Al Fresco Breakfast with Rattan Outdoor Bistro Sets

Outdoor bistro sets

When you’ve got a new child, you want a lovely place to relax and enjoy food with them, exploring the elements and teaching them about the natural world.

That’s why we recommend you have a nice cozy patio area with seating to enjoy a lovely al fresco breakfast with your new born!

Whether you go for a comfy two seater love seat, a rocking and reclining rattan bistro set, or simply a plastic garden chair set, you’ll have a space you can love and enjoy for years to come.

  • One point to note is that we recommend you choose all weather garden furniture, to ensure it can be left outside all year without you having to waste your precious time maintaining it!

Top 3 Bistro Sets to Enjoy Breakfast Outdoors

Here are my favourite sets to enjoy your breakfast in the garden or patio area, with a range of prices and styles, all available for UK home delivery.

Best for: Luxury and Value for Money

This rattan reclining set really adds comfort to your patio area, ideal for a long breakfast in the sunshine. It comes with 2 rocking and reclining chairs, and a glass topped side table. It’s also currently on sale, which makes it great value for money. You can find rattan bistro sets for two at here.

Best for: Traditional Style

This is the wood-effect bistro set from Winawood™, which combines traditional styling with man made durability. It requires no maintenance, and comes with 2 arm chairs and a side table.

Best for: Style and Luxury

Similar to the first bistro set, this one comes in a much nicer “latte” colour, which looks fantastic in a normal garden setting. It again comes with the rocking recliner arm chairs, which are a fantastic addition to anyone’s garden.

Final Thoughts on Bistro Sets

These are my top thoughts on garden bistro sets for enjoying with children during breakfast, the photos and products of these garden bistro sets are from Garden Centre Shopping UK, who are based at a real garden centre.

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How to Thread Your Eyebrows with UK Training Options

eyebrow threading

Gone are the days of plucking eyebrows with tweezers, trying to make them look just right and not leave painful and red marks behind. Eyebrow threading has been gaining popularity due it being less painful, gentler on the skin, more effective in removing finer hairs, and much quicker than trying to pluck them yourself, or even using a professional. It’s cheaper than waxing, and can even be free if you learn to do it on your own. Interested? Let us tell you how to do it in this step by step guide.

Beginners Eyebrow Tutorial

You’ll need a thin ‘threading thread’ or other high cotton thread, a small pair of scissors, eyebrow pencil and brush, loose powder, aloe Vera gel, face astringent, and an ice pack or baby oral gel.

Full Procedure Guide:

Eyebrow care doesn’t have to difficult, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on it. With a few good tips, a little practice, and some patience, you can learn to do what is done in the professional salons and eyebrow centres.

Below we’ll share some of those secret processes and recommend some products that might help. If you give these tips and practices a try for as little as six weeks, we think you’ll see a positive difference in your appearance, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it was you who did it – for very little money – and that the results are professional-level.

There is a lot of satisfaction and confidence to be gained from a thing like that.

Part 1 – Prepare the Face

The first step is to make sure your face is very clean.

Threading is not entirely painless. It can be anything from uncomfortable to a little painful – you are, after all, pulling out hairs. You can reduce the discomfort though, with a few simple steps.

First, hold the ice back on your eyebrows to cool and start to numb the area. If you prefer, baby oral gel is about as effective and isn’t as cold. Next, apply loose powder to create a barrier between your skin and any impurities or germs in the air.

Part 2 – Prepare your Threads

The thread should be cut into a length of 35 to 45cm. Tie the ends of the thread into a knot to create a loop. Repeat this step at least three times to strengthen the loop. You may trim the ends of the knot strands to create a clean loop. Don’t know what a thread is? Learn more here:

Part 3 – Do a Test Loop of your Thread

Hook two fingers in each side of the loop and pull sideways to test the strength of it. It should be quite strong.

Part 4 – Make the X

Now twist the loop into a figure-eight – so the thread crosses over itself in the middle. Repeat with several twists, using your dominant hand to turn its side each time. That will be the hand you thread with.

Practice moving the thread against the skin of your cheek or leg (or even against some other clean surface) before trying to do so on your actual eyebrows. By opening the right hand and closing the left, and then opening the left and closing the right, you should be able to spin the twisted portion of the thread in the middle. This spinning part will remove the hair.

Part 5 – Prep the brows

It can take a fortnight to a month for eyebrows to grow back, so you don’t want to overdo it. As this is your first time, it’s best to go easy, and you can always try it again in a week if you feel you’d like to have taken more off.

We also recommend you draw in the desired shape on your eyebrow area before beginning hair removal, and stick carefully to that guideline. Make sure both eyebrow guides match as exactly as possible.

Part 6 – Begin Threading Brows

After a bit of practice, start on your eyebrow. The twisted thread goes over the hair you want to remove, with the thread touching the shaft of the hair. Work against the direction the hair is growing (to prevent ingrown hairs), and spin the thread by opening the dominant hand and letting the other contract. The thread will spin the hair up into it and remove it. Try not to pull hard on the thread, as this may lead to skin irritation.

Part 7 – Use scissors to trim brows

Once all of the unwanted hair is removed, trim any of the remaining ones that are longer than the rest. If you choose to trim a lot of the hairs, be cautious, it is easier to take a little more off later than to live with a bald spot in your eyebrow for two or more weeks!

Part 8 – Use the Astringent

Once done, apply the astringent to the eyebrow and surrounding area. You may also want to use something like aloe Vera gel to sooth the skin and reduce irritation. If your eyebrow area is in pain, a little more ice or baby oral gel will help to calm it.

Key Takeaways

The keys to doing this right are practice, and caution.

Eyebrow Training Courses UK

If you’re interested in a UK based eyebrow training course, then checkout The Brow Academy based in Sheffield.

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This video is also a nice tutorial:

Are Natural Vitamin Gummy Good For You?

Vitamin gummies

It seems too good to be true – vitamins that taste like candy – but is it true?

Most vitamins come in pills or capsules, some in liquid form, but since the development of gummy vitamins, they have taken over almost 3% of the vitamin market in the United States and similar figures in the United Kingdom, and have had similar growth in other developed countries. This growth is continuing too, with no sign of slowing down. The concern most people have though, is whether or not they are as effective as the more traditional methods of supplementing our diets with vitamins.

There is some good news for gummy-vitamin fans: Professor Zhaoping Li, Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, states that there is no evidence that one form of vitamin is superior to another. She explains that gummies often include glucose syrup, food colouring, and stabilisers like citric acid – which are not particularly healthy – but that other forms of vitamin often contain these as well. The main structure of a gummy vitamin is gelatine, which is not harmful.

The key is not to designate one form or another as ‘good’ and something else as ‘not good,’ but rather to look at the ingredients of any specific vitamin product that interests you, regardless of the form it takes, and decide from that information.

Here are some tips to help you out.

Watch Out For Sugar in Vitamin Gummies

The main reason gummy vitamins are so tasty, is that they are often sweetened with sugar – like glucose or glucose syrup. Sugar in itself is not a problem, but too much of it can be. A single gummy vitamin usually has about 3 grams of sugar in it. A sugar packet from a coffee shop has about 4 grams.

It can be easy to eat sugar without really being aware of it, as it is added to so many refined foods. People who regularly eat yogurt, specialty coffees (other than black), sauces and sugar in tea often take in a lot more sugar than they realise.

This intake can increase risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), fatty liver disease, weight gain and diabetes. Each of these, in turn, increase the incidence of stroke and heart attack.

For many people, what they drink brings in a third or more of their recommended sugar intake – and that’s before considering the gummies, any snacks, and that satisfying pudding after a meal. For many people, the added sugar in any vitamin isn’t worth it, when one can simply pop a vitamin into the mouth and wash it down with a sip of water. An example of these are the vitamin gummies from Yumi Nutrition.

Vitamins Aren’t For Everyone – Even if they are a tasty gummy bear!

For most people, it isn’t even necessary to take a vitamin supplement. A healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables (50% or more by volume), and including grains (25% or more by volume), will provide what the body needs without needing to resort to vitamin supplements.

The main purpose of vitamin supplements is to treat deficiencies from an insufficient diet. If you live on hamburgers and French fries, a supplement may do you good – but keep in mind that it won’t stop the other negative health benefits of an imbalanced diet. Some containing biotin can be used to help with hair growth.

The most common dietary imbalance is the habit of taking in too many calories, and not enough nutrients and fibre. This means a diet heavy in sugar and fats (which are necessary in small amounts), and low in nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruit and grains.

Some groups of people are more prone to dietary deficiencies, even if they eat a balanced diet. The elderly, for example, often don’t get enough nutrients into their system due to a decrease in the overall amount of food eaten, and sometimes due to the body’s decreased ability to take in nutrients as we age. Those living with diabetes are also often in need of a supplement. Alcoholism has several implications for nutrition as well, both habitual and chemical, which mean that needed nutrients are often missing. Patients who have had weight-loss surgery or stomach restriction surgery are at high risk.

Another group to consider is vegetarians and (even more so) vegans. There are very few vitamins that cannot be taken in in sufficient amounts through a vegetarian or vegan diet, but more care needs to be taken than with less restricted diets. Education on the subject is essential for healthy vegetarian and vegan eating.

If you’re not sure if you need a vitamin supplement, ask your doctor or a nutritionist.

Make Sure You Check The Ingredients of The Gummies

Most gummy vitamins are marketed to children and women. This is because women are the most likely to shop for vitamins, and children are the most likely to prefer gummy vitamins, or to need them in order to take regular vitamins without conflict or resistance. Other vitamins are labelled for certain health concerns or needs, such as immune system support, gut health, or support for the elderly or pregnant. Be careful not to take in too much of certain vitamins though – too much of some things can be harmful.

There are all sorts of ingredients found in vitamin gummies, such as the ones in the video below with CBD used for anxiety:

A good example is vitamin A. This is a fat-soluble vitamin that is absorbed into the body by bile acids. If a person were to take in a multivitamin, an immune boosting substance such as fish oil, eat milk and eggs (both rich in vitamin A), the result can cause damage to the liver and even eventual liver failure.

Vitamin B, on the other hand, is easily absorbed into water in your body, and excess amounts of it are also easily flushed out by the kidneys. Taking too much vitamin B is not harmful – it’s just a needless expense.

Just like you might need advice to know if you are taking enough vitamins, a doctor or nutritionist may be of help in determining if you are taking too many of a certain vitamin. The negative results of over-taking certain vitamins are worth watching out for if you have a good diet and are also taking in supplements.