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Happiness

A Mindful Read

Have you read the ‘Sane New World’ and ‘Frazzled’ books by Ruby Wax? She talks about mindfulness in such a practical way. It started my whole journey down this route. She included this poem by Portia Nelson in ‘Sane New World’. I heard her read this in her audiobook as I was just arriving at work one sunny morning and it struck a chord with me. Autobiography in Five Short …

Happiness Home Organisation Mind

In a Slump? It’s Just the Broken Window Effect

It’s been your typical bank holiday in the UK. A bonus day off, a little light daytime drinking, and a whole lot of relaxing. It also means an additional day of my child and husband creating chaos, and me, quite frankly, not being all that bothered to do anything useful. I have piles of laundry that have come out of nowhere, dried-on toothpaste on the sinks, clumps of cat-floof on …

Happiness Mind

Mindfulness Moment: Embrace Your Commute

I genuinely look forward to my drive to work. The more traffic, the better. I like to arrive feeling calm and relaxed before the chaos hits me. I’m a big believer in your mood affecting the way people respond to you, so I know that if I arrive at work feeling calm, happy and creative, I’m off to a good start. I’m aware that I’m a little odd in this …

Happiness

Free Printable: Daily Self-Care Planner

It’s far too easy to lose sight of what you need. Rather unhelpfully, the busier we get, the less time we take to look after ourselves… and this is when we most need it. It’s very easy to say that you need to take time to incorporate self-care into your routine, but what happens when you just get too busy? One of the answers is to just stop. Stop and …

Food Happiness

Finding Your Happy Weight

I’ve got a somewhat complex relationship with weight and happiness, much the same as many others. From coming from a plump-but-average pre-teen, to a slightly overweight teenager, to a distinctly chubby 20-something, my weight journey was about to take a dramatic turn. After my first experimenting with the Atkins diet, I realised that I could lose weight if I deprived myself of carbs and drastically changed my lifestyle. This lifestyle, …

Happiness

Turning 40 in the Best Way Possible

I’ve never been bothered about growing older. Admittedly, I’m into my clothes, accessories and makeup, but despite that, I’ve always believed that my worth was based on much more than my appearance. Growing older, working hard and being a mother inevitably takes its toll on the way you look, and as a result, I find myself accepting the dark circles and various effects of gravity. Having said that, I’ve spent …

Happiness Home Organisation

Read with me: Outer Order, Inner Calm – Gretchen Rubin

I’m not going to lie; already like this book, and I’ve not even read it yet. I was sold on the premise alone; I’ve always said that my environment is a huge indication of my mental state. There’s nothing like having a calm and ordered environment at the start of a busy day to make me feel like I’m on top of things. Conversely, as soon as the mess and …

Food Happiness

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Gaining Weight

My weight loss journey has been pretty uneventful; I’ve lost about 2lb per week on average, and I’ve had a couple of weeks where I’ve maintained my weight, and a couple of blips that have been totally predictable. I’ve enjoyed plotting my weight on the Slimming World app each week and basked in the pat on the backs it’s given me each week as I’ve entered my losses. This week …

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Happiness

Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm – So Much to Love!

Since reading the gorgeous Ruth Crilly’s review of Neal’s Yard’s Wild Rose Beauty Balm on her blog, I’ve been hooked on this wonder-product. I must second her opinion, it’s amazing as an overnight face treatment; a generous slathering of this herby rose-scented balm before bed works wonders. I go to bed at night feeling well and truly pampered with the rich scent and texture, and wake up looking refreshed with …