Best Boot Forward- Habits

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen some of my previous #BestBootForward posts. A group of us bloggers, all want to inspire you all to look for the best positive pieces of your lives.

Today we are discussing things that you take for granted and habits that you may need to pack in, or habits that you should be thankful you have. I am a firm believer that if something makes you happy, why quit? Obviously, you need to look after yourself. Your health is paramount but your happiness is equally as important. Finding the right balance is key. Love yourself, love what you do and love your life.

Today’s questions come from the lovely Chloe from Indigo Wilderness. If you want to read more, or better still JOIN IN, check out the #BestBootForward Community on Facebook.

What do you take for granted?

 I am a very appreciative person. I always try to appreciate even the smallest things in life. The health of my children, the wonderful relationship I have with my husband, my beautiful home, my abilities to be a very practical person. I do however believe I take my lifestyle for granted. I am lucky enough to not have to go out to work each day, my husband is the breadwinner and I am a part time ‘lady of leisure’. Yet we live a very frugal lifestyle. We try to spend as little as we can, buying reduced food and using as many reusable products as possible. We do this because we want to- not because we have to. I forget that there are people living in this world who do not have the choice to live frugally- they are forced to. Our frugal lifestyle is a hobby. If we wanted to pack it all in tomorrow, we could.

Could you change a habit to improve your life?

Smoking. 100%. Not many of my readers will know that I smoke. I tend to keep it quiet. However, if you know me from day to day life, it is likely that you know that I smoke. I have a strange relationship with smoking. I can go hours (or even days or weeks- especially in pregnancy) without a cigarette, quite happily. For me smoking is routine. I do the school run and the kids are not around- I pop the kettle on and go for a quick smoke. I go to feed the chickens- and have a smoke. Pop to the greenhouse- smoke. Spending lots of time outside means lots of opportunities to smoke.

I have recently been looking into switching from ciggies to vaping. I have friends who have completely made the switch from smoking to vaping and found the transition really easy! I really need to sit and read The Beginners Guide To Vaping, an in-depth guide to vaping. I need to get to grips with it all as there are so many options when it comes to choosing the right vaporizer. I feel a bit lost when friends talk about ejuices, coils, battery packs and mods. Mind=blown.

What good habits do you have or could you get into? I am really good at making plans for the day and sticking to them! I never used to be like this though. I used to be a push over, I would start the day with good intentions and plans would go out of the window when another option would pop up. Sometimes we just have to learn to say “no”. Something I would never do. I started to refuse to babysit kids, turn down popping out for coffee or even just turning the TV on and choosing the telly over getting stuff done.

I soon realised things had to change, especially once I became self-employed, deadlines had to be met and there was no putting off certain jobs. Yes, I still see my friends and have fun but I am much better now at managing my time and doing the things I want to do, not what others what me to do. I am worried this sounds selfish but my life has certainly improved over the last few months.

Could you ask yourself these questions and put your #BestBootForward? It’s amazing what you can achieve with a little positivity!


How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health And Wellbeing

Gum disease is responsible for many oral issues. Good gum care is as equally important as cleaning your teeth. We all know why brushing your teeth is so important, it ensures that food particles and bacteria are removed to stop tooth decay from developing. The medical term for gum disease is Periodontal Disease, which comes in a range of forms. From the very mild to severe. Severe cases can include where the gums begin to separate from the teeth, which can be the onset of a serious infection.

Active Bacterial Infection


All forms of periodontal disease are active bacterial infections, and although the problem might arise in the mouth, the infection quickly spreads to other parts of the body. Even a small cut in your mouth can be enough for a bacterial infection to enter the bloodstream, and this will seriously impact your immune system. If by any chance, you are looking for a good dentist in Brisbane CBD, there is an excellent clinic that specialises in all forms of oral care, and with regular check-ups, should you develop the early symptoms of gum disease, the dentist can take immediate action.

The Immune System


This is nature’s defence against any harmful germs or bacteria that manages to get into your body. When a person develops a gum infection, more often than not, there is bacterial growth. This can be transported around the body via the bloodstream. You might think that a mouth ulcer, for instance, does not present a danger to your overall health. In actual fact, this is the time when there is a high risk of infection. By having regular appointments with your local dentist, he or she can make sure that both your teeth and gums are healthy. If you would like some further reading on the subject, there is a some very informative articles on the Internet on the immune system and how it works.

Chronic Infection

If a person contracts a form of gum disease and does nothing about it, the infection will spread and this can happen via the bloodstream. When the immune system is attacked by bacteria from all sides, medical treatment is required, which might even involve a short hospital admittance. This is why it is so important to keep an eye on the condition of your gums, as well as making sure your teeth are regularly cleaned.

Regular Oral Inspections

Gum disease can attack anyone at any time, which is why it is essential to visit your local dentist every few months. He or she can thoroughly examine your mouth. Should the dentist find that you do have Periodontal Disease, the right treatment can be given before any serious damage occurs. If you have recently moved and have no idea where your nearest dentist is located, a Google search will bring up a list of local clinics, and the sooner you register, the better.

If the truth be known, your gums are every bit as important as your teeth, and the mouth is the one place where infection can quickly spread to other parts of the body.