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4 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

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It’s tempting to throw your day to day routine out of the window when you’re on holiday but before you do, you should know that it’s DEFINITELY possible to stay healthy on your endeavours.

 

A Balanced Start: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even on travel days. On the go smoothies are a go to breakfast choice as you can pack tons of nutrients into and it takes hardly any time to make.

 

Avoid Being Hungry:  I don’t know about you but I am so not myself when I’m hungry. Having fresh food stashed in your backpack is a game changer while traveling, so why not pack some apples, nuts and protein bars?

 

Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important and if you keep refiling throughout your travels I promise you that you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for your journey.

 

A Daily Healthy Decision: A large part of traveling is experiencing the culture and trying new foods. However, if you make the promise to yourself to eat one healthy meal a day it will make a substantial difference.

4 Of The Best Investments You Can Make At School

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Okay, so you’re broke. Join the club! The issue is more about HOW people are spending their money because girl, if you can spend £100 on headphones, you’re not broke; you’re just investing your money poorly.

 

THE GYM : It’s important to take of yourself and this is an investment which can go a long way in the future. When you’re healthier, you’re more productive, attractive and likely to make more money.

 

KNOWLEDGE : If you’re going to spend money, please, buy books. If you want to save the planet, buy e-books. Reading articles and keeping up to date with the news will help you to make more informed decisions in the future.

 

 

NETWORKING : Spend money on going to places where you can meet potential employers. Go to conferences and seminars that might teach you essential life skills. Join a club or just become a part of anything that allows you to grow your network.

 

 

TRAVEL : Do I really have to explain this? Traveling is by far one of THE BEST things you can do with your money. It changes us in such an amazing by helping us to understand ourselves and others. It helps us define our purpose in life and it gives us perspective.

 

Deliciously Healthy Date Night Dinners

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Date night doesn’t have to consist of binge-watching Netflix, eating extra cheesy pizza and bucket loads of popcorn. There are hundreds of ways to spice up your dates in a healthy way, because if it’s good for you, it can be good for two.

 

Vegetable stir-fry: 

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/748646/ten-minute-stirfry 

 

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Sesame butterflied chicken: 

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/sesame-butterflied-chicken/

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Stuffed peppers with couscous, courgette and mozzarella: 

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/130428/stuffed-peppers-with-couscous-courgette-and-mozzarella

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Poached salmon with cucumber and dill sauce:

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/3945/poached-salmon-with-cucumber-and-dill-sauce.aspx?o_is=Hub_TopRecipe_

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Tuna Ceviche: 

http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/tuna-lime-mango-coconut-recipe 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Online Messaging

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You’ve been stalking them from head toe and have been flicking through their photos for weeks. But you still don’t know what to say to start you first conversation, in case you seem to forward or damn right weird. But no need to worry because help is at hand!

 

START WITH A JOKE : Humour is a great way to get the other person to notice you and it goes a long way. However, make sure your joke isn’t cringey or too forward, make it intriguing so they won’t be able to resist a reply.

 

 

ASK A QUESTION : Even the simplest of questions like ‘can I ask you a question?’ will spark an interest and show the other person that you’re actually interested to find out more about them.

 

 

MAKE A COMPLIMENT : Everyone loves being praised so why not tell them how great they look in their profile picture but don’t go overboard! Use locations in pictures to start a complementary conversation like ‘that restaurant looks amazing, where is it?’

 

 

MAKE AN EFFORT : Creepy messages are definitely not the way forward. Try harder with your first message because whatever you put out there will come back to you.

 

 

FIND A COMMON GROUND : Do your research before messaging them by reading their bio on their profile. Don’t hesitate to point out your similar interests and hobbies, as this is a great way to get them to open up to you.

 

 

Unique Romantic Gestures to Keep Your Relationship Alive

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Listen up girls and guys because surprise romantic gestures are definitely the way forward. These little, doable ideas are guaranteed to spice up your love life in an instant!

 

Bring Home Dessert – On the way home from work, stop by that Italian bakery they love and grab a piece of chocolate cake. They will love that you thought of them and food is always the answer.

 

Get that Broken Thing Fixed – It could be their watch that needs a new battery or their favourite shirt that has a button missing. They’ll be very thankful and will always think of you when using it thereafter.

 

Passion Date – Surprise them with an unexpected date, if they like whiskey take them whiskey tasting or buy tickets to their favourite musical at the theatre.

 

Pack Them Lunch – Make them lunch for work one day and write their name on the bag in Sharpie. (Alternatively, put a little note on a napkin and put it in the bag.)

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Offer to Help – Even if it’s just with one thing on their weekend to-do list. If they’re feeling overwhelmed then take some time out of your life to help theirs.

New Year, New Chapter: 7 Relationship Resolutions for 2018

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We have all started the year with the best of intentions with a resolution, whether it’s to save more money or to lose weight. However, by January we find ourselves on the sofa scoffing pizza and drowning our sorrows in wine. However, wouldn’t it also be helpful to resolve something that is actually really important to many of us – relationships?

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Learn to listen: Listening involves investing the time and energy to understand and respond to your partner. It’s a skill at which almost all of us overestimate our ability in, but with patience you can improve communication within your relationship.

Say you love each other more often: Both receiving and expressing messages of affection improves the health of relationships and individuals. Step up your game this New Year and resolve to express your love for one another in a way that feels comfortable to you.

Stop comparing yourself to others: It is toxic to judge your relationship against your friends or family members. Instead of competing to see who can take better couple selfies or go on better adventures, be different and do your own thing.

Have adventures together: Change up your daily grind and do something spontaneous. Why not learn a new language or ride a rollercoaster? Activities such as these make for fun and unforgettable memories.

Stop focusing on whether or not a first date could be ‘The One’: Instead of picking apart your potential partner’s flaws and seeing whether you could last in the long term, live for the now! Keep an open mind and just see how the date goes before you make any pre-judgments.

Focus on small acts of kindness: Generosity makes people happy and is a natural mood booster. It’s important to give ourselves in small, meaningful ways and if we love them, it should be reflected in our behaviour.

Laugh more often: Couples who laugh and have a good time are those that tend to stay together for longer. Why not take a trip down memory lane and retell funny stories or memories from your relationship that made you both laugh.

A Few Easy Ways To Make This Year Awesome

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Remember 2007 when Britney had her melt down? It literally felt like 3 years ago, so how the heck are we in 2018 already?! It’s crazy…. but we are pumped that 2018 is here. We are living in the era of Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality.

 

Make Time For Travel: Travelling doesn’t mean that you have to go all the way around South East Asia or South America. You could literally go to different parts of the country you live in as a mini tour, because it’s all about experiencing things outside of your comfort zone. So stop the ‘I can’t take time off work’ or ‘I don’t have any money’ excuses and just do it!

 

 

Organise Yourself : Remember when your spare room was actually spare and not a storage unit? Mess and clutter can stress us all out to the max so why not (finallllly) clear out your closet and donate or sell those old clothes that you no longer need. As Sharpay Evans would say ‘it’s out with the old and in with the new’

 

Find Something You’re Passionate About & Dive In: As Justin Bieber has told us, you have to have a purpose in life. So try finding something you love and throw yourself into doing that. Find something that puts a smile on your face because you’re doing something good, challenging or something that requires personal growth.

 

 

Think Positively: Approaching every situation with a ‘glass half full’ mentality will go a long way  towards improving your year, and it’s something absolutely everybody can do. Happiness and optimism aside, thinking positively can also reduce stress levels and improve cardiovascular health.

 

How Online Dating Makes You A Better Person

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There are other benefits of online dating than just finding romantic love. It can make you a better human being and can help with personal growth. Also your preferences will become refined, and your values will be strengthened and you’ll become clearer about what you have to offer a partner.

 

  • You’ll become more caring: If you regularly go on dates, then chances are you’ll probably hear a few sad stories. By discovering these sides of people will help you get to know them better and makes you feel more connected. It’s a great opportunity to cultivate empathy and work on your listening and advice skills.

 

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  • You’ll be exposed to new places and ideas: Perhaps you learned that the next town has an amazing Spanish restaurant or your date told you about a local beginner’s contemporary dance class. Whatever it is, at least you can count the date a somewhat of a success thanks to your enhanced knowledge of your city.

 

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  • You’ll develop new social skills: Dating really stretches us in ways that we never would expect. We get to build on existing skills like how to hold a conversation for a length of time or how to manage our time better so we can actually fit in all of these dates.

 

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  • You’ll make new friends: No one likes to be friend zoned as it can seem like a consolation prize of dating. However, along the way you’ll make new Facebook friends and get invited to cool events or gatherings, so don’t underestimate the importance of developing new platonic relationship.

 

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The Definitive First Date Dos And Don’ts

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As many online daters know, it’s more difficult to secure a second date than a first one. Although first dates can be daunting and stressful, it’s important to show your date what a great person you really are. They say ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’, so if you want that second date read our short list of first date dos and don’ts below.

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DOs

  • DO be yourself: This is the most important piece of advice on the list. It can be tempting to over exaggerate about how amazing your life and personality are, but a first date is about building a connection so it’s better to be honest and avoid lying as discrepancies may be uncovered in the future.
  • DO be on time: If you are late it can show that you are not as keen and as bothered about meeting the other person. It’s essential to make the effort to be on time or at least message them to let them know you are going to be late.
  • DO display positive body language: If you want a second date, make eye contact, smile and lean towards your date. If you really like them anyway, then these things should come naturally.
  • DO have a friend on call: It might turn out that your date is a total weirdo or that you have nothing in common, so make sure you have your best friend on speed dial in case you need to execute an escape plan.
  • DO dress to impress: Carrie Bradshaw once said that ‘most first dates are like job interviews with cocktails’. It’s essential to make the effort and wear an outfit that is chic but comfortable.

And finally, if it doesn’t work out, DO remember that you are still highly dateable, even if your date isn’t cool enough to realize it. Just because this date went worse than you expected, it doesn’t mean you should give up on dating for good.

DON’TS

  • DON’T talk about your exes: If your last partner is all you can think about maybe you are not ready to embark on a new relationship just yet.
  • DON’T have your mobile phone on the table: Or even check it while you are on the date, it’s best to put it on silent or vibrate. You should always give your date your full attention by taking interest in what they are saying.
  • DON’T overshare: A first date is not a therapy session! Don’t start venting about past relationships or how unhappy you are with your job, keep the conversation light-hearted and remember you both should be having fun.
  • DON’T talk about money: Unless you are a gold-digger, no one wants to know that you have a yacht in the South of France or own 3 Lamborghinis, because money doesn’t always correlate to success, talent and ambition.
  • DON’T ask a lot of personal questions: They tend to put people on the defensive and can make the rest of the date very awkward. Yes, it’s important to show that you are interested but avoid being too inquisitive.
  • DON’T let them know you’ve been Google-stalking them all week: Let’s be honest your date has probably been checking your Facebook profile too. Although stalking them on social media can help you to avoid any nasty surprises, keep the information you found out to yourself. Your prospective love interest doesn’t need to know that you are aware of the fact that they went on a lad’s holiday to Ayia Napa in 2012 or that they dressed up as Harley Quinn for Halloween.

4 Things To Do Before Starting Your New Job

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Taking care of these four simple things will help your transition into your new job go smoothly so you feel more confident, and makes your overall life much easier.

 

  1. Fine Tune Transportation – If you are using your own car, make sure that it is physically sound so that you have no problems getting back and forth to work. If you are using public transportation, make sure that you review the route and any transfers you may have to take before you go the first day.

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  2. Purchase Suitable Clothing – You want to make sure that you have the right clothes for your new job. Try to have enough clothes to get through the first week and that can be interchanged for the second week. It is always important to make a good first impression during your initial week at work.

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  3. Relax – When you start your new job, you want to look and feel great and not tired or stressed out. Get a good night of sleep and eat right so that you start your new job off in the right direction.

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  4. Clean Out Your Bag – A messy or cluttered bag can give the impression of a messy or cluttered employee. Make sure your bag is organised so it’s easy to find things and there is not any unnecessary rubbish that could fall out.

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