Friday, 22 August 2014

Tyne Has An Announcement....

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Outfits Perfect For A Girls Night Out

After spending 40 hours in a week at work, and 10 hours per week commuting to and from work, Friday night is any girl’s reward for slaving the week away. However, being tired at work is no excuse to dress drab in jeans and shirt to have some comfort. Strap on your high heels, slither in your sparkly dresses and dance the night away at your local dance club.

Here are some outfits perfect for any girls’ night out:

Short and Sparkly

If dancing to the beat of the latest DJ tracks is your thing then you and your girls should be heading at the nearest dance club. Wear a dress that hugs your curves and shows off your assets. Pick something sparkly, with tons of sequins and jewels. It will surely catch the light and dazzle everyone who looks at the star that you are.

Be it strapless, off-shoulder, Venus strap, or backless, make sure your dress shows some skin and yet covers it. A peekaboo dress piques the interest of anyone who sees it.

Dark and Mysterious

Show off that tanned skin and wear a deep V-neckline blouse with dark leather pants. Pair it off with killer heels. This outfit says you’re ready to party but you’re picky. You won’t settle for anything less than perfect.

You exude a mystery that is sure to enthrall anyone who sees you. Round off the outfit with statement bangles and you’re ready for a night dancing with your friends.

Night at the Movies

If loud music, big rowdy crowds, and sweaty dancing bodies are not your idea of a good night out, spend the night at the movies with your friends. It’s the night to bust out that black leather jacket or dark denim cropped jacket.

Wear it over a strappy tank top or a sparkly tube top. Pair it with skinny jeans and high-heeled boots. Or go all denim and wear that short denim dress you’ve been waiting to wear all winter. Metallic pumps will put some glamour to the denim. Pair it with brightly colored purse and statement necklace.

Dinner Date With the Girls

You don’t need a man to bring you to a fancy restaurant; bring your girls and treat yourselves to a four-course meal at the local fine dining restaurant. Dress up and glam up for a fancy dinner night out with your work friends or college sorority sisters.

Cocktail dresses in dark colors, wine, or blush are perfect. Wear jewelry but don’t go overboard. Bring your sparkly purse or animal-print clutch to house all your valuables—card, powder puff,
and trusty red lipstick. You have to bring you’re a-game wherever you are and whoever you’re with.

Friday nights are nights best spent with friends having fun, be it on the dance floor, in the theater, or around a table reminiscing about shared childhood spent in front of the mirror, with your girls beside you, playing with your mom’s makeup; putting on red lipstick, eye shadow, and smudging lipstick on your pretty young cheeks.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Trying To Conceive? Don't Give Up Hope

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 12 percent of the American population is suffering from infertility during their reproductive years. This statistic can be quite overwhelming. However, thanks to scientific advancements, there are more and more ways to combat infertility.

Infertility can happen to both men and women. 
In women, it may present as difficulty to ovulate, damaged Fallopian tubes, or it may even go unexplained.
 In men, infertility present as decreased sperm population. 
There are a variety of ways that doctors utilize to target infertility symptoms in men and women. 

Here are some fertility treatment options:

Fertility Drugs

For couples experiencing problems conceiving, doctors will determine the specific causes to be able to prescribe the correct treatment. For ovulation problems of the woman, Clomiphene may be prescribed to stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs. Metformin is prescribed for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Some doctors resort to hormone injections to stimulate ovulation.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 

Once embryos develop from the fertilization, they will be implanted back into the uterus of the female. If there are several embryos, some of them will be stored for subsequent implantations, in case the first batch does not develop fully. IVF works best for women with damaged tubes or blocked tubes, as well with men with poor sperm quality. This option is also available for couples with unexplained infertility after more conventional methods were already utilized, but to no avail.

Icsi And Donor Eggs 

When it is only the male suffering from infertility, doctors will perform an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection instead. In this process, sperm taken from the male is directly injected into the female’s egg while inside the fallopian tubes, using a microscopic needle.

Once an embryo develops, it is placed inside the uterus through IVF procedure. On the other hand, when it is only the female suffering from infertility, donor eggs from a younger donor will be fertilized with the male’s sperm. Once an embryo develops, this will be implanted to the female’s uterus through IVF. Donor eggs are also used when the female has genetic disorders that she doesn’t want to pass to her children.

Donor Embryos And Surrogacy

When both male and female have infertility symptoms, one option is through a donor embryo. Remember the embryos stored after the first batch of implantation? Once the first implantation resulted in pregnancy, the embryos can be donated to another couple with no chance of forming an embryo. This method is most suitable for couples with very low sperm count, as well as decreased eggs. The embryo will be implanted in the female’s uterus through IVF. The donors of the embryo will be compensated.

However, when the female cannot support a pregnancy, such as when she had a hysterectomy or because of disease, the couple can opt for a surrogate mother instead. An embryo from the couple’s eggs and sperm will be implanted in the surrogate’s uterus. The couple can also use an embryo from a donor’s eggs and the male’s sperm, or the female’s eggs and a donor’s sperm. This is the most expensive of all fertility treatments, with prices reaching up as high as USD 50,000 to USD 100,000.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Simple Ways to go Eco-friendly at Home

Going green makes excellent environmental sense with the average home-owner not only saving a considerable amount of money, but helping the earth remain in its pristine state. There are lots of simple ways you can make the move towards sustainability. For inspiration on the latest best practice, check out an eco-screen display at a green building in your neighbourhood; you will see animations and real time graphs demonstrating the energy saving components of the building. For now, you can start implementing these simple tips today.

Climate Control

Insulation will make a huge difference to the temperature in your home, helping to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. By installing batts or blankets in your ceiling, you’ll cut down on heating and cooling costs, and reduce your carbon footprint. Blinds, awnings and screens will also help guard your home from overheating from the sun and will also protect paint and furnishings from fading; click here to check out some of the trendy new designs available.

Let There Be Light

Use the lowest wattage light bulbs you can for your needs. This is a simple and hassle-free way to save money and electricity. These will fit standard sockets and consume far less energy. Fluorescent lights are also more energy-efficient than regular bulbs and although they may be more expensive at the outset, they will save you dollars in the long run. If you have a dark room it may be worth the investment to install a skylight. This will allow your room to be brightened with natural light instead of having to use electric bulbs.

Go Solar

No discussion on creating an eco-friendly home can be complete without talking about solar power. Solar panels can provide hot water for your home as well as clean energy to run your appliances. Some homeowners have even invested in extra solar panels so they can sell excess power back to the grid.

Re-use, Re-use

We have come to live in a very disposable society. One of the most significant things you can do to be eco-friendly in your home is to stop throwing everything away. Don’t replace items unless they are worn out. Give workable items away to second-hand stores rather than adding to landfill. And if you need anything, always check out thrift and antique stores first. Many used items will have more character than brand new furnishings. Learn to be handy and you can fix things; redecorate old, tired furnishings; and generally breathe fresh life into used items.


While most of us use our recycling bins religiously there are other ways to recycle. Why not create a compost area and turn your food scraps into fertiliser? Take anything you don’t need to the thrift shop and see if anyone in your area can use your second hand things in their business. Some business owners can make use of things like second hand computer and car parts for instance. You will be amazed what a bit of research might turn up.
Remember, going green isn’t necessarily about buying new environmentally-friendly products for your home. It’s much more about education, learning what is harmful to the planet, and what you can do to minimise that harm. It’s about re-using and recycling, about less is more.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Bedroom Wishlist

Overall, my bedroom is the room in our house that I am the happiest with.

The overall look is exactly what I wanted when I set about creating it.

The rest of our rooms I would love to change, but there is SO much to do in them that it seems pointless making such big changes in a rented property.

And so my focus stays on my bedroom....trying to improve it further, adding more little touches.

Here are some of the things I've been coveting lately.


The theme of my bedroom is white and grey and I like everything to look classic and romantic.

The above white Toulon from Yorkshire Linens Bedspreads range
is perfect, I love the classic look and the sconced edging is so pretty. It's 100% cotton too so would be very soft, there's nothing worse than cheap-feeling bedspreads!

I have always wanted a feature wall, and a grey damask patterned style such as the one above is exactly what I'm looking for.

We have our perfect bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table so the one remaining item of furniture we need is a bedside table....this one from eBay is exactly what I'm looking for.

And finally, although we have some family photos and a print with Tyne's birth date details hanging in our bedroom we don't have any other pieces of art.....I love old school Hollywood so this unusual take on an Audrey Hepburn print from Etsy in a classic white frame would be perfect.

I'll be updating my bedroom over the coming weeks and will do a post on the finished look soon!

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