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Let’s Get Physical! How To Make a Photobook

In such a digital and iPhone based age, it’s becoming less and less trendy to print your holiday or family photos to stick in an album. These days, it’s all about the instantaneous upload to Facebook or Instagram to share with your friends. At first, I loved this idea, I could share my University photos with my old school friends without …

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Superfood Problems – A Mindful Reason to Eat Locally

The rise of ‘clean’ and healthier eating has created a demand for superfoods, which had previously been overlooked for being hard to get hold of or just too pricey. But it’s now ‘sexy’ to be seen with a smashed avocado, drinking coconut water or to be digging into a bowl of quinoa. The high demand for such foods is having a bigger impact …

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The Benefits of A House Full of Plants

Growing up, I can always remember both sets of my Grandparents having a bountiful collection of houseplants – ranging from a menagerie of Cacti to blooming Kalanchoe. It’s taken me a long while to fully appreciate the many benefits of having a house full of plants (having strongly been apposed to Peter’s Spider Plant a few years back) but since …

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Fight to Save the BBC’s Recipe Archive

It’s been announced that the BBC will be cutting the amount of ‘soft news’ content on their website, including recipes, travel content, and magazine articles. In fact, it’s anticipated that save for recent television programme related recipes, the vast collection of culinary knowledge will be lost to the delete button due to the notion that the website is ‘too wide reaching’, …

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Four Things I’ve Learnt from Seneca – ‘On the Shortness of Life’

This time last year, I wouldn’t have believed myself if I’d said that I’d just finished reading a philosophy book, and not just any old philosophy book, but the stoic writings of Seneca namely “On the Shortness of Life”. I wrote a little introduction to the book in a previous post introducing my first pile of books for my 2016 reading list. …

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‘The Air, Sea & Sand’ – A Poem

A little bit of a random one this week, but hopefully you’ll like it. I thought I’d share a poem with you which has been stuck on my fridge since last September. It was something that I wrote when I was in Year 9 at school and unbeknown to me, something that my darling Nana had kept hold of for 13 years. I’d completely forgotten about it until Mum found it while sorting through Nana’s things.

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The Start of My 2016 Book List

I’ve never been much of a reader, but even by my standards, I’m appalled at the lack of books I read in 2015, especially when I compare it to the number of films I watched! Partly thanks to the increasing pile of un-read books I have, and also (more importantly) to my desire to increase my learning and development, I’ve …

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2015 – 5 Things I Achieved

So 2015 has blown by and although it might not have been the most exciting or exhilarating, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and am looking forward to the blank canvas that is 2016. Here are 5 reasons why I’m feeling a sense of achievement – they’re not big reasons but small things which hopefully amount to continued happiness and well-being. …

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Tips for a Mindful Christmas

With the rise of events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other general pre-Christmas sales, it’s becoming harder each year to remember that Christmas isn’t about shopping or 50% off. For those of us who celebrate it, Christmas is instead a time to celebrate life and to be thankful for what we have, not to be annoyed at what …

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Oh Beans – The Curse of Hindsight

My family suffered the loss of a very special and wonderful person recently. Although Nana’s passing wasn’t sudden, it has shaken us and has made me re-assess what is important in life. Over the last couple of days, I’ve not been able to shake the sadness that falls over me when I think back to how little I saw my Nana over …