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Beating the winter blues and back to school energy slump

Whenever the kids head back in September I find it’s the sign that winter is coming an not only are the days grey and horrid but the kids head home with a million germs and we get hit by colds (check out my post about avoiding the cold and tips on how to fight it here).  Continue reading “Beating the winter blues and back to school energy slump”

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The Mummy cold; hints and tips

Ok we all know about “man flu”, how at the smallest sniffle the guys are meant to lie on the sofa in a grumbling, feeling sorry for themselves mess (which just for the record my hubby doesn’t do this, he is actually pretty female in his reaction to a cold) so let me explain the mummy cold: no staying in bed late, no sitting on the sofa watching to all day and no rest, we have to suck it up and get on with it. The school run must still be done, everyone still needs feeding and the housework will only go a few hours without being done. 

My temperature is well over 38, my nose won’t stop running, my head throbs with every blink and I am exhausted. 

What an amazing time for Coldzyme to send me their product which prevents the common cold (if you start using it soon enough) or shortens the duration of your cold. It is a mouth spray, 2 squirts to the back of the throat (it doesn’t taste terrible actually) which apparently coats the lining of the throat and acts as a barrier preventing the cold virus from being with the human cells. 

Unfortunately I think I got the sample too late to help me with this cold so I’ve asked my fellow blogger how they treat their colds:

  • Sophia from Tattooed Tealady suggests boiled water with ginger, lemon and honey. Which sounds lush to me!
  • Laura from five little doves suggests Vicks on the feet with socks over. I’ve tried this before and it never works for me but does for the kids, weird!
  • Sinead suggests Chai Tea, not something I’ve tried, but apparently is full of cold busting spices. 
  • I love the idea of this Elderberry cough syrup from bluebearwood
  • Alice from Living with a Jude recommends rooibos, peppermint or ginger tea and a steaming bowl with peppermint in to clear the sinuses. 

I shall report back as to whether the Coldzyme helps clear it quickly, but in the mean time I will go rest and recuperate!

*coldzyme was provided free for trial, but I was not required to write about it I chose to of my own doing. 

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How Much Is Your Health Worth?

At a time where people live longer, staying healthy has never been so important. Living longer is one thing; enjoying life to the fullest is another. Health is at the core of the possibilities and joy that you get in life. Without health, a lot of what you enjoy doing can become a lot more difficult to handle. So this raises the question of how much your health is worth to you, in terms of monetary investment, efforts, time, and involvement in issues of a bigger scale. How much are you ready to invest in preserving your health and make the most of your time on the planet?

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You are worth the best

First things first, you are in charge of your health. Consequently, you are in charge of finding the best possible ways to maintain or recover it. Since 2015, the NHS allows patients to register to the GP of their choice, even if your home is out of the boundary area for the surgery. It might sound like an irrelevant fact, but it means that you can choose a GP you trust. Additionally, you can also cut the waiting time and the queue by registering as a private patient to the organisation, as it means that you can arrange for a same day appointment. The waiting is exactly what could put your health at risk. The earlier a health condition is diagnosed, the earlier you can get better.

You deserve some escapism

With more and more people suffering from stress-related conditions – from a burnout syndrome to depression – it’s essential to remind yourself of the role of the me time. You do need to take a break from your stressful job or relationship to relax. Stress is an invisible beast that has dreadful consequences on your health. It exhausts you, it makes you worry all the time, and it upsets you.You need to break out of this vicious circle before it eats your sanity away. Your health depends on your ability to take some time for yourself.

You should bother with a healthy lifestyle

If you think that exercising and eating healthy food is for others, then you need to think again, as explains. Your body is the only machine that keeps you alive and healthy. Taking care of it might sound like a chore for some people, but if you don’t, it will deteriorate and will develop faults. Heart weaknesses, diabetes, joint pain, etc. These health conditions are the result of not looking after your body. A healthy lifestyle might sound dull sometimes, but it’s the only way to live to the fullest.

Your health and the planet’s are linked

If you live in a big urban area, you’ve probably noticed some health reactions each time there is a peak of pollution. Red eyes, cough, maybe even slight asthma, these are only some of the effects of pollution on the human body. Some patients have even been known to develop ADHD! The global climate change is also increasing the risk of pollution, and therefore your health risks. It might sound childish but making the planet a greener place is the only guarantee of living a longer and healthier life. Embrace the ecological movement as a way to maintain your health. Being healthy is certainly worth recycling your litter or driving a hybrid car.

Can you make the world a greener place?

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Seasonal Suffering: Staying Healthy Come Rain Or Shine

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s pouring down outside or the sun has made a rare appearance, seasonal illnesses can really take their toll. If you’re keen to stay fighting fit come rain or shine, here are some top tips.

Flu and colds

It may be warm outside now, but the nights have already started to draw in, and before we know it, we’ll be swapping beer gardens and rooftop restaurants for cosy nights on the sofa. With the arrival of cooler weather and grey skies comes the inevitable spike in coughs, colds, and flu. Unfortunately, these viral illnesses tend to spread like wildfire, and if you hear somebody coughing on the train or there have been a few people off sick at work, you can almost guarantee that you’ll wake up with a runny nose and thick head a few days later. Colds and coughs aren’t generally anything to worry about, but if you are at risk of flu, it’s a good idea to consider having a vaccine. You can either see your GP, attend a flu clinic at the surgery or use alternative services like this pharmacy that offers flu vaccinations. If you have asthma, your immune system is compromised, or you are pregnant, you may be invited to have a vaccine. If you’re not on the list, you can still have a vaccination, but you’ll probably have to pay for it. If you are struck down with a winter cold, get plenty of rest, wrap up warm, stock up on vitamins, and take painkillers if you have a high temperature or you feel achy.

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Hay fever

Do you spend the spring and summer months sneezing and wiping the tears that are streaming down your cheeks? Most of us look forward to summer, but if you suffer from hay fever, the arrival of brighter days may not be so welcome. If you have an itchy nose, irritated eyes or a runny nose, and you haven’t been diagnosed with hay fever before, see your doctor. If you do have hay fever, there are lots of different types of medication you can try. Antihistamine tablets are often recommended. They block the body’s immune response when you come across pollen or grass, preventing the release of histamine. This should reduce the severity of your symptoms. You can also buy nasal sprays and eye drops. If you are taking tablets, look out for options that don’t cause drowsiness. It’s a good idea to wear sunglasses and to keep your windows closed if you have severe hay fever.

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If you spend most of the year blowing your nose or wiping your eyes, it’s time to banish seasonal suffering for good. If you’re prone to catching colds or you’re at risk of flu in the winter, or you suffer from hay fever in the summer, there are treatments out there. It may not be possible to dodge every cold this winter, but washing your hands on a regular basis and having a flu jab could help you to stay healthy when colder climes arrive. If you’re struggling with hay fever, ask your doctor about therapies or take a trip to your local pharmacy.

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Key Signs You Need An Escape

The word “escape” is so evocative. The idea of being able to cast all of your troubles to one side, forget the world, and just take a little time with your nearest and dearest. Some time to forget about the money worries, the concerns for the future, and keeping your house going and just be you for awhile. It brings to mind relaxation, calmness, and a chance to assess in a world that seems to scream by at a relentless pace.

Escapism is, unfortunately, something that few of us have the chance to do on a regular basis. That’s perhaps not the wisest way of going about things. While we may think that just throwing our heads down, carrying on (keeping calm too, if common memes are to be believed), and hoping to feel better are the ways to handle life, that’s rarely the case.

Sometimes, you need to take a couple of days to retreat from the world. It might just be living a few days unplugged or using the help of New Horizons to fund an impromptu weekend break, but there are always signs it’s high time for you to escape. If any of these sound a little too close for comfort, then making the space in your life for an escape – be it big or small – should immediately shoot to the top of your to-do list.

1) You Wake Up Tired

Tiredness is a sign that you’re struggling to cope. In fact, it can be one of the most obvious symptoms if your body is under too much stress. Sleep is when we’re meant to regenerate and get ready for the day ahead; if that’s not happening, then you have to question why. The chances are you have too much on your plate and you need to scale back for awhile.

2) You Worry More Than You Relax

If advice gurus are meant to be believed, we should all have our lives planned down to the finest details. We should keep lists, precise diaries, and always know what we’re doing when – that’s meant to be the secret to happiness. If, however, you find yourself constantly planning and fretting – be it about finances, your home, or your children – then it’s a sign you’re struggling to switch off and relax.

3) You’re Easily Upset

When we’re running on empty (so to speak), we humans find it harder to regulate our emotions. Everything is just far more raw; our emotions closer to the surface. If you find yourself going through a phase of being prone to overreacting, or losing your temper where you normally would have kept your cool, then consider that a signifier that some time out is definitely going to be needed.

With all that said, of course it’s not easy to just persuade yourself to step back from life for a few days. Work isn’t going to do itself; your finances aren’t going to learn to self-manage; and you probably have a to-do list that always seems to get longer rather than shorter. Nevertheless, your mental health and sense of well-being is precious – so if the need is there, escaping (even just for a little while) could be the very best decision you make.

If only it was as simple as pushing a button, hey?


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Healthy transformation : inspiring story of my friends’ weight loss. 

I can’t help myself but to admire two of my friends journey in losing weight. I have seen them at their biggest and at their new healthier transformation. I’m sharing their story to motivate myself and inspire others as well. I have asked them to share their story, struggles and motivations in achieving their goal to a healthier lifestyle.


First one I would like to introduce to you is my friend Rose. She is good at cooking so she definitely loves food. She used to be a size uk 12/14 and 70kilos. 3 months ago, she decided that she needed to make a change with her eating habits. According to her, she used to eat junk food, fatty food, and always go for McDonald’s and KFC whenever she could. She would also eat her children’s left over as she felt bad that food was being wasted.

She said that it was a struggle to start with, her motivation was to look at her photos of when she was big, she said that she felt fat and very unhealthy.

She changed her diet and cut down on all junk food such as crisp, chocolates, coke, cake, fatty foods and she just throws away any leftover food. She also start counting her calories and only eats up to 2000 calories per day.

Her breakfast is coffee and cereal bar, snack would be fruit. Main meal is skinless chicken breast either grilled or steam fish and vegetable. She doesn’t eat fried foods anymore only steamed and grilled. She also gave up rice and she said that she has a strict rules. She can’t eat anything after 6pm and she said that she is fine with it. She also started exercising either going to the gym or exercise at home through YouTube. Within 3 months of changing her lifestyle, she has quickly lost weight.

I was surprised when I saw her for a catch up as she really slimmed down. She definitely much happier now and she feels much healthier too.

I asked her what made her start dieting and exercising. She said that it’s her pictures that really got to her. Looking at her photos she feel like she neglected herself. She said that she never thought she could do it. Everytime she is tempted she always think that it will make her fat again if she lost control. She’s now maintaining herself and living a healthier lifestyle.


Next is my friend Ana. They own a pub so it’s really easy to just eat anything she wants since they have a chef. I have met her when she was a size 12/14 as she came and buy clothes from me whenever I have a clear out. When she was trying clothes on  they are tight on her, I think that’s when she decided to make a change.

She said that her weight is becoming out of control. She started going to the gym and bought fitness equipment to use at home as well. She really got into fitness, it’s her dream to be a fitness instructor one day. She told me that she really researched healthy food and exercise. She said that it’s all down to what we’re eating which makes us unhealthy. But also activity, we need to burn fat and calories by exercising or being active.

Dieting doesn’t mean starving yourself, according to her you should not miss a meal. She started having breakfast ,for example porridge, then lunch would be grilled or steamed meat/fish plus vegetable. She also stop drinking coffee and coke and switched to just water. She is now around Size uk 6/8 and has achieved a very slim yet well toned body figure.

She said that she doesn’t deny herself treats because she exercises everyday, which means whatever she eats she will burn it off.  She also said that your metabolism works properly if you don’t miss a meal.

I’m so happy for both of my friends. They have done well and proved that anything is possible if you have a strong will to make a change in your life.

Honestly I’m considering a change to my lifestyle as well, I don’t have discipline when it comes to food. I just eat anything i want from junk food to sweets and takeaways. I also don’t exercise because I’m far too busy with everything. My exercising is doing household chores and running errands plus I’m working which involves physical activity. I’m just lucky to have a fast metabolism though it’s not an excuse. My diet is very unhealthy which makes me feel guilty. I also need to stretch myself as my body aches very easily and I want to improve my body posture.

You probably think I’m fine but the picture doesn’t do justice, I’m just good at hiding my belly or imperfections. I’m inspired by my friends stories and seeing them achieve their goals makes me feel motivated. If they can do it then I’m sure I can too. It’s not that I want to be slim like a model but I want to be healthier and to tone my body and have more energy. I get tired easily and stressed. I do really need a healthy transformation.

So, what do you say? Are you inspired or motivated? Or do you have a healthy transformation story too? Please feel free to share with us and let’s make the world a better place, to inspire each other to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting

There’s going to be a lot on your plate when you are pregnant. Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that a lot of people forget about some issues. However, your pregnancy will be much easier on you if you know exactly what’s going to be in store for you.

The forgotten pregnancy issues discussed below are among the most important of all. You need to make sure that you understand them all and prepare how you’re going to deal with them. It’s not good to let these things take you by surprise and make your pregnancy any more stressful than it already has to be. Continue reading “Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting”

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Ways To Reclaim Your Young Days

Nostalgia is a warm yet icy blanket. Whilst it is always sweet to reminisce about the good old days of your youth, the memory can offer be bitter, as you come to the realisation that you are no longer as young as you were and you never will be this young again. Still, this doesn’t have to be such a depressing though, as you’re only as young as you feel. That’s a stereotypical line, of course, but there’s a modicum of truth to it.

Whilst ageing is unavoidable, confidence and good health are both things which are well within your control and are both remnants of your young days. If you want to reclaim that feeling in both a mental and a real, physical sense, then here are some tips to help return your body and mind to a youthful stage.

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It’s easy for us to complain about never feeling awake or alert, but often the problem is that we’re just not getting as much sleep as we should be. Yes, when you were 21 you only needed a 6 or 7 hour sleep in order to feel refreshed, but time is harsh like that.

The best way to feel better as you get older is to accept that you’re getting older and work harder to hold onto that youthful, refreshed feeling you miss so dearly.

Sleep isn’t just a time for recovering energy; it’s a process which helps your entire body recover. It helps your health as much as it helps your energy levels, so don’t just see it as a chance to stop your yawning.

Try getting eight hours sleep every night for a couple of months until it becomes a habit, and you might just find that you’re feeling and looking a lot healthier and more alert.

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Strength training.

Exercise is crucial for good health, but strength training is one of the most important forms of exercise, whatever your age. Not only will you be burning fat in the same way as if you did regular cardio, but you’ll be pushing your muscles to their limits, creating micro tears and, as a result, creating stronger muscle fiber.

All of this will get your body working at an elevated level, much as it did when you were younger. You might only care about projecting an outward appearance of still living your young days, but a steady routine of weight training will make your body young and healthy on the inside.

Practicality and health should be at the forefront of your mind, as a youthful and impressive appearance will come as a happy bonus from this.

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Hair is something which remains incredibly important to us throughout our youth and old age. It’s a defining element of your appearance and personality, which is why it still matters so much even as it changes along with you throughout the years.

However, with age, much like all things, your hair may start to become a little disobedient and wither in ways which you hoped it never would. You could look into solutions such as finasteride for hair loss too, as thinning is quite common amongst men and women once the cruel effects of aging set in.

Perhaps the fading colour of your youthful hair bothers you too, but it’s best to avoid dyeing it if you can, as this can cause further damage; it’s best to simply take care of your hair and wear it with pride no matter the colour. People are actively choosing to dye their hair white or grey now anyway, so there’s no reason your new shade of hair can’t be youthful.

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Keep your lifestyle fresh.

Routines are good for us in that they keep us on track mentally and physically, but they can also become dull after a short while of keeping them up. When you were young, life was changing so quickly, much like you, that your routine, interests and habits seemed to alter rapidly. New opportunities presented themselves every day, you learned new things and you met different people.

All these things kept your mind and body young and alert, which is why you should be seeking out the same opportunities and switching up your routine even as you get older. Wake up at a different time, go somewhere new, and meet different people. Challenge yourself, and keep life as fresh and new as it was when you were young. You truly are only as young as you feel.

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Their Health In Your Hands

Every parent hopes to keep their children healthy. In fact, it’s the main thing we worry about. We go out of our way thinking about how to keep them safe. In some cases, we stay up at night worrying about it.

The bad news is, there’s no way to stop them catching sniffles and bugs when they’re in school. Children get close and personal, so you can assure they’ll catch a few illnesses along the way. The good news is, there are steps you can take to lessen the impact these bugs have on their lives.

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We’re all aware that getting a good diet is essential for helping us fight illness. Who doesn’t reach for the oranges when a cold strikes? Your children are no different. Giving them what they need will help them fight any bugs they pick up.

Provide them with a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and veg. That way, their bodies will be in the best position to fight illness. Of course, getting children to eat what they should isn’t easy. If you have a fussy eater, you may have your work cut out.

Get creative with how you present food to ensure they eat what they should. Making food fun is always a good idea. Showing it in a fun design, or playing games is your best bet. Never mind about not playing with food. If it gets them to eat what they should, it’s worth it.

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Every home should have a first aid kit. This is especially important where children are concerned. You need to stock up on cold medicine, painkillers, and anything else you think necessary. That way, you can get the medicine out the moment they start feeling under the weather.

A thermometer is always a good idea as well. You’ll need to keep a close eye on their temperatures. Make sure to keep this kit out of reach. If possible, don’t let your children know where it is. That way, you don’t have to worry about them getting their hands on what they shouldn’t.


There’s no need to rush your children to the doctors every time they catch a cold. Even so, it can help your peace of mind to have a doctor’s opinion. That’s why it’s worth looking into an online Dr App or something similar. That way, you can put your mind at ease without making unnecessary appointments or waiting around. Plus, this will allow you to act fast if their illness is something to worry about.

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For many of us, the comforting love we received when we were ill as children is something we remember to this day. Make sure you give that memory to your kids by giving them plenty of love when they’re unwell.

Cuddle them on the sofa, and treat them to their favourite foods. It can’t hurt to buy them a DVD or two to watch, either.

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Confidence Is in More Than Just Your Appearance

When we talk about confidence, we typically associate it with things such as your personality, attitude, and ultimately your appearance. The more comfortable you are with your look, the more likely you are to have faith in who you are as a person and, as a result, take on life’s challenges without a worry. However, confidence isn’t just in your appearance. Once you’ve worked out, lost weight and picked out a good outfit to gain your confidence back, you might still feel like something is missing.

That something is probably your health.

Let’s face it, outward appearances don’t mean everything. We can hide things as best we can, but ultimately, our bodies are our temple and our body image should reflect how we feel inside. The most basic example is the consumption of water to flush out bad toxins in your body. Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water as opposed to alcohol or soda has amazing benefits for your skin that can really boost your confidence.

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Confidence in your body’s health

When you’re confident that your body is healthy, you’re more likely to take risks and do something extraordinary. However, if you’re worried that you might be developing an illness or that your fatigue is the result of overexerting yourself, then it might severely limit your options in life and it can be a debilitating state of mind.

There’s no use looking up online diagnosis websites to try and determine what your symptoms mean. There are some illnesses or conditions that have very obvious symptoms, but something as general as pain in a certain part of your body could be something trivial or it could be something serious. This is why it’s always recommended that you contact your doctor and schedule regular appointments to check on your overall health. It’s a lot better than sitting at home worrying that you might have a serious condition.

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Know the right places to visit

Doctors are very powerful people. Their words carry a lot of weight due to their profession which is why it’s essential that you pick a good doctor or medical practice that knows how to handle their patients. Specialised services are a step up from a general doctor and typically offer tailor-made services for patients of all genders and conditions. For instance, a smear test clinic is usually very welcoming to female patients and all the nurses, doctors and staff are trained to provide you with all the information and assistance you need.

A well-equipped medical practice is going to give you the confidence boost you need to be able to tell your doctor about your conditions. Condescending staff members that don’t care about your issues or who prescribe you useless medicines are not helpful. In fact, their negligence could be an incredibly slippery slope that you need to get off before they misdiagnose you and destroy your confidence. 

In short, if you aren’t confident in speaking to your doctor about your health, fire them and get a new one that understands you.