Improve Your Gut Health This Christmas With Bimuno*

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For people like me, Christmas is just a wonderful time of the year and for a multitude of varying reasons. Whether it is the general wave of festive cheer which seems to pervade the collective national psyche for a few weeks, or the pretty lights, trees and decadent decorations, the reasons as to why I try and make the most of Christmas are as wide and varying as one could imagine, and I'm sure most of you will have some of your own reasons as to why Christmas is a special time. For me however - and I have to be honest here - one of the highlights of Christmas is the food! 

From the mountains of sweets to the heaps of luxurious chocolates to the piece de la resistance, the Roast Christmas Dinner; it's a time where the majority of us can expect to gain a few pounds through over indulging in the many taste bud tantalizers which seem to appear at this time of year. However, there are many people out there who suffer from gut health issues for whom Christmas can seem like a culinary obstacle course. Thanks to recent advancements in medical science and research the diagnosis' of many physical afflictions relating to gut problems and general poor digestive health are now much easier to detect and to treat. The downfall of course being that a large number of people are suffering either knowingly or unknowingly from poor gut health

Gluten/ Lactose/ Dairy intolerances and other digestive problems were unheard of a few years ago, poor gut health can have many implications and none of them exhibit any properties of gentleness to put it mildly. Sufferers may have to be selective and very careful in the kinds of foods they can eat, which for me would be really difficult. We just get so much pleasure from eating food and tasting all the Christmas goodies on offer.

Gut health is integral to our general health, yet for the majority of people, we only deal with the problem reactively when in fact there are some simple ways in which to prevent poor gut health and to keep one's digestive system 'firing on all cylinders'. Of course the obvious method is to eat a healthy and balanced diet, plenty of fruit and vegetables of as many varieties as possible and a good source of fibre. Even increasing the amount of water you drink can aid you immeasurably. (In fact on that note you probably aren't drinking enough water, consider for one second please the following; Every single chemical reaction which takes place in your body H2O is present, every signal sent through your nervous system to the breakdown of foods in the gut. So drink plenty of water!) 

Another simple step we can take in our battle against bad gut health is to add a nutritional supplement to our daily diet. You may have heard of these. Some are drinks which are basically designed to help keep one's guts in great health. Others such as Bimuno come in a powder form and can be added to tea, coffee or another drink of choice. Bimuno works in three ways. It resets the friendly bacteria in our gut, helps to maintain a healthy immune system and also works with our natural systems. Users can expect a significant increase in gut Bifidobacteria within seven days. 

Bimuno have recently carried out research and although this shows that Christmas can be a difficult time for our guts, it also highlights that taking Bimuno daily can actually help to make life a little easier and will promote the growth of good bacteria. 

If you or someone you know suffers from poor gut health, be sure to let them know about BimunoYou never know, it might actually turn out to be one of the best gifts of the year!

*Written by Michael David

*Facts provided by Bimuno

The Trials & Tribulations Of Planning An Outdoor Wedding*

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Planning any wedding is bound to be stressful and time-consuming, but when you're thinking of having an outdoor wedding, this can be even more so. The trouble with an outdoor wedding is the unpredictability of the weather, and this is something you will need to try and work around as best as you can if you want to make it the day you really want. Planning your dream day outdoors is by no means an impossible task, and as long as you pay attention to a few key aspects you should find it surprisingly easy to do. Let’s look at what you should consider if you want to have an outdoor wedding that everyone will love.

Tenting It Out

For a truly original solution to outdoor accommodation, you could think about using tents. As long as you are sure that your guests would actually enjoy this, having tents for your wedding could be perfect and one of the best ways you could approach the day. When you think of tents, you are probably picturing something small and muddy. However, you can easily rent out some more professional and polished tents, and it is these which will be truly appreciated by your guests. Sleeping under the stars could be a truly romantic way to spend your wedding night, so this might be a fantastic option which you will never look back on.

Preparing For All Eventualities

Obviously enough, your number one concern is going to be the weather right? And yet the solution is simple! You just need to plan for every eventuality, no matter what the weather, have it covered! Hot and sunny? No problem. Rainy? Why not consider hiring out a huge marquee from Fews Marquees and protect everyone from the rain that way. If you know it is going to be particularly bad, it is worth informing your guests beforehand too. Of course the sensible thing would be to try to plan your wedding for a time of year which is likely to be kind to you weather wise. However, as we all know, there is never a guarantee of good weather, but this could at least make it much more likely.

Giving Guests Due Warning

It is only polite to ensure that you have given your guests plenty of due warning that it is going to be an entirely outdoor event. Not only will this mean that they can prepare for possible weather troubles, but it is also important because it will alter what people will choose to wear, and what they will probably just leave in the wardrobe. Be sure to tell them on the invitation that it is an outdoor wedding, and that way nobody can complain that you did not let them know.

As long as you allow yourself to plan it all out in advance, you can enjoy your outdoor wedding greatly. It's meant to be the best day of your life, so be sure to get it right. 

*Contributed by Sam Jones

Where are the best New Year’s Eve Displays in the UK?*

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December brings with it my absolute favourite time of year; Christmas! It's a very special and magical period, though it will also bring 2017 to a close and with the start of a new year dawning upon us, it’s time to plan your New Year’s countdown to make it as special as it can be. To avoid attending a disappointing display, we’ve teamed up with Stagecoach, who offer unbeatable bus prices, to find out what displays you should be heading to, to celebrate the countdown to 2018.


Why not head to the capital of the UK and countdown with thousands of others on the Thames this New Year? The capital is one of the most iconic locations for New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country.
Big Ben’s iconic ‘bongs’ will count us into the first day of the year before the display begins. The fireworks usually last around 12 minutes and are always mesmerising! The fireworks will be accompanied by exhilarating music that will get the crowds jumping and show a true sense of love and friendship.
Tickets are priced at £10 per person and can be bought in groups of four. A second batch of tickets will be released soon, so keep an eye out on the official website.


Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival is one that caters to all, which is especially helpful for those families with smaller children, whether you’re ringing in the new year with the family or with your other half. This NYE festival is unlike no other, with many different activities taking place on the day.
Don’t want your little one to miss out on the celebrations but midnight is way past their bedtime? Don’t worry – midday is the new midnight! At 1:00pm on the 31st December 2017, the festival has its own Baby Love Disco, which allows your little ones to let loose on the dancefloor whilst day-clubbing to some of their favourite songs! You might be questioning: ‘why? the whole point of a NYE party is to countdown in the new year’. Well, they will be — for Queensland!
If your little one can party a little bit longer, attend ‘Bairns Afore’ which is an entirely new event to the festival itself. The stage will be based at the bottom of Edinburgh castle, which will host family-friendly entertainment and even fireworks before it’s time to put your children to bed.
For those who are plan on staying up a little bit later, there is an outdoor concert where Rag’n’Bone Man will be headlining. Other performers include Ceclan McKenna and Nina Nesbitt!
More about what’s happening at the Edinburgh Hogmanay festival can be found on their official website. Tickets vary in price — grab them before they sell out!
If you’re looking for something a little less crowded, take a look at some of top picks across different parts of the UK:


If you like your upmarket locations, then why not attend the most exclusive New Year’s Eve event at the prestigious Vermont Hotel in Newcastle. Dress to the nines and enjoy a Gatsby-inspired gala in the sparkling ballroom with jazz music and plenty of dancing – and don’t forget the vintage alcoholic beverages. With a view of the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside, it’ll be a night to remember.
Tickets for the first-class event are priced at £159 per person. Book today on the official website to avoid disappointment.


Manchester also offers another upmarket event, the Malmaison in Manchester is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year this year. With an evening of music planned, dress in your finest tux or gown and get ready to dance the night away. Start the night with a glass of bubbly and prepare yourself for the grand buffet, featuring cooked roasts and local seafood.
Tickets range from £59 to £100 per person. Visit their official website to book tickets today.


Fancy a New Year’s countdown with a twist? In Leeds you can go to a rooftop party where you can dance away under the stars. Head to Angelica’s rooftop party for a night to remember. Starting at 21:00pm and ending at 02:30am, you’ll be entering 2018 in the best place possible with an electrifying atmosphere. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
So, what event will you be heading to this New Year’s Eve? Will you be going to a popular outdoor event or a more exclusive party with your friends and family?

The Importance Of Education*

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It's A Rich Man's World

They say that money can't buy happiness and while I agree with that statement, I do think that a half decent wage is required if we want to have some sort of quality of life. I'm not talking anything overly extravagant, just the necessities such as a roof over your head, a car to get you from A to B and the odd holiday once or twice a year. Let's face it, rarely in life is anything free and so we must all earn our crust. 

Landing A Job

As most of us know, earning a crust is all well and good once you've got your feet under the table, but first you need to land yourself a job! And if any of us want to gain employment in a well - or at least half decently - paid job, we'll usually need the relevant credentials and qualifications as per the job specification. 

Education Is Key

This is of course where that magic word - education - comes into play. It's of the uppermost importance and yet is something that many of us will have - at one point - scoffed at. Admit it! School was just a bore right? I'm sure that more than one of you must have skipped a class or two? Me? My father taught at my high school so chance would have been a fine thing!!

Oh for hindsight hey? Education, as we come to learn with age, is a necessity if we want to progress into higher education, to climb the career ladder or even land ourselves an amazing job. I know if I had my time over I would have done some things a little differently, maybe worked that little bit harder.

As parents, teachers and mentors, we obviously have a responsibility to inspire the young minds of today, to show them how important education is if they want to go places in life. This is easier said than done of course. We don't want to come across as if we're nagging. Remember that teenagers think they know best about everything, you and I were that age once! 

Connecting through a common interest is a good way to get on your child's level. I do this with my nephews and it's amazing what they chat to me about whilst we're playing Minecraft - yes really! 

If you notice that your child has a passion for a particular subject, why not really get behind them and encourage them to pursue this further. Specialised tutoring or one to one home schooling sessions might also help give your child that bit of extra motivation.

The Groza Learning Center are an education establishment that specialise in tutoring, test preparation, reading and homeschool. They're based in L.A but don't worry if you're not from the States as there are plenty of other education establishments based all over the UK and across the globe too. The Groza Learning Center scholarship is also available to help students reach their goal of attending college or university if they're interested in higher education. 

Knowledge Is Power

Of course education isn't just about getting into college and gaining employment. It can also turn lives around and can give individuals hope where they had none before.

Education is vital if any of us ever want to make a difference. It plays a huge role in how we see the world and indeed each other. 

If knowledge is power, then I believe that education is the key to change. 

What are your thoughts on the education system? Would you go back to school and do things differently if you could?

A Christmas Gift Idea For Him*

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If you are one of the millions of men currently sporting some form of facial growth - or even if you are one of the millions of partners of said bearded men whose face could use a little styling this festive period - then read on as this men's trimmer could be the perfect Christmas gift idea

The Panasonic I-Shaper 3-in1 Precision Trimmer which won the Pure Beauty Gold Award 2017 'Best New Male Shaving and Beard Product,' is pretty much ideal in my opinion. 

A professional men's hair trimmer, the I-Shaper features a 45 degree blade allowing for the most precise cutting. It comes with several attachments that make the device extremely versatile and which allows the user to style shave and shape facial growth into a much more professionally tailored look. (Of course you could instead choose to keep your facial hair as bushy and as wild as a Victorian Polar Explorer or some such!)

It can be a bit of a struggle to know what sort of thing to buy in order to properly groom a beard, especially if you are relatively new to buying such tools which cater to the bearded gent. Men's trimmers seem to come in varying shapes and sizes but I think the 3-in-1 is an ideal option and if you are new to the world of beard styling and grooming, it's easy to use, a good size and affordable. 

I don't currently sport any facial hair but my brother does so this would be the perfect present for him. Much better than having him trying to shave and style with his ordinary razor which often leads to numerous little cuts and nicks. All in all it should prove to be a much more comfortable grooming experience. 

If you are perhaps struggling to find the right gift for a loved one this festive season, or are on the lookout for a good quality precision trimmer, the Panasonic I-Shaper 3-in-1 might just be worth checking out. If you want to see a review of the Panasonic ER-GD60 I-Shaper trimmer, then click to watch here.  

*Written by Michael David

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