Why You Should Visit the North of England

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Contributed by Laura

Whether you live down South and are looking to travel elsewhere in the UK, or are already in the North, spending sometime in the North of England for a weekend break is a great decision. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit the North of England.

♡ A super friendly place

The North of England is really well-known for being friendly. However, if you spent every day of the week on the tube in London, it can be hard to believe. But it’s true!

The reasons why are debatable. Some say it’s to do with the fact that Northerners have a less frenetic way of life. Because they take the day slower, they are less stressed. In turn, this feeds into them being more generous to strangers. Others argue that Northerner behaviour isn’t phenomenal, it’s just that Southerners are extra unfriendly.

Whatever the reason, there is no denying the generous spirit up North. Even in big cities like Sheffield and Leeds, somebody will say hello to you on the street. They’ll let you get on the bus you’re both waiting for first. They’ll offer up their seat on the train to the elderly. And they love calling one another affection pet-names; even total strangers!

So, if you need a dose of kindness, escape up North and feel the love.

♡ Loads to do

Sure, it’s not London, but many of the North’s big cities has almost as much on offer. The theatre scene in Manchester is vibrant. The shopping in Leeds is vast. The combination of city centre and countryside found in Sheffield is staggering. Sheffield has a thriving independent scene; you can literally spend days looking around vintage shops & little coffee shops! There is also great food in Sheffield. And places like York and Lincoln are old-fashioned and beautiful enough just to spend a day doing free sight-seeing. Time Out magazine no longer focuses on London; it now has branches in both Manchester and Leeds also. Use it as a handy guide for what is on each week. If you’re thinking about heading to the latter, check out these 20 great things to do in Leeds.

♡ Incredible scenery

London has amazing architecture. Places like Brighton and Devon have the sea. But the North has some of the most incredible natural scenery. You’ve got places like the Peak District and the Lake District, not to mention Derbyshire, just outside of Sheffield. Take a trip up North and go and soak it all up. Mix up the way you see it, too. The train is a great way to see the Peak District. Or head up, up, up and away with a helicopter tour. Companies like http://www.pleasureflightsltd.co.uk specialise in tours up North. Seeing things from a helicopter is also a better option than hiking or cycling for weekend breaks, as time is likely to be tight. If you’re a history fan, you could see Chatsworth house from above. Or, for football fans, how about a bird’s-eye view of Old Trafford?

♡ It’s not as far away as Southerners think!

Sure, driving up North can take a while. But the length of time it takes on the train isn’t bad at all. It’s only 2 hours 20 minutes from London to Leeds, for example. Plenty of time for a long weekend before heading home!

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3 REASONS WHY YOU’RE IN A BAD MOOD – AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

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Contributed by Laura

We all feel down or irritable at one time or another. The reasons might be personal, professional, or even financial. But more often than not, we’re not sure what’s bothering us. There are a few reasons that are more likely than others for why you’re down in the dumps. Read on to consider why you’re in a bad mood and what to do about it!

♡ Quite simply – you’re exhausted

This is probably the most common source of irritation and demotivation on the planet. Feeling exhausted. Modern life is arguably busier than ever. The majority of us have a wide variety of commitments to juggle. We might have family life, social occasions, and a workload to negotiate so it is easy to become run down. If you notice you’re irritable with no discernible cause, the chances are that you’re not getting enough sleep. Studies show that we are far more likely to concentrate and stay in control when we are well rested. So start taking your sleep seriously. Go to bed at a reasonable hour each night but be sure that your bedroom is conducive to a good night’s sleep. Blackout shades help to keep the room dark, and double glazed windows might keep it quiet. Switch excessive screen time like phones and computers to books or music. Make sure you have an activity cut off at least 30 minutes before you try to sleep to give yourself time to unwind. A warm bath can help as can pillow fragrances with essential oils. After a few night’s good rest you should feel calmer and more capable than ever.

♡ You hate your job

Our job takes up a good proportion of our waking hours. If you add the daily commute and prep work at the weekends, most of our lives centres on our job. If you have a job you hate then no wonder you’re in a bad mood. There might not be anything specific about your job that you hate. It just may not be taking you in the direction you want to go. If you’re finding that you are consistently in a bad mood and think your job may be the cause, think carefully. Is there anything you hate about the job that can actively be changed? Do you have a bad relationship with a colleague that could actually be resolved? Is your workload too heavy or could you benefit from some extra training? Some of the things we hate most can actually be changed or at least improved. Communicate regularly with your boss and colleagues and try to take a bit of control. If a job is entirely unsuitable for you and there is no aspect that can be changed, it might be time to consider other options.

♡ Your body is freaking out

We may be recovering from a long-term illness, the flu or even just a hangover. It may be that our body isn’t getting the right nutrients or is constantly dehydrated. Whatever the reason, if we’re feeling constantly annoyed, our body might be trying to tell us something. Studies have now shown that the health and efficiency of our digestive system can actually affect our mood. Are you eating enough fresh, probiotic foods and greens? Are you staying hydrated and not putting undue strain on your organs with alcohol, for example? Our body works hard for us and we need to return the favour. Address any health concerns, however minor, and your mood could sky rocket.

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HOW TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE.

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Contributed by Laura

We all like to think that we’re good people. We know that values like family and loyalty are important. But it’s not all there is. Sometimes you need to look outside your own immediate sphere of influence to see where you can do the most good. Being a conscientious person is about more than the people you know. It’s about your community and the world around you. So, how do we become more compassionate people? By contributing. Below, we’re going to take a look at five methods of contributing that can change your life for good.

♡ Volunteering

Volunteering is the grass roots of getting involved in helping the community. There are all kinds of work needed in all kinds of environment. Sometimes it involves helping to clean a neighbourhood. Other times it can just be being on the other end of a phone to listen to someone who needs it. Getting involved in volunteering is far from difficult. There are opportunities all around us, all you need to do is find the kind you can make time for.

♡ Charity

The average amount that a person gives to charity is around three to five percent, usually based on earnings. If you’re paying above this, you’re already doing a good thing. However, taking the extra step can make a real difference to your life and those you help. People can use all kinds of initiatives to begin charity drives and events of their own. Look at what you have to offer. Buy easy campaign equipment like wrist bands through this website and find a cause you believe in.

♡ Take care of your environment

We’re all taking steps, slowly but surely, to become more environmentally conscious. Sometimes, inconvenience or sheer laziness can get in our way however. So sometimes the best way to take it is to make big changes in your life. One place you can do this easily is in your own home. Takes steps to make your home a greener place to live. You’re contributing to the environment as well as saving on your bills.

♡ Become a health advocate

There are plenty of non-altruistic reasons to start looking after your health. More self-confidence. Better mental health. Less risk of dying. But making changes to your diet can have a ripple effect. The people who know and love you might start making the same choices. With your family, you can even make rules on which drinks are best to drink and the like. Hopefully, others are motivated to learn by your example.

♡ Teach it to your kids

The best thing that you can do in all your actions is make them a legacy. Get your children into volunteering and charity early. They’re bound to live in a more environmentally conscious future than what we grew up to. Still, starting early can make the all the better kind of advocates. Of course, you’re concerned for their health, as well, so don’t skimp on lessons of diet and fitness. A conscientious parent raises a conscientious person, so make it all the easier for them in future.

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HOW TO FEEL GOOD FOR SUMMER.

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So, spring is here. And boy, am I glad! I can’t wait to get out of my winter wardrobe and feel the sunshine on my skin again. Let’s be honest, the cold weather is no fun at all, and as the days get longer, it’s really nice to spend more time outdoors, lapping up the rays.

But what if you’ve been overindulging over Christmas, and didn’t quite manage to stick to those new year’s resolutions? Not many of us stick to the promises we made on the first of January. Easter probably hasn’t done you much good either. So much chocolate, and so little willpower, now that’s what you call a recipe for disaster. So ladies, are you summer ready? If the answer is no, then now is the time to start your preparations for summer. It’ll be here before we know it, and you don’t want to feel unfit and unhealthy once the warmer weather arrives.

There’s no need to crash diet or go and starve yourself. One, there’s very little chance you’ll stick to it for any length of time and two, it’s unhealthy. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, you can lose weight at a slow and steady pace. You’re far more likely to maintain your new figure if you make the changes gradually. Aim to lose no more than 3lb a week, and you’ll find you suffer less from stretchmarks and saggy skin as the pounds drop off.

Try going meat free a couple of days a week. Animal farming has a high impact on the environment so you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment too. You may not feel like you are making much of a contribution, but every little helps.

If you find that your metabolism is sluggish, then there are lots of things you can do to give it a boost. Exercising is, of course, one of the best ways help you feel good as well as burn fat, but sometimes you hit a wall. It’s not uncommon to plateau after dieting for a while, but don’t despair. There is help at hand. Supplements that support weight loss can often kick you out of that rut. It needn’t cost you the earth. You can get a garcinia cambogia and colon cleanse free trial online, which is a secret slimming secret.

Remember to keep yourself hydrated properly, especially when you’re trying to drop a few kilos. Not only will it help avoid hunger pangs, if you drink a pint before your meal you’ll eat less too. If you’ve cut your food intake, you may have less energy, so drinking water is vital. If you’re dehydrated, you can experience tiredness and fatigue. And if you’re not firing on all cylinders, you’re more likely to cheat!

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5 ALTERNATIVE FIRST DATE IDEAS.

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Contributed by Laura

First dates can be nerve-wracking. Are you dreading the thought of sitting at a plush restaurant, trying desperately not to spill anything on a brand new dress? If so, why not opt for a more relaxed first date setting? Here are some fun first date suggestions to break the ice and prevent any awkward silences.

♡ Get outdoors

Whether you live by the beach or you’re a stone’s throw from the forest, it’s the perfect time of year for outdoor dates. Take a picnic down to the lake and hire a boat out. Get the adrenaline pumping with a zip wire ride or a treetop walk. Go for a bike ride or lay back and soak up the rays by the sea. Choosing a relaxing setting will make you feel at ease. If you’re anxious about stripping down to your swimsuit on a first date, why not go to the boardwalk instead and ride the big dipper? Clown around, take a trip on the big wheel and share some cotton candy. In the summer months, look out for one-off events, such as outdoor movie screenings and pop-up theatre shows.

♡ How about the zoo?

Many of us enjoy spotting wildlife and visiting exotic species at the zoo. Zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums are great choices for a first date. You can relax, you don’t need to worry about dressing up and the animals provide fantastic talking points. Pack a picnic to add a hint of romance and treat your date to a cuddly toy or a souvenir photo.

♡ Get scared

Theme parks make for a great day out and are an excellent option for an enjoyable, laid-back first date. Cuddle up on the scary rides and try and win a giant cuddly toy. The best theme parks have all kinds of different entertainment on offer, so do your research before you go. Catch a live magic or animal show. Get wet and wild at the waterpark, or go ghost hunting at the haunted house after dark.

Related – 3 Date Night Ideas for New Parents

♡ Dance the night away

If you’re up for a laugh and you fancy getting up close and personal, a dance lesson offers a fun and flirty first date. Get those hips moving with a salsa class or embrace the sophistication of times gone by with a romantic waltz. Treat yourself to a well-earned cocktail and a freestyle whirl around the dance floor afterwards. If you love the class, you could make it a regular thing.

♡ What about a bit of competition?

Nothing gets people talking like a competition. Visit your local karting track and take each other on in a race to the chequered flag. Jumpsuits may not be the most flattering first date outfit. But your date will be entertaining and you’ll have plenty of time to impress in another outfit afterwards.

First dates can be awkward, but they can also be awesome. Choose a date, which is fun and relaxed and gives you both plenty to talk about. Take each other on, learn a new skill or get your pulses racing. Most importantly, stay calm and enjoy the experience.

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6 FACTORS THAT AFFECT YOUR POSTURE.

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Contributed by Laura.

Back in the old days, girls used to walk around with a book on their head to help correct poor posture. Don’t worry – I won’t be advocating that in this post! There are plenty of ways to take care of your posture without trying to balance books as you walk! Rather than try to improve your posture, it is much better to try and take preventative measures to ensure you don’t develop it in the first place. There are many steps you can take to protect your back. Not only will these help you to stand up tall, but they can help you prevent all the aches and pains associated with a bad back. So what actually causes poor posture? Here are some of the most common factors.

♡ Sitting Around

Get up out of that seat and stand up more! We all love to relax from time to time, especially after a hard day at work. However, too much sitting can be bad for our back. When we sit down, some of our muscles including the hamstrings and abdominal muscles become shorter. Others, including the gluteus maximus and our erector spinae muscles, are lengthened. What does this mean for our posture? The strain on our muscles causes an imbalance between each pair and our spine becomes curved. If you sit down for a prolonged period of time, your body will become used to this flexed position of the spine. One day, it may stay this way – even when you stand up! As a result, we develop bad posture.

♡ A Good Night’s Sleep

A peaceful sleep can help us feel relaxed and ready for the busy day ahead. But did you know that a comfortable sleep can also help out with posture issues? Hard mattresses are better than soft ones, as they will provide your back and neck with the support needed to maintain a straight posture. You can also buy many special beds and mattresses that can be moved into the best shape for your posture. If you can’t afford a specialised bed and mattress, you’ll be able to find an affordable pocket sprung one. These will correctly support your back and spine. For more pocket sprung mattress information, just click the link.

♡ Is Your Job Affecting Your Posture?

Some jobs and occupations could be detrimental for your posture. Mainly the ones that require you to sit around for most of the day, such as office-based jobs. But you could be risking your posture even if you are on your feet. Jobs that need you to bend forward regularly, such as mechanics or plumbers, will be increasing your risk of making your spine curve too much. If you sit at a desk for most of the day or bend over regularly, make sure you stand up straight as often as possible to reduce the strain on your back. Other occupations that require you to carry a bag can be harmful to posture too. This is especially the case for postal workers, who need to carry a heavy bag of letters on a daily basis.

♡ Sports

It’s important to keep fit and take part in plenty of sporting activities to stay healthy. However, some sports can cause excessive strain on your back and increase your chances of developing bad posture. Cycling for long periods of time can have a negative effect on your posture as your spine is curved over the bike so you can reach the handlebars. This will lead to muscles being overstretched in an undesirable position. It’s a good idea not to spend too much time on activities that place your body in strenuous positions.  Running is another sport that can be detrimental to your posture. This is because your head will be in a pronounced forward position and could increase the curve in your spine. However, there are some sports that can help your back out. Yoga and Pilates are both fantastic when it comes to stretching out your back!

♡ Mobile Phone Use

You may be surprised to learn that using your mobile phone will be having a bad effect on your back. When we use our phones to text, surf the internet or check our social media accounts, we often hunch over our phone. This is much the same as when we are on our computers. As our body is regularly being put into this hunched position, our spine will start to get more and more used to it. It will eventually become more hunched over time, even when we are not on our mobile phones. You can help remedy this fairly easily though. Stretch out your back on a daily basis and try to reduce your mobile phone use.

♡ Leaning On One Leg

Most of us are guilty of this offence! Often, when we are standing still, we will place all our weight on one leg. This may be a really comfortable way to stand, but it can be very bad for our backs and can eventually cause a lot of back pain in later life. In this position, we aren’t using our core and buttock muscles to help us stand, which can cause a muscle imbalance. Eventually, our buttocks and lower back area will become strained and start to ache. Carrying heavy backpacks will also cause similar symptoms. Both leaning on one leg and carrying heavy bags will cause our hips to become uneven. This will then affect our posture and how we walk. It’s very easy to correct this, though. Many Yoga and Pilate stretches are great for correcting uneven hips. Try out stretches like the plank and the bridge.

If you look after your posture now, you will find you are less likely to develop back problems in later life. So it’s super important to take good care of your back right now! And don’t worry if you think you have already developed poor posture. As you have read, there are many ways to correct a curved spine and uneven hips! And none of them involve balancing books on your head!

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HOW TO RELAX AND UNWIND WITH ESSENTIAL OILS + 1x ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPE.

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Today’s fast-paced world seems to always have us on the run, leaving us little time for relaxation. While I am well aware that self-care is important and agree that it should be done regularly, I often find it hard to make the time to relax and unwind.

It seems that I’m always working on one thing or another and am constantly under stress and feeling a time crunch. Lately I have really been feeling the negative impacts that stress has on my body & physical health. I am trying to make more attempts to relax and reduce stress however, this is easier said than done!

I have yet to figure out a way to reduce my stress due to workload and lack of time however I have found ways to help decrease stress and promote relaxation, even when I am busy. I have been doing this by using essential oils that help promote feelings of relaxation in my diffuser.

♡ The benefits of using essential oil diffusers for relaxation

Essential oil diffusers are super simple and easy to use, which is perfect when you are short on time! Simply add water and the essential oil to your diffuser, turn it on and within minutes you are enjoying the relaxing aromas of your essential oils.

There are many ways you can use essential oils for relaxation including applying them topically, wearing essential oil diffusing jewelry, creating essential oil roller bottle blends and of course using your diffuser. My two favourite ways to use essential oils for relaxation are to use a blend either in my diffuser or in a roller bottle. I have included diy diffuser recipes and roller bottle recipes for relaxation in my new essential oil ebook.

Lately I’ve been using my diffuser a lot and have been putting a relaxing blend in during the evening.  I love using my diffuser for relaxation as not only am I able to benefit from the relaxing aroma, but my husband is as well. There are many different diffuser blends that you can make including blends for relaxation, sleep, seasonal support, respiratory support, uplifting mood and many more which are all outlined in my new essential oil ebook Essential Oils Made Easy: DIY Diffuser & Roller Bottle Recipes.

Today I would like to share one of the diffuser recipes for relaxation from my ebook with you!

♡ Put Your Feet Up Diffuser Blend

What You Need to Make this Blend:

  • 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil (if you do not have frankincense, use lavender instead)
  • 2 drops of Orange/ Wild Orange essential oil
  • An essential oil diffuser of your choice
  • Water

♡ How to Make Your Diffuser Blend:

  1. Put 70-100ml of water into your diffuser. Please note that diffusers all hold different amounts of water so you may need to increase or reduce the recipe so that it works with the size of diffuser that you have.
  2. Add your essential oils.
  3. Put the cover on the diffuser and turn it on.
  4. Relax.

It really is that simple to use essential oils for relaxation in your diffuser!

Please note that if you plan to use this recipe in your child’s room you will want to reduce the recipe as essential oils are extremely potent! I would recommend using 1 drop of frankincense and 1 drop of lavender in a minimum of 100ml of water.

While I still need to learn to slow down, I am glad I have been able to find a way to relax and destress even when I am busy! I have learned the hard way that the effects of stress on the body can greatly impact your physical and emotional health and that living in a constant state of stress can greatly increase symptoms of pre-existing health problems.

If you’re feeling constantly stressed and have no time to relax I would seriously consider using essential oils (in some form) to help promote relaxation.

Have you tried using essential oils for relaxation?

Guest Blogger Bio:

Chantal Bernard is a social worker by day and an essential oil enthusiast, blogger at Painted Teacup, virtual assistant, wife and fur-baby momma by night. Chantal began Painted Teacup in March 2015 to share information about essential oils and recently wrote an ebook called Essential Oils Made Easy: DIY Diffuser & Roller Bottle Recipes.

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WHAT IS A DERMAROLLER? AND, IS IT AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-AGEING TREATMENT?

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Guest post by Laura

We’re all looking for ways to look younger. While most of us stick to nutrient dense skincare and healthy diets to slow down ageing. I’ve known someone as young as 19 opt for botox treatments. Crazy! With so many treatments out there, some more toxic than others, how do we know they work and are worth the risks? If you’re looking for something a little bit more intense than creams but not as damaging as laser or botox – you may be interested in dermarolling. Here, take a look:

♡ What is a dermaroller?

As you may have guessed by the name, the Dermaroller treatment involves a small “roller” device that is rolled over the affected area. The reason that the process is sometimes also called micro-needling is that the rolling device is covered with little needles. The needles are very small, although their exact length does vary depending on the treatment.

Even if you have a fear of needles, as most people do, you shouldn’t completely dismiss a dermaroller treatment as a possibility. Done correctly, you shouldn’t feel it! You can purchase micro-needling devices to use at home. Discomfort from those may vary, which is one reason why most people choose to have the experts at a clinic or spa do the procedure for them.

♡ How does it work?

Micro-needling is stimulates the skin to regenerate at a faster rate as it causes initial damage to your cells. Although that seems count productive, the tiny bit of damage caused is very easily healed by your body and should only take a few days to heal up. The major advantage of dermarolling is that the damage caused by the dermaroller will cause your body’s defenses to kick into high gear and send out the materials needed to repair and fortify all of your skin, which eventually lead to a healthier overall look. But – to reap in the effects you will probably need several treatments to get the best results.

♡ Our verdict

Since there are so many anti-ageing treatment options available, you might be wondering what the advantage to choosing micro-needling or dermarolling would be.

It is all dependent on you and your skin. Take laser treatments. If you have an oilier skin type, the laser treatment can cause the skin’s oils to heat up and leave burns on the skin. Not what you want. On the up side, as the dermaroller doesn’t produce so much heat, it’s a safer option for people with oilier skin types.

On top of whether your skin is dry or oily, your results during any skincare procedure could also be influenced by the tightness of your skin and the extent of your skin damage. For those who are looking to treat fine lines and early signs of ageing, it’s best to be treated at home with creams, face masks & a healthy diet rich in antioxidants. If you are conscious about the signs of sagging skin or loosened skin tone, you might benefit from trying out a dermaroller treatment.

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3 ALTERNATIVE DATE IDEAS FOR NEW PARENTS.

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Guest post by Laura

As much as you adore devoting all your time to your new baby, sometimes you need a break. Taking care of your baby is one of the most fulfilling things you ever do, but it isalso be very exhausting. You and your partner probably made time for date nights during your pregnancy, but now your baby is here it might not be such as priority. It’s essential that you spend time with each other to remain the strong and united parents that you already are. So for some much-needed quality time together, take a look at these date night ideas.

♡ Take a cooking class together

Cooking is something that may have taken a backseat since your baby arrived. It’s far more convenient to grab and go rather than take the time to cook a sit-down meal. If you both love food and cooking, why not take a cooking class on your date night. You could try the classes at L’anima Cafe or Atelier des Chefs. You can choose which style of food you want to create and learn some new skills along the way. The classes vary in length from place to place but are usually no longer than an hour or two. So ask your parents or a sitter to babysit and reignite your love for cooking.

Related – Why Kim Kardashian is Eating Her Placenta

♡ Go for a walk

Sometimes a long walk and a breathe of fresh air are just what the doctor ordered. So instead of a date night, why not go for a date day walk with your partner. You can visit a local nature reserve or park and explore your surroundings. You could even visit a site with a historic house and beautiful flower gardens. Neither of you may have had time to go to the gym or exercise as much as you would like to. We all know how good exercise is for us, so going for a walk will not only be good for your relationship but also your body as well. Pack a healthy picnic and enjoy spending some relaxing time together.

Related – Mum-to-Be Gift Guide

♡ Have a nostalgic movie night in

There will be date nights where you don’t want to leave the house. That is perfectly fine, but why not make it more fun. Plan a nostalgic movie night where you both choose a film from your childhood and watch it together. You can also enjoy some sweets and drinks you used to enjoy when you were a child too. This will bring back memories, and you’ll spend all night telling stories and reminiscing past times that make you smile. It’s a simple idea and means you don’t need to hire a sitter as you’re at home. Put on your pyjamas and make your living room as comfortable space to relax in.

Date nights are essential for all couples to stay connected and show appreciation to one another. It’s been claimed that new parents feel happier and more connected to each other after a date night. So even if it’s only an hour before bedtime, it will make a significant difference.

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5 TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST CRYSTAL SHOPPING TRIP BY RILEY REIGN, CURATOR OF THE SPIRIT & SOUL BLOG

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Many ‘New Age’ and holistic healing tools are currently growing in popularity, and I am so elated about it! Though, with these ‘new’ remedies coming up, there is some education involved, and that can scare some people away. As your resident Mystic who knows what there is to know about healing crystals + stones I can say that it is kind of upsetting that stereotypes and information overload (or sometimes lack there of) are scaring people away so easily.

Working with these powerful tools from the earth (healing crystals + stones) is so beneficial to our well being. The best part is that it is so much easier to do than many think! Let me bust a few myths real quickly before we get to the shopping tips. Myth 1) You have to be super spiritual and granola to use healing crystals. NOPE! All you need to work with the stones is a body to work with the stones with. Belief in the healing properties of Mama Earth + Nature may help the manifestation of healing, but it is not necessary as far as I am concerned. The stones do their work either way. Myth 2) You have to know how the healing crystals effect your mind + body. NOPE! *All you need is the knowing that they make you feel good, more centered. No one needs to know how crystals + stones effect the person unless they want to (and that is an incredibly simple google search). 3) You have to know about chakras and believe in Woo-Woo to work with crystals. NOPE! See * at myth #2.

You don’t need to be incredibly knowledgeable about these tools to start. Just start! To prepare you for your first crystal hunting trip I’ve got 5 tips ready to get you started on the right foot, to ensure you have a nice experience. These tips include some basic knowledge on how to pick your stones, and know what is right for you.

♡ Trust Your Intuition

When choosing healing stones, trust your intuition. At all times, no matter what. If you’re drawn to something in any way you’re body + spirit are telling you that you need it. Be open throughout the process, and trust your intuition.

Related – Cleansing Your Chakras with Potenised Crystal Oils by Zephorium

♡ Give Yourself a Budget Beforehand (just in case)

I know from experience, these beauties are so amazing you can get a little carried away. Dare I say… slightly addicted. You may find yourself drooling over and drawn to everything, but your wallet/bank account may not be as cool with that as you are. So set a loose budget before hand, just incase. You can land a little under budget, or a little over budget and not feel too bad.

♡ Look Up Properties and Meanings

Sometimes metaphysical stores (go to a store, do not buy stones online. I repeat, go to a store! Do not buy your stones online!) will highlight a healing property or meaning under the title of the stone you are choosing, however the stones have many many healing properties and meanings, so look them up. Get a deeper understanding of what you have been drawn to. The shop you’re at should have one of many incredibly knowledgable books on the topic that you can use. Or a quick google search will do.

♡ If You Don’t Like Something, It’s Likely That You Need It

If you come across a stone that instantly turns you off, you likely need it. Need is a key word here. Now, I know that’s a kind of confusing sentence, I know. Allow me to explain. If you feel resistant to a stone, you need it. There is a mental or emotional block within you that your ego doesn’t want to deal with, and this stone can help you through that lesson. It has some sage wisdom to teach you.

♡ Don’t Fear the Healing Property

You may find yourself drawn to a healing stone that has a key phrase noted as it’s healing property that is over your head, intimidating, or is something you don’t quite understand. Do not let this alter your perception, please. Acknowledge it and move on. 2 things to remember in this situation are tip #3, look up other meanings, it may not be that you need to connect with your spirit guides but rather you need to work on communication in general, and #1 you were guided to this stone, trust your intuition. There is no need to freak out! Go with the flow. Your intuition may be drawing you closer to your soul + potential. If you truly feel that you’re not ready to work with a stone, you can pass this time around. There is a difference between ready and wanting though. You could not want to work through something but be totally ready. Be mindful of that and honor where you are, go at your own pace.

Those are my top 5 tips! Enjoy the adventure! Go with the flow and be open wholeheartedly. I hope these tips help you in your journey and lead you to the right stones for you.

Namaste
~Riley Reign

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