The Best Way To Get Perfect Nails – Every Time

Do you envy those women who always have perfect nails? They look so stylish and put-together – perfect nails enhance your look just like a perfect haircut or glowing skin. If you think you can’t be one of those people with nails everyone envies, think again. Whether you love a natural look or a bold polish, you don’t need to spend endless dollars or time on your nails. Here are some simple tips for getting the nails you want, with minimal effort or expense. Read more

4 Criminal Careers Youve Probably Never Considered 

When someone talks about working in criminal justice, they tend to think about a career in law enforcement or law. However, there are many other careers in criminal justice. Here are four criminal justice careers you’ve probably never considered – but should. And note that some of them let you work in the private sector. Read more

Things to Consider When Making a Move to the US

The idea of making a complete move to the United States of America can be an exciting and tempting prospect for many of us. We see so much of the country through its exposure to the rest of the world in the form of TV, film, and the culture in general. Furthermore, the standard of living in the US is at its highest in recent years than it has been in the last decade. However, before actually taking the plunge and packing your bags, there is a great deal to consider about a country so massive, both geographically and culturally. Read more

Looking good and feeling great in the morning

As everybody knows, nothing kicks off a good day like a good morning. If you can wake up feeling fresh and bright, looking good and with a smile on your face, you’re ready to take on whatever the world throws at you. However, if you work long hours, if you’re raising kids, or if you’re otherwise impacted by daily stresses and strains, sleeping well and waking up refreshed might not be that easy. Here are some things you can do to help.  Read more

Have fun with indoor gardening and boost your mental health?

As the winter season approaches, we tend to spend more time staying cosy indoors and wrapping up warm. But how do you beat the winter blues? Research has shown that gardening has the power to boost overall health, including reducing stress and lowering instances of depression. Read more

The Health Benefits of Taking a Hot Bath

Soaking in a hot or warm bath seems like a luxury after a long day. Hot baths have many health benefits apart from just relaxing us. Something as simple a hot bath can be good for your heart, blood pressure, skin health and many other things. Surprised? Take a look at what taking hot baths can really do for your health. Read more

UK findings reveal that 41% of women add nothing towards their pension pots

A UK report from True Potential Investor, a private pensions provider, reveals that a larger proportion of the female population (41%) save nothing each month towards their retirement dreams, compared with 30% of the male population. The graphic below, shares more findings. Read more

A Guide to the Festivals of York

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York isn’t known as England’s City of Festivals for nothing, with many visitors based both locally and from all over the world descending upon this postal address just for its events and festivals. It would be foolish of me to say that upon your visit you will find something to your personal taste and liking to attend by way of the many festivals of York, which is true enough, but you’re better encouraged to drop in and catch a glimpse of some of those events you wouldn’t normally even bat an eyelid at. In other words, there’s perhaps a pleasant surprise waiting for you if you take the time to reward your curiosity!

The official list of the festivals of York will give you a solid base from which to select which ones you’re going to explore, but there are many more festivals on the go, some of which don’t take place annually, which makes them even more of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, the official list includes the Festival of Angels, the Viking Festival, Early Music, Late Music, Multicultural Food and Arts, Horse Racing (or the Ebor Race Meeting, as it’s more affectionately referred to), Mystery Plays, Food and Drink, Chinese New Year, and Christmas St. Nicholas’ Fair Festival.

I feel it pertinent to discuss some of my personal favourites and some of those which are more popular, but no amount of words can do any real justice to how the experience itself is. You simply have to be there to capture the essence of what a York festival is all about…

Viking Festival

Taking place in February, this is one of the most iconic if not the most iconic festival of York. Needless to say its appeal comes from its representation of the very rich history of the city, but perhaps what makes this the swansong festival of the city is the fact that attendees of all ages can have a lot of fun here. There’s a lot of dressing up and role-playing – I mean who doesn’t love a bit of mock fighting, but it’s a very educational festival as well which seeks to highlight the importance of the Viking Centre.

York Festival of Food and Drink

The latter part of September each year plays host to the York Festival of Food and Drink, which places a special focus on Yorkshire food, but is balanced out with a drinks programme that is focussed more on wine and incorporates selections from all over the world. Enjoy the many events which include tastings, demonstrations, dinners and markets which run over 10 days. Kids can enjoy some hands-on cooking fun as well…

Mystery Plays

While they don’t run each year, these Medieval Passion plays were given a new lease on life following the Second World War, but basically this is where the surprise element comes into play because the plays vary between venue-changing formal renditions and traditional plays which are acted out  on some floats which cover a lot of ground as they’re carried around the city.

If you’re visiting one of York’s many festivals this year (or next!) check out iknow-UK for great deals on a whole range of accommodation.