The Ultimate Relaxing Bathroom Should Have These Things

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The bathroom is the best room in the house to relax in, sometimes. Whether you’re going in there for a long soak in the bath to unwind, or you just want to clean up after a trying day, you want to feel good when you enter your bathroom.

What does a relaxing bathroom need to make you feel great? 





A Tranquil Color Scheme


The colors used in the bathroom can seriously change our moods and the way we feel. For instance, if you’re already stressed and you step into a red bathroom, it’s unlikely you’re going to feel much better. However, if you step into a blue/green bathroom, you will likely feel more peaceful. Natural colors have the ability to make us feel better! 




A Bath


Some people may claim to be able to relax in the shower, but the bath is usually better. Soaking in a hot bath is great for stress and tense muscles. 




Natural Materials


Natural materials used in the bathroom can give a spa-like feel. Include them in the form of accessories and decorations if you can. For instance, stone, bamboo, wood (suitable for damp temperatures) etc. It’ll also make your bathroom look more expensive. 




A Bath Caddy


A bath caddy can hold everything on it, from your shampoo to the book you’re reading. This means you won’t have to make a mess trying to find what you need. You can even make your own. Take a look at the infographic below!




credit to Soakology.co.uk

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Health and weight loss update

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A few times recently I have spoken about doing more exercise and trying to be more healthy. It really started (again) after the boys went back to school after the summer holidays. The Hubby and I need to  get more exercise and lose weight and we took the opportunity to start when school started. It's been a little over a month since I started and I wanted to let you know how I've got on.




Starting point


Weight: 14st 5.1lbs
Fitness: non-existent - couldn't run at all.

When the boys went back to school I did the weekly shop with healthy food in mind. I was on a mission to do well. While I wasn't at my all time highest weight I didn't feel good and knew I should've done something about my weight ages ago. On 8th September I weighed myself and learned I was 14st 5.1lbs, it was going to take a long time to shift that weight.

My target is 10st but that is one big target, that's a lot of weight to lose. Instead of focussing on the whole amount I focus on the fact that I am losing weight.

Again when I started I wasn't doing daily exercise and I hadn't done any running since 2015. Not Good. I vowed to start running again. The first day back at school I set my alarm for 6am, got up and went on the treadmill for 30 minutes. It killed me. That first 30 minutes, walking at 3.5mph, really pushed me and I was worn out by the time I'd finished. But I did it. I got up and achieved something before the kids were even out of bed.




Where I am now


Weight: 13st 6.6lbs
Fitness: um, better. Can run for 10 1 minute sessions within 30 minutes.

I have almost lost a whole stone! Woo! That's a milestone right there. It feels like it has taken forever but when you think about it hasn't even been two months yet. I'm hoping that by the time I reach the two month mark I will have lost a stone. I know 1.5lbs doesn't sound like a lot of weight to lose but sometimes it's tougher than it sounds.



My fitness level has improved massively. In the last few weeks I've been pushing myself more than usual and I've managed to run for 2 minutes straight. Some might laugh at that but for me that's quite an achievement. In my 30 minutes on the treadmill I run for at least 10 single minutes. Sometimes I'll string a couple of the minutes together if I'm feeling energetic but those couple of minutes do tire me out. Yesterday I managed to do 11 minutes, 4 of which were paired into 2 minute runs. Does that make sense? Basically I run for 2 minutes, walk for 1.5, then run again for another 2 minutes, or something like that. The key to building up my fitness has been doing it every day, including weekends. I am up at 6am every single day. I get out of bed, put on my running gear and head downstairs to the treadmill. That 30 minutes of exercise sets me up for the day, gives me a good feeling and a sense of achievement. I'll take that, even if I wasn't losing weight.




Food


Food is always a big issue when trying to lose weight. Whether it's working out what healthy thing to eat for lunch or trying to get something healthy we can have whilst on a car journey we've been quite good at watching what we're eating. 

We have been using the MyFitnessPal app for monitoring our food and this has really helped us understand what we can eat and how much. For me, I've reduced my portion sizes massively and for the Hubby he is aware what calorie allowance he has to play with. We are still allowing ourselves the odd chocolate bar and the more we learn about recipes and various kinds of food the more we're realising we can still eat nice food without compromising our weight loss.






In the past month we've had sausages on buns, stir fry, turkey mince with spaghetti, chicken lo mein (from the Tasty website - video below), and prawns. We've enjoyed some of our favourite meals as well as some super healthy ones. I'm feeling pretty good about our choices.







Where to next


Nothing really changes. I'll continue with my exercise and eating healthily and hopefully the weight loss will continue. The exercise is becoming more of a routine now and while I'm super tired by 9pm I feel like it's worth it. 

I'm even beginning to notice a difference in my clothes, my jeans tend to fall down a lot at the moment and I've had to resort to using a belt to hold them up. It won't be long until I'm going down a size!

There's still lots of work to do but with the lovely meals that are still healthy, still being able to eat chocolate, and getting me-time to do exercise I feel like I can take it all. 



How do you stay healthy?




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10 ways you can show him you care

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When it comes to relationships, men like feeling appreciated as much as women. There are many ways you can express your gratitude to your man for being a part of your life, apart from cheesy letters and notes left in his lunch box. If you want him to know how much you care about him, you have to use the language he easily understands. Most men get scared if you go soft and emotional, but they will remember a thoughtful gift or special meal. Find ten tips below to make your man feel happy, respected, and loved. 



“Couple” by Dragunsk Usf is licensed under CC BY 2.0




Cook his favourite meal


Men love being spoiled, even though they do not always confess to this. Throw a surprise dinner of his favourite dishes, and wait for the reaction. Is there a special food you tried when you went on holiday and you both liked? Look up the recipe and get cooking. Make sure that he is free that night and you have cleared your diary, arranged babysitting, and there are no sport events on he might want to watch. Pay attention to the presentation, and put on a nice dress. This will show him that you appreciate him. 




Get him an adventure voucher


You might not be a keen on bungee jumping or racing cars, but your man might enjoy taking part in extreme sports. Show him that he is free and you want him to enjoy himself without you taking part. Get him a voucher for a race track experience, or sign him up for a helicopter navigation course. He will have a great time and come back happier than ever. 







Let him pick the holiday destination


You might think that men are not interested in arranging holidays, and you might be right. However, the reason why he says he doesn’t mind where you go next is because he does not want to book hotels, flights, and car rentals. He definitely cares where you go, and might prefer Costa Rica to Norway in December. Ask him for his dream destination and take care of the rest. He will feel included in the decision and look forward to the vacation more. 




Invite his friends over


One of the main cause of arguments between couples is about the freedom to go out and socialize outside of the relationship. You might have some common friends, but he could have colleagues and old school friends he likes catching up sometimes. Why don’t you offer to invite them over and throw a party for them in your house? Make sure that you stay in the background and let your man enjoy the company of his friends. 




Spoil his mother


Every guy admires their mother. They respect them and want you to get on with them. On the other hand, if you are thinking long term, your future mother-in-law’s word will count more than anybody else’s. Arrange to give his mother a lift to the shopping centre, take her out for a coffee, or invite her for lunch. Your man will appreciate your effort, and his mother will be more likely to approve of you. It is a win-win situation, and you might even hear some funny stories from his childhood while you socialise with his mom. 




Admire his skills


Men, just like women are vain, but in a different way. They love being admired for their practical skills, their strength, abilities, and cleverness. Praise them a lot and they will remain happy and faithful. Mention how good it was of him to fix the front door or check up your car. Tell him that cutting the grass was taking you ages, and he was a great help doing it for you. Be glad with him when he gets a promotion or pay rise, and tell him that he deserved it. This will make him feel ten feet tall and respected. 







Wash his car or bike


Your man’s other girlfriend is likely to have an engine inside. He might adore you, but love the sound of his car or bike. Is he too busy at work? Give the car or bike a good polish and wax, and you will be in his good books. Many women make a mistake being jealous of boys’ toys. Don’t be one of them, but acknowledge that he has other passions, too. Get a special treatment that will restore the dash or rubber on his machine, and he will like you even more. 




Find out more about his hobbies


Does your other half play any sports or games? Is he passionate about football, rugby, or basketball? Even if you are not interested in the game itself and the scores, you can learn some basic things about it, so you can have a conversation with him. He will appreciate your effort. Make sure that you tell him you looked up a player just for him, and you want to know more about what makes this game so interesting for him. Does your man go fishing? Send him an article about the latest techniques and gear, and he will thank you for it. 




Go out to watch a match


If you feel OK with it, you can make the effort and go to a match with your man. He will enjoy the experience and love the fact that you want to be a part of it. Even if you are not a supporter, try to show enthusiasm, and watch his face light up when his team scores. If you support a different team, make sure that you don’t get a ticket to a match when his team plays against yours, or it will end with a bad argument for sure. If you don’t like sports, you can simply get out of it by getting him a season ticket for his birthday. 




Get him a stylish gift


It is always challenging to find the perfect gift for a man. They are less open about what they really want, and most of them have a limited sense of fashion or style. You need to think about a gift that will match all his outfit and he can wear every day. Get him a funny T-shirt with his favourite characters, or a toolbox he can take with him in the car. Alternatively, if you want to give him a special gift for an anniversary, you might opt for stylish jewellery, such as gold chains. You can pick up some great deals from this site.




While the above tips are great if you want to make your man feel admired, loved, and appreciated, you must make sure that you take into consideration his taste, preferences, and style. Listen to what he says, what he is passionate about, and what makes him happy. The general rule is that men are not good at taking criticism, but they love praises. Most of them will appreciate a delicious dinner more than an expensive gift. Some, however, have an eye for fashion and style, and love looking trendy. Whether your man is a football fan, an adrenaline junkie, or a career addict, you can find the right way to show him you care about him. And remember, actions speak louder than words.

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Creating a perfect, stress-free-bedroom

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If you value your sleep, which you really should do considering it provides you with the energy and rest you need to make every day count, then you should be doing all you can to send yourself to sleep every night. But what is the best way to do this? 

Is it to have a cup of cocoa or Horlicks before bed? 
Is it to take sleeping pills? 
Is it to go to bed early, or go to bed when you are actually tired? 

I suppose everybody has different techniques when it comes to falling to sleep at night, and these tactics may very well work. But, the best thing you can do to send yourself to sleep, no matter how easily you fall off to sleep each night, is to create yourself a sleeping oasis. 

More to the point, you should create yourself a perfect, stress-free bedroom. 






Regulate the light in the room


In order to make your bedroom as sleep inducing as can be, you need to ensure that the light within it is regulated, especially at night time.

Specifically, this means that your bedroom should be bathed in complete darkness at night time, no light should be able to creep in. Light stimulates the body and mind, and when they are stimulated they can’t shut off and fall to sleep. So, make sure that not light cannot creep into your bedroom at night, whether it be light from your upstairs landing area, light from a street light outside, or light from an exceedingly bright moon. 

Investing in window coverings that offer a complete blackout when nightfall arrives is the best way to do this. But, these coverings should also allow light in when the morning turns up so that your body is properly reinvigorated when morning comes. So, choose wisely!




Keep the room de-cluttered and spacious


Keeping your bed tidy and clutter free isn’t the only thing that you should be doing when it comes to creating a relaxing, sleep-inducing environment in your bedroom. No, you should be ensuring the whole room follows suit too.

The first thing you need do is accept that there is just no getting around it, you’re going to have to do some tidying up and organising in your bedroom. You’re going to have put your clothes in your wardrobe, and not have them draping over any chairs or, even worse, lying on the floor. You’re going to have to make sure your desk isn’t full of different bits and bobs. You’re going to have to keep the bin in your room clutter free at all times. And you're going to have to do all of these things in order to stop your brain from getting distracted by anything when the time comes for it to switch off.

To further lessen the chance of your brain becoming distracted by its environment make sure the room is as scarce and as spacious as can be. This could mean making use of all the space in your room by, say, taking out your radiators and replacing them with horizontal column radiators. It could mean replacing your bedside tables and your desk with suspended tables, so you can make use of the space beneath. Or it could simply mean taking out everything you don’t need in the room and keeping only the sleeping necessities in it. 




Use sleep technology


Sleep technology is something that you should be bringing into your bedroom if you are stricken with the plight of insomnia each and every night. Why? Because it helps you sleep, of course!

Sleep technology comes in many different forms; the most famous of these forms, however, is the memory foam mattress. This is a type of technology, more to the point a type of mattress, that cradles and comforts those that sleep upon to it to the point where they simple cannot help but drift away to sleep. There is the traditional style that tends to all the body’s pressure points and ensure they are all relaxed enough for sleep. There is the air cooled style that helps to keep those that sleep upon it as warm or as cool as they need to be all night long. And there is the gel style which offers a firm, strong bed on which to lay upon.

Whichever memory foam mattress suit your sleeping needs the best, just make sure you have one waiting for you in your bedroom each and every night if you value your sleeping pattern!




Ventilate your bedroom’s temperature


In order to stimulate a good night’s sleep, your bedroom must be correctly ventilated. More to the point, it must be able to fight nasty chills and warm them up, and it must be able to tackle uncomfortable heats too.

Now, this could mean that you keep your bedroom windows either open or closed at night. But, what with the unpredictability of today's climate, you never know what kind of temperature you’re going to have to face. So, if you’re really serious about maintaining a comfortable temperature all night long, then you’re going to have to do more. 

What you can do is simply switch from opening or closing your windows, to opening or closing your bedroom door. By keeping your bedroom door open you avoid the room becoming too stuffy without having to face a cold temperature coming in from the outside of the world. By closing your bedroom door at night, you allow your bedroom to retain all the heat it needs to see you stay warm, especially on a cold winter’s night. 




Pay attention to the colour scheme


You may be thinking that the colour scheme in your room is of no importance when you’re trying to create the perfect sleeping oasis because of the fact that you won’t be able to see it in the darkness of night. But, your bedroom’s colour scheme is in fact one of the most important things for you to be focusing on because it promotes relaxation when your lights are still on, and then ultimately sleep when they are off.

It is recommended that your bedroom walls should be adorned in colours like teal blue and raspberry pink because they are borne of cool hues.



Creating a perfect, stress-free bedroom might just be the thing you need to do to improve your sleeping pattern. And, if you take heed of the advice above when you do so, you’ll be sure to fix it in no time. Whether it’s a case of spending big on sleep technology or a new bed, or simply deciding to vent your room through its door, and not its windows, using these tips will help. You deserve a good night’s sleep every single night.

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Post Comment Love 20th - 22nd October

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It is Friday. It is Post Comment Love. Join Stephanie and I for the best linky in town (even if I do say so myself!) and link up your best post of the week. I can't wait to read!

It is officially half term. LP is off school today, INSET day, which means I have to try to get some blogging done while he sits in my room nagging me about what he should do all day. This half term has come at a really inopportune time though, what with us not having any internet for 3 whole weeks just before this both the Hubby and I are trying to frantically catch up before the Christmas break. It is amazing how much happens in 3 weeks when you have no internet!

This week I've spent some time reading blogs, connecting on Facebook, trying to up my game when it comes to Facebook posts, writing blog posts, making more crafts, reading my novel and making notes, as well as all the other things I have to do as a mum and wife. It's been a busy week. But I haven't felt rushed or like I don't have enough time, which is weird.



Perhaps it's because I'm not stressing myself out with deadlines and things like "I must post x number of posts on the blog this week". I'm taking it easy, 3 posts for definite every week from me and if I feel like doing more, there'll be more. To be honest I think the taking it easy approach is really working for me. I feel more relaxed about the whole thing and I'm able to think too - bonus!

I hope you have some great things planned for half term. Have a great week.



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