Monthly Archives: September 2013

Paleo Spaghetti, with Kale Pesto

30Sep

Paleo Pasta and Pesto

Paleo Pasta and Pesto Feeling hungry? Short of time? This is the easiest recipe in the world, and it tastes and looks spectacular. It is a great one for when you have a few random bits in the fridge and … Continue reading

  

Oklahoma dentist responsible for patient-to-patient hep C transmission

30Sep

Oklahoma dentist responsible for patient-to-patient hep C transmission

Dr W Scott Harrington stands accused of re-using dirty needles leading to the first known outbreak of the hepatitis C virus among dental patients in US history. Government officials have commented that while dental procedures are generally safe the case … Continue reading

  

Calls for needle exchange programme for gym users

30Sep

Calls for needle exchange programme for gym users

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has called for needle exchanges to be established in gyms in order to battle the issue of sharing needles to inject performance-enhancing drugs and cosmetic products. Despite a decrease in new HIV and … Continue reading

  

Revolade approved for use in hepatitis C therapy

30Sep

Revolade approved for use in hepatitis C therapy

Revolade, a platelet-boosting drug marketed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has achieved EU approval. The drug treats patients whose low blood platelet count is adversely affecting the work of therapies to fight the hepatitis C virus. New comprehensive all-oral regimens would impact … Continue reading

  

Cable Cars!

30Sep

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My blog title was an optimistic one when I began writing at 7am this morning! The cable cars that I had planned on going on were closed due to high winds I have only just found this out though at … Continue reading

  

The end of my breastfeeding journey – and how to ensure your 12+ month old meets their calcium requirements

29Sep

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My little girl turned 1 yesterday, and two days before her birthday marked the end of her (and my) breastfeeding journey. At 10 1/2 months, she had already naturally cut down to a morning and bedtime feed, and by 11 … Continue reading

  

Buckwheat blueberry pancakes with maple syrup

29Sep

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Don’t be mistaken – buckwheat is not wheat, it is related to rhubarb and is therefore suitable for a gluten-free low FODMAP, low lactose, wheat free diet. Buckwheat is used widely in Europe and makes the most wonderful pancakes, hence … Continue reading

  

I climbed a fecking mountain!

29Sep

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Okay, so it was a mini-mountain…maybe a hill to the people in the know…all I know is that it was a fecking steep, hardwork, sweat-inducing, uphill something or other! Not bad for a fat lass, and certainly not bad considering … Continue reading

  

It’s Sunny!

28Sep

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Haha – my other half cannot stop going on about the fact that it is sunny in Scotland! He is doing a disservice to this great nation…although in fairness to him, it is usually grey up here at this time … Continue reading

  

Grey…

27Sep

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…pubes! Well the time has come…grey pubes are on the horizon! I was plucking last night – eyebrows, chin and beard! – and I plucked a grey straggler from my brow! I am only 32 for goodness sakes…grey hairs should … Continue reading

  

What happened at the Food Allergy & Intolerance Summit 2013 – part one

27Sep

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If you haven’t already heard of the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) and their Annual Food Allergy and Intolerance Summit it’s a two day conference aimed at grocery retail and food service companies who want to explore and realise … Continue reading

  

Another Interview with Tom the Allergy Show Director and Free tickets!

27Sep

The Allergy Show North Oct 2013

It’s that time fo year again, the Allergy Show North in Liverpool takes place on the 26th and 27th October so if you’re thinking of exploring please don’t forget to download free ticket www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/whatallergy, courtesy of What Allergy. Just call … Continue reading

  

Another Interview with the Allergy Show Director and Free tickets!

27Sep

The Allergy Show North Oct 2013

It’s that time fo year again, the Allergy Show North in Liverpool takes place on the 26th and 27th October so if you’re thinking of exploring please don’t forget to download free ticket www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/whatallergy, courtesy of What Allergy. Just call … Continue reading

  

Fitness Freak(ed) Out!

26Sep

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Okay, so here is my confession after a period of reflection following my time with Jessie Pavelka. Exercise is shite! Well actually, exercise is bloody fantastic…it is me that is shite at it. I was convinced that I was doing … Continue reading

  

The perfect pack-up

26Sep

Keeping your children’s lunchbox healthy and imaginative can be quite a challenge. Although the Government has considered banning packed lunches, with the right balance they can still pack a healthy punch. As the new school term starts, we’ve put together … Continue reading

  

Homemade Vegetarian / Vegan Chilli

26Sep

This is my homemade veggie/vegan chilli recipe – it’s a really easy, cheap and filling dinner that only takes about 30 minutes to make. It includes sweet potato and butternut squash in addition to other veggies, kidney beans and lentils. It’s also gluten-free, … Continue reading

  

The Damaging Desire to Compare Conditions

26Sep

When it comes to longstanding medical conditions that aren’t common knowledge, it can be a real pain to make yourself understood. Sometimes it’s tempting to liken your condition to one that is more well-known but I’ve found that sometimes it … Continue reading

  

Menopausal You and Me: Mellow or Bold?

26Sep

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  Menopause makes us bold, like these garden flowers, who went summer nuts outside my kitchen window. We speak up. We voice our opinions. We make brave choices. But… Menopause makes us mellow too. We know when to remain silent. … Continue reading

  

Fancy a cuppa?

26Sep

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I’ve just been asked on my Facebook page as to whether someone should drink coffee and tea. They take it with skimmed milk and with one sugar. It is not my place to say whether someone should drink them or … Continue reading

  

Slimming World and ‘Loser’ tips!

25Sep

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I got a little bit of a mini-lecture off my other half last night…he said that I needed to do a ‘proper’ post instead of just rambling…so here goes! In February last year, I weighed in at 43st 5.5lbs…and never … Continue reading

  

MAD Night

24Sep

I’m stepping slightly out of my comfort zone here as it’s not my usual post about Rosie and her achievements, it may also be my longest post ever so bear with me! Friday 20th September was the annual MAD Blog … Continue reading

  

Forager’s Elderberry & Blackberry Salad with Organic Chicken Livers

24Sep

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As some of you may know, I have been very much under the weather of late. Today, in order to lift my spirits, I decided to take a stroll outside my house to stretch my legs and take some of … Continue reading

  

Woohoo! 16st award – Slimming World!

24Sep

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I’ve done it – I have lost 16st with Slimming World…16st 1lb to be precise…225lbs of useless fat gone for good! I am just thrilled to be heading to Scotland 12st lighter than when I went up there last year…I … Continue reading

  

Anaphylaxis to spider bite – allergic reactions in the UK

24Sep

Spiders are harmless in the UK, right?  Having mostly conquered my spider phobia I am now quaking in fear at the thought of meeting this stinging variety… If you are allergic to insect, wasp or spider stings and venom then … Continue reading

  

Pork steaks with a sweet southern twist plus fried green tomatoes Low FODMAP (contains fructose)

23Sep

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I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes ever since I watched the film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-stop Cafe‘. It is one of my favourite films starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, it has a complex plot … Continue reading

  

Holiday Excitement!

23Sep

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Considering that I have already bought and wrapped my Christmas presents, it will come as no surprise that I am the kind of person who likes to plan some stuff on her holidays! Yes, I have an itinerary! I am … Continue reading

  

Flower Power!

23Sep

Last weekend, Ella and Lucy were the flower girls at my brothers wedding.  They wore beautiful matching dresses, sparkly shoes and Ella had a lovely heart adorned with bells to carry instead of flowers.  Although she didn’t fully understand what … Continue reading

  

How to pack a healthy lunchbox for kids

22Sep

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Does your child take a packed lunch to school? Do you know what makes a healthy lunchbox? Do you include lots of variety? I am often asked questions by parents who want some ideas and inspiration on what to include … Continue reading

  

What are you worth?

22Sep

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Following on from last nights blog post, I began to think about worth. Not so much in the Forbes Rich List sense, although I did give that some thought, but more so regarding your personal worth…how much you think of … Continue reading

  

Paleo Cottage Pie

22Sep

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Sometimes, comfort food is all you need, but comfort food (as a rule) can be naughty, containing large quantities of sinful carbs. One of my favourite childhood foods is the humble Cottage Pie.  It always seems to have the magical … Continue reading

  

Heart check-up

22Sep

In the early days, when Ella was a baby there were lots of appointments. So many in fact that it was impossible to plan the weeks activities. In those first few months Ella spent more time in hospital waiting rooms, … Continue reading

  

Marathon…

21Sep

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Before you get all excited – and also have me committed – I have not signed up for a marathon! I am afraid that I am one of those people that see no point in running somewhere if you can … Continue reading

  

Obsessive

20Sep

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Losing weight is great – it really is. I cannot describe how much better I feel from a health and well-being perspective, and to see the numbers on the scale coming down is fabulous…especially as I feel like I have … Continue reading

  

Slug Burgers!

19Sep

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This little bugger ended up in my burgers today… I am not quite sure how it ended up there though! The grill pan was clean and had fresh foil put on it before cooking, and then the burgers were tipped … Continue reading

  

Chatty Nurse!

18Sep

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It’s been an interesting day today – good interesting – but I still feel a bit ‘meh’ for some reason. We all get like this though…no particular reason other than a case of the CBAs (can’t be arsed) and the … Continue reading

  

A Self-Hypnosis Sensory-Imagery Technique For Skin Conditions

18Sep

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Further to my previous blog entry here, citing some of the research supporting the use of hypnosis for help with skin conditions, as promised I am going to share a couple of self-hypnosis techniques in coming days. Today is one … Continue reading

  

Paleo Super Green Juice

18Sep

Paleo Super Juice

I love drinking fresh juice; it gives you a vitamin shot and energy boost which I find even bulletproof coffee can’t rival! You have to be quite careful that you juice the correct things, (i.e. more veg than fruit) or … Continue reading

  

The Evidence for Using Hypnosis with Skin Disorders

18Sep

As of today, I am again part of the online clinic here at the TalkHealth Partnership. This particular online clinic is looking at skin disorders. Those familiar with this site will know that the clinics offer lots of support from … Continue reading

  

She's still standing…yeah yeah yeah!

17Sep

This coming Thursday see’s the second anniversary of Rosie’s life saving open heart surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. It’s always hard emotionally thinking back to that time. Equally it’s vital that I don’t allow the experience to become nothing … Continue reading

  

5 IBS & FODMAP Articles You Really Need to Read! (August 2013)

17Sep

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I love writing these posts (bit geeky I know!) but the more information you have about a subject, as long as you can critically appraise it, the better your understanding and therefore you enjoy it more.  This months top articles … Continue reading

  

Good Slimming World surprises!

17Sep

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4.5lbs off and Slimmer of the Week – quite a good haul on one of those weeks that I didn’t feel any different really! What is it about weight loss? There are those weeks when you work your balls off … Continue reading

  

A clearer future for tooth whitening

17Sep

When the European Council’s directive on tooth whitening was released at the end of October, clarifying that tooth whitening could only be carried out under by or under the supervision of a dentist and that the supply of tooth whitening … Continue reading

  

BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS WEEK

17Sep

September 16 is the start of making more people aware of the dangers of high blood pressure, and offering free checks throughout the country.  What are the risks? In about 90% of cases, there is no obvious underling medical cause … Continue reading

  

Bonsoir mes amis voules-vous des Madeleines sans gluten? Milk free, low FODMAP.

16Sep

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These little plump cakes are easy to make and are just the ticket if you want to have a little something sweet but don’t want to go overboard on calories, they are gluten-free, low fodmap and milk free. The secret … Continue reading

  

Whole30, being Sick and a General Paleo Disaster….

16Sep

Jumping in freezing cold water

Following Tough Mudder last week, I have been suffering with the dreaded lurgy; a combination of a tiresome cold, and my personal favourite illness, tonsillitis. (Perhaps throwing myself in dirty, iced water that weekend, wasn’t the most sensible idea.) Jumping … Continue reading

  

Swim Suit Woes…

16Sep

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My body resembles a lump of PlayDoh that has been squidged by a toddler…not expertly sculpted by Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame! I am losing weight well, but it isn’t coming off evenly. I have one leg bigger … Continue reading

  

I don’t overeat!!!!….ok I’ll have one more

16Sep

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Have you ever wondered why you sometimes eat to the point of bursting? Or, how sometimes you aren’t even hungry and yet, you walk into Greggs and walk back out with a large sausage roll, a donut and a sugar … Continue reading

  

ARE YOUR DAYS NUMBERED? NEW RESEARCH REVEALS 90% OF US DON’T KNOW THE ONE SET OF NUMBERS THAT COULD SAVE OUR LIVES

16Sep

New research released today [1] reveals that 70% of UK adults can remember 5 or more different sets of numbers unique to them – nearly half of the nation could memorise their national insurance and car registration numbers, and over … Continue reading

  

Paleo Bacon and Avocado Sandwich

15Sep

The most delicious snack of all time?

This is one of the best paleo finger food combos I have ever come across, ridiculously easy to make; a breakfast, starter, snack, canape- it is always a paleo crowd pleaser. It couldn’t be easier to make. Simply fry some … Continue reading

  

Finding inspiration…

15Sep

A while ago, I wrote about the stat I’d heard that suggested you are the average of the five people closest to you. I have no idea what actual research this is based on, but it is probably true. At … Continue reading

  

Exciting shopping…

15Sep

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I really shouldn’t be allowed Internet access at times – especially on the run up to Christmas. Under normal circumstances, my Christmas shopping for the family would have been done by now, as I love to look for little bits … Continue reading

  

Money, money, money – Slimming World tips

14Sep

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Money. It can be the root of all evils…and it can be the root of diet demons too! The issue of money crops up in our house on a regular basis. Giving up a well paid job to focus on … Continue reading

  

Hairy!

13Sep

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I have a dilemma…and it relates to hairiness! Before you jump to conclusions about bristly bushes and beards – of which I have both – haha! – my dilemma is mainly concerning the horses. I will talk about my hairiness … Continue reading

  

Local Business are Official Sponsors of National Eye Health Week 2013

13Sep

Butterflies Healthcare Ltd are proud to have been asked to sponsor the UK’s fourth National Eye Health Week. This is a collaboration between opticians, ophthalmologists, eye health charities and organisations. It aims to encourage everyone to have regular sight tests and … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

13Sep

I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading

  

Girlifying!

12Sep

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Girlifying – my name for the process of beautifying oneself in a lady-like fashion…and something that I have not much of a clue about really. I was never really one for very girly stuff – those doll head things that … Continue reading

  

Blackberry Wars!

11Sep

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Goodness me…the UK thinks that it has a problem with teenage hoodies and gangs…what about grouchy barsteward old men with a bad attitude?! Some of you may have heard of the tale of ‘Blackberry Man’…who keeps creeping into my garden … Continue reading

  

Christmas…

10Sep

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Haha – I can imagine that when you saw the word ‘Christmas’ you groaned…we are after all only just waving goodbye to our summer! I adore Christmas! I am still like a big kid in that respect – I get … Continue reading

  

Spoon Feeding!

9Sep

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Something that JP said this weekend made me smile…as it is something that I often say myself…”the choice is yours” – a simple statement, but it’s so bloody true. We have the choice to go in the right direction – … Continue reading

  

I completed Tough Mudder 2013

9Sep

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http://toughmudder.co.uk At the weekend, I took part in Tough Mudder, Yorkshire! Tough Mudder® events are “hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete … Continue reading

  

Pavelka day

8Sep

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Goodness me – where to begin? Yesterday was the Pavelka Day…and what a day it was! I arrived early and managed to give Jessie his bag of swag which has been stashed in my car for a few days – … Continue reading

  

A ‘Weighty’ Issue – fat loss

8Sep

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The Talk Health Partnership is a great place to get knowledge, information and discuss points. I love the Online Clinics and I’m looking forward to participating as an Expert for you. Although a long way off, here’s a taster of … Continue reading

  

The truth about Fruit Juices and Smoothies

7Sep

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Smoothies and fruit juices are often seen an alternative to eating fruit, especially for children who won’t eat fruit, as a ‘healthy option’ when going out for a drink or as an addition to a lunchbox. But are they really … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

6Sep

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Take a look at this and see if you can work out what it is… Any the wiser? Well, it’s my old diary…from 2010…with lots of pages ripped out. These pages were the numerous fresh starts that I tried to … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis and me

6Sep

So I haven’t written on this blog for a while and to be honest it’s because my psoriasis has been surprisingly calm for the last few months. Last time I wrote about how I was looking for different ways to … Continue reading

  

How to make perfect scrambled eggs?

6Sep

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs “Add milk, add cream, do them in the microwave, do them in the pan, lots of butter……” Many people  have shared with me snippets of worldly wisdom about how to make the holy grail, the perfect scrambled … Continue reading

  

Facial eczema and mirrors – a short poem

6Sep

If you have facial eczema mirrors are the enemy. Even reflective windows can show up your rosy visage in all it’s vivid horror. People with eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis have bad skin days AND bad hair days. Imagine that! Sometimes … Continue reading

  

Are allergies anything to do with your place among siblings?

5Sep

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“Are you a fat, tall, allergy-prone leader? Blame your siblings.” No this isn’t meant to be a provocative insult, it’s the promotional heading for an article in the New Scientist this month. “Chance inheritance: The subtle power of birth order” … Continue reading

  

Paleo Kale Chips

5Sep

Salted Kale Chips

Here is a quick recipe for you. It is so easy, anyone can make this. It is a great one for keeping you on the straight an narrow, if your body is craving salt, or a bit of a crunchy … Continue reading

  

Rising Healthcare Costs: Should We Be Scared?

5Sep

Health is wealth. This used to be an adage that has been overused with time. But lately, its meaning has transformed as it is true not only figuratively, but also literally. Staying healthy requires money! You might think that’s not … Continue reading

  

Not so GG gets her sparkle back…

5Sep

Well, it’s been a funny couple of weeks. Last week I did something I’ve never done before at crossfit, which was fling the bar down in anger and frustration. Then left the class at the end, had a good cry, … Continue reading

  

The magical benefits of Salt for Asthma, COPD, Sinusitis and other respiratory and skin conditions

5Sep

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We are all familiar with the benefits of sea air and natural salt caves, but did you know that salt has also been used for over 200 years as a natural therapy for respiratory ailments and skin conditions? Salt therapy … Continue reading

  

Top Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Suffering a Stroke

5Sep

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Has any of your parents or other relatives suffered from stroke in the past? Chances are, you might also be a candidate for stroke. Stairlift companies say they receive hundreds of requests for home mobility assistance and stairlift information each month … Continue reading

  

4 Simple Ways to Keep Eyes Healthy & Beautiful

5Sep

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They say your eyes reflect your health. Your eyes are arguably the most important feature on your face.  In fact, most people notice your eyes before they see anything else.   Enhancing your eyes and caring for them should be a … Continue reading

  

Jessie P – Part Two!

4Sep

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Goodness me – what a day yesterday was…apologies for the lack of blog post, but I didn’t get home until nearly midnight and would not at all have been coherent enough to type…tired doesn’t quite describe it! In all of … Continue reading

  

Don’t depend on EHIC when travelling with a medical condition

4Sep

MedicalTravelCompared.com is a travel insurance comparison site specifically for over 65s and those with a pre-existing medical condition. The MedicalTravelCompared insurance panel currently comprises over 18 insurance products. Travellers complete a simple question set and a list of insurers, covers and premiums are returned. MedicalTravelCompared.com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA Number is 592298. www.MedicalTravelCompared.com 0844 887 2102

Warnings to UK travellers not to rely solely on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for emergency treatment while they are on holiday should be heeded especially by people with pre-exiting medical conditions.  www.MedicalTravelCompared.com, the first stand-alone comparison site for … Continue reading

  

Dancing Queen

3Sep

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Ella likes music.   We went to a wedding on Saturday and she loved the post ceremony entertainment of singer and keyboard player.  By the end of the third song she was in … Continue reading

  

Basic workout nutrition

3Sep

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  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Workout nutrition is the subject of endless discussion on body building and fitness forums, but for most people a basic understanding is enough to optimise a moderate workout. The main goals are to promote energy … Continue reading

  

4 Ways to Avoid Sweating Too Much

3Sep

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So you’ve got a hot date coming up. You’ve booked a great restaurant, got your suit lined up and you’re picking her up at 7. You should be feeling great, right? Yes, you should, but you’re starting to break into a … Continue reading

  

Picnics: Gain Strength!

2Sep

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Menopausal moodiness can  sure make you sad. The events of life can too sometimes. Sarah Josepha Hale, famed editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, knew something about sadness and about techniques for overcoming gloom and grief. In Sarah’s day, a new mode of … Continue reading

  

Feck off with your shakes!

2Sep

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Today has been a little fraught – with late international transfers and bounced mortgage direct debits…don’t ask! Needless to say, I have not been in the best of moods. Although I did have a lovely conversation with a lady who … Continue reading

  

Ready…Steady…Go!

1Sep

Just a quick post with some new achievements in the land of Budlington! There have been three significant advances since I last wrote. In a recent post I mentioned about Rosie learning to throw and catch in the garden…well Karen … Continue reading

  

Weaning Diary – 11 months old

1Sep

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My baby is now 11 months old and we are looking forward to planning her little birthday tea party. At the time of my last blog, she was sitting and rolling confidently, but could not master the art of getting … Continue reading

  

Jessie P – Part One!

1Sep

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Right then…now that I have had a chance to sleep, I think that I can be a little more coherent than I was last night! Jessie was fabulous! Seriously – he was a lovely gent who instantly put people at … Continue reading

  

Cheats home-made df/gf garlic bread – easy

1Sep

One of Zac’s favourite foods when we he was a little tot was garlic bread. Once his diet became gluten free and dairy free, the shop bought stuff was ‘out’. I have since discovered that Asda have a version in … Continue reading

  

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