Monthly Archives: September 2019

5 Ways to Beat The Monday Blues.

So you’ve had a great weekend, and then Monday comes along. Back to the school run, back to work. Monday brings the stresses of a new week, and all the stuff left over from last week too! So I’m sharing my 5 favourite ways to handle the Monday Blues!

Make a List

This sounds so obvious, but having a clear list of tasks needing doing really keeps me on track! Whatever my plans, I find I’m lots more productive if I have a to do list to work with. I put everything on the list, including school runs. This means I tick off something before the day really begins and put myself into a positive mind set!

Check your diary

Anything exciting happening on your Monday afternoon? I try to make plans to have coffee with a friend on Mondays. It’s a great distraction, and it almost makes Monday a part of my weekend!

Monday is a good day…

Starting the day with a positive attitude helps me bound through Monday. I try to imagine what great things are ahead, what potential opportunities may present themselves! So, instead of worrying about the things I can’t change, I try to be positive about the good things which might happen!

Get Moving

Make Monday a day when you walk to work or school. Take your lunch outside, or sit out on your doorstep with your coffee. There’s been research which says getting out in nature is good for you. Well getting out for a walk in nature may not be practical on a Monday, but taking the children to the park after school might be a great way to burn off their energy and give myself a dose of fresh air!

Monday Music

Create a playlist of all your favourite songs, the ones which make you feel as though you can do anything! A Monday playlist will make your day great, play it at every opportunity! Not a big fan of music on a Monday morning? Look for an amusing podcast. I have to have music as I can’t concentrate on podcasts while I’m dashing around on a Monday! But my playlist keeps my mood high, and makes me laugh – as honestly it is the most ridiculous mix ever! But it’s my way of making it through Monday with a smile on my face!

I’m Wearing tweed this Autumn!

Disclaimer; Items gifted for review.

I adore autumn, but sometimes I do struggle with whether to wear a coat. It’s too chilly not to, but my winter coat is just a bit too warm! I find a gilet invaluable over the Autumn months and I was recently sent a tweed gilet from Ryedale Country Clothing.

Ryedale are a British country clothing brand which started up in 1954. Their ladies waxed jackets, men’s Tweed coatsbody warmers and flat caps are all made in the North of England.

I adore tweed, I think it’s a style which is never really out of fashion. Many years ago when I first graduated I bought a tweed suit second hand as I was desperate for the jacket it came with. I wore the jacket for an entire winter, then sadly lost it on a weekend away. But my passion for tweed has continued since then. I own a couple of tweed skirts and of course there’s my tweed Po-Zu boots too. Tweed is a great hard wearing fabric and really warm too – it seems to stop the wind. Whether you’re in the country or city, I think as the months get colder, tweed is a great option!

Tweed Gilet

I opted for a blue tweed , perfect for wearing with jeans (which I wear a lot!). The pink thread running through the tweed makes it easy to wear and gives the blue a warm tone. It’s easy to wear over a shirt or jumper to keep off the chill. I’ve also discovered that it will work really well as a layer under my wax jacket once the weather turns colder.

I’m quite tall so I was delighted with the length of the gilet, as it is longer than some. The fit is great as there’s an elasticated section across the back – making it comfy to wear while driving too. There are well placed deep pockets perfect for my phone or dog treats if out walking the dog.

Will you be wearing tweed this season?

Fall Fitness: Tips for Staying Healthy During the Autumn Season

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The leaves are beginning to fall, and along with thoughts of football, hoodies, and nights by the bonfire, comes the chillier temperatures. With those chilly temperatures comes the very real possibility of colds, the flu, and depression. While people already know that taking care of yourself is mandatory, no matter what season it is, it’s important to work hard to stay healthy during the fall of the year, so the winter sniffles don’t get you as well. 

Because everyone knows that between the chilly weather and the upcoming hustle and bustle of holiday plans, it’s easy to start feeling under the weather and just as easy to try to ignore it until it’s too late. There are quite a few sicknesses that flourish well during the fall of the year, but if you stay healthy, you can possibly avoid the majority of them. How you might ask? Read on below to find out. 

Fight Off Depression

One of the worst things about the fall season for many people is the fact that the days are shorter, which can lead to seasonal depression. If you already have issues with severe depression, then the fall of the year can be tough to get through. It’s important that if you start feeling overly depressed, you contact a reputable doctor for depression treatment right away. 

Consider Getting Your Flu Shot 

The debate over whether the flu vaccine prevents the flu or just makes it worse continues to rage, as it has for quite a few years now. It’s worth noting at this point, however, that the flu shot isn’t effective for everyone. You should talk to your primary health care provider before determining whether the vaccine is right for you. It is something to consider, but not without the approval of your doctor first. 

Add Autumn Harvest Vegetables to the Table 

Eating the fruits and veggies that are in season is never a bad idea. Carrots and sweet potatoes, which are fall foods, are full of antioxidants and help to support your immune system, so you should have plenty of those on the dinner table for you and your family. Other autumn harvest foods you might want to consider adding to your diet are brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, winter squash, and even tomatoes. Red, green, orange, and yellow bell peppers are full of vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy this upcoming fall season as well. 

Stock up on Soups

Of course, you’ve heard all of your life from your mother and grandmother that soup is the best thing for you when you’re sick. They might just be right, but eating homemade or even canned soup can help to boost your immune system as well. The salty broth of the soup actually helps to thin out mucus when you have a cold, just like cold medicine does, but it’s all-natural instead. 

Take a Walk in the Autumn Air

There is nothing like a brisk walk in the autumn air to help you not only boost your immune system but clear your mind as well. As the temperatures start to plummet, most people don’t get out and get the exercise they need the way they did during the summer. Taking a short walk before or after dinner can help you stay healthy both physically and mentally as well. 

These are just a few of the ways that you can stay healthy during the fall season, and leading into winter as well. Fall is a wonderful time of scents and chilly nights, you want to be able to enjoy them without being sick, following these tips will help with that. 

Foodie Roos Toy Review

We were delighted to be sent the new collectable Foodie Roos from John Adams to review. If you’ve not heard of them yet, I’m sure it won’t be long before you do!

Foodie Roos, smell and feel like their favourite foods! Open up the pot to reveal which Foodie Roo is inside! There’s two characters in each theme, e.g. gummies has either Bouncy Bear or Jelly Oink. But you may get a real surprise and reveal a rare instead! In the current series there are 20 to collect.

The first one we opened was a Gummie, and we revealed Bouncy Bear. My daughter was really excited as it looked really colourful! The scent is super sweet, and when you give him a squeeze Bouncy Bear does feel like he’s full of gummy bears!

I have to be honest, we weren’t as keen on the scent of the Pretzel Foodie Roo. It smelt a bit soapy at first, but it did smell more like pretzels as the day went on! We gave it a squeeze and we think it felt like there’s a pretzel hidden inside!

I think my personal favourite is the Soda Foodie Roo Citrus Stripes. It smells divine I love that you can shake it and it sounds like a drink!

The Foodie Roo toys are a good size plush, small enough to carry on the go but big enough for a cuddle. Perfect as a travel companion.

I really like that Foodie Roos could be loved by anyone. The toy is a good size, and I love the inclusion of stickers to decorate the packaging and turn it into a home for the Foodie Roo. There’s very little single use packaging.

Priced at £7.99, Foodie Roos will definitely be on our Christmas lists this year! I think they’re great fun, and good value.

FitBit Versa – Review

Until Autumn last year, I hadn’t owned a Fitbit. I didn’t see a reason to own one – did I need one if I wasn’t training for something? Surely not. But when I started running regularly, I realised that my heart rate chest strap was really uncomfortable to wear for long. Suddenly, a heart rate monitor which I could wear on my wrist seemed a better idea.

Fitbit Versa.

I bought a second hand Fitbit Charge HR 2, as I was still unsure whether I would actually wear it. I found that I started to really take note of my daily steps, and would try to beat my daily steps each day. I also liked being able to see what had happened to my heart rate while I was exercising in a simple app. I was impressed – why had I not got one sooner?!

At the start of this year, I unexpectedly won a Fitbit Versa for myself and my training buddy. I had heard lots about the Fitbit Versa, but did wasn’t sure how many of the features I would actually use.  Sensibly the Fitbit Charge 2 did everything I needed it too surely?

Thoughts on Fitbit Versa.

The Fitbit Versa has a bigger face, making it easier to see, and there are more options on the screen – and it is colour! The watch face is slimmer, so it sits better on my wrist than the Charge did. It comes with two watch straps, a small and a large  – so no need to decide which one you need while you are buying it!

The screen makes it really easy to use while you are active. So if you’re on the tread mill you can switch modes or view your heart rate easily. I love being able to connect by Bluetooth headphones directly to my watch to play music. No more fiddling about with my phone!

I find that RELAX on the watch is really helpful after a busy day. It helps me to refocus my thoughts and breathing.

You can use it in the pool, and it will track your lengths. Just remember that you do need to select swimming though, and deselect it once you’re out the pool! Once out the pool I took it off and dried it while I got dressed.

I like being able to receive texts on my watch. Track my sleep – I don’t get enough! And generally the ease of seeing my steps, average heart rate, active minutes and calories burnt. I could also add my bank card to my watch, I have yet to do this, but I can see it would make paying for a coffee while out super simple.

In summary, the Fitbit Versa is a great watch which helps me to stay active. I’d thoroughly recommend one if you’re looking to keep healthy!

Garden furniture updating project.

We are lucky to have a big garden, with plenty of space. Our garden furniture is made up of bits I’ve bought from carboot sales, and it’s not beautiful but is robust. We’ve needed a new garden table for a while, but as always something else has cropped up and the garden table goes further down the list. I thought about making a garden table, in fact I started to put together the bits I needed to make a table with. ut I didn’t get much further than that. Then I noticed someone advertising a picnic bench, and realised it would be perfect for us.

It’s in need of some tlc. Sanding down to remove the old paint, and then oiling the wood. I have been debating whether to repaint it, but I think oiling the wood will get a better finish. Although until it’s been sanded down I am not sure!

There’s a couple of bits of the wood which will need replacing as there’s some damage, but it is otherwise really sturdy. I think it was probably very expensive when it was originally purchased. It’s an 8 man bench, so will easily accommodate us for family meals. I can’t wait until it’s ready!

When Is The Best Time To Take My Child To The Dentist?

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At what age should a child first visit the dentist? Every parent will ask themselves this question, as they wish to ensure that their child receives the best attention, and the short answer is, as soon as the first milk teeth begin to erupt. While a child’s milk teeth will eventually be replaced by the permanent set, there are still aspects of oral hygiene that should be introduced well before the permanent teeth arrive.

Below are tips that will help you in ensuring your child’s teeth get proper care. 

Adopting Good Oral Hygiene Practices

We are all creatures of habit, and regarding oral hygiene, the sooner a child begins brushing and flossing, the better. There is a very child-friendly dentist in Noosa and Noosaville, and if you make the first appointment for your child at around 3 years old, this would be an ideal time to introduce the toddler to oral hygiene. It is important to find a dentist who works with children, as they have the techniques to calm the child, and even one bad experience in the dentist’s chair could cause the child to develop a dislike that will be with them right through to adult life.

Regular Check-Ups

You and your partner could always time your dental appointments with that of your child’s, which would make it a family affair, and this would ensure that the child’s teeth and gums are developing correctly. One thing to monitor is the bite action, which is important, and if the dentist notices under or overbite, he can take preventative action to cure the problem before it develops into something more serious. Twice a year would be ideal for dental check-ups, and by teaching your child how to brush and floss correctly, with the right frequency, this will soon become second nature, and that is a vital component to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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Dietary Advice

It is important that your child is not given a sugary diet, as too much sugar is the prime cause of tooth decay, and while it is OK to have sweet things now and then, foods and drinks with high sugar content should be avoided. Children tend to follow their parents’ behaviours, so if you make a point of brushing together every morning and evening, this will instil the best oral hygiene habits, and let’s not forget brushing after every meal. There are articles you can find online that show how to teach a child to correctly brush their teeth, and it comes complete with diagrams for easy understanding.

Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dental care is important for everyone, especially children, and should the dentist notice any minor issues, they can be treated before they become an issue. Once the milk teeth have been replaced by the permanent ones, the dentist can check that there is no misalignment before it becomes a problem, and the twice-yearly visits should be sufficient.

Once your child has gotten into a routine, oral hygiene should never be an issue, and should your child be in any discomfort at any time, make an appointment to see your dentist sooner rather than later.

Removing Toxic Things from Your Life for Improved Health

Have you ever wondered why no matter how much you diet and exercise, you still can’t seem to lose weight or improve your health? There are lots of reasons this could be happening, but one thing people tend to forget to factor in is the toxicity in their lives. From the air you breathe to the people you center yourself around there are toxic things that slowly eat away at your mental and physical health. Failure to detox or remove yourself from those things first can make your journey towards healthier living a lot more troubling. 

What are some toxic things you should remove from your life? Check out this list below: 

Smoking

Cigarettes are highly toxic and extremely addictive. Smoking eats away at almost every part of your body causing issues that range from heart disease to cancer. It reduces your ability to breathe, deprives you of your youth, and so much more. If you’re smoking it’s time to let it go. There are plenty of ways to quit smoking whether you use medications, chewing gum, patches, or vape pens, just do what it takes to remove this from your lifestyle. 

Stress

Stress is necessary at times, but when a person’s lifestyle is constantly stressing them out it can become toxic. Too much stress causes the body to go into fight or flight mode which sends stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline rushing through your body. It raises your heart rate, increases your blood pressure, dampens your mood, drains your energy, and puts you at risk for a number of mental and physical health conditions. 

Though stress is normal, you need to find ways to remove it from your life if it’s constant. Sort through issues you may be having at work or home, get organized, simplify your life, learn how to say no, and more importantly, know when to ask for help. 

Friends and Significant Others

The people you have in your life can also be toxic. They drain your energy and wear you out emotionally. There are lots of ways to describe a toxic relationship. You may have friends who are always out partying, drinking, and smoking or picking on you for imperfections like your weight. Your significant other might be verbally or physically abusive or they might be extra dependent on you or very controlling and insecure. As much as you may care about these people, they are sucking the life right out of you. Letting go might be bittersweet, but it’s worth it. Find a straightforward but neutral way to remove them from your life (unless of course, there is abuse going on then just get out of there). 

Fast and Processed Food

Burgers and fries from your favorite fast-food restaurant might taste great but it really isn’t good for your health. Most food today consumes a lot of toxic ingredients that lead to health issues down the line. They are high in salt, sugar, and other additives. They’re also genetically modified which isn’t good either. Your diet can be linked to so many health problems from weight-related issues like diabetes or high blood pressure to more serious issues like autoimmune diseases and cancer. 

It is best to start looking for recipes that provide healthy alternatives to things you enjoy eating out. If you’re a fan of burgers and fries, try a turkey or veggie burger and sweet potato or zucchini fries. Love pizza? Try wheat crust, goat cheese, and veggies. Some people even start with a green smoothie cleanse to try and adjust their pallets before starting a new diet. Drinking raw fruits and veggies for a few days can really give your body the jumpstart it needs to ditch fast and processed foods for good. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toxic things in your life that need to be removed. However, if you start here and continue your healthy habits like dieting and exercising, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to reach your health and fitness goals. 

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Welcoming in the Autumn months.

The sudden realisation that the summer holidays are at an end. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not a little sad. Yes, it’s hard when we aren’t in a routine and the children bicker, but there’s also more time to listen. More time to play, less haste.

Simply summer.

I am holding onto the simplicity of summer, making plans for days with no plans! Taking advantage of days when the weather is still mild, and embracing walks after school. Little things which I enjoyed sharing with them over the summer, like Friday night films are here to stay!

Autumn Walks

Autumn is approaching rapidly, I can see it as the days are already shorter and the trees appear to be changing colours already. But still the grass is lush, and there are flowers still blooming. After school walks are either holding onto summer, or welcoming in autumn, depending on which way you look at them. I think perhaps they are a bit of both.

The fields are harvested, and as we walk we can clearly see deer grazing in the fields. We try to walk quietly to offer us the best chance of seeing wildlife. I never tire of seeing birds of prey soaring overhead, and deer bounding across fields.

This year there seem to be lots of cobnuts growing, I wonder if it was the warm summer that has produced such a crop, or is it a sign of a cold winter to come?

Autumn Apples

Autumn means lots of apples. We have a few recipes which we love, apple crumble, and apple cake being firm favourites. I’m always happy to bake in autumn, and experiment with recipes a little. There’s something lovely about homemade cake after long Autumn walks! I’ve started to bake tray bakes more often, at the moment. Apple cake works well as a tray bake and are easy to cut and store for packed lunches over the week – if they last that long! I still have yet to invest in an apple press, but I keep looking at them! One day I will invest in one, and make cider!

Back to school Safety

Back to school, and there are so many things to think about! It’s such a busy time of year, especially if you have a child starting school for the first time or a new school!

School Bags

There is so much to remember when the children are going back to school. P.E. kits, books, pencil cases, snacks, water bottles and lunch boxes. I try to make sure my children take responsibility for their own bags. This I hope means they will continue to look after things once they get to school with them! We have a system where school bags live on a shelf by the front door and are packed the night before school to prevent panic on school mornings. Lunch bags get packed in the morning, I have started to plan packed lunches so I don’t waste time every morning trying to decide what to include.

Travel to school safely.

Walking to school is a great time to remind children about road safety. If you have a child who is a reluctant walker, you may consider getting them to scoot to school instead. If you’re going to get your child to scoot to school you’ll need to check scooter is in safe working order and that they have a safety helmet.

We live several miles from school, so we drive to school. It’s always important to double check car safety, especially seats. Check they are fitted correctly, and the car seat laws. You may find it is time to shop for a booster seat for your child. We found some good booster seats here.

I also double check our basic car safety. Checking the tyres, oil levels and windscreen wash. If you drive to school you want to ensure that the car is safe and it’s important not to ignore warning lights or strange engine noises.

I aim to get everyone out of the house 10 minutes before we need to leave. This gives me time to check seatbelts and also make sure everyone has the things they need. Hopefully meaning our back to school will be calm and well organised.