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Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

For a long time I was guilty of using my hair dryer every single day. I would get up early, wash my hair and dry it on a high heat before running out of the door to work. Sound familiar?  So many of us blow-dry our hair everyday, it’s quick, convenient and let’s face it, we’re never going to achieve that salon look with using a hairdryer.

Even though I’m a hairdresser and I advise people on hair care regularly, I don’t always take my own pearls of wisdom on board. I know when I’ve over done it with the hairdryer and have had to use repair masks on so many occasions, as I’ve damaged my locks with too much heat. If like me you’re a fan of a the hairdryer, here are three reasons why you should step back and skip the blow-dry once in a while;

 

Too much heat can dry hair out –

Not only do we use hairdryers on a regular basis, but this is often followed by straighteners or curling wands too. That’s double the heat on hair that can only take so much. All this will do is dry your hair out, leaving it looking frazzled and feeling brittle. If you know you’re going to be using styling irons, it’s a good idea to leave enough time for your hair to dry naturally. That way you aren’t applying too much heat all in one go.

Frazzled hair can split more –

Once your hair starts to become dry and brittle, it’s at risk of splitting more than it should. One your hair has split, the only way to repair it is to cut it and wait for healthy hair to grow in its place. So unless you want to have to keep chopping your locks, taking a break from the extra heat can help keep those split ends at bay!

Too much heat can cause long-lasting damage to the hair cuticle –

Applying too much heat to your hair, or drying up the hair shaft instead of down can cause damage to the cuticle. Once you’ve cause this damage it’s often irreparable. This is one of the main reasons why you should skip the blow-dry once in a while, you don’t want to cause long-lasting damage to hair that you spend so much time looking after. If you can’t always avoid using the hairdryer, make sure that you angle the dryer down, moving from root to tip. This will help keep the cuticle safe from damage, as well as keeping your hair looking shiny and healthy.

 

 

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Comfort Food – Homemade Cheesy Sausage Rolls

Comfort Food – Homemade Cheesy Sausage Rolls

As much as eating healthy is important, there comes a time in our lives when a little comfort food is on the cards. Sausage rolls are the perfect bit of stodge that will hit the spot nicely. They take only a few minutes to prepare and taste absolutely delicious!

 

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Homemade Cheesy Sausage Rolls
Cuisine Comfort Food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Cuisine Comfort Food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
rolls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
  2. Add sausage meat to a bowl, if using sausages remove the skin.
  3. Add worcester sauce, parsley and black pepper and mix together thoroughly.
  4. Roll out pastry until it's around half a centimetre thick. slice into three equal strips.
  5. Spread a generous helping on Branston pickle over each strip of pastry, then sprinkle the cheese over the pickle.
  6. Roll the sausage meat between your hands and place in a line, the full length of each strip of pastry.
  7. Brush the edge of each strip of pastry with beaten egg. Fold the pastry and press down onto the egg until secure.
  8. Score marks into the top of each roll with a sharp knife.
  9. Brush each roll with beaten egg.
  10. Finally, cut each roll in half to make six rolls. Place on a baking tray and place them in a preheated oven. Bake for around 40 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy! 

Easy Self Hypnosis you can Practice at Home

Easy Self Hypnosis you can Practice at Home

Self-hypnosis can be hugely beneficial at times of upset or increased stress. It can also be beneficial if practised day-to-day, as a way to aid a calm and relaxed self and in a bid to prevent days of increased stress getting on top of you. As a qualified hypnotherapist, I’m a regular user and huge believer in self-hypnosis.

When I refer to self-hypnosis, I’m not talking about taking your self so deep that your aren’t aware of what you’re doing. It’s about taking the time out to relax deeply enough to relieve yourself of the stresses and strains of everyday life. To bring yourself back to the present and to refresh yourself, ready to take on whatever may come next.

 

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Your ten minutes self-hypnosis guide –

 

All it takes is ten minutes out of your day. After 2 – 3 days of practising this routine, you’re sure to notice a positive change in you mindset and wellbeing.

 

  • Find a quiet room in the house, where you will be free from distraction for the duration of the session.
  • You may wish to play low, relaxing music in the background and burn a relaxing scent to fill the room. Equally you may prefer complete silence, with no scent at all. Choose whatever will enable you to relax the most.
  • Sit or lie in a position that will allow your body to fully relax. You must be able to lean back, keeping your arms and legs uncrossed.
  • Once you are comfortable, close your eyes gently. Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for around 4 seconds.
  • Breathe out gently through your mouth, letting all the stresses of the day go as you do.
  • Repeat the last 2 steps a few more times, until you feel like your whole body is relaxed.
  • Concentrating on your breathing, count down slowly from 10 – 1. In between each count, tell yourself that your body is feeling relaxed and that you feel peaceful and calm.
  • Once your body is feeling fully relaxed, it’s time to concentrate on each part of your body separately. Pick out each part of your body, from the top of your head, right down the tips of your toes. As you move down your body, tell yourself that each part feels loose and relaxed. Tell yourself that you are releasing the tension of the day from each and every muscle.
  • After this, your body should feel incredibly relaxed and your mind at ease. Give yourself a few minutes to enjoy this feeling, whilst continuing to concentrate on your breathing.
  • Now it’s time to re-enter your day. Count slowly up from 1 – 5, moving your body and rousing yourself as you do.
  • On 5, open your eyes and reconnect with your surroundings. Once you feel ready you can get up, feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the rest of your day.

 

It’s important to make sure that you are fully alert before getting on with the rest of your day. Please do not attempt to take on any tasks such as driving, until you are ready!

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Budget Meals: King Prawn & Vegetable Noodles

Budget Meals: King Prawn & Vegetable Noodles

 

If you’re looking for quick, cheap and easy meals then this king prawn and vegetables noodles dish will be perfect for you. It takes very little time and effort to prepare, whilst being both delicious and nutritious!

 

 

 

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King Prawn & Vegetable Noodles
A cheap and easy meal!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Budget Meals
Prep Time 10 minutes.
Cook Time 10 minutes.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Budget Meals
Prep Time 10 minutes.
Cook Time 10 minutes.
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add a little oil to a wok and heat gently.
  2. Chop the mushrooms, pepper and red onion and add to the wok.
  3. Increase heat and cook vegetables for around five minutes.
  4. Add the noodles and prawns to the wok and continue cooking for a further few minutes, until noodles have separated.
  5. Add the cream cheese, stir fry sauce and spinach. Continue cooking for two minutes.
  6. Add black pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy!

Eco Cosmetics Hair Styling Range – Review

Eco Cosmetics Hair Styling Range – Review

The hairdresser in me always keen to try out new products. Over the years I’ve have tried so many, some I have loved and others not so much. I’m always trying them out on my clients too and like to get their opinion on what I’m using and what they’re looking for in a product.

This week, I got to put my hairdressing hat on to test out the ECOCERT certified, natural and organic hair products from Eco Cosmetics

 

The Products –

I was sent the gloss and volume mousse and hair spray from the Eco Cosmetics hair styling range. Both products include an array of natural ingredients including; goji berries to help improve the strength of hair and pomegranate to give our locks a moisture injection! The packaging of the product is clean and simple, giving them an eco friendly look to match what’s inside. Both products have a fruity fragrance too, but one that isn’t too over powering. This is a plus point for me as not all of my clients like the strong smell that often comes with hairspray. For them, this product is the perfect alternative.

The Verdict –

The first product I tried out was the mousse, which is also certified vegan by The Vegan Society. I think this product is great to add a boost the hair root, giving volume to sets and blow drys. The key to this product is not to use too much, less is definitely more and this stops your do looking ‘tacky’ when it’s dry. My older clients have been huge fans of this product, it keeps their sets in place and some have even stopped using the old setting lotion since I introduced them to Eco Cosmetics – that’s a compliment in itself!

I’ve tried out the EcoCosmetics hair spray on my own hair as well as on my clients. As it’s a pump spray, it’s the ideal alternative for those clients who don’t like to use aerosols and as I stated earlier, it smells so much better for it. This hair spray has a firm hold, but doesn’t leave hair sticky if you only use a little. A few pumps really is all you need to hold your style, both products will last me some time as they go so far.

Overall, I’m really impressed with these products. It’s a no frills, does what it says on the tin sort of range which I find really refreshing. I’m one happy hairdresser, with equally happy clients thanks to Eco Cosmetics!

 

The guys over at Eco Cosmetics are giving away three sets of their hair styling range to my readers. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck! 

 

Win a set of Eco Cosmetics hair styling products.

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One Pot Recipes – Butternut Squash & Sausage Casserole

One Pot Recipes – Butternut Squash & Sausage Casserole

I’m a huge lover of one pot recipes. Not only are they yummy and filling, but they can be healthy and super easy to make. As a busy working mum, one pot recipes are my go to meal option when I know I have a hectic day ahead. If you have a large slow cooker, these recipes are great to make a big batch for freezer ready meals too!

One of my favourite one pot recipes is butternut squash and sausage casserole. It’s packed full of healthy veg, makes the house smell amazing as it cooks and tastes totally scrumptious!

 

Here’s a really easy recipe that takes less than fifteen minutes to prepare:

 

 

 

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One Pot Recipes - Butternut Squash & Sausage Casserole
Course Main Dish
Cuisine One Pot Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes.
Cook Time 5 - 6 hours on medium heat.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine One Pot Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes.
Cook Time 5 - 6 hours on medium heat.
Servings
people.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel the squash and carrot, cube both to preferred size.
  2. Heat sausages in a pan, when evenly browned chop into chunks.
  3. Dice the olives.
  4. Add the squash, carrot, olives and carrot to the slow cooker.
  5. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, passata and tomato puree into the slow cooker.
  6. Add the oregano and parsley and stir all ingredients together.
  7. Heat on medium for 5 - 6 hours.
  8. Add the spinach around 30 minutes before serving.
  9. Add the black pepper to taste.
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Now all you have to do is enjoy!

Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

As 2018 approached, I found myself mentally planning the diet I would go on come January. At first I was convinced that ‘Veganuary’, going Vegan for the whole of January, was the way to go. I would surely loose stones and finally get back to my pre-baby size and weight. So, I continued to enjoy my food over the Christmas break, knowing that in a weeks time I would change my outlook on life and make things ‘better’ over night. Oddly enough just a few hours into January, I realised that all I’d achieved by conforming to the New Year diet culture was finding a direct route to failure. Followed by disappointment, accompanied by misery and a constant state of ‘hangry’.

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Overindulging once in a while is ok –

Once the cold hard reality of my love of meat set in, I knew it was time to re-assess my weight loss goals for 2018. Starting with asking myself if I really need to lose any weight at all. Granted I’m not as small as I used to be, but I’m also by no means obese. I’ve had two children which has changed my body, in some ways irreversibly. I’ll never get rid of the stretch marks and I’ll always have a ‘mummy tummy’ as a result of them. So even if I spent the next few months starving myself, I’m not sure I’d be able to achieve the desired effect anyway.

With all of this running through my mind, I can’t help but think that overindulging once in a while is OK. Whether, it’s a birthday, a holiday or a takeaway night ‘just because’, treating ourselves isn’t the end of the world. I’m not saying you should constantly gorge on rubbish food because you feel like it, there wouldn’t be any benefits to that. What would be a benefit though, is enjoying a little of what you fancy every now and again.

Passing on healthy habits –

At the point of writing this, my eldest daughter is coming up to three years of age. She’s bright, intelligent and gets more aware of her surroundings every day. Having struggled with unhealthy eating habits for a lot of my life, the last thing I want to do is pass on poor habits to my girls. They both watch my every move, so it’s up to me to make sure I pass on healthy habits, to make sure that their relationship with food is the best that it can be.

There’s already so much negativity in the world regarding the way we look. The ‘perfect’ body image is forced into our subconscious everyday. Every Lifestyle blog I’ve come across has posts discussing the problems associated with the media and body image. I can only imagine how much worse this will get as our children get older. I want them to know and most importantly believe that they are beautiful. I want them to appreciate all that is positive about themselves and to realise that what the media portrays as ‘perfect’, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Everything in moderation –

I know this sounds like a cliché, but I truly believe in the power of everything in moderation. That includes food and exercise. In the past I’ve eaten too much food and not exercised enough. For a lot of my life, I’ve exercised far too much and eaten very little. Both of these scenarios did little for my health, mentally and physically. Adopting an everything in moderation attitude has been one of the healthiest choices I’ve ever made.

So, this year I’m saying goodbye to diet culture. I’m going live an everything in moderation kind of life. I’m going to eat healthily, treat myself once in a while and continue to exercise regularly. I truly can’t see the point in restricting my diet so much that it strips the joy out of life. I don’t want food to be at the forefront of my mind, when what I really should be thinking about is family, work and other things that make me happy!

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Make A Wheelie Good Decision And Start Cycling

Make A Wheelie Good Decision And Start Cycling

It can be hard to find the motivation to be a tad more active. After long days at work, the sofa is much more welcoming than the gym, especially when the evenings are still dark, and the weather is drab and grey. However, you mustn’t neglect your physical health and well being. While evenings with the family huddled up in a cosy living room in front of a roaring fire are the stuff of dreams, the inevitable treats and sweets that go along with an evening in front of the TV are not.

 

Not everyone is a gym bunny. If the thought of venturing on a treadmill in full view of the world and his wife doesn’t thrill you, then why not consider something new. Cycling is a pastime that can be enjoyed alone or as a family, and you can go as fast or as slow as you like. You can start at a gentle pace before working your way up to a Chris Froome racing standard.

 

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On The Road

 

If you’re planning on heading out on the road with your bicycle, make sure you are kitted up. Even if you don’t plan on heading out when it’s dark, it pays to have some lights fitted to your bike, just in case you get delayed and find yourself venturing back home in the moonlight. Get yourself a high vis vest and a helmet at the very least and ensure that your bike is roadworthy. You don’t want the chain slipping off constantly or your tyres to be vulnerable to punctures.

 

You’ll have to learn some new maintenance skills to help maintain the condition of your two wheels. You won’t have to change any oil, check the wipers are working or read tyre pressures; you simply have to make sure the tyres are pumped up, the saddle is secure, and you have a good ding to your bell! It’s vital your bike is roadworthy before you take it for a ride.

 

While sharing the road with cars and lorries can be nerve-wracking at first, if you stick to the laws of the road you shouldn’t have any problems. Specialist cycle insurance is now available to provide a whole host of cover options should you find yourself in an accident or discover that dodging a pothole has ruined the suspension on your beloved two wheels.

 

Health

 

The health benefits of cycling will be apparent as soon as you get riding. Instead of taking the bus or driving your car, you should ride your bike wherever possible. By increasing your cycle time steadily week on week, you will feel yourself pedalling harder with less effort, managing to get up those local hills without stopping and getting into work quicker than when you first started. Cardio exercise will see you tone up, shift the pounds and burn some fat – all hugely positive health benefits.

 

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Family Time

 

Instead of spending Saturdays indoors with the kids with you pottering around downstairs and your little darlings upstairs in their rooms glued to some shooting war game on their Xbox, it’s time to head outdoors. Venturing outside means you’ll have more quality time together as a family breathing in the fresh, clean air of your local park, heading out for a picnic and enjoying leisurely family bicycle rides.

 

Velodrome And Indoor Cycling

 

You don’t have to cycle outside or on the road if this makes you a little nervous. You could locate your nearest velodrome and have a go around the oval track. Although you won’t be whipping on an aerodynamic helmet and breaking world records anytime soon, you can challenge yourself to beat personal best lap times. You might want to join a cycling club and meet like-minded newbies who are venturing out cycling for the first time.

 

 

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It can be hard to find a hobby that you can really enjoy and that helps you maintain a sound level of fitness at the same time. The best aspect of cycling is that your initial outgoings will be cheap. All you need is some safety gear, a helmet and a bike. Give cycling a try and see if you enjoy the thrill of a team pursuit, the joy of a pedal in the park or the quality family time it can give you. To get some top-notch cardiovascular exercise, why not make a wheelie good decision and give cycling a go. What have you got to lose?

 

 

 

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Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Ever since having children, I’ve spent so much time worrying about my health. My girls are the most important thing in my life and so keeping my body healthy, in order to be at my best for them is so important. Pre-children I would burn the candle at both ends and think nothing of it. These days I try my hardest to look after myself in every way, with the hope of passing on the same habits to the girls!

There are so many ways to help keep yourself healthy, some more complex than others. Making just a few simple changes to your life though, can mean the difference between feeling sluggish and in need of a boost, to feeling on top of the world!

 

Here are three ways to help keep yourself healthy, without changing your life too much;

 

Exercise regularly –

You don’t have to shell out on an expensive gym membership to make sure you fit a little exercise into your life. There are a few easy exercises that you can do at home HERE! Not only will exercising more help keep you physically healthy, it also releases endorphins helping to keep your mind healthy too.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol –

I’m not saying you should never enjoy a drink, but being aware of how much you alcohol you consume and taking steps to cut back is a sure-fire way to improve your health. Truth be told alcohol just isn’t good for us, so the less we drink the better in the long the run. Many serious health condition including breast cancer have been linked to alcohol intake, so it’s worth keeping a check on how many units you drink and how regularly this happens.

Eat as healthy foods more often –

It’s so important to make sure that the majority of the food we eat is healthy. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I get a lot of pleasure out of eating nice food. So for me watching what I eat isn’t always that easy. There are ways to trick ourselves into eating tasty food that is good for us at the same time, enter the ‘Fakeaway’! You guessed it, takeaway style food without all of the fats, salts and calories we don’t really need to be eating.

Here are a few parenting blog ‘Fakeaway’ recipes to give you a little inspiration;

 

Salt & Pepper Chicken

Healthy BBQ Pizza

Beef Rogan Josh

A Mexican Feast

An Indian Feast

Homemade Doner Kebabs

 

 

 

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Xupo Key Finder – Giveaway!

Xupo Key Finder – Giveaway!

Are you the kid of person who throws down their keys as soon as they walk through the door? I am. The trouble is, when it’s time to head out again I have to spend precious time searching for said keys! Not forgetting the times the children find them before I do and they end up at the bottom on an over-flowing toy box.

Recently though, I found a solution to my carelessness. It’s very small, but very mighty – it’s the Xupo Key Finder! All you have to do is connect this great piece of kit to your phone and add it to your key ring. So, when you lose your keys you don’t have to spend the next hour trying to find them. All you have to do is locate them using your phone. No fuss at all!

 

 

As I love the Xupo Key Finder so much, I thought I’d share that joy with my readers as a way to celebrate the beginning of Salubrious Place! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. Please do take a peek at the terms and conditions before taking part…good luck! 

 

Xupo Key Finder Giveaway

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