5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COOLSCULPING

 

 

As a mummy I am finding it extremely it difficult to get rid of my little tummy after two C-section births!  No matter how many sit ups I do, it doesn’t seem to help.  So, I have decided to look in to CoolSculping.  Below I’ve listed 5 things you need to know about Coolsculping in case you are considering it too!

 

What Is CoolSculpting?

According to Pulse Light Clinic CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body sculpting treatment.  This is done by fat-freezing using a process called Cryolipolysis.  There is no need for surgery or needles.  The treatment has also been approved by the FDA.

 

 

What Does the Treatment Consist of?

At the Pulse Light Clinic you receive a free consultation where you will be able to discuss the areas you wish to see an improvement.  A Coolsculpting device is attached to the area of unwanted fat.  It then targets the area of fat cells freezing them which causes them to die.  The process can take up to an hour so it can be done in your lunch break – there is absolutely no down time at all – unlike other treatments.

 

 

What areas can you use CoolSculpting for & how long does it last?

CoolSculpting is an approved treatment of fat for bulges in the thighs, under the chin, on the belly, back, love handles and your bum.  On average you will experience a 20% reduction in fat per treatment.  It will take a few treatments for the best results and the final stage of the results will be visible within 2 or 3 months when your body will have flushed away all the dead fat cells that were frozen.  Indeed, the results are permanent if you keep up a healthy lifestyle.  So this is indeed a great way of kick starting a new healthy lifestyle.

 

Are there any risks associated with CoolSculpting?

There are no risks associated with CoolSculpting but there are some things you should be aware of.  There will be some redness around the areas of the treatment and some tenderness or tingling where the fat has been frozen.  These usually last around 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

How to find out more information

This helpful video from Pulse Light Clinic London answers all your questions.  Have a wee look to find out more.  Alternatively you can book a free appointment with Pulse Light Clinic here.

 

 

Are you considering CoolSculping?  I’d love to know what you think.

 

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4 OF THE BEST MONEY SAVING HACKS FROM MY GRAN

 

My Gran passed away a long time ago but there are things that have stuck with me – sayings about saving that are often not repeated but sayings that I believe should be repeated and passed down from one generation to the next! Saving money is very important so please read on to find out what my gran said!

 

Living on her own for over 20 years after my Grandad died, she was a keen saver who saved each year to travel to visit her sister in Canada at the same time as going on outings with her friends and making sure her house was always spotless.

 

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So, what were my Grandmother’s top tips?  Well I’ve listed some of them below just for you…

Grow Your Own

While Gran never had a large garden, she did grow herbs in a plant pot on the windowsill just outside her kitchen window.  Why not consider buying a few seeds in your local pound shop and get planting?  Will certainly save you a few pounds and make your food taste delicious.

 

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Waste not, want not

I always found this saying confusing as a child but as an adult it makes perfect sense.  Gran was always about preparation, making meals in bulk and ensuring nothing went to waste.  Why not give your own meal planning a go and head over to my How to Meal Plan post to find out how?

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

Again, another saying that only made sense as an adult.  But it is still true today, break your savings target in to small chunks and just concentrate on saving a small amount – after all it will soon amass in to a large amount of savings without you worrying too much!

Make do and mend

This really is a classic and one which has seen a revival in recent years.  My gran always mended – mended her skirt, sewed patches in her bedspread, fixed rather than throw something out.  Why not see what things you can mend instead of throwing them out?  I recently mended our tumble dryer – bought the part on EBay and watched a YouTube video on how to install it – saved myself hundreds!

 

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5 COLD WEATHER TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME WARM THIS WINTER

Now that we are moving through autumn and the winter months are quickly approaching, you will want to ensure that your home stays as toasty and warm as possible so you can escape from the chill. Well, now is the time to start battening down the hatches and coming up with new ways that you can keep Jack Frost at bay. Let’s take a closer look at five methods that you can implement today that will keep your home at its warmest.

 

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these tips will help you keep your home warm this winter

Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats have been all the rage in the past couple of years, and there are plenty of good reasons why this is the case. Firstly, you can control everything from your smartphone so you have ultimate flexibility to heat up your home ready for when you get back. As well as this, the control you have tends to have a positive effect on your heating bills. It may take a little while to get used to the new system, but once you do, you will wonder how you ever survived without it!

Sunlight During the Day, Curtains Closed at Night

The above motto is a good one to live by when you are trying to keep your house warm. Once the sun is shining, you want to capture as much of that heat as possible. So, open your curtains wide and let as much of it into the house as you can. When the sun goes down, close your drapes all around your home. You could also consider making the switch to winter curtains which are bigger, thicker and retain the heat much better.

Look at Your Radiators

You may decide that is time to make the switch to column radiators, in which case this blog post explains why you should do this. Another thing that you can do is to put some special reflective radiator foil behind them to reflect the heat back into the room. Avoid putting anything directly on them like laundry as they will not be heating up your house effectively. However, a shelf or a table can help them to spread the heat more evenly.

Layer Up Your Wooden Floors

Most people have wooden floors these days, which have been estimated to account for 10 percent of the heat lost in your home. Carpets and rugs are the obvious solution which you should utilise. You may have a special thick winter rug, in which case, now is the time to roll it out ready for the coming season.

Close Doors Around the House

If you spend a lot of time in a particular room, keep the door closed as much as possible. If there aren’t many other gaps for the heat to escape, you can create your very own mini sauna environment. For big, open spaces, try using a few room dividers. Though it may not seem like they are doing all that much, every little helps during the colder months.

 

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4 AMAZING MONEY SAVING APPS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING

Would you like to cut down on your food shopping bill?  Below I have listed some amazing money saving apps to cut your grocery shopping.

 

I love all things vintage, and while I often think how wonderful it would be to go back to the 1950s, I know that it wasn’t all sweetness and light.  I have spent some of my time researching how families lived in the 1950s. During the Second World War family food budgets and family meals had to be adjusted or indeed scaled back as restrictions and shortages took their toll on how families lived.

 

While we are not in “war times”, it is still hard to make ends meet.  But there are apps that can help you cut down on your grocery bills.  These are extremely handy and very easy to use.

 

After all groceries are not a luxury but a necessity and can often take up a huge portion of your income.  However I had no doubt that the apps listed below will help you cut down the cost of your grocery shopping as well as get you some freebies along the way!

 

Whether you are a family, large or small or you grocery shop just for yourself, these apps will save you money.

 

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How does cashback apps work?

Put quite simply they give you back money you spend on items that they have listed on their app.  The difference between the app as opposed to a coupon is that you need to buy the product first before getting your money back.

Each app has a different selection of products with some even offering 100% cashback – making the item free!

Alternatively sometimes you can combine the cashback with coupons which will give you an even bigger saving – I will be writing about coupons in a later post so keep checking the blog.

 

How do I get started?

First you need to download the app to your phone and register.

 

CheckoutSmart

First download the app from the link here.  The cashback offers can be valid for in-store and online but there are terms and conditions for each so check carefully.  There is also an expiry date on the purchase – again check this carefully.

 

First look at what offers are listed on the app, buy the product and then take a photo of the receipt, upload it and get the cashback credited to your account.  Once you reach the £5.00 minimum payment you can transfer the amount to either your Paypal account or your bank account.

 

money saving apps

 

ClickSnap / Quidco

In order to access ClickSnap you will need to sign up to Quidco, just click here.  Once you sign up to Quidco, download the ClickSnap app.  Once you enter the app you will see a selection of what is on offer.  You purchase the product, take a photo of your receipt, upload it and cashback is credited to your account.  You can withdraw your cash once you reach £1 and this can be paid either via your Paypal account or your bank account.

 

TopCashback Snap and Save

Again download the app from here and set up your account.  Buy the product you are looking to get cashback on, take a photo of your receipt, upload it and get the cashback credited to your account.

 

 

Shopmium

Download the app and if you wish to sign up with my referral code KMHECCCP you’ll also get cashback for a FREE Lindt chocolate bar!  The site is straightforward, the products you can claim cashback for are listed, purchase the product, scan the barcode, take a photo of your receipt and upload, credit is normally within the hour and is automatically transferred to your bank or Paypal account each claim you make.

 

Sign up to Shopmium with my referral code KMHECCCP you’ll also get cashback for a FREE Lindt chocolate bar!

 

Happy money saving.

 

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4 PERIOD SUBSCRIPTION BOXES YOU  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Periods or should I say tampons have been in the news a lot recently.  The campaign to abolish what has become known as the ‘Tampon Tax’ has hit the headlines around the world. Companies are beginning to reduce the price of their sanitary products as these items are now seen as a necessity and not a luxury.

 

This news is to be welcomed. What is also welcoming is that we are talking about periods. There are some topics that still seem to be ‘taboo’. For the life of me I can’t see why periods would be one of them. After all it is an integral part of growing up and something that all young girls go through.

 

Our bodies go through all kinds of changes during the monthly period cycle so it is wonderful to see start-up companies developing subscription boxes to help you during your period. A number of these boxes go beyond providing sanitary products, with some moving in to the territory of self-care providing calming tea, chocolate, and beauty products.

 

Whether you are a mother wanting to help your daughter with her first period or you need some extra TLC during your period, there is something for everyone. You can purchase a box as a one-off or you can commit to
subscribing. The choice really is yours. Below are four subscription boxes which we have tested.

 

1. Pink Parcel: £12.99 plus free delivery

Pink Parcel not just provides you with your monthly pads or tampons but they also aim to promote your health and well-being by providing products such as tea, chocolate, and beauty products. Each subscription box is beautifully packaged with smaller individual boxes such as the ‘For You’ box containing all the treats, ‘For Later’ box with a selection of tampons and ‘For Night’ with a selection of pads. The September box contained a selection of Belgian chocolates, peach and rhubarb tea, feminine intimate wash, nail polish, lip pencil, make-up brush and a
conditioning foot mask.

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2. bettybox: £12.99 plus free delivery

The bettybox is ideal for younger girls. You can specially tailor the box to meet your monthly period needs. The box contained sweet treats in the ‘for you’ box with the addition of items such as lip balm, a hair mask, nail polish, a unicorn notepad and highlighter. I must say the box is extremely cute and would be ideal for teenagers. You can also design your own box and set a date as to when you need it to arrive. While the main part is the Betty Box, their website is an excellent resource of information for any questions relating to periods.

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3. Monthlies: £4 for 7 items to £7 for 30 items

Monthlies aim to make periods ‘drama-free’ by providing pads and tampons which are organic and eco-friendly. You can build your own box by deciding on whether you prefer pads or tampons and how many you require. The selection of pads and tampons was impressive. A free cotton bag was also included in the box which is great for keeping your sanitary products together in your handbag. There’s nothing worse that pulling something out of your bag only to have your sanitary items fall on the floor!

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4. Yoppie, Your Happy Period: £5.90 per month

Yoppie aims to not only provide you with 100% organic cotton tampons but for every month you subscribe they will give a month’s supply of sanitary products, underwear and invest in reproductive health education to girls in need. Yoppie hopes that every girl who uses their products will feel empowered and empower others. The box is discreet and fits easily in your bag. There were a selection of tampons ranging from mini to super. Each month you can select the type of tampon you use, decide on the frequency of the delivery – every month or two, finally you choose a date for delivery.

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My Verdict: Period Subscription Boxes

While all the boxes are a great idea, the Pink Parcel and Betty boxes went beyond providing sanitary products which I believe would make them a real treat for yourself or to give as a gift, so they get my vote. However, I must give a special mention to Monthlies and Yoppie for their dedication to organic products and philanthropy.

 

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