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.


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 for tips.


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 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.


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.


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:

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:

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is It Time You Paid Canada A Visit?

If you’re an enthusiastic traveler searching for their next port of call, why not consider Canada? Whatever kind of break you’re looking for, you’re sure to have a whale of a time in this beautiful country. If you like the sound of wild coastlines, domineering mountain ranges, and chic cities, what are you waiting for?

Canada travel tips
If you’re planning to visit Canada, the first things you need to do are make sure your passport is in date and check whether you need a visa. If you do, you can complete your application online at

Once you’ve got your papers sorted, the fun begins. Start planning your itinerary and think about where you want to visit, and how you’re going to get around. You can catch internal flights from the main cities, travel by train or take buses. Alternatively, you can enjoy your own road trip adventure and hire a car or an RV. If you are driving, try and mark out a rough route in advance. This will save you time, and make sure you don’t miss anything along the way.

When you’re packing for a vacation in Canada, bear the elements in mind. This is a land of changeable weather conditions. If you’re visiting in winter, or you’re planning to hike or cycle up mountains, take warm, waterproof clothing with you.

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Canada highlights
Canada offers everything from cosmopolitan cities to breathtaking national parks. Here are just a few highlights you may wish to include in your travel plans.

Urban adventures
If you’re looking for a few days of sightseeing, shopping, and fine dining, look no further than Vancouver and Toronto. Toronto is also a great base to explore the wonder that is Niagara Falls. While you’re there, enjoy a lesson in history and culture at Ontario National Museum and take a walk along the waterfront. Catch the ferry from Vancouver over to Vancouver Island. Here, you’ll find stunning beaches and incredible wildlife spotting opportunities. Research dolphin, whale, and bear spotting excursions before you travel.

National parks
Canada is blessed with an abundance of national parks. This is the land of grizzly bears and moose, and it’s a shame to miss out on the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors. The Rocky Mountains are home to five national parks, including Banff, a prime ski holiday spot. Marvel at the Takakkaw Waterfall in Yoho or conquer Jasper’s Athabasca Glacier. Scale Canada’s highest peak at Kluane National Park. Or tackle a rainforest trek at Pacific Rim National Park. Even if you’re not the most intrepid adventurer, go along for the views. You won’t be disappointed. You can find out more about activities and park passes at

Canada is a vast nation packed with natural wonders and some of the most incredible sights you’re ever likely to behold. If you’re thinking about visiting Canada, take these tips and recommendations on board. Do some research online, and plan a daily itinerary. Most importantly, have a fantastic time, and don’t forget your camera!

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

From Your Bucket List To Your Favorite Memories List: Get These Sights Seen Before It's Too Late

Time to tick some things off your bucket list? Here are three you should move over to your ‘favourite memories’ list before it’s too late.


The Northern Lights
Also known as the Aurora Borealis, there is no human influence whatsoever in this sight. Instead, it is one of nature's true miracles, which we are lucky enough to get to witness. The best place to see the Northern Lights is within the Aurora Zone. One country within this zone is Greenland. This is a remote country populated by very few. Thanks to these low levels of population, this also means less pollution and more nature! As a result, you can see the Northern Lights in Greenland in all of the glory. The lights up above will be only enhanced by the stunning vistas and natural scenery below the skies. The best places to see the lights are areas not suffering from ‘light pollution’. However, as time goes on and the world keeps spinning, these places may become fewer. So, go and see the Northern Lights now, while you have choice of viewing spots and clarity on your side.


The Floating City of Venice
The romantic Italian city of Venice is easily one of the most unique sites in the whole earth. It consists of 124 clusters of islands, and it dates back to the 7th century. A whole city floats upon the water, complete with houses, shops and restaurants. You can hire a gondola to take in the city from the water, or just enjoy it on foot. Whichever method you choose, you’re sure to be totally enchanted by what you find. However, it is sadly not all good news. In the last century, Venice sank 23cms. Since then, authorities have been working hard to fix this issue. Now this isn’t the main problem… rising sea levels are. The water surrounding and below Venice was slowly rising for quite some time. In time, a combination of these two factors or just the one threatens to take Venice for good. For this reason, be sure to move seeing Venice from your Bucket List to your favourite memories list sooner rather than later. While we won’t lose in for many years yet, annual floods also cause chaos. So head to Italy, hire that Gondola and enjoy what may one day be a lost city.


The Amazon Rainforest

Many of us get to experience the sea, to see a mountain and to stroll on a beach in our lifetimes. However, far fewer people ever get to see a rainforest. That’s because in some parts of the world they are non-existent. And sadly, where they do stand, they are slowly being destroyed. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the whole world, and is found in South America. While it is predominantly in Brazil, it also stretches out into places like Peru and Colombia. Inside this 5.5 million km2 area are around 30 million people and many millions of rare animals and plants. You might think that these stats alone would mean we were all doing our best to look after the rainforest. However, this is simply not the case. Deforestation is one of the several man-made factors that is destroying it. Visit and support causes to protect this from happening further, now.

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Travelling With Kids To Europe - Is It Worth It?

Europe is a destination on many people’s bucket list. With French chateau’s, Spanish culture and Italian cuisine, it’s a very attractive and exciting destination. If you’ve got children, you may think that you’ve missed your opportunity to visit this wonderful part of the world. There are much more amusement parks and playgrounds during a family vacation, rather than visiting historical sights and exploring authentic towns. But, if you are willing to make some compromises and plan in advance, then there is no real reason you cannot enjoy Europe with the whole family.

Children will allow you to live more like a local, and less like a visitor. You will have to make a mini home for yourself, and experience the local area a lot more thoroughly than if you were just passing through. While you will need to take their needs and interests into account, there are still many things that you will enjoy together, and both learn from.

When To Go?
Europe enjoys it’s warmest months during June to August. Temperatures will vary across the different countries, but during this time you can mostly expect warm and sunny days, with balmy evenings. This is, however, also the most popular time to visit Europe. It will be very busy in July and August due to summer holidays, with most major landmarks and tourist destinations highly populated. Prices can soar during these months as well, with holiday companies making the most of the surge of interest.
Spring and Autumn are ideal times to visit, with the slightly cooler weather and fewer crowds. There will be shorter queues for the attractions, and you’ll be able to see a lot more.

What Is The Best Age?
Some parents choose to not take their children abroad until they really appreciate it. But this may mean either you losing out on holidays as well, or leaving the kids behind. To travel round Europe and really make the most of the sights, you may be better to wait until they are a bit older, though. By the time they are at school, they should be able to walk around for most of the day, carry their own bag, and have some understanding of where they are.
Europe is an ideal location for older children and teenagers, as there is so much to educate and interest them on. Allow them to join in with the planning stages, as they will be much more enthusiastic if they have had a say in it. Try to cover everyone’s interests, and make compromises when it comes to the distance you’ll need to cover. Look through travel guides and books together, and discuss what everyone wants to see and experience. Remember, it is their holiday as well!

Booking a villa or house can work out much more cost-effective and practical, rather than individual hotel rooms. They will give you a proper living space for everyone to relax, a kitchen to cook meals and a good base to spend quality time together. Cooking in the evenings can save money by not eating out, and you’ll have plenty of space on a down day.

Camping is also a great way of experiencing Europe, and there are many beautiful campsites across the whole continent. Consider transport when you get there as you may need to hire a car, but many are close to cities and towns. If you don’t want to stay in a tent, most offer bungalows and chalets, offering a good quality accommodation while keeping costs down. The wide open spaces and other children to play with will keep the kids happy in the evening, and give you the opportunity to socialise with other parents and travellers.

Check the temperature and climate of the country you’re visiting, and try to pack as lightly s possible. Make room for extra changes for clothes for children, in case of emergency, and stock up on laundry liquid. Check here for the best suitcases and luggage, but you’re going to want strong and sturdy options to survive the distance.

Safety measures
Like when visiting any foreign country, safety should be a top priority when visiting Europe. Make sure you keep an eye on your kids at all times and don’t let them stray too far. Give them a business card of the hotel or villa where you are staying in case they get lost and agree on a meetup point when visiting attractions. You can even purchase identity bands for younger children in case they do wander off, which will allow strangers to locate you and return them safely. Make sure everyone is aware of the risks and importance of sticking together.
Pick-pocketing is an issue in Europe, so keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Busy attractions and public transport are danger areas for this, so secure your bags and don’t put valuable things in your pockets.

Dinner times
Children are notoriously fussy eaters, and will often balk at the thought of foreign food and new experiences. Most restaurants will show their menu on the outside, and offer a children’s menu, so check these before choosing where to eat. Make mealtimes into a game, choosing some safe options and some creative options. Consider packing some home comforts as well in case you get desperate, but encourage everyone to try new experiences.

After the trip
When you’ve home, make the most of the residual excitement by looking back and appreciating the holiday you’ve had. Discuss which part everyone enjoyed the most, and talk about where you would like to go next. Encourage them to read and research more into things they’ve seen, and writing a journal of what they’ve experienced can be a great way of teaching them new skills. Make sure you take plenty of photos to look back on and create new memories that you will cherish forever. The world is seen very differently through a child’s eyes, so they may have had a very different experience from you!

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Improve Your Job Application in 24 Hours: What You Need To Do


It’s tempting to send off a job application as soon as you find it. You don’t want to be left behind, so you rush it, and you don’t get the results you’re hoping for. Instead, I want you to take a little longer before you send the final product. In the next 24 hours, there’s a lot you can do to bolster that application further. We’re going to pick on a few things that you can do quickly and effectively.

Learn A New Skill Online
There are loads of websites online that offer the ability to learn courses at your own pace. Some of them take weeks and months, but others can be learned in a matter of hours. You’ll normally be given some kind of certificate at the end, too, which can improve your application. Talk about productive! Make sure you take a course that is related to the job in question and mention it in your CV/covering letter!

Do A Thorough Check For Grammar Issues
You’ve probably already checked to make sure you’ve dotted your i’s by now, but let’s do a more thorough check. The idea of a job application is to impress the employer. They might not be all that bothered about an incorrectly placed comma, but you should be. Use online grammar checking services to ensure that everything is as it should be. Also, ask friends and family to proofread your application before you go sending it off.


Take A Health & Safety Course
Health and safety is a requirement of every business, and it can be a pain to deal with. This is especially the case when needing to train new employees in necessary areas. So, why not speed up the process for them? Take a health and safety course in your local area, and you’ll be learning valuable skills for yourself as well as your job. If you get the role, your employer can then supplement your skills as necessary with health and safety training courses if necessary. Crucially, they’ll be impressed with your dedication. It’s one less thing for them to think about, too!

Go Online To Read Employee’s Experiences
Nowadays, we have the luxury of being able to go online and read all sorts of things about employers and jobs. For many big companies, you can find out everything you might want to know. Interview questions, employee reviews and salary expectations can often be found with a Google search. So, take the time now to do this for the company you’re applying for. You’ll find snippets of info that will prove very useful in your application, and they may just swing the odds in your favour.

Send Your Covering Letter To Be Proofread
Your covering letter is a massive part of your job application, and it will determine whether it is taken further or not. You need to make sure that not only is it grammatically correct, but that it will make the right impression. It isn’t always easy to do this. You can read as many guides as you like, but there’s no substitute for experience. If you know anyone who is experienced in sending covering letters, get it over to them today. Otherwise, seek an online service that can proofread it instead. You shouldn’t have to pay out the nose for this.

Obtain Concrete References
A lot of people write that their reference’s details can be obtained upon request. This is an easy way of getting out the hassle of contacting people for reference purposes. But, you’ve got 24 hours to do this, and that’s plenty of time. Contact at least one of your references to obtain the necessary information. As long as you’ve got someone that is contactable on there, you’ll be in a better position than having no one. Just a quick text or phone call is all that’s needed. Do it!


Visit The Company In Question
If you want to improve your chances of getting the job, you need to stand out. What better way to stand out than to visit the company in question? You don’t want to overdo this, however. Head to their reception desk and make yourself known. They might introduce you to the person managing the job advert, or they might not. Either way, you’ll have made an impression with at least one person in the company. Make sure you present yourself in a professional and polite manner.

Gather Necessary Documentation
For the job you’re applying for, there might be all sorts of documentation that you’ll be required to provide. Certifications for past achievements and legal documents are a common necessity in order to obtain a role. Instead of waiting until you’re given an interview to rush around and find those bits of paper, do it now. If the situation calls for it, you could attach them to the email you send, or photocopy them to staple to the application.

Simplify Your Formatting
The internet has given us all sorts of possibilities when it comes to applying for jobs, but it isn’t always helpful. If you’re going to be formatting your application with fonts, colours and tables, you better make sure you know what you’re doing. Amateurish formatting mistakes can lead to an unprofessional look, ruining your chances. Also, you never just know what software the employer is using to open your application. If the two aren’t compatible, it’ll look messy on their screen.

Double-Check Everything
Alright, so you’re almost there. In the final two hours of the 24, I want you to double-check everything. Go back through that application ten times and make sure nothing is out of place. Grammar checkers won’t pick up on everything, including missed-out words. You also want to make sure you’ve got your facts straight and that you can back-up everything you say. That extra care will go a long way when it comes to the interview stage.

Look how much you can do in 24 hours! There are no excuses; go and make your job application as amazing as it can be!

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.