Showing posts with label #happy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #happy. Show all posts

Monday, 23 October 2017

Shape and Sculpt Skinny Jeans from Simply Be US

I live in skinny jeans and have done since I was teenager ... they suit me best and make me feel good.
One thing that I have found is some of them don't really do me any favours.

I no longer have my skinny size 8 teenage body, I have a body of a 31 year old mum whose made four boys...two at once!

My body really has been put through its paces and having jeans that offer a little extra support is something I'm always on the look out.

So when I was contacted by Simply Be US to see if I fancied trying some of their clothes I was more than excited to say yes.

I've never shopped from Simply Be and was very surprised by the large range of items they had.
I thought Simply Be was for sizes over 14 so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they cater for all shapes and sizes, from size 6 up to size 28.
(US sizes are slightly different to UK, so remember that when ordering.)

Detailing and control panel. 

After browsing the website for a while I decided I would try out their Shape & Sculpt jeans.

From $67.49 to $67.50
These premium Shape and Sculpt skinny jeans are engineered with multidirectional stretch denim to respond to your curves and retain their shape and contain Tencel to provide ultimate comfort. Featuring a comfortable high rise with hidden Magisculpt control panel to help flatten your waist and hold you in. 
Designed with intelligent seaming to define and lift your bottom making them the ultimate must-have jeans.
Machine washable.

These seemed like my dream pair of jeans!

I pretty much sat by my door eagerly waiting for them,  as soon as the postman handed them to me a week or so later I ran upstairs to try them on.

I was slightly worried they wouldn't fit, but to my surprise they really were the perfect fit.
They held in my mum tum and lifted my bum.
They made me feel amazing!

They do the job so well that I feel comfortable enough to wear tighter tops with them.

Usually I live in baggy jumpers just to hide my mum tum, I know it's not awful as I think it is but it' is something I really struggle with. 
These jeans have really help boost my mum-tum confidence.

The first time I wore them on the school run, one of the other mums asked if I had lost weight!
They obviously do what I was hoping for.
They go high enough to hide any muffin top and tummy rolls.
I'm pretty much over the moon with these!

I'm planning on buying more in different colours just to keep me going for a while!

**Thank you to Simply Be US for gifting me these magical jeans!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Revealed: The Science Behind Hugs on National Hugging Day

On a day when the world might need a good hug,
research reveals that we simply aren’t getting enough

·       Hugs release oxytocin – a chemical which can make us happy – yet a third of us receive no hugs at all
·       3.2m Brits believe hugging relieves stress and helps them relax and want 6 a day… but have to settle for 2
·       Family hugs are the tops – with partners, sons/daughters and mum making the top 5 favourite huggers
·       Dogs awarded title of ‘most huggable’ followed by cat, rabbits, horses and… elephants!
·       The ‘Duggee Hug’ is an intrinsic element of every episode of BAFTA Award-winning preschool show, Hey Duggee
·       Andy Cope, Doctor of Happiness and Hugging Expert, reveals the science behind hugging and why we need to do more

In pursuit of happiness, people traverse the globe, explore the world’s wonders, splash out millions on material goods, yet often still carry that empty feeling. If only the happiness chemical, oxytocin, could be homegrown – well it can!

According to research, a hug lasting seven seconds or longer can work the magic of releasing the happiness hormone, perking us up from gloomy blues. That’s great news for Brits – to mark National Hugging Day (21 January), and inspired by the huge positive response to the ‘Duggee Hug’ featured in the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies’ show Hey Duggee, BBC Worldwide commissioned research* which reveals that the average hug lasts 7.7 seconds. However, Brits are in desperate need of more hugs.

The poll shows that we would like an average of nearly six hugs a day, with those in the Midlands being the most huggable – demanding a whopping 12 hugs a day! Unfortunately we fall short, with Brits only getting an average of two hugs a day, and 33% (17.2m) not receiving any hugs at all.

So where are all the hugs going? Research shows that Brits may hug their partners the most (50%), however daughters (23%) and sons (19%) come a close second and third, showing that we are still hugging our children more than our female friends (17%) and our mums (13%). It would seem that family is oxytocin central – 37% believe their partners give the best hugs, followed by daughters (13%) and sons (10%). 35% of folk say they enjoy hugging as it shows affection and increases bonding, and many also say it relaxes them, relieves stress and gives them a sense of belonging.

As a nation of pet lovers, 9% of Brits even believe that their cats and dogs give better hugs than their male friends and colleagues! Dogs were deemed the most huggable pet (44%) with cats in second place (19%) and rabbits hopping into third (7%).

If you’re single, fret not since female friends (9%) and mums (7%) are not too far behind in giving good hugs. Men, unfortunately lag behind in this category as well and lose the battle to pets again with dogs and cats found to give better hugs than male friends and colleagues.

You would think with a shortfall in hugs, we would take as many as we can get! Women think otherwise with stats revealing that 48% of women are more likely to avoid hugs than their male friends, and in total, 21.5m Brits have dodged a hug at some point in their life.


Doctor of Happiness and Hugging Expert, Andy Cope, has plenty to say about the humble hug, “Hugging stimulates the production of oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that acts on the brain's emotional centre. It promotes feelings of contentment and reduces anxiety and stress as well as promoting feelings of devotion, trust and bonding. But there’s more. A mum's touch even seems to mitigate pain – remember when you were a child and you fell down and grazed your knee? A loving hug made it all go away.

“There’s research that indicates hugging releases hormones that are immunoregulatory and have a deep impact on the health of our immune systems. Hugging also releases dopamine, another wonderful chemical that can help stave off depression and, it’s believed, even Parkinson’s Disease. Dopamine changes how our bodies handle stress, both physical and social.”

CBeebies’ Hey Duggee certainly knows the benefits of hugs. A pre-school series that quite literally encourages young children to embrace the embrace, each episode ends with the animal characters gathering together for a #DuggeeHug – the perfect end to a day of activities at The Squirrel Club, all compassionately overseen by our loveable canine hero, Duggee.

Andy Cope, concludes “It’s remarkable that such a complex surge of events in the brain and body are all initiated by a simple, supportive touch. Regardless of your touchy-feely preference level, hugging can convey a message that words often can’t, so be sure to give and get your quota of hugs.”

Hey Duggee products including toys, apparel, publishing, DVD and apps are available for fans to purchase through all good retailers. 
New product lines are being added in 2017.