Leap Year Proposal

Leap Year

Did you realise that 2020 is a Leap Year? Bringing with it a 29th day in February. It’s not just there to catch us out, and make you think “Am I actually going to get paid for going to work that day?”. It’s there to synchronise our calendar year with the astronomical period.


The ancient Egyptians realised that the solar year and the calendar year did not match up. It actually takes the earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to travel round the sun. Over a period of centuries an extra day was added to the calendar, to make up the difference. The Gregorian calendar set in motion only having an extra day every 4th year. It was the Romans who designated the 29th February as ‘Leap Day’.


Feel Better In 5

Feel Better In 5
Photo courtesy of Penguin Life Books

Did you do Veganuary (going vegan for January)? Or perhaps you tried Dry January (going alcohol free for the month)? Taking drastic action on the diet, drink or health front in short bursts has been growing in popularity. With many being able to make their will-power last the duration, knowing the fixed period will come to an end.

But, what do you do with your health for the rest of the year?

Well, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, has a new book out called Feel Better In 5 (Penguin Life). That just might be the answer…

You might know Dr Chatterjee from the BBC programme Doctor In The House and podcast Feel Better Live More. He recognises that making positive health, mind and body changes is incredibly difficult and that sticking with it, and maintaining the required will-power and motivation can be tough.


Numerology: Character in Numbers


Many things determine our personality; but it all starts with the day we were born. Numerology is a mathematical way of calculating our likely characteristics using the numbers connected to our birth day. If you were born on the 1st – 9th of the month, no calculating is needed. Otherwise add the numbers together, until you get a single digit. For example, a birthday on the 27th add 2 + 7 = 9 or if on the 29th add 2 + 9 =11, then 1+1 = 2.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Numerology Character Types:

Type 1

You are a positive person, and are great in a crisis. You have perseverance in abundance. You are a helper, wanting to guide others, especially if family and friends are going through difficult times. You can be stubborn, and often have an unusual viewpoint – make sure your opinion is welcomed before interjecting!


Books for the Festive Season

Photo coutesy of publishers: Seven Dials

For those that love to cook

One Pot Wonders – The Hairy Bikers

Even cooks that like to be in the kitchen want an easy meal to get on the table every now and again. This book provides plenty of inspiration, but with the added bonus of less prep/washing up – as all can be cooked in one pot!

For the vegetarian in your life

VEG – Jamie Oliver

This book is not just for vegetarians, but will certainly help them and vegans make interesting meals. But also, for those looking for ways of boosting their 5-a day habit.

For the one who loves a good romance

A Wedding in December – Sarah Morgan

With an Aspen setting, and wedding day looming – is all well in the world, or does it seem that everyone is hiding a secret? Maybe it’s time to get everything out in the open…


Christmas Movie Night!

Christmas Movie Night

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy a trip to the movies during the festive season. In the United States Christmas Day is the busiest day of the year for cinemas. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find a movie theatre open here! However, we make up for it on Boxing Day, when many flock to the cinema to see the latest blockbusters. Here’s a few films you might enjoy for your Christmas Movie Night.

Two Christmas Movies

Cats – 20th Dec

It’s the time of year, when the cats gather, as the Jellicle Ball approaches! The big decision – who will ascend to the Heaviside Layer, coming back to a new life in the process!


Gift Cards – What you need to know!

Gift Card

Gift Cards can make a great present, they can be bought in small or large denominations, depending on who the present is for. They allow the recipient to choose something they will love.

However, there is no doubt that the retail landscape is changing, and with Brexit raging on, this doesn’t look like it will alter any time soon. Many businesses go bust in the first few months of the year, if they have not made enough money during the Christmas period.


Last Christmas

Last Christmas - Universal Pictures
Film Poster courtesy of Universal Pictures

Last Christmas? I know what you are thinking, it’s only November? So, why am I talking about a Christmas film? Well, this movie does have a Christmas back-drop, but really it is a fun-loving, light-hearted British rom-com, that just happens to be out in UK cinemas from the 15th November 2019.

The Cast

Emma Thompson features in the film, but she is also one of the writers. In fact, the film was inspired by a George Michael song ‘Last Christmas’. George Michael was involved in the early stages of the film, but sadly he passed away before the project really got off the ground.


Ageing Well – Mid-life Health Crisis Averted!


It is easy to fall into the mind-set that ‘there is nothing good about getting old’, but in reality, ageing doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. It can be liberating!


Ageing, brings with it wisdom and life-experience. Hopefully you no longer fret about the things you used too, and now have a sense of confidence in who you are, and what you want to get out of life…


Has Your Relationship Run Its Course?


Sometimes a relationship has an obvious end, but in other cases one or both of you may be feeling that things are not right, but haven’t been brave enough to walk away. There may be many reasons keeping you together, from children, to finances, a family house and more. But whilst these all need consideration; they are probably not the answer if the love has gone.

If you are really struggling to know what to do, then here are some things to think about:

Are you both unhappy?

Has your partner expressed to you that they are feeling unhappy, or is this something that you are feeling and they are blissfully unaware? Or perhaps you are arguing a lot, are spending less and less time together, are pulling in different directions etc?


Superstitions: New Home


Many home moves will take place in August, probably because spring is still one of the most popular times to place a house onto the market, and by the time all of the legal wrangling is done, it is summer before the actual move happens.

So, come September, people are really starting to think about how to make their property a real home. For some, that might also include taking into account Superstitions!

Superstitions Abound!

Superstitions abound when it comes to Hearth & Home! Whether you are renting or buying, live in an apartment or house – it all means the same thing. Safety and security, on a practical level it provides shelter, on an emotional level it means so much more…


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