Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?

Being mindful - Is mindfulness for you?

Whenever somebody mentioned mindfulness meditation to me previously, I always imagined people sitting around barefoot and cross-legged sporting tie-dye clothing in a room full of dream catchers chanting ‘om’ and banging mini symbols together with the smell of burning sandalwood incense sticks penetrating the air.  Whilst perfectly acceptable – having never been in touch with […]

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Stopping Self-Sabotage – a journey to break the habit.

Stopping Self-Sabotage: a journey to break the habit

The plan had been to sit and write this article at 10am today.  It’s now 11.02am.  On my way to my office, I stopped to water the garden plants, do the washing up, put the washing away – all jobs that can wait.  None of them as important as my actual work, but all tools […]

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Identity Crisis: The importance of being you

Secret Identity: Being you

I recently watched the film ‘The Danish Girl’.  (Yes I know where have I been?)  For those who don’t know, it’s about the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe.  It took nearly an entire lifetime for her to be true to who she really was.  Despite living in an era where you were liable to be certified […]

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Job Vacancy – Parent

Job Vacancy - Parent

I’ve been going through a few slightly stressful situations with one of my offspring recently.  These are all things that are beyond their control, but that I as a parent feel immense pressure to handle correctly.  It got me to thinking.  Parenthood – if thought of in terms of a ‘job’ – is a pretty […]

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5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood 

5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood

Our moods often dictate the tone of our day.  They govern the types of interaction we have with other people and form our perception of everything.  Whilst acknowledging that we can’t feel happy all of the time – if you do find yourself in a bad mood – it’s important to dust off the cloud […]

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Aquaventure vs Wild Wadi – which waterpark is best for you?

Aquaventure vs Wild Wadi

So you’ve booked your holiday to Dubai and now you’re in the rather enviable position of deciding on which waterpark to visit whilst there.  The usual main contenders are Aquaventure – an award winning and record breaking waterpark located within the 5-Star Atlantis the Palm resort or Wild Wadi – an Arabian themed waterpark which […]

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10 fun things to do with kids in Dubai.

10 Fun things to do with kids in Dubai

So you’ve booked (or you’re thinking about booking) a holiday to Dubai and you want to know fun things to do with your kids whilst there?  Well, firstly congratulations (or if you fall into the latter camp – what the heck are you waiting for?)  you are in for a fun-filled family holiday and here […]

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From lost to found

From lost to found

I have this great little sheer black camisole top that is an absolute staple in my wardrobe – it goes with so many things and is a mandatory requirement in the make-up of a lot of my outfits.  A new day dawned and another opportunity arose to wear said camisole.  But it was nowhere to […]

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Breaking the age barrier

Breaking the age barrier

Have you ever shelved a dream you held because you believe you’re just too old?  Do you harbour regret that the opportunity has passed you by because you didn’t grab it when you were younger?  Well, here’s some news for you, whilst some things have a minimum age limit, hardly anything in life has a […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire.

Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

In need of a short family break, we wanted to go somewhere the kids could have fun, but that would allow us some time to ourselves for a bit of pampering and relaxation.  Oh yes, I nearly forgot, we also wanted luxury.   And we wanted all of this somewhere in the UK.  Yes I […]

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Days Out: Cadbury World

Days out: Cadbury World

Calling all owners of a sweet tooth, gather round and get ready to enter a world dedicated to the ever-so-delicious – Cadbury’s chocolate. When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews.  Boasting visitor numbers of over half-a-million every year, I am so pleased to report […]

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Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Every morning a close friend of mine and I exchange texts as to what we’re each getting up to that day.  Sometimes (or as she might say, often) my message to her can be quite long.  I’m a busy girl. In an average week, I need to juggle my family, work, the house, a fitness […]

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From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

It’s probably not an inaccurate assumption that most people have at least one person in their life who they have a conflictive relationship with.  It may be a family member, ex-partner, neighbour, acquaintance or colleague.  Things between you can feel intolerable, the mere mention of their name can cause irritation or anxiety.  It seems that […]

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Taking back some control over PMS

Taking back some control over PMS

Let’s be honest, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) is a b*tch!  Every month a little gremlin (the evil variety that has been exposed to water) invades your body and completely takes over – everything!  Well, that’s how it made me feel at least.  Sound familiar to you? PMS can start to rear its ugly head up to […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Lux* Belle Mare – Mauritius

Living.Pretty.Happy @ the Lux Belle Mare Mauritius

‘Welcome to heaven’ is the sign that should adorn the front gates of the award-winning Mauritian getaway known as Lux* Belle Mare. Located on the east-coast of Mauritius about 45 minutes by car from the airport, the Lux* is a stylish and contemporary luxury resort that will suit honeymooners and families of all ages alike. […]

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Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

The world as I knew it stopped the day my mum died.  We knew it was coming, she’d been given two years, but my heart imploded when I was informed in a hospital corridor that actually only 24-hours remained.  I would like to say it was a nice goodbye; it wasn’t. I couldn’t find the […]

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You are not going bald! (overcoming non-hereditary hair loss)

You are not going bald

This article contains non-sponsored affiliate links.  You can find out more here Are you noticing that your hairbrush seems to contain more hair than usual?  Are you pulling larger quantities of hair from your shower plug-hole?  Is your ponytail diameter feeling thinner?  Are hairs falling very easily from your head whenever you touch them?  And is […]

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Days Out: KidZania – London

Kidzania - London

Over the Christmas period I introduced the children to one of my all-time favourite movies, Bugsy Malone.  I was delighted when they loved it as much as I do.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s a movie full of children acting as adults, holding down jobs, driving pedal cars and firing custard tarts out of ‘splurge […]

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48 hours in Abu Dhabi

48 Hours in Dubai

The capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi – can be reached in under 90 minutes by car from Dubai Airport.  It has a more laid back and accessible feel than Dubai and is perfect for visiting with children in tow.  There is so much to do, but here are our highlights from a highly […]

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Only human

Only Human

Today has been a rubbish day.  Why you ask? No reason. Perhaps walking into the bathroom and stepping on an upturned plug along the way, set my day on it’s course.   Frustratingly enough, I can’t even claim pre-menstruality (if this isn’t a word already, it really should be).  I just noticed I was in […]

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