Beauty, Health, Lady, Lifestyle

7 Habits of Women with Great Skin


You have probably heard people say that someone “just has good skin”, but the truth is that behind that seemingly perfect, smooth skin is a stable, well-balanced skin routine and self-care, without which, no matter how good your genetics, you wouldn’t be able to have good skin. So, let’s see what are the seven most important steps to having a flawless skin routine.

1. Cleanse

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The most important part of any skin routine is to first get rid of any impurities that have collected in your pores and on the surface of your skin during the day or while you were sleeping. Use a gentle cleanser like the Clarins cleansing milk to remove impurities without being too hard on your gentle skin.

2. Choose your cosmetics carefully

We live in the day and age when most of the things we use every day are filled with all sorts of chemicals. But for certain things, like the food we eat or the products we apply to our skin, we want to make extra sure that they’re as natural as possible, to give us the best results. Organic, all natural brands like Tammy Fender are great options and they will give you the best results, while also not hurting our planet.

3. Get enough sleep

Many of us lead active, non-stop lifestyles, and are often left having to compensate for that fact, like taking supplements because we don’t have time to eat or putting concealer on the bags under our eyes because we didn’t get enough sleep. But the truth is, there is no product in the world that can do for us all the things that a full night’s sleep can do. It will not only replenish our energy, but give our skin time to recover and rest.

4. Apply sun protection

Everyone likes to put on a tan, but if you’re not careful, you can seriously damage your skin just by being in the sun. Let’s break it down: the vitamin that you get from the sun is great – not just for your skin, but for your whole body. However, the sun is not what it used to be, and the rays are now more harmful than ever. This is why it’s extremely important to use a product with the high SPF, every single day. Use a primer like Nars multi-protect, or apply sunscreen during your makeup routine.

5. Hydrate

For glowing skin, it is crucial to be well hydrated, inside and out. Hydrated skin has more elasticity, fewer wrinkles and its own special glow. There are two main things you should do: First, drink a lot of water. The 8 cups per day are just a minimum, so make sure you carry a water bottle around with you and drink whenever you feel thirsty. Secondly, you should always be using a good hydration cream. Products like The Body Shop’s Nourishing night cream are great to put on before you go to bed, while lighter options like Estee Lauder’s Daywear is the perfect thing to apply in the morning before putting on makeup.

6. Regular treatments

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Having a daily routine is important, but sometimes our skin requires extra care. Consider making it a part of your monthly or quarterly routine to go to a professional cosmetician for a treatment of your choice that will improve your skin and give it a boost. But for a more regular schedule, getting a good scrub like the Cosmedix Purity Detox scrub will allow you to exfoliate your skin more frequently. Make sure you don’t do it more than every third day, because you risk taking off too much of the top layer, and always follow the instructions on the product.

7. Healthy habits

It’s no secret that beauty comes from within, and the same goes for health. If you practice healthy habits, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly, your skin will show the glow and radiance of health. Avoid eating oily and greasy food, since it can clog your pores; and avoid dehydration to keep your skin glowing.

Of course, some skin types are prone to acne and other blemishes, but as long as you are doing everything in your power to have healthy, happy skin, you can show it off to the world and be proud of it.

Amy Mia Goldsmith

Lifestyle Blogger

Amy is a regular contributor to Highstylife.com and elegantluxelife.com

And has also contributed to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com polishedpolyglot.com and glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

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Health, Lifestyle

How to be a healthy woman


“The first wealth is health”:

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority for all women. And sustainable health can be achieved through simple steps. The infographic below helps illustrate the issues women should be most aware of when trying to get and stay healthy. These include understanding the differences between men and women, staying active, keeping a clean diet, and practicing mindfulness.

Create fantastic healthy days with the info below.

Enjoy!”

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Home, Lifestyle

Some Essential Details about the Security and Alarm Systems


One of the most important jobs one needs to do is to make sure the house has proper alarm and security system. The crime is increasing with every passing day. Thus, it is of utmost importance to make sure the home is protected properly from intruders. With the advancement of technology, the commonly used electric alarm have become backdated and can be bypassed easily.

Types of systems

Numerous advanced alarm and security system are available in the market. The common types are explained below.

Monitored Alarm System: They are enhanced and advanced versions of the local electric alarm system. They tend to have connection to the monitoring services along with the alarms. Firstly, if any unusual behavior is identified the agents call to identify whether the alert was a real one or a false alert. Here, the monitoring authorities only send the alert to the concerned persons who would come to the spot within minutes. The other things such as fire or carbon monoxide level are also monitored keeping in mind the safety of the family.

Smoke Alarm System: The smoke alarm system commonly guards against the house from any kind of fire and smoke. They usually contain hardwired or wireless smoke detectors along with strobe lights. A complete fire alarm system can also be installed, which would contain a sprinkler system, a heat detector, as well as a smoke detector.

Burglar alarm system: The most common type of alarm systems is installed in the household. It is fitted along with the doors, windows sensors, and motion detectors. If the sensors are tripped in any manner immediately, an alarm is sent, which starts a loud sound, which in turn alerts the neighborhood. They are controlled by a keypad, which is located centrally.

Medical alarm system: Here, there is an emergency button on the keypad of the home security system. Pressing the button would alert the central security organization, which would in turn inform the concerned doctors. This is absolutely a delight, especially for elderly people who stay alone.

Critical alarm system: This type of alarm system would protect the house against leaks, which usually remain undetected as long as it does not do huge damage. This type of system would protect the house from higher damage. It can monitor the plumbing and heating system when the house is empty. It would inform the concerned personals if a pipe burst or any kind of leakage occurs.

Different processes of installation

Before installation of the alarm and security system for home, it is important to be completely aware of the entire installation process. The process of installation usually depends on what type of system you prefer to install. The common installation processes are explained below.

DIY (Do it yourself) installation process: In this process, the homemaker is in full control. It is completely his decision about the devices and sensors that would be installed. Usually, these processes are simple and do not require complex wirings. It usually takes about an hour to complete the entire process. However, it is important to do a thorough research about the process so that the homemaker is not stuck in between. It is better to get in touch with the professionals if the homemaker messes in between and is not aware of the next step.

Professional installation: Here, the homemaker can relax throughout the entire process, since the experienced professionals take responsibility of the complete process. They would firstly examine the existing wiring and entire layout of the house. They would take the entire responsibility if anything goes wrong and would not be paid until they fix it completely.

Kate Westall

Home, Lifestyle

5 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Smart Kitchen


If you feel your kitchen is a bit boring and could use a splash of color, then it’s high time you did something about it. Most kitchens are usually white and sterile, and that doesn’t really fit this busy and friendly space. If you want to introduce some bright and fresh color into your smart kitchen and showcase your lifestyle and personality, you can do so without spending a lot of money and time. Simply follow these tips and tricks, and you’re bound to be satisfied with the results.

Jazz up your lighting

Of course, paint is the main way of adding color to your space, but it isn’t the only one. One simple and inexpensive way to brighten up your smart kitchen is to install colorful pendant lights. You can also freshen up your old pendants by spray-painting them with a fresh coat of vibrant color.

Display some art

Unfortunately, kitchens usually don’t get a lot of artwork even though it’s an easy way to add color and charm to the space. You can always put up some contemporary paintings with modern frames, some posters or family photos. You can also frame some linen if you’re interested in a more traditional look, but a digital frame, for instance, will perfectly fit any modern smart kitchen. You can upload many fun and interesting food and family photos or abstract images.

Make a statement backsplash

Traditional kitchens usually put emphasis on the stove and other appliances, but a fun way to catch the eye and introduce some color into your kitchen is by making a statement backsplash. You can choose from many materials, styles and colors that will suit any kitchen. Not only is a glass or tile backsplash a cool way to freshen up the space, but it’s also super easy to install and clean. You can also make creative patterns with tiles, or opt for tiles in interesting shapes. Hexagon is very trendy right now in both smart and traditional kitchens.

Invest in some colorful appliances and gadgets

If you really want to make a statement, you can invest in some new and bright appliances and gadgets to introduce color into your kitchen. Companies that make appliances are getting more and more creative with the design and color scheme, so you can really find all sorts of shapes and hues. For instance, choose a statement apple red Viking refrigerator or opt for a colorful and futuristic-looking coffee machine that will instantly brighten up the space.

As you can see, refreshing your smart kitchen doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Sometimes, all you need is a couple of statement details, a small splash of color and some greenery to achieve a completely fresh look.

Add color with accessories

Usually, people forget just what an impact the right accessories can have. Accessories are also the easiest and cheapest way to add color and personality to your kitchen. For instance, if you have a sleek metallic microwave and fridge, and monochromatic walls and cabinets, you can spruce up the space with some bright accessories such as colorful linens, bowls or water jugs.

Bring it to life with some greenery

Even though your kitchen is high-tech and full of smart appliances, it doesn’t mean you can’t have any natural elements in it. Bring some energy and color to your kitchen with a plant on your benchtop or windowsill. If you’re not a big flower person, you can plant herbs like basil or mint that will give your kitchen both a fresh smell and some living color. If you have a small kitchen, you can opt for wall-mounted planter boxes instead of big planters. Another simple way to incorporate some color into your kitchen is by displaying fruit. Use colorful bowls and fill them up with your favorite fruit.

Arron Hiddleston – Interior Designer and Contributing Writer

Home, Lady, RECIPES

Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Strawberry Ganache


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (180g) ground almonds

100g (3 ounces) dark eating chocolate

200g butter

6 egg whites

1 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup self raising flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

250g strawberries

2 teaspoons icing sugar

 

Chocolate Strawberry Ganache

260g dark eating chocolate

1/2 cup pouring cream

1/2 cup strawberry jam

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius. Grease deep 20cm round ake pan with butter; loin base with baking paper.
  2. Spread ground almonds in thin layer on oven tray, roast about 8 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool
  3. Chop chocolate finely
  4. Melt chopped butter in small saucepan over medium heat about 5 minutes or until changed to a dark brown colour. Strain immediately through a fine sieve into a heatproof measuring jug – you need 2/3 cup butter.
  5. Whisk egg whites in medium bowl with fork until combined. Whisk in roasted almonds, sugar, sifted flour and cocoa. Gradually whisk hot butter into almond mixture; stir in chocolate
  6. Pour mixture into pan. Bake cake about 55 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes before turning, top side up, onto wire rack to cool.
  7. Meanwhile, make chocolate strawberry ganache. Place cake on serving plate. Spread ganache over cake.
  8. Hull strawberries; slice thinly lengthways. Arrange strawberries in layers to represent flower petals over top of cake. Dust with sifted icing sugar just before serving.

Chocolate Strawberry Ganache

Break chocolate into medium heatproof bowl. Combine cream and jam in small saucepan, bring to the boil. Push cream mixture through fine sieve o0ver chocolate, stir until smooth. Refrigerate ganache about 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 10 minutes.

Prep + Cook time

1 3/4 hours (+cooling & refrigeration)

Serves 10

Storage Cake will keep in airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days, or in the freezer (without ganache and strawberries) for 3 months.

 

 

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Devotionals, Lifestyle, personal development, self help

Quick Devotion on Making a Difference


Making a Difference (Colossians 4:2-18)

 

Read Colossians 4:2-18. Anything in particular interesting to you in this passage?

Remembering the rest of the letter you have already studied, why do you think Paul tells the Colossians to be devoted to prayer, keeping watchful or alert?

Focus on the Meaning: In prayer we call on God to work, and we express our faith in Him.

The Christian who does not pray is demonstrating independence from God (John 15:5). The accompanying exhortation to ‘keep awake, be on the alert’ (gregoreo) is drawn from the imagery of guard duty (Nehemiah 7:3; Mark 14:34, 37).

Read verse 2 again. What is to be our “attitude” in prayer?

How do you think your attitude can make a difference in your prayer life?

Relate this to what you learned in Colossians 3:15-17

COLOSSIANS PRAYER
Scriptural Insight: The repeated emphasis on thanksgiving makes this epistle one of the most “thankful” books in the New Testament (1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2)

Staying Healthy: Is there something that you are praying for today? How can you have an attitude of thanksgiving? List at least three things for which you can be thankful in your circumstance/situation.

For what two things does Paul ask in Colossians 4:3?

Why is it so important for Paul to be able to proclaim the gospel clearly?

See also Ephesians 6:19-20 and 2 Timothy 4:2-3

How can we be “wise” toward those that don’t believe?

Ephesians 5:3-20

Thessalonians 4:1-12

1 Peter 2:13-17

What do you think Paul means when he says we should make the most of every opportunity?

What does it mean to have your conversation be full of grace, in a sense “seasoned with salt?”

Examine what is said in Colossians 3:12-17 and Ephesians 4:29, 30 to derive your answer.

Focus on the Meaning: “Speech most effectively expresses what is inside the believer. The Christian’s speech should mirror the gracious character and conduct of his or her God by demonstrating love, patience, sacrifice, undeserved favor, etc. Salt probably represented both attractiveness, since salt makes food wholesome, since salt was a preservative that retarded corruption in food…one should wisely suit his or her speech to each need.”

Why would you want to watch your words?

Staying Healthy: Does your speech mirror the gracious character and conduct of your Lord? Ask your Lord to reveal to you speech that doesn’t mirror Him and trust Him to help you replace it with grace-filled speech.

Staying Healthy: Are you praying daily for an open door in which to share the gospel with someone? If someone asked you what the “gospel” or the “Good News” is, would you be able to tell them?

Write down simply the content of the Gospel message that you would need to communicate to win someone to Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 

First-Corinthians

 

Romans 10:9-10

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What skills or information do you need to sharpen up?

Read Colossians 4:2-18

Looking specifically at verses 7-18, view these names as representing real people with real functions in their world.

Beside each name, give Paul’s comments about the person and their function in the ministry. Follow cross-references to see what else is mentioned about them.

Tychicus
Onesimus
Aristarchus
Mark
Barnabas
Jesus Justus
Epaphras
Luke
Demas
Laodicean brothers
Nympha
Archippus
In this passage, we see one of the ways women were very important to the establishment of the early church.

See also Romans 16:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 16:19

What do you think Nympha’s and Priscilla’s ministry involved for her?

Staying Healthy: Your home is one of your most valuable assets for ministry. Is your home used in any way for a faith-filled environment? If not, why not? What is holding you back?

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Lady, Lifestyle, TRAVEL

Treasured moments at Tranby House


Brought to you by Peninsula Tea Gardens, ‘Parisian afternoon tea’ was divine, and scrumptious dipping in different tea flavours and trying out different tea sandwiches on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

Sandwiches are a a variety from the following:

– ham, egg, and Dijon mustard with mayonnaise

– Roast Beef and Horseradish with avocado mayonnaise

– and my favourite was Smoked Salmon and cucumber with salmon mousse and cream cheese

 

They were stacked and presented on a three – tiered curate stand together with fine bone china and silverware.

The pink macaron was a delight!

I arrived about 45 minutes early, so I decided to take the time to take some photos for the blog, so that you can enjoy a snippet of what it would be like. It was so inviting, and welcoming, and I really loved walking around the area whilst children and parents were about the farm. At first I didn’t know if I was in the right spot, but then learnt that Tranby House is the name of the historic farmers cottage from the early 1800’s and then they turned it into Peninsula Tea Garden. It is described as an english cottage styled farm house and the house is 19th century style. It was named Tranby House in 1923, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings from the early settlement of the Swan River Colony.

Second course, of course, was Scones served with strawberry preserve and whipped cream.

 

There was an assortment of French styled cakes and petite fours, and my choice of tea was ‘Stockholm’. The variety of teas to choose from were English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Lover leap, Kenilworth, Assam, Darjeeling, Camomile, Buddha’s tears, Wuyi, Loolacondera, Serendip chai, and Barbado Dream.

I would mention the details of each tea, but if you click on the website, and go to Menu, then Full Menu, the details of each tea will be listed on the menu for you to look at.

I wanted to try the Kenilworth for something REALLY English, but I decided on Stockholm, and because we loved it so much, my friend bought it for me as a present.

Something delicious to have at home!

Served with a pot of tea, my choice was Stockholm with milk served with fine bone china. I did have a look underneath the cup to see which one it was called but I have forgotten what this one was called! If I had a choice I would’ve chosen the pink Old Country Roses of course! I thought the silverware left an exquisite feel to the high tea!

 

This is the gift bag with the ‘Stockholm’ tea in it. Great to have some goodies for home!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience to have a “proper” high tea with fabulous friends, and it was an experience I will never forget. There is also a ‘light tea menu’ you can experience or just ‘Peninsula Tea’ which is a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, the freshly baked scones with shipped cream, two delicate cake slices, and a pot of tea of your own choice. Vegetarian options are also available.

Bookings are essential. You can click on the website I highlighted for you, and click on “Book Now”. If you would like to see more reviews other than my own, to get more of an insight as to what other people like about it, look at the reviews on ‘Their Moments‘.

Gluten free options are also available, and when seated the staff will ask about dietary requirements. The staff were great, and the view was magnificent of the Swan River, so it was really nice to sit and overlook the river whilst munching on sandwiches and sipping yummy tea.

There are also specials available, such as the smoked salmon salad, or ploughman’s lunch.

So, there is quite a few to choose from if you are not having the ‘high tea special’.

I would particularly like to try the ‘Sweet Tea’ because they recommend to have the Stockholm tea with the scones, cakes and seasonal fruit.

If you are a Mum, it is great to organise a “Children’s Tea Party” which is only $14.80 per head.

So, for an exquisite afternoon tea, don’t forget to book at Tranby House’s Peninsula Tea Garden. Go to the “High tea and booking” tab on their website.

Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm.

You can call on 08 9272 8894

Address is:

Johnson Road,

MAYLANDS, WA, 6051

Beauty, BOOKS, Lady, Lifestyle

Luxurious Lifestyle


I couldn’t help but share my new bag collection…… okay, well, I’ve had it for about a month, but I love the theme, the idea of a 3 in 1 bag, large, medium and small items that are so handy! For a nice evening Occassion I can just take out the third one, and everyday I can use all of them! I am so impressed with my set, and I completely love my collection.

I got it from a vintage shop in Westfield Whitford City Shopping Mall with 30 percent OFF  and it was the last one, so I HAD to have them! I have to apologise because I can not remember the name of the actual store.When I find out I will update this page with the information. I felt desperate for a nice London Bag! It was a desperately needed item! Haha and Just more to add to my “London theme collection”!

I got a beautiful gift most recently, that I will absolutely treasure forever. A friend recently went to England and came back with a set of 30 postcards from the Buckingham Palace Shop or it may have been at Windsor Castle! It is a set of classically printed black and white cards of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and I was astonished and quite awe-struck by the lovely gift. I am not sure what I am going to do with them, I have sent two postcards already to some pen pals, but I would love to create a collage/board with all of them on it.

You can buy the postcards at the Royal Collection Shop website here for ten pounds which is only 16 dollars in Australian currency, although delivery may be expensive, it normally depends on what item you buy.

These are a few of my favourite ones! Just completely stunning…….

and isn’t this one just gorgeous…???

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Beauty, Health, Lady, Lifestyle, self help

10 ways to practice self-care PLUS a Book Giveaway!


When was the last time you did something JUST for yourself?

Has your daily routine been too much and you just need time to learn to relax ?

I have been longing to do this post for a very long time. Not only did someone recommend it, But I have been wanting to come up with ideas and tips for a life filled with mindfulness, peacefulness and serenity. The things that create a time for spending some “you” time. At the end of the day I almost (daily) spend some “me” time.

I get home and pop the kettle on, and just do things to let myself rejuvenate, and renew my mind so that I can sleep better and smash the next day.

The following may work for you, may not, but I have not only researched, but put together my own ideas to cultivate building-blocks of self-care. This is not just something you try and do once and then just forget and get on with a busy hectic eventful life. You need to do these things consistently if you want to have a healthy, mental and physical well-being.

Here are some tips to go by that I think will benefit you in the long haul if you’re a busy person, (Mum, Wife, Entrepeneur, Business Woman, Full-time worker):

1. Listen to classical music or any easy listening (evening) type of music!

I recommend Jackie Evancho, Andre Rieu’, Kathleen Battle, Greta Bradman, Katherine Jenkins and composers like Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven. I trained as a classical music pianist for 8 years, so classical music is my escape. That’s why I basically put it as number One! But if you don’t particularly like classical music, whatever kind of music you think is relaxing for you!

2. Book a massage 💆🏼 or an ultimate day spa in Perth. Or a Luxurious Pamper Package at a High End Day Spa. 

 

 

3.Read a novel such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, or an inspirational/motivational book to get even more ideas on looking after yourself.

4. Breathe – Sit on your bed (or even lay) and concentrate on your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly, feeling and making sure you are relaxed.

5. Try a different kind of tea – Opt for herbal green, or chamomile tea is also known as a relaxant.

 

6. Another idea is to just lie on your bed for five minutes and close your eyes. Not necessarily taking a nap, although a power snooze for 5 minutes is excellent! I just think lying there and closing your eyes is a time to renew.

7. Organise a Girls Getaway to escape, relax and indulge……

8. Create your own aromatherapy without the expensive candles with Little Finch Candle and Co.

 

 

Some oils to use can be the Aromachologie Relaxing Essential Oil Blend which is only $25 through L’Occitane which is a great lavender oil to soothe yourself and create a healthier you. For some more ideas on oils visit my Doterra Party page and get an idea of what oils would be your favourite or type.

9. Make a cup of tea and pull out a chick flick! Something like “The other woman” with Cameron Diaz is a laugh! Or “How to lose a guy in 10 days” even if you’ve watched it 100 times like me! To me it is a classic! And will always be a favourite!

 

10. Be selfish. Not in the wrong way, but do that one thing today just because it makes you happy. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do and something stopped you from pursuing it, I say, GO FOR IT! If you have that gut instinct feeling about pursuing a career, going in a different direction in life, changing courses, then, one thing I always have believed is “Trust your gut!!!!!!”

I am a firm believer in self-care, and am learning new and more ideas from other bloggers who love to post things similar.

Another idea is to have an early nights sleep. That’s always been a top tip!

Go shopping.

Priceline has a fantastic product from Essano which is a Rosehip Certified Organic Mist Toner which is enriched with Kakadu Plum and Green Tea. I only got it for $10.39.

Tonight I sprayed it on after putting on my night cream and it is just soooo soothing and refreshing. I feel it doing wonders! It’s more of a day spray to hydrate your skin but it’s still nice to spray on before bedtime.

This time I am doing a giveaway. If you comment your favourite tip and why, you will receive this delicious story of a book!

❤️
Exquisite Emmalisa

Lady, Lifestyle, personal development, Thoughts, TRAVEL

New Year’s resolutions to embrace life to the fullest


 

And now, as we are about to welcome the new year, suddenly we realize – this is our fresh start, a new chance, a life full of things that have never been. There are new questions to be asked, new challenges to be embraced and new things and people to be loved (or the old ones, cherished even more). With the new year ahead we’re embarking on a journey with so many answers to be discovered and lived in this new transformative year, full of delight and self-discovery. This is the perfect time to dream and plan, as only dreams give birth to change. New year is the time to be brave.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who have finally decided it’s time they introduced a change in their lives with this upcoming year, we’re giving you a few tips to stir you into thinking straight – for yourself:

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