Monday, 15 December 2014

A Fun Weekend

Hi all,

Whitesnake and I had a fun filled weekend. On Saturday we headed out to our neighbours' home for Christmas drinks. We believed we'd stay for about an hour, but ended up staying for four. It was good to get to know our neighbours better and we had a great chat and a few laughs.

The next day we visited my parents for coffee and a catch up and that was fun too.

Hope you are well.


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Checking In

Hi all,

I hope you are well. Today I've finally downloaded and deleted my articles from Helium Network. The site is shutting its doors next month and I had over 300 articles to sort through. I'm glad that job is over.

I'm still doing most of my blogging over on Bubblews and enjoying it. I get paid much more that I do here on Blogger too.

Whitesnake and I haven't much planned for today but I am looking forward to watching the first episode of the new season of The Walking Dead later.

See you soon

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How to Lessen Daily Stress

Stress is a common part of life, but when stress is allowed to build, it can interfere with daily life and contribute to health issues. Taking steps to manage daily issues can lessen stress and lead to a happier, healthier life.


Most forms of exercise reduce stress and if practiced on a regular basis, provide additional health benefits. Exercise releases powerful feel-good chemicals to the brain, improving mood and lessening feelings of stress. Walking is a perfect stress reliever as it's suitable for most people, it's free and can be done almost anywhere. Experts recommend healthy adults engage in an activity such as walking for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week. Exercise can be broken down into smaller amounts and spread throughout the day if more convenient. Just being more, rather than less active, can make a huge difference to stress levels.


Spending time with positive people is a fun way to lessen daily stress. Going out with friends to share some laughs or talking through problems with a trusted friend are effective ways of reducing stress. Healthy adults should aim to interact with others at least once a day.  


Keeping a journal is one of the best ways to lessen daily stress. Writing in a journal connects an individual to thoughts and feelings that may be causing stress. Problems can seem less dramatic when written down and this process lessens daily stress considerably.


Stressed out people tend to have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. This may be because the sleep cycle has been disrupted. Going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each morning and night, can reset the sleep cycle in as little as 3 weeks. Individuals who have trouble falling asleep may find that developing a sleep routine is beneficial. Engaging in a relaxing activity each day before bed such as listening to relaxing music or taking a warm bath, informs the mind and body that it's time to prepare for sleep.


Relaxing activities reduce stress quickly and regular relaxation practices make it easier for an individual to deal with daily stress. There are many forms of relaxation and each individual needs to discover which techniques works best for them.

Be prepared

Taking a little time each evening to prepare for the following day is an easy way to lessen stress. Simple tasks such as setting out clothes, preparing lunch for the kids or simply knowing where keys and mobile phones are, can make a big impact on how the next day begins. Setting aside some time in the morning to prepare for the day ahead, check the schedule and confirm appointments, rather than rushing ahead without a plan, can lead to a calmer, more productive day.  

Dealing with stress reduction on a daily basis by exercising, socializing, keeping a journal, getting enough sleep, relaxing and being prepared means stress is less likely to become problematic. However, if stress begins to interfere with daily life, advice should be sought from a medical professional.  

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

How To Save At The Grocery Store

Grocery shopping can be a huge expense these days but it doesn’t have to be. Having a plan and putting a little more thought into purchases can save money on grocery shopping.

Be prepared

Being unprepared when visiting the grocery store can lead to impulse buying, which means people tend to buy a product without putting much though into it. Many times these items are left unused and wasted.

Preparing a shopping list before leaving for the grocery store is a great way to avoid impulse purchases. Make a plan of meals for the upcoming week and note down ingredients which need to be bought. Could coupons be used when purchasing certain items? Place coupons with the list so they are not left behind.

Don’t go to the store hungry. A growling stomach will encourage a shopper to buy to satisfy hunger rather than items which may be more practical.

At the store

It’s a great idea to have a good look around the store rather than rushing through and missing the bargains. Saving small amounts by comparing prices carefully can add up to big savings. Beware of specials, products on special are usually a little cheaper than usual but not necessarily the best value for money.

Often, grocery stores will place specials at the end of the aisle to entice customers and discourage them from walking down the aisle to a cheaper product. Or the store may simply have an excess of a certain product and decrease the price to remove stock. Also, buying in bulk is not always the cheapest way. Sometimes buying two items separately will be cheaper than buying the bigger size.
Try to stick to the items on the list as much as practical and have coupons ready at the check out. Check the items on the list to the items on the receipt before leaving the store in case any errors have been made at the checkout.

At home

Planting a small vegetable garden or growing vegetables and herbs in pots will have a small start up cost but save money in the long run.

Using left overs to make soups, sauces, stews and extra meals will contribute towards saving money on grocery shopping.

Dining out can be saved for special occasions. When eating out, many people order food which is over priced and over portioned. Therefore, eating and spending a lot more than at home.

Grocery shopping is an activity people must do but following these simple steps on a regular basis can contribute towards big savings at the grocery store.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

How To Be Stress Free

Stress is a part of every day life, but there are steps which can be taken to reduce stress and work towards a stress-free life.

Running late is a sure way to start the day in a stressful way. Being as prepared as possible for the following day the night before, encourages a less stressful start to the day. Allowing adequate time to prepare to leave the house, preparing lunch, laying out clothes and ensuring keys and mobile phones are within easy reach, is a stress-free way to start the day.

When the body and mind are stressed, hormones are released into the bloodstream and tension builds up in the muscles. A great way to combat this is to exercise. Physically engaging the body, releases feel good hormones which reduce symptoms of stress. Simply taking a 10 minute walk can ease stress quickly. Walking with a friend or loved one can provide added stress reducing benefits. Exercising on a regular basis can minimize the build up of stress.

Sleep restores and repairs mind and body, but people who are stressed often suffer from a lack of sleep. Going to bed feeling stressed can lead to tossing and turning all night so it’s a good idea to deal with problems before bedtime. A good way to ease problems is to talk to a trusted friend, loved one or therapist about them. Another easy problem solver is to write issues down in a journal. Talking about or writing down problems, can put situations into perspective and make them easier to solve. If stressful thoughts still occur during the night, they can be written down on a notepad to be dealt with the following day.

Individuals who suffer from too much stress, are often doing so much for others, that they don’t have enough time for themselves. Alone time is important for healthy adults and renews body and mind. Soaking in a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, cooking a meal, reading a magazine or sitting in a sunny spot are relaxing ways to spend time alone and reduce stress.

A messy environment can compound feelings of stress. Taking a few minutes each day to clear clutter can quickly reduce stress. Stressed people tend to over scheduled. Taking a little time to plan the day and confirm appointments is a helpful way to start the day.

Stress doesn’t have to interfere with daily life, being prepared, exercising, getting enough sleep, spending time alone, clearing clutter and having a plan, can reduce stress and lead to a happier, healthier life. If symptoms of stress continue to cause problems, a medical professional should be contacted.  

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Healthy Living Guidelines

Being healthy can be challenging in today’s busy environment, but following a few simple guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a natural way to uplift mood, improve fitness and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to achieve this.  

Sleep is an important part of life for everyone. Lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness and lack of concentration for even the simplest of tasks. Healthy bodies thrive on a sleep routine. Going to bed and rising at a regular time each day, can programme the body to sleep and wake at certain times. Even after a late night. it is important to get out of bed at the usual time the next day.

Stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend is a great stress reliever. A problem can often be blown out of proportion when kept inside. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another way to find a solution is to write thoughts down in a journal. This is helpful to people who are unsure of why they are stressed in the first place and also a great way to work through a solution to a stress creating problem.

An hour or two of alone time can do wonders. Many individuals say life is too busy for this but it is so important. It is not possible for an individual to give their best to others if they don’t take care of themselves first. Alone time is a way to connect with self and rejuvenate. There are so many ways to do this including, taking a bath with essential oils, going for a walk, reading a book, anything that can be done alone.

Human bodies contain a high percentage of water, so it’s important to keep water levels topped up.Dehydration can cause a lack of energy and tendency to overeat. Keeping a cup of water, herbal tea or decaffeinated beverage handy at all times to sip during the day can help. It’s important to drink more fluids when the weather is hot and before and after exercising. It’s a good idea to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages, these will give an initial boost of energy, but as the caffeine and sugar wear off, a person can feel more drained than before.

Following the above helpful guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way on a daily basis and provide health benefits for the years to come.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy involves taking care of body and mind and there are many effective ways to do this. Listed below are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

Health organisations around the world recommend healthy adults aim to walk around 10,000 steps per day, to remain in good health.  Children and adolescents should be taking between 12,000, to 14,000 steps and seniors just a little under 10,000.  The days may be busy and full, but due to a reliance on convenience and technology, many people are walking under 3,000 steps per day without realizing they are relatively inactive. A pedometer is an easy, inexpensive tool to count the number of steps taken each day and improve health.

Sleep is important for everyone. Many people look forward to sleeping while others dread bed time. Most people will at some time suffer from minor sleep problems, while others will experience more serious sleep issues. Regardless of which category a person falls into, going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each day and night, can help an individual develop a healthy sleep schedule and promote a better night’s sleep.

Being in a positive mood can be beneficial to mind and body. Being surrounded by positive people creates a positive environment. An individual could be in a fantastic mood, spend five minutes with a negative person and then feel totally depressed. Spending time with people in a positive mood can make a person feel better and stay healthy.

Too much stress can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. When under stress blood pressure rises and heart rate increases. This can be caused by taking shallow breaths rather than deep breaths. If an individual can take a few minutes to focus on breathing, they will become calmer and less stressed. This is achieved by breathing through the nose for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of two and slowly exhaling through the mouth for six counts. If an individual is breathing deeply, the abdomen will rise as they breathe in. This is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and can be done in almost any situation.

Eating a balanced diet may appear difficult, but it’s really quite straightforward.  Including more servings of fruits and vegetables into the diet is a great way to start. Studies have shown that fruits such as blueberries, vegetables such as broccoli, drinks such as coffee and even dark chocolate may have health benefits, so eating a variety of different foods is the key to staying healthy.

Staying healthy is a process and taking steps to take care of body and mind is achievable for most people.

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