Friday, 17 December 2021

10 Ways To Survive Christmas without Gaining Weight

Painted image of a happy Gingerbread Man. Anyone who struggles with their weight will know how hard it is to stay on track over Christmas. Temptation is everywhere; special offers in the shops, gifts from well-meaning friends, offerings at the school fete, the list is endless! Christmas these days seems to centre predominantly around food and there are no end of tempting treats that we feel compelled to buy in the shops, because it's traditional. No one wants to undo all their hard work in just a couple of weeks, though, so I've put together a list, with some ideas to keep us all motivated. If something has worked for you, feel free to comment below!

Monday, 13 December 2021

Christmas Packaging - What can you Recycle?

A pile of wrapped gifts, under a small Christmas tree
Over Christmas, the UK population generates 25% more waste than normal. With waste collections becoming less frequent and rubbish bins getting smaller (in our county, anyway!), this can pose a real problem for households. Add to that, the strain on the environment, and this means it is even more important than ever to up our recycling and upcycling game to try to keep landfill to a minimum. This post aims to sort out the facts when it comes to recycling your Christmas packaging, as well as what you can do to ensure you don't end up with a lot more landfill waste this Christmas and some alternatives to traditional wrapping.

Saturday, 11 December 2021

Snow White at the Bristol Hippodrome Review

Press image for Snow White at the Bristol Hippodrome, featuring Andy Ford, Lesley Joseph and Judge Rinder in costume, smiling
 This week we were lucky enough to be invited to the free press night showing of a classic tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We did a little dance when the invitation came our way because while we were all sat indoors, twiddling our thumbs, eagerly awaiting the day we can look at this pandemic and say - “It’s behind you!” getting an invitation to escape it for a few hours was the next best thing. The pantomime is showing until January 2nd and you can get your tickets via this link www.atgtickets.comIt was a magical experience to see the Bristol Hippodrome eagerly throw its safety curtain up and doors wide open after this year of turmoil for the theatre industry. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Win a Harrods Handbag

Harrods handbag, mustard yellow, featuring the Harrods logo in small writing on the front.
Originally planned as a Christmas giveaway, I decided to postpone it because the postal service was under enormous strain. I didn't want to add to it unnecessarily and risk the prize getting lost into the bargain. However, I am aware that life is stressful and miserable at the moment, for various reasons, so hopefully, I can cheer somebody up with this lovely Harrods handbag prize. Just try to ignore the Christmas-themed photo, it took me ages, and I didn't want to have to reshoot the whole thing! Entry is via the Rafflecopter below, I've kept the entry requirements small, so it won't take long and there's a free entry, even if you don't use Social Media. Good luck! 

Friday, 29 January 2021

Would you Encourage a Career in Engineering for Your School Leaver?

A blue robotic hand, with palm facing forwardI attended an online presentation last week with my son on the career options in a manufacturing firm near us. We are surrounded by big-name manufacturers where we live and I was really taken with the idea of an apprenticeship. I'd never really thought about it before, I didn't even realise they were still a thing, but I thought it was important we got some insight into potential careers since we won't be going to any events any time soon and I really learned a lot. Things have changed since I was at school and young people are required to stay in education even longer, which is great, but I'm glad there are options available for those who may not be that academically minded and would prefer something a bit more hands-on. 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

How to Declutter and Still Be Sentimental

|A dressing table with a vase in the background and a basket containing assorted trinkets, including books, beads, and a model of the Eiffel Tower
 I've never considered myself to be a hoarder, but I do like to hang onto things. Not necessarily out of sentimentality, although that is often the case, sometimes because there is no real reason not to keep something. I look after things and keep them in good condition, so why not just let it all stay? Like most people, though, my house is not huge, and recently I've found myself dreaming of a bigger place even more than usual. Something had to give and it was time to either buy an awful lot of lottery tickets or get tough. I started with my dressing table, which I talked about in Creating my Small Space Home Office and I've carried on from there. Here's how I decluttered my whole house successfully, without losing my mind, or anything I didn't want to. 
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