Top tips for helping your child use the internet safely With the NSPCC stating that most children spend on average around 12 hours per week on the internet, it can be overwhelming for most parents to know how to ensure their child’s safety. But with a few key pointers, you and your child can use the internet in a safe way together. Here are a few things to consider: THE BASICS Before your child even encounters the internet, it’s important that you discuss the dangers of it with them very early on. So rather than try and cover all of the perils of the internet all at once, why not discuss your internet activity openly with the child, so that they can learn from you what is relevant and what is potentially dangerous. It’s also important to set up ground rules as to your child’s internet use, such as which sites they have access to and how long they are allowed to use the internet for. PARENTAL CONTROLS Get to know the parental controls that your internet service provider (ISP) offers. ISPs such as TalkTalk, Virgin Media , Sky and BT all offer packages that limit the access that your child has to websites that may feature unsuitable content. You can also do things like set the web brower’s homepage to something child-friendly. And checking the age ratings on the websites that your child visits will also considerably lessen any harmful effects. PERSONAL INFORMATION A very simple thing to teach your child when introducing them to the internet is to never share any personal information. This is often not as straightforward as it seems, as many social networking sites such as Facebook note your location when you check in, and Instagram also makes a feature of users tagging photos that can inadvertently reveal personal information. GAMING One of the biggest draws for children using the internet will be online gaming. While this may seem perfectly innocent, many games encourage users to spend real money in order to buy extra lives or access extra levels. This could lead to your child inadvertently running up huge bills trying to further themselves in a game. And a lot of gaming sites such as Casino Saga will clearly state a minimum age to play on games where you can spend and win money online. So it is well advised to monitor your child’s internet activity and make sure that they are aware of the seriousness of these age restrictions. SOCIAL NETWORKS And once your child is a little older, they will inevitably want to start using social networks. In this instance, it’s very important that they understand that strangers can lie about themselves online so as to lull young people into a false sense of security. Whilst your child may not want one of their parents befriending them online so as to check up on their behaviour, a good middle ground would be to agree to have a ‘trusted adult’ as an online friend to ensure that your child is not doing anything potentially harmful online.
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No one wants to be 19 again. It was a rubbish time. You don’t know how you are, and you are still finding your way in life. But, as any mature women will attest, they would love to have the skin of a 19-year-old! When it comes to looking younger, it’s all about unlocking your skin’s potential. You can banish fine lines and wrinkles in an instant.
There are some great ways you can look younger, instantly. What’s more, you don’t have to spend a fortune on doing so.
Intrigued? You should be.
Botox has become something of a dirty word. But, that shouldn’t be the case. If you want to plump out sallow skin, this is an excellent way to do so. It’s relatively pain-free and safe too. Botox cosmetic procedures have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. It’s always wise to go to a reputable doctor who will achieve a natural look. And, of course, it’s vital that you use sparingly to ensure that your face doesn’t have a ‘frozen’ appearance. Botox is a great way of plumping out the skin in a more natural fashion. It’s the simplest way of banishing wrinkles for a prolonged period.
Exfoliating Glow Pads
Glow Pads have been doing the rounds for a while now. They are a great, natural way of buffing your skin. Dead skin cells, dry skin and sore patches can make you look older. Glow pads ensure that your face is gently treated to remove these problematic areas. Just apply water to the pad and away you go. Your face will be glowing in an instant.
Make the Most of Your Eyes
One of the more simple ways to look younger, in an instant, is to focus on your eyes. They are a dead giveaway of your age. Make sure that you apply soothing gel to the lower eye area to reduce puffiness. Then, add a slick of mascara and white eyeliner to the lower rims of your eye. This will give you a more ‘awake’ appearance. As such, your eyes will look livelier, and you will look younger. Use mascaras that complement your eye colour. You don’t have to opt for sooty black lashes. For mature ladies, this can look more aging. So, find a colour that is akin to your hair colour for more natural results.
Firm, Plump, Repeat
Firming gels are a great way of making your skin look plumper. Opt for creams and lotions that have bocoa as active ingredients. Ensure that you slather your body in these lotions, every day, after showering. This is a great way of keeping your skin firm and plump. What’s more, you will increase the elasticity of your skin. A lack of elasticity can make skin look older. So, plump up the volume with a bocoa creamy lotion.
It’s All in Your Smile
Your smile should always be plastered on your face. But, if you want to roll back the years, you need to think about your mouth. Glossy white teeth can transform your face in an instant. Add a slick of brighter smile lipstick to show off your pearly whites.
Having a gorgeous set of clothes that are fit for work is usually the last thing on our minds. We all seem to stick to colours like blacks, greys and navies. But, you don’t have to be boring. Ditch the two set and midi-length skirt. After all, looking smart and sophisticated doesn’t mean that you have to stride around in a power suit from 9 till 5. On the contrary, there are some seriously glamorous ways that you can build a superb work wardrobe. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about, not looking formal enough.
Invest in Funky Trousers
2015 has seen some amazing trends already. Funky trousers seem to be everywhere. But, you don’t have to go for wild disco pants. They would be rather inappropriate for the office! When it comes to trousers, investing a classic black pair of tailored pants is the way to go. Cigarette pants are a style staple. But, if you want to add a little funk to your work wardrobe, why not opt for houndstooth patterns and simple checks? They are fresh, sophisticated and suitable for work.
Build Around Your Staples
There are some things that every woman needs in her work-wear. Start with some critical choices. A crisp white shirt is perfect for maximising your appeal in the workplace. You can add cashmere sweaters and a trench coat for sophisticated chic. Investing in staples that you can build around, is a great way of looking smart every day.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Handbag
Having gorgeous Prada bags on your arm is a great way of making your outfit stand out from the crowd. When it comes to bags, it’s always best to go for a designer. After all, high street bags and cheap brands look exactly that. You can transform the whole look of your outfit with a stunning piece of arm candy.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
Work shoes are far from dull! You can explore a wealth of different styles and colours to bring your outfit alive. Browns, tans and blacks are great for the office. But, they can be a little dull. If you do prefer these colours, go for suede materials or snakeskin to make your outfit come alive. If you want to experiment with colour, it’s best to leave the red shoes at home. Opt for mauve tones and deep teals. These are ‘sensible’ enough for work but add a pop of colour to your fabulous work outfit.
Accessorising Your Look
Accessories are a must. But, many women feel that accessorising in the office is a huge no-no. Forget about your ‘rules’ it’s time to unleash your inner fashionista. Add a simple skinny belt to a dress in a contrasting colour. Choose a statement necklace to spice up a gorgeous suit. Add bracelets, earrings and headbands to your overall look. Adding a couple of statement rings can be a fun way of making you feel unique in the office. You don’t have to opt for simple and sensible. Adding accessories is the best way of making your work wardrobe look stunning.
Are you dying to know which fashion trends are said to crop up this year? You don’t have to wonder for much longer! I have some insider information on the upcoming trends that you should find very useful when making your wardrobe picks for 2015. Take a look!
The 70s is going to take us by storm this year, with worn suede materials and huge floral patterns on just about everything. Dressing with inspiration from another era can be so much fun; just take a look at last year. Last year we were all focused on the 60s, and in some cases the 90s. We’re not travelling back as far this time, but you can still have fun with it. Try scouring vintage shops to see if you can find any genuine 70s pieces!
Bright yellow is going to be one of the ‘it’ colours in 2015. Basically, if you see something yellow, snap it up before somebody else does! You could wear a yellow jacket, yellow shoes, anything yellow just so long as it’s bright and beautiful. Don’t worry, when styled right you won’t look like Big Bird from Sesame Street!
Blue is the New Black
Blue is taking over black in the fashion world, and it’s set to be everywhere. You could even consider mixing yellow and blue for two trends in one! Wear it with white for a more colourful take on monochrome. Those who usually wear a different style of clothing, like Muslim clothing, can even follow trends like this.
Monochrome is Back
Sure, you could wear blue with white as I just mentioned, but monochrome is still here in a big way. In fact, it hasn’t budged for quite some time now. If you want to look classy and sophisticated, don’t hesitate to put together a monochrome outfit with lots of texture.
Interesting Shapes and Cuts
All over the most recent catwalks we saw interesting shapes and cuts. These won’t be for everybody; you must be pretty brave to rock some of these trends! Think boxy tops paired with big poofy skirts, and even shift dresses for inspiration.
Japanese fashion is all about luxury materials and pretty, elegant patterns. Get ready to be Japanese inspired this year! You can rock your Japanese ensemble in the form of a dress, top, or even a kimono. Just make sure you get in on this trend!
Chokers have been back with a bang. Just about everybody I know has one, some of them in multiple colours. One thing I’ve noticed though? They’re all made of plastic. They’re those real ‘90s’ chokers. This year, get ready to rock much chunkier, heavy metal chokers for a harder edge to your outfits. Grunge has never been so stylish!
With this information, you can shop till you drop knowing you’re buying all the right stuff. Feel free to add your own twist to some of the trends to keep it original and unique. Nobody likes a copycat!
Everybody enjoys a trip to the spa now and then. The problem is that having a spa day often stresses us out. The strain, these trips put on your bank account, is immense. The entire point of having a break is so that your worries melt away, and you feel fantastic. If, when you walk out the spa, you have a sudden pang of guilt about the money you spent, there is a problem. Rather than wasting loads of your hard-earned cash on visiting a spa, why not pamper yourself at home?
You can create a stunning home spa in your bathroom, and then try some of these cool remedies and techniques. In no time, at all, you will start to relax and feel happy again. Sometimes, the worries of the world can get on top of us. When that happens, it is hard to focus on what is important in life. When you spend all your time fretting about things, you have no time to chill out. As it is a new year, it is time to treat yourself. Here are some indulgent home pampering techniques you have to try.
Dry Feet Remedies
Do you have dry, itchy feet? If the answer is yes, you can sort that problem out in no time at all. Much of the time, people will tell you to scrub your feet until all the dry skin comes off them. Don’t do that. That can be harmful to your skin. Before you start scrubbing, you need to soften your skin up first. You will notice that the skin on the bottom of your feet is hard. Use an old pair of socks and a good lotion to soften that dry skin. Before you go to bed, you should wash your feet and smother them in lotion. Put the socks on and wear them through the night. When you get up, you will notice that your skin is soft and clean. If there is any excess skin on your feet, you can now scrub it away with ease.
Hair Repair Techniques
If you have loads of split ends, you might think that you need to get a haircut. Well, there is another way. Use Argan oil as a hair mask when you go to sleep at night. It might feel weird going to bed with damp hair, but it will work. If you want, you can wrap your hair in a hand towel so that the oil can work its magic.
The Perfect Skin Facial
Everybody wants to get perfect skin, yet it seems like it is impossible for some of us. If you suffer from skin problems, such as dryness or acne, it might surprise you to learn that a lack of vitamins could be the cause. When you don’t have enough vitamins in your system, your skin tends to suffer and become unhealthy. You should get some vitamin C for your face so that you can revive old skin cells. If you use the solution every day, you will find that your skin looks perfect in no time.
The Ultimate Body Scrub
People often tend to focus on their face, hands and feet when they treat their skin. What about the rest of your body? Why should you neglect the rest of your skin? If you want to pamper yourself and feel fabulous, you have to try this body scrub. You will love this scrub as it has everyone’s favorite ingredient in it – chocolate! All, you need to do, is mix coconut oil, cocoa powder and brown sugar together. The oil and sugar act as the base for the scrub, whilst the cocoa powder smells incredible. Use the scrub after you have had a shower and rinse well.
Are you feeling a little bit stressed out? Are all the pressures of your hectic work schedule and lifestyle getting too much? Yes? Then it is important to take some time out to relax and recharge your batteries, and what better way to do this than at your very own home spa.
Whilst a trip to your local spa, can also be a great way to relieve stress, it can also be rather expensive and difficult to find enough time to go. Whereas a home spa is cheap to create and won’t take up too much of you day.
For our guide to creating your own home spa experience, have a read of this.
Think about who you will invite?
Are you planning on relaxing alone or inviting the girls over for a group spa experience? Just bare in mind that the more people you ask to join you, the less relaxing your spa will become.
If you want to invite some friends over to join you, stick to three friends at a maximum. Otherwise, you may feel a little bit overwhelmed.
Remember, the whole point of creating your own spa is to relax you, not to create more stress.
What you will need, will depend on the treatments you want to do. For the ultimate spa experience, you will all need to be wearing bathrobes, so tell everyone you invite to bring their own bathrobes along.
You will also need a couple of bottles of chilled champagne and some strawberries. As well as face masks, deep conditioning creams, essential oils, candles, and any other beauty bits you can think of. Don’t forget the cucumber.
Think about the things you or your friends have around the house – perhaps one of you has a foot spa tub or a moisturising gloves. Ask your friends to suggest things they could bring along or things you could do.
What will you do?
Tell each of your friends to take a relaxing bath with essential oils in before coming to your house. That way you will all be nice and relaxed before you start. For the ultimate stress relieving bath, add six to ten drops of bergamot oil to the water and just soak away any stress.
Before your friends arrive, fill you spa room with stress relieving scented aromatherapy candles. You may find setting up a CD player with calming music helpful too.
Lay all your spa bits and bobs out around the room and allow everyone to do what they want. While one of you soaks their feet in the foot spa, the others can be applying all natural avocado face masks. There is no need to set a schedule or anything, just relax and enjoy spending time relaxing.
Make sure that everyone in your household knows not to disturb you. If you are concerned someone will forget, you could always place a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the outside of the door. Make sure that all home phones are off the hook, and everyone has turned off their mobiles – the last thing you want, is someone’s phone going off.
Our skin is often the first thing that begins to suffer with age. It can become dull, tired and wrinkly. Many women are now beginning to take extra precautions to keep their skin and their bodies in the best possible condition. These range from the radical and expensive cosmetic treatments that can be bought, to more simple and easy to follow tips as outlined below.
Keeping on top of your health and skincare regime is an important part of aging well and looking fantastic. None of us want to get to 60, look in the mirror one day and hate what we see. If these issues concern you, then there are ways to help turn back the clock or prevent early signs of aging.
Water and the importance of staying hydrated: It is so important to ensure that you drink enough water every single day. The recommended amount to drink varies depending on your sources. Just opt for around 2 litres per day, and you should be on the right track. Water quenches our skin and improves its elasticity and glow. Without enough water, our skin can become dry and flaky or irritated. Water is great for our hair and nails and is also perfect for those who want to increase their concentration during the day. Ditch the coffee and go for water instead. It will wake you up faster and give your body the nutrients it needs.
Supplements and helping hands: Professionals like dr oz anti aging expert note that resveratrol and dermacai help with the anti-aging process. Knowing the best things to put into your body and understanding what works best for you is key. Take time to research products and their effects. Many vitamins, supplements and antioxidants can help protect your system.
Eat nutritious foods: It is not good filling your body with junk food and expecting it to look great. In years to come, your body will be relying on you to provide it with nutritious and delicious food and drink for it to survive.
Protecting Your Hair: Your hair can be easily looked after and conditioned with some simple hair care tips. You should avoid using excess heat on your hair as this can cause damage and breakage. Stay out of the sun for long periods of time where possible as UV rays can also damage your hair. Wear a fashionable sun hat to look stylish and keep your hair in perfect condition for the future.
Wear sunglasses and sunscreen: Wearing sunglasses isn’t just a fashion statement. They can prevent you from squinting too much and ending up with wrinkles around your eye areas. It will also preserve the condition of your eyes. Pair these with some extra strong sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB. The sun’s rays can be harmful to our skin in so many ways.
Don’t forget to use your common sense. Things like drinking less alcohol and getting plenty of rest are essential to keeping our bodies in good condition. Aim for at least 8 hours sleep every night in order for your body to look and feel fully restored.
When you have spent a lot of time and money on your look, it can be really frustrating to look in the mirror and feel that it still isn’t right. While we all feel a little lacking in confidence about our looks from time to time, knowing that something could be better is a different feeling altogether. Something in the finishing touches is usually all that is required, but getting it absolutely perfect is the real challenge. We look at the top finishing touches that often get left out in a hurry:
Lips – As we get older, or put on weight or lose weight or even whiten our teeth, our lips can require a different finish. Checklist: Have you used lip balm? Have you applied lip stay? Do you need lip liner? Is the lipstick color right for your outfit?
Cheeks – In winter we definitely need to balance the blush with the redness the cold is going to cause. If you have a little extra holiday padding, try defining your cheekbones in two tones. Checklist: Did you dust off your blusher brush to avoid loose particles that may stain your clothing? Do you want to add a little sparkle or glamor to the blush finish?
Eyes – Not all of us can get away with full eyeliner, but it doesn’t hurt to try it out from time to time. Line the top lashes first to see how they go. Shape the ends to emphasize your look. Mascara definitely needs to be waterproof at this time of year, but you may choose a little extra glam with a glitter base. Alternatively, try some extensions or glue-ons. If these aren’t for you, be sure to get the eyelash curler out for a fuller effect. Finger shadows are great for precision and their choice of color and finish.
Hair – Half up for long hair is definitely in at the moment. Pick a great slide or clip to finish the look. Straighten straggly ends or curl them for a softer finish. Use some hair mascara for some extra color are detail. Finish with a good weatherproof spray. Pin in your hat if it is going to be rough out.
Nails – If you haven’t trimmed down your nails in the last couple of weeks, give them a go now. In colder weather, you are more prone to knocking nails, and they will break or chip. Two coats of polish are usually essential when wearing gloves to avoid excessive wear. Falsies are great until you need to wear the heavier duty gloves! Jeweled nails can get knocked off more easily so keep the decoration simple. Darker reds and purples look great at this time of year.
Jewelry – Try a few chunky accessories to finish off your look. Drape a matching set over your handbag or through your scarf. Berets look great with a couple of sewn in beads. If you are looking at more than costume jewelry for an outfit, think about how it can be visible with your outdoor wear on.
Our hair is our crowning glory. We all want beautiful, tumbling locks that are gorgeous. But, the winter can play havoc with our hair. It can look dry and lacklustre. You don’t have to suffer at the hands of winter any longer. There are some great ways that you can have a good hair life.
Mind the Shampoo
We are all a little guilty of being heavy handed with the shampoo bottle. But, the key, to having gorgeous hair, is to use shampoo sparingly. What is more, you need to ensure that you are only washing your hair three times per week. Many women make the all too fatal mistake of washing their hair daily. This can have a detrimental impact on the overall look of your hair. What is more, your hair will be prone to grease and dullness. You want to avoid dryness when it comes to your crowning glory. Use a good quality shampoo and omit the sulphates and silicone. Your hair will look gorgeous in no time.
Deep Conditioning Treatments Are Your New Best Friend
Deep conditioning treatments have always been our friend. Make them your best friend. Aim to add a deep treatment to your hair once per week. Include it in your weekend regime. Coconut oil is the best thing for dry locks. Apply the oil to your hair and sleep with it in overnight. This will ensure that your locks are glossy and shiny. By using coconut oil, you are using natural ingredients that your hair loves. Your hair will be hydrated and super bright. Think of coconut oil as a drink for your hair.
Choosing the Right Brush for Your Hair
Most of us are guilty of using the same brush that we’ve had for years. It may be time to re-invest in a good quality hairbrush. Did you know that your hairbrush can negatively impact on the overall health of your hair? Dr. Kabaker performs hairline lowering in Oakland, and he stated that the wrong brush can cause premature hair loss in women. Think about the age and style of your brush. If you’ve had your hair brush for over one year, it’s time to get rid of it. Likewise, think about the bristles on your brush. Natural bristles are more useful for creating a super-glossy look. Synthetic bristles can leave your hair looking nasty. So, make sure that you invest wisely. Boar bristle brushes are the best kinds on the market. Do be prepared to pay a premium for these brushes.
You Are What You Eat
Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to making sure that your hair looks gorgeous every day. Drink plenty of water and ensure that you are getting your five a day. If you want your hair to look shiny and feel soft, you will need to omit sugary foods. Foods containing a lot of fats can have an impact on your hair. Now is the time to reclaim your diet and make your hair dazzle. It’s not called your crowning glory for nothing!