How To Avoid Security Problems With Your Phone

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People are more aware of online dangers these days and hopefully, you already know you shouldn’t click any suspicious links you get in emails in case you accidentally download a virus. However, people don’t pay the same attention to security on their phones and there is a general consensus that you aren’t likely to get viruses on your phone. That isn’t the case at all, and this is a big problem, especially as things like online banking apps become more common. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can protect your phone from viruses. 

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Download Apps From Legitimate App Stores

When you are downloading apps, make sure that you only download from legitimate places. People often jailbreak their phones so they can download more apps or they download from third-party sites, but this is always risky. Downloading verified apps from the official app store is the safest way to go. However, if you want to use other app stores to get more apps, use reliable options like Altstore. Use this Altstore download from Kubadownload to make sure that you get the legitimate version. When you use a legitimate app store, it’s far less likely for malicious apps to slip through the net. However, they are still around, so be cautious about what you download at all times. 

Be Careful Where You Get Your Phone Fixed 

If you are the kind of person that is constantly dropping their phone and smashing the screen, you should probably invest in a better case. But you also need to be very careful about where you get your phone fixed. You’re handing it over to a stranger that could easily access everything on there. So, try to stick to manufacturer-approved places and always read reviews before taking your phone in to be fixed.

Be Cautious About Suspicious Texts

People are very aware of suspicious emails but not everybody realizes that text messages with malicious links can be just as dangerous. These messages often look very legitimate and claim to be from a company that you have had dealing with, so it’s easy to be fooled. But if a message ever asks you to click a link, think twice. In many cases, it’s best to contact the company directly and ask whether it is legitimate or not. 

Don’t Ignore Updates

If your phone pops up with a notification saying that it needs to be updated, you probably just ignore it. But even though it can be a bit annoying, it’s important that you do updates right away. When you update your phone, it irons out small problems but it also fixes any gaps in security to prevent viruses. Hackers are constantly changing their methods and finding new ways around security systems. Your phone is constantly being updated to plug gaps and keep you safe, so don’t ignore them.

There is a lot of personal information on your phone and if you use it for things like banking, it’s vital that you protect yourself from viruses. Stick to these simple rules and you can avoid any security problems.

Sarah x

Simple, Fun Gifts Ideas For Your Nephew

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It can be tough to shop for children, because if we don’t have them ourselves or aren’t always around them as part of our work or through familial obligations, it’s hard to know what they like. The parents can offer some instruction of course, but sometimes we have to figure out what the surprise should be ourselves.

It can be even harder to understand what a child wants when they’re of the opposing gender. While there’s absolutely no need to think you need to buy ‘a specific type’ of toy for a niece of nephew simply because of their sex, sometimes it can provide you with a little influence over how to direct your purchase.

In this guide, we’ll use that insight to help you consider a few gifts that may be applicable for your nephew, and what he might like most. This way you can remain the cool auntie or uncle you already are, and see them light up with joy during the celebratory event.

Let’s consider what gifts work best here:

Remote Controlled Toys

Remote-controlled toys are certainly excellent options for a child hoping to explore and spend more time outside. This can involve the excellent Sky Rover Knightvision Helicopter which has become something of a popular item, or perhaps you can choose an RC car they can create custom back-garden racecourses for. Physical toys like this can help your nephew get out and start exploring with practical toys, which can stop them from looking at a screen all day. That said, if that’s something they rarely indulge in anyway, you might consider:

Video Games

Video games can be very healthy for children provided their parents manage screen time and gate access to unsuitable content. For instance, you will often find that games like Minecraft can inspire creative thinking, while games like Terraria can help them enjoy organization, exploration and online play with their friends. It might be worth asking what games console your child already has, or perhaps setting them up with a handheld device if their parents approve. Make sure that the video games you buy are collaborative, and the theme is child-friendly without violence and other unsuitable content being presented. This way, your gift will be truly appreciated.

Active Additions

It’s healthy to help a child have every excuse to leave the house and spend more time in nature, and so active additions to their toy set can be a great idea. Perhaps you’ll speak to your siblings and say that you’re happy to pay for half of the cost for a brand new bike or scooter, helping you surprise your nephew with a fantastic and large gift on their birthday. Perhaps you could invest in their sporting equipment for a new practice they’re about to take after-hours at school, or even give them an instrument they’ll learn to play and cherish for years. Active gifts are some of the best we can offer.

With this advice, we hope you can find simple yet truly appreciated gifts for your nephew. They’re sure to love whatever you give them.

Sarah x

SOS Skincare

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SOS Serum Skincare offers a range of skin care products that help keep skin healthy and protected, designed to complement, and nurture. Their range of products help to soothe, heal and moisturise the skin providing ‘The answer to sensitive skin.’

SOS SPF 50 Sun Cream

This is a great sun cream to use on hour face as is designed to be used on delicate skin and can be used near the eyes if needed. You only need a small amount and it soaks into the skin well. it’s a high factor but this is ideal for your face and for everyday wear during the summer as you really want to protect your skin from harmful rays that can damage and age your face. It also helps to reduce wrinkles and increases your skins firmness!

SOS H2O Day Serum

This is light enough to be used in the day but can also be used at night if you prefer. It has active plant stem cells to stimulate new skin cell production and improve skin elasticity as well as Anti-ageing ingredients that have been shown to reduce wrinkles, improve skin firmness, tone and significantly improve skin hydration.

It soaks well into your skin and you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. It leaves your face looking plumper and more hydrated and I really like the feel of my skin after using it.

SOS Protect Hand Sanitiser

This is a Benzalkonium Chloride-based hand sanitiser rather than Alcohol. Benzalkonium Chloride-based hand sanitisers have a greater sustained antibacterial activity than alcohol-based ones.

SOS Protect dries fast but slightly slower than alcohol-based hand sanitisers allowing more than the minimum contact time for complete efficacious coverage & delivers up to 3 hours of residual protection.

I really like the size of the bottle and the pump dispenser, it gives you the perfect amount you need to use and it doesn’t dry out your hands!

Sarah x

Catchy Techniques That Instantly Boost Your Blog

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Writing a blog can be a lot of fun. But actually getting people to consume your content is another matter. Yes – your articles are great for you. But, for whatever reason, they’re not having the impact you’d hoped for when you first set up your community. 

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If you’re struggling to drum up interest in your blog, you’ll love this post. In it, we discuss all the simple things you can do to get people interested in your posts and keep it that way. 

Always Write On Trending Topics

As a blogger, you sometimes feel the urge to just write about whatever comes into your head. But that’s a very hit or miss strategy. Yes – your content is undoubtedly high quality. But if people don’t have it on their minds, it probably won’t make much of an impact.

The trick here is to go with the flow and write about things that interest people right now. Scan social media and forums to see what’s trending and then add your two-cents. You’ll find that people naturally gravitate to your blog, without you having to put in a huge amount of effort.

Upgrade Your Visuals

Marketing companies, such as Design Cloud, talk a lot about the importance of visuals for reaching out to users online. While there are examples of successful blogs that don’t have very impressive visuals, they are few and far between. Mostly, the best blogs are those that make you go “wow” when you see them.

You can’t usually get to this stage with random stock photos. Rather, you’ll need to get graphics custom-designed for you that look great and showcase your site at its best. 

Include Long-Tail Keywords In Your Post

Long-tail keywords are the phrases that users type into Google that are three words or longer. Some of these keywords won’t apply to your blog, but many of them will. And, what’s more, very few other bloggers even have them on their radar. That means that you could potentially pick up a mountain of traffic with ease. 

Make Your Headlines Catchy

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When it comes to blogging success, the catchiest headlines tend to win. It doesn’t matter how in-depth the content is, if the headlines don’t jump out from the page, people won’t click on them. 

Ideally, you want your headlines to have an interesting quirk or implication that encourages people to click on them. A great example is something like this: “Do you have the same emotional intelligence as these top Fortune 500 CEOs?”

It’s a clever blog title because the person reading it wants to know whether they have the same qualities as the world’s most successful business people. It’s enticing, even if they don’t. 

If you’re struggling with that approach, you can always fall back to the trusted list article option. Here, you might create headlines like, “7 awesome ways to make new friends,” or “15 blogs you must read if you want to be successful.” 

You get the drill: the more helpful advice and content you can offer people, the better.

Sarah x

Expanding my wardrobe

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe before and I had recently picked out some really great co ord sets, as well as tracksuit bottoms, knitted loungewear, tshirts and jeans. I wanted to pick up some more loungewear, some trousers and a pair of shorts. They always have so many great things to pick from but for now I wanted to get some more comfortable pieces.

Blue Mid Wash Distressed Denim Shorts – Leanna


As the jeans I previously got from here fitted me so well around the waist and the bum I wanted to try out some of their denim shorts too. I went for a blue pair and they fit perfect around the waist. I like the style of them and the pockets are a good size and these would look great in the summer or with tights in the winter.

Grey Tartan Slim Leg Trousers – Marie


I absolutely love the colour and design of these. They will be perfect for work and come up a great length. I think they would look good with boots. The material is really soft and very slightly stretchy.

Lilac Double Side Stripe Elasticated High Waisted Drawstring Joggers – Holly


I love wearing joggers, either to lounge around the house in or to go for a walk in as well as if I need to pop to the supermarket for anything so these are a great staple for my wardrobe. I prefer high waisted ones and love the side stripe detail. They fit well and are very comfortable.

Red Tie Dye Guns N Roses T Shirt Dress – Maria


Their slogan t shirts are always great value and they are really soft and wash well. They are ideal for around the house or to team with cycling shorts or jeans to go out in. You really can’t go wrong for this price and they have a lot of different designs and colours to pick from. I love this band one the tie dye style of it. It’s also designed to be more of a t shirt dress and oversized.

The delivery is always really quick from them which is great, it only takes a few days to arrive. I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality.

I had always been skeptical about ordering clothes online before as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are always great and never had a problem.

Sarah x

How To Make Your Living Space Cosy

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We all love to get home after a long, hard day and just relax and having the right ambience is important to help you wind down at the end of the day. There are many things that you can do to improve the ambience of your living space, and with that in mind, here are some examples.

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The Right Lighting

Lighting is a critical element of a warm ambience and with LED solutions, it is very easy to create a soft light that is also adjustable (have dimmer switches installed). Wall lights are usually a better alternative to ceiling lights and floor level lighting is definitely worth exploring if you want easy on the eye solutions.

Solid Timber Flooring

The ultimate in premier flooring, high quality Melbourne solid timber flooring is a very attractive solution if you wish to bring a level of serenity into the equation. Seasoned timber is very attractive to look at and when sanded and polished. There’s little that can even come close to hardwood flooring, which will last for decades.

Soft Furniture

How about beanbags for the living room on a hardwood floor? Softness equates to luxury; a couple of hanging egg chairs on the terrace, a Lazyboy recliner in the lounge with a soft leather sofa and you have a relaxed seating set up.

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Soft Pastel Colours

By far the best shades to create a relaxing ambience; Google Images is your best friend when looking for interior design inspiration and blending soft shades with the neutrality of timber makes for the perfect combination.

Cork Flooring

The soft and silent walking experience is a major reason to choose cork for your flooring, which is also sustainable and 100% natural, making it ideal. The cork is harvested every 9 years, and this is a very eco-friendly solution with no artificial additives. Plus, it really makes you feel like you are someone special.

Scented Candles & Incense Sticks

If you want to de-stress, both scented candles and incense sticks are valuable components that don’t cost much and once you get into the habit, you will automatically reach for the incense when you get home from work.

Soothing Wall Art

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Prints of fine country landscapes or tropical rain forests would add a naturally soothing touch to the décor; check out the online suppliers of wall prints, which you can buy framed or unframed. Nature can be incredibly beautiful and if you choose the right prints, you can add a nice touch to any living space.

You could search with Google Images and get creative, while everything you need can be sourced online, so you won’t even have to leave your home. If your home is just as you would like it to be, recharging your batteries is easy and no matter how much pressure work brings, just think about the feeling when you arrive home in the evening.

Sarah x