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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


I'm a big fan of old-school hot water bottles. A hot water bottle can save you energy and money without sacrificing thermal comfort. That is only one of the reasons why I believe that a hot water bottle is a must-have in every household. These days hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

Hot water bottles can be great for keeping you warm, in addition, hot water bottles can be great for helping you relax, relieve stress, ease aches and pains, and get a good night’s sleep. All of these can be great for both your short and long term health.


Here is the list of the top things you can do with a hot water bottle:


red hot water bottle on pillow and red blanket

Keep warm

There are two main ways to keep warm with a hot water bottle. The first is by resting it on or close to your body, and the second is to use it to heat the inside of your bed or sleeping bag before entering.


Improve sleep 

For help getting to sleep, place a hot water bottle under your blanket at least 5 to 10 minutes before you intend to enter. Once you are ready to get in, it is advisable to remove the hot water bottle first.


Reduce stress

Hot water bottles are great at aiding relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. That is because the heat stimulates blood flow and improves circulation around your body. Also, heat has the effect of making you more comfortable in your surroundings.


Ease aches and pains 

If you are suffering from aches and pains, use a hot water bottle to:

soft toys in bed with a hot water bottle

Cold therapy works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat therapy is ideal for reducing cramping and muscle spasms. Many hot water bottles can provide both forms of treatment. Instead of filling your bottle with hot water, fill it with cold water from the fridge, immediately turning it into a cold pack.


Make your four-legged friends more comfortable - 

Hot water bottles are safe for dogs and can provide warmth when a dog is resting at night. They are also great for healing purposes and can help with inflammation. You can also put a hot water bottle in a puppy’s bed. They will enjoy cuddling up against it. 


Safety first!

  1. When using a hot water bottle, make sure you follow the safety instructions.
  2. When preparing a hot water bottle for your dog, do not use boiling water.
  3. To avoid burns and similar injuries, always use a hot water bottle with a cover or wrap your bottle with a towel or blanket. 

Have a great day!





Tuesday, December 21, 2021

How to prevent and soothe dry winter skin

December 21, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


For the northern half of Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of winter! Have you ever noticed how your skin is affected by the changing seasons? If so, you’ve likely noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in the colder months.


Having dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you also have dehydrated skin. These are two different phenomena. While dehydrated skin lacks waterdry skin lacks sebum. Also, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is a condition.


What does dehydrated skin look like?


Dehydrated skin can be dry, itchy and even dull looking. The overall complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable. There are steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy, even when temperatures dip and there is no escaping the winter cold.


Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first step, so it is crucial to drink plenty of water


Tips to prevent and soothe dry winter skin:


woman outside in the snow

  1. Hydrate from the inside. Read this: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months.
  2. Use your face cream on damp skin right after cleansing.
  3. Try adding occlusives to your routine (oils, waxes and silicones). Occlusives work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  4. Apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is a daily essential for all skin types and tones.
  5. Go easy on exfoliants and scrubs that might irritate the skin even more.
  6. Use overnight treatments. Overnight treatments are skin products that will help hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.
  7. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and glycerin (humectants), and try to avoid products that contain retinol and vitamin C, as these could cause more dehydration.
  8. Use a humidifier (only if you live in dry climates).
  9. Turn the indoor temperature down. 
  10. Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. 
  11. Opt for non-irritating fabrics.
  12. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold.


Dehydrated skin can be a problem, but it is treatable. If your skin dehydration fails to improve after making these simple changes, you may have a dry skin type. See your dermatologist for further advice on how to treat dry skin.


Related posts:


Q&A | Face oils vs serums: What's the difference?

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn





Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

December 08, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


Generally, we tend to think that summer is the season we should be concerned about dehydration due to warmer temperatures. However, did you know that dehydration is common in winter


During the colder months, I have trouble drinking the recommended amount of water. I simply don't feel thirsty when I'm freezing! I'm sure many people can relate to this. So how do we stay hydrated in winter? 

woman holding a mug next to window in winter


Staying hydrated during this season is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few tips:

  • Watch your caffeine consumption.
  • Include broths and soups in your diet.
  • Drink more herbal teas.
  • Drink warm water with lemon.
  • Eat more winter fruits such as; grapes, pears, cranberries, pomegranates, apples, oranges and more.
  • Carry a refillable water bottle with you and refill when necessary.
  • Make water your drink of choice for meals and snack times.
  • Avoid sugary beverages such as soda or energy drinks.


Staying hydrated through the winter can boost our immune system and give our body the support it needs to fight off infection. Drinking water and staying hydrated can also help us stay warmer in the winter months. Our body uses water to help maintain a temperature balance. When we are not hydrated, our bodies can become cold. So remember to stay hydrated; it's so important!



I hope you found this post helpful!






Sunday, December 16, 2018

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁 2018

December 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Christmas is almost here...  Are you excited?  As I have done in previous years, today I will be sharing my Christmas wishlist with you.

The best part of Christmas is GIVING!  But… most probably, 😉 your loved ones also want to get you something that you will love.  I always recommend making a wishlist of some sort so that loved ones are able to spend their money gifting you something they know you actually want.

I have made two separate lists... 
Gift ideas under 50



Gift ideas over 50



Do you like the gifts I chose?  Which one is your favourite?  And, what's on your Christmas wishlist this year?



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Friday, December 01, 2017

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁

December 01, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's the first day of December and I am super excited about today's post.  I will be sharing my Christmas wishlist with you.


🎅 Dear Santa, 

I have been very good this year!  Here are the things I am wishing for:

Dafni hair straightening ceramic brush
Braun Silk-epil 1


Seasonal scented soy candles


Moment de Bonheur by Yves Rocher 


Christmas pajamas 



What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Secret Santa gifts | Stocking fillers under $10

December 10, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

During this time of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in the spending hype.  The truth is that there are only a few people you really want to spoil.  The majority of people on your gift list are probably colleagues and acquaintances.  To help you stay on budget, I've selected 10 perfect gifts.  


Check out my guide to the 10 secret Santa gift ideas or stocking fillers under $10.  These gifts are so affordable that you'll probably want to buy one for yourself too!  Take a look at my picks:    


1. Soft Cleaning Face Brush - $8.17$11.67

























I really love the 10 items I picked for this gift guide and hope you do too.  I found all these items at Born Pretty Store.  The site offers free shipping worldwide!  Enjoy shopping and don't forget to use the discount code SETT10 at checkout to get 10% off your purchase.  

Which item is your favourite?  Leave a comment and let me know! 




Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Happy December!

December 02, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy December!
The Holiday Season is officially here.  I have to admit though, that I've been watching Christmas movies since November 1st.  Every year, I look forward to the new Hallmark, Lifetime, ABC Family (soon-to-be Freeformand UP Tv Holiday movies.  And also any other Christmas movie I can find!  But, I always watch the classic movies when Christmas gets closer! 
I LOVE Christmas but I decided not to participate in Blogmas.  I honestly cannot commit to blogging everyday for 25 days.  However, I'm still planning to post plenty of Holiday related posts!
Yesterday I gave this blog a festive makeover.  I love the blinking Holiday lights and the new background!  What do you think? 
I also updated my mum's website for Christmas.  She makes beautiful beaded hand-crafted jewellery and gifts, and for the Holidays she also makes unique felt ornaments!  Check out her site here.  

Have a great day!