Enjoying The World’s No1 Sports Drink

Gatorade is the world’s number one sports drink. It is a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink that comes in a range of flavours and is designed to maintain endurance performance and to enhance the absorption of water during physical exercise. It is the perfect drink to take to the gym, to the track, and to the football pitch. In fact, for any activity where you are going to be using lots of energy and building up a sweat, Gatorade will enable you to replenish your fluids and perform better.

My son Joe is extremely active. He plays for a football team and trains twice weekly with them. He also plays for the WBA foundation once a week, plays school sport 4 times weekly, and boxes on Fridays. He takes a drink with him as he builds up a sweat and uses lots of energy, but he is not a fan of water, and we found that during training he was sometimes not drinking enough, which led to a loss of energy and a drop in his performance levels.

He now takes a bottle of Gatorade with him to each training session. The 500ml sports drinks bottles are easy to open and close and are non spill. There are a range of flavours including Cool Blue (Joe’s favourite), Red Orange, Orange and Lemon. The drinks taste great, and if you are interested in trying them all, Amazon has a pack that includes 12 bottles (3 of each flavour), along with a cool towel and a Gatorade squeeze bottle. This is a great way of getting to know the brand.

The Gatorade drinks taste great and have been a real success story in my house. We reserve these for sports time only, they are sports drinks and so not just for after school, but when they are used correctly, they are a great way of putting the energy and hydration back into the body.

Holiday Essentials Part 2

I’m going on my Summer holiday next week and to say I am excited would be a bit of an understatement. I can’t wait to get some sun and have a chance to really relax and recharge the batteries, but, before that, the packing needs to be done.

This post is dedicated to a few more of the things that will be in my suitcase, things that will be useful and essential.

Childs Farm SPF Factor 30 Range

Childs Farm is a sun lotion range that I often reach for as it is perfect for skin that is prone to eczema and sensitivity. The range was originally for children, but a new SPF 30 range has been produced for its adult audience, who also love its non allergenic properties.

According to recent research, 60% of people in theUK believe that their skin is sensitive, and 1 in 5 under fives suffers from Atopic Eczema. All Childs Farm products are dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive skin and are also safe for people prone to eczema. This means your problem skin is not going to be further irritated by your sun cream.

The new products come in the form of a spray bottle, a roll on and a traditional cream. Prices start from £7 and can be found exclusively in Boots and at childsfarm.com

SunSense Ultra SPF 50

If you are looking for a higher level of protection, maybe for the start of your holiday when you are still looking pale and interesting, then the SunSense Ultra SPF 50 is a good way to start.

This fragrance free formula contains Vitamin B3 to help improve the appearance of skin tone and texture as well as replenish dry skin. It is also water resistant for up to 4 hours, so may take away the need to keep reapplying. It comes in three sizes, including a roll on which could be perfect for carrying in your handbag, or putting in a school bag for those extra sunny days we sometimes get, as it is easy for children to apply themselves.

SunSense Ultra SPF50+ from £9.29

Beach towels From John Lewis

Many hotels now provide beach towels for use around the pool, but this still differs from hotel to hotel so is something you need to check before you travel. If you do need a beach towel, or maybe want to get one for swimming in the UK, then this Summer, John Lewis has a fantastic selection, with some really pretty patterns and prints.

My personal favourite is the flamingo design, I’m a bit obsessed with flamingo prints and this is super pretty.

John Lewis & Partners Flamingoes Beach Towel £15.00 Click to visit John Lewis

Isaac Mizrahi Travel Organiser

I got one of these myself from TK Maxx last weekend. Keeping your travel documents in one place in your bag is such a sensible option, and certainly helps things move quicker when you are checking in, either at the hotel or the airport.

I love this Isaac Mizrahi wallet because it is clear, and so you can see and find your documents easy, it also has a space for boarding cards which should be more useful than rooting around in your bag when you go onboard.

This is such a stylish design, and will be really useful if you travel a lot.

Preparing For a Rainy Day

The rate at which people in the UK are saving is falling. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, more than half of 22 to 29 year olds (53%) have no savings at all. Even among those who are saving, 40% have no more than £1,000 saved.

It’s an alarming figure as it means that a large portion of young adults do not have emergency funds to cover unexpected expenses. Some examples might include sudden car repairs, having to replace a faulty boiler system, or an unexpected job loss. Either scenario can happen. If you’re not prepared with a rainy day fund, you could be left with no other choice but to borrow at a high interest rate.

Here we’ll look at how to build a rainy day fund so you’ll have the means to cover any unexpected surprises that come your way.

Start With a Small Amount

It’s impossible to predict with complete certainty about what will happen in the future. Experts like Dave Ramsey recommend setting aside three to six months of living expenses in an emergency fund. A funded rainy day account lets you prepare for any unexpected events. If you lose your job, you’ll have enough to cover living expenses while you look for another job.

Start building your rainy day fund with small amounts then slowly ramp up your effort. Saving just $5 a day averages to about $150 a month. Don’t discount smaller amounts either as even a few dollars a day can really add up after a few months.

Create a Savings Plan

Saving a few months of living expenses is much easier with a budget. Budgeting lets you create a spending plan for your money so you have enough to cover all expenses. In addition to including major expenses like food and housing, build in a monthly commitment to add funds to your rainy day account. You can even automate this by setting up direct deposits into a savings account with your bank.

Be sure to look for ways to reduce your spending. For example, preparing your own meals at home can easily help you save a few hundred dollars a month. Other ways to save include cancelling any monthly subscriptions you no longer use or looking for better deals when shopping.

Using Your Rainy Day Fund

Life happens – Your car might break down or you may come down with a potentially serious infection like measles or hepatitis that requires you to briefly stop working. These scenarios are impossible to predict. But with an accessible emergency fund, you’ll be able to weather the storm instead of borrowing or using a credit card.

It’s important to have a highly liquid rainy day fund. When you need access, you can simply withdraw the needed funds and pay for the emergency expense. Such scenarios are bound to happen again so you’ll want to replenish your emergency fund again. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use a rainy day fund but with how unpredictable life can be, having one will provide extra peace of mind. 

Author’s Bio 

Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for Travel Vax.