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Thursday, 29 January 2015

New Year Resolutions

The beginning of the year is always a good time for new resolutions. Personally my aim for 2015 is slowing down, being more mindful, exercising on a regular basis and eating a more healthy diet. Sometimes I feel like the sleepless nights spent writing assignments and a busy life as a student mum of two children is taking the toll on my health. I am no longer in my twenties so it's high time making some changes.

Being prepared is the most important step:

I have spent last week reorganizing the recipes that I have collected over the past few months. Being organized is so important. When I don't know what to cook and if I  am in a hurry,I am more likely to cook pasta or fish and chips.Therefore I have done a menu plan for January and I will carry on doing this for the coming months. This helps me to track what food groups we are getting and makes shopping much easier,too.

Increasing our veg intake:
I started juicing which enables us to consume more veggies and greens. I aim to decrease our sugar in take,so I don't use much fruit. In fact, I aim for three or four vegetables and  one kind of fruit.

More exercise:
I don't like going to the gym. At all. So I take the time to exercise at home. No pressure, plus it's free! As a bonus, the children enjoy seeing mummy exercising and join in,too!

It is now scientifically proven that meditation not only calms you down but it is good for your health. Again, we also try to teach this practice to our children. Even 3-4 year olds can start practising this for short periods such as two minutes. There are some wonderful books for teaching meditation to children.

January has gone pretty quickly and I am happy with the changes I have made and I am hoping to keep them up. Have you got any life style resolutions?

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Are separate beds the answer to a good night's sleep?

You might feel guilty for even thinking about moving out of your marital bed. After all, sleeping in separate beds is a dead giveaway that all is not well in a relationship, right? Well actually, this is wrong. An increasing number of couples are opting to ditch dual sleeping arrangements in favour of some personal space between the sheets. Our neighbours across the pond are certainly embracing this approach. The National Association of Home Builders in America predicts that 60% of homes built this year will have two master bedrooms. The fact is, using separate beds can help people to get a good night’s rest and, because of this, it can actually make relationships stronger. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s worth considering striking out and setting up your own sleeping space.
Find the right sleeping position
 Nodding off at night can be impossible if your bed isn’t set up in the right position. Trying to prop yourself up using cushions and other improvised solutions is inconvenient and can be uncomfortable. If you or your partner has a medical condition that means you need to elevate your upper or lower body, sleeping in the same bed could be nigh on impossible. The good news is, it’s now easier than ever to find adjustable beds that can provide all the relevant support. By visiting websites such as, you can take your pick from an impressive range of products.
Bear in mind that you don’t even have to leave your partner’s side when using these beds. It’s possible to choose versions with two single mattresses that are positioned directly next to each other, giving you individual control over your respective sleeping positions but meaning you remain in close proximity.
No more wrangling with a restless partner
It’s also worth thinking about moving to a separate bed if your partner is a restless sleeper. Being jostled and kicked in the middle of the night is no joke, especially if it happens on a regular basis. By moving yourself to another bed, you can rest assured you won’t be awoken at all hours by stray arms and legs.
Escape the snoring
Another major cause of sleeping strife is snoring. According to the NHS, as many as one in four of us emit these nocturnal noises, and they can be a nightmare for partners who are trying to benefit from some much needed rest. Earplugs are one thing, but to truly escape the sound of your other half’s snores, you might need to move to a different room.
A new way of thinking
OK, so it’s nice to curl up in bed beside the one you love and it’s easy to think that sharing sleeping quarters with your partner is a must. However, you shouldn’t feel guilty about shaking things up and getting some personal space when you hit the sack. Using separate beds could help both you and your partner to benefit from a better quality of sleep. Ultimately, this could be great news both for your health and for your relationship.

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review:Baker Ross Valentine's day and Spring Products

It is always a happy moment at our house when the postman brings a parcel from Baker Ross
By now,my children know what type of products they have and love crafting with their materials.
With spring approaching, there are a few special days coming up, so there are nice seasonal crafts on a budget that can be used both at home and at school/nursery settings.

Today, Defne and Derin enjoyed making and playing with these special glasses. You can check out the whole Valentine's crafts here.

We received some samples of Baker Ross products in exchange for a review. 

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