26 May, 2017

10 Tips To Keep Cool This Summer

It's very rare that we get such lovely hot weather, however, as glorious as it has been the heat can be a struggle for some so today I wanted to post my top 10 tips for keeping cool. 

1. Keep windows and curtains closed 

As much as I would love to have all my windows and curtains wide open to suck in that beautiful sun,  it's actually going to make my home hotter. I always open my windows in the morning, as I feel during the night the air in the home goes stale and I like to keep my home smelling fresh. So I have been opening my windows at 5 am and leaving them open until 6 and then closing them, it really does help. Yesterday the house was relatively cool and we had somewhere to hide when outside got too hot. The dogs also found it a blessing as they were suffering too! 

2. Fans / Ice bottles 

 I know so many people that don't have fans, you can pick them up super cheap! To create really cold air, place a frozen bottle of water in a bowl of water in front of the fan. The fan will pick up the coldness from the bottle and blow ice cold air in your direction. 

3. Cool Drinks 

Pre-make drinks and put them in the fridge, last night I put in a whole case of water and several drinks made up for myself and the kids. It means you have a day of premade ice cold drinks made.

4. Cold Flannels 

When the heat gets too much soak a flannel and put it on your forehead or on the back of your neck it will instantly cool you down. 

5. Cold Water Bottle 

For the nights when you are just too hot, fill your water bottle up with cold water and freeze! Instant ice pack that will last most of the night. 

6. Frozen Sheet 

Freeze your bedsheets 5 minutes before bedtime, put your sheet in a bag and then pop it in the freezer it will be lovely when you climb into bed. 

7. Keep Hydrated 

Make sure you drink lots, especially throughout the day and before bed! Sun Stroke is not fun and water will naturally help bring your core temperature down. 

8.  Frozen Fruit and Fruit Cubes 

Slice up fruit and place into ice cube trays that way you can put them in your drink to stay cool, you can also freeze fruits to eat, myself and the boys love frozen grapes! 

9.  Spray Bottle 

You can buy yourself a cheap spray bottle from boots or the Poundshop to fill up with water. When it gets too hot just give yourself a little spritz. The kids can use it on themselves, great for taking in the car as well. 

10.  Car Shades

Cars get so hot in the sun so make sure you cover any glass areas, my car has a complete glass roof so I have to remember to pull the cover over it to keep it from becoming a greenhouse. You can also by car shades and reflectors to keep the heat out. Don't forget to take cool mists and handheld fans if you're going on long journeys as well as some drinks in a cool box! 

11. Bonus Tip

My bonus tip is to sit in a pool, relax, have fun and enjoy the weather,  we all know being in the UK means it's not hot here for long! 

Please don't forget to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, heat can kill. 
Also never leave children or pets in a car! 

See my tips on how to keep your pets cool this summer.


6 Tips To Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

Some of my readers will know that we have a small fur family. Our fur family currently consists of a mini heard of 5 guinea pigs, our 8 year old Chihuahua Daisy, 1 year old Sprocker Honey and now 3 Chickens.  Over the last week, I have been busy finding different ways in which to keep them cool and comfortable during the hot weather. 

1. Give your pets a haircut/trim

Trim any long/overgrown fur, do not completely shave off all your pets as their fur is a form of protection from getting sunburnt. If you want to shave your pet and not sure on how to do it or how short to go make sure you take them to a qualified groomer.

2. Ice cubes and Freezing items

There are many things that you can freeze, from water bottles, plastic containers- these are great for making big ice cubes and fruit cubes! You can also freeze ceramic tiles to place in enclosures, you little pets will thank you for something cool to drink and sit on. 

During the hottest part of the day, I haven been putting ice cubes in water bowls/ dishes to allow my pets to have ice cold drinks. Make sure your pets have plenty of water about and that there are no restrictions as they can't ask you for a drink! 

Lastly, freeze toys! Make sure you put them in a bag first, so your freezer doesn't smell of pets.

3. Buy a paddling pool 

We have a paddling pool for the dogs to swim in. Daisy isn't a massive fan, but Honey seems to enjoy it more and it keeps them lovely and cool.  You don't need to go crazy and spend lots of money, you can buy plenty of cheap ones from Poundland style stores. You can even use bowls, plastic storage boxes and gardening trays depending on the size of your pet and what you have already in and around the house. 

4. Shade 

Keep your pets in shaded areas if you can. If not, you can create shade with a cover over the hutch/pen.  Try putting off walks until it's cooler and avoid walking at the hottest part of the day. If you have to go out make sure that you walk in the shade as much as possible.  Check to see if you can hold your hand on the pavement for at least 5-10 seconds, then you will know if it is safe enough for your dogs to walk on, you don't want to burn your dogs feet.
Also, take a bottle of water for them to have the odd drink especially if it's a long walk your going on.   

5. Mud 

Mud is relatively cooling, there are lots of animals that use mud baths to cool themselves down in and so this week for our piggies I dug a small hole to bury one of their tunnels in so they can go underground to stay cooler, so far they have really enjoyed it. 

6.  Fans 

Like in my previous post, fans are a quick way for some relief from the heat. If your pet is designated to one area or room use a fan to help keep them cool, especially on really humid nights. 
You can also purchase a cooling pet mat from pet stores and Amazon. 

*Please never leave a dog in a car, especially if it's hot! Dogs die in hot cars! 

What have you been doing to keep your pets cool during the heat?  Leave me a comment below. 


20 May, 2017

15 Facts You Didn't Know About Disney

(image sourced from Google)

 I've always been a fan of behind the scenes documentaries in films and especially with Disney. I love watching the whole process, from the animation to watching the actors voice the characters in Studio sessions. 

  Below I'm sharing with you some fun facts you may or may not already know about Disney.  

1.  There are many Disney films where there is only one parent or no parents and there has been lots of speculation into why this is the way it is. Long term Disney producer Don Hahn had suggested two reasons for this which are, Disney films are based on growing up and so having parents in the film doesn't allow the character to grow.  For example, when Elsa loses her parents she has to step in and become queen; she has to grow up. It's all about finding that moment in your life when you have to take responsibility which is a recurring feature in most Disney films. 

The other reason which has been suggested was down to Walts own tragedy with the death of his mother in 1938. Unfortunately, she died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heating system in the house, the house that Walter brought for his parents.  

Obviously, we may never know the true reasons, but these are the two most common theories behind why Disney doesn't feature both parents or mothers in particular. 

2. Wall-E is named after Mr Disney himself, Walter Elias Disney 

3. For several years Disney held the patent for Technicolor making him the only animator allowed to produce films in colour. 

4. Walter built an apartment for his family above the 'Fire Department' on main street in Disneyland,
    California. A lamp was used in the window to signal to staff he was in residence. This is now always lit in his honour. 

5.  Disney has a secret cocktail club called club 33. It's hidden above the Blue Bayou in New                    Orleans Square, with a strict members list of 487 members and a waiting list of 14 years! 

6. Steve Martin ( Father of the Bride Actor ) used to work in the magic shop at Disneyland.                             
7. The actors that play Minnie and Mickey mouse married in real life, now that's a fairy tale!   

8. Boo's real name is Mary, you can find it on a drawing in her room. 

9. Mickey Mouse has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

10. The ideas for Monsters Inc, Wall-E and Finding Nemo were brainstormed in 1994! So some of these 'New' Disney films may not be so new. 

11. The Jungle Book was the last film overseen by Walt Disney. 

12. Walt Disney actually played Peter Pan in his school play!

13. Pumba was the first Disney character to pass wind, lovely! 

14.  Aladdin's face was modelled after Tom Cruise. 

15. Did you know that Ariel and Hercules are cousins! Triton's father Poseidon is brothers with                 Zeus, Hercules's Father. Which would mean Ariel and Hercules are cousins once removed. 
I hope you liked my 15 Disney facts if you have any leave them in the comments below! :) 


15 May, 2017

Snail Moisturiser by Skin Chemists London

When you think of moisturiser you don't necessarily think of snails ... but hear me out.
Snail moisturiser is actually a thing and it's pretty good for your skin! I'm always up for trying new skincare products especially if they are going to help, so after reviewing the Bee Venom serum I thought I may as well try out the Snail Moisturiser.

Snail moisturisers are really nothing new it's actually been used for years in skin products and recently in the last 5-10 years, it has become very popular in South Korea.

Skin Chemists London has launched their very own snail moisturiser, their Advanced Skin Duo Moisturiser.
The moisturiser uses snail excretion, which may I first jump in and explain that it has been filtered many times to only use the good stuff! However as weird as it may sound it is packed full of vitamins, proteins and Proteolytic Enzymes, which all does wonders for our skin!

These key ingredients aim to delay the appearance of ageing and to provide protection from free radical damage such as the sun's UV rays.
As well as to protect and rejuvenate our skin, it is full of moisturising properties to nourish our skin. I don't know about you, but my skin has been ever so dry with the cold weather,  I can honestly say that since using this my skin has become incredibly soft and re-hydrated.

 So let's  have a look at the key ingredients to see what you're actually putting on your skin. I always like to check what I'm

using on my skin, I like it to be cruelty-free and with as many natural ingredients as possible.

Key Ingredients 

Snail Secretion -  Aims to delay premature ageing of the skin, whilst reducing visible age spots and providing protection from free radical damage.

Tiare Flower Extract - works to hydrate, repair, soothe and purify the skin.

Vitamin E Acetate - aims to moisturise the skin whilst providing protection against skin damage from the sun and its UV rays.

Creatine - Imitates an amino acid found naturally within the skin, its job is to revitalise cell energy metabolism, whilst hydrating and protecting the skin.

I can also say that the snails are not harmed during the process of the secretion extraction and once used they are returned to their home. Just like with the Bee venom their methods of extraction is entirely humane.

So after testing out the snail moisturiser, I can say that I have a much more hydrated and softer skin, my complexion is also much more smoothed out there isn't any redness and I haven't really had any spots as of yet.
I would definitely recommend using this product and just for my readers, I have a code where you can get your very own snail Duo Moisturiser for an offer of just £19.99 when you use the code: ANDREA1 on the Skin Chemist London website, normal retail price is £99.90.

*I was kindly sent this product in exchange for an honest review.

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