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Easy ways to prevent childhood obesity in young children

Let’s face it, lockdown has not been kind to many of us in terms of our mental health. We have struggled with isolation or missing loved ones. For some of us, there has been a double negative blow to our health as we piled on the pounds with lack of exercise and general movement. Many of us comforted ourselves with food and our bodies have paid the price. As adults, we can be more conscious of this and finally return to the gym or reduce our calorie intake. Many of our children are still suffering with maintaining a healthy weight. […]

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Make the best of British Science Week 2022

When you think about science lessons, what is your first thought? Crusty old chemistry lesson, blue-flamed Bunsen burners, and baffling physics equations? Or eco-powered racing cars, competitive robot wars, and new ways to explore space for example? If you answered ‘yes’ to the first set, then it’s clearly been a while since your last science lesson, because things have changed a lot. In the 20th century, most pupils studied science as separate, individual subjects (chemistry, physics, and biology). Researchers found however, that in many schools, girls tended to drop physics early, and boys often stopped biology when deciding their GCSE […]

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Write a letter to Queen Elizabeth II for her Platinum Jubilee

Have you ever thought about writing a letter to The Queen? Do you know how to address it? What would you like to say? And if you don’t already know, The Queen has multiple residences, so where would you send it? Every year, Queen Elizabeth II receives hundreds of thousands of letters, not only from her British and Commonwealth subjects but from many different people across the world. A lot of the letters that The Queen receives come from children, and every letter gets a personal response. So in this platinum jubilee year, is it time you wrote to Her […]

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How to deal with rude people

Rude people! Don’t you just love them? You know the ones I mean – the ones who always push in front of you in the checkout queue or the ones who just can’t resist talking over you, AND they never listen to anyone but themselves. And boy, they don’t half think they’re right all the time. Moaning on about just how terrible you are and how they know best and would do things so much better than you. It’s enough to curdle the milk! But they’re the ignorant ones, right? They’re the ones who need to grow up. Let’s face […]

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

There has been a lot of coverage in the media about mental health in recent years which we welcome as the topic finally comes off the ‘taboo’ list. The pandemic has only exacerbated the problem as people have struggled with lockdowns, redundancies, and loneliness. However, there has also been increasing concern across many factions about the deterioration in the mental health of our children. In the last year, we may have developed treatment strategies, coping mechanisms, and vaccines to tackle the virus, but we are also still years away from understanding the full impact that restrictions, school closures, and limited […]

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National Storytelling Week 2022

National Storytelling Week 2022 “Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.” 29th January – 5th February 2022 Do you remember hearing this phrase as a child and understanding that it meant a story? Even if you are too young to remember the original children’s BBC radio programme called “Listen with mother”, which this phrase came from, or you do not live in the UK, you can appreciate that for over 30 years, it was the cue for children of all ages to settle down and listen to nursery rhymes, songs, and of course, stories. Stories and storytelling telling are immensely […]

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How to grow a medicinal herb garden

Growing your own set of herbs is a perfect way to bring more prosperity to your life. While herbs are great for garnishing your food, the medicinal properties and presence in your home make medicinal herb gardens one of the most rewarding practices to cultivate. Luckily, growing herbs is a great fit for any skill level. Herbs often grow much faster than vegetable gardens, using less space in the process. If you are nervous about getting started, these herbs described below are great for starting out! In this post, I want to show you some ways you can set up […]

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Coping with disappointment – the stepping stones to success

If like me, (an Englishwoman) you have just experienced the most excruciatingly tense, amazing, uplifting, stressful, and ultimately disappointing 3 hours of your life whilst watching the English football team beaten again on penalties in the final of the Europea n Cup, you will understand some of the feelings I am nursing right now: 1. Pride – that we got to our first major championship final for 55 years (I was 2 weeks old when England won the world cup in 1966) 2. Anger – that it all came down to penalties… AGAIN! 3. Frustration at coming so close we […]

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Four Indoor Plants for Healthy Living

Four Indoor Plants for Healthy Living So many people are unaware of the benefits a house full of plants brings when it comes to mindful living. Besides the decorative and aesthetic appeal, there are dozens of hidden health benefits behind growing indoor plants. Here are some of my favorite physical and health benefits of indoor plants, with the research studies linked if you would like to read more. Reducing Stress (Source) Cleaner Air (NASA Clean Air Study) Higher productivity and focus in plant-filled work spaces (Source) Improves recovery for post-operative hospital patients (Source) Longer and healthier lives for women (Harvard […]

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How to Start a Vertical Garden

Growing your own plants is one of the best mindful practices to connect yourself with nature. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to achieve when we feel like we do not have the time, money or the means to do so. And yet, with everything in life, if you have the desire and the will to succeed, you will find a way to achieve it no matter what your available space or your budget.  So how do you grow as many plants as you want while making the most of space? The answer: Vertical Wall Gardens. Hop onto the trend of […]

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