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Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Squeeze Back Into Your Summer Clothes The Healthy Way

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get out the dresses, skirts and bikinis. If you’re one of the many women dreading baring all in the sunshine then you’re probably looking for ‘get fit quick’ schemes or complex dieting plans. Stop searching now! We’ve got all the best tips for squeezing back into those summer clothes, the healthy way.

Track your goals
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to keep track of your goals. There are tons of free apps and trackers available; that can help you do this quickly and easily. Websites and apps such as My Fitness Pal can get you on the right track to losing weight, by monitoring what you eat and how much exercise you do. Simply put in your current weight and height, followed by your goal weight and how long you have to lose it. You’ll then be given a calorie goal to follow, along with plenty of advice and support from other members. Keep an eye on what you’re eating, and you’ll quickly pick up ways to cut down on calories and fat.

Use photographic evidence

This is the perfect way to motivate yourself during those times when you feel tempted to binge eat. You need to find a picture of yourself from last summer, in your favourite bikini or dress and then take a picture of yourself in your underwear now. You can merge the two together using a basic computer program, like Paint, and then see how it makes you feel. Chances are you’ll be desperate to get back to that beach body! Next time you feel like snacking or missing out on that run, take a look at the pictures again. For extra motivation take pictures of yourself every week you’re losing weight; you’ll soon see a big difference.

Get outside
Losing weight isn’t just about cutting out certain foods, it’s all about the exercise too. Spring and Summer are the perfect excuses to get out into the sunshine and exercise more than you usually would. You don’t need to start running 5k every morning, but a few walks around the block every week is a good start. See if there are any local classes that take part outside in parks or fields. You tend to find aerobics, yoga and even dance classes are all taken outdoors when the sun comes out.
A little extra help

If you’re really struggling then consider a little extra help to kickstart that weight loss. There are plenty of healthy supplements out there that can boost metabolism and suppress hunger. Some of the best ones out there will tend to have lots of positive reviews and experiences on the internet, so do some digging first. Search for things such as green coffee bean max review and see what other people have been saying about certain products. Once you’ve found one with a good amount of reviews order a small sample and see how it works for you.

There’s no need to jump aboard the cabbage soup diet or workout for four hours every day, if you know the real ways that help you lose weight. Follow our useful guide and you’ll be back in those bikinis in no time!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sweet Flouncing Sleeve Dress and a Jumpsuit from Sammy's Dress

I am so privileged to receive two more  outfit to review from Sammy's Dress. I chose the  Sweet Flouncing Sleeve dress with belt embellishment  and trendy color block polka dot print splice slimming summer jumpsuit.  The last  time I wore  a romper-type of  clothing was when I was in my early twenties so it's kind of a new thing for me to wear a jumpsuit but love it!

The trendy color block polka dot print splice slimming summer Jumpsuit is on sale for $6.76.  IT's  a one size  and  available in  Hyacinth  color and white.  I was hesitant to order this because the last time I ordered a one size clothing, it ended up very  long and a bit big but glad that this one fits perfectly for me.
This  Sweet Flouncing Sleeve dress with belt embellishment is perfectly cut for my body's size.  I feel young and girly with this one hehehe.  The lining  underneath gives the bottom part a volume and the  black  at the bottom gives the dress a plus factor.
I wore the jumpsuit to church yesterday as the weather was beautiful and it  match my daughter's  color a little bit.  THe photos below was taken at KMart and not at the church though hehehe.
Thank you so much once again Sammy's Dress.  If you want top shop for an affordable summer dresses, just visit the site through the links in this post or through the banner on the side bar of this blog.  Thank you for commenting.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Getting your Tablecloth Right: the Look, Colour and Experience

The humble tablecloth is traditionally a decorative accessory that pulls together everything about your table setting.

The tablecloth also provides more elbow room than traditional placemats, which is especially great if you have a crowded table (sitting more than usual) at dinner parties and other events.

(Thanks to Jenny Downing for the image, via Flickr)

There are several things that you need to consider when choosing your perfect tablecloth for your occasion. There are also different styles for different occasions.

Here are the things that you need to consider:

  • Dominance
  • Visual weight
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Pattern


This refers to the design of the tablecloth. Getting the right tablecloth must accents the dominant texture, colour and pattern of the room decor as well as the servingware and dinnerware at the table.

Visual weight

This is in reference to the relation of the different proportions of the room.

For large rooms: use a large woven tablecloth with compactly arranged patterns. This helps convey the visual weight.

For small rooms: it is recommended that you use a tablecloth with a lightweight colour and a light pattern, which gives the room an airy feel.


The colour of your tablecloth helps set the mood for the table, which differs from occasion to occasion and from guest to guest. It also removes the need to replace or change the tableware.

Formal dining: the colours to concentrate on for formal dining are ivory, white and ecru. However, more recent trends have seen people use more lightweight pastel colours on their formal tables.

Informal dining: this is a complete contrast to formal dining. Think bright and deep colours that contrast the room decor and tableware that you will be using. This could be anything from a bright orange to a deep purple.


The texture of the table cloth works hand-in-hand with your tableware and be in relation to the occasion.

Formal dining: For formal dining try and use a tablecloth with a smooth finish. Think about porcelain, silver and crystal type finishes, maybe with a touch of satin sheen, such as damask.

Informal dining: For a more informal dining experience you can use a range of textures from coarse to smooth.


Again, the pattern of the tablecloth is determined by the occasion of the day. You can pick anything, which such variations on bold patterns to subtle patterns, from large to small.

Formal dining: For formal dining occasions you should consider using patterns that are small and subtle.

Informal dining: This is in complete contrast to the formal dining occasion, with the use of bigger and brighter patterns available for you to choose from. Think about the room decor and tableware, which pattern suits the room and maybe compliments your own style.

When buying a tablecloth, whether it be for your long grand table or round tablecloths for a more intimate table, there will be a tablecloth for each and every occasion.

Like furniture a tablecloth should fit in with the rest of the room decor, room furniture as well as your very own personality. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fashion Lady Flower Print Variety Wear Deep V Beach Dress #TMart

I have these set of swimwear from a giveaway that I won from last year but I have never worn this yet.  I just don't have the guts..errr.. let me rephrase that "I have no confidence wearing this because of my big guts" lol.  I love this set but unfortunately  I can't wear it without something that would cover it. 
When you are  in the 40s, you don't want to show so much skin (at least from my own opinion).  Unless of course, you have  a beautiful body to show off but if you are like me with "rolls", you would always hide those  undesirable bumps lol.  
But anyway,  I mentioned in my post here that I have another products arriving from TMart to review.   So for me to be able to use my  swim wear  above, I got this    Swim Gear from  It is a fashion lady flower print variety wear deep V beach dress.  I love that it blends in with the color of  the swim wear that I got so it is perfect.
I hate those bruises in my knees.  They are almost gone but still visible.  I have a big scar also which I am still looking for some ointment that I can use on it to make the scar go away.  Any suggestion?
I will have to work out more though to confidently wear my swim wear weeee.  For now, I can confidently wear it inside my  home but now in public swimming places.  I still have  three months to shape up before our Maryland trip in August so good luck to me.
If you guys are looking for affordable but fashionable swim gear, try to browse at TMart.  They have a huge selection.  Thank you once again TMart.  Another  product to review soon.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

What To Do If Your Child is Diagnosed With Arthritis

Our children are the most precious things to us parents, so when we find out that they could be unwell our initial reaction is to get upset or panic. However, as a parent, it is also our duty to do everything we can to ensure our children stay happy. Arthritis is becoming more common in children, with 12,000 diagnosed cases in the UK alone. This guide aims to cover the different types of juvenile arthritis, the signs and symptoms, and how to cope when your child has been diagnosed.

What is juvenile arthritis?

The word arthritis simply means joint inflammation, which can happen in any joint on the human body. The inflamed joints can cause pain, discomfort, swelling and decreased mobility. Juvenile arthritis (JA or JIA) is when a person under the age of 16, experiencing the symptoms set out below, has been diagnosed as having joint inflammation. There are still many questions surrounding the causes of arthritis; with specialists, scientists and doctors all researching possible connections. It is thought that genetics can play a big part in causing this condition, as well as other factors including weight, previous joint abnormalities and even gender.

How to tell if your child may have arthritis

There are several signs and symptoms that a parent should look out for, if they’re worried their child may have arthritis. If you notice a combination of any of the below symptoms then seek medical advice right away:

Limited motion in the joints - Normally caused by swelling, stiffness or tenderness of the joints.

Pain and tenderness in the joints - This could also be a symptom of many other conditions or even a sports injury, so make sure you get any joint pain looked at.

Hardening or shortening of the joint (contracture)- This is normally caused by flexing a painful joint and holding it for long periods of time. This can get worse if not dealt with quickly.

Altered growth of joints or bone - If you notice that your child isn’t growing as fast as other children in their class then it could be that their growth has been altered by arthritis. Those with juvenile arthritis tend to have a shorter stature than others.

Your doctor or GP can put your child forward for tests if they show one or more of these symptoms. Tests generally include an x-ray, scans, blood tests and physical examinations. 

Top tips for dealing with arthritis in children

If your child has been diagnosed with arthritis then it’s important not to pass your fear or worry onto them. Although you may be distressed with the news, you need to show a brave face in front of your child. Don’t forget, they may be confused by this new diagnosis, so be there to provide support! Juvenile arthritis is treated in the same way as other types of arthritis and most people with the condition continue to live a happy and healthy life. Your doctor may recommend an exercise regime, a programme such as Apostherapy, medication or a combination of all three. Make sure you talk with your child about the different options and let them discuss their own worries about certain treatments. 

It is vital to help your child lead a life that isn’t hindered by their condition, whilst still letting them remain as independent as possible. Make sure you report any symptoms to your doctor immediately, and work together as a family to find the best course of action. 

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