Are you planning on revamping your space? Or have you just moved to a new house and you are looking to put your stamp on it but don’t know where to begin, well look no further, because help is at hand.
Home decoration can be a joy, especially when you’ve found the house you want to make a home. As we all know a house is just a house until you put your own stamp on it. Making a house a home is all about beautifying your home to go with your personality and the amount of love you bring into it with your family. As long as you have your loved ones around you constantly sharing your space with you, you will be encouraged to want to make the space you share more comfortable and inviting. So that no matter where you find yourself in life, you will always look forward to returning home.
Home décor, is one of my creative passions in life, so today we are going to dive into a list of must have’s for any home to bring a touch of class and style to your living room space. On other posts, I will discuss decorating tips for kitchen, bathroom, hallway and bedroom. Each room will discussed at length, however on this post, we will be focussing on the living room.
Without further ado, let talk about the living room. We all know that is the one place we host our guest. So not only do we have to put our stamp on it, we also have to make it a space that wow’s guest no matter one’s inspirations, taste or personality.
5 Tips to make your living room fabulous for you.
Whether you want your walls painted or wall papered, deciding the colour pallet is always very important to how the rest of the furnishing will fit together. I advice that you do not overpower your walls with too much drama. Take for example, you are thinking of painting your walls red, we all know that red is a powerful colour. Make sure you do not drench all your walls in that colour, you might want to choose a segment of the room and paint it red, using it as your focal point. Too much of something is always bad, so bear that in mind when choosing the colours for your walls. Also, it is important to know that just because you love a colour and you think it’s great, doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be splashed all over your walls. You can cleverly introduce that colour with soft furnishings, ornaments, wall arts and lamp shades.
Another things is that, if you love patterns, just like paintings your walls, don’t overpower your house with too much of it. I have seen some homes with flower pattern wall papers, and flower pattern rugs, and flower pattern cushion covers. That is just way too much, it will not add class to your space. There are several ways with which you can do this, but I will only give and discuss three tips in which you may add your patterns.
a.Use patterned curtains: Use your curtain to add the pattern you have in mind, but leave your walls alone.
b.Use patterned rugs: Compliment your curtains with a patterned rug, if you want to continue with the theme.
c.Add patterned cushions: mixing patterned cushions with plain cushions will further compliment your space without supress the overall look of your space.
Below are pictures of patterned curtains, paintings and cushions that may interest you, plus images of how to implement the tips stated above.
2.Lighting: The right lighting will speak volume, to really create the perfect ambience for your room, it is important that you have a good mix of lighting. Whether you are a chandelier kind of person or you just want simple lighting around you. Investing in different shades of lights will definitely bring warmth to your home. Without good lightning, your décor can’t truly come to life. Using light to create different moods in your living room is essential to your décor as it can transform the entire atmosphere of your space.
Therefore you should always consider using light functionally to illuminate your room and to set a mood according to what you desire or crave is very important and should be considered as early as when you start decorating. If you are one for colour lighting, then choose colour bulbs that will create that effect. Use warm colour bulbs to bring warmth to your room. Also consider using lighting that will bring your artwork or feature wall into focus to further accentuate them. This tip can be applied to all rooms in your home. As exemplified in the picture below.
3 lightning ideas that will wow your space.
a. Chandelier: Chandelier’s speak of grandeur, if you want to bring a little luxury and opulence feel to your home, then having a chandelier hanging on the ceiling is one way to do that. Whether your décor is traditional or modern, using a chandelier definitely fits well into any type of décor. Example of how you can use chandelier in a modern or traditional living room is imaged below.
Chandelier inspiration ideas. Click on image for price.
b. Floor lights: Using floor lights placed in corners to lightning and warm up the corners of your room can also add a wow factor to your room. Depending on the mood you want created and the colour of the bulb, for functionality or warmth. You may also want the floor lamp next to your reading chair for easy reading. You can turn off all other lights and watch TV with your loved ones creating a warm and peaceful space for you and your family.
c. Table lights: Couple a pair of table lamps on your console tables, cabinets or end tables for a formal look. If you would like things a bit less formal, then scatter the lamps about in your room, the effect will still be lovely when all other lights are turned off and they only bring your room into focus.
Floor and Table lights inspirations. Click on image for price and info.
When choosing the right furniture for your space, there are three things to always bear in mind, comfort, longevity, and style. The sofa you chose should be comfortable, whether you are a leather sofa lover or a fabric sofa lover. It is also important to think about the colour of the sofa you want, if you already have powerful feature wall then it is advisable that you use a neutral colour sofa. If you are going for black or brown, then you must use brighter colour cushions and throws to give life to your seating. Brown and blacks can be dull if used on their own, why not try combining and complimenting your sofa with another colour sofa or a pair of armchairs to improve your space. Also you can add a chaise lounge to your furnishings to add instant sophistication to your décor.
Sofa and Chaise and armchairs inspirations. Click image below for price and info.
4 Rugs and carpets:
The colour of the rug you use, will decide how everything comes together in the end, for a small living room space, consider using grey or other neutral colours to open up your space. Also making sure the rug stands alone is important, meaning it stays at the centre of the room not touching the base of the room. Rugs are also useful for demarcating rooms or connecting spaces together in an open plan living space. You can also use flat-weave rugs for highly-used rooms. For families with young children, who play on the floor, use a low-pile carpet with a premium underlay to create a soft and cushy comfortable space for them.
Rugs and carpets inspirations click on image for price.
5: Throws and Cushions: Choosing the right colour cushion and throws go a long way to complete the look you are going for. If you already have neutral furnishings, use cushions to pop colour into your space or to tone down a bright coloured sofa. However, be careful not to introduce colours that do not go with your theme as that will definitely unbalance everything.
Cushion and Throws inspiration ideas. Click on the image for price.
If you read this post to this point, I want to thank you for investing your time and I am sure by now you would have found great ideas on how to put your room together and make it a statement piece. Subscribe now so you not miss the next post on decorating your interiors.
With the holiday season around the corner, you are probably scratching your heads and surfing the web, wondering what gift to give to your loved ones. If you are anything like us, you are hoping that it will be a gift they will love and keep for a long time.
What’s more, you probably have to buy gifts for your immediate family plus your extended family as well. Yes, we know how it goes, because it’s Christmas, the spirit of loving and giving is alive. Which means everyone gets to have a gift but it has to be a meaningful, magical well thought out gift.
There is no point giving a gift that would not last or isn’t value for money and most importantly you want the gift to be useful, something that pleases your heart each time you see them use it.
Perhaps you already know what you want to get, but you are still looking for the perfect deal to make your money go further. Don’t worry, we love deals here, I tell you what, our middle name should have been bargain hunters.
Anyway, back to the main point. We have put together 5 Gadgets gift ideas you will love for the season or even for birthday presents that will give you value for money and see your money go that much further. On another post, we discussed amazing gifts for those with limited budget that you will love.
Most people these days are too busy on their devices to consider picking up a book, likewise children too, so why not give them a gift that enables them to do a little bit of reading, that is where the kindle for kids bundle comes in. If you are after cutting the play time and inputting more reading into your children’s life because we all know that reading sharpens the brain and great readers are great spellers. Then this kindle is the perfect gift for your children.
1. Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle E-reader, 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee, Blue Cover
Currently selling for $99.99 you save $24.99 a whole 20% saving you can put towards other presents or the Christmas food budget. from now until the 31st of December, but don’t let the offer timing stop you from buying it now, because you know good things don’t hang about for long. Be sure to get it now so you have no worries when the mad rush for Christmas presents begins.
Benefits and Product details
1. Includes the latest Kindle without sponsored screensavers, a free cover, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee
2. Set reading goals and track progress with Kindle Free Time
3. Zero distractions – unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading
4. Power up a reader’s vocabulary with tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder which helps children understand more challenging books.
5. 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked. Isn’t this incredible, it simply takes the worry out when accidents happen.
6. Kindle doesn’t come with a backlight, meaning bedtime starts once the lights are out
7. And if you have Prime membership, you get unlimited access to over a thousand titles
8. A single battery charge lasts for weeks.
9. The parent control ensures that your kid isn’t online accessing inappropriate content, you are in control, you choose the books you want them to read.
If you still can’t make up your mind if this is the gift for your child, why not go through the technical details.
Display: Amazon’s 6″ display technology with E Ink Pearl™, 167 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size: 6.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.36″ (160 mm x 115 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
System Requirements: None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage: 4 GB; holds thousands of books
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats Supported: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
For more technical detail information, click here or click on the image above.
2. All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black
This kindle fire, comes in four different colours, and it is priced at just $89.99. You can choose to read several kindle books, watch movies or TV shows, or you can simply play online with friends on social media, or choose games from the thousands of Apps available.
Fire HD 8 features a widescreen 1280 x 800 high-definition display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) and a bright, vivid picture which makes for clear resolution enjoyment. And you need not worry about storage, Fire HD 8 have twice the storage space with 16GB which you can still expand further by up to 200GB if you need a bigger storage for your media collection by using a micro SD card. With 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Fire HD 8 now delivers faster performance thanks to a 50% increase in RAM over the previous model. With up to 12 hours’ battery life.
To read more on Fire HD 8, click here , or click on the image
3. Moto G (4th Generation) – Black – 16 GB
With over a thousand five star reviews on Amazon, this budget phone will make a good gift for your loved ones. Also take advantage of the 40% off saving now, deal expires on the 31st of December, but don’t hang about grab yours now before the mad rush begins. Now at $119.99 from $199.99.
Why this phone? I hear you ask.
This phone is all about performance, it is plain, solid and reliable, it doesn’t claim to be what it’s not. The high-resolution 13 MP camera gives you great snaps. Your pictures will come out looking vibrant due to the colour-balancing dual-LED flash which automatically adjust to give consistency in colours and natural looking skin tones.
Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5″ full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and looks great. Also you can add up to 128GB of storage with micro SD card.
The all-day battery includes Turbo Power charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes.
Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad.
If you have Prime membership with Amazon, you get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Underground where over 2,000 premium apps, games, and in-app items are 100% FREE
Can’t make up your mind? Need more information on this Moto G phone? click here or click the image above.
4. Amazon Echo – Black
If you have a bit more money to splash, then you might want to consider buying Amazon Echo.
What is Echo and what does it do?
Amazon Echo: is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. You can ask Echo to play your favourite song or you may want songs by a specific artist, or demand a particular genre, like I said, all you have to do is ask. You can get music from music services like Spotify, Pandora, or stream other music services like iTunes with the help of Bluetooth from your phone or tablets.
It has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Read more on ESP here)
What’s more, Alexa—the brain behind Echo is built in the cloud, so it is always getting cooler. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
This incredible device will make a fantastic gift and I am sure the recipient will continue to thank you for it. It simply gives more value to the money paid for it. At just $179.99, I’m sure you will agree for all it’s worth it’s amazing value for money. So hurry now and get yours before the seasonal shopping rush. Still unsure? If you need to read more about Echo Click here for more information, or use the image above.
5 New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black
If you liked Amazon echo, but your budget simply can’t stretch that far, then perhaps this one is for you. If you liked Amazon echo and you want to experience it in every room, then Echo dot is the way to go. The price, compact design, and features of Echo Dot make it easy to add Alexa to any room in your home—or every room.
The lists of what Echo does is just brilliantly wide, why not use Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, or to turn up the thermostat while reading your favourite book, or use Echo to dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice.
Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more. At just only $49.99, it’s fantastic value for money. You can also take advantage of the buy 6 get 1 free offer if you want Echo dot in every room in your house, or simply to just give out as presents. I’m sure your loved ones will thank you for it.
To read more on Echo dots click here or click the image above.
These five devices will make fantastic gifts, that will last a long time, if you have a smaller budget don’t worry, we have fantastic gift ideas for smaller budgets. Subscribe now to get more articles like this. check out our other articles and like our page.
Have you been dreaming of growing your own food and designing your garden yourself but you do not know how to go about it?
Or are you after ideas to create your own urban farming? Do you have a small backyard, and can’t figure out how and what plants to grow to maximize your garden space and to also create a visually stunning garden that will please your heart?
Well look no further, we are going to be discussing, 5 small garden ideas, and tips on how to grow your garden into a delightful space you will want to relax in time after time. We would also be looking at garden furniture’s and decorations to make your garden pop.
Whether you are after a modern garden, a traditional garden, we would be giving you ideas and tips on how to grow your own flowers from seedlings, to beautify your space and make it a place that delights you.
I recently fell in love with gardening, I have a small backyard and I wanted to make it a delightful place for relaxation, while growing crops and flowers that will benefit my family and give us a sense of fulfilment.
Needless to say, I did my research, then I bought my seedlings, planters and pots, compost, and all the tools needed for the job and got started. When I first began, I didn’t know what I was doing but I was bent on making my garden beautiful. Also I wanted to share the experience with my children, so I got each of them a planter and the seed they desired and got them involved in the process. Why Gardening? There are a lot of things to be gained from involving one’s self in gardening.
It is said that gardening as a whole helps decrease an individual’s stress level. It has a large impact on one’s social and emotional well-being while improving the persons overall mental state. Getting involved with nature through gardening, gives a sense of relaxation and calmness and a peaceful place to retreat to, in this highly populated cities. Whether you live in a city or in the country, the same benefits can be gained when one results into gardening.
Also, eating and feeding the produce of one’s effort to one’s family and friends also brings about fulfilment, while saving you cash at the same time. Not only do you save cash, if you grow crops or fruits, you also know where your food is coming from which means improved health and nutritious food. We all know that the daily intake of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of some chronic diseases and cancer. Not to talk of the increased flavour you get from your produce compared to store bought ones who might have been grown with many chemicals. Like I said, there are many benefits and positives to growing your own plants, if I should list them all, we won ‘t have time to get into our main discussion which is small garden ideas. To read more on the benefits of gardening click here. or read Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.
Why not read these bestselling books on growing and designing your own urban agriculture?
The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land.
Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution.
Homesteading The Easy Way Including Prepping And Self Sufficency
This sense of fulfilment in growing your own crops also applies if you are just after developing a small garden space in your backyard for flowers to simply beautify your home and you won’t have to worry so much about having time to manage your garden if you have a busy life style because small gardens are perfect for people like you.
5 Small Garden Design Ideas:
Designing a small garden space into a tranquil area while also meeting your plantation needs can be somewhat challenging but don’t worry, I have come up with five design ideas you can implement that can help turn your small space into a place that gives you an impactful and calming bliss.
1. Every small space needs to be maximized to its fullness therefore, it is imperative to be clever when decorating. Depending on what you want to achieve and how much space you have, decorating with plenty of potted plants that hold your crops for example a row of pots growing cherry tomatoes, or lemons will add colour and beauty to your garden while also serving as food for your home. Add a mixture of tall potted plants around the edge of your garden if your garden is overlooked to give you privacy and make you feel enclosed. Don’t worry if your space is just a tiny balcony, still use potted plants for seclusion and to create an oasis for relaxation.
2. Use deep and big wooden bedded planters carefully placed on the side of your backyard for crops like potatoes and carrots, cabbage or even onions to give you more space for that important garden furniture for family dining. Also you can place pots growing peppers on windowsills if space is really tight, while adding hanging baskets for your beautiful summer flowers. You can also add height to your scenery by using raised planters with strong trellis walls to support your plants.
3. Consider adding decking or paving stones if you are going for a modern finish. You could also add terracotta tiles if you are after a Spanish look or artificial grass and turf for a natural, lush, low maintenance look. You could also opt for colourful gravel flooring for a contemporary easy to keep garden.
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4. Choose garden furniture’s that have storage space and are statement pieces as long as they speak to your personality just like you would do in your living room and decorate with comfortable cushions and throws to make your space even more welcoming. If you have space to spare, why not add a swing into the mix for pure pleasure and then complement with a colourful outdoor rug to make your space even more warm and cosy and the perfect extended outdoor living area. If your space is super small, why not decorate use a small round table and two chairs for that outdoor dining experience.
5. If you love the soothing sound of water in your garden why not splurge on a small water feature and place it on the side for tranquillity, why not if you can afford it. Or create your own water feature, it’s really easy to do. Click here to find out how to create your own water feature.
Add a gazebo, to make it more intimate and to create roofing protecting your furniture’s from harsh weather. Introduce clever lightings to give your garden a warm welcoming atmosphere for intimate fellowship with your family.
5 Tips on how to raise your seeds and seedlings.
1. Good soil preparation. Preparing the soil is very important to growing healthy plants and flowers. Loosen the soil and mix well with compost and rake it the surface making sure the soil is porous enough for water retention.
2. Do not cover the seed to deep: Planting the seed very deep will not allow the plant to spring up to life easily. Always read the packet of your seedlings and follow the specific instructions.
3. Pull out weeds at the early stage: Leaving the weeds to grow with your plants, will only result in your plants having less nutrients and not growing as healthy as you would want them so take control as soon as you d=see those unwanted weeds and pull them out.
4. Feed your plants: The compost and soil will lose nutrients and your plants will definitely need plants food to grow healthily, if you do not want chemicals try adding manure fertilizer, they are not as fast as the chemicals plants food but they will definitely nourish your plants.
5. Be overprotective: Support growing plants, some flowers such as sunflowers many need to be tied to stakes to offer support from ash rainstorms. Test the soil, do not over water and do not allow the soil to become dry before feeding your plants water and fertile nutrients.
5 must have Garden furniture’s and decorations
A comfortable seating designed for ultimate relaxation. Whether you have a large family or not, if you have the space getting a good outdoor garden furniture that can bear the brunt of the weather without damaging is important. To have a good time with family, or for alfresco dining with friends a good value for money furniture that will liven your outdoor living is a must.
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Merax 4 PCS Patio Rattan Furniture Set Cushioned Outdoor Garden Wicker Rattan furniture with Beige Cushion.
If you have more money to splash, why not go for Keter Corfu 4 Piece Set All Weather Outdoor Patio Garden Furniture w/ Cushions, Charcoal
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2. Every garden must have a good storage system, to store away every bits of garden tools and equipment’s, toys, blankets and cushions in order to ensure a ordered, structure well presented oasis. That’s where this strong weather resistant storage comes in, it can also double up as additional outdoor seating when you host a gathering.
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3. A sturdy canopy, to keep the harshness of weather away. Even if your furniture’s can resist the weather, your skin would thank you on those sunny or raining days. Making your garden into an oasis requires that you have a covering that will also give you a sense of seclusion and a place to retrieve to for relaxation after the hurdles of the day.
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4. Cushions and throws: Having soft cushions and throws to snuggle up to increases the temptation to remain in your garden longer as they increase your comfort and relaxes you while you enjoy the all important outdoor breeze. Click on the image for price.
5. Lighting: No garden can be complete without clever lighting to turn it into a magical den when the sun finally sets. The light is a warm sun ray like colour and is especially pretty at night with most of your ambient lights off, it pretty much sets the scene further giving your garden space the oasis aura and tranquil space you are after.
Yes we are talking stretch marks, those ugly lines that want to ruin our perfect bodies. I don’t know about you all but my perfect body was ruined by these monstrous lines when I was pregnant with my first child. I really did try then to avoid it then, I used creams and oils but still I wasn’t lucky enough to escape it. Now three babies after, and you can just imagine how those annoying marks destroyed my body.
For those of you like myself that cannot afford expensive laser treatments and have been dealing with this problem since your first pregnancy or since you gained or lost weight. Today we are going to take a look at the 5 best quick acting creams for stretch mark removals. I am talking creams that you will begin to see working after a few days of use up to three months. We would also dive into home remedies for removing and reducing stretch marks.
I have researched through products that I have used and through other people’s reviews, the best creams available on the market and how quickly they work. I love products that boast of something and delivers quickly, so therefore, I will not be listing products that take forever before you begin to see changes. However, their are some products that work but have been manufactured for the patient in heart. These other creams have not made it to my 5 quick acting stretch marks removal cream, but I have listed five of them anyway just in case they interest you and you have the time to devote to it.
Okay Let’s dive in!
Top 5 quick acting stretch mark creams: (Click on the pictures for prices.)
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1. Strivectin SD:
First product in my top 5 is Strivectin SD. It is pricey but that don’t matter if it works right? Personally I have not used this one, but I’ve read good reports on it so far. It is said, that it works on both stretch marks and wrinkles. It was originally developed for stretch marks but it worked so well that it was also used to smoothen wrinkles, and many more creams have now been developed to fight wrinkles. Anyway, this post is not about wrinkles, so I will do my best to focus on the topic at hand.
The company’s slogan is “No empty promises here, More science. Less wrinkles.” I like that motto already, as I don’t have time and money to waste on a product that doesn’t deliver and gives false hopes. So I took my time and read different reviews and I must say the reviews are great. There were a few that said the product didn’t work for them but really we ae taking 1 out of 10. People commented on how quickly they started to see a positive change and how it does not only remove stretch marks but keep their skin looking young and feeling soft.
Verdict: I am crossing my finger on this one and really hope it delivers. I am going to order one and try it out and update this post as soon as I start seeing it’s positive effect. In the maintain time, don’t let me stop you from trying it out as well. If you have used it or are going to try it out like myself, please drop a comment and let us know how it’s worked for you. Click image for price
2. Nature’s design effective Stretch Mark & Scar Fading Cream – Reduces Pregnancy Stretch Marks & Fades Scars, Fine Lines & Wrinkles.
Well this one is cheaper than the first two and by the looks of it, 88% of about 219 people rated it a five star. The catch is that you have to stick with it, and then suddenly one day you will find that the ugly scar is gone. If you are on a budget and are desperate for a good cream to those ugly marks, this may be the product for you.
3. Bodi Merry Stretch marks and scars:(Click image for price)
People are literarily posting images online of how great and how quickly this one works. It can be used to prevent, and remove stretch marks and scars what’s more it is fast acting. You can start seeing results if religiously applied from about four days! Isn’t that amazing! It is also reasonably priced, it’s no wonder people flock to use it. I will definitely be trying it too as I am excited by all the reviews I have read on this one. Follow this link to get yours now. (Click image for price)
4. Stretch Mark Remover Synergy – 100% Natural Therapeutic Remedy – Anti Scar and Stretch Marks Removal for Maternity and Weight Loss: Well this oil definitely looks like it works and it is fast acting as well, when used regularly. One can starts seeing results of fading in as little as 3 days. No to me that is fast acting. (Click image for price)
5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula: Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks with Vitamin E and Shea Butter Women Body Lotion, 8.5 Ounce: This product really does work and it acts fast as well as you can definitely start seeing results from at least 7-10 days. Only problem is that it the scent is too sweet for those that are pregnant and have their hormones all over the place. It is a great product for both preventing and removing of stretch marks when used consistently. It worked great during my first pregnancy, my scars literally faded to nothing, then I stopped using it and it was the biggest regret of my life as large road maps appeared on my skin.
List of 5 Other stretch mark creams that didn’t make it to the top 5
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1. Mederma: works but you need patience, could take up to 3-6 months to see major reduction in your lines. Still a good cream but not fast acting enough.
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2. Best Stretch Mark Cream – For Prevention and Removal of Old or New stretch marks: Well they say this one works by reducing the colour of the marks. The stretch mark does not completely fade, so if that is all you are after then perhaps you want to give it a try. (Click image for price) 3. Talika Zero Stretch mark: I don’t know if anyone out there has used this product, but all I can say is that it does not deliver on the “zero stretch mark” slogan but it definitely reduces the look. So yes, it gets pass mark for fading. That said, I am basing this review on a 28-day use, perhaps the longer it is used the better the results but like I said earlier, I am not for products that take too long to work. I am impatient that way. I know we have to be patient, and I am seriously working on that but for the price of this product, all I can say is that I expected more. (Click image for price.) 4. Mama Belly Butter 8oz– Organic Decadent Cream Helps Prevent Stretch Marks: If we were discussing stretch marks prevention, then this lovely yummy cream would have made it to the number one spot. Still I wanted to include it in this post for those in search for a good quality cream that will banish itchiness and prevent those ugly monstrous lines from destroying your bodies. (Click image for price.) 5. Stretch Mark Butter & Itch Soothing Butter – Best Natural & Organic Ingredients – Itch Relief Cream – Stretch Mark Cream – Scar Cream – Pregnancy Oil & Pregnancy: This product will probably work in the long run but it’s too slow to make it to the top 5, but as I said earlier just because it is on this list does not mean it does not work. However, as the title of this post is quick acting creams, I hope you understand why it made this list. If any else as used this cream and will like to comment on its usefulness next, please do so, all comments are welcomed.
5 Home remedies you can apply on your skin to banish stretch marks.
Now as we have learned, all these creams only work well when religiously applied, same principle applies here with these home remedies. I did my research and came up with this 5 remedies. If you are on a budget and can’t afford the other creams above, this home remedies are good alternatives. 1 Apricot
Apricot scrub, can be used to rapidly remove stretch marks or Apricot mask, crushed apricot without seeds, applied on the stretch marks twice daily for 4 weeks. 2 Oils,
Olive, rose or chamomile, lavender or almond oils, can be mixed together or used individually to fight stretch marks when used at least three times a day. 3 Lemon
Cut the lemon in half and apply the juice on the affected area, for quicker results, lemon juice and cucumber can be mixed together to get rid of those ugly marks. 4 Egg whites
Separate the yoke from the whites, beat the whites and apply to the affected area for a quarter of an hour. Do it every day and watch those marks fade away. 5 Aloe vera gel: Apply the gel on the stretch marks preferable before bed to allow it to sink in and work. Aloe vera is known for its production of collagen which helps heal the skin.
I am not suggesting crash diets that are unhealthy and only last for a short-term and then you pile on the weight again. I am talking about diets that will become a lifestyle if you choose to adopt it.
What diet is good for you? Which ones are bad for you?
Just like accounting and being good with your money, where you must not spend more money than you bring in, losing weight is just like that. To lose weight you must not consume more you can burn. To ensure you lose the weight quicker, you have to be disciplined in your approach to food, simply put, eat less and burn more calories.
The average man needs 2500 calories a day to maintain his current weight and the average woman needs 2000 calories a day to maintain their current weight. So cutting down on calories intake by ten percent will help reduce and shed those piles quicker.
We are going to discuss and look into 5 top food for quick weight loss. Food you already have in your cupboards that you will now look at differently and if incorporated in a healthy way to help burn the bad fat in your body and help you lose weight quicker.
Let’s now discuss 5 top food for quick weigh loss.
I am talking about food you can incorporate into your diet to ensure you are constantly burning unwanted fat every day.
First of all, I have put together a list of food and drinks that will help you burn fat daily but I am only going to discuss five that I have personally tried and still using.
3. Fish oil
4. Scorching pepper
8. Protein (Lean meat, chicken etc)
10. Coconut oil Now let’s get into the 5 top food for quick weight loss and how to use it. Lemon:
Lemon is full of vitamin c, squeezing a whole lemon or mixing drops of lemon into warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or at least thirty minutes before breakfast will kick start your day by burning unwanted fat in your body.
Lemon water helps detoxify the liver which in turn allows your liver to metabolise fat quickly. Why warm water, heat generally burns fat so combining warm water with Lemon is kind of doubling the effect. I have been doing every day and I have seen a great result with a quick reduction in my belly fat.
Ginger is thermogenic and it helps digestion, meaning it increases body temperature which in turn helps burn body fat quickly. Incorporating ginger into your diet is essential in quickly shedding weight, drinking ginger tea during the day time can also serve as a detox. It also helps calm the tummy at night while burning fat away. You will notice that you will lose a lot of water retention around the belly once you begin drinking ginger tea. To make the ginger tea, you need lemon, honey, water and off course ginger. To learn how to make ginger lemon tea, please follow this link.
Garlic is essential to fat burning, apart from that, it also good to have garlic in your diet over all. It contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants. As it helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, it also produces a modest reduction in cholesterol levels, also eating garlic may lower the risk of colon, prostate, oral, ovary or renal cell cancers.
That said, fat cells are primarily composed of adipose tissue which is body fat, without getting into the science of it, studies have shown that garlic helps inhibit pre fat cells from turning into fat cells which becomes body fat. So before the fat cells begin to form, eating garlic helps put a stop to it which means quicker weight loss. Some people have found that eating raw garlic is far beneficial for body health as a whole. I have tried this and I say it works. If you can’t eat raw garlic, I will advise going for the supplement instead. You can read more on the benefits of garlic by clicking here. Here is a list of Garlic supplements.
BRI Nutrition Odorless Garlic – 120 Softgels – 1000mg Pure and Potent Garlic
Kyolic Garlic Formula 103 Immune Formula (200 Capsules)
Scorch or Hot Pepper:
Spicy food boosts the body temperature because of it thermogenic effect which in turn results in a lot of fat burning. Red peppers contain different levels of capsaicin, therefore, some peppers are hotter than others. Habanero pepper has the highest amount of capsaicin but cayenne pepper too can be a good choice for weight loss. Add as much spice as your body can tolerate into your diet to continuously and quickly burn fat.
This ancient grain is a nutritional powerhouse, chock-full of protein, amino acids, and vitamins. It contains high quantities of Vitamin B12, which is essential in converting food (Carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose) which produces energy, in turn burning fat. Vitamin B12 is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve cells, and the production of the body’s genetic materials (DNA & RNA). Quinoa is also high in protein and fibre which helps makes you feel full for longer periods, and it is very low in calories which means you can eat as much of as you want. A serving of Quinoa, contains only 172 calories, if you like, you can have two servings and still be in good shape.
We are going to look at some of the popular diets out there and discuss their pros and cons. 5 popular diets Details Cons Pros Verdict. Detox diet: claim that it cleanses your body of toxins while restricting you from eating nutritious food that are good for your body. I have tried it, and all I achieved was an increased temptation to want to eat more. It is not achievable on the long run. The lack of food, brings dizziness, headaches and the body will lose essential vitamins needed to function well. Some of the detox diet out there actually have ingredients that help burn fat. Our bodies need healthy food to function properly so just adopting detox diet alone won’t work. Keep reading and I will explain how one can incorporate detox dieting healthily. 5.2 diet: Is based on the alternating fasting principle, 5.2 diet allows eating normally for five days and fasting for two days. It is also claimed to help develop brain function and help improve health.
Cons: There is the tendency to over eat on the days you are not fasting. Also on fast days, there will be tendency of feeling irritable which can have a big effect on concentration.
Pros: Fasting for two days seems more attainable and the body loses more fat on those days.
Verdict: Doing this will is a good way to lose weight but it is best if the help of a good dietitian is consulted or a good book written by a dietitian. Dukan diet: Very high in protein, low intake of carbohydrate. Protein rich food like fish, eggs, chicken and fat free diary and lean meat should be consumed during the first phase for five days. Which will help in dropping weight quickly. The next stage, sees the slow introduction of carbs and fruits and vegs.
Cons: One can experience constipation and nausea from lack of carbs, bad breath, insomnia and dizziness from following the plan during the first phase.
Pros: No need to count calories, you can eat as much as you want as long as you follow the strict intake of protein calories.
Verdict: Quick weight loss can be gained following this diet but is unhealthy to follow a plan that cuts out other nutritious food that your body needs. It is always important to follow a health balance diet. Paleo diet: It is based on only eating food that can be hunted, fished and gathered. It is a caveman’s approach to eating. Meaning any processed food is not allowed. Wheat, refined sugar, salt etc. are not allowed.
Cons: It’s not for the vegetarian, it can be expensive to follow as food high in protein are highly priced, Also, some versions of the paleo ban dairy products which should be included in a healthy eating plan.
Pros: It encourages healthy organic eating of fruits and vegetables, fish, eggs and lean meat. While cutting out over processed food and food with high calories. This in turn helps loss weight.
Verdict: Life without variety is pretty boring, eating the same thing over again may not make the diet sustainable in the long run. New Atkin’s diet: The Atkin’s diet is much like the Duncan diet. High intake of protein rich diet, very low carb and no control on fat for the first 2 weeks. Then a gradual reintroduction of carbs and exercise to encourage and maintain your weight.
Cons: The lack of restriction on fat can lead to an increase in the risk of getting heart disease. Also bad breath, dizziness, dry mouth and constipation are all bad effects of following the new Atkin’s diet.
Pros: This includes eating red meat, cheese, mayonnaise, butter which can be appealing to men and it also helps shed weight quickly.
Verdict: The amount of processed meat, cheese and butter consumed is a cause for concern. However, the initial rapid weight loss is be tempting enough for people to follow it.
List of good dietitian books to help you with your diet.
The New Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life.
Current quick weight loss diet programs to check out:
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Popular Weight Loss slimming pills.
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Now that we have looked at some of the popular diets out there we can safely say that a good diet needs to be comprising of a well thought out healthy balanced diet that can still help you achieve a quick weight loss. Therefore, I have researched books by dietitians that can help you follow a good diet that works for you without putting your health at risk. To read more on other popular diets out there please follow this link. 5 Simple tricks to adopt to maintain your weight even when on a diet. Sleep: Insufficient sleep affects your appetite which in turn affects your fat cells. This is how it goes, when you stay awake, your body starts to crave food, once you give in to your cravings you pile on more weight. By the time you make it to bed, you are not able to sleep well because your body is not relaxed and cannot burn the food you just consumed. Therefore, increasing your weight gain and decreasing your overall body health. The body needs about 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function well. Eat small portions: 6 small portions rather than 3 big ones to boost metabolism. Eating more often, but smaller meals can boost your metabolism, helping you lose weight almost effortlessly. Don’t skip breakfast eat a mix of fresh fruits, protein and whole grains, when preparing your breakfast. No soda, no fizzy drinks for effective and quick weight loss. Use multivitamin if you are on a diet to help gain lost nutrients. Don’t skip meals: skipping meals can slow down your metabolism, which, makes weight loss process very slow. Your body is an intelligent machine it will adopt to whatever you do to keep you alive, skipping meals means telling your body there is a famine therefore, your body begins to hoard fat rather than burn it. Also, if you skip meals, the temptation to overeat will become even more. 7day diet plan: Have a plan, that works for you, eat slower to trick your brain
Smaller plates: Eating with smaller plates tricks your mind so you are not tempted to eat too much. 8 glasses of water: Drinking water and cutting out alcohol and sugary drinks will also cleanse out toxins and help boost your metabolism, while keeping you full and helping your skin and hair shine and grow.
Conclusion, combing fat burning food with a health diet will help you keep the weight off you. So when choosing a diet, take your time and chose one that will serve you in the long run. Adopt it and make it a life style, that way, you will keep your good shape for life.
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Cellulite treatments: Do they really work?
Let’s get into it, what works? What doesn’t?
Below are some questions you are hoping to find answers to, you may want to know how soon is it advisable to start preventing cellulite, and what treatment creams, procedures or treatments are best weapons for prevention or reduction.
Perhaps you are searching for Kindle Books on cellulite that explain how to manage, reduce and control cellulite development.
The real question we should ask is this: Are there treatments proven, that will completely eradicate cellulite?
Hence the title, best cellulite reduction treatments. I use the word reduction and I will ask that you read on, and soon you will get it.
If you are in search of a solution for your cellulite problem, and you are confused about what your next step should be when it comes to dealing with cellulite, then read on.
Before answering all these questions, we need to understand the problem and what causes it.
What is Cellulite?
They are fatty deposits, trapped on the topmost layer of the skin, usually the thighs, and the buttocks area in women. These fatty deposit result in the dimpling and lumpiness of the area it is dumped. Other Medical name by which Cellulite is known are adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field and as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon in colloquial language. Causes: There are different causes that may explain the development of cellulite in a person. It is important to know that cellulite only occurs after puberty, and can be found in both male and female. Although the percentage is higher in females because of the type of fat and connective tissues. These causes include.
1.Hormones: It is believed that hormones such as oestrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin all play a part in the cellulite production process.
2.Genetics: Genes can also influence the development of cellulite e.g. Race, gender, rate of metabolism, etc.
3.Nutrition: ingesting large amount of fat, carbohydrates, salt without a proper balance with fibre may result in large fatty deposits which causes lumpiness to the skin.
4.Lack of exercise and poor Healthy lifestyle: Sitting or standing in a position too long, and smoking can also result in cellulite development
5.Undergarment: Wearing tight undergarments may result in a blood flow problem which can also cause the development of cellulite.
You can read more on the causes of cellulite here!
3 different grades
1.Grade one shows no symptom but a thorough microscopic examination, will reveal fundamental bodily changes.
2.Grade two cellulite shows paleness in the affected skin, decreased elasticity, reduced temperature and a thorough microscopic examination, will also reveal fundamental bodily changes.
3.Grade 3 shows visible bumpiness and lumpiness to the skin along with all of grade 2 signs.
Now that you understand the problem and how it develops, we then need to look at solutions. I am not going to lie to you, there is not one treatment out there that can boast of a cure but there are programs you can engage in to avoid further development or to temporarily stop its occurrence.
Below is a list of 5 top treatment Programs for Cellulite
The Celebrity Thin Thighs Program Click Here! Click Here!
Burn The Fat 7-day Body Transformation Quick Start Program Click Here!
Cellulite Free Forever Click Here!
How Do I Get Great Legs – Cellulite Banishing Program Click Here!
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Now let’s talk treatments
As you know, Cellulite, is a common problem in women, many women have been searching for products that truly work and are inexpensive. Many pharmaceutical companies have recognised the desire and demand in women to eliminate this problem, therefore, over the years there have been many products brought to the market all claiming to be the solution to this widespread problem in women. I have provided many of these links to make it easy for you to navigate and narrow down the one that is right for you.
To truly know which is which, one person cannot make judgement on the effectiveness of a particular treatment because we all have different body composition, which means that our bodies respond to the chemical compositions of this treatments differently. To help you further, I have comprised a list of cellulite treatment product being used to combat and banish cellulite. The advantage to using the products out there is that they combine fighting cellulites with shaping and sliming the affected area.
List of bestselling Cellulite reduction treatment products out there!
Lalune Naturals Seaweed Powder, 8ozby La Lune Naturals $12.95
Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream – Cellulite Cream w Caffeine + Retinol + Seaweed; Firming & Toning Gel – Use Solo or as the Perfect Companion w Massager, Brush, Scrub, Roller or other Remover Treatment by Body Merry $17.99
Ska Direct® Cellulite Massager Brush Mitt, Anti Cellulite Remover, Reduce Cellulite, Cellulite Brush, Remove Cellulite, Cellulite Cure, Anti Cellulite Treatment, Cellulite Reduction, Cellulite Removal, Lose Cellulite, Anti Cellulite Roller to Be Used with Cellulite Cream or Cellulite Oil. (Green) by Ska Direct $8.50
Revitol Cellulite Reduction Cream – Reduce Appearance of Cellulite, Get Rid of Cellulite Dimples ~ 3 Tubes by Revitol $59.95
Award Winning & Best Selling Anti Cellulite Cream/ Skin Firming and Skin Tightening Treatment- Luxe Spa Formula № 33 (8oz. bottle)
by Luxe Spa Formulas TM
Delfin Spa Heat Maximizing Capris & Anti Cellulite Cream, Black/Black, Small
Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control** NEW, 6.9 oz by Continental Cosmetique $46.38
Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control 400ml/13.9oz by Clarins $78.29
Lose 1 Inch in 1 Hour of Belly Fat -PROVEN RESULTS- ReduxCell Paris Anti-Cellulite Gel with Double Caffeine + Hyaluronic Acid + Sea Grape -Firming Gel and The Best Cellulite Remover.
Anti-Cellulite Cream – Best Treatment for Smoothing and Firming Skin with Caffeine and Shea Butter, Paraben FREE – Made in USA by One Body Skincare $26.95
Bodishape Cellulite Cream with Retinol and Caffeine – Guaranteed Fast Acting Body Firming Treatment
by JDT International
Murad Body Care Firm and Tone Serum, 2: Treat/Repair, 6.75 fl oz (200 ml)
by Murad $39.50
Here are 5 Cellulite reduction treatments.
Treatments: There are no treatments out there that can boast of permanently removing cellulite, but there are creams one can use to manage the condition. List of cellulite treatment creams
1.Laser Treatments: The use of a laser energy means that the device used melts fat under the skin, breaking up the fibrous bands under the skin, and encourage collagen production.
2.Surgical Treatment: The surgical removal of fat deposit from the body: Liposuction, however, take out deep fat, but not cellulite, which is just beneath the skin and it is warned that it may actually aggravate the look of the cellulite by creating more depressions in the skin.
3.Pharmaceutical treatment: methylxanthines (caffeine and theobromine), Pentoxifyllin, beta-agonists and adrenaline, alpha-antagonists, amino acids, ginkgo biloba, rutin, Indian chestnut. These vitamins and minerals are injected into the tissue just beneath the skin the process is known as Mesotherapy. It may break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite. But it also carries risks, which include swelling, infection, and irregular contours.
4.Physical Therapeutic Treatment methods: Such as, pneumatic massages, massages that stimulate lymphatic flow, heat therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, magnetic therapy, radial waves therapy, endermologie (is a deep massage therapy done with vacuum suction so that the skin and subcutaneous tissue (dermis and some fat) is kneaded into a rolling device while negative pressure holds the skin in the rollers.)Electrical stimulation. These methods may have a temporary effect on the appearance of the skin, however, they do not remove the cellulite.
5 Coffee Scrub: Caffeine helps in the lymphatic drainage and smoothing of the body, it is said that using Caffeine to exfoliate helps shrink fat cells and tightens the skin when applied topically. Massaging the caffeine into the skin helps increase blood flow. Click here to learn how to make your own coffee scrub. Also for more information on how to use Coffee grounds at home and in your garden, click here
In conclusion, as you have read, you will find that as of yet, there are no permanent treatment for permanently eradicating cellulite, however, it can be managed with the use of good creams, massage therapies, regular exercise, good healthy diet, avoiding toxic food such as white flour, packaged snacks, sugary drinks, processed meats.Another recommendation would be to start the use of these creams and healthy lifestyle early as cellulite seems to occur after puberty. I used the phrase cellulite reduction treatment as title because all we can do at best is to temporarily reduce the development. There is no cure as of yet but with a good constant management regime, you will have a fighting chance of banishing cellulite. All in all, I will encourage you to use caution when deciding what treatment to use to manage this condition and consult your doctor for best results.
Well if you’ve answered yes to the questions above, I will love to welcome you. Your search for answers on writing ends here.
Before we begin, I will like to tell you why I wrote this post.
When I began writing, I had no idea what I was doing, I knew I had stories in me to tell, but I wish then, that I had a mentor, someone to show me the ropes. Suffice to say, I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but the more I wrote the better I became. So, it got me thinking that just like I was then, someone might be in need of some basic, simple advice to get started with their dream book. Therefore, I decided to write this article titled, writing tips for the novice.
I have researched a list of 5 good books with great reviews to help you on your way, which you will find below after you have digested these tips. On top of that, I have added my own two pence, giving you simple tips and advice that has helped me successfully write all my books. For the novices out there eager to begin their first book, or if you are just someone that loves words and would love to polish your writing skills please read on, and for the prolific writers who have horned your craft, I pray you also read on as your pearls of wisdom are welcome here. You may leave ideas that served you well in the comment session. I have also included a link to discounted courses of up to 95% savings that will help you of your journey to become a better writer. So when you are through reading this head on to International open academy and start horning your craft.
Okay, here we go!
Writing Tips and Advice.
So you finally decided that you have found your path in life and its writing whether as a hobby or you see writing as a career, but you don’t know how to go about it. Where to begin, all the details you should include what you should leave out or how to pace your story. Well, don’t panic, writing is a craft that is polished with every attempt, the more you write, the better you become. It doesn’t matter if you are not an English major; as long as you have a story to tell and you want the world to take notice, I advise you keep reading.
Where do we begin?
Imagine for a minute you experienced something that terrified you or interested you. It could be for instance, you had a good or bad experience in a restaurant, a Hotel, or something picked your interest while on a vacation or at work. It could be something that happened to you, a new diet you tried or a programme you watched that excited you. Basically, it can be anything because ideas spring from all aspects of life. The most important thing is to establish what you want to talk about and how to get it out so your message is received.
I am going to assume for the sake of this writing that you already have something in mind. Now that you know what you want to talk about, you wonder how to best share it with your friends or shout it to the world so they stay with you through the duration. You want to tell your story, so they understand what you sensed, the emotions you felt, the surroundings where the event took place, the people involved, how they acted or reacted, their body language, their facial expressions etc.
That is all well and good, but for anyone other than your mother or siblings (They may have no choice but to listen because of family loyalty.) to listen, you need to first grab their attention. First you need a unique headline that invites their curiosity so they want more. Let’s assume you already came up with a unique and specific headline, the next challenge is to lead them into your story with the first line. How would you begin your story? The first line of any story you tell will decide if the story is worth anyone’s time. Tell it right and your audience will want more, tell it wrong and you’ve lost them before you’ve even begun.
Start with a line, a killer line that will charm or attract your listeners into wanting more.
To keep your audience, you should try to connect with their emotions, so they are interested and intrigued but keep it short. You don’t want to paint the whole picture in one sentence otherwise why will they bother to listen to the rest of your story. Spike their curiosity with an action that will make it impossible for them not to want to hear the story from the beginning to the end. You want to make sure that you don’t bore your listeners that you only mention things about the event that are relevant to the story.
If you over describe, you may lose your audience.
Ask yourself what makes this story unique, even if it’s just a regular story find that angle the one that spiked your curiosity and made you interested in it in the first place. Now think about your listeners as your readers and begin to write.
Imagine the characters of the story playing out in front of you, their personalities, only mention it if important to the story. If a character is lazy, and you mentioned it, then I as a reader I would expect that description to come out later when you are building the story. I want to know how the character’s laziness affected the plot along the way. Be suspenseful but don’t get too carried away, develop your characters by telling a back-story. Explain why they are the way they are if it’s needed, but, do not stay in the past too long. Always find a way to connect the past with the present. Alternate if you must until you have made your point. Expand the story with other characters that helped shape the life of the main character, only include them if vital to the story it will help amplify your story. Write all you can, omit nothing then come back and read it again, and cut out anything that is not needed, rewrite and read again. Call a friend, your spouse or someone that supports what you are doing and read it out loud. Hearing it again, will help you decide if you are on course or if you need to rewrite but most important of all have fun.
Story telling is artful but fun, enjoy creating stories from ideas that have formed in your mind, keep mental notes of every idea that pops in your mind and write it down at every opportunity you get. Be yourself and be true to your art, take criticism but only constructive ones that will make your writing better. Let your imagination run wild and the sky as they say will be your limit.
2 Write what you know.
One of the few reasons I think can cause a writer to have a block is when the writer decides to write about something they haven’t thought through.
So you have a story in your mind, it is at the early stage, have you decided what the plot would be? Why you want to write that story? What would happen at the beginning, the middle and how you think it should end? Where the story takes place? The time and the period, the setting of the environment in which your story will unfold. Whose story are you telling? Understand your main characters and why it is important to tell their story. Decide how you want to write, from a witness point of view(Omniscient (Third person)) or a narrative (First person). Think about what would happen at each important stages of the plot and how they develop into a deeper plot line.
All this, you should know before you begin writing. Write it all down, it may only fit into one page but then you have a base to work from, a direction so to speak. You have formed the frame of your work, the best is yet to come, I call it adding the meat to the skeleton. Read what you have written so far, as you read more ideas about what the character will do, say or act will pop into your mind. As you write down what your character is saying to another character, you will find that you are also writing their thoughts down, their reactions to each other. You decide if you want to make their true feelings known or keep it hidden. Perhaps keeping their true feelings hidden and then letting it out later in the story might have an impact on how the rest of the story will go.
What you decide to do will depend on how your story is shaping, if it will enhance or deplete your characters relationships. Whichever trajectory you decide to follow, let it be true to where you need to be as the story and the characters develops further. As you read what you have written so far, you connect your characters to the time, period and environment and let your readers see why your characters are a product of their environment or not, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, which is why creative writing is fun.
These tips are not set in stone; as can see, there are many books out there, all with great ideas that will help you become better. These are tips that I use and they are just here to help you understand that when you know what you want to write, it is easier to flow. You write until you are tired and come back and write some more because you have cared to understand what your story is about. The plot may change at any time, it is your prerogative but you will find that you will not be blocked because you have created for yourself a direction. And all you have to do is follow the directions in your plots through the many paths it will take you until you have fully developed your story and brought it to the end. If you don’t have an in-depth knowledge on what you want to write about, it is important to do some researching so that what you write is believable.
3 Don’t give up, Ideas will always come.
Writing of any kind can sometimes seem tedious. Even when you know what you want to write, finding the time to actually do it can sometimes prove troublesome, not to talk of writing yourself into a corner because you are short on ideas. Everyday stuff that you do, can meaningfully take over your time so that we have no time to commit to writing. For example, a great idea pops into your mind, you reach for your laptop and you just want to write but then before you begin, you decide you want to check your email. You open your email, you see an update from Facebook or Goodreads, a message you can’t ignore.
You tell yourself you only want to reply to the emails or write a comment on Facebook, which can lead you into taking other actions that has actually driven you away from the main reason you grabbed your laptop. Before you know it, you have spent an hour surfing the net and doing other stuff except committing to writing your book. Then you remember you have to write, you begin but that idea you had, is not has fresh in your mind like it was an hour ago when you had it. Even if you can remember, you may have lost something crucial to that idea that made it unique. These situations most of the time elongates the length of time you spend writing.
To avoid these situations, always carry a pen and a paper, ideas will always pop in your mind especially if you have been thinking about something or a direction you want for your book. Most of the time when we start thinking, the answers do not come immediately but unconsciously, your mind and your brain will continue to work on the possible answers and when you least expect, the solution will come but if you can’t mentally note it down or write it down, it will disappear as fast as it came. That is why it would be nice to have a way to remember these ideas. A lot of ideas will come to you, you just keep writing them down and then you must make the time to sort out all the ideas you have written down.
Then comes the decision time, determining which one applies and reflects exactly what you want to say in your writing, which one to discard and which to keep for another project. Giving up time that you spend doing other things that are not as productive and putting the time towards your writing will help with progression. With all your ideas that you have written down in hand, you will always have something to write. Ideas usually bred more ideas; the trick is not to let any of your ideas waste by not noting them and documenting each of your thoughts that you deem important. In conclusion, make time to think about what you want, and your mind will go to work but when your brain starts to spew ideas, make sure to catch all of it and then make the time to choose the best fit and write them all up. Look out for more tips and advice in a world of writing.
4 Read! read! read!
You can’t be much of a writer, if you do not love reading, check out books of authors you love and read them. The general idea for anyone taking writing as a serious career will be to be better than, or as good as those you look up to. If you do not have such aim, then perhaps you do not aim for greatness as a writer, that is okay too. However, for those who want to become great writers, you must read as much as you write. Reading broadens your mind, do not stick to subjects and genres you love, dare to venture out of your comfort zone, we are still learning in life and you may find that you learned a thing or two in the process.
5 When you have completed the first draft, write it all over again.
It sounds crazy but often times, we rejoice after completing the first draft of a book, for me that is when the real work and fun begins. What I have found is that each time I think I have completed a book, the next time I revisit the it, I hate half the stuff I wrote at first. I discard a lot of stuff that I once thought were great, and better ideas come to mind sub-consciously that help strengthen the story. Rewriting makes my work better and I can see it with fresh eyes after leaving it for a few months to simmer. So don’t be afraid to critic your own work, if it means abandoning the first draft completely and starting all over, then that is what you must do. Your aim should always be to produce great books, mediocrity should not be part of your thinking.
Yeah! that’s it, now you know the basics the rest is in your hands. Remember nothing great is ever easy but to climb the mountains you must have mental strength and determination to succeed. I hope these tips will help you all become great writers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, let your friends and family read your work (Those that are willing) and consider their thoughts on your work, it may help you improve your plots. Join writing forums, help other aspiring or established authors better their work and as they say, what goes around will always come back around.
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