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Hair is definitely one of the most defining parts of us, and so it is important to keep it in good shape, both texturally and structurally. In these muggy days of Summer and with added colourants, it may seem a little dry.  The stresses of everyday life can also play a big part in the condition of our hair, and so now is the time to take action.

One of the most ancient traditions in keep hair shiny, thick and healthy is the application of oils, and in some cultures that tradition has endured and is key to the condition and appearance of their incredible hair.

In a recent interview with some ladies who are either working mums or semi-retired, their reluctance was that it was too time consuming as you would have to wait until the oil soaked into the hair and then was it out several times to make sure it had gone.  But in reality, it is far less time than a visit to the hairdresser.

How would it be to work it into your weekly beauty routine, either at weekends or chose an evening when you can take the luxury of time, perhaps whilst watching a film, and massage it into the scalp and gently into the hair itself.  You then wrap a warm towel around your head and wash off after a couple of hours.  Imagine the end result, which is sleek shiny tresses you have envied on others over the years.  It can also help to thicken your hair and produce a healthy regrowth.

Here are some products to try.

Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, Liz Earle £19.50

Mauli Rituals – Grow Strong Hair – 30ml one size – £32

Ouai Haircare Hair Oil, Cult Beauty – £24

Moroccan Oil Treatment by Moroccanoli (Amazon) £28.49

Vita Coco Coconut Oil £7.69 – Holland and Barrett

Whats you favorite hair treatment?

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If you are about to head off on holiday and want some last minute ideas for adapting your outfits from the Beach to the Restaurant, Café or Bar, I hope I can inspire you where to start looking.  There are some stunning options out there to suit all tastes and budgets.

These outfits will also be ideal if you are on a cruise or in a hotel or holiday village, where you alternate between the beach and other activities throughout the day.

Marks and Spencer have some incredible deals with all of their beach wear, and one I spotted is the Pure Cotton Striped Beach vest Top and Trousers set at only £22.50

Monsoon have a gorgeous Gemima Print Jersey Dress at £70.  This will also be useful to wear around the house at home, as the print is timeless and it is comfortable to wear even for dinner parties when you get back.

V by Very have a great wide leg Beach Jersey Jumpsuit at £30, which I adore as I am into wearing black this Summer, as it looks cool and chic, and this particular garment is worn with ease.  You can fold it up and put it in your beach basket too and it will still come out looking good.

Warehouse Panel Maxi Dress in Ivory at £90 is another adaptable dress for Summer, as it is perfect for casual day or dressed up as more glamorous evening wear.

Simply Beach have a gorgeous Watercult Beach Kaftan in Pink Sand at £119.00 but they do have offers of discounts all the time, so you may be lucky.  This is so adaptable and can even double up as a dressing gown.  Just love the simplicity of it.

Hope I have got your fashion taste buds flowing to consider how you can travel canny and still look a million dollars.

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As we come into our ‘prime’ we often have a bit more determination to fulfil our dreams, whether it be to visit that far off destination, run naked through the woods or learn a musical instrument.  Well, I am talking about the latter, and how fulfilling would it be to pick up a guitar and start strumming at a party or even among close family and friends.  How many times have you been mesmerised by the funky guy or girl who is able to do that, and has the talent and ability to write their own lyrics and their own songs.

More and more people are fulfilling their dreams, and even if you are not going to be the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor, (and stranger things have happened), it is guaranteed to be one of the most therapeutic things you could possibly do.

I can talk from experience, as I have recently achieved a life long ambition to learn guitar, after having found a teacher locally, a young funky guy himself, who resides on the outskirts of Beaconsfield.  He is a musician through and through, with waist long silky hair and an equally smooth voice, but with a sympathetic ear for my early stumbles on my favourite musical instrument, and after the first couple of months I am learning fast, and have just written my first song, which I am going to try out at my next social gathering.

It also came up as a result of a life coaching experience that I should give this as a present to myself after a lifetime of bringing up a family, caring for an ailing Mum and being a very committed wife and Mother.  But you don’t have to wait until the kids have flown the nest, this should be a gift as a recognition of your own self worth and courage as it takes that to even start to explore the options of living your dream or at least one of them.

It sounds crazy now, but my main fear was knowing how to tune the instrument – but with iphones and apps, this is the most simple aspect of learning to play.  So if your fear is holding you back from achieving one of your life goals, whatever that is, look at ways to overcome the obstacles and move forward.

My other reservation was that I am always ultra busy, as I run a demanding business, and wouldn’t have the time.  Another simple solution, I now get up half an hour earlier in the mornings and put aside that time to practise, and mission accomplished.

Hopefully this will have inspired you to weigh up the options of ticking off something on your bucket list whatever that may be, even if it takes a few months of procrastination, after all how bad can it be?  You may say, ‘well I have waited this long’, but my advice would be ‘there is no time like the present’ – and the present is definitely yours for the taking.

Check out this easy beginner guitar lesson and give it a try


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The Queen in Alice in Wonderland also said ‘Sometimes I have believed in six impossible things before Breakfast time’.

Mark Twain famously said ‘eat a live frog before breakfast’ as that will be the worst thing that will happen to you for the rest of the day.  A little extreme perhaps, as we would expect from this notorious progressive, but it does illuminate something I have been observing for some time.

A recent study at Harvard University in the States concluded that high achievers complete a number of tasks before breakfast, because the morning brings new feelings of opportunity and achievement, and we are more likely to break through barriers with energy and optimism.

It is also true that the most successful leaders and entrepreneurs have always had one thing in common, they are reportedly early risers and do their most important (and perhaps most dreaded) tasks first thing, rather than delaying them for later in the day.

So I decided to put it to the test.  The first thing I would say, and perhaps it is not the best time of the year to say this, but an alcohol free ‘night before’ helps to give you the energy in the morning to tackle your tasks.

As a writer I understood this theory, as I always do my best work between 6am and 8am and it is downhill all the way after that.  I put it down to being an early riser and not being a ‘night bird’, but reading this report it does seem to work across the board.

As someone who is involved in a number of projects, and juggling a family with young kids, I tend to write everything down and prioritise as best I can, but as you know if you are in a similar position, this does not always pan out, with other more urgent factors rearing their head throughout the day.

So armed with this freshly confirmed revelation, I have put it to the test, and have been writing down three tasks to achieve as soon as I wake up in the morning, that are important or urgent, and that I can realistically achieve before breakfast.

Has this made a difference to my day?  Absolutely!  With key tasks being completed so early in the morning, it reshapes the day and affords you so much more space to achieve your goals so that it is a guaranteed win win all the way to Supper time.










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It was a real wakeup call when I was told several years ago that some kids don’t know where potatoes come from, because in my day it was babies – as I was convinced they were left behind a bush by the Stork!!

Seriously though, Jamie Oliver has improved children’s awareness of fresh food by his campaigns in schools, but there are still families who rely so heavily on frozen fries and convenience food through necessity, that they have missed a major trick which is less expensive, far more nutritious and psychologically sound – cooking together as a family.

We all know that time is not always on our side when both parents are working, or if you are a grandparent only seeing the family at weekends, but any time put aside to get everyone involved from the ages of five to ninety-five, will be incredibly beneficial.

I did it recently with my young grandkids – yes still can’t believe I am a grandmother – far too young, but here I am and making the most of it!

I hatched a plan with my daughter, who struggles to cook an array of meals with her three young children all under 8 with different tastes and demands, and her husband who is also quite particular about his food.

We decided to consult each member of the family and find out what they would like for a special lunch at Nanna’s.  The youngest said chocolate and the older twins wanted pizza and my son-in-law a vegetarian dish.

So we set out to incorporate all of the ‘tastes’ and opted for a vegetarian pizza full of health giving fresh vegetables followed by a fabulous dessert of fresh fruit and meringue with a chocolate topping.

I set up the kitchen with music themed to please everybody, from Thunderbirds to Peppa Pig & Taylor Swift to Michael Buble and then set out the vegetables and home grown tomatoes and herbs, the latter still in pots for the kids to see.

There was a good selection of salad and fruit to be chopped up, and the little one was given the task of setting out the table and folding up the napkins, as well as stirring the chocolate topping, under the watchful eye of Dad in case of too much ‘secret tasting’.

Once the vegetables had been chopped and whilst waiting for the meal to cook, the twins entertained us with their wooden spoon air guitars as we bopped around the kitchen.

The event went off without a hitch and I threw in some subliminal information about where and how long the ingredients had taken to grow, some of them in my own garden, and everyone was happy.  Plus it had given my daughter ‘food for thought’ of how to tackle meals times in future – with a bit of planning and lots of imagination.



  • 6 small mushrooms, halved
  • 1 small courgette, sliced
  • 1 small yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons  dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ready made 12″ pizza crust
  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, courgette, peppers, onion, vinegar, water, 3 teaspoons oil and salt & pepper. Transfer to an oiled backing tin and grill on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender, turning once halfway through.
  • Brush crust with remaining oil, spread with pizza sauce. add the grilled vegetables and cheese. place in oven for 8-12 minutes at 180c or until edges are browned and cheese is melted.




  • large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 oz choc chips


  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 6 oz choc chips
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Fresh fruit or berries (blackberries, raspberries, peaches or strawberries etc)



Pre-heat oven to 150º c. Lightly grease a baking sheet.Beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar in large mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar; beat until sugar is dissolved. Gently fold in morsels. Spread meringue into ten 3-inch nests with deep wells about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until meringues are dry and crisp. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Heat evaporated milk and bring to boiling in a thick bottomed saucepan.
Stir in choc chips,
Stir constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and smooth.
Remove from heat; stir in sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
Drizzle meringues with Chocolate Sauce and fill with the fruit & serve.
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