My friend called on Friday as I was wracking my brains for something to blog about. I was completely stuck and trying to think of something was beginning to annoy me (totally blaming it on the recent new moon of Scorpio). Anyway, when I picked up I could tell my friend was not right and I quickly asked what was going on. To cut a long story short she was overwhelmed with everything going on in her life and didn’t know what to do. As we chatted on the phone I tried to offer some tips and advice to help her stay centered whilst everything else swirls around like a tornado. Most of us experience some level of stress on a regular (if not daily) basis and after I hung up from my friend I considered my increasing writers block and put it down to the juggling act of managing tasks. The increasing demands of daily life aren’t going anywhere so testing out techniques to navigate the daily grind became the inspiration for today’s post. View Post

Autumn has officially kicked off so on Sunday I decided to get the camera and go for a walk in my area to capture the beautiful leaves before they fall down. Not relishing the thought of a long cold winter I reluctantly waved goodbye to Summer last week. Now that the trees are turning colour and it’s cold but not yet freezing I’m warming up, like I always do, to a cozy autumn period. View Post

Oh lordy I have been struggling to blog this week and I’m blaming it on the gloomy weather. The sun disappeared behind a huge blanket of clouds and it’s done nothing but rain. It’s been a busy week with work which is great. On Monday I went to Stuttgart to pick up equipment for a photo shoot and Christian agreed to take some pictures of me for this blog post. Tuesday we drove to the shoot inside a factory located in the southern mountains which still looked beautiful in the insane rain that poured all day long. I also had a couple of opportunities for the blog which you will see in the next couple of months. View Post

Sorry, pardon WHAT??? Yes, I did say eat your SPF just not the bottle of sunscreen that’s sitting on the bathroom shelf. Let me explain…..

Certain anti-inflammatory foods, high in antioxidants work as a natural SPF. UV exposure is the biggest cause of skin ageing, not to mention skin cancer. Using a daily SPF is a wise choice but why not take it a step further by eating foods that bolster skin’s natural defense against the sun. View Post

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I’m super excited as I’ve partnered with Philips for today’s post. Over seven days I’ve kept a daily diary whilst using the new Sonicare Flexicare Platinum Toothbrush. The idea of healthier teeth inspired me to live a little healthier during these seven days. With Christmas fast approaching the overindulgence is unavoidable so a little self care beforehand seems like a great idea. Follow my seven day diary and see what I got up to whilst using the new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush.

Philips App Image.pngDay One. After charging the toothbrush for 24 hours I was keen to get started and try it out! I downloaded the Philips Sonicare app on i tunes. The toothbrush connects with the app via a built-in bluetooth (amazing, I know). It then coaches you toward the perfect brush as it displays the areas you might be neglecting to clean and if you are applying the correct amount of pressure. There are three brushing intensities, low, medium, high. Today I started with low, using the clean mode.
Previously I’d been using a regular non-electric toothbrush and I decided to start gently and build up the intensity over the coming days. With a Philips Sonicare the brush does most of the work and I was mindful to move the brush slowly and gently, back and forth, so the bristles can reach any gaps between the teeth. This brush cleans better when less pressure is applied. I have always done the opposite, applying more pressure to clean deeper. That may be the case with a manual toothbrush but not anymore!  
Afterwards my teeth feel strangely clean, like a freshly polished marble floor. They look a little whiter and super shiny. On closer inspection the areas between my teeth and gums also look super clean. Here’s a screenshot from the app’s Touch-Up feature, the yellow highlighted areas actually show you where you missed spots when you brush.

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Day 2. I find it harder waking up during the Winter months, when it’s cold and dark outside. I find a daily, at-home yoga session gets my day off to a good start. For a while I’ve been practicing the crow pose. It seemed impossible at first but after some practice I seem to be getting there. On YouTube there are great yoga instructors and this morning I did a class by Yoga with Tim. Prior to the yoga I was excited to use the new Philips Sonicare toothbrush again and see if there were any improvements in the cleanness of my teeth. I upped the brushing mode to medium. I could definitely notice a difference with the increased brushing mode. The brush automatically stops when the correct amount of time has passed which I find rather handy.

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Day 3. This morning I drank hot water with lemon & apple cider vinegar, first thing. Afterwards I brushed my teeth and today they look noticeably whiter which I’m super happy about. I decided to give the tongue cleaner a go. This is a separate head that replaces the brush head. 80% of oral bacteria is found on the tongue! I used 1 pump of the Philips Sonicare breath Rx tongue spray and gently brushed my tongue for 20 seconds. Afterwards my tongue looks very clean and feels incredibly fresh.

 

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Day 4. My healthier seven days are now in full swing and I’m loving it. For breakfast I’ve swapped the usual croissant for a bowl of porridge topped with banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. I find the connected aspect of the Philips Sonicare interesting as the app can tell exactly whats going on as you brush your teeth. Smart sensors track your brushing performance and send your data to your app via bluetooth wireless technology. The app highlights trouble areas and it also let’s you know when it’s time to change the brush head. The coach sets personalised goals and tracks the progress of gum health and tooth whitening.

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Day 5. It’s not long before the snow will arrive here in Germany so I decided to swap today’s yoga class and head outdoors for a 20 minute jog. The buzz I get afterwards is a welcome contrast to the peacefulness of yoga. Tomorrow I will get back on the mat for some zen time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 6. After testing out the deep clean function my teeth feel so much cleaner and smoother, like I just went to the dentist. The separate adapter and spray for cleaning the tongue has also made a difference as my mouth feels super fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 7. I’m feeling very pleased with myself having completed a healthier seven days. Setting myself tasks and structuring my day to make time for myself feels good. It’s been great fun getting to know my new Philips Sonicare toothbrush and testing out the various functions. Besides the results, my favourite functions are the UV sanitiser which ensures the brush head is perfectly clean every time I use it. The Philips Sonicare app is also great as it connects me with the toothbrush. Being able to see if I’m missing any areas when I brush or if I’m applying too much pressure is really cool.

I hope you liked this post and if you haven’t already please come and say hello via my Instagram or Twitter. Lastly, a big thanks to Philips Sonicare for partnering with me for this post.

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