31 Jan 2017

How to Keep Your Heating Costs under Control

Hands up if you like your home nice and toasty through the cold of winter.

I, like many of you, can’t bear to be cold in my own home. 

But I'd rather not waste my hard earned cash on paying  high heating bills. I keep on harping about it, but really, it is not that difficult to save money on your energy bills.
There are a few simple things you could do around your home that can help. 

Here's how you can keep your heating costs under control through the cold season:

Hands up if you like your home nice and toasty through the cold of winter. I do too, but would rather not waste my hard earned cash on paying high heating bills. There are a few simple things you could do around your home that can help keep your heating costs under control through the winter. Read on to find out how.

29 Jan 2017

I've found a New Love

You wait for something to happen all your life and all it takes is one drunken night of bravado to change everything.

I have found a New Love

And so it was with me. I was at a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s place. The kids were all merry, the grown-ups relaxing over a couple of glasses of this and that. I got chatting to a friend over a glass of G&T (which, btw, was the best ever). The conversation went something like this:

27 Jan 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I was back at The Lowry last night, this time to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The guidance for this show is 11+, so J did not accompany me. Neither did M. I went with a lovely friend instead. It was her first outing to the theatre, so the pressure was on!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Lowry

24 Jan 2017

Crochet Hat for Beginners (with free pattern)

When you have an unusually large head circumference like I do, it becomes incredibly difficult to find a nice hat that actually fits. I also like my hat to come down and cover my ears. There is nothing worse than cold ears to give you a runny nose in my experience!

Crochet Hat for Beginners (with free pattern)

So what do you do when you can never find a nice warm hat to fit your specifications? You pull out your crochet needle and make your own beanie hat.

23 Jan 2017

How to Crochet a Ruffle Flower in Minutes

The big Sky Blanket crochet project is done, and I am in no mood to snuff out my re-kindled passion for the craft. I don’t want to take on another marathon project this year. What I intend to do is crochet a wide range of crochet clothes and accessories instead.

Starting with this beautiful uneven ruffle flower. It is super easy to make, but can add that extra dimension to most anything.

How to Crochet a Ruffle Flower in minutes

19 Jan 2017

I Am Her

It was a struggle for me to write this piece. Not because it brings to mind the injustice that has been meted out to women through the ages. But because nothing much seems to have changed despite years of apparent progress.

I may not be physically able to participate in the Women’s March happening across the world on 21 January, but I stand in solidarity with the principles behind it.

I Am Her

16 Jan 2017

Online Money Collections made Easy with Leetchi

Have you ever been that person who is always in charge of collections? Whether in the workplace or at home, are you always the one looking after that money envelope? And the list of who has given what and how much?

Perhaps it is time to move on from the hassle of it all with Leetchi.

I have gone all tech-savvy and been crowdfunding for an upcoming birthday. Here is how I got on.

15 Jan 2017

13 Jan 2017

Make That Start!

The story goes something like this
Of a person that I knew
Who sat on the sofa every day
Wondering what to do...

Make that Start!

9 Jan 2017

An Afternoon Walk along the Bridgewater Canal

Along the Bridgewater Canal we go
On a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll
Ducks, swans and cackling geese
Moorings and barges keep company.

Walking from Manchester
All the way into Cheshire 
Aching legs refuse 
To carry us any further.

39 miles from Runcorn to Leigh 
In one go, we aspire, we strive
Perhaps not rambling on our feet
But on our bikes we will arrive. 

The Bridgewater Way is a gentle, leisurely walk suitable for all abilities, just perfect for an afternoon ramble. The path contours the Bridgewater Canal as it makes its way from Manchester into Cheshire and beyond. A great day out for all the family.

It was the New Year and the winter sun was shining bright. We set off on an aimless ramble, more to shake of the excesses of Christmas than to be somewhere or do something.

8 Jan 2017

Reach Your Goals with 10 Minutes A Day

I started this New Year as I meant to continue. With no resolutions, but with a simple mantra to ‘De-clutter’. To de-clutter my living and working environment.  To de-clutter the physical, mental, emotional baggage that I have been carting along for far too long. To clear up space that will improve productivity and help me reach my goals.

10 minutes every day is all it takes to turn your life around. Promise yourself 10 minutes of your time and see the difference it makes. Mindfulness works. All you need is to stay motivated and find time to heal, to love yourself.

One week in, and I am pleased with the progress I have been making. It has not been easy and not without set-backs. The key to long-term success, I have come to realise, is not to be upset by failures but to take them in your stride and move on.

Easier said than done! After years of trying every possible method to turn my life around, I was on the hunt for a tool that will help me achieve my targets. Something to keep on track as I work towards my goals.

I may have found just the thing. And I am going to share it with you so that you can achieve your goals too. All I need is a commitment that you will spend 10 minutes on yourself every day.

3 Jan 2017

Reading Challenge 2017

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  - Stephen King.

I was never a voracious reader. That distinction belongs to my sibling, who has now authored his own science-fiction book. (You can buy it through the picture link below) 

But I was an avid enough reader who enjoyed regular reading and creative writing.

The Universe has a strange way of upsetting the balance of Life. Medical school happened and all reading and writing soon became very medicine-centric.

Life also has an uncanny way of coming full circle. My medical career is a thing of the past. Motherhood and writing is my present.

2 Jan 2017

Sky Blanket 2016: The Finale

It was exactly a year ago today that I crocheted the first row of my Sky Blanket 2016. It was a mammoth undertaking and needed real commitment. 12 months, 366 days later, I have finished what I set out to do all those days ago.

It has not been an easy task and not something I will embark on in the foreseeable future. What was meant to be a 12-month long project ended up being a 9-month gestation with plenty of ups and downs.

I blogged about my trials and tribulations a couple of months back. It was then that I promised to come back with a final update on how I did the edging of the blanket. So here it is. 

1 Jan 2017

Tired of Failed Resolutions? Try this New Year Mantra instead

That’s it. I have had enough of making New Year resolutions. I have made them year after year, and they have never lasted beyond the first week in January. I even tried calling them different things like ‘a lifestyle change’ in the hope that they stick. Trouble is, anything that you resolve to do after a night of merry-making, when you are slightly hung-over and wishing you were back in bed, is not really going to stick, is it!

So a slight change of tack this year. I am going for a New Year Mantra instead of making a bunch of non-stick resolutions. A single word to sum up my hopes and dreams for 2017. A word with the promise of increased productivity.

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