins and minerals, and so eating a healthy diet ensures that you’re not deficient in any of these things. Exercise is also a well documented mood booster as it releases ‘happy chemicals’ endorphins into the body. Maintaining a good exercise routine is also a healthy way to reduce stress, and many kinds of exercise also double up as a hobby so you get the social and enjoyment aspects of them too. Eating healthily and exercising makes you feel generally more alert and energised, so you’re able to get the best out of every day.


You Will Reduce Your Risk of Disease and Illness
Living a healthy lifestyle improves immune function, meaning you’re less likely to get ill from opportunistic illness and infection. Healthy diet and regular exercise can also prevent things like certain cancers, heart disease, type two diabetes and stroke. By investing in your health you protect yourself against a whole host of serious long term illnesses. Even bad sleep routines and not getting enough sleep can have disastrous effects on the body, and so as well as eating well and exercising you should take this into consideration too.


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You Will Live a Longer Life

Due to reducing your risk for serious long term illnesses, when you stay healthy you are much more likely to live a longer and more fruitful life. A healthy lifestyle can even prevent illnesses such as Alzheimer's and dementia and even Parkinson’s disease. So not only will you live longer, but you’ll also live much more comfortably and healthily in your old age. You’ll have more time to spend with your family, and generally make the very most of your life.

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beauty Secrets To Pass On To Your Daughters

As a mom, you will no doubt be trying to impart as much of your knowledge onto your daughters. Passing on great life advice will give them a great start in their adult lives. But you don’t just have to give them practical and resourceful knowledge. You should also give them fun advice that can help the enjoy life to the full. One example of this kind of advice is that of the beauty variety. Here are some of the beauty secrets you need to tell your daughters.




Help With Skin Care
You’ll have been a teenager once, so you will certainly know just how much havoc puberty will play with your skin! Be sure to help your daughters with their skin care routine. It might take them a while to find the perfect products for them, but you can help them by telling them what you use. Hopefully, they will have inherited your skin type, so will be able to use similar moisturizers and cleansers to you. If they have particularly bad acne, it will be worth encouraging them to see their doctor. He or she will be able to prescribe some acne creams.


Caution Them About Cosmetic Treatments
When going through puberty, your daughters may be unhappy about the changes that their bodies go through. Make sure that you support them through these changes and keep reiterating how beautiful they are. If one of your daughters mentions that they are considering cosmetic surgeries or treatments, you need to caution them. Their bodies are still developing, and these treatments are not suitable until bodies are fully grown. If they are desperate to try a cosmetic treatment, they can try topical botox creams. You can find more information about them online: www.dailygorgeous.com.


Introduce Your Daughters To Makeup
You should try and discourage your daughters from wearing makeup until they are around fifteen or sixteen years old. However, at some point, they will be desperate to start experimenting with their look. This is something you can help them with. Encourage them to use nude shades and light colors. They shouldn’t wear smokey eye makeup or bright red lipstick as this will make them look much older than their years. Clear lipgloss and a natural eyeshadow should be enough. You can find plenty of beauty tips for teenagers online: www.seventeen.com/beauty/.


Teach Them The Importance Of Inner Beauty
As your daughters are growing up, they will certainly find insecure about their beauty at one time or another. You need to support them and teach them the importance of inner beauty. This will help them get through any periods of low self-confidence. If your daughters have great self-confidence, they will be able to flourish throughout life in all that they do. It will also help them stand up to criticism from others.


Pass on all these beauty secrets to your daughters to ensure they have a great start to life. Once they know all these, they will be able to carry themselves with a quiet confidence.  

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Can You Afford To Go On A Ski Holiday?

Many people would love the opportunity to hit the slopes and ski abroad. But unfortunately, the price of skiing holidays can be off-putting and out of reach. Skiing can be notoriously expensive, particularly if you visit popular resorts and slopes. From buying ski gear to finding resort accommodation, there are countless thing you need to organize. Each of which will incur their own charges. So it’s not hard to see why many people think they cannot afford it or spend years saving up their money. Thankfully there are things you can do to make a ski holiday more affordable and within your budget. Take a look at these savvy ideas that will get you on the slopes in no time.




Work a season
Working a ski season is a perfect way to enjoy the slopes, meet new people and get paid during your stay. Ski resorts are always looking for assistance during their peak seasons. Some even offer food and accommodation to those willing to help out. This can considerably lower the cost of your trip, and you may even be able to stay for an entire season. Some schemes will also pay for your flights too. From chalet reps to ski instructors, there are numerous jobs you can sign up for. Then, once your working day is done, you can enjoy the rest of it skiing or socializing in the resort. While there are perks, working a season is hard work. So be prepared for this before looking for ski opportunities online.


Time your holiday perfectly
Travelling in peak season can be costly, not only for flights but for accommodation too. But once the season is over, the prices drop considerably. So it’s always best to book your holiday before the ski season has started or when it has finished. Do some research and find out when the season for potential ski resorts ends and begins. You can then use comparison sites to find out where to stay in Meribel and other popular ski resorts for the best price at this time. This should also be used to find affordable flights too. This can be a gamble as there is no guarantee of snow after the season is over. But with the savings you are making, it’s a risk worth taking.


Borrow ski gear
Hiring gear like boots and skis from your resort or buying it before you leave can be expensive. This can leave you with little money to spend on essentials when you arrive. Instead of paying a  fortune, why not borrow the items you need from friends and family. Ski equipment is something that many people have but don’t use regularly. So it’s likely they won’t mind you using what they have. If you don’t know anyone who has ski equipment, check on eBay and at local car boot sales. You might find yourself a real bargain.


There’s no reason why a skiing holiday should feel out of your reach or beyond your budget. You just need to be smart with how you choose to spend your money and know where to save it.


This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.