A week in hospital wasn’t quite the mini break that I had planned during the summer holidays, but I guess sometimes that you just have to expect the unexpected. Looking back over the past two months, it was hard to pinpoint a time when I had felt well. I had started off suffering with sciatica, which left me in pain for around 10 days. This eased off thankfully, and was nothing to do with my stay in hospital.

An unexpected week in hospital

With the sciatica gone, I started with a cough. It was nothing major (or so I thought), and was just a slight … Continue reading

One day my monthly Little Loves post will actually be posted on the last day of the month, not 10 days after. I’ve not been on my laptop much over the past 2 weeks, as I have been suffering terribly with Sciatica. I could barely move some days, and meant I had to cancel things which I hate doing. Thankfully it seems to have disappeared, and normal service of housework, ironing and blogging can resume.

Little Loves - Center Parcs, What If and Eton Mess

Read

Another two books read this month, and I must admit it took me over 3 weeks to finish the Sophie Kinsella one. I’ve not … Continue reading

Oh May, one of my favourite months of the year, and you did not disappoint. It has been a fantastic month, which started off with Blog On. A chance to spend the day with old and new friends at this popular blogging conference, at Hotel Football in Manchester. We also celebrated 18 years of marriage, and 3 days later another anniversary, 20 years since we met. And where do you go to celebrate such an occasion…. Amsterdam FOR THE DAY.

Amsterdam for the day

Read

I have kept to my aim of reading 2 books a month. A Stranger in the House is by … Continue reading

Materialistic gratification can only last so long, as new things will lose their shine and interest. There are some things we shouldn’t spend so much money on, and instead of buying items that will eventually be obsolete, spending it on something that will make lasting memories is far more valuable. When you’re about to spend a fortune on a “popular” toy or piece of new technology, think about what is important.

How to invest in memories

Education

There is nothing in the world that can compare to the feeling of starting to understand another language, without having to think about it. While some language classes Continue reading

Looking back at my March and April goals, I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t complete more of them. But that thing called life got in the way, and my priorities were pulled in a different direction. We also had the small matter of our holiday in April, and I certainly didn’t think of any goals whilst I was sipping a cocktail on the beach in Greece.

March and April Goals - What I achieved this month

Blogging goals

Continue attending the Working Wednesday group – I absolutely love attending this small group in Chester, and every two weeks I get the chance to work alongside a few Continue reading

As with any kind of interest or profession, improving your skills and understanding could be the way forward for a promotion. It’s also giving you a better position to be in for helping your clients and customers. Relief care is a growing part of the health industry, as now more and more people are taking chiropractic services and massage therapy much more seriously.

Relief Care

These services used to just be an add-on or an extra, in fact even right now they are not part of the NHS care system. There is no massage service that the NHS has for stress relief … Continue reading

The evolution of flavoured chocolate

According to the World Cocoa Foundation, we consume over 3 million tons of cocoa beans each and every year! Chocolate is a sweet treat that not many of us can resist.

But where did it come from, how has it evolved over the years, and who can we thank for our favourite chocolate bar?

Let’s find out below:

The Evolution of chocolate

The ancient history of chocolate

Chocolate – or should we say cocoa beans, have been used for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, in ancient civilisations in South America and Mexico, the humble cocoa … Continue reading

Showing your gratitude when you’re not an expressive person

Not everyone wears their heart on their sleeve. Not everyone finds it easy to express their thoughts and feelings.

But surely most of us have something to be grateful for?

So that got me thinking – if you’re not an overly-sentimental or expressive person, how can you show your gratitude. Here are some ideas:

Flowers

Send a card

If you do find it difficult to say things out loud (no matter how much you rehearsed them in the mirror beforehand), you might find it easier to write your thoughts down in … Continue reading

Helping your children get onto the property ladder

Many people in the UK are renting their property. And according to recent research by The Institute for Fiscal Studies, of those who want to buy a property, around 40% of young adults can’t afford to purchase one of the cheapest homes in their area, even with a 10% deposit.

Getting onto the property ladder

With figures like this regularly in the news, it can be easy for potential homeowners to get disheartened. Whether you’re a parent whose children are trying to save up for their first home. Or you have little ones and you want to … Continue reading

4 tips for helping your child through the teenage years

Everybody remembers their teenage years. You experience some weird and wonderful changes, think you know it all and yearn for independence, all whilst dealing with hormones . Hopefully though, what you remember most of all, is that they were some of the best years of your life.

4 tips for helping your child through the teenage years

It’s a pretty crazy time, and you’ll do well to remember that when it comes to guiding your children through their own teenage rollercoaster. Here are a few tips to helping them achieve the happiness and fulfilment they deserve, in what can be … Continue reading