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Summer Solstice: Embrace the Season

The summer solstice is upon us, arriving on Friday 21st June. Why not use this date as a jumping off point to embrace all that the summer months have to offer?

Summer Solstice

Unplug

If you are guilty of a bit too much social media and screen time generally, then now may be the perfect time to switch off devices and notifications and really connect with your family, loved ones and friends on a face-to-face basis. You might be really surprised by how much more you feel ‘connected’ for stepping into the real world once more, and not spending so much time virtually.

Sunrise/Sunset

There is something very spiritual about witnessing a sunrise and sunset. Try to find time to experience both, and feel reenergised by the magic.

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Breaking Free, by Robbie – PIN: 3443

Breaking FreeStuck in a never-ending cycle?

If you are having trouble with the patterns that seem to always repeat themselves in your life. It is important to know that there is always a way to break out of cycles and situations that don’t serve you.

What we experience is a matter of what we focus on. When you believe that you can’t change things – you are right. So, start believing that you can change things and you will be right also!<!-

Believe in yourself

Belief is a powerful thing…It can either disempower you or empower you, and the choice is always yours. No cycle is unbreakable but you have to start believing in your power to make your situation better. Using statements like ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ or other statements of this kind are self-fulfilling prophecies. So, change the way you talk to yourself and start saying ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ because ‘I will’ is saying you believe in your will. If you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ are excuses. So, question yourself. Do you really want to make a change? Because if you really do, you will find a way. (more…)

Flavour Infusions

Cooking InfusionsNot everyone is blessed with being a good cook, and many of us are time poor and looking for fast ways to feed the family. If one of your New Year resolutions was to lose weight, to eat healthier, or cook more from scratch, then it can be nice to have a few handy tricks up your sleeve in the kitchen that are quick and easy, but pack a punch of flavour.

Why not give these three flavour infusions a go?

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Second Act

Second Act - Jennifer LopezFor January, I thought we would profile a feel-good movie, this time with Jennifer Lopez in the starring role. If you liked her in ‘Maid in Manhattan’, the chances are you will like her in this film – Second Act.

As the film title suggests, this is all about getting a second act in your life, not accepting that your life must follow on the trajectory you imagined.

In the film Maya (played by Jennifer Lopez) is a 40+ year old woman, who is frustrated that she has not achieved more in her life. She has a job working in a value store, she is very good at her job, but she gets passed over for promotion as a result of not having a college degree. Which just adds to her frustration. (more…)

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’…But what about that dreaded Hangover?

Tis the Season to be JollyIn the UK pubs are still closing at a rate of knots, and yet the British love a tipple, and never more so than at Christmas. With Supermarkets competing with each, and driving down the price of alcohol, it is readily available giving people plenty of incentive to stock up.

But, if you have reached a certain age, where you can’t drink quite like you used to, or at least not whilst waking up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – then read on for some smart ways to minimise the almighty hangover.

  • Of course, as the first point, I should say that if you don’t want a hangover – the first and easiest option is to not drink!

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Three Good Reads

Nine Perfect Strangers Book

We’ve got three good books to explore, a thriller, an inspiring year-long journey and possibly the last self-help book you’ll ever need!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

You probably recognise Liane Moriarty’s name, as she is the best-selling author behind the hit HBO TV series – Big Little Lies.

Her latest book is set at Tranquillum House, a health & wellness retreat that sells itself on the basis of total transformation.

So, nine city folk that want to escape for a while from their stressful lives, dropping their mental and physical baggage as they go, via meditation, massage and more, go to the house. They are without cars, phones and all the entrapments of a modern existence that would allow them access to the outside world.

It should be a time of just getting to know each other, and getting more in touch with themselves.

The retreat is watched over by the Resort’s director, a woman who can be described as ‘on a mission’, but perhaps her mission is at odds with what the guests are imagining or expecting…

Maybe, just maybe behind the glamorous facade – a dark agenda lies! (more…)

Halloween – Movie

Halloween Movie FranchiseFilm franchises, perhaps especially horror franchises are not necessarily known for their quality, often they just become a commercial enterprise, full of a lot of cliché’s and in the case of slasher movies, just a fresh approach on characters to kill off!

But the latest ‘Halloween’ film, is trying to sidestep that issue, by becoming a direct sequel to the original John Carpenter film of 1978. In doing so they are not chained by continuity issues of the franchise series of films that came after. This has given them the leeway to create a narrative that actually has a story, with an underlying theme of looking at the consequences that are far-reaching and long-lasting for the victims of trauma and violence.

Whilst a serious theme is addressed, don’t be mistaken for thinking that this horror movie moves away from its ‘slasher’ origins, because it doesn’t. There is plenty of violence and scenes of gore, but at the same time there is much humour, and a clever nod here and there to the previous films. (more…)

Angel Crafts

Angel CardsSchool holidays are in full swing, so ifyou have children at home and are doing some arts and crafts, why not join in the fun and create your own Angel Card deck.

Making the cards

  • Angel card decks vary in number from 34-48 cards.
  • You will need to cut pieces of card, all to the same size – you can base these on the size of playing cards; or go bigger if your shuffling abilities are not great, or you really want to go to town on the design of the cards!

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Top Tips for staying sane as you prepare to go on holiday!

HolidayAre you one of the few people that has packing a case and going on holiday down to a fine art; or does you house look like a whirlwind has rushed through it and like you are one step away from an almighty row with whoever gets in your way, including the family pets!

If it’s the latter, then perhaps our useful tips will get you on the road to a smoother journey this year.

Like many things in life, a little bit of planning goes a long way, and getting as many jobs out of the way early is the key to success:

  • Check that your passports and driving licences are in date (some countries require a certain number of months left on the passport in order to accept you). It is a good idea to either have copies of the documents, or at least the numbers – in the case of loss/theft.
  • Check if you need to apply for any visa’s, or documents such as DVLA documents for hiring a car.

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On Your Feet Britain

On Your Feet BritainThe 27th April is ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day, the challenge is simple – spend less time sitting and more time on your feet!

Medical research suggests that sitting for more than 4 hours per day contributes to health issues, for example a reduced metabolic rate – essentially burning less calories, disrupted blood sugar levels, heightened blood pressure, increased insulin levels, switched off leg muscles and the shutting down of enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats.

It is thought that a culmination of the above health issues can lead to major diseases like cancer, heart disease diabetes, dementia as well as other health problems like obesity, back ache, muscle degeneration and depression.

The problem is that British people sit on average for 8.9 hours per day, but many of us sit for even longer. If you tot up the time you spend sitting during a commute, whilst eating, whilst at work and relaxing – whether that be in front of a computer or TV – you might find the figure is scarily higher! (more…)

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