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Bad Back? 4 Reasons Why You’re Aching

November 24, 2017
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It happens to the best of us. You’re sitting down, right as rain, then you get up and OUCH! You feel a stabbing pain in your back. These pangs can sometimes be torture and are really frustrating, especially if we don’t know why we’re getting them! We can’t take your backache away magically, but we can tell you the main reasons why you might have them so you might prevent it.

Bad posture

Simply put, you are sitting, standing or lying in the wrong position, daily. Slouching at a desk, walking with a hunch or stretching and leaning over too much, are the biggest culprits of back pain. If you have a laborious job or have tried lifting something, you may have done so incorrectly. Follow the right lifting techniques to avoid an annoying backache. If you have a desk job, your office chair may not be supporting your back, making you lean over to reach the computer. Adjust it according to your height and tilt it so your back is positioned straight, not slouched!

Uncomfortable Bed

Chances are, we’re all in need of a mattress change, but when it gets to a stage where the springs are popping out, and you dread going to sleep on it, there’s no question that it’s time for a new one. Even if you have a new bed and you’re still waking up with a bad back, it may be your body telling you to get a softer or harder mattress. Get advice from a bed specialist and choice the mattress which is right for you. While you’re doing that, think about purchasing a couple of goose feather pillows to go with it. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but these simple changes will improve your backache in no time.

Strenuous work

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Whether you work as a builder or work-out at the gym every day, you’re still putting a huge amount of strain on your muscles. Make sure to lift and exercise safely. Also, don’t push yourself too hard. Only lift weights if you’re confident you can do it and just perform a certain workout routine if you have been shown correctly. Consider hiring a personal trainer to teach you exercise methods which suit you. The last thing you want is a bad back which lasts the whole week and impairs you from doing anything active.

Natural causes

Probably the most obvious answer and unfortunately, the saddest, is that your back pain is due to ageing. Sometimes natural remedies like massage therapy, taking more vitamin D and pain relief from the doctors can relieve it. For the ladies out there, it may be your menstrual cycle which is the cause of a bad back. Period pains are a different story altogether, but relieving your back pain can make it seem a lot better. Ways to improve pain during menstruation include, applying heat, taking warms baths, exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine and taking over the counter painkillers. Of course, consult with your doctor first before making any serious health decisions.

Why Sleep Is Good For Your Health

November 23, 2017
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Sleep is one of the most important process our body can go through every day of our lives. It is what allows our body to recover from the exertions of the day and also allows us to clear any toxins from our bodies as well as metabolise our food. It protects our physical health and mental health in equal measure, and is an essential part of our lives.

The way we feel during the day can often be defined by how well we have slept or the quality of sleep we have- which is why having the best quality bed and mattress such as John Ryan by Design can make a huge difference to our overall health and happiness.

But what benefit does sleep have to us?

It Improves Our Brain Function and Well-Being

Sleep is essential for allowing your brain to function properly. Throughout our lifespan our brain never switches off- however what it does do is use the time we are asleep to prepare our bodies for the next day. Sleep improves the way our brain retains information and can greatly improve our ability to learn new things. Sleep revitalises the brain and gets it ready to solve problems and puzzles. It can make you smarter and help you perform better on exams.

Sleep deficiency can actually change the way certain parts of the brain function, and it can mean that we struggle to concentrate on tasks, come up with ideas and problem solve. It has also been heavily linked to feelings of anxiety and depression in all ages. Sleep makes us irritable and achy, meaning that during the day we may struggle to get along with other people and this can affect the kind of relationships we are able to form.

Our Physical Health

As with the function of our brain and memory, sleep also plays a crucial role in our physical health and our risk of developing certain illnesses. During the hours we are asleep, our body is conducting repairs on our organs, cleaning up our digestive system and repairing damaged muscles. Chronic sleep issues can lead to us having a higher risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

With the role that sleep does for our digestive system as we sleep, a lack of sleep can actually make us put on more weight and lead to a higher risk of obesity. Sleeping for a good amount of time each night can help us by allowing our bodies to metabolise our food and use the nutrients for essential functions in the body. Sleep also helps to balance the level of hormones that make us hungry- meaning that we are able to not feel as hungry the moment we wake up.

Sleep is an essential part of supporting our growth and development too. When we are in a deep sleep- our body releases hormones which promote growth. The growth hormone itself can be an integral part in developing muscle mass and repairing cells in the body. Our immune system benefits from sleep as a lot of the time when you have a cold- it is when you are asleep that the immune system really kicks in and takes control of the situation.

Performance and Safety

Getting enough sleep during the night is not only beneficial for the way our body repairs itself and our mind rests, but it is also what affects the way we perform in our daily lives. People who don’t get enough sleep at night are usually the ones who struggle the most in work and school. We are much more prone to make mistakes when we are tired.

Constant sleep deficiency can actually cause something known as microsleep to happen during the day. This is not the time when you have a nap- in fact, you are totally awake, but not as the same time. There is no way to control microsleep, but you may recognise when it has happened. For example, have you ever found yourself driving or walking somewhere and forgetting how you got there? You were probably experiencing a microsleep.

Sleep deficiency can become dangerous in some cases- especially if we are cooking using sharp utensils and hot objects or we are driving out in public. Being tired can be just as bad as drunk driving. Drowsy drivers have a much slower reaction time to alert ones and if a child runs out into the road you may not be able to react in time. Many drivers won’t pay attention to the fact that they are tired and will simply carry on- but this can be dangerous to themselves and other road users.

Adulting In Your New Home

November 23, 2017
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Moving into your first home is exciting and often a long-awaited thing. With the cost of houses constantly rising, the chance of young people being able to purchase a house is slim. The majority of people rent their first homes, and then save, over the years, to buy one. And some are lucky enough to be able to buy straight away. But no matter how you end up in your first house, there are some not-so-fun things and some incredibly fun things you need to do when you first move into the house.

But simply buying a property and sorting out the odd bits and pieces doesn’t make it feel like a home straight away. A new house can feel like a building with your stuff in it for a while after you have moved in. But over time there are things you can do to make the place feel like yours.

Contracts

No matter if you are buying or renting, you need to go over the paperwork with a fine toothcomb. When buying a house you will have the assistance of a solicitor to help you with the contracts, but when you lease a property, it’s up to you to read the fine print. One of the most important parts of the paperwork is the inventory. A landlord will have taken a list of all the things the property contains and any scrapes or damages throughout, when you enter your new home, go through it and match it to the marks in the house. If there is anything missed, have it added to the inventory as soon as possible. Anything that isn’t recorded will be counted against you when it comes time to leave, and that will affect your deposit.

Bills

You need to get your bills in order to. If you have been super organised, then you should already have things up and running in time for your moving day. But either way, you should always do the research before signing up with one company or the other. Use sites for water, insurance and electricity comparison and make sure that you are getting the best deal. Remember that most companies will try and match a competitor’s price, so try and haggle, the quote they give you isn’t always set in stone.

Budgeting

This is one of the most important adult tasks you need to do now that you are paying bills and supporting yourself. Using a template from somewhere like Excel or creating one yourself will help you manage all the ins and outs of your bank account. Make sure that you keep on top of updating the document, or there’s no point in using it at all. Use internet banking apps to make tracking your usage that much easier.

Maintenance

The property is your responsibility, even if you have a landlord, there is still a lot about the property that is up to you to keep on top of. Don’t cut corners when repairing any part of your property, invest more in skilled workers and better materials, this will ensure that you don’t have to pay out for greater damage in the future. While speaking of preparation, you can always make the necessary adjustments to your home to prepare for the different seasons. Winter proofing your home by checking on your heating and pipes, clearing out your gutters and making sure your windows and doors are properly sealed against the cold. And in the summer, checking your air con, ventilating the house and garage and ensuring that any pets have constant access to water.

Cleaning

When you move into a new house, no matter if it looks clean, you should always go over it yourself before unpacking anything. You never know the cleaning habits of the people who live there before you. It’s doubly important that you clean if you are moving in with pets or small children. If your home needs more than just a good scrub, you might need to contact some specialists to come and help you out.

Unpacking

On to the more fun things – it’s time for you to unpack all your boxes. Making a house feel more homely starts with the arranging of your furniture in the new space. The idea of ‘nesting’ is something associated with pregnant women when preparing their home for the baby, but it can also come into play when moving into a new home. Moving can be very stressful, and the simple act of unpacking and arranging your things can release a lot of that tension.

Cooking

It might sound simple, but cooking in your new house, spending time learning the rooms, always makes a house more homely. Cook a meal that you love and fill the place with a much nicer scent than packing boxes and cleaning products.

Decorating

Once you have been in the house for a few weeks and you are certain you like where your furniture is, start putting pictures up on the walls and creating a more personal, and permanent feel. Painting and wallpapering the rooms add your own touch to the space and allows you to put your stamp on the place. If you’re in a rented property, it might not be possible for you to paint, and most rented houses are in a neutral colour scheme, but you can still decorate the place by using photo frames, curtains and tapestries.

Gardening

If you are lucky to have a garden with your new home, then you can easily make your stamp with a spot of gardening. Again, as part of the nesting vibe, it’s a way for you to make the place feel more like your home, and not a house you have just moved into. Obviously, depending on the time of year and weather, you might not be able to go and dig your fingers into the ground, but you can bring some of the greenery inside with potted plants until you can. Plants in the home can help clear the air, improve health and boost focus and creativity.

Party

To christen your house, either as soon as you move in or later on, why not throw a housewarming party? Filling the house with people you love and creating new and exciting memories in the house will make it feel more like home easily.

Explore

It’s now time to explore the new place you live in. And not just the house. If you have moved to a new town or city, it’s going to take some time to get to know the ins and outs of the place. And even if you have just moved to a new street you should take the time to meet your new neighbours. Taking the time to say hello and get to know them could save you a lot of hassle later on.

You’ve Moved Into Your Own Place – Now The Fun Can Begin!

November 22, 2017
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So, you’ve finally moved out into your own place. It feels good, right?

Now all the fun can begin!

Well, not quite yet it can’t… there are actually a few things that you need to get sorted out. And then all the fun can really begin!

But don’t worry, some of these initial things you need to get sorted when you move into your own place can be fun as well. After all, they all help you get settled in quicker so that you can finally turn your new house or apartment into a proper home for yourself!

But we should start with all the boring things first and then we can move onto the fun, creative ways you can make your house a home.

Ready?

Here’s everything you need to do once you move into a new place!

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Don’t Waste Time Unpacking

It might be the most thing that you need to do, but you really shouldn’t put off unpacking for too long. After all, the quicker you get on with it, the sooner it will be over and done with. The sooner everything is out of all the cardboard boxes, you will be able to check everything and make sure that there is nothing broken or missing. If there is, you can then get in touch with the moving firm to try and figure out what went wrong during transit. Plus, once you are all done with unpacking, that’s it – you can finally sit back, relax, and forget all about it!

Change The Locks

The previous tenant of your new house or apartment will have given you all of the copies of keys that they have. Even so, it’s still a good idea to change the looks. Remember, though, this is only an option if you have actually bought your new house or flat – if you are renting, you will have to check with the landlord to see if it is ok to do so. You never know who the previous tenant or homeowner gave copies of the keys to, and those copies might still be out there. There’s no way of knowing who, if anyone, has some keys to your home! So, change the locks just to be on the safe side!

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Inspect The House

This is a crucial step if you are renting your new home and have paid a security deposit. Before you get too settled into your new surroundings, it’s super important that you have a quick check to make sure everything is how it should be. Do you notice any damage that was there before you moved in? If so, take a picture and let your landlord know. That way, they will be aware that you didn’t cause the damage. If they think that you did, then they might end up deducting some of your deposit when it is time to move out.

Get Your Electrical System Serviced

Has the electrical system in your new property been in situ for a few years? If so, then it’s a good idea to get it serviced as soon as you move in. Not too sure how old it is? Well, it’s a good idea to get it serviced anyway so that you can be sure there is nothing wrong with it that might cause a risk to you. You can hire a regular electrician to do the service for you. They will check the system to make sure that there are no problems with it. They will also be able to replace any or the entire system if necessary.

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Get Your New Utility Bills Sorted

One of the first parts of paperwork that you need to sort out for your new home is all the bills. You will need to set up an account with your local water company, an electricity supplier, telephone and internet company, and your local council. If there are some meters in your home, such as an electricity meter, gas meter, or water meter, you should take readings as soon as you move in. These readings will be needed when you set up your account so that the companies can figure out how much energy and water you use after you move in. Make sure that you don’t delay in setting up these accounts and don’t take the wrong meter readings as these could lead to you paying too much for your first utility bills.

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Get Some Insurance

As well as setting up your utility bills, you will also need to get some insurance. There are different types of insurance that are available for homeowners, some of which you might be able to do without. At the very least, though, you should get contents insurance so that all of your belongings are protected against theft and accidental damage. It’s also necessary to get building insurance as well as this protects the structure of the property against any damage. If you now live in an area or neighborhood that is at risk of flooding, you might want to take out additional insurance that protects against water damage and flooding.

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Clean Your New Home

You should always clean your entire home once you have moved in, even if it looks completely spick and span! This is especially the case for any houses or apartments that have been empty for a while before you move in. There might be quite a bit of dust and grime on the worktops and surfaces, for instance, if no one has been looking after the property for a few months. Don’t forget to get into those often forgotten places, like a basement or under the stairs cupboard, as these could be particularly dirty.

Set Up A Mail-Forwarding Service

Don’t want to keep on having to go back to your old address to pick up your mail? If not, then you should set up a mail-forwarding service. When you register for this service, you give the company your old address and your new address. Whenever any letters or packages addressed to you get sent to your old address, they will be automatically redirected and forwarded to your new address. So, you don’t have to go round to your old address and pick up any mail ever again! You can set up this service for as long as you need it.

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Sort Out The Garden

If your new place comes with its very own garden, you should get out into it and sort it out as soon as you have time. If you leave it for too long, the garden will only end up getting overgrown and it will look like you’ve bought a house with a jungle attached to it! Don’t worry if you aren’t really a keen gardener. You don’t need to spend hours in your garden; just try and make sure that it’s smartened up a bit. So, that involves mowing the lawn, trimming any overgrown bushes and trees, and just generally giving the place a bit of a spruce up. You might even like the idea of adding a patio and patio roofing to create a pleasant seating area. If you don’t want to end up working in your garden every week, it’s worth changing it so that it is easier to manage and maintain. For instance, you might want to replace the lawn and any grassy areas with some paving slabs.

Start Decorating

Now you can start to get on with all the fun, creative things! And one of the things that is the most fun to do is decorating! It gives you the chance to put your very own stamp on your new place and fill it with your personal style and flair. Again, this is something that you shouldn’t waste too much time with getting on with. Otherwise, it will just become a big chore! Once you move in, start to think about how you can go about decorating your place. For example, you might want to try and achieve a vintage decor by purchasing lots of second-hand and antique furniture from your nearest flea market. If you want a more contemporary feel to your new place, it’s probably best to visit your local furniture store to see what all the latest trends and styles in interior design are like right now.

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Say Hello To The Neighbors

As a nice gesture, it’s always a great idea to pop around to your neighbors and say hello. It’s a good idea to get well acquainted with whoever you live next to so that you always feel comfortable if you ever need to ask them about anything or for any advice. Plus, getting to know you will probably put their mind at ease as well. You never know, you might even become firm friends and start to hang out together!

So, as you can see, getting your new place sorted doesn’t have to be completely boring and hard work. There are actually a few fun and creative things that you will need to do as well!

Fendi Teamed Up With Rimowa For Luxury Luggage

November 16, 2017
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One of the luxurious brand, Rimowa, when it comes to travel luggage had teamed up with to the one on leads in the fashion industry which the Fendi. We all know that the German made luggage, Rimowa, it’s quite hard to obtained for the ranges of their products are tremendously high than you expected it hence there just a minimal, I guess, group of people who can really affords it and bring it home without regrets at all.

These are the inner looks of the luggage and by just a look you really can tell on how luxurious it was and even the materials used to it which add up the accentual of the whole luggage is really awesome. Hence no doubt while high profile personas are keep on getting this luggage as they travel aboard or even local.

The pricing range?

As for now I haven’t heard any of the details yet. But as soon the both brands releases some. I’ll definitely update you all here again, so please keep on checking me for the updates as you really pleased yourself to know about further about the new luxurious luggage that might get available soon nears you.

 

HUMAN MADE & STUDIO SEVEN Introduce New Fall/Winter 2017 Capsule

November 16, 2017
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As you can tell on this blog, istarblog.com, I really used to featured out these collaborative pieces or mostly the limited edition ones as these were the most searched and my readers would really like to see hence I really keep them here for you to be updated on what are new in the fashion industry in real time.

Recently, while me searching the web, hypebeast specifically, I found out that these 2 brands have collaborated for their both Fall/Winter 2017 Capsule which I know most of you folks were look forward to hence I’ve decided to include these pieces here.

To be honest, these pieces here were just basic and can really find to the other brands as well in your local brands neither. But I think the only edge of this collection for the others same designs were, was their materials used as I’ve heard that they did used the best cotton among all hence these pieces were really fine to have and can really makes you rock on.

For more deets of this collection here. You can head over in either of the 2 brands main website as they releases already the details for their upcoming collection.