What Can I do About Stained Teeth?* **Inc Exclusive Offer To UK Bloggers!**

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*This is a Collaborative Post*

​For most people tooth hygiene and care is right at the top of their priorities, it's pretty much the first thing we do in the morning, and when we 'remember' the last thing we do at night. But as we get older the likelihood that stains will set in is just an unavoidable part of life.

The fact is with so many products on available on the market, it can be difficult to know which are the good from the bad. Often you can find yourself forking out a small fortune and seeing little to no positive result, and of course this doesn't just refer to cosmetic whitening of teeth. It refers to the whole of the cosmetic industry too.

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Before Application of first Teeth Whitening Strips

Fortunately I have a little bit of a head start as my partner is a dental nurse and so she gave me some pointers. I have been fairly impressed with the results so far, especially as I must drink a few gallons of tea per day. Now it is easy for the rich and famous to jet abroad to the States or to have some Harley Street wizard sort out their gnashers, but what about for the rest of us. 

Other than a 'clean and polish' every 6 months at the dentist and a good scrub with a toothbrush, for most people that is the extent to which they 'whiten' their teeth. We always hear about the newest latest and greatest in whitening formulas used in toothpastes, but does anyone ever see any kind of real effects to using them after a fortnight or so?

Just looks as if you are wearing a gumshield, but much less irritating.

In search for a slightly brighter smile ( I don't wish to go to bright like some celebs I could mention) I decided to give some whitening strips a go which I found at Pro Teeth Whitening Co. on Amazon. They were really affordable and so I thought why not give it a try. I have only being doing them for 5 days so far but I believe they are starting to show some improvement already. I have a fourteen day pack, and shall upload a photograph at the end of the fortnight as well as one here with the progress made so far (below). Excuse the cheesy grin.

After 6 days i think there is already a definite improvement, both photos taken in the same lighting conditions etc.

Definitely worth a try I'd say, and they are really simple to use and you just wear the strips for half an hour before peeling off and then brushing your teeth. It's a much more economically viable option for anyone out there looking to improve there smile a touch. Also these teeth whitening strips with activated charcoal will not harm the enamel on your teeth which is a huge selling point for me personally.

The ones I used can be found on special offer at the moment on Amazon.

As little as I know about dental care, I do know that once enamel goes it doesn't grow back, (or at least I think I know that?). This is important as corrosion of enamel is something I'm trying to limit (by cutting down on sugary products and eliminating fruit juices from my diet.

So many dental care products actually damage the health of the tooth in the long run, but for the sake of a quick solution people do not look for the genuinely harmless products. Therefore it just seemed like a good idea to try this one.



Written By MD




Additional Features For That Comfortable Living Room*


*This is a collaborative post*

If you take the time to design the interior of your home well, and then pump it full of love, then in all likelihood, your living room is going to be pretty comfortable and inviting. However, there’s a big difference between a living room that is somewhat comfortable, and one that has comfort running through its veins. And the good news is that it doesn’t take all that much effort to up a room’s comfort levels. Indeed, as we’ll see below, it can be achieved by making a few smart additions. If your living room could do with a little nudge in the comfort department, try implementing some of our ideas -- they’ll make a difference!

Atmospheric Lighting

You could have the comfiest couch and living room arrangement, but if you don’t get the lighting just right, then you’ll be losing some comfort points! The key is to avoid having those overhead lights, which are always too harsh and clinical, and instead focus on adding multiple side lamps. They always make the home look and feel more inviting, and especially so during the fall and winter. As well as the type of lighting fixture, you’ll also want to look at the bulbs you’re using; soft light is better than white.

The Right Flooring

Now, we’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with wooden floors -- indeed, in the right circumstances, they can add a lot to a home. However, it’s just a fact that wooden floors, while easier to clean, just aren’t as comfortable as a carpeted floor. If you think it’s time for a change, take a look at carpet cost per squared metre; you might be surprised at just how affordable this type of flooring can be. It’ll make a difference to the comfort level of your living, and especially so if the rest of your home has hard flooring.

Deep Relaxation

If you’ve just got an old couch, then it’s time to upgrade! Your couch is like your bedding: you don’t realize how good things can be until you’ve upgraded. If you don’t have the budget to replace your entire couch set, then look at adding throws and blankets to your existing seating. They’ll help you to sink into a deep state of relaxation, especially on those chilly nights.

Arranged Seating

As well as the type of couch you have, you should also think about how it’s arranged. If comfort and relaxation is your objective, then you should know that there’s a right and a wrong way to position them! The location of your seating should be in line with the focal point of the room. Most living rooms just naturally have their seating pointed at the television, but this might not be the best option. If you recline on the couch, it’ll be more relaxing to see the fireplace or a work of art, than a tv screen.

All Things Zen

Finally, don’t forget to add the zen! Incense, candles, and other things that spark joy should all have their place in your living room.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo source Pexels.


Are We Addicted To Our Screentime?*




*This is a collaborative post*

It's hard to go anywhere these days and not find people glued to their mobile phones. Whether it be at the pub, in the doctors waiting room, in the supermarket or on the bus, everywhere you go you'll see people constantly using their phones. It's a bad habit we've got into and I'm just as guilty of it too. Whether it be checking texts and Facebook notifications or applying for blog opportunites, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time staring at my phone. 



It doesn't help that we live in a digitally prominent era. Let's face it, everything seems to have now gone digital so we're sort of encouraged to use our phones and computers more than ever. Nowadays I can't even ring my GP for a repeat prescription, instead I have to log on an app and request it that way. There literally seems to be an app for every circumstance. Ironically there's now even apps for monitoring how much we use our phones! (The irony being we probably end up using our phones even more just to keep tabs on the results.) 

Is it telling that many employers actually ban the use of mobiles during working hours? Are they that much of a distraction that we can't even have them on our persons? Are we - dare I say - addicted to our screentime? 


Of course we can't knock the situation completely as on the plus side, mobile phones along with computers, can be great. Mobiles on their most basic level keep us in touch with each other. Computers aid us in the workplace, in school, at college, at university and even at home. I certainly couldn't blog without a laptop! It's more about finding a healthy balance, too much of a good thing isn't always a positive. 

Too much screentime - be it on our phones or computers - can actually have a negative impact on our lives and relationships. It can affect our sleeping habits, our concentration and even our health. It can also take its toll on our eyes. Being a blogger means I stare at both my mobile and computer screen for prolonged periods of time. I've lost count of the amount of days when I've gone to bed with irritated eyes. 


Although I could tell you to cutback, the majority of us probably won't reduce our screentime. On a positive however, you'll be glad to hear that there are products available which can at least help with one particular problem - Tired and sore eyes. 
Vizulize provide eye drops for a wide range of problems such as allergies and dry eyes. If you visit their website you can read up on various eye conditions including eye strain, tired eyes, eye infections, dull eyes, eye allergies and hay fever. 
They're actually currently running a campaign looking at people's phone habits to see not only how much time we spend on our phones but which apps we use most and if our screentime is causing harm to our eyes. I certainly know that the more I use both my phone and laptop, the more my eyes start to hurt, but then I do use them both excessively. 

How about you? Do you spend hours staring at your mobile phone or computer? You can check out the campaign hashtag (#ScreentimeStats) via social media to read what's new and leave your own comments.

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Shopping Online - Where To Find Discount Codes*



*This is a collaborative post*

I've always loved a bargain which makes me great to go shopping with if you want to save money, not so great if you want an easy life. I am truly that annoying person who will walk an extra couple of miles to the supermarket rather than nip to the corner shop just because my favourite box of cereal is a pound cheaper. And now that I'm responsible for a child too, money needs to stretch even further. Good job I've got used to being frugal right? 

When it comes to online shopping I'm just as bad. I point blank refuse to simply add items to my cart and hit checkout. Instead no matter what I'm buying, I will scour the internet for a relevant discount code. Sometimes I am successful, other times I've wasted over an hour to no avail. Mock me if you want but I've saved so much money over the years. Fifty percent on my takeaway pizza, a huge percentage off my bedroom curtains, about a third off Olivia's car seat. I am tenacious in my mission but often it pays to be determined in life. 

Yes if I'm honest it can be somewhat frustrating having to scroll the net looking for codes, trying them all individually. Some will work, some won't, some will be invalid and some will have expired. That said, I still always do it! 

Lucky for me - and for all of you, - I've recently been introduced to a new voucher website which takes away the hassle of having to manually search for codes. 

CodeGuesser is really easy to use and is different from many other voucher websites. It searches the net to find discount codes that will work with your chosen store at the click of a button. For example, I browsed the net looking for a sofa. I found a gorgeous plush indigo velvet three seater sofa from Made, I copied the relevant URL (web address) and pasted this into the search box on CodeGuesser. CodeGuesser then ran a search and found 296 relevant discount codes. While I sat back and relaxed, CodeGuesser got to work testing each one to see which were valid. It successfully found six. No download needed and it was completely free.




Alas I didn't actually buy the sofa! What can I say? Apparently when it comes to furniture I have very expensive taste so even with a discount it was still way out of my price range but one can dream right? :)

Let me know if you try out CodeGuesser or if you have any other money saving tips!



*Header photo source Pexels. CodeGuesser image source.


Top Tips For People Looking At Renting*



*This is a collaborative post*

Getting ready for a move, whether it's a first time thing or something you've done several times can be super exciting and daunting at the same time. It's also classed as one of the most stressful things you can do. There are so many factors to consider that you'll probably be left feeling like you're going in circles.

Before you start your apartment hunt, there are a few essential things to consider. Thinking about these things now rather than later can save you making time-consuming or possibly expensive mistakes. 

Have a look below at some of the areas you should be focusing on before a rental move:  

All Costs- Including Upfront

You may think that all you need to worry about is finding your rent each month and you're well on your way, but, there are a few costs that you need to consider before you even move into your new apartment. You will be expected to pay for things like application fees, a security deposit, and you often have to pay a month's rent in advance

Location

Before you pick somewhere to live, you should give some thought to the location. In a perfect world, you are going to want to be near areas that have the essential shops and services that you'll need, like grocery stores and restaurants. It's a good idea to consider the local transport or road connections depending on how you get to and from work too. It depends on your lifestyle and what's important to you, once you've set your sights on a location you can use websites such as Meriton to search for available apartments. 

Take Care Of Your Paperwork

Whether you're renting or buying somewhere, with property comes a lot of paperwork. You'll deal with paperwork both before, during, and after the process, so it's a good idea to get organized. It helps if you have your financial paperwork sorted before you even start to look. Chances are for a reference you're going to need to provide your credit information, referrals, payslips, and ids such as a drivers license and passport. When you do move in, it's handy to have a house folder to store all your bills, rental agreement, and insurance documents altogether. 

Plan For The Move

It's not a hidden fact that moving is hard work; therefore, planning it is most definitely the way forward. It's challenging to complete the task alone, so many people rope in the help of friends and family or a moving company to take away some of the stress. When it comes to packing, make sure you clearly label boxes with things like an indication of the room, the contents (if it's fragile) and if it's an un-pack first kind of box. 

Pets

Are you planning on bringing a pet with you? Or are you may be thinking about getting one in the future? If so, you need to make sure that your landlord accepts this. Not all will take any pets or require an extra deposit if they do so it's vital you get this checked out before you sign any paperwork. Another thing to consider is whether the space you are looking at is ideal for a pet as it's essential they have adequate space.

These are just a few of the top things to consider when looking to rent!

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Photo by Chait Goli from Pexels.


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