Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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My Favourite Cashback/Money Making Apps

It’s been over 3 months since my last post and I won’t lie; I 100% lost my love for blogging hence the silence. In that time, I’ve been on holiday to Kos, started an incredible job that means I have a better home life balance and found my mojo again when it comes to writing. Gone are the days of me writing about skincare (not completely but for now I don’t have the passion for it) and hello, money saving, money making and general lifestyle.

Whilst on holiday I did a poll asking if anyone wanted me to share my favourite cashback or money making apps and the answer was a unanimous yes (good news because I was going to write one anyway). So here it is people and let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed any other good apps out.

Shopmium

I’ve been using this app for a while and the basics of the app is a way to get freebie products or money off products making them cheaper. It’s a really simple app to use and the steps to claim your cashback goes as follows:

  • Select which products you want to buy, check which store they can be found in and purchase.
  • Scan the barcodes of the products and scan the receipt into the app itself by selecting the piggy bank icon.
  • Once confirmed the money will be sent to your paypal account which you will have linked up when setting up your profile.
  • Really easy steps and I’ve had money as quickly as 48 hours later before back in my account.
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If you want to use this app yourself and have a go at getting some freebies then you can use my referral code t5j4z which will get you a free tub of Nutella to claim once signed up.

Shoppix

This is an app I discovered that you can earn vouchers from by uploading pictures of your receipts. I have been using this app since I went back to work in September and have already cashed out a £5 voucher and have earnt enough points for a £10 voucher already. I’m working towards a £20 voucher instead so I haven’t cashed anything out yet.

Enlightly

This is a survey app that pops up randomly with questions for you to answer. Once you hit 50 questions answered you get a £2.50 reward and then when you hit 100 questions you get a £7.50 bonus. Minimum payout threshold is £5 but since downloading it a couple of months ago I have cashed out £20 already.

Receipt Hog

This works exactly the same as Shoppix so I generally bulk upload receipts to the 2 apps but you have to upload them within a 7 day period of the transaction. The rewards aren’t as high as Shoppix so this has taken longer to build up balance wise but I’m working towards a £10 voucher on this one.

Clicksnap from Quidco

This is a fab app for cashback on grocery purchases and has given me a chance to try foods/drinks that I wouldn’t normally have purchased by swapping them for my usual ones. The benefit to this app is the payout is very fast, usually within a couple of days as it goes through your Quidco account for payout. I have used this one and CheckoutSmart (another app with the same concept) however CheckoutSmart has a minimum payout threshold of £20 otherwise there is a 5% fee. ClickSnap does not incur a fee.

GreenJinn

This is another cashback app for groceries and has offers across Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Like the other shopping apps, you select your purchases then take a photo of your receipt to claim your cashback. This is a fantastic app for everyday grocery offers and does give cashback on Method cleaning products which is a big thing as we all know with the cleaning world right now.

So that’s it really in terms of my most used cashback or money saving apps. I’m planning another post regarding my best online money making sites which will come in the next couple of weeks but as I said at the start of my post; feel free to leave me any comments with apps I might be missing out on.

Laura x

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Family Photoshoot Advice: What To Do And What Not To Do

Tips for making the most of family studio photography sessions…

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As parents, we are probably all guilty of only capturing important moments and occasions ad-hoc on our phones, to then never save or look back on the pictures again.

Although it is great that phones these days have such high-quality cameras that can capture such professional-looking images, it makes all of our images seem far more disposable and arguably less special.

For this reason, it is a great idea to book in for a family photoshoot. You will, no doubt, leave with some beautiful images of all the family. What’s great about studio photography is the images are kept forever, put up around the house, sent around to all the grandparents and passed down generations. It may cost you more than snapping shots on your iPhone but the results are guaranteed to be worth it.

To avoid disappointment when dragging your family along to a photography studio, here are some valuable pieces of advice about how to prepare and what to expect…

Prep

The first thing to keep in mind with a family photoshoot is that a photography studio will be an exciting but also overwhelming environment, especially for little ones. The best thing to do is explain to children what you will be doing and what the experience will be like, as best you can – to avoid any big surprises!

It’s a good idea for all the family to have an early night and be well rested the night before the photoshoot to avoid any grumpy faces and make sure everyone is ready to have some fun. Another parent tip is to eat a good meal beforehand because we all know the struggle of having hungry children on our hands!

Don’t worry though, a professional family photographer will have plenty of experience and know exactly what to say to get children relaxed and giggling in no time!

If you choose the right family photoshoot company, you shouldn’t have to worry about keeping your children under control and on their best behaviour. To capture natural, unique and funny family photos, you children need to feel comfortable to be themselves and show their true characters. Nousha are a London-based photography company who encourage silliness and fun with every family photoshoot that they carry out. All the images they create showcase the individual character of each family and child, whilst still being of an extremely high quality. What’s more, they only shoot in black and white to add to the originality of their images.

Listen

This next tip may go without saying, but it is important to really listen to your photographer. They will more than likely have years of experience and expertise about how to conduct a family photoshoot and capture some great images. Listen to their instructions on how to prepare for the photoshoot, including what to wear and bring along with you. Also, listen to their guidance whilst you are in the studio too – if they ask for a shot with a specific member of the family, give them a hand so no time is wasted.

On the other hand, though, if you know there are certain things that you or your family won’t be comfortable with doing, there is no harm in letting the photographer know!

Be yourselves

The last thing to keep in mind, which is probably the most important, is to simply enjoy yourselves and let your personalities shine through!

The point of studio photography is to capture images that will last a lifetime – so don’t waste your time (and money). You won’t capture any truly special moments if your family are holding back or are not prepared to have some fun. When you first walk in for a family photoshoot it can seem daunting, but hopefully, your family members will be smiling and enjoying themselves in no time.

Laura x

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