My Swimwear Looks While On Holiday In Albania

My Swimwear Looks While On Holiday In Albania

Hello everyone. 

I'm currently on holiday in Albania and since I only brought hand luggage it was limited how much swimwear I could bring. So before I left I considered a few factors that was important to me.

1. Functionality. If it's practical and easy to move in. 

2. Support. If it give my huge busy good support and doesn't risk the dreaded "my boobs are floating out of the top" incidents. 

3. Colours and design. I wanted different colours and patterns so I could mix it with beach wear I brought. 

With this in mind I chose these three styles. 









Five Ways Technology Can Improve Your Life

Five Ways Technology Can Improve Your Life

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There are often arguments that technology is ruining our lives. However, there are a number of ways it has improved them and even more ways you can embrace it and let it improve your life experience further. From the ease of online shopping to talking to friends and family who have moved to the other side of the world to dating and meeting your partner, technology has changed the way we live and how we do things. But what else can you use it for to make sure you're living your best life?

Technology Can Improve Your Health
While many people will argue with this statement because there are more kids playing computer games and adults slumped in front of the TV than ever before, technology has offered so much more than that in terms of our health. You can monitor your calories and get help losing weight with apps such as My Fitness Pal and Lose It. Your phone will automatically count your steps without you even thinking about it meaning that if you're trying to get your 10,000 quotas, it can be easy to do as you'll know where you're up to and how many more you have to do. There are apps such as Couch 2 5K, which can help you ease into running and train you in how to do it so that you can eventually run a 5K. Other apps work with Fitbits and other fitness trackers and can give you a whole load of information about your activity and health that you never had before. This can be extremely motivational, and as they say, knowledge is power, so once you know what you're doing and where you're at, you can start doing something about it. There is also a tonne of communities online who can help to motivate you, give you tips on what you're doing and help you to improve. You can connect with others, whether it's a professional personal trainer who can help you online and share tips and stories with people doing the same diet as you. Finally, there is also the benefit of Doctor Google who you are advised by professionals against using, but the internet does mean that you can check your symptoms and work out whether it is something you need to go to the doctors about or something you don't need to worry about. The internet increases awareness of illnesses and generally gives people more knowledge. You can find out simple things from information about sleep to what a specific skin pattern means.

Technology Can Save You Money
It might be expensive to buy some of the equipment outright, but overall technology has meant that you can save a lot of money. For example, Smart Home Electronics means that your life is more comfortable, but also your home is greener, and your utility bills will be less. There are also now a number of apps which can help you to save money and budget, effectively manage your finances so you can see what's going where and what you need to spend and how your money is frittering away. Then there's the shopping, while it has made life a lot easier and meant that we don't have to go shopping any more physically, online shopping has meant that you can get things a lot cheaper, there are more discounts available, voucher codes and subscriptions online.

Technology Can Save You Time
As well as saving you money, it can save you a lot of time too. Whether this is in your personal life and is a case of shopping online or perhaps in your business and it's productivity software you've got or need which gets everything in one place, means that your staff can see everything in one place and they can all communicate in the one place.

Technology Can Protect You
Some people think that technology has meant that the world is more dangerous, with online grooming, easy access to strangers and easy access to disturbing content and videos and cybercrime. However, technology has also meant that you can keep track of where your kids are by their phones, keep tabs on who they're talking to and what they're saying. Security technology for the home and businesses and even having to put your fingerprint in your phone have meant that it's far more difficult for thieves to get hold of your information. For example, something like Jumio's Netverify can protect you from complex frauds and smart home technology can mean that you can check your home while you're away on holiday and even get a notification when your doorbell rings.

Technology Can Improve Relationships
As long as you're not being unsociable and sat on your phone while having dinner with your partner, then technology can be brilliant for relationships with family and friends. It has meant that you can keep in touch with people all over the world, online dating has made life easier to meet potential partners, go dating and even meet friends who are into the same hobbies as you are. There's video calls which are great for being able to see people but emails as well for getting a message across instantly. Sharing photos, arranging nights out and finding people from your past are some other examples of how technology can and has improved relationships.






Staying In Touch With Friends When You Have No Internet

Staying In Touch With Friends When You Have No Internet


In our comfortable lives, we often forget that we would be reduced back to the normal way of things if the power went out. We’d have to cook our food somehow without an oven or cooker, we’d have to take a bath by boiling water into a bucket, and we’d have to eat food that’s completely fresh. Thankfully, power outages are really rare. What’s more common than power outages however is the internet cutting out. Companies have issues all the time and although your internet might not have gone out, the same company you employ probably has another area that did. This can also happen when internet providers are updating their backend, which happens almost monthly. Usually, this goes down without a hiccup but every now and then for some odd reason, the internet does cut out. So how can you still keep in contact without any WiFi at home?



Get downloading quick

One of the best apps on your smartphone for quick messaging is FireChat. It's a simple app to understand and use, which is why it's also so popular. For one thing, FireChat has a bright orange logo so you can spot it easily in among all your other apps. The key is, your friends need to download the app as well which is a highly likely prospect. With over 1 billion downloads, FireChat is by far the most popular free messaging service that is peer to peer. As long as you have an account and the app installed you can text chat with each other without having to use the internet. All you need to do is create a group first, this will then be open to anyone who knows how to look for it. Once the friends you want are in the group, it will stay open indefinitely and only close if you manually do so.



A working brand ecosystem

We all know Apple for their brand ecosystem, whereby once you’re in you need to stay in because everything you use is within the sphere. Things like iCloud, iPhone, iPod, AirPods and more are all intertwined. Everything you need is in one place which has been remarkably successful for Apple as a company. However one thing is for sure, there’s more you can do with such a brand network. With iMessage, you can send emails in the form of SMS. This way you can talk to your friends even when you have absolutely no connection whatsoever. This is how to connect iMessage to Mac using the SetApp suite. All your apps are in one singular place but you can also download any kind of new app and add it to your library. The iMessage app is just one of many that have purposefully been designed for Mac users. Many need to keep up with their business duties so now you can send emails in the way of SMS and MMS for pictures.


It's rare that your internet will cut out for too long but just in case you don’t want to remain the dark ages for too long you can use these methods to stay in contact with friends even without a connection.



Dream Destinations for Your Bucket List

Dream Destinations for Your Bucket List

There’s no experience quite like being able to wake up in a foreign land, ready for an exciting adventure ahead. And every time you come home, it’s like you see the world with a new set of eyes. Travelling is definitely a great way to shake up your daily routine, and if you’re looking for more places to add to your bucket list, have a look at some destinations below and book the trip of your life.

Japan

Named by premier travel site Travel + Leisure as the best travel destination of 2018, Japan is a country where cultural extremes come to play together. Its capital Tokyo is full of neon-lit streets and high-tech innovations — it’s the stuff of science fiction novels. Opposite to that is rural areas like Kobe and Kyoto, which boast oriental beauty that are quintessentially Japanese. The Japanese are also known to be one of the most respectful cultures in the world, so you’re sure to feel welcome.

   
     



Morocco

In Morocco, there’s no shortage of variety. From the rainbow-coloured buildings to the rich spice markets and sand dunes, you’ll never run out of things to discover. According to blogger Becky Bedbug, plus size travellers often write off Morocco because of the heat and potential for “chub rub,” but it’s a place where all sizes are accepted with open arms. “Bigger women are massively appreciated,” it explains. “It [was] nice to know I could walk through a city and be admired rather than looked down on because of my size.”





India

As the world’s seventh largest country, India is a melting pot of cultures. It spans from the towering mountains of the Himalayas, all the way to the sacred Ganges and the lush greenery of Kerala. And of course, who could forget the famed Taj Mahal? The iconic mausoleum even inspired its own Hollywood film. Aptly called Taj, the 2008 film is said to be a South Asian take on Romeo and Juliet. On the other hand, gaming platform Slingo also draws inspiration from this fascinating country in its Indian-themed games like Nirvana and Bollywood Story. These give gaming enthusiasts from across the globe an idea of what the country is like, hopefully inspiring everyone to go beyond the stereotypes and witness its wonder in person.





Norway

Gaping fjords, majestic snowy peaks, picturesque rivers, and pristine skies — Norway has it all. This Scandinavian country is also known for playing host to the most priceless show on Earth, the Aurora Borealis. This visual phenomenon can be seen in Lofoten (where I grew up and spent my first 18 years on this planet), which rests right beneath the auroral oval. Apart from that, the Nordic country is also home to some amazing wildlife, like polar bears, elks, and whales.





The Bahamas

The Bahamas has long been the poster child for the ultimate beach getaway. With crystal clear waters and its perpetual summer weather, it’s a destination where you can let go of all your city woes. But even if people live in bikinis and swimming shorts, plus size holidaymakers have nothing to worry about. The Resort is a welcome addition to the islands and is specially designed to accommodate plus-size guests.





What are your dream destinations? Please share them with me as I would love to hear them.




Movie Filming Locations For Your Next Trip To London

Movie Filming Locations For Your Next Trip To London

London is such an amazing and varied city, and as a result, it is easy to see why it becomes
a backdrop for many movies and TV shows. It has become an iconic location for filming.
So if you are planning a trip to London, then how about having a bit of an alternative trip
and heading to some of the spots that have been filming locations, rather than the standard
tourist spots? Here are a few of the places that could be worth a visit.


Museums

The museums in London are always going to be a good idea, especially because they are
pretty much all free to visit, so can be great on a budget. But they are great places for filming,
and have been featured in quite a few movies over time. Take the Natural History Museum,
for example, it was a filming location for Paddington, and the National Gallery was a
filming location for the James Bond movie Skyfall. A recent filming location was
Churchill’s War Rooms, which were Churchill’s wartime headquarters, and it was a
filming location for Darkest Hour.

Harry Potter

There were so many places in London that are great for Harry Potter fans to visit.
From the scenes in King’s Cross station where they are trying to find Platform 9¾,
there is also a platform outside the station with the trolley and some Harry Potter
signs, so that can be worth visiting if you love the books and the movies. St. Pauls
was also a filming location for the first movie, as well as Leadenhall Market which
was filmed as part of the ‘Diagon Alley’ scenes. If you are a Potter fan then you
could also look for the West End theatre London show of The Cursed Child. So
London really is a great spot for Harry Potter book and movie fans.


Greenwich

The leafy borough of London is a great spot for filming, as it has grand buildings, the Thames
right there, and is usually quieter than central London. The Old Royal Naval College was used
as a filming location in the movie musical Les Misérables, and it was also used as a scene
for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You might also remember a giant Jack Black
right by the college in the movie Gulliver's Travels.

South Bank

The South Bank is a great spot to visit, with plenty going on and lots of good food and music.
But it has been used in many movies too, thanks to some of the iconic features that can all
be seen from there, such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and OXO Tower, and Millennium Bridge.
The list of films using this area as locations is pretty endless, but some of them include the
Kirsten Dunst movie Wimbledon, superhero movie Thor: The Dark World, as well as
Guardians of the Galaxy, and some scenes in Fast & Furious 6.

Have you ever been to any of these places before? It would be great to hear what you think.



How To Embrace Your Natural Springtime Beauty

How To Embrace Your Natural Springtime Beauty

Springtime is finally upon us, and that means the weather is a little brighter, the winter
coats make their way to the back of the closet and you’re finally able to wave goodbye
to the awful skin that comes with winter weather. While the summer heat isn’t yet upon
us, the spring gives you a chance to embrace the milder weather and show off your
natural beauty that little bit more. Check out these tips on how to embrace your natural
springtime beauty so that come summertime, you’re ready to rock those maxi dresses
and head to the beach.


  1. Vamp up your skincare routine

The cold winter months can wreak havoc with your skin, causing it to become dry, itchy and
flaky if you’re not careful. However, while the sun peeping its head out of the clouds a little
more often now, there’s still a chance that the not-quite-summer heat could be damaging
to your skin. Find yourself a good day and night moisturiser that will last throughout the
day so that you don’t find your skin drying out.
In regards to make up, try and stick to gentle products that won’t dry out your skin
throughout the day. A great way to start any day is by using a good primer
before applying make up. It creates a silky barrier between your skin and the
make up, protecting it from any damage.
  1. Get moving!

Now that it is a little milder, it’s time to get moving! It’s understandable that over the
winter months you may have become a little lazy due to poor weather. Exercise
is not only good for your health either, as it can help your body expel toxins through
the pores of your skin. After a while, you’ll notice that you’re feeling healthier, and
your skin is glowing. If you struggle to get up and go, you can get fitness motivated
by following health and fitness bloggers or vloggers online.
  1. Drink plenty of water

Natural beauty starts from the inside, and if you’re not putting the right things into
your body, it will show on the outside. The most important thing that the body
needs is water - so drink plenty of it! Water flushes toxins out of your body and
promotes healthy skin. If you struggle to drink water, you can now buy water bottles
with indicators to help encourage water consumption. If it’s the taste you’re not
keen on, why not infuse water with fruit instead so that you’re getting vitamins
and your water intake?
  1. Concentrate on your smile!

Finally, smiling can really change the way you look, to enhance your natural smile!
Use lip plumpers if you’ve got thin lips, choose lipstick colours that will
add depth to your smile, and have your teeth whitened once in a while to
really show off your dazzling smile. If you’re conscious about your teeth, you can
now get invisible braces to straighten your teeth while still looking fabulous.



Is It Possible To Make Planning A Wedding Enjoyable?

Is It Possible To Make Planning A Wedding Enjoyable?


The moment we decide to get married, many things can happen. First, the emotions and
thoughts hit us like a wave. The beauty of being engaged is amazing, but then when that
dies down, we start considering the practicalities of organizing this wedding.
We feel excited, nervous, and sometimes worried. We might think of our planning
process as something in which everything goes wrong, from top to bottom,
as if we’ve entered some form of slapstick comedy.

Of course, that’s not likely to happen, but with something so important and beautiful in
your life, it’s only human nature to consider how it might all go wrong. With these thoughts
occupying your mind, is it even possible to make the planning of a wedding enjoyable?
Or must you simply cope with the worries, impracticalities and deep fear of the
planning process? Well, thankfully we can say enjoying this is absolutely possible.
You just need to keep some of the following advice in mind:

Don’t Rush It

Give yourself enough time to plan the wedding. Of course, sometimes there are
pressing requirements you might have. For example, your husband might be
heading on a military tour next year, and you both want to marry before then. There’s
absolutely nothing wrong with this. But sometimes, if there’s little time before that
cut-off date, a postponed wedding is often better than one rushed, and one you cannot
enjoy. It’s best not to make yourself frantic trying to get everything together, and flying
by the seat of your pants to find a place or decide on a dress when you only have two
weeks to go. Instead, enjoying the process of planning, such as attending locations,
looking at many dresses and heading for a comforting coffee and chat with your friends
or family is all part of the experience.

Enjoy Your Pre-Wedding Party

A bride-to-be party or ‘hen night’ needn’t be you falling about drunk in the streets of
your nearest city to be enjoyable. You might attend an activity day somewhere or learn
a creative skill, or simply spend time abroad with your nearest and dearest.
Make it something memorable, preferably not completely centered around booze,
and you’ll sure to come back to that you wish to experience.
It can certainly help you blow off steam before heading to proceed with your marriage vows.

Find That You Truly Admire

There’s no reason to book entertainers, caterers and decorations just because those
options are ‘the right thing to do.’ If you don’t enjoy them from the offset, you’re likely
not going to be too enthusiastic about their presence. Instead, it could be best to
utilize options that give you many choices, such as the AliveNetwork.com’s library of
wedding backs you might like to choose. It all matters, and it all has an effect.

With these tips, you are sure to make your planning process more down to Earth,
more relevant for you, and more enjoyable.


Easy Ways To Stay Safe When You Are Travelling Abroad

Easy Ways To Stay Safe When You Are Travelling Abroad

If you are travelling abroad to a new country, then you will understand how important it is for
you to stay safe. After all, unfamiliar environments do come with their fair share of risks,
but by being aware and by planning ahead, you can be sure to look after yourself
as well as those around you.

Always Be Ready

Before you go on your adventure, you need to make copies of your passport. You also need
to try and take your medical card and all of your credit cards. If possible, give a copied version
to your friends back at home. When you do this, you can easily get your bank number if you
happen to need it and this will really help you out if you run into a problem at the hotel due
to a lost card. You can also email it to yourself as well. When you do this, you can save yourself
a lot of time and money, not to mention that you can also really help yourself to stay organised.



Don’t Draw Negative Attention

It’s so important that you don’t draw any negative attention to yourself. If you are going to
a party overseas, don’t get too intoxicated.
It also helps to take a taxi at night as well. If you getoffered an open drink,
don’t take it, and never leave yours unattended. It also helps to
seek out treatment for chlamydia if you suspect that you have contracted it.
Different countries will have different medical processes, so make sure that you are
understanding and aware of the ones that are in the country of your choosing.  



Be Aware

You should always try and be as aware as possible. Thieves have the tendency to look
out for the targets that are the easiest, so it helps to show that you are really paying attention.
Keep your head up and your eyes alert. Always acknowledge the people who are coming
and going around you as well. If you are able to do this then there is a high chance that
they will look for an easier target, or someone who is not as aware of their surroundings.

The Chaos Theory

Thieves tend to choreograph certain situations that breed a lot of confusion. They then
take their opportunity and they strike. If someone rattles a newspaper in your face or if you
know that someone is acting drunk, and they stumble into you then immediately put your hand
in your pocket and keep it on your wallet. When you have done this, use your other hand to
push the other people away. The best way for you to avoid this kind of trouble is to always
cross the street when you see it coming. When you do this, you can then begin to help yourself more.

Get Friendly with the Locals

It doesn’t matter where you are because it helps to be nice to the locals. Learn a couple of
phrases in the local language or even write down some index cards. When you do this, you
can then work with those around you and you can also find out everything you need to know.
When you chat with someone, ask them their name and also find out where they are from.
People will know that you are showing a good level of respect and they will also treat you
very well in return.

Don’t Be Flashy

Do not walk around with a really expensive camera, or even any flashy jewellery
around your neck. Instead, wear a cheap watch and carry a decoy wallet as well.
This is especially the case if you are going to a really rough area. When you do this,
if someone asks you for your wallet then you can hand it over and you can also avoid
losing out on all of your money. This is a fantastic strategy if you are going somewhere
that has a really high crime rating, so do keep that in mind.

So, there are many things that you can do to try and help yourself when you go
abroad and by staying safe and taking the above tips into account, you can be sure to
help yourself more than you realise. If you need some more tips then it helps to research
your destination before you travel. This way you can find out what risks you need to
be aware of and to also find out if you need to take any extra precautions when
you embark on your trip.
Happy Travelling!!!