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  1. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to easily share your family moments with your grandparents?  Perhaps they are not tech savvy and can’t regularly see all your happenings on social media and via email.  Now there is an app that is very easy to use to upload your photos and captions to each month which will automatically create a booklet and post it directly to your grandparents or chosen recipient.  Isn’t this a genius idea?  The app I am talking about and will review in today’s blog post is the Neveo app.

    Today something very exciting came through the post to me – my Neveo booklet.  I have literally just opened it and flicked through every page.  I’m very impressed with the quality and even more excited to know that a copy is also winging its way to my husband Ben’s Gran (Oma) in Germany. 

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents eac

    What is Neveo?

    Neveo is an easy to use platform that allows you to upload up to 50 photos per month, along with captions or descriptions if you wish, that will be sent to your chosen recipient each month.  You can upload your favourite photos each month from your tablet, iPhone or computer to your account and they’ll go into that month’s album for your chosen recipient. 

    A family newspaper automatically sent to loved ones

    On the first of the following month Neveo will automatically gather all your photos and create a family booklet style newspaper that will be dispatched directly to the recipient.

    Then you start adding your photos to your album for that month and they’ll create a booklet the following month, and so on.

    Hassle free

    It’s a subscription service so you pay each month and they will automatically use the photos you upload to send a family journal to grandparents or whoever you choose.  You can even add more than one recipient if you like.  It’s a hassle free way to send memories to family members who live far away.

    Easy to use app

    I personally find the app easiest to use as I take all my photos on my iPhone.  I simply upload a few photos, mainly of the children, every few days and add some quick descriptions.  As our recipient is German I just add short captions so they are easier to translate, but you can be more detailed. 

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo booklet to grandparents each

    Add more contributors

    Plus you can choose to add more contributors.  I have added my husband Ben as a contributor and we can create the album together.  He has the app on his phone and it is synced to my account.  That way we can both share our favourite photos with his Gran.

    Worldwide delivery

    You can send the booklet to anyone in the world!  Neveo offer worldwide delivery so you can keep in touch with friends and family far and wide.   It’s just perfect for us to send family photos regularly to Ben’s grandparent in another country.

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo journal to grandparents each

    Who will receive our Neveo family newspaper?

    Ben’s mum is German and moved here to the UK by herself as a young adult.  This means the rest of his mum’s side of the family is in Germany – an uncle, cousins, his cousin’s children and his Gran. 

    Ben calls his Gran ‘Oma’ as this is German for Gran.  As she is our children’s great Gran we came up with the nickname ‘Oma Oma’ for the kids to say which technically means ‘Gran Gran’ as it was easy to say when they were younger, rather than ‘Uhr Oma’ which is the correct translation.  So we all now just say Oma Oma.

    We have been very lucky to fly to Germany five times to visit Oma Oma with the children and she absolutely loves to see the children and play with them each time.  It’s always an incredible feeling to see how happy she is to see them. 

    Oma Oma is now 94 years old!  She doesn’t have a computer, email or mobile telephone which means we cannot send her images of the children and our goings on electronically.  Neveo is the perfect solution for us!

    We try our best to print photos and send them as often as possible as well as a larger printed album of the children each Christmas.  We always hear that she loves to receive them and now we are able to send even more with ease, thanks to Neveo.  It's going to save us the hassle of uploading and printing our own photos and even a trip to the post office!

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents each month

    My final thoughts on Neveo

    I am really impressed with Neveo, from the level of customer care to the quality of the booklet.  The app is very easy to use and they sometimes send little reminder notifications so you don’t forget to upload photos to your album.  When the album was printed I received an email and again when it was dispatched so I was kept in the loop the whole time.  They have been very helpful and friendly every time I have contacted them.

    I absolutely love the concept and it’s going to be an amazing way for Ben’s Gran in Germany to see what we are up to each month.  The booklet is a nice quality and just perfect for a little update each month and to bring so much joy for only £9.99 per month.  50 photos is more than generous to include each month and can really give an insight into what we have been doing.  You can choose to pay more, currently £14.99 a month and have up to 100 photos!

    I’m also tempted to order a booklet for ourselves each month.  When Bella was a baby and toddler I was keeping a family scrapbook, but since having Reuben and working full time it’s been impossible to find the time to maintain.  All our photos are now digitally stored or on our iPhones.  It will be a great idea to use Neveo to create a little family newspaper for ourselves each month of the best photos. 

    Special offer – first booklet only 99p

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents each month

    They currently have a special offer of your first booklet for only 99p if you sign up through my Neveo link.  There is no commitment so you can cancel anytime, but I really hope you will see what a beneficial service it is and continue to print a family journal for your loved ones each month.

    Watch the video to learn more

    Get more of an insight of how much it can mean to grandparents and how it all works in this video:


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  2. Gardening can be a rewarding and enjoyable hobby, or it can feel like a chore. Either way, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as it can first seem.  Sure there are lots of gadgets you can get nowadays and the gardening aisles in your local DIY stores are overflowing with tempting products. But, if you’re on a budget or wish to be a little savvy with your garden expenditure, then here are a 5 ways you can save money in your garden.

    5 ways to save money in the garden

    Consider artificial grass

    Artificial grass from a supplier like New Lawn is becoming more commonplace nowadays as people realise not only the amount of maintenance and time this will save them in the garden, but also how much money it can save.  As the grass is artificial it will not grow, so you won’t need to invest in a lawnmower.  You’ll therefore use less energy to maintain your garden as you’ll not need to buy fuel or use electric to power this lawnmower.  Just imagine  never having the hassle of mowing the lawn again!

    Sow direct from seed

    When growing your own vegetables there are countless apparatus available to you such as starter seed trays, propagators, grow lamps and so on.  The idea being you sow your seeds indoors in tiny sections of a starter tray, then move these into a larger pot , then eventually move outdoors.  Whilst you can grow like this, it’s usually a lot of faff and to be honest, you’ll be spending a lot of money on various trays and pots when you really don’t need to.  Many vegetables are perfectly fine to be planted directly outdoors and will thrive.  I simply plant my veg directly in the soil, cover with fine mesh netting until they have grown a couple of inches, and then remove the mesh and off they go (or grow!).  To save money by planting directly outdoors, simply opt for easy to grow summer varieties and hardy winter vegetables.

    Plant succulents

    If you want to opt for something that requires very little maintenance, then opt for succulents in your border.  Not only are they unusual and instantly add interest, but they will save you a ton of money on water!  These plants are designed to withstand harsh conditions in deserts and thus need very little attention or watering.  Plus they are slow growing, so you’ll never need to expend energy cutting them back!

    Make your own compost

    Buy a compost bin or build a simple square structure at the bottom of your yard to start a compost heap.  Compost can be pretty compost when purchased from gardening centres, but it’s so easy to make your own from your left over scraps of food.  Plus, it’s sort of free!  You were going to throw this food away anyway, so now you’re using waste to create something that you would otherwise need to buy.  You’ll also save time and energy on making trips to the store to buy compost when you need it.  Win-win.

    Raid your recycling

    Instead of buying plant pots and seed trays when you need them, start keeping plastic packaging from your kitchen such as takeaway trays and margarine pots.  These make perfect seed starter trays if you stab a few holes in the bottom.  Cardboard egg trays also work perfectly for this and they can even be planted directly into the soil when the seedlings are ready to go outdoors, and the cardboard will naturally rot away.  Spray old tin cans in colourful paints for unique plant pots.  The possibilities are endless if you let your imagination run wild.  You’ll be helping to create a more sustainable world by reusing items and generating less waste.

    There we have it.  Five ways you can begin to save time and money in the garden.

    Related blog posts:

    7 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle
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    How to save money and future proof your garden
    6 easy ways to save money around the house (and be eco-friendly)

    5 ways to save money in the garden

  3. Welcome to my November UK family lifestyle roundup.  It's my monthly roundup where you get an insight into the person behind this blog and what my little family and I have been up to for a whole month.  It's also a place for me to document our lives each month and save them in this category so we can look back through them and remember what we've done!

    If you follow me on Instagram then you’re probably up to date!  But here is a more in-depth blog post of things we’ve been up to and family happenings.

    We're a family of four - Victoria 33, Ben 35, Bella 6 and Reuben 3 in Gloucestershire, south west England, UK.

    Catch up on some of my previous family roundups here: 
    January 2018
    February 2018
    March 2018
    April 2018
    May and June 2018
    July 2018
    August 2018
    September 2018
    October 2018

    November 2018 mont­­hly family roundup

    November 2018 mont­­hly family lifestyle roundup

    Although every month feels busy, I didn’t feel like we did many day trips or outings in November.  Ben has been busy working in his workshop on a couple of furniture commissions, so we didn’t go out anywhere extraordinary at the weekends.  This is going to be the difficulty of Ben trying to set up his own business – he already works full time, so it only leaves the evenings and weekends to do it. 

    With cold dark nights upon us and little time after work/dinner/kids, it really only leaves the weekend days for him to make things in the workshop.  It’s fine and I support him, but it means we are getting a lot less family time together at the weekends.  I’m sure the summer will be better when it’s lighter and warmer for longer and he can work more evenings on his business venture and make use of working outdoors in the sunshine until late!

    We still did a lot of little things this month and even managed to alter our kitchen to improve it. 

    Plus we've been feeling a bit more festive as the kids get excited for Christmas and we've seen displays, trees and lights in shops.

    Here’s what’s been happening:

    We see two sets of fireworks

    We went to see two sets of fireworks this month.  Well, we all went to the local Churchdown fireworks which is the next part of Gloucester to where we live in Brockworth.  The display was amazing.  I also took Bella to Calton Primary School’s fireworks at the end of the month in Gloucester, so Bella and I saw two displays!  Last year we went to Birdlip which was brilliant, but I want to keep trying different venues each year.  In 2019 I want to go to Alton Towers to see their fireworks extravaganza!

    New kitchen worktop and design

    kitchen worktop and bar stool breakfast area to cover side door we never use

    Our fridge-freezer had been on the brink for ages and had started getting too warm, causing food to go off quicker than usual.  It was around 10 years old and only a cheap appliance.  It was definitely time for a replacement!  I had a plan though – rather than get another tall fridge-freezer, I wanted to get individual under counter versions and extend our kitchen worktop instead.  Our kitchen is really small and the room I was most disappointed with when we bought this house.  I was happy when we looked round, until I saw the kitchen and my stomach sank.  I had hoped for a kitchen diner, a hub of the home where we could cook and be together as a family, but instead we have a poxy kitchen that even me and Ben can’t cook in together without constantly getting in each other’s way.

    We have a side door on the kitchen which we never use.  So I thought we could increase our kitchen worktop space by around 50% if we get under counter appliances and cover up the door!  We did get a quote to brick it up properly and insert a window to the top, but we were looking at around £1300-£1500.  Instead, Ben thought he could cover it up with something, leaving the window at the top and then it could be reverted back to a door in the future if needed.  We went with this option and it actually looks great!  Ben boarded up the bottom half of the door, painted it, added new worktop, a windowsill and tiled so it blends in with the rest of the kitchen.  We just need to add some skirting board under the counter to complete.

    It looks great and has given us extra worktop space and also somewhere to sit in the kitchen.  We have added two bar stools so the kids can eat their breakfast in the kitchen now or do their homework and I can keep an eye on them.  I hope it will make a big difference.

    I go shorter again with my latest hair cut

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    Yet again I went to the hairdresser for a trim and decided to have more cut off!  I definitely went too short for my liking this time and so I’ll grow it back down to the last length which I feel suits me more.  For now though it is chin length!

    Kundalini clubbing

    I went and experienced Kundalini clubbing in Stroud for the first time with a friend!  It was definitely an experience, but also very fun!  I hated the beginning as we sat in a large circle (30-40 of us) and had to go around and introduce ourselves and why we were there.  I felt like I was at an AA meeting or something!  I hate speaking in front of large groups of people so my heart was racing and palms getting sweaty the closer it got to my turn.  That over, we had some raw cacao drink for a burst of energy for the night.  We had to do some sort of salute to the North, South, East and West – again something that felt a bit bizarre, but I went with it.

    After these two parts which were either a bit strange or increased my anxiety, we did some kundalini yoga and I felt much more relaxed.  It’s more breathing technique than posture and I found it very relaxing and empowering. 

    Next was dancing!  All sorts of club music and tribal music to dance around to for a couple of hours and to let myself go!  This was so much fun as I haven’t danced around since going ‘club clubbing’ over 7 years ago!  Then a gong bath to finish which is super relaxing – lying on yoga mats with a blanket and listening to the soothing sound of live gongs.

    Ben creates a custom bespoke fitted wardrobe (for a customer!)

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    As mentioned above, Ben has been working on creating a bespoke fitted wardrobe using a mix of new and reclaimed materials.  He’s so far only made standalone furniture items, so this was his first installation in someone’s house.  Luckily it was at my best friend’s girlfriend’s house, so it meant they were very relaxed about the whole thing and understood he had limited time around his full time job and family life!

    It took a few weeks of lots of evenings in his workshop and whole weekend days, but it is finally complete and looks amazing!  The customer is very happy with the new wardrobe so well done Ben!  He’s had a few commissions so far and already has another one to start now he's finished the wardrobe, so this is a great start to his side business.

    Reverse advent calendar

    3 ways to help those in need this Christmas - reverse advent calendar - uk

    I took part in the ‘reverse advent calendar’ which is organised by the UK Money Bloggers who I am a part of.  I saw it a little too late last year, but this year I knew I wanted to get involved once I saw everyone’s blog posts on the subject.  It involved adding an item of food or toiletries to a box once per day for 24 days – the length of an advent calendar.  Instead of receiving during advent, it’s a way to give.  It’s all about raising awareness of food banks and especially at Christmas when they see a 45% increase in their services in the two weeks before. 

    Read more here: Help others this Christmas with a Reverse Advent Calendar

    I try the vegan burger at The Swan, Cheltenham

    Not only did I go Kundalini Clubbing with a friend this month, but the following Saturday I went out into Cheltenham for a meal with two friends.  I rarely go out and never two weekends in a row, so this has been a real treat.  I definitely need to get out more and have a bit of a social life again instead of just working and being mum which is often how I feel!  I wanted to try the vegan menu at The Swan in Cheltenham as I’d seen it shared in a local vegan group and luckily my friends were happy to go with my suggestion.  We all had a vegan burger and all thoroughly enjoyed it!  It’s a lovely cosy pub in the centre of Cheltenham with friendly staff and great vegan food.  I recommend it and will go back again as soon as possible!

    Building quotes

    We got a fair few quotes for our home in November.  I mentioned the kitchen one above to brick up the door, but we also got more.  I quite desperately want our artex removed and plastered, but we had a quote of £1600 for that!  It’s too much at the moment.  I should probably get a few more quotes just to see if that’s right.  It’s two smallish ceilings, a large ceiling and three walls.  I’ve no idea how anyone ever thought artex was a good idea or that it looked attractive!

    We also had a quote for the front of the house to change the window on our garage conversion into a smaller window and door.  I’d like to convert the room into an ensuite room to rent out and to give its own entrance so people don’t have to access it through our home.  When we don’t have people staying then it will be a guest room for us and will also provide us with a downstairs toilet.  It’s all an idea stage at the moment, but it was good to get a quote of just £1300 to add a door to the front if we need to.  We’d need quotes of adding an ensuite (probably Saniflo unfortunately) and also relocating all our meters which are in this room.  That’ll probably be a porch on the front which is something else I’d like to add to our home.

    We have lots of ideas at the moment, but we’re not moving forward with anything just yet.  I have a two year plan at the moment to save an emergency fund to cover our mortgage and bills for one year in year one, and then to pay our personal debt off in year two.  I think at the moment these two things are the most sensible financial things to do before improving our home anymore.  If anything happens with either of our jobs then we can think about converting the room into a lodging opportunity if we need the money!  But for now I think it’s safer to wait and get all our savings and finances on track.

    Re-mortgage is finally complete

    Wow, after starting the whole process of re-mortgage towards the end of August, we finally had our new mortgage in place in the middle of November!  It seemed to go on forever!  Read why I won’t use a mortgage adviser again to see why I’ll try and go it alone next time.

    My teeth are finished

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    My teeth are finished!  Kind of!  The brace is off and my permanent false teeth are on – two bridges.  I might just need some bonding for a gap that is next to one of my canines and the tooth behind.  But otherwise, they look great!

    Read my thoughts and final ‘braces at 30’ blog entry here: Braces 30– Was it worth it?

    Reuben’s new bedroom shelves

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    In an attempt to minimise my office space even more, I moved a large square unit up to Reuben’s bedroom for his toys and books and it fits perfectly!  I now have more space in my office area and Reuben has plenty of space for toys and books in his bedroom.  I think it really brings his room together and feels more complete.  Before there was a much smaller unit there and it felt a bit bare.

    Reuben has a hospital visit

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    Reuben had his first heart check-up appointment in one year.  We used to go every three months when he was a baby, then 6 months and now once per year as he is growing and everything is stabilising.  He has pulmonary stenosis and had two heart interventions called balloon dilation when he was a baby.  This involved feeding a tiny balloon up an artery from his leg to his heart and blowing the balloon up to force the heart valve to widen.  Scary stuff!  At a couple of our last appointments there was talk of open heart surgery, but luckily the pressure in his heart is going down as he grows, so it’s a case of monitoring it until he’s an adult and then he may need a donor, but we’ll see what happens when we reach that point or if anything changes in the meantime. 

    We rarely think about Reuben’s heart now unless he has an appointment.  It doesn’t seem to bother him or affect him in any way so he just seems like a normal child.  Read more about his story here.

    Walking treadmill desk

    Setting up a successful business space from your home

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    Isn’t this amazing?!  I had been thinking of getting a treadmill desk for ages, but they are so expensive – around £1000.  But once I’d cleared the shelves out of my office space, I had lots of room so thought about it again.  I looked online and found just the treadmill part which could go under my desk and then bought a rising stand for my laptop.  I still need to get a better laptop set up as I look down to type, same as if I was sat at the desk, so I need to get a separate keyboard and split level stand so I look straight ahead instead.

    Here’s a more in depth review of the treadmill desk:

    Make your own walking treadmill desk and be healthier at work

    £2k car repair bill

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    Eugh!  So last month I mentioned our Bongo was in the garage (again) and potentially needed £1000 of repairs… well, the final bill was over £1900!!!!!  Oh my goodness.  My actual cars usually cost that much or less, so a bill of even just £300 for a repair is the most I’ve ever had previously and I thought that was expensive!

    The head gasket needed replacing which meant they had to replace the top half of the engine or something or other.

    We were originally quoted £1200… then told £500 extra for the part… then turned up to a £2200 bill which we had no idea about and were not happy with.  They knocked £300 off, but it was still far too much. 

    Our savings have really taken a knock this year due to this Bongo so now I’m only halfway to my savings target for this year. Grrr!

    I just hope nothing else goes wrong with the Bongo or I’m going to want to sell it and just settle for a cheaper car for Ben.  Only problem is he now says he needs it for his furniture business to be able to pick up large pieces of wood and deliver his furniture.  If it takes off then he can get a separate work van and cover the costs from his business in the future as it’s too much to keep paying out of our personal accounts.  It’s definitely too much of an extravagance.  I think our previous cars cost a lot anyway, before we had the Bongo, yet they never cost us anywhere near this much.

    Someone told me the head gasket always eventually goes and that we should be fine now.  I hope they are right!

    Bella’s swimming lessons

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    Woohoo! Such a proud moment! Anyone who has seen my blog posts about this or who knows us will know what a journey this has been ☺️??‍♀️ Bella had one whole year of group swimming lessons and just didn’t progress at all. She hated even a drop of water splashing her in the face in the pool, would cry, scream and get upset ? I felt in a class of six they couldn’t give her the attention she really needed so in Jan this year, after a year of trying the classes, we decided to move her elsewhere for private lessons. I’d mentioned this idea once to her lesson teacher who said the group would be fine and she didn’t need private lessons.... hmmm ? Well, private lessons have been amazing - she got the best teacher who knew exactly what she needed and worked for months on improving her confidence in the water before teaching her to swim. It’s been slow progress, but 11 months later (yesterday) she jumped in all by herself and swam to the other side on her back! So amazing to see! ??? Go Bella! So amazing considering even a month ago she wouldn’t jump in, and a few months ago she was still screaming if water went on her head! . . . . #momliferocks #ohheymama #momblog #momswhoblog #wondermom #momsoninstagram #mumlife #mumblog #mumblogger #Mummyblogger #Mummyblog #Pbloggers #Pbloggersuk #Mbloggersuk #Mbloggers #Ukmbloggers #Ukpbloggers #Ukparentbloggers #Parentbloggers #Parentbloggersuk #Mumlifeuk #Parenting #Ukparenting #Letthembelittle #documentyourdays #Capturingchildhood #Childhood #Childofig #swimminglessons #swimmingcertificate

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    On to some good news – Bella can swim!!  Yay!  It’s taken almost two years of lessons – a year in a class, then a year of private lessons.  She can swim a whole width on her back!  She is fine doing this, but still panics a little on her front, so needs to work on this over the next few weeks.  I’ve promised her a trip to town for vegan chocolate cake once she swims a width on her front, so she’s very keen to do it!

    She technically got her swimming certificate at the start of December, but she had already swam the length on her back in November.  Go Bella!


    Aside from the gym, kids clubs, meeting friends and family, etc, that's about all my news for this month.  We didn’t have any days out or breaks this month.  Pop back to my Monthly Family Roundups next month to see what we get up to in December – a busier month I’m sure!

    November 2018 monthly family lifestyle roundup

  4. Typically, acne is associated with teenagers and young adults, but unfortunately, some of us are unlucky enough to get it even after we have crossed into our thirties! It doesn’t seem fair to have to battle signs of aging and teenage pimples at the same time, but it isn’t that uncommon either. Knowing that doesn’t make it any easier when suffering with adult acne though.  I have suffered my fair share of adult acne since I hit my late twenties and it’s only now I’m 33, five years after it got really bad, that my skin is finally beginning to clear thanks to some natural solutions that I’ve recently discovered.

    To understand adult acne and to find ways of reducing and treating the problem from the root, take a look at the following four common causes of adult acne and their respective solutions.

    3 reasons we get adult acne (including 2 natural and free ways to combat it)

    My skin is getting better all the time - read my natural solutions in points 2 and 3 below.

    1. Hormones

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way first because we all know that it’s the hormones that are primarily responsible for not just zits, but a bunch of other skin problems as well. Spikes in certain hormones usually make the skin susceptible to pimples, but shouldn’t the hormonal imbalance of the teen years stabilise by the time you reach your thirties? In a majority of the cases, that is true, but that is not what always happens and there is also another common cause for hormonal imbalance that often plagues women well into their forties, which is menstruation.

    While hormonal fluctuations before and during menstruation is natural, sometimes, a spike in the androgens, aka male hormones, is usually what brings forth those nasty cystic pimples on your chin, back and neck. Even though the hormonal imbalance will likely stabilise soon after, by the time the acne starts to clear out, it’s already time for another period! As you can imagine, this is a painful and seemingly never-ending cycle that you do not have any control over, and can only be countered with specialised medical treatment.

    For example, The Dermatology Clinic specialises in acne treatment by countering each symptom of adult acne separately. First, they will treat the painful outbreak to minimise the chances of scarring and then oral and topical medication will be prescribed to prevent the spots from breaking out in the first place. If you have adult acne that breaks out just before your get your period then you may wish to get it treated by a clinic like this to prevent permanent scarring.

    Sometimes it’s not hormones, but some lifestyle factors that can cause our adult acne.  There are also some natural ways to help combat acne and they don’t involve spending money either.  Check out the next two points.

    2. Stress

    Stress causes pimples, irrespective of our age because stress induces the secretion of cortisol and testosterone. Our bodies are programmed in such a way that when we get stressed, adrenalin is released into the blood stream as a natural reaction to that stress, alongside a small amount of testosterone which is the primary male hormone responsible for causing adult acne. In other words, the more stressed an adult is, the higher his/her chances are of developing acne issues during both their teen years and during adult life. Try to avoid stressful situations in general, but since that is not always an option, consider some of the common stress busting techniques, as mentioned below:

    • Meditate and practice breathing exercises for relaxation
    • Try yoga or Tai Chi
    • Run, lift weights, or play a physically demanding sport on a daily basis
    • Take frequent breaks during a long day of work
    • Sleep for at least seven hours a night

    I’m certain there are a wide range of reasons for my acne and hormones definitely play a part around my period date, as well as stress on a daily basis.  I’ve been practicing yoga much more for over a year now and find it very calming.  I also run several times a week and do my best to get a good night’s sleep.  I still do get stressed each day and really need to work on reducing my stress levels more as I know they are not good for overall health or acne.

    3. Sugar consumption

    The only difference between a child’s sweet tooth and that of an adult is that the child can be restricted, but an adult can pretty much eat whatever he/she wants to! Most adults who have a nagging acne problem that just won’t go away usually have high blood sugar levels, which leads to excess insulin secretion. Insulin directly affects the secretion of androgens, which are all responsible for boosting excess oil and sebum production in our skin. Of course, the high blood glucose levels could also be caused by conditions such as diabetes, in which case, management of the sugar and insulin levels with medication would be necessary. In general, though, most people with acne benefit from reducing or even eliminating refined sugar consumption completely.

    When my adult acne was really bad, my diet was really bad.  When my eldest turned one I got a job working from 6pm until midnight and so I ate my dinner really late, at around 9pm.  I chose a meal deal at the place I worked and made really poor choices.  I also carried around sweets in my pocket which I ate on my shift!  I’m sure the late nights, lack of sleep and terrible eating habits made my acne so much worse.  I ate really bad foods back then as it was just before I got really into healthy eating and returned to vegetarianism.  I was veggie for five years and now for the past year I have been vegan and consumed no animal products at all.  I also hate refined sugar and rarely eat anything with added sugars.  My acne has cleared up so much and I’m sure that cutting out sugar and dairy has made the biggest difference. It got so bad before this, especially when I was working late shifts and munching on sweets that it was all over my entire face.  Now I have a few pimples which is even so much better than say six months ago, when my husband Ben so lovingly shone a light on my jawline to enquire about my 50 or so spots under the skin!


    In spite of being extremely common, adult acne does cause severe self-confidence issues and it does affect one’s social perception as well. This is all the more reason to understand the causes and treat them before scarring can occur, which is even harder to get rid of than acne.  Try some of the tips we have discussed to help combat the problem.  For me the biggest improvement to my acne has been a move away from consuming animal products and sugary foods, as well as more exercise and yoga to help with stress relief.  It’s not an instant fix, but almost a year after making these changes I am now seeing massive improvements.


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  5. There is a recent Harvard study that says that millionaires who made their own fortune (weren't born or married into it) are happier than those who inherited their millions. I can definitely believe this because as much as I’m sure I’d like to win the lottery, I can also imagination there’s a great deal more satisfaction from earning a large amount of money through your own hard work rather than pure luck.  The study went on to say that the happiest kinds of millionaires are the ones that end up giving their fortunes away to charity.

    If you are perhaps a struggling ‘thousandaire’ trying to make it into the millionaire status, then giving all your money away may seem rather counterintuitive. Although that might be your viewpoint right now, things might very well change once you make that first million...ten million and so on. They say the first one is the hardest to make. Supposedly they just come pouring in once you have gotten over that first £1 million hurdle…!

    To help you get to that first million faster, here are some habits that can help make you a millionaire:

    5 habits that will make you a millionaire


    Habits that can help make you a millionaire

    Turns out, all millionaires have a few things in common. These include:

    1. Passion and dedication

    You probably already know this; if you are not passionate about something, you won't give it as much effort and time as you would that which you love. Well, turns out millionaires have extreme levels of passion for the things that they do.  So if you’re often wondering why millionaire business types haven’t sold up and sailed off round the world in their yachts yet, it’s because they have so much passion for the business they created and it’s their favourite thing to do.

    Of course, there are also those who invest in things they think are wonderful business ideas and opportunities without necessarily being dedicated to and passionate about those things. What you need to remember is that these kinds of venture-capitalists are passionate about finding the right, undiscovered opportunities in which to stake their money.

    2. Massive dreams and ambitions

    No one ever made it big by just lying around without ambitions. Take the Wright Brothers for example: once they created a successful glider in 1902, they didn't just sit back and marvel at their own genius. They wanted more, and that ambition led them to create the world's first aeroplane just a year later. Bottom-line, you need to have massive dreams and impossible ambitions if you want a shot at earning a million.

    3. Evolve and improve

    You have to be constantly working at improving yourself. We are talking about all facets of your life. Whether it is:

    • Your health (by far the most important)
    • Your intellect (comes in handy when dealing with tricky situations that could lose you money)
    • Your network (always look to surround yourself with the right people)
    • Your habits (get rid of the old, negative ones and adopt new positive ones)

    It is through the little things that you build an empire. If you are keen on investing whatever you have then you should be doing something to improve your investments skill set every single day. It is just that simple. You become an expert at what you repeatedly do with a purpose.

    4. Daily goal-setting increments

    They say that ‘if you keep doing what you have always been doing, you will keep getting what you have always got’. The idea is to develop excellent habits but with daily increments. If you have been doing things that earn you £100 a day, then your goal and ambition should be to increase on those things and start doing that which will earn you £150 a day. Then go to £200 and so on. The underlying habit will remain intact (you will always be setting daily goals). The only difference is that the goals set will increase in quality and output.

    5. Embrace and learn from mistakes

    Most people are afraid to fail at something and as a result, never really get to try anything worthwhile. This is something that most millionaires have in common; they aren't afraid to take calculated risks. They accept the fact that sometimes things might not go the way they plan them to at all. In many cases, the likelihood of failure is much higher than that of successful.

    They do not let this knowledge paralyze them or make them timid about trying out new money making ventures. Instead, they embrace the fact that no matter how well thought out a plan can be, there is still a very good chance that it will fail at some point. The idea is to not let that notion stop you from trying but to embrace that fact and learn from those failures so you can better your chances of succeeding.

    In the entrepreneurial world, no one goes from zero to hero in one fell swoop. These things take time and there is a process. You have to:

    • Equip yourself with the right skills
    • Constantly improve on those skills
    • Be extremely resilient
    • Have the big picture in mind, always

    Most of all, you have to know that lady luck tends to smile more often on those who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities she presents. After all, they do say that fortune favours the brave.

    Simply sitting back and hoping to become a millionaire by winning the Lotto might work for some people, but it does not work for the vast majority of humanity. The odds are just too slim. The best thing to do is come up with a tangible and plausible plan on how you are going to make your money doing something you are passionate about and then get to work immediately. It is never too late to start.


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