• Sex & Relationships

    7 signs your relationship is toxic

    7 signs your relationship is toxic.   I am 38 years old. I have had a few serious relationships in my life. One of these was with a man I met online. Around 15 years ago I was in a bad place mentally. It was before the whole “Mental Health” movement we have nowadays. I was 23 with a beautiful little girl. I had a part-time job which gave me some income but overall I was sad and depressed. During my pregnancy, I had gained weight and lost so much of my self-confidence. Looking back I wasn’t overweight. I looked fine. My skin was amazing and I had beautiful hair.…

  • Lifestyle & Events

    Sunbeds? Yes I use them …. for my chronic pain

    Sunbeds. Love them or hate them there is one on every high street. Even with all the scary stories, we hear about skin cancer we still love them.   In the past, I have used sunbeds on a regular basis to get a nice tan. I have also booked one to have at the house for a month before going on holidays. I even bought a second-hand one once. Which my husband kept in the divorce – thank you!   Anyway. I know all the risks. You are more likely to get melanoma skin cancer by up to 20% by using sunbeds. It’s a high risk. But is it worth…

  • Recipes

    Lemon Pound Cake

    Lemon Pound Cake with Icing is a quick and easy to make version of the Starbucks Lemon drizzle cake. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup vegetable oil Lemon Icing 1 cup plus 1 tablespoons powdered sugar 2 tablespoons whole milk 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract   Method Preheat oven to 350¬į. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract…

  • Recipes

    Brain boosting Recipes to improve your Mental Health

    BRAIN BOOSTING RECIPES As part of the series on Mental Health, I wanted to include a couple of recipes to include brain-boosting foods which will have a positive effect on your mental health.   Chicken and Avocado Salad Ingredients Garlic clove 85g¬†blueberries 1 tbsp extra virgin¬†rapeseed oil 2 tsp¬†balsamic vinegar 125g fresh or frozen baby¬†broad beans 1 large cooked¬†beetroot, finely chopped 1¬†avocado, stoned, peeled and sliced 85g bag mixed baby leaf salad 175g cooked¬†chicken   Method Finely chop the garlic. Mash half the blueberries with the oil, vinegar and some black pepper in a large salad bowl. Boil the broad beans for 5 mins until just tender. Drain, leaving them…

  • Lifestyle

    Morning “Self Care” Routine

    It is day 11 of the #31daystobettermental health and today is all about creating a morning self-care routine. We often ask “did you get out of the wrong side of the bed?” to those around us in a bad mood. This means that they have started the day wrong. So I want to give you some top tips and tricks to get you in the best possible outlook for starting your day!   Get rid of the snooze button Seriously! I have been known in the past to repeatedly hit the snooze button. However, it means that when you do get up you are tired and pressed for time. This…

  • Travel

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Amsterdam is a city I have visited several times over the years. I simply adore the layout of the city with its cobbled streets and canals. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the city at all times of the year.   I have visited in the dead of winter and the height of the summer. I prefer the spring as it is warm without being too hot/cold. Here are my top recommendations for visiting the city. Flower Market (bloemenmarkt) This is a floating market on the canal side. There is a whole street full of various vendors selling all kinds of flowers and bulbs. You can arrange to have…