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‘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…)

Is it time to talk about money?

Burying your head in the sandMoney is an uncomfortable subject at the best of times, but there are some simple steps to makes sure that you are making grown-up moves with your money in 2018, rather than fighting fire!

Savings

Experts recommend that we have 3-6 months money in savings equivalent to our salary. This is rainy-day money to cover emergency things like something going wrong with your boiler or car, or at the worst end of the scale ill-health or being made redundant.

If you have money in savings, then now is the time to look around at better rates. Interest rates on savings have stayed stubbornly low, but with The Bank of England having just raised interest rates, some financial institutions have raised their saving product rates – make sure you get the best rates you have for whatever money you have. (more…)

Is it worth setting New Year Resolutions?

New Year ResolutionsStatistics show, and possibly your own experiences bear out that we often struggle to stick to New Year Resolutions. Failing in our attempts can be psychologically damaging and have us starting the year feeling despondent and like we lack self-control and will-power.

But on the other hand, reflecting on the past year and reviewing what has gone well and what made us happy as well as where there is room for improvement is a positive thing. It is one way of making sure we do not get bogged down in the humdrum of every day life and that we make time for what truly brings us joy and that we address the things that are really making us unhappy.

So, if you want to make changes in 2018, it would seem that you have to tackle New Year Resolutions in such a way that they are actually achievable. (more…)

Boost Your Immune System in Unexpected Ways

Immune SystemAt this time of year coughs and colds are prevalent, the stress of Christmas and sometimes burning the candle at both ends during the holiday season can leave your immune system a little under par.

Rather than turning to the medicine cabinet, why not try boosting your immune system in a more holistic way? You might be surprised at what works:

Mingle

It is easy to stay at home in-doors when the weather is wet and cold, but actually getting out, meeting with friends and family and having meaningful interactions reduces chronic stress, which in turn reduces negative impacts on your immune system. (more…)

Festive Offer + Avoid the Dreaded Christmas Weight Gain!

Weighing ScalesI am writing this article in October, but already the shops are filling up with holiday goodies – Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Cheese Biscuits, Peanuts and of course the beloved Quality Street and Roses to name a few…

Research suggests that most people will put on just over two pounds in weight over the holiday period, but for many the weight increase is much higher, especially with bank holidays allowing for extended time away from work. The most worrying thing though is that often those few extra pounds stay on, and so gradually year on year we get a little bit bigger! (more…)

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