Monday, 18 April 2016

Say no to nasties: Synthetic fragrance and 'parfum'

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Exactly what's in your products?
Photo credit: Maya Picture at 

This is the third in my series that looks into common ingredients in everyday toiletries and cosmetics. I want to learn more about the risks I might be taking by regularly putting these additives on my face and body. I'll also showcase alternative brands that have moved away from using these synthetics - to provide a more natural and potentially healthier choice. This time I'm looking at synthetic fragrances and parfum.

You can read more about the other common additives Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) and parabens.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Test your health & fitness knowledge!

Who's been paying attention - and who fancies some fun? Why not test out your well-being wisdom with this quick quiz? The test, created by online protein uk, will help you check if you know what's good and what's bad for you. Get ready to learn some surprising facts along the way...

This post was created in collaboration with Discount Supplements.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

My week in photos

This week has been a bit of a whirl! The Bank Holiday with a clock change and the fact the kids are off school has made it hard to keep to any kid of schedule - much less remember what day of the week it actually is!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

How to have a Happy, Healthy pregnancy

For many women, health and fitness seems to unravel once kids arrive on the scene. Sleepless nights, lack of time, fussy eaters and the juggling act that is parenting can really see the strongest of resolves crumble. So it’s a snatched bite to eat here and an extra biscuit at playgroup instead of breakfast there – followed by an early evening collapse onto the sofa with a glass of wine once your little cherubs are finally tucked up in bed. But the reality of the situation is that in the UK nearly 50 per cent of pregnant women attending their first maternity appointment are already overweight or obese.

And a recent poll undertaken by The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) found that there is a lot of unhelpful and conflicting information out there, with almost half of mums-to-be thinking that it’s OK to ‘eat for two'. The research also revealed that one-third of respondents felt they did not receive enough information to help them make good decisions about their diet when expecting. In fact 46 per cent said their midwife/GP didn’t weigh them in pregnancy and 68 per cent did not receive any advice on weight gain from their midwife or GP. Not surprisingly, the poll also found that 39 per cent of pregnant women aren’t taking any supplements and just under half made no changes to their diet after finding out they were pregnant
Which is why the ITF have produced a simple guide with the right advice – rather than just all the ‘don’ts’ so often bandied about. The resource is available online, and outlines the ten steps all women can incorporate into their day-to-day life, before and during pregnancy. 

After all... becoming a parent is the perfect time to reassess and improve your eating habits and your level of exercise – and so set up a healthy lifestyle for both you and your growing child.

Follow the ITF’s Ten Steps For a Healthy Pregnancy...

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Treat yourself - but choose wisely!!

A little bit of what you fancy does you good...but if you're indulging in some Easter eggs this holiday you might be interested to see this handy guide provided by Discount Supplements. It neatly sums up all the fat, sugar and calorie info of many of the popular eggs you'll find on supermarket shelves so you can decide which one to plump for.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Brush up on your home security

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It's time to set things in order!
Brace yourself - Bank Holidays are coming! With spring officially in the air and a few spare days at home, it's natural to want to improve your surroundings to give yourself a well-being boost. 

And there's no doubt that a spring clean can be good for your health - particularly if you have asthma or allergies. Everything from airborne bacteria to mud, pet dander and mould spores can accumulate while we shut out the cold winter air, so make an effort to throw open your windows and clean carpets, furnishings, bedding and curtains! But decluttering and organising can be great for your mental health too. first up it solves that frustrating problem of  looking for misplaced items! It also helps you focus on important tasks, by getting those smaller chores out of the way and thus relieving stress. And you might be surprised at how else a serious seasonal sort out can put your mind at ease...

Monday, 14 March 2016

Speaking up for others

Today I'm taking a break from writing about health and fitness, because I really can't be happy when the situation below exists. Please read this blog post, do what you can to help and share on the info. 

Man's best friend but is the opposite true?
Puppies - cute right? And looking at - or cuddling one - simply makes your heart sing. The soft fur, the over-excited waggy tail and the wriggly body. Who could resist? In fact, healthy puppies embody all the traits that generally make our life worth living; joy, trust and hope - all wrapped up in a cuddly, unquestioning bundle of love. So it's not surprising that dogs have been mankind's most faithful of companions for thousands of years (in fact some fossils suggests that 'domestic' dogs existed as much as 32,000 years ago).

But somewhere along the line, we've let these four-legged friends down. We've started to take them for granted, and stopped seeing them as living creatures that deserve our respect and love - instead often regarding them as possessions and accessories. Maybe it's about what they can give us - maybe it's about how we'll look as we parade them around with us. Which is why we have rescue shelters full of dogs that have failed to fulfil our - at times - unrealistic expectations - perhaps proving to be too demanding, not as expected, or just not quite what we wanted after all. Other times our life moves on and we simply leave them behind. Well shame on us.