All posts filed under: Wellbeing

The Temperance Spirit Company

It’s permanently dry January for me, but I am always on the lookout for a sophisticated adult styled alternative when attending a social gathering. Sugary drinks just don’t cut the mustard and there are only so many glasses of fresh orange you can stomach. Research has suggested that there’s a thirst for products that protect against pounding heads next morning, and also keeping an eye on what you drink can have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being. But fear not, help is at hand in the form of the Temperance Spirit Company from Skipton and their Teetotal G’n’T which claims to be as close as you can get to the taste of a real gin and tonic, but without the gin. The Temperance Spirit Company was formed in 2015 by three businessman Brendan Duckworth, Ian Jowett and Ian Ackroyd. It was former research chemist and doctor of chemistry Ian Jowett who was tasked with first developing the recipe for Teetotal G’n’T using only all natural, high quality ingredients and he spent many …

A Box Full of Yorkshire

From the excitement of opening the box when its delivered through to the time saving ease that the contents can give: letterbox deliveries and subscription boxes can have many benefits but with so many on the market, which ones are actually worth spending your money? As you know I am fast becoming a letterbox junky. With boxes to make your snacking healthier, your beauty regime more vegan friendly, your meal times easier, baking cakes and bread, learning new crafts…. I’ve tried a few and here are a couple of reviews which fed my addiction. Craftiosity Moira Fuller created Craftiosity after leaving a very stressful career and who also loved the respite of sitting down with something to make, and the magic that descends as you forget the day and focus on making. She started Craftiosity because she wanted to make it easier to tap into your creativity, to try new things, to learn in your own time, and to make something you really want to have or use. So every month she will send you a completely …

Thinking about:schedules and small steps

New Year’s Resolutions continue to be a popular cultural pastime. Perhaps a bit bleary and bloated after the holidays it’s natural to think, “I’ve got to make some serious lifestyle changes!” We’re bombarded with ads and articles all with the requisite Before and Afters. “It’s a new year, time for a fresh start…” While there’s a certain appeal and glamour in the idea that we can completely start again on January 1, I think a lot of major adjustment efforts are doomed to fail because the rest of our life tends to go on just as before, with the same schedules, obligations and demands. We don’t live, eat or make decisions in a vacuum. When it comes to health and lifestyle changes, I’ve found that the most effective are small, incremental adjustments that can be organically incorporated into my daily routine, and then become part of that routine. Building healthy and nurturing habits rather than making drastic changes based on aversion or deprivation is what’s been working for me long-term. Looking Back, Looking Ahead… I think few …

Browns:Charity Night Out

I was excited to be invited to a night out in York, I haven’t  done that for …. many years! This was a shopping night for two charities, Breast Cancer Now and York Breast Friends, at Browns, an independent family owned store that has been in York for over a hundred years. Browns hosted an interesting evening event providing nibbles and fizz, and the delightful staff were smiling and helpful and eager to support the customers and charities. Plus, there was a 20% discount so a chance to buy some of my favourite brands. I had been looking for a red scarf to brighten up the winter months, and here it was! Clinique have always been one of my return-to brands and this evening was just the time to have that makeup overhaul and try new products. The consultant was more than happy to chat and suggest the best of her products to my friend and I, plus we could have a free gift if we purchased two or more Clinique products. Hurry down, this …

Hygge

Early October with its misty mornings, bright and mild days and longer evenings is my absolutely favourite time of year. However, I know that means the Baltic temperatures, 4pm sunsets and icy mornings are just around the corner too. As much as I love my home I don’t like being cooped up indoors, however I do feel the Danish could teach me a thing or two about making the most of the atmosphere the winter brings. I’m reading more and more about hygge and I intend to climb aboard. Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, the Danish word roughly translates to the English word of ‘cosiness’ but hygge means so much more than fur throws and hot chocolate, it’s more of a mind-set. The Danes are considered to be one of the happiest nations in the world cherishing family time, friendship, conversation and togetherness. I noticed this peaceful aura about them when in Copenhagen in May this year Enjoy The Moment Whether it’s savouring that first cup of tea or coffee in the morning, snuggling into your scarf or …

That Forever Friday Feeling

Retirement When I left my full-time job at the end of July, I looked forward to having more time and focus to devote to blogging. I decided to give myself a few months at the start to enjoy some ‘away from the clock’ time, not only to recover from cardiac ablation number 3, but to adjust to a freer schedule and figure out my own rhythms. There are times of the day I’m better at writing and creating, and others when I’m better able to knuckle down for more routine or repetitive tasks. Can I just say I’m LOVING not having to go to my office along the landing every day at a certain time. I’ve kept myself quite busy without even really trying and now am ready to get a bit more of a handle on my schedule and where I’m going. Time to make a plan!! But first a belated retirement BBQ was such fun Guests wrote up some retirement bucket list suggestions for me. Here are a few, what would you suggest? Be a super Grandma Travel …

Facial Treats:Sheffield Skincare

A few weeks ago I had an unexpected few days in hospital. After having only basic NHS emergency kit, which didn’t include anything other than a small bar of what might have been soap, a hard dry towel and a toothbrush, my skin appeared to suffer and I arrived home feeling pretty rubbish with skin that felt dry, dehydrated and more sensitive than usual and a little worse for wear. But my saviour was awaiting – a selection of skincare products for mature and dry skin from Megan, owner of Sheffield Skincare Company. These products were really my saviour as I recovered over the next few days. All Megan’s products are handmade in small batches, and each product aptly named after places in Sheffield or local Sheffield sayings. All her products are 100% natural. Cleansing was the first treat, Beauchief Beauty, a handmade moisturising cleansing face balm. As soon as I massaged the balm over my face and then laid the warm muslin cloth (as provided) over my face for a few minutes, and all …

Thinking About: Reinvention

Reinvention is a word I’ve heard and read often in the last few months, and it feels particularly relevant now. It seems to be a time of life for many of us where perhaps kids are all grown up, grandchildren on the way, career changes (voluntary or not) or retirement are imminent, and rather than slowing down we’re looking ahead and asking “what’s next?” It’s an exciting (and a little bit scary) time, but the good news is that we have some experience under our belts, we’ve lived through some ups and downs, and often have more confidence and inner resources to marshal now than when we were younger. We’ve come to realise what a precious gift Time is, and are determined not to squander it. Looking ahead, my goal is to motivate myself to posting more frequently and regularly. Some of the things I will aim to do during my Reinvention: The important thing is to remain open to new friendship opportunities. ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever’ I will do some freelancing/consulting …

Iced Raspberry Green Tea Limeade

Pretty. Refreshing. And pretty refreshing. This unique, naturally pink green tea limeade is the perfect drink for summer – or any other time of year. Now we just need to bring on SUMMER. INGREDIENTS for 2-3 servings: 500ml water 100g fresh or frozen raspberries 60g granulated sugar Zest of one lime 2 bags green tea, or loose leaf green tea in T-sacs Juice of 2-3 limes (depending on size/juiciness) Lime slices and/or fresh or frozen raspberries for garnish (optional) DIRECTIONS: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, raspberries, sugar, and lime zest to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about a minute or so, then remove the pan from heat. Add green tea bags and steep for exactly one minute. Remove tea bags. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Let cool to room temperature, about 20 more minutes, and then stir in the fresh lime juice. Add ice to individual glasses and pour over ice to serve. Add lime slices and/or fresh or frozen raspberries …

February 2016: I’m Loving

It’s the first ‘I’m Loving’ of 2016 and whilst we love our luxury, none of these will cost any more than £9…read on! Firstly, I think spring is on its way! Soon! Very soon. The sun was out today and I needed to get out and walk. Sunshine and fresh air clears my head and I end up wondering why I spend so much time at my desk. I’ve used this GPS walking app, Runkeeper, for several years in an effort to encourage me to walk my way back to health. I know it was originally developed to keep runners on track, but it’s great for encouraging me to monitor my walking sessions, and tell me how many calories I’ve used, AND, I can connect to Spotify so have music at the same time. The basic app is free, whoopee! Second up, a ‘chance find’ I’ve been loving – Boots BB Lips. As someone who always wears a gloss, I’ve tried a few over the years.  Most are amazing but having got to the end of a fav (ok rant time, do you …