A Trip to Washington State

Planning a trip in the States sometime soon? You can do a lot worse than Washington State. This Pacific Northwest state offers its visitors a little bit of everything, from cosmopolitan cities, local culture and energy, and plenty of annual events. And let’s not forgot what is perhaps this state’s biggest draw: the incredible natural beauty, which is perfect for getting out and about and into the great outdoors. Whatever your interests are, you’ll find that they’re well catered for in Washington. Take a read below for some of the best things to do while you’re there. It’ll be all the inspiration you need to book a trip!

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The Great Outdoors

We have to start here, because the natural beauty of Washington is so extensive that, well, where else can you start? Even if you only spent time in the outdoors when you were there, you’d have a good time. There are three main national parks in the state: Olympic; the North Cascades; and Mount Rainier. These three offer many, many miles of remote wilderness, so you have to well prepared! Casual visitors will find that Olympic National Park is the best one for them, because it offers a bit of everything, from jagged mountain peaks to lush rainforests.

Into the City

There a lot of great cities in Washington, but the biggest and most “cosmopolitan” is Seattle, which you’ll certainly already know a thing or two about. This is the home of Starbucks Coffee, and Boeing, and plenty of world-changing musicians. When you go there today, you’ll find a whole host of great tourist attractions. Go down to Pike Place Market and grab yourself some fresh fish while soaking up the energetic atmosphere. Go to the top of the Space Needle for the best views of the city. Check out the city’s museums, which include the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Flight. And above all, wander the city and sample its delicious food and drink!

The Real Washington

Seattle could be considered “the world’s view of Washington,” but there’s also a lot of other smaller areas that showcase “the real Washington.” Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites Walla Walla, and you’ll be able to enjoy the best that Washington has to offer. Walla Walla – so nice they named it twice – has views, activities, history, and fine dining: everything you want when you’re traveling! Also be sure to check out some of the state’s best small towns, such as the waterfront village La Conner, and the Bavarian-inspired Leavenworth.

Festivals

There are many, many annual festivals that take place in Washington; far too many to mention here. Some of the best include the Seattle International Film Festival, which attracts somewhere in the region of 150,000 spectators each year; The Washington State Fair, which is one of the best in the country; and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest, which is obviously inspired by the German counterpart and is a lot of fun. Whenever you’re visiting, though, there’ll be plenty of local events and festivals taking place. There always is!

What To Do When You Need A Little Lift In Life

Unfortunately, none of us are immune to having a bad day now and again. But we can certainly make thing betters by employing some self-care techniques. Just like the ones below. Read on to find out more.

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First of all self-care activities don’t need to be grand gestures. They can be the smallest things. They just have to demonstrate to yourself that you are worth spending a little time and money on and make you feel better than when you started.

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In particular, painting your nails can be a small self-care activity that can make a big difference. This is because it feels good to improve your appearance, and a nice bit of nail art will always brighten your day. But also the act painting your own nails or going to a salon to get them done gives you some time to relax and focus on yourself. Which can be a very de-stressing experience.

Get some advice

Next, if you are feeling in need of a little lift why don’t you make it a priority to get some advice. You could call a friend and talk through the problems that you are facing. Or you could try on of the psychic phone numbers out there.

You could even speak to a trusted college or a member of your church. It doesn’t really matter who you consult, as long as they are understanding and they can offer you some support and advice.

Do your hair

Getting your hair done is an old school tried and tested method of giving yourself a bit of a lift when you’re feeling down. A new hairdo can lift your spirits as well as make you feel like a new person.

But what can you do if this would be the perfect self-care activity, but it’s just too expensive to go to your regular salon? Well, you could always try volunteering to be a hair model at a training salon.

This is why they offer haircuts at a vastly reduced rate because it is learners that will be doing it.

Of course, you have to be willing to go for some of the more on trend and far out styles. But there are experienced hairdressers on hand supervising the process, in case anything goes wrong. So you don’t need to worry about that side of the equation.

Treat yourself to a night out

It can also be a great idea to treat yourself to a good night out on the town. Maybe you feeling low is a good excuse to get the girls together and head out for some cocktails?

Or why not entice your other half into dinner and movie? As spending some quality time with loved ones and friend is often a sure fire route to feeling a little happier.  

Watch something funny

Lastly, if all else fails, then a great self-care activity is to watch something funny on the TV. This could be a new show, or an old favorite that you know is guaranteed to make you giggle every time.

After all, laughing releases dopamine, which is something that you can really help to lift your mood.

Lift Your Spirits Without Resorting To Drugs

 

Depression in a major issue in the West. According to research done by academics in the US, women are more unhappy now than they have been in history, despite all the social progress that has been made since the 1960s. What’s driving it isn’t entirely clear, although many commentators think it has to do with the pressures of work, intense competition and the need to perform in every aspect of life.

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For regular women, the question is what to do about it. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do without having to resort to drugs (although you should contact your doctor if you are suffering from serious bouts of depression as well as continue taking any medication as prescribed). Here are some simple ways you can lift your spirits the natural way.

Cuddle Your Favourite Furry Friend

Research has shown that people who own dogs are happier and live longer. And is that any surprise? Dogs are always in good spirits and never judge you, no matter how bad you look or feel. Dogs always want to play and, unless they are ill, have infectious amounts of energy – just what you need when you’re feeling depressed.

What’s more, simply stroking your furry friend helps to release positive endorphins, making you feel good, no matter how bad things might seem.

Get Some Uplifting Conversation In Your Life

One of the reasons many women are so unhappy is because they are so lonely. If you’ve lost loved ones, it can be hard to move on with your life and do the things you enjoy. Do anything you can. Talk to a friend, try out one of those psychic phone numbers you see posted on the internet, even sitting down with somebody you don’t know in a coffee shop can work wonders. Be brave and seek out conversations. You’re negativity won’t go anywhere if it is left to fester by itself.

Volunteer For Something

Ever wondered why so many people volunteer? Usually, it’s because giving feels good. If you’re not used to giving, give it a try. You’ll be surprised just how significant your help can be and how it can impact people who are in need. There are loads of ways to volunteer, from walking dogs to helping set up a school in the heart of Africa. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make friends along the way and throw your all into whatever projects you get involved with.

Take A Walk In The Sun

Besides the pressures of life, another reason so many people wind up feeling down is because they don’t spend enough time in the sun. It turns out that the human body absolutely needs the sun, not just for the vitamin D, but to feel alive and healthy. Our body clocks depend on it, and so being shut indoors all day can throw them out of whack, leading to poor sleep and generally feeling miserable.

Do you have any ideas for how to lift your spirits naturally?

Easy Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is just as important to your health as exercise and a good diet. Research has shown that a bad night of snoozing has an immediate effect on your hormones, brain function and ability to exercise. Bad sleeping habits are also related to weight gain and an increased risk of disease.

In contrast, good sleep can help you eat less, exercise more, be healthier, and crack that morning routine so that your days can be productive. Do you struggle to seep easy? Here are my top tips for feeling refreshed and ready, every single day.

Set a sleep schedule

If there is one thing you should do to help you sleep, it’s this. Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning, even on weekends, and you will see an increase in the quality of your sleep. A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady and on track, meaning that you will rest better. Exposure to light at the same time each day is also good for you, so stay in sync by opening the blinds or having your morning cup of coffee in the garden as soon as you wake up.

Make your bedroom an oasis

You want your bedroom to be somewhere that you associate with relaxation and sleep. So buy yourself some beautiful sheet sets to snuggle under, decorate with neutral and calming colors and keep the bedroom free from mess. If you work from home, try to keep emails out of the bedroom – by answering messages in bed or working from your bedroom desk, your body will associate this room with stress, and will only end in you not being able to rest properly at night.

Cut caffeine after 2pm

Caffeine is a stimulant which stays in your system for around eight hours, which means that if your bedtime is around 10pm, you will need to stay away from tea, coffee or cola after 2pm. If you have a flat white or an espresso after your dinner, it will either prevent you from entering a deep sleep or prevent you from falling asleep altogether.

Exercise, but not within four hours of sleep

Exercise, especially cardio, helps to deepen and improve the quality of your sleep. However, half an hour of intense aerobic exercise can elevate your body temperature for about four hours, preventing you from decent sleep. When your body does begin to cool down, it will send signals to your brain to release sleep-inducing melatonin, which will make you drowsy.

Kick out your furry friends

Cats tend to be active in the early hours, and dogs have a tendency to snore, scratch or sniff as they sleep, which will likely keep you awake! More than half of people who sleep with their pets say that they often disturb their slumber throughout the night. On the other hand, if your pet is a good sleeper, there’s nothing wrong with snuggling with your buddy at night!

From Nightmare Home To Healthy Home In 4 Steps

A nightmare house is a house that doesn’t feel comfortable or cosy. It’s a place that doesn’t work for your health, may it be mental or physical. You need to remember that your home is your sanctuary. Consequently, a nightmare home is doing nothing for you. It is actively keeping you from resting properly. Whether it is stressing you out, making your ill, or simply disturbing the comfort you deserve, there should be no reason for you to stick with its problems. Here are four essential steps to tackle your nightmare home and turn it into a health paradise.

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No More Cold Winters

Who likes to be cold in winter? Even when it is snowing outside, you certainly don’t want to feel the cold breeze indoors too. Or if you can’t imagine the horrors of a cold winter anymore – it can be difficult when the summer months are nearly there – just picture yourself trying to sleep at night in a hot house that won’t cool down. If there’s one thing that you want to control in your home, it’s the temperature. That doesn’t mean that you should install temperature sensors everywhere. Instead, it’s about finding insulation solutions that can help you to improve the situation. In most cases, when homeowners think of insulation, they consider changing the windows. However, you can plan an affordable DIY roof insulation that will be more effective in only a weekend. So it’s worth thinking about it!

Get Rid Of Bacteria Traps

Bacterial growth is never a topic that homeowners enjoy to talk about. However, the presence of bacteria is inevitable, and consequently it’s something that you need to be aware of. This starts by teaching the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet and can end with a bathroom revamp project if you’re struggling with mould patches. Mould growth can be difficult to clean and sometimes it’s easier to get rid of the old bathroom equipment to start with something fresh – look at online options such as Bathroom Takeaway to save you a lot of troubles and time. The key, when you redo the bathroom, is to address the areas that are the most likely to be damp or to retain moisture.

Empty Those Cupboards

Did you know that one-third of children under 10 eat junk food every day? The prospect is properly terrifying when you think about the impact of junk food on the body: obesity, diabetes, slow development, etc. This isn’t anything that a caring parent would like to inflict upon their children. Additionally, it isn’t anything that you want for yourself either. While junk food can be appealing as it is synonymous with quick and tasty, it’s important that you give your body a fighting chance. In other words, keeping only healthy food in your home is key to look after your health. That means it’s time to get rid of any pack of biscuits, crisps and processed fatty meals that you have in your cupboards.

Make Some Breathing Space

Last, but not least, is the importance of space in your home. With British homes being incredibly small, it is important to master the rules of organisation. The best way to do so is to declutter your home by getting rid of everything that you don’t need, use or want. It may sound simple but decluttering is a process that will gradually make your home feel more relaxing and peaceful.

Living A ‘Normal’ Life During Your Pregnancy

Being pregnant is said to be one of life’s miracles, and in many ways it is. There is no other experience that comes close to your first pregnancy, and the feeling of your baby growing inside you. It can also be a very special time for you and your partner (plus any extended family) as you prepare for your new arrival. But as much as pregnancy can be a beautiful thing, for many women it is also an inconvenience of sorts. You may be a career woman with a successful business, and can’t fathom the thought of taking time off despite everyone saying you need to go on maternity leave. Or, maybe you are into fitness and want to keep being active, rather than sat at home on the couch all day just because you are pregnant. But what many people don’t realize is that life doesn’t have to stop just because you are pregnant – you can still go about your day just as you did until your due date creeps up. Here are some ways you can continue to go on ‘as normal’ even while growing your baby!

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Ask for help


Sometimes, when you are pregnant, people can’t do enough for you. They take one look at the bump and make it their mission to do anything they can for you – opening doors, giving up seats and lifting heavy objects. But if you are not visibly pregnant – remember, some women hardly show at all – you may not receive this kind of help. The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to ask for it, if you should need it. You shouldn’t need to go on maternity leave early just because you are no longer capable of doing certain tasks. Explain to the people around you that you are pregnant and you may need a helping hand from time to time – they will surely be happy to oblige!

Look for pain relief options

The one thing about pregnancy that they don’t show in the movies is just how much your body will change. In some cases, you may find yourself with pain in places you have never experienced it before, as a result of carrying a baby. A commonly afflicted area is the hips, as a lot of pressure is put on them by the baby. If this pain is stopping you from going about your daily activities, you may want to find how to relieve hip pain when pregnant. There’s no point suffering when there’s something that can be done about it, and with some help, you could be back on your feet in no time.

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Give yourself more time


One thing to remember during pregnancy is that you still have the same capabilities as before – you may just need to go a little slower. Your body will go through may change during your pregnancy, and you will need to be prepared to change with it. Take your time with physical activities and don’t rush anything. You can still get the job done, but just go at your own pace.

How To Give Your Home Curb Appeal

There are a lot of ways you can go about improving your home. some people like to start with the interiors and work their way through the house to the garden and beyond. Others like to start with the shell, the outside of the house and that’s where the phrase ‘curb appeal’ comes into play. You want your house to look great from the street outside.

Have you ever walked past a house and had a moment’s pause to admire the roses? How about the shutters on the windows that perfectly frame a beautifully decorated Christmas tree? That right there is your own appreciation of other people’s curb appeal. But how do you get that for yourself? If you are planning to sell your home, or at least upgrade it, you want others to appreciate your efforts and marvel at the house you’ve worked so hard on. First impressions matter and by taking a few of these amazing tips into consideration, you could make a fantastic one.

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  • The front door: The first thing people see when they get to the doorbell is the front door. Peeling paint, broken letter boxes or a door covered in mud is not one that looks inviting and warm. If your home is a neutral colour on the outside, how about a blast of bright paint on the door? A bright colour makes your door stand out and look fantastic at the same time.
  • Solar lights: Installing outdoor lighting in a low-voltage makes an impact on the curb appeal of your house. By adding accent lighting to your flower bushes and trees, you’ve illuminated the gardening you’ve done and lit up the path for guests. Plus, it looks beautiful – and that’s what counts.
  • Nature: Adding a little greenery around the front porch doesn’t do any harm to the curb appeal of the house. You may have flower beds up the pathway toward the door, but some impressive large potted plants or rosebushes in pots would look beautiful too. Keep them tended to though, as dead plants don’t invite guests in!
  • Shutters: Install shutters on your downstairs and upstairs windows on the exterior of the house in a colour that compliments the walls. There is always an option to call in professionals such as milliondollarmakeovers.net.au to help you redo the entire house from top to bottom if you need the house to be fixed up fast.
  • Outdoor art: Fountains draw the eye from passers-by and you could give your front yard a little glitz by adding some freestanding art alongside it. The bubbling sounds from the fountain can sound soothing to those going past, enticing them to look at the house.

Curb appeal isn’t something that most think of when they want to renovate their home. They start with kitchens and living rooms to make the house look great. By starting from the outside of the house, you create the warm and inviting place you dreamed of having. Beauty comes from within; but a pretty exterior never hurt!