Good Life Posts

Quick reads and lots of tips for a happier healthier lifestyle:

Sleep Well

OOOhh, light my sparklers – it’s bonfire night in the UK. Of course firework displays seemed to have dwindled over the past few years; environment considered more now than ever before, but there are bound to be a few bright fireworks in the night sky tonight. Sleep Well

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Dreaming Big … or away with the fairies?

Over many centuries – well decades, I’ve been accused at various times in my life of being away with the fairies. I was punished for daydreaming at school which set a pattern or paradigm in my own mind that dreaming big wasn’t the way to success. Dreaming Big!

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Green Gifts

When you see Christmas produce in the high street in October, it makes you realize that the next couple of months are going to fly by, as they always do. Put your feet up for an hour or so and create a ‘natural’ Christmas gift list. Green Gifts

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Yay it’s Monday

Sometimes life just stands on it’s head! Had no internet over the weekend and crappy phone signal so most of the weekend plans went out of the window. Yay it’s Monday

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Healthy Weight Loss

A high percentage of medical conditions are a direct result of our diet; we are what we eat, as the saying goes. Personally I’d rather be seen as an exotic fruit than a burger but hey, each to their own 🙂 Healthy Weight Loss

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Homemade Gifts

Making gifts for family and friends is so rewarding and there are many crafts that can be turned into pleasing and organic homemade gifts. And you don’t have to be a crafting expert to create beautiful gifts. Homemade Gifts

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Bees and Flowers

Bees are at risk at the moment and we really need to encourage these wonderful creatures to our gardens and parks. One of the problems with bees is that some humans get really freaked out by them because they have a sting. But… Bees and Flowers

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Put Your Feet Up

Avoid the Christmas Rush – Panic Now! This quote always make me kind of chuckle at the craziness some of us – millions of us in fact – go through every Christmas. And oh, it doesn’t have to be that way! Put Your Feet Up

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Rainy Day Zombies Begone!

What is happening with the weather? Global warming seems to be the answer to any weather questions that come up, and maybe that is the answer. But it doesn’t really help on a day to day basis, when you’re trying to have a reasonable summer and it’s pouring with rain all the time.  Rainy Day Zombies Begone!

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Circle of Fun

I remember playing this game with my kids, but before I go any further I’d like to apologize for the non-PC title of the game.  Circle of Fun

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Rain or Shine

Yesterday, it rained. After a few glorious weeks – or maybe days 🙂 – of sunshine, the heavens opened, the universe threw some wind into the mix and suddenly it felt like Autumn. The perfect moment to get on our whinge-mobiles and moan about the weather. But yesterday…. Rain or Shine

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Ditch the Brave Face

Do you show your brave face to the outside world but are brutally honest with yourself? I’m voting to flip that on its head – we don’t have to moan and whinge to all and sundry on social media but a little honesty can be truly liberating and…. Ditch the Brave Face

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Rain Forest UK

With the over-powering heat this year, the tropical paradise might not be the place you want to spend time in just now, but don’t let that put you off. The Eden Project has all sorts of wonderful stuff going on…. Rain Forest UK

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Take a Break

If you’re working from home, there can be days when pjs are the only option. It’s not always easy to motivate yourself especially if you’re self-employed and can’t guarantee that what you’re doing will produce any feedback, financial or otherwise. Take a Break

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Armchair Days

Okay, so I’ve abandoned my office space for a few days – mostly because there’s a pile of bills in there that I’m avoiding – and decamped to an armchair. Armchair Days

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Inside Out Games

With school holidays looming, there will be plenty of opportunities to play, have fun and enjoy tons of quality time with the kids, especially if we have a warm dry summer this year – fingers crossed 🙂 Inside Out Games

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I am not a noun, I am a free verb

A while ago, I saw a short video clip of Stephen Fry (one of my absolute favourite people) talking about being verbs and not nouns… I am not a Noun I am a Free Verb

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Showing Up in the Sunshine

Uh oh, gorgeous sunshine lighting up all the dust and clutter in the house … outside it is then :-).. but if you really really want to get the house de-cluttered and don’t have a clue where to start… Showing Up in the Sunshine

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Tea Snob

How I turned into a tea snob: Afternoon tea has been a traditional English affair for centuries but over the years has been dropped in favour of a quick snack at lunchtime and a larger evening meal. Tea Snob

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Happy Shopping!

Are you revving up for the weekly supermarket ordeal? Here are nine ideas to make shopping run a lot more smoothly… (I posted these quick tips a year ago – Supermarket Survival Tactics below – but they still apply today!) Happy Shopping

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Being a Kid is fun!

Before the days of computers and gaming stations, children were obliged to make their own entertainment. This wasn’t a hardship as we didn’t know any different. Being a Kid

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Vampires Begone!

Garlic has so many myths and legends attached to it they would probably fill a whole book, although we do know for sure that it keeps vampires away, so for that reason alone we should definitely grow some! Vampires Begone

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Just Basil

Basil has that gorgeous smell of summer and can and should be added to your meals every day – unless you have an allergy, then definitely ignore that! Just Basil

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Daisy Love

The common daisy has been the subject of many myths and legends over the centuries and has been part of the landscape for as long as records can be traced. Daisy Love

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Choosing your path

A while ago I watched a Wayne Dyer talk and as usual was blown away by his words. He told a story of author Porsche Nelson who had gone to, if I remember correctly, a writers workshop where the students were given five index cards and asked to write their life story. This is what she wrote: Choosing your Path

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Celery Juicing

Celery Juicing is big news! My daughter is a fan and turned me onto it the other day. Although it’s probably best to drink it first thing in the morning to get the full benefits, I tried it later in the day and after a good nights sleep, had the most productive day I’ve had for ages! Celery Juicing

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Moving House

Oh, the joy of moving house! Moving is apparently one of the most stressful things you can do but, with a little planning and, hopefully, the knowledge that you are moving somewhere nicer it can be a lot less stressful and some of it may actually be fun! Moving House

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Lazy Cook Got Tasty

I am a lazy cook. My excuse is that after cooking for a family of six for years, I’m slightly allergic to kitchens… but really? Actually I used to love to bake, which is probably why I’ve been binge watching the Great British Bake Off on Netflix… ho hum…. Lazy Cook got Tasty

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Happy Days

I watched the incredible Seth Godin interviewed by the equally incredible Marie Forleo and Seth said something that turned my mind upside down! He said that instead of doing the work you love, you should love the work you do. Happy Days

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Find your Passion

Did you ever wonder how some people manage to find time for ‘hobbies’ and ‘pastimes’ when you are only just fitting in everything you HAVE to do in the space of each 24 hours? The answer is passion. Find your Passion

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Meditation Made Easy

I just realised I’ve written tons of posts relating to healthy living such as growing food, healthy foods and recipes and even getting off the grid from time to time. But one thing that I’ve never really touched upon, which is one of the most important things we can do to live a healthy lifestyle, is meditation. Meditation Made Easy

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Screen Off Fun

Now the children are back to school and in some parts of the world we are feeling touches of Autumn creeping towards winter, it’s not always possible to play outside and all too easy to rely on screen entertainment. Screen Off Fun

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How Can I Lose Weight?

Have you ever wondered why some folk never put on weight and others spend their whole life trying to lose it? There are a few mythical answers to this very popular question: How can I Lose Weight?

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Fun Family Games

Many of us spent our childhoods outside (even when it was raining); riding bikes, climbing trees and generally having fun while working up an appetite for dinner… Fun Family Games

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Growing Beansprouts

Growing beansprouts isn’t a new age veggie thing – the Chinese have been growing and eating beansprouts for thousands of years. Growing Beansprouts

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Put the Fizz Back in the Physical

Is the fizz still alive in your relationship or is real life getting in the way far too often? Here are five ways to put the fizz back…. Put the Fizz back in the Physical

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I am Worthy!

We’re just over half-way through this year and time to create new beginnings, positive changes and really make a difference in our world in the next 12 months. Even when you think you’re world is tiny, good feelings ripple out indefinitely, reaching more people than you can imagine. I am Worthy

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Herbs can Save the World!

I read somewhere that pasta sauces reach 9 out of 10 consumers. How many jars and lids does that add up to I wonder? I have no idea where to start doing the math, but I think we’re into the billions – of jars sold every year. Ouch. Herbs can Save the World

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Teens Dreams

As parents, we often complain of troublesome three year olds. Three year olds can be troublesome because they are developing from babyhood to childhood. Teens Dreams

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The Secret Addiction

The drug that’s causing world wide health problems, even fatalities in some cases, is and always has been legal. And no, in this case I’m not talking about alcohol or nicotine. The Secret Addiction

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Grow your own Beans

Although green beans have been cultivated for home use since the 16th century, string-less varieties weren’t really known until the turn of the 20th century. Grow your own Beans

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Supermarket Survival Tactics

Supermarkets can drain your pocket, your energy and your time. Here are nine supermarket survival tips for successful supermarket shopping…. Supermarket Survival Tactics

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Healthy Baby Steps

The secret to good health, including your perfect weight is to get the right balance of food, liquids and movement. Healthy Baby Steps

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Diet Pots

The most important step to having a healthy body is to eat healthy food. What better way than to grow your own diet in a pot. Diet Pots

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New Day Resolutions

Seeing as most of us break our new year resolutions by the fifth of January every year, why not start at any point and see how long we can keep it up! New Day Resolutions

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Let the Sunshine in!

Welcoming the sunshine into your home can highlight all sorts of murky corners and piles of stuff littered about. So it’s opening windows and cleaning time!………                    Let the Sunshine in

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Grounding

Apart from all the wonderful fruit, veg and herbs and flowers you can grow in the garden to keep everyone healthy and away from the processed food, gardening is one of the best hobbies you can take up for grounding reasons. Grounding

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A world of Herbs

Herbs hold some wonderful secrets that we can share if we venture into their world for a moment. My favourite herb of the moment is Aloe Vera. Not a culinary herb perhaps but the benefits of aloe vera are enormous. A World of Herbs

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Garlic

As well as being effective in preventing colds, flu and infections, garlic is known to help reduce high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It has anti-fungal and anti-biotic qualities. Garlic

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Grow Lemons at Home

Although lemons and other citrus fruits are indigenous to warmer climates, in recent years they have become a popular plant in many parts of the world. They do need a little care and attention but they are worth their weight in gold! Grow Lemons at Home

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Peppers hot and sweet

There are many different varieties of peppers. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes. However, there are two main types: Peppers Hot & Sweet

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Tomatoes

The tomato is known to have been cultivated as a food crop by the Incan civilization, but was believed to be poisonous by many other cultures across the world. In the 1500’s tomatoes were grown as an ornamental plant. Tomatoes

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Potatoes

Potatoes are so common in the western diet that we imagine they’ve been around forever. But although evidence suggests potatoes were used around 500BC, the potato had a bad reputation for many centuries and was thought by some cultures to be an evil vegetable. Potatoes

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Strawberries

Wild strawberries can still be found in some unspoiled areas – often in light woodland. However, wild strawberries tend to be smaller and not nearly as sweet as the hybrid varieties we grow today. Strawberries

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Onions a Chef’s Delight

Onions have been hard to date by archaeologists, but it’s generally thought that onions have been eaten since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for at least 5000 years. Onions a Chef’s Delight

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Cleaning Green

Does your kitchen cleaner have added lemon? Avoid the chemicals – the lemon is all you need! Save the ends of lemons and rub over ceramic surfaces and rinse with clean water. Cleaning Green

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Working From Home

Working from home was always limited to taking your work home with you or putting plastic pegs in plastic holes and earning a few pennies for every 1,000 you put together. Working from Home

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Stimulate Your Senses

Gazing through the window on a grey, dreary autumn day doesn’t generate a lot of inspiration for a ‘get out there and enjoy the summer sunshine’ type of article. Stimulate your Senses

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Giving Green

This year, think about giving green and avoid the piles of plastic gifts that eventually end up as land-fill (ouch!). A thoughtful natural gift will always be gratefully received. Giving Green

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Healing in a Nutshell

There is one product, however, that pops up in nearly every area of health and beauty. And, if you’re not allergic, should be part of everyone’s health and beauty routine. Healing in a Nutshell

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Family First

Now the new school year is starting again, it’s easy to slip into the everyday drudge and forget to treat ourselves – until Christmas, then we over indulge like there’s no tomorrow – shocking! Family First

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5 Steps to a Healthier Mind Body and Soul

Even if you write ‘meditate’ at the top of your to-do list, how often does it get blipped over in favour of more ‘important’ stuff. 5 Steps to a Healthier Mind Body and Soul

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Feel-Good Triggers

Can you look into a mirror, into your own eyes and declare your love for yourself? This is powerful stuff. If it comes easy, cool. But if it doesn’t, practice makes perfect. Repeat Feel Good Triggers

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Loving Lemons

In an attempt to reduce my caffeine intake, I’ve started enjoying lemon, ginger and honey.. it really is delicious – and healthy! Loving Lemons

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Go Barefoot

Apart from badly fitting shoes giving you outward physical problems such as corns and bunions, even well fitting shoes aren’t particularly good for your health Go Barefoot

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7 Healthy Eating Tips

Tune into the healthy body you deserve. These 7 simple tips can be included in your daily routine with very little effort but will bring huge benefits to you and your family.     7 Healthy Eating Tips

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