How Taking Care of Your Health Can Save You Money!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Being healthy is a reward in itself. It allows you a better quality of life where you feel comfortable in your own skin, full of energy and able to complete day to day tasks with less effort. What's not to love about living a physically fulfilling and healthy life? But did you know that taking care of your health can save you significant amounts of money too? Here are a few ways how.

Debunking Healthy Lifestyle Myths

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The world is full of myths, so we can never truly escape them. And we can never quite know if a myth has any truth to it, either. But we know, thanks to the work of science and the life in general, that some myths are categorically not true. Specifically, we know that a lot of myths regarding having a healthy lifestyle and health in general are categorically not true. Read on to see just some of the myths surrounding health that have been debunked by a combination of science, and life.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away 

This one might be a bit obvious, but as good as it is to eat an apple a day (because of the vitamin C and fibre that is packed within them), unfortunately it will not keep the doctor away. Unfortunately, even eating two apples a day will not do this either. So, don’t expect to keep your doctor away, and keep yourself completely devoid of illness, just by eating a Granny Smith daily with your lunch.


Family Trip? Yes, Please!

Monday, September 25, 2017

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It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, a family holiday is an exciting prospect. Whether you’re headed to snowy slopes to learn how to ski, or the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean to lounge, laugh and learn how to play water sports, a holiday can be anything you want it to be. When you bring the children along with you, you often have to consider holiday spots that are more family friendly and sometimes educational.


Children often prefer to take a holiday somewhere they can fit in a ton of action, fun and if they’re available – theme parks! There’s nothing wrong with this, as a holiday should be exciting and relaxing. Nearly every year, schools love to take kids away on a cultural trip, leaving you with your partner and any younger children at home. Using that time to take the littlest in the family away somewhere for a break can be a wonderful distraction from the fact you’ll miss the biggest ones! You can choose a holiday spot that is equally fun and unforgettable for the younger ones while your older children are soaking up some historical sites and getting experiences with their friends that they won’t get elsewhere.
 
When you decide to take a trip with little children, you have a lot of planning to do. You have to make lists like these of what to take with you if your children are under 5 years old. You have to plan an itinerary that suits everyone who is going – it can be stressful. But do you know what the best thing is? The look on their faces when they experience something new! Those ‘wow’ moments at sensory play time and figuring out something new are totally worth the money you would spend on a holiday together.

Quiet Countryside Spots That Make The Perfect UK Retreat

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When you want to enjoy some time out and away from things, there’s nothing quite like the idea of heading out into the countryside and getting away from it all. This can especially be the case if you live and work in a busy city. Because as much as a cosmopolitan lifestyle can be enjoyable, it can also be a bit full on. But you don’t have to jump on a plane in order to get some peace. In fact, the UK has some of the most amazing spots for you to relax and just be yourself in. Hooked already? Read on to discover some of the places that you should be thinking of heading to.
 
South Wales
 
First of all, there’s South Wales to consider. When you live and work in a major British city, it’s easy to think of the central countryside areas, such as the home counties, to consider for your break. But as soon as you remember that you have some of the most amazing natural beauty in our nearest neighbouring country. So look into Gower cottages or Swansea cabins and book your stay. A walk on the beach followed by a traditional pub lunch and a night sat next to the fire is always going to draw you in.

The Secret Solutions To Sound Sleep

Friday, September 22, 2017

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Spending yours nights tossing and turning, struggling to get a comfortable spot, and finding it impossible to drift off can be very frustrating. Getting yourself to sleep can be very hard sometimes, impacting the next day, and possibly even several days afterward. Of course, there are a lot of chemicals and medical treatments which can be used to approach this sort of issue, but you might not need any of that. Instead, with the right methods, you could solve your sleep issues by yourself. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the rules you should be following and the areas you need to consider.


Food And Drink

Food can have a huge impact on your ability to go to sleep. In most cases, eating food within an hour and a half before going to bed is bad, anyway, as it will impact your ability to digest the food well. Along with this, though, some foods will keep you awake. Sugary and fatty foods are often very good at helping you to focus for short periods of time. But, before bed, this is exactly the opposite of what you want. It’s always wise to avoid eating before you sleep, especially if you already struggle to drift off, anyway.

Southport Air Show 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

This weekend marked the annual Southport Air Show - a staple in the calendar for many people, Mike has been trying to get me to the show for years.. 2017 was his year to succeed.
 
We set off at 6am, and made our way to Southport. We arrived at just after 7, and had to queue to get into the 'advanced car parking' section - we did want to be on the beach, but a steward directed us to a field instead. It was a little disappointing as when we did make our way onto the beach later, another entrance was available for those who wanted beach parking - but the attendants gave us no idea despite us asking.
 

Loneliness: Coping With The Pitfalls As We Age

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Loneliness needn’t be a big stigma anymore.
 
It’s a fact of life that we will sometimes struggle with stresses and anxieties as we age, but any notion of depression or anxiety is something that older generations don’t feel prepared to talk about. And so, we may have a parent or relative who lost a partner and so they have lost their whole world in many respects. This is hard for anyone to deal with at any age, so what is the best thing any single one of us can do if we ever get lonely?

Three Active Winter Sports Holidays To Try

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Winter is a season that can often be depressing. One of the best ways to counter the winter blues is to keep yourself active. That could mean just ensuring you get to the gym regularly, but there’s another option you might want to consider: an active winter holiday.

Combining the feeling of getting away from it all that a holiday brings along with mood-boosting exercise could be just what you need to make winter a season to be enjoyed rather than endured. If you like the idea but are stuck for inspiration on which activities you should actually try, there here are a few options to consider..

 

A Skiing Holiday

If you want to stay away from the crowds, then it’s worth considering Andorra. The small, landlocked country is a haven for skiers, but without the usual crowds you might expect from Alpine regions. Andorra ski holidays cater to beginners and experienced skiers alike, so there’s always something to experiment with.

If you’d rather stay more conventional, then France has plenty of destinations to consider in the Alpine regions.

If you want to ski during the summer months, then you can always try the southern hemisphere. There are plenty of skiing locations in Africa, for example, including amazing indoor complexes in Egypt and Algeria.

How To Be Good To The Person Delivering Your Parcels

Friday, September 15, 2017

So, as a blogger.. I get a lot of parcels. A lot. Some days I miss them, I have to take a small stack of red cards to the post office much to their amusement. Over the last few months, I've had a pretty good insight into how the world of parcel delivery works - thanks to that, I'm sharing ways you can make your deliveries go smoothly.


Some of these are pretty self explanatory, but we just don't take them into consideration as we don't do that particular line of work each and every day.

Try have a house number! You wouldn't believe how many people simply don't. Even if a number is on your wheelie bin in the front yard, its something. Otherwise, your driver has to work out where you are from your neighbours - and the problem only concertinas into more of an issue if they too don't have numbers. Not all streets are odds on one side, even on the other.. And not all streets are a continuous block of houses. Have some compassion! You can buy door numbers for £1.30 per number from Wilko.
 
On the same note..

Become More Spiritually In Tune This Winter

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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The winter is quite harsh on most people, myself included. Not only does it make us groggy in the mornings, but it can lead us into a cycle of behavior which suppresses our standard progressive drives. For example, it’s much easier to overeat as a form of comfort. It’s much easier to neglect our standard hobbies instead of getting in front of the television and fire and snuggling up to our spouses or pets to relax. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s any less need to work on ourselves in the winter. When we do feel like partying and attending outdoor events in the summer, the work we do here will go a long way in keeping us active and appreciative in our daily lives. Here are some tips for doing so!

Stressed? You Need A Fun Winter Break!

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The nights are coming in earlier and this means the end of the long, lazy summer evenings and the beginning of rushing home from work to get into the warmth! As Ned Stark repeatedly said, winter is coming and while we have Christmas and all manner of cosy things to look forward to (think hot chocolate by the fire!) we sometimes need a little more.

Alcohol Free Alternatives

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In a follow up to my post earlier this year about becoming alcohol free - I'm compiling a list of alcohol free alternatives. If you know of any alcohol free alternatives to beer, lager, wine or spirits - please get in touch and I'll add them to the list! You can reach me via hello@sheandlife.com!
 
Obviously, this list is a work in progress and is constantly updating.
 

The Common Fears People Have And Tips To Help You Overcome Them

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Dealing with fear is something many people have to handle on a daily basis. Some people have such high intensity towards something they dear that it stops them doing it or causes them to feel anxious and stressed when faced with the situation. However, while it may not be something you completely get over, you can learn to deal with the fear itself. Or certainly get to a point where you are prepared to handle the situation. I thought I would share with you some of the common fears people can have some tips on how you can handle it if you find yourself in that situation.

Mojo Mom: Finding Your Va Va Voom After Having Your Baby

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Someone once told me something that I would never forget, “If your life doesn’t change then something is wrong.” When you are pregnant, you can do all the reading what to expect during pregnancy articles possible and buying all the gadgets you may need, but nothing can truly prepare you for just how much life will change from the very moment your baby is first passed to you. It is like flicking a switch - your life is just changed forever.
 
The biggest changes are your place on the pecking order and the amount of responsibility you now have. Everything you do from this day on - everything you think about - will be for your little bundle of joy. That said, moms, it is so important that you allow yourself some focus and boost how you feel too. In fact, finding your mojo again after birth is one of the best presents you can ever give your baby because that is the personality they will emulate.
 
And here is how you can get your mojo back.

Don't Let Pregnancy Isolate You - Find Your Mum Tribe On Peanut!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

This post isn't sponsored. I wrote this because I felt isolated, alone and with no real place to go until I stumbled upon Peanut (through Louise Pentland, if I remember right) and I just want to spread that message.

Being pregnant can be really, really isolating. You can't go out like you used to, sharing a bottle of wine and righting the worlds wrongs.. And you just don't have the energy to trawl around pub after pub, with a soft drink for company.

The most I can manage without a Cinderella style exit at 12 is my Small Town Bingo, which finishes comfortably at 10.30pm and gets me home and tucked up in bed with Youtube around 11pm.

Enter, Peanut.



Snapshots Of Life: Perfect Ways To Capture The Memories

Friday, September 08, 2017

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Life can whizz past us in a haze and at some speed. There is no hiding from the fact that while we live our lives, often time can feel like it’s dragging, but you ask anyone can you believe it is actually September and the response will be something along the lines of just how quickly time really flies. In this modern world of smartphones, digital cameras, and social media, many of us are trying to capture the memories as best we can. Taking snapshots of our lives no matter how mundane or exciting one day to the next is. Which is why I wanted to share some of the ways we can capture that memory and ensure that we spread the love. Either to ourselves or to others.

Experiencing Life At Arm's Length Is No Way To Live

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Everybody's eyesight will eventually wither and become in need of support to help live life normally again. For some people though, the degeneration of their eyesight is purely hereditary, and rather than a gradual change, the quality of vision will become more apparent sooner in their life. Some people are unable to see properly at far distances and others may not be able to read a book that is only a few centimetres away. Of course, the obvious thing to do is go see an optician and have yourself fitted for glasses. It’s huge step in one’s life to come to terms with the fact that they won’t be able to experience their life without the need to have their lenses closeby ever again. Presbyopia is a condition that limits your vision because your eye is unable to focus on close objects. You may find yourself having to experience things at arm's length in order to see what’s going on. Holding your children at a distance to see what they look like, being unable to read the speedometer in your car, or not being able to write your tax forms clearly are just some of the things that you can no longer do without glasses.
 
There is hope, however.

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Fight Fat with Fun

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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If working out feels like too much hard work and it’s starting to discourage you from getting fit and losing that excess weight, it could be time to remind yourself that burning calories can actually be fun. You don’t have to run yourself into an early grave or spend every spare moment in the gym to drop a few pounds; it’s perfectly possible to fight fat with fun. Here are a few ways you can do just that:

Tips For Visiting Theme Parks When Pregnant

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

As we visited so many parks this summer, and as I couldn't partake in the adrenaline fuelled side of things - I learned a few things. Not just on my own either, at each ride there would be a group of us all vying for room on the comfiest rock (or bench, depending where you're lucky enough to be) and talking about the woes of ride times, the joys of pregnancy and the delights of theme park fast food. Thanks to the women I met, I learned a few things and I have a few tips of my own to throw in, too!

Facing My Fears At Sharkbait Reef, Alton Towers

Monday, September 04, 2017

Anyone that knows me, knows that since I was incredibly small I've had a rather irrational fear of fish. Not even fish exclusively - marine life in general! I don't know where it came from, I've had no massive scare with our scaly friends.. But it was pretty dominating. At work, I'd beg to opt out of fish related activities as when I did try and indulge, I used to promptly wet myself and curl up into a little ball. Not the best look in any capacity, never mind a professional one.
 
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