How to keep your pets safe and happy in both sunshine and storms

It’s a summer of extremes, isn’t it? We’ve had scorching hot days alongside epic thunderstorms. It’s been uncomfortable for us humans, so I can only imagine how my fluffy cats are coping in the heat. Here are some hacks for helping your pets to stay safe:

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12 Prompts to help you start journaling in the new year + WIN a journal & pen set

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’ll improve your mental health, help you track your goals and take you back to basics, why not consider journaling? You only need to do something for 21 days to create a habit so maybe you can start tomorrow by picking up a pen and noting down your new years resolutions in your journal.

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5 Low-cost ways to take care of your skin in the cold winter weather

Do you find that your skin is dryer or more irritated in the winter? The seasons are changing and as we move from warmer weather into colder temperatures it’s a good idea to take a look at your usual skincare routine and make some easy changes for the winter months…

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The mental health benefits of teaching yoga to kids and teens

Joint inflammation, bodily aches and weight gain are just a few of the conditions that yoga is scientifically-proven to improve. Sure, these concerns might be more likely to be felt by adults, but that doesn’t mean that teenagers can’t benefit from the health-boosting impact of yoga too. Here’s why your youngsters might like to give yoga a go…

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Guest post: 5 Surprising benefits of drinking a glass of wine

Many people only buy wine for special occasions and celebrations but there are some surprising benefits to drinking a glass of wine. Wine is an alcoholic drink made by the process of fermentation using grapes, so it’s full of all the good stuff that grapes provide, so get ready to stock up your wine rack..!

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How to keep blonde hair looking healthy during the summer months

With celebrities like Lady Gaga rocking cool icy blonde locks, the platinum trend is going to be huge for summer. BUT it can be difficult to look after dyed blonde hair when the weather heats up. If you want to brighten your blonde hair or are thinking of adding some highlights during the summer months, I’ve got some tips from Philip Kingsley to help you to maintain healthy hair.

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4 Everyday (inexpensive!) ways to stay healthy and look beautiful

As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel — but most of us want to look young, too! More than ever before, marketers are trying to cash in on this with the global anti-ageing industry topped out at over $42 billion USD in 2018, and is expected to reach over $55 billion within the next four years. Yikes! If you’re wondering about less spendy ways to keep your skin supple and youthful, here are several ways to ensure that your health and beauty goes more than skin deep…

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How to take care of yourself while chasing your 2019 goals

Sure, it can be tempting to rush into the new year and complete your 2019 goals as quickly as possible but if you’ve been going ‘all in’ so far, you might be close to burn-out by now. Here’s some inspiration for self care, wellbeing and making positive changes to your life…

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3 Sports to boost your health in 2019 (without realising you’re exercising!)

If boosting your health this coming year is important to you, have you considered taking up a new sport? Trying something different can give your new years resolution a kick-start – you’ll hardly notice that you’re exercising as you get to grips with a new skill or sport. If you’re hoping to get more active this year perhaps today’s blog post will help. I thought I’d share the sports I’m planning to take up in 2019, which might inspire you to do the same.

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Six super-easy and affordable ways to brighten up your smile

Smiling is good for you. When you smile, a little burst of happy hormones is released into your brain, which gives you a mental lift. It also helps you to make friends as people are drawn to happy folk and smiling is contagious. With the new year coming up, why not make it your resolution to have the healthiest smile possible? Here’s how…

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2 Simple swaps to stay healthy in the run-up to Christmas (+ beyond!)

Are you ready for Christmas? (Yes, I said it!) All the food, the indulgence and the mulled wine? I’m looking forward to it already, although the health-conscious me is already feeling a little wary. So I thought I’d share some ways that you can get ready for the festive season by cutting back now, to ensure a healthier, happier new year. 

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How to boost your health & beauty regime for autumn

September seems to be the natural start for any new regime, doesn’t it? I guess it’s the new academic year that makes this month feel like a fresh start. Plus, the seasons seem to change the moment that September hits and that’s when we need to address parts of our health and beauty regime to keep ourselves happy, healthy and looking great throughout the autumn and winter. Here are some easy swaps I’ve made this September to cope with the changing seasons to come…

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6 Common haircare myths you shouldn’t believe

In order to maintain a perfectly healthy and lustrous mane, the experts have come up with different ideas of how best to manage hair – but should all that advice be believed? Myths are rife in haircare. And some of them could very well get you caught up in unhealthy hair care practices. If you want to grow your hair longer or simply have stronger, healthier hair there are several myths that you can ignore and still have great looking hair…

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10 Tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy

All pet owners want to make sure the pet lives a long and healthy life – and there are a huge number of things that can be done in order to make sure that this happens. Below are just a few tips on how to keep your pets healthy year after year.

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4 Things to know when buying your first running shoes

Running is one of the most effective types of exercise. It improves your mood, boosts metabolism, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens your joints, and actually add years to your life. It is also the easiest to take up, because you don’t need any equipment, other than a good pair of running shoes. However, finding the right pair is easier said than done. Do you look for the footwear online, or browse the shops? Is brand a major factor? And what exactly is arch support? Keep calm and read on to find out all you need to know about running shoes…

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How to keep your pets safe & healthy during BBQ season

If you’re a pet owner, it’s likely that your dog or cat will be present at your summer BBQ. But is it safe for them to attend your event, or to nibble on something cooked on the BBQ? If you’re considering firing up the grill today to celebrate the World Cup, here’s how to look after your pets today and throughout BBQ season…

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How to find feel-good & low-cost sportswear

When it comes to exercising, there are a lot of excuses that you can find to avoid your daily workout, but your sportswear being too uncomfortable shouldn’t be one of them. If you’ve spent any time doing workouts in the past, you know how important it is that whatever you choose to wear is comfortable, […]

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4 Health & happiness benefits of plants + flowers

It’s lovely to get a bunch of flowers isn’t it? Flowers are loved not only for their beauty but also because of the many health and happiness benefits they have, and here are just a few reasons to treat yourself….

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3 Ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a tight budget

This year, many Brits are vowing to live healthier and be more active by spending time outdoors. Not only do you get to have quality time with your family, but you also get to enjoy the full benefits of being out in nature. Here are a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a […]

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How to stick to your health & happiness goals in darkest winter

The dark days of winter can really drag on, can’t they? I’m starting to feel like January will never end! Even though we start the new year with the best of intentions, it can be hard to feel motivated when it’s another drizzly, grey day. So how can you achieve your health and happiness goals […]

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Guest post: What is the best food for your baby?

When your baby reaches six months old, you’ll probably start thinking about weaning her and introducing those first spoonfuls of food. Here are some hints and tips to make your weaning journey with your baby a little easier:

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How to maximise daylight to beat the winter blues

We all know the importance of daylight, don’t we? It’s key to our mental wellbeing at this time of year and many people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), caused by lack of daylight. It can be easy to wake up in the dark, work indoors all day and then return home at dusk. In […]

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5 Ways that technology can change your life

In this modern age, it is rare to find someone who is yet to engage with technology. Even people who are relatively uninterested in the latest gadgets are still likely to be benefiting from technology in their day to day life. In fact, embracing the world of technology can actually help you to live life […]

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How to care for your mattress this autumn

While a mattress may seem like nothing more than a comfy place to lay your head at the end of a long day, for some people it can be a source of discomfort and even severe reactions. Those who have allergies or asthma can react to all kinds of different triggers, and for many, their […]

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5 Tips for healthy sleep

When it comes to sleep, there is no joking around. I’m what you’d call a ‘good’ sleeper now (although apparently, as a toddler, I was a right pain & wanted to stay awake all night to chat) so I really feel it when I don’t get a good night’s sleep. Health professionals cannot stress enough […]

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Cruelty-free skincare – The Hero Project

The Hero Project is a skincare brand that I’ve only just discovered. Of course, I’ve heard a lot of murmurings about this collection from the blogosphere but I’ve never tried it for myself until this month. I’ve been testing out the Glow Drops and Hyasoft moisturiser so I wanted to share a quick review of these […]

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Guest post – the ultimate pregnancy preparation checklist

Wanting to start a family? In that case, you should have a read of this fantastic guide about preparing for pregnancy. It’s interesting, informative and it contains everything you’ll need to know. But don’t just take it from me – take it from the professionals… 1. Get fit and clean up First things first, you need […]

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The ergonomics of working from home

If you’re a full-time freelancer like me, or someone who works just one day a week out of their home office, this is the blog post for you. That’s because I’m sharing some research I’ve done about the ergonomics of setting up a home workspace and I’m sure that it’ll help you enjoy working from home even more than […]

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Pieday Friday – 3 healthy juice recipes

It’s all about the juicing this year. Or at least it is in my household because we’ve got a new juicer! As someone who has never tried combinations of juice before (seriously, orange juice is as adventurous as it got!) I’ve been really intrigued to start reading up on juicing and looking into recipes. There are […]

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Sleep better & feel better this winter

The average person will spend approximately 25 years sleeping, and with good reason. Whoever said ‘sleep is for the weak’ certainly hasn’t experienced the joys of being horizontal on a Sunday morning.  I wonder if there’s a stat out there for the amount of time people daydream of their bed whilst at work? I can […]

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Guest post: 4 strange causes of insomnia

After a rather sleepless night earlier this week left me totally drained (and over-emotional!) the following day, I decided to do a little research into the science of sleep. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, about one in three people has some level of insomnia. Sleeplessness can be a pain (especially when you know you’ve got to be […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Comfort shoes for a more active life

Whenever September rolls around I get that ‘new-term’ feeling. Even though I’m no longer a student, when you add up all the years that I have been studying in one way or another (yes, I’m even counting primary school), we’re looking at upwards of 20 years in education. So it’s no wonder that I still […]

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Tips for a healthy summer holiday with the family

How are you enjoying the school summer holidays so far? We’ve already enjoyed a few days of sunshine and got stuck into our favourite outdoor activities, such as swimming, walking and going on bike rides. I think that the school holidays is a great time of year for the whole family to make a change […]

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Pieday Friday – My top 3 healthy cookbooks for 2016

I can’t be the only one that feels the urge to make a little bit of an improvement to my diet at this time of year, can I? Even though I start out with good intentions in January, I always tend to leave making any changes until a little later on, and now that March […]

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Pieday Friday – Eat well & healthily this year

Are you taking part in the #WomanKind campaign this month? I’ve been really excited about getting stuck in to this ‘me-time’ project so you might have spotted a few posts over the last couple of weeks about looking great on a budget. If you miss them, here are my posts on starting your new year […]

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Healthy pastry-free quiche recipe

Today’s Pieday Friday recipe is so simple that I can’t believe I’ve not baked it before. Considering that quiche is one of my most-loved dishes of all time, I am astounded that I’ve never tried to create a healthy alternative. When I’m being especially ‘good’ with my food choices, I tend to just eliminate quiche […]

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Great dogs for active people

I love dogs. Even though I’m currently a cat-mummy and have filled my Instagram feed with photos of my furr-babies, I’m also a big fan of dogs. I think people usually describe themselves as being a ‘cat person’ or a ‘dog person’ but I am most definitely both. I can’t walk past a doggy in […]

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Enjoy more protein to stay Upbeat!

Over the past week I’ve been blogging about staying active during the winter months and I’ve shared healthy (ish) cocktail recipes using cherry juice. In contrast, I’ve also shared a recipe for a cinder toffee coffee cheesecake so for the purpose of this article we’ll just ignore that one..! Actually, I think I’ve got the balance right […]

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5 ways to keep exercising over the winter

The past few days have definitely seen a shift weather-wise; the Indian summer has finally passed and the cooler weather has set in. I’ve been hiding under a blanket on the sofa rather than going for my usual evening walks even though I know that it is so important to ensure I am sticking to […]

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5 ways to improve your pet’s health

After posting a few articles about my fluffy friends Cookie and Muffin over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come to realise just how many of you love your pets as much as I love my cats. Whether you have a pedigree puppy that cost many hundreds of pounds, a rescue dog, or just a […]

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Pieday Friday ~ My plans for a healthy start to the New Year

I’m taking a different approach this Pieday Friday and instead of sharing another naughty recipe to tempt you away from your new year health-kick I’m going to discuss ways that you can make your healthy-eating resolutions even easier. You may remember that last week I shared ways in which you can declutter your home and reorganise your […]

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Healthy feet

Welcome to the second Tuesday Shoesday blog post of 2014. It a new year and I’ve been talking all week about the good intentions that I’ve started off the year with. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends and blogging colleagues have been talking about new year aims rather than resolutions and I think this […]

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Back to normal & back to work

Today, I’m back to normal. After all the festivities of Christmas and new year, an after a month of having a poorly hubby at home recovering from an operation, we are finally heading back to work and back into our normal routine. I know many people went back to work last week, but today pretty much everyone is at […]

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Dream a little dream ~ a sleep challenge

Sounds like my favourite type of challenge. A challenge to sleep. Brilliant. In fact, when I first heard about Dunelm’s sleep challenge, I couldn’t believe it and thought that it must be too good to be true – they want to challenge me to get a better nights sleep over 30 days? This challenge is right up […]

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Attention students – you CAN stay healthy at uni!

It’s the start  of a new term, and for some of you, that means a new university, new college and moving away from home. It’s a busy time of year and you’ll be all-over the place, meeting new people, finding your way around and enjoying the fun times that university brings – there’s Freshers week […]

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