As the clocks go back, my secrets for a good night’s sleep

Feeling a little tired today? Me too. Not only did the clocks go forward yesterday, depriving us of an hour's sleep, but I've just finished a stretch of night shifts (9pm-9am, in case you were wondering). Sleep has never been that big an issue for me, I used to wake up at 5am and stay …

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Horse riding has become my most healing hobby

Sitting down to write this post made me wince with pain. No, this blog isn’t that much of a chore... I’ve been horse riding for the first time in months and, although my body hurts like hell, my mind feels calmer than ever. Increasingly, horses are being used for mindfulness - proving especially effective for …

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Pisco Sours Masterclass – How to make a cocktail with just three ingredients

If you're an alcohol aficionado like me,  you might be looking to branch out from your usual gin and tonic or vodka, lime and soda. Recently, I discovered Pisco, a super easy spirit which turns into a cocktail when mixed with just three other ingredients. Pisco, a brandy, is strong and tastes a lot like …

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World Book Day: is buying an e-reader worth it? Kobo Aura One review

Recently, I've developed an overwhelming guilt about reading. I find the time to watch Netflix, read the papers and doss about on my phone - but, for some reason, I can never find the time to finish a book. The last one I finished was for this blog and, before that, I hadn't completed a book …

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How to host the perfect dinner party with La Belle Assiette

I've got a serious case of chef anxiety. I can cook perfectly for myself but, as soon as somebody else enters the equation, my dishes are better off in the dustbin. When serving others, I have burned soup, created an unidentifiable slop meant to be lasagne not dissimilar to the meals in Orange is The New Black …

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Little bit Lavish review: a beauty subscription box with hand picked hidden gems

I've been a bit blue this month and it is so cold my skin is falling to pieces - so what better time for a pampering? Little bit Lavish is a beauty subscription service. Each box will contain between five and seven products - skincare, beauty and sometimes something edible or lifestyley. The content is sourced …

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The Elephant In The Mirror by Annette Earl – facing your personal enemies and taking charge of your life

Often when I feel upset, tired, stressed or angry, I ignore it. Every little niggle ignored adds another layer to a dark store at the back of my mind, and it usually ends in me blowing up at an innocent someone over something fairly minor. So this year I have endeavoured to stop ignoring that negative …

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Hair steaming is the best treat you can buy your dry and frazzled hair

When you hear the word "steaming" you probably think of vegetables, laundry or, at a stretch, clearing out your blackheads with scorching vapour. But it is actually an amazing way to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Hear me out. I've been dying my hair blonde since I was 16 and the bleach has not been kind …

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