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How to silence your inner critic

August 17, 2019
How to silence your inner critic

Do you have an inner critic? I’m far too busy judging myself to worry about judging you. Quite often (and generally in a work context), I will be talking out loud and a voice will start in my head saying, ‘stop, you sound ridiculous, Just stop before you embarrass yourself any further’. This voice tells me I look too fat in my clothes, that I’m ageing and wrinkled.…

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What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

July 28, 2019
What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

What is resilience? Resilience is the ability to be able to cope with or navigate your way through difficulties and crisis. It essentially means you’re able to either bounce after a crisis or adapt to new circumstances. Resilient people are able to understand what their body and mental state need and put in processes or modify their behaviour accordingly. Why is resilience so important? It’s a fact of…

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Tavira with kids: a family travel guide

July 24, 2019
Tavira with kids

Tavira is a sleepy town on the Eastern side of the Algarve (the less busy side). It was recommended to me as a nice place in Portugal to visit with kids by my friend and ex-work colleague who lived there a few years ago. I wanted to go somewhere not too touristy where we could spend time relaxing as well as having things to do (without worrying about…

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San Francisco with a toddler

July 9, 2019
San Francisco with a toddler leaning against a mural in the Mission District

Are we mad taking our toddler on a long haul holiday? I had lots of ideas about parenting until I became an actual parent and realised its not always as easy as you think. Which is why I questioned if we were mad to take our toddler son on a long haul flight to San Francisco? However, we wanted to go before our son turned two (and avoid…

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Get started with essential oils

July 6, 2019

The power of smell can have a real effect on our wellbeing; helping to reduce stress and lift our mood. It’s linked to our limbic system, which is part of the brain that controls mood and emotion. One of the easiest ways of doing this is through essential oils, which are a concentrated scent of the plant they come from. However, there are over 90 commonly used essential…

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Why we need to practice self-compassion

June 26, 2019
self-compassion and why you need to practice it

Ever ruminate over something you said, which you could have said better? Or beat yourself up over how you could have dealt with a situation differently?  Do you tell yourself you should be further ahead than you are? Be more confident/quick-witted/have the body of a 20 year-old when in reality you’re 44?*  *I appreciate the last one might just be me…  Well, it sounds like you need to…

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What is self-care and why do you need it?

June 18, 2019
What is self-care and why do you need it?

What is self-care? Self-care is the practice of looking after yourself to protect and/or improve your physical and mental health. It means ensuring that we’re aware of and are actively taking care of our needs. It’s impossible to go through life without stress or issues that we need to deal with. We all have to navigate work, family and relationship challenges that are sometimes completely out of our…

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365 days of happiness (or how to make yourself happy)

June 12, 2019
365 days of wellbeing

365 days of happiness Jacqueline Pirtle believes happiness is a practice and wrote ‘365 days of happiness’ sharing daily guidance to help you be happy. She teaches mindfulness, gratitude and visualisation techniques to help retrain our thought processes and create a positive mindset. The idea is you work through the book doing one practice a day. The teachings are short, easy to digest and don’t require any pre-planning…

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DIY natural fabric conditioner: a how to guide

June 5, 2019
DIY natural fabric conditioner

At the risk of sounding utterly boring, I’ve got sick of seeing my washing machine clogged up with the old residue of fabric conditioner. I’m also not convinced it’s great for the environment or our clothes. However, I really like the smell and so I’m not quite ready to give up my fabric conditioner addiction. I do try to buy more natural products but even then I’m still…

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Essential oils for beginners

May 24, 2019
Essential oils for beginners

Essential oils seem to be having a renaissance of late with people talking about the impact they have on their overall wellbeing. We’re all aware of the power of music and how it can tap into our emotions so it stands to reason that smells affect our senses too. I love the fresh smell in the air after it’s just finished raining because it gives me a feeling…

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How to practice gratitude

May 6, 2019
how to practice gratitude

Gratitude practice changed my life I’ve previously about how gratitude practice changed my life. It turned me from perpetually being a ‘grey sky thinker’ to seeing the positives in life. I had gone through life feeling like the odds were stacked against me.  Good fortune and luck were things that happened to other people. I was great at seeing the negatives in any situation which helped back up…

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How I’m moving towards chemical free living

April 30, 2019
chemical free living

My interest in natural and chemical free living really started after my son was born. Spending more time in the home, meant needing to clean more often and I became much more aware of the number of products on the market, all promising different things. We now have cleaning sprays for every room in the house, plus different ones for your shower, bath, sinks and toilet. Each one…

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DIY Natural dishwasher tablets with only 3 ingredients

April 26, 2019

One of my bugbears with dishwasher tablets is the amount of packaging they have. I appreciate the manufacturers wrap them separately to stop tablets from attracting moisture and crumbling. But it just seems like such a waste. Who cares if you have to throw in a few crumbs for the final wash. Even the ones that dissolve are made from plastic (PVA – polyvinyl alcohol) aren’t what they…

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How to stop being a victim and take responsibility for your own life

April 22, 2019
Stop being a victim and take responsibility for your own life

Stop being a victim Confession time: I was the world’s biggest victim. I felt everything was stacked against me. The reason why my relationships failed? That was down to my turbulent childhood and not having good role models. Why I never got promoted at work? That was because no one appreciated my efforts. If someone spoke down to me, well, that was because there was something about me…

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Why self-doubt isn’t always a bad thing: turning our negative patterns around

April 15, 2019
why self-doubt isn't always a bad thing

It might seem bizarre that I’m writing about why self-doubt isn’t always a bad thing given that it’s plagued me my whole life. Self-doubt has affected my decision-making, stopped me from pursuing potential opportunities and held me back no end. I spend a considerable amount of time second-guessing myself and overthinking to the point that it can be exhausting. I’d like to give you a happy ending here…

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DIY natural bath salts and how to make them

April 10, 2019
DIY natural bath salts

I know it’s a self-care cliche but a bath always makes me feel better about life. It’s a moment of ‘me time’, allowing me to be fully present (rather than overthinking) and helps soak away some of the stresses of the day. I used to love treating myself to really luxurious bath products. I felt it was a nice indulgence for someone with a busy life. If I’m…

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How to rise above it

April 5, 2019
How to rise above it

Do you know someone who is ‘challenging’? Do they actively try to put you down? Blank you? Or just generally make life unpleasant. Are there ways we can stop this from affecting us and learn how to rise above it? I think we all come across people in our day to day lives whose behaviour doesn’t sit well with us. They’re the ones that seem to dislike you…

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DIY natural cleaning spray

March 31, 2019
DIY natural cleaning spray

Did you know you can clean your home using completely natural ingredients? Despite, cleaning products being sold to us as the only way to eradicate germs and destroy bacteria, the reality is, we can clean our homes just as safely without the use of chemicals. I have experimented with shop bought cleaning sprays, however, I have found them more expensive and when money’s been tight (hello, maternity leave),…

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Self-care practices and how to implement them

March 26, 2019
self-care practices and how to implement them

What is self-care? Self-care is the practice of ensuring we are looking after ourselves physically and emotionally. This helps us navigate through life easier. Whilst the self-care phrase has been mocked for just being about candles and baths (both of which I love); it is fundamentally important to make sure we are giving ourselves what we need. Stresses about our families, finances, work all play on our minds.…