How to make exploring UK Towns & Villages fun for kids!

A cobbled street in Rye, Sussex UK

My husband & I like exploring pretty towns & villages across the UK.  We love a wander, a stop for something to eat and a little browse of (& of course spending in) their independent stores.  That’s a nice day out for us.    Now if we mention this plan to the kids, everything other […]

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Recommended: Skin Protector SPF30 Primer by ARK Skincare

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer

There are two pieces of skincare advice I stand by… you should wear a broad spectrum** SPF everyday and makeup stays on better with primer.  Despite knowing & believing in these beauty rules I had yet to have any success in finding either a great SPF or makeup primer, and believe me I have tried […]

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Happy Days Out: Hever Castle

Hever Castle in Kent. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Surrounded my a moat & bridge

Visiting Hever Castle has been on my want-to-do list for a very long time now.  I have a love of history, especially the Tudor period, so a day spent at the childhood home of Anne Boleyn was always going to be a wish of mine.  However, when you’ve got kids it’s not necessarily somewhere you […]

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Self Awareness: A guest post by Simone Phillips

Self-awareness: A guest post by Simone Phillips

I’m so pleased to welcome Simone from parenting blog 11 Years of Nappies.  Her blog is inspiring, impactful & designed to give hope to other mum’s out there. What a brilliant ethos!  I’m grateful to her for joining us today to discuss self-awareness in greater depth, over to you Simone… Let’s start by defining self-awareness […]

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September Well-Being Focus: Awareness

Self-Awareness Well-being Focus. Flatlay Image of a pink journal showing the Living Pretty Happy Logo and the word September written on it. There are peach flowers, a crystal, pencils and other notebooks around it. The word AWARENESS is also displayed

And we’re back! Yes, the school summer holidays are at an end and normal service is resumed.  So with this in mind, it’s time to tell you all about our new well-being focus for this month. September is about awareness.

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One oil to rule them all: Organic Facial Oil, By Sarah London

By Sarah London Organic Facial Oil Review - Image of 30ml & 10ml By Sarah London Facial oils on a windowsill

“All you need to do is cleanse & follow with this,” said Lauren, (one of the sisters behind the award-winning British skincare brand, By Sarah London) as she handed me their Signature Organic Facial Oil.  I was sceptical.  Just one product?  No other lotions or potions?  And an oil, on my combination skin?  But I’d […]

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Feeling good for doing good: Why volunteering benefits everyone

Feeling good for doing good: Why volunteering benefits everyone. Image of a group of females wearing grey t-shirts saying volunteer, smiling and pointing at the camera

Volunteering was something I never particularly wanted to do.  Who has the time???  Sounds awful of me doesn’t it? I’m not alone though right? “Would anyone like to volunteer?”.  Often meant with the best of intentions, this question has been known to have grown-adults running for the door, feigning hearing loss or just employing ninja-like […]

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August well-being focus: Involvement

August Well-being focus: Sense of belonging and involvement

I’m breaking away from the previous well-being focus format a bit (where I talk about what’s coming up for the month) and instead I’m going to talk more about this month’s focus – plus share some handy tips – within this post.  So buckle up folks… It’s August and our new focus for the month […]

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How to do your makeup in only 5 minutes

How to do your makeup in only 5 minutes. Image of peppermint makeup bag with various makeup products and brushes coming out of it

5-minute makeup has been a necessity most mornings for me for years now.  Nothing will throw you off a perfect smokey eye quite like the sound of a toddler as it wreaks havoc around your home – all before 7am.  Even with a more hectic lifestyle, makeup remained (still remains) a much-loved part of who […]

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Happy Holidays!  How to make your holiday even happier.

Happy Holidays: How to make your holiday even happier. Feel happy on holiday. Image of Europe travel vacation fun summer woman feeling free dancing with arms open in freedom at Oia, Santorini, Greece island. Carefree girl tourist banner panorama.

Can we all just agree that holidays (or vacations) are brilliant?  Let’s face it, if we weren’t happy on holiday, we wouldn’t keep taking them, would we? There’s something about a break away from the every day that guarantees to raise our spirits.  Whether we’re off to relax, experience new cultures, try new experiences, spend […]

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Give it a go: becoming more open to new experiences

Let's give it a go: becoming more open to new experiences. Image of couple kayaking together on a lake and smiling having fun

Have you ever tried a colouring book for adults before?  I hadn’t, until one moment a few years ago, when shopping with my Sister-in-Law, she announced how she loved it and found colouring very therapeutic and calming.  I was sceptical, my eyebrows raised slightly but then thought – why the heck not, I’ll give it […]

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July well-being focus: Optimism

Can you believe we’re over half-way through 2019 now?  Yes, we’ve reached July.   A new month and a new well-being focus for Living.Pretty.Happy. For July we are focusing on optimism.   Optimism, or glass-half-full thinking, is a way of looking at our world with hopeful anticipation and confidence that all will be O.K. A healthy dose […]

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