How to lessen your plastic waste

Oh help! Oh no! It’ a gruffaloooooo (wrapped in plastic :-/)   Plastic is everywhere. I think I must have been a bit blind in the past but over the last few months, I’ve really noticed how much plastic surrounds the products that we buy – from toys to food, we can’t get away from it. Some examples are utterly insane. I can’t remember which shop was the perpetrator but I remember recently seeing a packet of two avocados in a plastic tray and then wrapped in plastic. Arghhh why?!?   So I thought I’d try and have a week

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Stress Prevention and Treatment

Apparently, I’m suffering from stress. *All gasp in shock* I know, right? Didn’t bat an eyelid.   I spoke to a doctor and have subsequently looked up the Mind web page on stress as well as the NHS version. Here are just some of the symptoms but naturally, everyone is different so if you think you could need a little help then please call your GP. Here goes… Irritability, aggressiveness, impatience. Or just that feeling of being wound up. Overburdened. Anxious and nervous. Thoughts racing all the time and you can’t switch off your brain. Unable to enjoy yourself in

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Ethical clothing

Over on Instagram last week, I displayed an image of a beautiful dress that I was sent from a lovely lady who hand-makes clothes using ethically produced and individually sourced materials. It made me realise how many small companies are out there, working morally and creating unique pieces that could literally wipe the floor with some of the dross you find in your everyday store.   I’m not going to lie, of course I buy clothes from large high street companies but more recently, I have started to search on places like Etsy to see if what I’m looking for

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Flex TV – Social home fitness review

FLEX   So, a few days ago I talked about the angels who turn up at unexpected but entirely perfect moments when I thought I had found a great GP for Jude. Well, here we have another example of fate. Flex. They contacted me, asking if I would be interested in trying out their new exercise method that is specifically targeted at individuals like me who want to get fit but really haven’t got the time to attend group sessions or the gym.   And I know people say that you can always find time but trust me, I’m on call

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Mandara Spa – product review

As you all know, this year I am attempting to look after myself a little better. I have embarked on an exciting exercise plan which I’ll be telling you about next week, I’m drinking lots of water and have drastically reduced the amount of migraines I have to deal with, I’m reading more books which is a passion I was letting slip big time and finally, I’m attempting to sometimes say NO to suggestions when life is already getting too much.   So following all this, I was thrilled when Mandara Spa sent me some products to try out.   Mandara Spas are now

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Body autonomy

As Elsa turns eight this week, I have become increasingly aware that she is growing up fast (stating the obvious I know but I’m a bit dim at times.)     I wanted to know your views on something because I’m aware that I sometimes take things too seriously and go a bit mumma lioness on a situation, defending my girls to the death.   So say a family member wanted to give your son/daughter a kiss and a hug but they didn’t want to for one reason or another (they’re upset with them, they are shy, they don’t know them

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I’m going to go a bit deep and hippy on you all for a little bit as something has been on my mind for a couple of weeks and I’m going to do something about it after I’ve written this all down…   I have been considering Elsa a lot recently and thinking about how she is slowly changing into an older girl who will soon enough be a teenager and then an adult. It worries me that experiences she has had as a child may affect her as an adult and was wondering if any of you had thoughts on

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I had one of those weird scenarios a couple of days ago where you read an article on a regularly frequented website  and you realise that you have been investigating exactly the same thing they have! The topic I was looking in to for Jude was yoga and the article I happened upon was on the Special Needs Jungle website (click to see the article). They discuss how the inclusion of mindful activities can have a profound effect on all children, not just those with special needs and in particular they suggest that “yoga helps to rebalance and refine the child’s nervous

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My new lipstick love

Now, I know I’m not much of a make up-y kind of gal but I’m attempting to make a bit more of an effort and have promised myself that I will buy the odd treat to help make me feel better about myself in terms of health and appearance. I ordered a lipstick from Arbonne a few days ago, it was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase and I did have a pang of guilt for a little while afterwards but hey ho, I didn’t cancel the order so I can’t have felt that guilty! The lipstick

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