Joy's Flair Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:10:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How A Few Paving Stones Can Revamp Your Outdoor Spaces Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:10:17 +0000 Many people say that we don’t spend enough time outdoor […]

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Many people say that we don’t spend enough time outdoors. That’s worrying, and it’s most worrying for children. If kids don’t spend time outside – and most of them don’t – then it can mess up their lives in the long run. They’ll get used to living indoors. They won’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. They’ll lose the art of outdoor play. They’ll become unfit. These are all terrible consequences of a life without the great outdoors.

You can help your children rediscover the joy of being outside. All it takes is a little care and attention towards your garden. Lots of us have gardens that resemble unkempt wildernesses, not areas where kids can play. That’s easy to solve. As it turns out, just a few creative uses of ordinary paving stones can turn your garden into a paradise fit for play. Here’s how.

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You can use paving stones from Easy Pave in a variety of different ways. Let’s say you’re worried about monitoring your children if they’re out in the garden. Paving stones can make a fantastic patio. A patio at the top or bottom of your garden can be the perfect place to keep watch over your kids. You can also catch a few rays there without getting a wet backside from your grass. Another use for a patio could be as a place to socialise as a family. You could stick a barbecue on it and invite the neighbours round. That way, all the kids in the neighbourhood can get together and play in your back garden. All that, from the cost of a few paving stones!

Paving can also solve a few issues that may stop you from letting your kids outside. You can use them as stepping stones between the home and the garden area. That’s good for younger children, as it gives them a safe place from any thorns or nettles. There are lots of dangers in gardens, but stepping stones can act as a ‘safe zone’ for any children who can’t recognise hazards.

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You should also consider using paving to act as a wall in larger gardens. That way, you can separate your garden into different areas. That can be a great way to give the children their own designated area in which to play. Walls are most useful for parents who grow plants or vegetables in their garden. They can act as a barrier, protecting the plants while encouraging the children to play. What’s more, giving the children a walled area of the garden can give them a sense of responsibility. If they’re in charge of maintaining their section of the garden, they’ll feel more mature. Encouraging responsible play is a great way for your children to move towards adulthood.

You might not think that a few paving stones can revamp your outdoor spaces into fantastic and safe play areas. As you can see now, that’s not the case. A garden is an asset to any home. Make the most of it. Your kids will thank you for it if you do.

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4 Easy Ways to Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Space Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:41:18 +0000   There is a common fear among home owners that re […]

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There is a common fear among home owners that revamping the outdoor living space is going to do some serious damage to your bank account. This fear, usually results in an outdated garden, finished off with a couple of dying pot plants, and $10 chairs that you picked up from your local hardware store. It’s funny, we spend so much time and effort perfecting our interior areas, that we neglect the exterior – a space that should really be the extension of the inside, not the Amazon jungle. If the idea of entering your overgrown yard makes you cringe, perhaps it’s time for a makeover! Whatever your budget, here are some simple ideas to transform your garden into a relaxing oasis.


Freshen the Walls with a Coat of Paint

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for reviving and old space. If timber is already a feature in your backyard, you’ve probably noticed that without the right maintenance, they struggle under the harsh elements. You’ll firstly need to prepare the surface before you start coating over with a fresh lick of paint. Simply peel the existing paint, and lightly sand the area to provide a smooth base for re-painting.


Revamp Your Outdoor Accessories and Furniture

Unless you plan on keeping that plastic outdoor setting – which I’m assuming you don’t – a dining or lounge suite is essential to creating a relaxed and comfortable vibe. If you have pre-existing outdoor furniture that’s a bit faded, there’s nothing a colourful pop of fresh paint can’t fix. However, if you plan on purchasing a new suite, consider outdoor coverage for the wet months, or a product that is durable enough to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it. You could include a love seat for a private feeling, a wooden dining setting for potential dinner parties, and a large weather resistant umbrella to keep it protected.


Create a Magical Feel with Outdoor Lighting

Your home isn’t left in the dark, so why would you treat your outdoor space the same? The right lighting can truly make or break a space. If you’ve packed it out with a sea of bright lights, you’ll constantly feel like you’re under interrogation. If you’ve got a few candles sparingly placed around the yard, you’ll likely spill your supper. There are a plethora of garden lighting products to choose, with the favourite being weaving fairy lights around the trees to create a magical and whimsical ambiance. Another option is including inbuilt spotlights along your garden bed to create a light feature on your wall. Even if you have a limited budget, you can always opt for garden lamps and lanterns, which have a rustic appeal.


Make an Entertainment Area with an Outdoor Patio

Even the most inexperienced D.I.Yer has the ability to install a patio in their backyard. This is a highly effective way to dress any garden, creating a designated space for entertaining. Start from scratch with concrete slabs, wooden panels, bricks or tiles, or if you’re feeling a bit scared at the thought of arranging your space, call on a specialist like Additions Building to help you through all the planning and process.

Have you recently updated your garden space? What are your simple yet effective ways of sprucing up an area? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Relax to Beat Insomnia Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:07:10 +0000 Insomnia can affect many people. There are a few reason […]

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Insomnia can affect many people. There are a few reasons people develop the condition. For instance, stress, depression, anxiety, medications and medical conditions can bring it on. It’s unfortunate when it does, and it can seem that there is little to help a person who has insomnia. However, there are some things that can be done in the event insomnia is caused by depression, anxiety and stress. For other causes, medication may help.



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While the air conditioner and heating system may not instantly relax a person, it is necessary that a person feel comfortable in order to sleep. If an air conditioner or heating system is not functioning properly, a person who is already suffering from insomnia will be further discouraged from sleeping. It’s important to seek reparation climatisation Anjou and thermo pump Montreal immediately. In addition, a bed should be comfortable. Fresh clean sheets and other bedding makes the bed more enjoyable to sleep in.

Relaxation is important for sleep. Soaking in a hot bath or jacuzzi helps people who have insomnia because it helps them to relax. A mind and body needs to wind down. Warmth loosens up muscles, helps increase blood flow, reduces pain and creates good-feeling hormones that will help a person quickly fall to sleep.

People can get caught in a cycle of insomnia. Oddly what keeps a person up is made worse by a lack of sleep. When a person can’t get enough sleep, they are further stressed. Breaking the cycle is important. Remain calm if sleep doesn’t come right away. Focus on relaxing rather than focusing on sleep.


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Summer Picnic Party Ideas: How to Have Fun in the Sun Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:22:28 +0000 No matter what you are celebrating, a summer picnic par […]

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No matter what you are celebrating, a summer picnic party is the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. If you want to take the celebration outdoors, here are a few ideas for throwing a picnic party and having some fun in the sun.


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Play Summer Games

Nothing says summer like setting up a net and playing a casual game of volleyball or badminton with party guests.  Here are more picnic games for your summer shebang:

  • horseshoes
  • tug of war
  • pie-eating contest
  • three-legged race
  • Bocce ball
  • croquet
  • sack race
  • egg and spoon relay
  • scavenger hunt
  • capture the flag


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If it’s really hot, plan some water games to keep your guests cool and entertained. Some fun water games include the following:

  • Water Balloon Volleyball:Instead of a ball, use a water balloon. Get a partner and use a towel to catch the balloon (without popping it), and launch it back over the net.
  • Water Baseball:The ball is a wet sponge, the bases are large buckets of water.
  • Water Limbo:Have guests do the limbo, but use the water stream from a hose as the limbo stick.


Take Safety Precautions

No matter what you choose to do during your picnic, make sure your guests stay safe and healthy. Here are some safety concerns to consider:

Too Much Sun. Help guests have fun outside without suffering sunburns, dehydration, or heatstroke. Provide plenty of water, and encourage small kids to drink regularly—especially if they are running around playing games. Also provide sunscreen, and mention hats and sunglasses on the invitation so guests can come prepared.

Kids Wandering Off. When you are throwing a party with lots of children, there will likely be lots of chaos. It’s easy for children to wander off unnoticed, so create a system to help you keep track of your guests. Give everyone a buddy, and have them keep an eye on each other. Or give everyone a number and randomly call for a count off.

Food Allergies. Make sure you know about any food allergies or intolerances your guests have. Young kids may not remember or be vocal about the foods they are allergic to, so speak to their parents beforehand. Provide other food options for guests that can’t partake in the main dishes served at your party.

Bad Weather. Unfortunately warm summer months are not immune to bad weather. Have a backup plan in case it rains on your picnic. Don’t let kids play out in the rain if there is lightning.


Control the Insects

Another safety concern you should have as the host is bug bites and stings. To avoid them, and to keep harmless bugs from being a plain old nuisance, do everything you can to control the insects in your yard. Here are some ways to keep your party bug-free:

  • provide insect repellent
  • hang fly and wasp traps
  • light insect-repelling candles

If the party will be held in your home or backyard, consider calling a professional ahead of time. A little visit from a company like North Shore Pest Detective Ltd, an exterminator inVancouver, can go a long way in making your home and yard free of pests.


Decorate Your Yard

Once the activities have been planned, the guests invited, and the menu finalized, it’s time to consider the decorations for your picnic. Themes are a great way to create a friendly, summer atmosphere. Popular themes include rustic country decor, bohemian decor, and patriotic decor. Other common decorations for summer picnics include the following items:

  • flowers
  • pennants
  • strings of lights
  • Tiki torches
  • tablecloths
  • quilts (for picnicking on the grass)


Picnic parties are a casual way to enjoy agreeable company and enjoyable weather. Use these ideas and come up with your own to throw the perfect picnic and have some fun in the sun.

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Lucrative Business Ideas for Single Moms Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:43:13 +0000 Being a mom has its own shares of joys and woes. To man […]

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Being a mom has its own shares of joys and woes. To manage the ‘job’ successfully, one has to learn how to multitask, more so if you are a single mom. You can’t just afford to enjoy the bliss of motherhood because you also need to foot the bills. This will require that you find a job. However, a mom must also take care of her kids. Most single moms face this dilemma. This is why home businesses make great small-scale business ideas for single moms. With some creativity and a small capital, you stand to survive the challenges facing a single mom like you.


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If you are looking for small-scale business ideas for single moms, here are a few worth considering:


1. Caring for your neighbors’ kids. Mothers are intrinsically caring and nurturing. You can capitalize on it to give you the opportunity to earn. If your home is already childproofed, you may not need to spend a lot on that aspect anymore. Go around the neighborhood and offer your service to fellow moms who would like to find a job if only someone can look after their kids. If you are active in the church or community projects, this will be an easy thing for you to do.


2. Cooking for your neighbors. How many of your neighbors wish they can enjoy a home-cooked meal when they sit down for dinner each night? All you need to do is talk to the working moms in the neighborhood about dinner deliveries or pick-ups with a menu for them to choose from. Now they need not worry about cooking when guests or friends from work or kid’s school will stay over to have fun, to do work or school projects. You can even go the extra mile by buying or renting food displays at Premier Rentals so that clients who personally go to your house to order can see firsthand the presentation of your delectable dishes.


3. Accounting work you can do at home. With the Internet, you can stay connected to your previous employers. If you are an accountant, you can still do this kind of work at home. You can also start within the neighborhood. Ask people engaged in small home-based businesses if they need help with their accounting; all businesses do. Offer a friendly, neighborly rate that will be hard to resist. You can also augment your income with online jobs that deal with medical claims billing for additional income.


4. Let your creative juices flow. If you are naturally artistic, visit websites that have online tutorials for various creative projects – making of aromatic candles, soaps, perfumes, and other crafts that you and your bigger kids will enjoy doing. Go to gift shops and supply stores for more ideas and materials. Stay online and learn how to use it to sell your products.


5. Use your gift of gab. If you have literary and writing prowess, know that there are many online opportunities for writing content such as – product descriptions, blogs, e-books, newsletters, sales copies, articles, and such. Almost each website needs content to attract visitors and generate traffic. If you are not a good writer, you look for freelance typing assignments and medical transcription jobs online.


6. Build your own website. If you have the ability to create a website, you can build one. You can also collaborate with other single moms who have abilities to make your website monetized. You need some technical knowledge about designing and developing a website. You also need someone to create content so as not to spend on paying a writer. There are a lot of free tutorials and tools that you can use to develop your site. Most importantly, make sure you choose a niche that has a demand and that you are passionate about.


These are just six of the many possible small-scale business ideas for single moms. Pick the one you think you are most passionate about and pursue it with passion and vigor. Soon you might see yourself in the position to help other single moms like you.


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Things You Must Do Before You Sell Your Home Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:22:38 +0000   Are you about to sell your house? Maybe you are […]

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Are you about to sell your house? Maybe you are taking your family to live in the country, or moving up the housing ladder in the same area. Before you put your house on the market, there are a few improvements you should make to the property and some other things to consider. We will identify some of them here, so that when your house goes up for sale, you have the confidence that you prepared to well and took care of vital details.


Estate Agents

You could sell your house independently, but it is fraught with problems and pitfalls. Find a reputable agent to handle the sale for you. They understand the business and the market, so they are in a better position than you to find a buyer. Here are a few things to consider before you use an estate agent in Leigh-On-Sea or Canvey Island.


  • Ask what their fees are. You will find most agents charge about the same, but should still compare the costs.
  • Find out what ratio of buyers and sellers they have on their client list.
  • Ask for contact details of previous clients to find out if their experience was positive. You might run up against the brick wall of data protection, but it is worth a try.
  • How long have they been in business? An agent that has been in the town for thirty years must do something right.


Home Improvements

You need to get the best price for your house that you can. The dilemma we all face is how much money to speculate. There are many improvements that cost more than you will recoup, so I suggest you ask your estate agent for advice. Here are some projects you should consider.


  1. Energy Performance Certificate. You must pay someone to conduct a survey and issue an energy performance certificate. The EPC gives potential buyers an idea of how well insulated the home is and how much it will cost to run over a year. You can improve the score by adding extra insulation.
    Before you start work on the energy efficiency of the property, check out the Green Deal scheme. You might be able to get much of the money you spend on many home improvements back.
    Start by putting extra insulation in the loft. It could cost under two-hundred pounds to complete.
    Insulate the cavity walls. You must get a contractor to complete the work, and you can expect it to cost between five hundred and one thousand pounds for an average semi-detached home.
  2. Decorate the house to make it fresh and clean. You don’t have to go to much trouble; a lick of paint will suffice. Concentrate on the front door and entrance hall where viewers will form their first opinion of your home.



You must clean and declutter your home. All of that stuff that you collected over the years probably makes the house look smaller than it really is. You must be ruthless in this task and discard anything that you haven’t seen or used for the last two years. That doesn’t include sentimental items, of course.


You should now be in a  strong position when the time comes to sell. Hopefully, you will find a buyer quickly and move to pastures new. I hope you find everything for which you search.


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Bon Voyage: How to Prepare for Living Abroad Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:27:06 +0000 Whether a person is leaving with their family or alone, […]

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Whether a person is leaving with their family or alone, the secret to moving abroad successfully is preparation. To prevent a last-minute panic before departure, or objectionable surprises upon arriving at a new home abroad, getting ready for the move is vital.


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The move will be emotional for sure. From finding a new home, to packing up boxes, moving abroad can be both emotionally and physically challenging. Here are some important tasks a person should complete prior to making their move abroad.

Hire a reliable moving company
Individuals should be careful when researching for an international moving company. The company should be bonded and insured. In addition, the company’s policy for lost or damaged property, counting what percentage of the damages they will cover, should be investigated.

Make sure travel documents are in order
All documents such as passports, visas, and permits should be in order prior to moving. Visa requirements will differ from country to country. A quick Google search offers plenty of links that will set a person in the right direction.

Registering with the Embassy
Registering with the embassy prior to departure is important depending on which country the person is moving to. For example, for most European countries, Americans require no tourist visa, but a longer stay will require additional paper work. However, most people move abroad due to work or their spouse. Checking with the appropriate embassy to make sure everything is in order is best.

Visit the doctor
Depending on which country a person may be moving to, visiting the doctor is important. For example, some countries require shots against diseases carried by mosquitoes, and because some immunizations take a while to become effective, a person wants to be sure they are 100% protected before arriving at their new home.

Learn the language
It is probably best to learn only a few phrases of the language of the new country in the beginning if the dialect is different from the person’s mother tongue. It is difficult to learn a language well if one cannot speak it with others. Learning basic phrases like “hello” and “how are you” are good for starters. Once inside the country, taking language courses and being in a situation where one “must” speak the language will increase anyone’s foreign language skills.

Clear the clutter
Make sure you are only taking the essentials. A lot of what you’ll need you can actually get in your new place. Technology like your computer or smartphone might not work in certain areas either. Sell your iPhone to AppleShark or hold a garage sale to earn some extra money and get rid of things you won’t be able to take with you.
Other important things to take into consideration before moving abroad are the safety of the new country, the dress code, insurances, personal banking, and taxes. The paperwork is vital to getting started in a new home.


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The 6 Most Common Burns and How to Treat Them Sat, 02 Aug 2014 07:14:58 +0000   Burns are one of the most common injuries. The A […]

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Burns are one of the most common injuries. The American Burn Association reports that 450,000 burn injuries are treated each year. Though most of these burns aren’t life-threatening (burn injuries have a 94% survival rate), they can be painful or debilitating, especially if they aren’t treated correctly. Here are the six most common kinds of burns, and how to take care of them properly.


# 6: Chemical Burns

Chemical burns make up 3% of annual burn injuries. These burns result from exposure to household or industrial chemicals. Contact with some foods, such as chili peppers, can also produce a burning sensation.

Treatment: Minor external chemical burns can be treated at home by flushing the exposed area with water to dilute the substance. Any burns involving ingestion or eye exposure should be addressed with a medical professional.

Prevention: Always wear the appropriate protective gear (such as safety goggles and rubber gloves) when handling strong chemicals. Supervise any children handling harsh chemicals such as bleach and industrial cleaner.

If you or a loved one has received chemical burns at work or due to the negligence of someone else, you may have a personal injury case. Talk to a personal injury lawyer, like those from Edmonton firm Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP, to find out what your legal options are.


# 5: Electrical Burns

Approximately 4% of burn injuries are caused from exposure to an electrical current.

Treatment: Before attempting to move or treat an electrical burn victim, ensure that they are no longer touching the electrical source or that the electricity has been turned off. Minor electrical shock can be treated with aspirin and some rest. If the victim experienced prolonged exposure or a high voltage shock, call 911 immediately, especially if they seem confused or their heart rate is inconsistent. To prevent shock, have the victim lay down with their legs elevated.

Prevention: Exercise proper caution around sources of electricity. Address exposed wires as soon as you notice them. Do not use electronics near water.


# 4: Alternative Burns

Alternative burns include sunburns, inhalation burns, and firework-related injuries. These injuries account for about 7% of total treated burns each year.

Treatment: Minor burns, characterized by redness and some swelling, should be cooled using room temperature or cool water. Do not use cold water or ice on a new burn as the burned skin is fragile. Exposure to cold may cause frostbite or further tissue damage. Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t use a material that will leave fibers in the wound (like cotton).

Most sunburns can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and after-sun creams or aloe vera. However, if the sunburn produces blisters, you may need to visit a doctor. Don’t puncture any blisters before consulting with a physician.

Prevention: Apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses and a hat when you are in the sun for an extended period of time. Always follow instructions when handling fireworks and other legal explosives. Keep explosives out of the reach of children.


# 3: Thermal Burns

Contact with hot objects, such as a clothes iron or stove top element, causes 8% of burns.

Treatment: Thermal burns can usually be treated with cool water and pain medication as described above. However, if you notice signs of infection or the pain lasts more than a few hours, contact a physician. If the burn affects sensitive areas such as the genitals, inner thigh, or face, seek medical attention immediately.

Prevention: Turn off heat sources such as ovens, irons, hair straighteners and curling irons when not in use. If you aren’t sure whether or not an object is hot, hold your hand above it before touching it. Do not leave hot objects within reach of children.


# 2: Scalding

32% of all burn injuries are due to contact with hot liquid, such as boiling water, coffee, or steam.

Treatment: If the injury is the result of a spill, remove any wet clothing and run cool water over the affected skin. Keep the victim warm to avoid the risk of shock. Treat pain with aspirin or ibuprofen.

Prevention: Practice caution when handling hot liquids. Double check that lids on coffee cups and thermoses are secure. Always temperature-check liquid before giving it to an infant or child by placing a few drops on your wrist.


# 1: Contact Burns

Nearly half of all burn injuries—46%—are the result of direct contact with an open flame. These burns are most likely to cause second- or third-degree injuries.

Treatment: Second-degree burns are marked by very red or blotchy skin, blisters, severe pain, and swelling. Small, localized second-degree burns can be taken care of at home, but if the affected area is larger than a few inches in diameter or affects a sensitive area, seek medical attention.

Third-degree burns will require immediate medical attention. Major burns may produce charred skin and nerve damage. Do not attempt to remove any burned clothing as this may tear the underlying skin. Do not immerse severe burns in cold water; exposure to cold may cause hypothermia. Take measures to prevent shock while you are waiting for emergency medical services.

Prevention: Always handle open flame carefully. Do not allow rough-housing near a fire or camp stove.


Burns can be painful and frightening, but by taking the appropriate precautions and treating injuries properly, you can protect you and your family from these injuries.


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Dieting: Four Tips To Lose Weight Fast Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:38:47 +0000   Dieting is the bane of most women’s life. […]

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Dieting is the bane of most women’s life. You want that perfect body, but getting it feels almost impossible. It’s not that you over-eat, just that the things you eat aren’t quite right, or you don’t do enough exercise. Whatever the reason for your steady weight gain, it’s time to take control of your body.


Losing weight is not just about looking like a model. Losing weight is the best thing you can do to keep yourself healthy. Each day more people in the western world become obese. In the worst cases, these people are morbidly obese, meaning that their weight gain may result in them dying. It is an awful thing to have to think about, but your weight affects your life-span. Heavy people don’t live as long as slim people. Of course, you are nowhere near that level, but it highlights the point that getting your weight under control is vital to a long life.


You may have tried dieting before as we all have. Many women give up when trying to lose weight, because they don’t see any immediate change. The key is to give your diet at least a month or two before giving up. You can also use some helpful tips to make weight loss happen fast. Here are just four tips you should try when dieting.


The Power Of Barley

When you are in the midst of dieting, you should consider including barley in your diet plan. Few people realise what barley can do for them. Barley not only makes your blood sugar levels peak, it also maintains the peaked level throughout the day. Your blood sugar is what determines how hungry you get. When your levels drop at a fast pace, you end up becoming hungry immediately. When people become hungry in a sudden way, they tend to binge on chocolate and sweets. Maintaining high blood sugar by eating barley means no binge eating.


Suppress Your Appetite

Another way in which you can curb your over-eating is by using appetite suppressants. There are many herbal and natural products which help you to feel full throughout the day. As a nation, we eat about 50% more food than our bodies need. This fact is because we eat out of boredom and social routine. By using appetite suppressants, you ensure that you only eat when you are hungry. Take a look at some green coffee information to find out if this is a good option for you. Green coffee is one of the best natural suppressants on the market and will allow to eat only when your body needs food.


Make Everything Spicy

When you eat spicy food, you end up eating less. Making your food interesting with spices and herbs, means that you won’t feel the need to have a large dish. The idea is that spicy food stops you feeling hungry and gives you more energy than plain and boring dishes. You should choose a spice level that suits your taste-buds. If you have not eaten many spicy dishes before now then start small with mild peppers. You can work your way up to hot spices when your body gets used to them. Spices also work to cleanse your body from the inside meaning you feel and look better.


Swap Ice Cream For Frozen Yogurt

In the hot weather, all you want to do is relax with a huge bowl of ice cream. The problem is that ice creams are super calorific. Eating a bowl of full-fat ice cream is equal to eating three bacon sandwiches. It is not good for you, not even as a treat. Instead, substitute ice cream for delicious frozen yoghurt. Yoghurt tastes just as good as ice cream but has fewer calories. Natural yoghurt is good for your digestion system. A better digestion system means that your body will process food at a faster rate, and you will lose weight sooner.



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Top five SUVs 2014 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:17:26 +0000 Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, were once a rare sigh […]

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Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, were once a rare sight on suburban roads, reserved for the adventurous types who liked to take their cars off road for a bit of high-speed, if unofficial, rallying. They were always sturdy but basic. They were fast; capable of getting you where you wanted to go regardless of the terrain but rarely offering anything but the most common of extras.



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Today, the average SUV is anything but, well, average. Several different models are made by most car manufactures and often fall into the luxury vehicle category. Many of their owners are car enthusiasts who know their vehicles and undertake their own maintenance with the aid of expert vehicle engine companies such as Pure Performance Motorsport.

With such a dedicated group there will be a lot of interest in latest range of SUVs that have or are about to hit the market in 2014; or be released in 2015. Here are five of the best according to some of the world’s leading motoring writers.


The Lexus NX

The Lexus NX will be the company’s first all new luxury SUV since it released the CT hatch in 2010. It is Lexus’ fourth SUV and joins its sister cars the RX, LX and GX. The Lexus NX is said to have similar specifications to the Toyota RAV 4.


The Citroen DS 6WR

Citroen enters the SUV market in a big way with this premium and luxury SUV. Revealed in April at the 2014 Beijing auto show, it already has the industry talking. It is a luxury vehicle with a special emphasis on ‘luxury’. It also features a grip control 2WD traction system.


Nissan Infiniti QX30

The Nissan Infiniti QX30 will start production in the latter half of 2014, initially in the UK but for global markets the following year. The QX30 is a larger version of the Nissan Infiniti Q30, a compact hatchback also in production. To get an idea of how they will look, think of a cross over between the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch and the Daimler GLA-Class.


The Dodge Journey

This is an iconic SUV not just in its home country of the United States, but the world over. The Journey is now THE car in the Dodge SUV fleet with the demise recently of its Caliber, Nitro and Avenger models. With all its fortunes resting on this one vehicle, you know Dodge will have pulled out all the stops on this one.


Subaru Forester

The diesel version of the Forester will be available in the first half of 2015, and for the first time will come with an automatic transmission. The new auto will have a continuously variable transmission (CVT), similar to that seen in the Outback diesel model.

These are just a few of the picks of motoring writers around the world. There may be other, more exciting versions on the market by the end of the year. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a great year for SUV enthusiasts. Keep up on all that is new in the market by following Pure Performance Motorsports on Facebook or Pure Performance Motorsport on EBay.

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