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21 January, 2020

Tips For Keeping Children Warm In Winter

When freezing cold weather strikes, as adults we know what to do to keep ourselves warm – but what’s the best way to keep our kids warm? Image Source January often brings a prolonged cold snap with temperatures often plummeting below zero degrees. We all know how challenging childcare can be during a spell of cold weather. We really want them to play outdoors but…

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20 January, 2020

7 Tips For Surviving Blue Monday

Welcome to Blue Monday.  I say this ironically, of course, because it is the day when the post-Christmas gloom hits us with full force. We’re cutting back on booze, ramping up our exercise and facing our failings head-on. Again. Yes, Blue Monday (21st January this year) is THE most depressing day of the year. So how to survive it?  You can find my own tips…

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17 January, 2020

Will You Be Blue This Blue Monday?

Monday 20th January 2020 is designated “Blue Monday” – no not a celebration of the now-classic song by New Order, but the day in the year when the combination of post-Christmas debt, dreadful weather and the lapse in our New Year’s resolutions combine to make us reach a peak of misery. The first bank holiday is weeks away. The approach of Valentines’ Day is ramping…

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14 January, 2020

Waiting For A Valentine’s Day Proposal? Questions To Ask YOURSELF

The Valentine’s Day proposal.  How many of us, I wonder, are waiting with bated breath to see if this might be the day they’ll propose. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, a January birthday have all gone by and nada. The problem is that you can rarely be entirely sure a proposal will be forthcoming particularly if you already live together. Will you get a Valentine’s Day Proposal? It’s…

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10 January, 2020

10 Easy Ways To Get You Moving Towards Your Dreams

Do you find that January is the month you decide to do something to get you moving towards your dreams? Do you make endless New Year’s resolutions, spend a fortune on planners, write bucket lists, create vision boards and create a public commitment by telling all your Facebook friends that this will be your year? Yes – you will hike across Mexico and start an award…

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8 January, 2020

Want This Year To Be YOUR Year? Tell Yourself A Better Story.

Now we’re all re-emerging from the traditional post-festive slump, do you find your thoughts automatically drifting to those things you want to improve this new year? We have already probably read, by now, the myriad of pop psychology suggestions to transform our existence – from writing a letter to your future self and making gratitude lists to mindful meditation, seeking your guardian angel and rebalancing…

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5 January, 2020

What is Sepsis?

Until the 2016 coverage of the tragic case of little William Mead and the alleged failure of the NHS 111 helpline and other medical agencies to make a correct diagnosis of Sepsis, I was unaware of this potentially deadly disease. In fact, Sepsis affects 25,000 children each year in the UK – a staggering statistic. As parents, we sometimes put our faith in the NHS…

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2 January, 2020

Home & Classroom Kids’ Craft Projects For The New Year

The new year is a great time for parents and teachers to plan some exciting new kids’ craft projects to help pass the cold grey days of January and February. Here is a round up of some great craft ideas which will see you through the year and make it a memorable one. These ideas are ideal to make in small groups, pairs or even…

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31 December, 2019

Is Your New Year Bucket List A Load Of Baloney?

It dawned on me recently, after years of reading self-help books that the carefully crafted, much revisited and endlessly scribbled-out bucket-list I have been lugging about in my head is, well, not actually my list. It is a list of shoulds, oughts and could-do’s.  A scroll of items to buy and to experience all suggested by the media, magazines, and advertising in general. For example:- Have a designer…

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Linda Hobbis, midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Wrestling tweendom, eye-rolling and door-slamming with Caitlin (12) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.

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