10 Things you should know about Malta

10 Things you should know about Malta. Going to Malta - what you need to know. Image of Malta skyline

You would think it would be exceptionally easy for me to write about Malta.  I mean over half my family live there, I have Maltese blood running through my veins and I’ve been going to Malta for as long as I can remember.  So I guess the problem is I have too much to say […]

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How to keep your running motivation

How to keep your running motivation. Image of happy woman winning race and coming first to finish red ribbon over group of sportsmen running marathon with badge numbers outdoors

Congratulations! You’re running! Or at least I assume you are if you’re here seeking advice on how to stay motivated to run.  As I previously mentioned in How to start running: tips for beginner runners, running is as much a mental challenge as a physical one, so it’s not surprising at times your motivation to run […]

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5 Useful ways mindfulness helps in your everyday life

5 Useful ways mindfulness helps in your everyday life. Image of a Relaxed woman practicing meditation at home, she is sitting in the lotus position on the office desk, mindfulness concept

Mindfulness, and in particular, mindfulness meditation has increasingly been touted and implemented as a way of improving our mental well-being.  Its focus on connecting our body and mind to become more self-aware and present has been evidenced to help reduce our everyday stress and anxiety.  [RELATED: Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?] But mindfulness stretches […]

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How to start running: tips for beginner runners

How to start running: Tips for beginner runners. Image of Female runner jogging down the road at sunset

Running is my sport of choice – it’s been of massive benefit to me both physically & mentally.  If you’d like to find out more about my story and experiences, you can in: Why I run: my running story Having run for years now (not continuously – I’m not Forest Gump), people often stop to chat […]

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How to get the most out of your skincare products

How to get the most out of your skincare products. Illustration of a girl wearing an alice band, with her hands to her face, her eyes closed and looking contented. Illustrations of different skincare products are in front of her

Hopefully long gone are the days you believed the magazine model’s amazing skin had nothing to do with airbrushing and 100% to do with the product she was promoting – or maybe you always knew the truth?  Regardless, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least expect our skincare products to perform as they claim to […]

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Why I run: my running story

Why I run is the first of a new mini-series on running.  I wanted to launch the series with a piece written from a more personal perspective.  I hope you’ll excuse the poor quality pictures from the family photo album that were never intended to be shown on a public site, but I felt sharing […]

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Happy Days: Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham

Happy Days: Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham. Image of entrance to Legoland Discovery centre Birmingham

Freshly opened in 2018, Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham is keen to make it’s mark within the Merlin Group of UK attractions. Located on the doorstep of Arena Birmingham (we used the Arena South carpark to access) Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham is essentially an indoor Lego playground created to inspire and delight the under 10’s.   […]

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Exercise hacks: How to be fitter without really trying

Exercise Hacks: How to be fitter without really trying. Image of young woman pulling a determine smiling face whilst showing her bicep as a display of strength on a pink background

Physically and mentally exercise is very good for us – period.   However, I can more than appreciate not everyone enjoys working out.  You may have even been advised against certain forms of it by your medical practitioner.  Sometimes the thought of the effort, the expense, the weather looking shifty – can be enough to […]

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*WIN* A 3-month flower subscription from Bloom & Wild UK

Blooming lovely: the positive power of flowers. Image of 3 Bloom & Wild letterbox boxes and a vase full of cream, pink and green flowers

Living.Pretty.Happy has just turned 1! To celebrate the wonderful people at Bloom & Wild have kindly given me a 3-months of flowers gift subscription to giveaway. Once a month for 3 months a different fresh flower bouquet will be delivered right through your door! The letterbox packaging means you don’t even have to be in to […]

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Blooming Lovely: the positive power of flowers

Blooming lovely: the positive power of flowers. Image of a female hand holding a yellow, white & green bouquet of flowers

There is one gift – regardless of the occasion – that rarely fails to delight.  From birth through to our final moments – flowers have been there.  They are a speechless gift that say so much.  Flowers let people know they are thought of, loved, appreciated, celebrated, missed, supported.  They have a unique ability to […]

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5 Ways exercise makes you happy

5 Ways exercise can make you happy. Image of cheerful woman lying on an exercise mat

Before anyone starts eye-rolling at the mere mention of the word exercise hear me out… Exercise – in my humble opinion -is one of the biggest contributors to unlocking a healthy body & happy mind lifestyle.   It ticks plenty of boxes on the well-being scale (read: Improving well-being: the key to being happy?) and […]

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Happy Days: London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Happy Days: London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Image of Afternoon Tea Tour buses on a London high street with the Christmas lights above

If you happen to have an afternoon tea bucket-list (and I know a few of you have!) then this is something that should definitely secure a place onto it! B Bakery’s London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour takes everything we know and love about the traditional afternoon tea, places it on a vintage London 1960 Routemaster […]

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Recommended exfoliators for face, body & scalp

Recommended exfoliators for face, body & scalp. Image of Sanctuary Spa Classic body scrub. Philip Kingsley exfoliating scalp mask and The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% toning solution against a white background

Ready to get your scrub on?  To buff like nobody has buffed before? Well, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re not yet fully aware of the benefits of exfoliating, the different types of exfoliator or the right way to exfoliate, you’d definitely benefit from reading: For the scrub of it: why should you exfoliate […]

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For the scrub of it: why should you exfoliate and how to do it right! 

For the scrub of it! Why should you exfoliate and how to do it right. Image of a woman's bare legs holding a body brush on them over a white background

For years I’ve religiously exfoliated – everywhere – well almost everywhere.  So I guess you could say I’ve earned my scrubbing stripes.  I couldn’t imagine not exfoliating.  However, for a number of people I’ve spoken to, exfoliation doesn’t factor in their skincare regime – anywhere.  They believe it’s just one more step in an already exhaustive […]

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Improving well-being: the key to being happy?

Improving well-being: The key to being happy? Image of a cheerful young couple jumping together and celebrating success isolated over gray

Improving well-being!  Just a few short years ago I wasn’t even aware of well-being and now improving it is at the centre of nearly every personal decision I make.  Why?  Because when I became aware of the concept of well-being I realised how much power I held over my own sense of happiness, my own level […]

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The rise of the Leisure Centre Spa

The rise of the leisure centre day spa (Verulamium Spa, St Albans) Image of man and woman having scalp messages on treatment beds

I first discovered the mystical benefits of a day spa when my friends treated me to a day at The Sanctuary Spa – Covent Garden, following the birth of my first baby.   It was bliss. Robe-on. Lie-down. Relax.  Movement only required for treatments, food and Prosecco consumption.  No screaming baby to look after, just me and my […]

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How to have a happier Christmas

How to have a happier Christmas: Image of 3 toy snowmen smiling in the snow with a snow covered mountain in the background

Christmas! As Andy Williams sang It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Yes folks it’s the hap-happiest season of all!  And in essence he’s completely right.  Christmas is generally thought of a time for being with cherished friends and family, for celebrating, for giving, receiving and over indulging.  The sights and smells, the traditions, […]

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5 Things to do in Buda, Budapest.

5 Things to do in Buda, Budapest. Image of inner courtyard area of Fisherman's Bastion

Prior to visiting, I certainly wasn’t aware Budapest was a city of two sides – Buda and Pest  – see what they did there?  Pest is very much where the action is at, especially if you class ‘action’ as nightlife.  However, before you rule Buda out – let me tell you – it has tons […]

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What to do when you make a mistake (in any area of your life) 

What to do when you make a mistake (in any area of your life) Beautiful African American woman holding a cup of coffee at home cover mouth with hand shocked with shame for mistake, expression of fear, scared in silence, secret concept (image description taken from Adobe Stock)

I’ve titled this article, ‘what to do when you make a mistake’ not ‘if you make a mistake’ because let’s face it, no matter how optimistic or perfect you try to be – you will make mistakes.  These can be small barely noticeable faux-pas’ to full-blown want the ground to swallow you up mis-judgements.   […]

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