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#WorldGiraffeDay

Hello!

Guess what today is?! Wednesday the 21st of June, the first day of Summer, and the longest one of the year… It’s also the hottest June day that England has experienced in 40-something years! Oh, and the day I found out that there are some great hosts that exist… That’s not all though, it’s #NationalWritingDay and #WorldGiraffeDay no less!

So, I have decided to write a piece on giraffes, and how much I love them. Look, if you’re looking for inspiration – I don’t think you’re going to get much of it reading this post… I mean, the best case scenario is that I end up persuading you that giraffes are the best species of animals to exist. Other than that, you’re better off reading encyclopaedias.

Why do I love giraffes? 

I don’t actually know… One thing I do know is that it’s NOT for the fact that they drink each other’s urine. That, I do know… Apparently, though, the reason they do this is because they’re testing (or tasting) their S/O mating skills. Who knew you could find this out from giraffe wee?!

Imagine my disgust when I was singing their praises to my best friend of almost 20 years (after persuading her to accompany me to the zoo) and we trailed round the whole of ZSL London Zoo to find two licking each other’s bodily fluids. #MORTIFIED!

On a serious, less ‘turn me off food for life’ note, I love giraffes because they’re majestic looking. They’re tall, towering above the rest and literally come across as the most peaceful mammals. According to research, giraffes were thought to be a camel and leopard hybrid in the early days of discovery.

Also, don’t forget their beautiful prints and patterned mosaic-esque bodies. Did you know that each giraffe’s markings are as unique as a human’s finger print? WOW.

Another reason to love them is because I too have a someone high neck, I mean – it’s not like those ladies who used to tie wires around theirs to lengthen them (😱) – just, a normal, humanly high length!

I want to go on a Safari one day, that’d be cool. Just, inside. Staying inside of a car, with windows closed. Some of you may be thinking: ‘if you don’t want to go outside of the car nor open the windows, then why don’t you just watch the video online?’ The simple answer is: “if you don’t want to read what I got to say, why don’t you just ‘x’-it?” Also, there’s the small fact that tigers, lions and cheetahs are going to be around the giraffes when I decide to venture to a Safari (re-enacting the ‘Circle of Life’). So, that said, I value my life and want to see past the safari. Therefore, safety first. Thanks!

More Facts about giraffes:

They’re my favourite animals.

I love them.

They’re the tallest animals.

Their diet consists of leaves and twigs. Therefore, you can’t leave a Willow lying around…

A giraffe in New York had her last trimester (pre-labour) LIVE streamed on Facebook, it dragged on but she eventually gave birth to a calf in April, co-incidentally, her name was APRIL! Would you look at that?!

Don’t mean to go on about it a lot but giraffes drink each others’ urine. (Imagine if this was all that I talked about on this post?! #UrineForATreat FFS!)

^ these above facts were common-sensical ones. I did not use Wikipedia or some kind of website like Giraffe Annonymous [dot] com for my findings.

Jheeze, 500 or so words into this post and you have learned nothing… Reading this post has not grown you in any way, nor has it paid your bills. For that, I apologise.

Then again, at least you know what my favourite animal is. It’ll be cool to know what yours is…  Jot it down below!

#heatwaveUK

We are in the middle of a glorious heatwave! If you know Wiley, you’d also know that he’d be very impressed… However, I wish I could say the same for some of you (who aren’t). Having said that, I can see why, because England doesn’t get much (if any) sunshine. Also, it doesn’t help that the heat we’re accustomed to is sticky, humid and muggy.

So, this post is targeted at those of you who are not fans of this weather and are looking for ways to keep cool. Below, you will find lists of things to do, wear and eat which’ll help to some extent.

Disclaimer: I cannot say that the majority of these tips aren’t common-sense related. Then again, at least I have some…

  1. Invest in a fan or air conditioner and switch it on (that’d be a start, wouldn’t it?)…
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking water or plenty of cold beverages.
  3. Purchase some cooling spray and apply it whenever or wherever you are, I choose MagiCool. Alternatively, a spray toner from LUSH works just as well.
  4. Stay in shady areas when in parks (under the tree is best).
  5. Spend your entire Summer in Waitrose or Iceland as the big branches have AirCon inside. 😉 If that’s not your thing, stick to hanging out inside the freezers of the frozen food aisles… 😆
  6. Go on holiday to the North Pole. (Bit farfetched but then again, YOLO!)
  7. Close your blinds/curtains to avoid the heat of the sun from warming up your room.
  8. Open a window or a door… LOL, top tip, that!
  9. Make Jell-O and freeze them, followed by an ‘eat them’ session.
  10. Consume plenty of ice cream/ice lollies.
  11. Refrigerate everything – your veg, your chocolates, your fruits.
  12. Eat salads, sandwiches or sushi and avoid hot food. You could even try Gazpacho for starters and yogurts and trifles for dessert.

Things to wear in Summer:

  1. Tops and shorts (obvs) or soft cotton tops etc. Wearing loose fitted clothes stops them from sticking to your body when you’re out & about.
  2. Avoid wearing black (even though it is the best colour of clothing) because it attracts the sun.
  3. Sunscreen. Vital. Don’t leave your abode without it… Apply, apply, apply – keeping applying and reapplying.
  4. Sunglasses to protect your eye sockets and balls (slightly graphic and anatomical with my choice of terminology but there you go).
  5. Umbrellas. Believe it or not, umbrellas were used to shelter people from the sun before they were used to shield us from the rain…
  6. BB creams and soft moisturises instead of thick ones and full makeup. It’s inevitable that we will sweat – so nobody wants blocked pores and melting makeup. Stay moisturised or risk skin chapping/chafing and whatnot…

Miscellaneous things:

  1. Shower. I mean, it doesn’t take much does it? Water + your body + some shower gel = hygiene and keeping the people around you happy (and their nasal passages & sense of smell in tact). Lovely.
  2. Don’t complain. I don’t know if you know this but we do not have the luxury of round the clock and all year round sunshine.,, Yes, it’s hot but it won’t last so – don’t complain. Relish in it and embrace it!
  3. Go out to outdoor pools, the beach, BBQs… Honestly, life is too short. Do fun stuff, go out to funfairs, theme parks, town shows, festivals etc.
  4. Take regular breaks at work (when possible) to enjoy the sunshine.
  5. It doesn’t matter how, but just – get some of that Vitamin D. The right amount of it and when done safely (using sun protection), it can prove very beneficial for your mood, your skin, your hair and overall health and wellbeing.

Have I missed anything? I’m sure I have, so get in touch via the solar panelled comments section on my page and we’ll make some photosynthesis worthy communication.

Father's Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day! Whether you’re lucky enough to still have your father in your life or not, this weekend is your chance  to show your appreciation for all the things they’ve done for you over the years.

One thing to keep in mind, fathers aren’t always blood/biological, they can be someone who you look up to who has the characteristics of a father. Respect to those raising another man’s child as their own or supporting someone as though they’re their own. Kudos.

Having said that, it’s a known fact that fathers are very tricky to buy for… So, I’m going to try to help you come up with some cool gift ideas for yours.

Customised products:

Make a gift personal by customising it… Is your dad a fan of beer/coffee? A good idea’d be to order them a customised pint glass or coffee mug. You can plaster a photo of yourself across it, or even engrave some quotes/poems/names into it.

Failing that, is he into fashion? Why not get him a personalised hoodie or some matching father (and son/daughter) t-shirts? Alternatively, a nice pair of socks wouldn’t go amiss – you could customise these too…

Awards:

Is your father (or father figure) the ‘Best Dad in the World’? A trophy is something he may very much appreciate… This’ll also make a great addition to the mantelpiece.

DIY:

Another idea, a very sentimental one at that, would be to glue/put together a collage of family photographs from your birth until now? This is a very creative and touching idea. Alternatively, you could buy a notebook and write/draw all of the most memorable moments you shared together – sort of like a diary of memories.

Generic gift ideas:

A card, a bottle of his favourite wine, a wallet, a gift hamper, a bottle of his favourite cologne..?

Is he not into gifts or sentimental stuff? That’s fine, take him out for a casual drink or a meal? You could also book tickets for him to see his favourite artist/s in concert? If that’s not enough, you could take him to a museum, art gallery etc…

Whether you can afford to splash out or not, it’s the thought that counts. He loves you and’ll appreciate all the effort you went to to make it special.

To those who are celebrating their first Father’s Day or are expecting a new arrival any day now, I salute you! Be the awesome dad you’re capable of being; your children are lucky to have you.

If you thought that the sheepskin slipper was only for the elderly, then, think again, because these pair of shoes are trending and come on a number of styles today, especially for women.  With the range of options available, it can be a daunting task, which requires a lot of time and patience to buy it. Women’s sheepskin slippers, which are made of high quality material, price more than the normal slippers, and you must check the size, shape and weight of the slipper before you buy them.

Sheepskin Slippers

Women’s Sheepskin Slippers

About Sheepskin leather:

Full Sheepskin footwear is the best buy for any buyer.  The reason is because its offers the wearer warmth, comfort, and durability. Furthermore, the sheepskin used is often nice and thick, that is why it is most recommended for people who are looking for relaxing their feet in winters.

  • Sheepskin slippers are classic footwear that never go out of style. The fine quality of sheepskin, even for women’s sheepskin slippers, makes the footwear feels wonderful on the feet. Unlike other fashionable footwear, women’s sheepskin slippers do not take time to break into it and your feet does not have to wait to get used to the material. Thus you will never have any sores and cuts on the feet in the first place. The natural sheepskin material is cool and soothing on the feet, enabling you to work for long hours without feeling tired.
  • Sheepskin slippers are fashionable even with the traditional touch in them. Other than their stylish look, they are hygienic as well due to their antibacterial nature, hence, preventing infections from forming on our skin. Sheepskin slippers keep the feet healthy. They can use it all day long without any rashes forming on the feet. This footwear is also ideal for you to wear when your feet have blisters and cuts as it is soft and soothing to the skin enabling it to heal comfortably.

 

Women's sheepskin slippers

Women’s Sheepskin Slippers

  • Sheepskin slippers, for women and men can be worn in all types of weather conditions, making them a preferable choice for those who hate to frequently change their footwear according to the weather. The airflow into the shoes through the pores keeps the feet cool in the summer. This also prevents the feet from sweating, thus also obstructing infections from forming on the feet. During winter, these shoes insulate the feet from cold air and the monsoons do not affect the material, as it is able to absorb sweat and moisture.
  • Since the women’s sheepskin slippers are available in many varieties and colors, you can actually choose these for formal as well as for informal occasions. They are available in black, brown, light beige and many other colors, which make it easier for many women to wear them even for corporate meetings. The surfaces of the slippers can be knitted or else, they can also be plain.

It is a proven fact that wearing footwear made from natural materials is always good for the feet’s skin as opposed to footwear made from fabricated materials like polyurethane. This is especially true in the case of women. Sheepskin women’s slippers give a very soothing touch to the skin, unlike leather shoes, which most people opt for. The cost of sheepskin slippers vary according to the quality of the material, and women can choose these slippers for wearing in many occasions.

Sheepskin is a material that is better than leather. Additionally, it is available in the most attractive shades and models and a size that fits your feet is easily available. So, why wait? Order them now from a sheepskin slippers store, and enjoy wearing this trendy and comfortable footwear right away.

I am Melissa Hamler, an experienced and professional blogger. I love to write blog on various topics, like: catering, food, home improvement, business, health etc. You can follow me on Facebook or  Twitter for more updates.

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Today, I checked the Instagram Story of Sara Asiya, one of my favourite Instagram personalities. She is the funniest lady I’ve come across in a while, I love her. However, sadly, she constantly is faced with negative feedback and her feeds are no stranger to negative comments and is becoming a hub trolls.

Today, she broke down LIVE on Instagram. It broke me. I know that this stuff happens, but I think seeing the affects first hand really messed me up.

The media is notorious for spreading the message that women are “too big” or “too thin” and what the “perfect” body/face shape is, so the last thing we need is some troll that has nothing better to do with their time than hurt and offend people. There’s a difference between banter and disrespect.

I do not stand for it, and I do not condone it. Listen to what I’ve got to say below…