Georgina Grogan

Georgina

Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.

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Not Been On Holiday Yet? Shop Fast!

It’s only the beginning of August and yet all the Autumn/Winter collections are rolling out in the stores and online in full force. Years ago we wouldn’t go away on holiday until mid/late August and so, I thought I’d help those of you who are yet to go on holiday. Whether it’s a staycation in your own country or you’re heading abroad, I’ve got you covered with the last of the summer dresses. With the odd piece of swimwear too as that’s selling out like hot cakes thanks to this never-ending heatwave.

Yours Clothing

Maroon Floral Drape Pocket Dress – £23.99

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Available in sizes 16-28 and in multiple colours/patterns.

Aqua Blue Texture Print Hanky Hem Swim Dress – £39.99

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Available in sizes 16-32 and in two colours.

Black & White Paisley Print Maxi Skirt – £23.99

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Available in sizes 16-32.

Evans Clothing

Yellow Floral Maxi Dress – £35.00

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Available in sizes 14-28 and in 3 patterns.

 

Black Spotted Maxi Dress – £35.00

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Available in sizes 14-28 and in 3 patterns.

Simply Be

Layer Maxi Dress – £20

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Available in sizes 10-32 and in multiple patterns and colours.

Neon Rose Floral Wrap Midi Dress – £32

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Available in sizes 16-26.

Ax Paris Curve Floral Printed Dip Back Dress – £48

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Available in sizes 14-30.

Ax Paris Curve Palm Printed Dip Back Dress – £48

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Available in sizes 12-30.

Curvy Kate Maya Halterneck Swimsuit – £57

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Simply Be Stripe Swimsuit – £35

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Available in sizes 12-28.

Simply Be Zip Front Plunge Swimsuit – £38

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Available in sizes 12-28.

Newlook Curves

Curves Rainbow Stripe Wrap Maxi Dress – £24.99

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5 Tips To Help You Home School Your Kids

5 Tips To Help You Home School Your Kids

The concept of home school has been around for many years. Some parents decide that it is better for their kids to stay out of the national schools in order to teach them the things that they’d like. There are many benefits to home-schooling, but it can be quite tricky for parents who have never tried it before. In this post, we are going to give you some tips on how to get started on your home-schooling adventure. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about this.

Home School

Test Things Out

If you are just going to stick to a curriculum set out by someone that you’ve found online or in a book somewhere then there’s not much point. When you home school you need to figure out what works best for you and your kids to ensure that they are making the most of this learning experience. Don’t be afraid to test different subjects out at different times and drop things that aren’t going so well. You have a lot of time so be flexible and allow your child some freedom on what they learn.

Create The Perfect Space

Before you start home school, it is important that you have the right sort of learning space. You don’t need to set up a makeshift classroom, but you should have the right conditions to ensure that your child is able to focus. Remove any sort of distractions from the room that you are using and make sure that there is some natural lighting coming in the room. If you have a big space and a few kids to teach, you could consider investing in a steel building like those from Armstrong Steel and create a classroom on your property.  Steel buildings are increasingly being used in schools, so there’s no reason why you can’t build a smaller structure in your home. Armstrong Steel allow you to create one that’s exactly to your specifications too which you can check out on their website.

Do a Variety Of Activities

When kids attend regular schools, they are given a whole host of different activities to do throughout the day. If you are going to educate your child at home, then you should make sure that you are able to provide different activities for them to do. They won’t want to just sit and listen to you talk for the entire day and this won’t achieve anything. Adapt the activities towards the way that your child learns and schedule in some play time or physical activities.

Create Rules

If you are teaching your kids by yourself then you need to make sure that you have some rules in place. The last thing you want to do is to let them walk all over you as this will slow everything down. Before you get started, you should write out a list of rules with your kids and show them that this is something serious!

Take A Break

It’s not often that parents get a break and if you decide to home-school then you will have a lot more on your plate. Make sure to give yourself a break every few hours to make sure that you’re able to keep yourself sane!

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How to Choose the Best Kids Clothes for the Back-to-School Season

How to Choose the Best Kids Clothes for the Back-to-School Season

You may be still enjoying the seaside with your kids swimming carefree and bathing in the sun, but the school year is creeping up and demands to be taken into account. Once you get back from your vacation, there is a long shopping list that waits to be completed. Apart from stationery and other school supplies and necessities, it certainly includes different types of kids clothes. Among the real needs, your budget and your kids’ desires, it won’t be easy to choose the things that are truly necessary and indispensable.

Even though your kid definitely shouldn’t lack anything, it is equally important not to exaggerate in fulfilling your children’s caprices and remain practical and objective. Moderne Child offers this compromise with their curated selection of children’s clothes. So here is a list of the things that are truly necessary for a smooth start of the school year

Kids Clothes

Start from What You Have

Before being swept out from the house by your children who are so eager to get their new clothes, go through the wardrobe and check what things from last year you can still use. First, do it on your own, then consult the kids to make sure they want to wear it.

There will certainly be some favourite t-shirt or hoodie in decent condition they don’t want to give up. So after this revision, you can see what the “weakest point” in your kids’ wardrobe is and plan your shopping spree. This wardrobe revision will also help you “build the case” of defence against your children’s requests and potential tantrums.

The Basics

It would be ideal to have one combination for each day of the week, not less and not much more, otherwise, you will have way much laundry to do. Depending on your child’s age, type of school, as well as the climate of the place you live, you should get seven pairs of pants/shorts/skirts.

If you have a girl, you can resolve the top-bottom combination with a dress. Also, get some t-shirts, and a few long-sleeve shirts for colder days. Don’t forget a couple of jumpers and hoodies, one or two coats, and maybe even some of the winter equipment, depending on your climate.

Shoes

New sandals and flip flops can maybe wait for the next season, again depending on the place where you live. If the weather in your area is warm throughout the year, then keep them in mind as well.

But regardless of your climate zone, you should definitely get two pairs of sneakers, ones for playing around and others for school. Alternatively, you can use the old sneakers as the ones for playing, and then buy only one pair.

It would be good to get at least one pair of warm, water-proof boots, of course, unless you in live in dry places like Arizona or California or some similar place.

Another important thing which constantly slips my mind, don’t forget to renew your kids’ socks supplies for the new school season.

Dress Up

You have to take special occasions into consideration when shopping for the new school year. Again, you shouldn’t exaggerate, but it would be nice and practical to have at least two such combinations, ideally three, including one pair of adequate shoes.

You can solve it with a beautiful long-sleeve shirt, a pair of trousers, a skirt and a dress for girls, and two or three shirts and two pairs of trousers for the boys. Make sure that besides looking good, the dress-up clothes are actually comfortable and practical, as your kid really needs to feel good in that clothes.

Shopping for your children can be fun if you plan it out ahead of time, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you start.

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Unlock Your True Beauty On The Big Day – Tips For Plus Size Brides

Getting married can be one of the most exciting time in anyone’s life, but the thought of having everyone looking at you can be a little daunting. The only way to calm those nerves is to ensure that your appearance is absolutely perfect and that you’re comfortable. Comfortable brides are always happier.

Even as a confident plus size woman, planning for the wedding day may test your self-confidence more than usual. Follow the five simple tips, and this needn’t be a problem any longer. Instead, you’ll cast the assured and beautiful figure that you do every day. Only 10x better!

Brides

Start With The Dress

Every bride-to-be dreams of wearing the perfect dress. While many designers will create their outfits in bigger sizes, they are still very much geared towards the petite woman. Specialised plus size wedding dresses will look better, feel better, and generally be far better. Do remember that plenty of plus retailers have started making affordable wedding dresses too, it’s definitely worth looking around. When you walk down the aisle with the confidence gained from wearing the dress that’s right for you, the impact is enormous. Use this as your platform, and everything else should fall into place. 

Be Comfortable

There’s no doubt that the right choice of footwear can have the most significant impact of all on your big day. You may want to go for something super high but if you don’t usually wear heels, you might find this straining on the day. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable or be in pain, so try opting for a kitten heel, wedge, or flat shoes instead. It’s your day, you can do whatever you want. 

Focus On The Hands

You’ll naturally want the entire wedding look to sparkle. However, it’s easy to forget that your hands will gain more attention than ever before. Classic engagement rings should be joined by equally elegant wedding bands. Meanwhile, a manicure is something that should be high on your agenda too. After all, your hands will be appearing in a lot of photos from exchanging rings to the first dance. Whether you want something nude and natural, or bright and colourful, make your hands look and feel perfect.

Smile

The preparations for the big day begin long before you walk down the aisle. So, when it does arrive, you’ll want a reason to smile. Improving the look of your pearly whites is the perfect way to do this. The easiest and most affordable option is to use home whitening kits. However, you can take this to the next phase with professional work such as wearing invisible braces for a few months leading up to the wedding. Smile in style, and your entire aura will improve.

Travel In Style

Before leaving for the venue, you’ll put a lot of effort into your hair and makeup while also ensuring your outfit fits perfectly. Unfortunately, the elements have the potential to disrupt this look completely. Riding in a vintage wedding car isn’t only an enjoyable experience. It provides the space and comfort needed to keep your look intact. As you walk through those doors and down the aisle, the reaction will be incredible. You’ll have never looked better.    

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Dealing With Chronic Pain

According to www.nhs.co.uk, approximately fifty percent of people experience chronic pain.  When you suffer from chronic pain, it can be completely infuriating. It will impact almost every aspect of your life. There will be things that you wish you could do that you simply won’t be able to cope with. For instance, before you suffered from chronic pain, you might have been incredibly active. But after a while, suffering from a condition like this begins to take it out of you. This can lead you down dangerous paths, seeking out solutions that you may not be able to find. It’s important when looking for solutions that you don’t pursue the wrong path though. Otherwise, you could make things a lot worse.

Chronic Pain

The Medicine Path

The first path that you might consider is using medicine. This will usually begin with taking paracetamol or some other low-level form of medicine. You may do this before you even speak to a doctor, particularly if your pain began after an accident. Self-medication is quite common, often with the hope that taking medicine will simply make the pain go away. This doesn’t always happen. Instead, the pain can get worse and become more unmanageable. At this point, you’ll turn to a doctor for assistance. 

They will provide you with a stronger form of medicine which will help your pain. However, if you do have a chronic illness, you need to remember not to skip your medication on days where you feel a little brighter. Medicine only works if you actually take it. Just be careful to take your meds responsibly and watch out for any signs that you could be addicted. If you are already in this situation visiting www.arcproject.org.uk could help.

 

Some people find that medication alone doesn’t help their pain enough, and so they seek an alternative path, like alternative medicine. Natural herbs are not addictive and have been shown to have startling effects on levels of chronic pain, especially when you use them with medication too. 

Giving Up Isn’t Hard To Do

Giving up is easy. It won’t be your first choice when you start developing chronic pain, but it will almost certainly be a latter option that you consider. Essentially, you’ll try and do as little as possible. You might spend a lot of your day in bed or sitting in a chair, missing out on things.

That’s why once you learn you are suffering from chronic pain, you need to make sure that you are getting cognitive treatment for the emotional issues that come with it. Depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts are all common for sufferers of chronic pain. Cognitive therapy can help you with his a lot. Chronic Fatigue Services eventually go on to offer therapy like CBT. 

Numbing The Mind

Finally, you might consider numbing the mind to deal with your chronic pain, often through alcohol. Once again, this is not effective and could lead you down a very dark path. As well as this, the solution will only be temporary. Eventually, you will feel the pain again once the alcohol wears off and personally I find that my pain becomes even worse after I’ve drank. 

Instead, consider aquatherapy. This has been shown to be effective for various different types of chronic pain and can be quite relaxing. 

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Top Tips for Learning Whatever You Set Your Mind To

Still promising yourself that you’ll make some time to study that subject you’ve always dreamt of knowing more about? We know, it is way past New Year’s Resolutions season, and more time to be thinking about summer holidays. But if this lingering urge to better yourself is still whispering in your ear, here are some top tips to help you go about it.

Know your goals

Even if you are learning purely for fun, there is no point in setting out to learn anything if you don’t have an idea of what you want to achieve in mind. A little vocabulary in the language of the place you are taking your next holiday? Maybe some history to see if your favourite show is accurate or not?

Make sure that if you want to, for example, learn Portuguese before your big trip to Brazil this summer, that you know what points you want to cover. When using a language course provider such as www.listenandlearnusa.com or www.learnlight.com, be realistic about the amount of time you have for all the studying you’re planning. Be practical and make yourself a schedule that fits with your life instead of one that tries to make you work outside of it.

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Find your style

Are you a mind-mapper, a highlighter, or a Post-It-notes-on-every-surface-around-the-house kind of person? Whatever you are trying to study, the best way to keep the information you need in your head is to find a memory system that works for you. Sounds pretty simple, we know, but while flashcards and quizzes might be the best method of remembering for some of us, others might find summarising texts in manageable chunks to be more effective. There is no one way to do it: try a few, and see which suit you best.

 

Timing it right

Are you an early bird or a night owl? This will help you determine what time studying works for you. If you find it easier to hold onto information that you read on your commute into work, or need the peace of the house to yourself after the working day is done, incorporate this into your study plan. There is no right or wrong answer—or time to study!

 

Be kind to yourself!

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to have something done yesterday. Impatience when learning will eat into your motivation and make you feel like giving up altogether. Take regular breaks, and if the words just aren’t sticking today, then be honest with yourself and reschedule them for another time. Sometimes our minds are sponges and, at other times, they may as well be rocks. If it’s a rock day, postpone things until you are ready to learn.

 

Avoid quick fixes

We’ve all heard of passive learning, that mystical dream where we can absorb information and retain it without making any effort while fast asleep. And while scientific studies have shown some connection between say, replaying foreign language vocabulary in our ears when sleeping and improved word recollection, the key here is that you have to learn the words in the first place. You will not magically have an entire new vocabulary overnight!

 

The truth is, to learn anything, you have to want to know it. If you only ever talk about doing it then you probably don’t want it half as much as you think you do. So be honest with yourself. Whether it’s learning a new language for your holidays, or mastering new computer skills for work, think about what fits in with your schedule and make it work for you.

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Looking Great Doesn’t Have To Cost The Earth!

We all want to look our best, but it’s pretty common to feel as though, in order to look great, you’ve got to spend a whole lot of money. After all, many of the most amazing clothes are the ones with the heftiest price tags. But is that the way that things need to be? Do you really need to empty your bank account just to find that perfect outfit? Of course not! The truth is that it’s entirely possible to get your hands on some truly amazing fashion finds without spending too much. Here are a few things that you might just want to try.

Charity stores are your friends

A lot of people have a nasty habit of turning their noses up at charity stores. And, to be frank, that’s ridiculous. The truth is that charity stores are an absolute gift to anyone who wants to be able to dress well on a tight budget. You’re almost always going to find some seriously hidden gems that you might otherwise never have come across. Sure, you’re buying things second hand, but if you’re going to put them in the wash anyway, why does that even matter? Another great option is plus size clothing swaps, search Facebook and other social channels or organise your own one in your town! 

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Get the best deals

Of course, there are some things that you see in stores that would normally be way out of your price range. Sure, a lot of the time you’re just going to have to walk past the shop window feeling a little disappointed, but you could also end up getting great deals on things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Things like Very voucher codes allow you to get hold of some wonderful clothes at far lower prices than you would ever have had to pay if you were buying them at full price. Whether you’re getting cash back or a discount voucher, you can avoid paying full price on most things.

 

Make things yourself

Of course, if you want to get really thrifty, one of the very best things that you can do is to start making your own clothes. Now, that might sound like a serious challenge, and sure, it’s easier to just buy them. But there’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes with being able to strut your stuff in an outfit that you made with your own two hands. Not only that but your clothes will be that much more unique and you never have to worried about showing up somewhere and matching with someone else. You don’t even have to make things from scratch. You can just make adjustments and changes to existing clothes to turn them into something totally new. Our Zoe has a couple posts on customising clothes and she is amazing at it! 

The truth is that a lot of fashion ends up being expensive for no reason other than the names attached to it. If you’re able to break out of the mindset that the only things that matter are brand names, you’re going to be able to find a whole lot of amazing clothes far cheaper than you ever expected. Sure, it can be tough to get out of the mindset that brands are best, but the truth is that it’s the way you feel in the clothes that matter, not the name on the label.

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Luscious Loving For Your Body From Tip To Toe

A lot of people have suffered with self esteem issues for many years of their life and it is down to a number of factors. Perhaps they don’t always feel confident in their own skin, or maybe since they were younger you have always felt different. Being a plus size woman is beautiful and we all need to start embracing that. Indulging in some self-care from time to time can do the world of good when it comes to alleviating pain from previous injuries and improving your mental health too. You don’t need to start up a any drastic plans to feel good about yourself again. Start by fixing the little problems and the confidence will soon follow.

Injury Care

You might have suffered from an injury if you start moving/straining it out using incorrect techniques, so you need to get these seen to before you can start loving your body again. Check out Bodyworks physiotherapy and get a professional to fix your aches and pains for you. They will be able to advise you on the correct types of movements that will make you feel good and prevent future injuries.

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Magic Movement

Once you have healed your previous problems you need to think about moving your body. This doesn’t mean taking on a vigorous workout every day; it simply means taking on a small but effective amount of stretching or movement whenever you can. Whether that is a morning stroll around the garden before you go to work or an evening walk in the park before you head home for the day. All of this will contribute to your overall recovery. 

Natural Nourishments

Start to truly enjoy foods and stop seeing it as the enemy. There are certain things that can actually make you happy such as salmon, mushrooms, oranges, and dark chocolate.

Smart Self Care

Take time out to do the things you really enjoy. Don’t conform to society and think you have to blend in with the crowds. Do exactly what makes you happy and you will reap the benefits for life. Whether that is reading a book for an hour a day or heading for a swim. Make sure you do something every single day that puts a smile on your face.

 

Self love is the new sexy, so make sure you know how beautiful you are. Allow yourself to heal from previous bodily aches and injuries, whilst nourishing your body too. Gorgeous comes in all different shapes and sizes so embrace your stunning curves and love your body from tip to toe.

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