Tag Archives: 2014

World Diabetes Day

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You may or may not be aware that today, November 14th 2014, is World Diabetes Day. I know this post is a little out of my usual box but it’s something I’ve been planning for a while. Running a lifestyle blog allows me the freedom to post about all of the things affecting my life and that I deem to be important. There are a number of individuals in my family who are affected by Diabetes, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to spread a little awareness. I am by no means attempting to explain or offer advice, I do however want to talk very briefly about the campaign being run by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). If you are completely in the dark about Diabetes itself, HERE is a good place to start. I will also be providing useful links throughout the post.

Healthy Living and Diabetes, is the focus of this years campaign. With the IDF focusing “on the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and effectively manage all types of diabetes to avoid complications.”

The website dedicated to the campaign (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) offers great advice on healthy options, options that reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as compelling information about the cost of eating healthy and the burden of type 2 diabetes on our healthcare services.

  • Up to 11% of total healthcare expenditure in every country across the globe could be saved by tackling the preventable risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
  • Over 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, equivalent to up to 150 million cases by 2035.
  • Diabetes accounts for 10-15% of the total healthcare budgets in high income countries. 1 in 9 healthcare US$ is spent on diabetes.

Diabetes costs us money and it can cost us lives. But type 2 Diabetes is preventable and prevention starts with a healthy diet.

  • A healthy diet is, on average, US$ 1.50 a day more expensive than an unhealthy one, increasing food costs for one person by about US$ 550 a year.

That might sound like a lot of money but really it only equates to two less drinks at the pub on the weekend. Besides there are so many sources (1, 2, 3, 4) for cheaper, healthy food available on the internet that eating healthy being too expensive is no long a valid excuse. There is an obesity problem in our society that we simply mustn’t ignore.

Don’t eat healthy to lose weight, eat healthy to feel healthy.

Like I said before, I am not an expert, I am not here to advise you or explain this important issue in any real detail. But I do want to let you know that I think it’s important, and you should too. Thank you if you’ve read this far, I tried to be succinct. If I have raised the awareness levels of just one person, I’m happy.

I hope you’ve all had your healthy breakfast and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

xx

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NOTD: Kitty Cat Nails!

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My lovely kitty cat Sophie sadly passed away last week, so I decided to do some kitty cat nails in honour of her. I hope you like them, they’re  quite messy and super basic but I thought I would share them anyway!

KITTY CAT NAILS..
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Shout out to… Doctor Who!

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As I’m sure you’re all more than aware, a new series of Doctor Who started a few weeks back and I had always planned on doing a little review since it’s a show that I greatly enjoy, however I wanted to hold back until a few episodes had passed and I’m so glad I did because my opinion of the new doctor changed quite dramatically in that time! This is a more or less spoiler free review of the first five episodes of the new series.

SHOUT OUT TO DOCTOR WHO…
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NOTD: International Talk Like a Pirate Day Inspired Nails!

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You may or may not be aware that tomorrow is international talk like a pirate day, yarrrr! So I thought it would only be fitting to share these pirate inspired nails with all ye scurvy dogs. (That’s it with the pirate talk I promise).

INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY NAILS…
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Lacoste Touch of Pink versus Lacoste Love of Pink Perfume

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I finished both of these perfumes recently and I was going to put them in an empties post but then I thought it would be much more interesting to do a little post comparing the two, so here goes.

LACOSTE LOVE OF PINK VERSUS LACOSTE TOUCH OF PINK…
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LUSH The Olive Branch and Rub Rub Rub Review

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Another little LUSH review for you (I seem  to do these every once in a while but I really have been enjoying LUSH products). This time I tried The Olive Branch Shower Gel and the Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub.

LOOKING LUSH…
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365 Picture Challenge : August

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These are my pictures for August in my 365 photo challenge!

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NOTD: Sea Foam Ombre Blue Nails

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Just sharing a super simple little design I whipped up a while ago that was inspired by the ombre effect you get when the waves crash against the shore. Hope you like it, all details of method and polishes used are inside…

SEAM FOAM OMBRE BLUE NAILS…
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Summer Love Tag

Summer is almost over (yikes) so this is a late to the party kind of post but I was tagged by a very lovely lady over here so I thought it would be rude not to!

SUMMER LOVE TAG…
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