Spring Health & Beauty Tip 29 – Stay Happy

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Last tip of the series

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 29 – Stay Happy

This is my last tip of the Spring Health & Beauty Tip series which aimed to bring you a tip a day for the month of May.  I hope that you have found all the tips useful and have incorporated some into you life?  I would love to hear which so please let me know by pressing the comment button and leaving me a message.

My final tip is Stay Happy because I honestly believe that most of our Health & Beauty comes from within and that happiness radiates through all the creams you can buy and salads you can eat.

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Happy Happiness! x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 28 – Aveeno

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Deliciously smooth skin

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 28 – Aveeno

This is my absolute beauty product of the moment.  It was actually prescribed for my daughter who has eczema but I had to buy my own before I stole all of her as it made my skin so lovely.  Aveeno is Oat based (most moisturisers are petroleum based) and just leaves you skin feeling gorgeous.

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Definitely my hero product of the summer.

Happy Moisturising x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 27 – Breakfast in a Jar!

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Breakfast to go…

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 27 – Breakfast in a Jar!

Ok, so I know that I am getting a little bit obsessive with the jars but they just make life so easy…. and a great way to up cycle any leftover ones you have.

For some reason it just makes things a thousand times easier on the morning when you can just grab a jar out the fridge rather than making something up… and once again, they just look so pretty!

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Exact same principe as the Salad in a Jar post but this is breakfast.  For me nothing beats plain no fat yogurt with Granola and Summer Berries.

As long as they are kept in the fridge, it should keep as long as the products would have before so usually a couple of days.

Got any other recipes?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Happy Breakfasting x

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Book Review

To Love To Read

This book was recommended to me by a couple of people, but I have no idea how I had never read this book before.  I had never even heard of it and I am now so thankful that I have it in my life.  It is the most profound book and I challenge anyone not to feel their perspective changed and improved as a result of reading this book -and to not fall in love with the wonderful Morrie.

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The book, the story, the words, everything about Tuesdays with Morrie is just beautiful.    It was Morrie’s last wish that this story was put into the world and it is such a gift to everyone who reads it.  I believe this is the sort of book people should read once every couple of years, just to remind us what’s important and enjoy these wonderful words.

I would have loved to hear a little more detail of their conversations and about Morrie specifically, his family.  Those things were quickly moved over and for such a short book, I think he could have given more detail here.  But that is probably just because I am in love with Morrie and want to know everything about him!

I could not recommend this book enough to everyone.

Enjoy.  A complete 4.5 out of 5

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 26 – Salad in a Jar!

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Easy, healthy lunch on the move!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 26 – Salad in a Jar!

If you are taking lunch somewhere, I think one of the most of putting things about salad is that it either required a big box, or you have to take all the bits with you to keep it fresh, the lettuce goes soggy in the dressing etc, etc….

Well not anymore!  Since hearing about this idea I’ve become a little bit obsessed by it, partly because they just look so pretty and I love a jar!

Basically you want to make sure the dressing and harder parts are at the bottom and leafy bits at the tops so they don’t mix until you are ready to eat your salad so,

Take your empty jar….

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  • Pour in your salad dressing
  • Then add hard chopped vegetables like carrots, cucumber, bell peppers etc…
  • Next you add your grains and pastas including things like chickpeas, cooked rice or pasta etc…
  • Softer vegetables such as avocado and tomotoes, or any soft fruits like strawberries or dried apricots etc… go in next
  • This is where you would add nuts like pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds and any softer more absorbent grains such as quinoa, Cous Cous etc…
  • Finally, fill the rest of your jar with lovely leafy greens.

You can add meat, fish, hard boiled egg cheese etc… but just be aware that you would only want to add those on the day you are eating the salad.  But otherwise, salads can be made a few days in advance so you can do a few at a time and grab one in the morning as you rush out the door.

Do you have any delicious salad receipts?  Let me know in the comments box.

Happy eating x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 25 – Oat Bath

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Nourish Your Skin

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 25 – Oat Bath

An oat bath is often recommended for kids who have chicken-pox which is actually how I found out about it.  But it’s not just chickenpox’s that its good for, Oats and Oatmeal are fantastic for the skin.

How?

Put some oats in a cloth and tie it around the bath tap so that as the bath is running the water is coming through the oats and cloth.  This will produce a wonderful milk from the oats.  Another little tip – I often use a hair band to secure the fabric around the tap.

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Why?

  • An Oat Bath is Cleansing – the oat particles stick to dirt and dead skin cells allowing them all to be washed away.
  • It’s Soothing – which is why it is often recommended for chicken-pox or eczema.
  • Its Moisturising – the oats restore moisture into the skin and balance the skins natural pH.
  • It’s Protective – the milk from the oats leaves a lovely protective layer over the skin that makes you feel like you’ve moisturised as soon as you get out of the bath.

Happy bathing x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 24 – Super Smoothie

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Love a Super Smoothie

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 24 – Super Smoothies

I love a smoothie.  I just love imagining my cells being flooded with goodness as I drink them.  So yummy and the fruit helps settle my sweet-tooth as well.

My real tip though is use Coconut Water in place of Milk.  Great if you want to cut down on lactose and Coconut water is fantastic and rehydrating your body naturally.  And the Coconut flavour goes great with fruit.

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My Favourite Smoothie Recipe

  • 250ml of Coconut Water
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • Tablespoon of Oats (keeps you fuller for longer)

Also, hoping the summer weather stays, you can chuck a lot of ice cubes in to make it seriously refreshing.

Happy smoothing x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 23 – Vision Board

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See what you want your world to be

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 23 – Vision Board

A Vision Board is a collation of images and affirmations that create a picture of the things you want.  This is a slight continuation of tip 21 What Do You Want?  as it can help to truly visualise what you have decided you want in your life and help keep you focused.

Once you have thought about what it is you want, scour magazines, online, draw pictures, anything that brings the vision of what you want to life.  For example if you want to be healthier you may put on photo’s of fresh fruit and vegetables and someone working out.

You want to put it up in a prominent place so that you see it everyday.  By seeing it everyday you keep your goals, wants and dreams in the front of you mind and yourself more focused on achieving them.

Remember there is no right or wrong when it comes to making a vision board, its a reflection of you and your wants.

Happy Visioning x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 22 – Super Soft Feet

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Get those feet ready for sandals.

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 22 – Super Soft Feet

As the weather is starting to get nicer (not today but generally), it’s time to start thinking about getting our feet out of hibernation in our chunky socks and shoes and into flip-flops.images-7

This tip comes from my friend and Spa Therapist extraordinaire Nikki Myers…

For dry, cracked or corse feet;

  • Scrub then using Sea Salt mixed with a little Olive Oil.
  • Rinse off
  • Massage in lots of Vaseline
  • Cover with socks and leave for an hour, or ideally over night
  • The voila!  Super Soft Feet

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Nicola B and the TWO Big C’s

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photo copyObviously the first one is Cancer.  But I have another big C, in a lot of ways it is a bigger C, certainly to me, so big that I often don’t really speak about it.  The other big C is my Colostomy.

For those who don’t know, a Colostomy is when you have part of your large intestine removed and what’s left diverted through the abdomen wall.  There are occasions when the procedure can be reversed but not in my case.  Truth be told, I struggled with finding out I needed a colostomy more than finding out I had cancer – cancer I could deal with, this I couldn’t.  I thought it was the absolute worst thing that could happen to me and I went into a very strange denial, praying it wouldn’t happen right until I woke up from my surgery.

I actually said if I didn’t have kids I would prefer to die than have a Colostomy.

I have never hidden the fact I have a colostomy but I’m not overly vocal about it either.  Why?  Embarrassment essentially.  It still has a terrible stigma and I was beset with fears about the things I wouldn’t be able to do and what people would think when they found out. My worst fear bring that people would think that it/I was minging. A fear that derived completely from my own thoughts and perceptions about it what living with a colostomy meant.

There are over 175,000 Ostomates in the UK

Why talk now? Once again I had a fantastic opportunity this week.  I was contacted by a wonderful woman, Thalia Skye, who works with Coloplast (the company that creates & manufactures my ostomy wear) about working with them to remove some of the stigma by talking about it and and letting people see that I live a completely normal life, that is undefined by the fact I am an ostomate.  Done through blogging, tweeting, vlogging – basically everything I love doing, and talking more openly about things people don’t talk about.  Anyone who has read any posts on my blog will know this is completely up my street.  I couldn’t have replied quicker saying yes, yes, yes!

photoSo last Friday at the crack of dawn I headed up to Coloplast UK HQ in Peterborough.  They were just the nicest people working in a way that can directly benefit thousands of ostomates lives.  Although they are a manufacturer they are researching and finding ways to make life for ostomates easier, more comfortable and less of an issue so they can just get on with living.  They truly have a passion for what they do and I loved the thought if working with a company who is continuing to develop easier ways for people like me to live.

I meet wonderful ostomates and it was so nice to meet such inspirational people going through the same yet also unique experience.  The tales that bought people to having an ostomy were as heartbreaking as they were poignant.

The bigger picture of why one has an ostomy can get forgotten.  In my case, it means that I no longer have cancer.  In other people’s cases, they no longer have a life-threatening and debilitating illness.  One person told me how her surgeon told her ‘either you have a bag or end up in a bag’.  Although this wasn’t delicately put, it serves well to remind us that it is what someone is facing going into ostomy surgery.  Without this operation, they will die.  Yet to some (myself included) having it is still unbearable. As I said before, I thought if I didn’t have kids I wouldn’t go through with the operation (I will always laugh thinking of my sister saying, what about me, aren’t I worth living for!)

The thought of having an ostomy is immeasurably worse than the reality  

I never thought I would get used to it, yet only a few months after surgery I was telling someone who needed a colostomy that it was nothing to be afraid of and I was managing OK.  I was shocked as the words came out of my mouth, I couldn’t believe I was saying it and that was when I realised – it was true!  I could, and was, doing this.  Do I wish I didn’t have it?  Of course.  But on the whole is it perfectly manageable and there is nothing that I did before that I can’t dophoto copy 3 now.  And that is what this campaign is all about.  Letting everyone know that life stays the same, your alive (yay)!!, more comfortable than before and to remove the stigma.  The dream is one day soon an ostomy is considered as normal and inconsequential as glasses or a hearing aid.  I recon we can do it!

As soon as I have more information about the website I will of course let you know but until then keep talking, listening and caring for everyone going though anything.

A little more compassion can never go amiss.