31 May 2017

Ready Brek - a Smooth, Nutritious Start to Your Day (Giveaway)

I have always been a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good, substantial breakfast sets you up nicely for the rest of the day. This holds true for any normal day, but the real significance of a hearty breakfast becomes glaringly obvious when you set off on a challenging ramble or a bike ride.

Ready Brek - a Smooth, Nutritious Start to Your Day

Needless to say, a routine breakfast in our home includes porridge. Oats are an excellent source of slow-release carbohydrates, releasing energy gradually and keeping you fuller for longer.

30 May 2017

5 Good Reasons to Visit London with Your Little Ones

We continue the theme of touring London with families on the blog. Today, I have a guest post by Max.

Born in England, Max is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles for blogs and news websites. Passionate about cinema, music, arts, politics, and french food, Max is an avid family man. Here is Max’s take on visiting London with little ones.

5 Good Reasons to Visit London with Your Little Ones

21 May 2017

The Case of The Vanishing Mane

When I first met M all those years ago, he had a head full of thick hair that he preferred to wear long. Not quite the mullet, but an all-over long style. I prefer neatly trimmed short hair on a man, so duly gave him grief over it.

The Case of The Vanishing Mane

Things change, styles transform. And so it happened that by the time we got married, M was wearing his hair beautifully clipped. It was still quite thick, but neat and short. This new hair length had nothing to do with me, I hasten to add, for M is not one to give in easily to any amount of nagging. It was short of his own free will and perhaps a need to conform to the accepted norms at work.

As luck would have it, his hair started thinning quickly in the very first year of wedded bliss.

16 May 2017

Can Introverts Make Successful Bloggers?

When I started blogging, it was more as a creative outlet for my thoughts. Blogging gave me something to do to preserve my sanity and sense of self after I had made the decision to be a stay-at-home mother to my baby son.  

Can an introvert become a successful blogger? Find out if blogging is the right vocation for someone who is wary of over-sharing and shies away from social media.

It was also something akin to the culmination of a life-long dream of becoming a writer. Writer, blogger, it was two threes and sixes as far as I was concerned.

I could not have been more mistaken. 

15 May 2017

Family-Friendly Things To Do in London

We love London! And not just because it inspired my award-winning blog-post, Summer Dreams.

London is one of the most popular destinations in the world with millions of families visiting each year. With a plethora of family friendly spots and attractions on offer to suit every age and every budget (check my post on visiting London on a budget), it is easy to see why. 

Family-Friendly Things To Do in London

With the summer holidays fast approaching and kids left without any lessons to attend for six weeks, it is the time of year when families plan days out and breaks. 

Here are some great reasons why London should feature in your holiday plans - a list of popular family friendly things to do in London.

13 May 2017

An End

This is it. My last plea for help. I can face it no longer. The demons in my head. The tears that stream down my face. Relentless, like the rain that thuds on the window panes.

An End - a short story inspired by the sea

I cannot go on like this for long, torn between a sense of duty and fear. An ache in my belly at the very thought of facing another day. A day that holds no promise and brings little solace.

10 May 2017

How to Relieve Stress the Natural Way

Feeling stressed out? Who isn’t! Stop before you wolf down a whole pizza or reach for that bottle of wine. Many healthier alternatives exist that may help you cope effectively with stress.

Keep in mind that everyone is different, but one of the best and most reliable ways to stamp out stress is by engaging one or more of your senses - sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, or movement. As every person is unique, you will need to find out what works for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to Relieve Stress the Natural Way

9 May 2017

Things You Will Need on a Family Ramble

It doesn’t matter if you are a novice at rambling or an expert, whether you are planning a short trek or a long walk, there are certain essentials that should always be a part of your rambling gear. This is especially important if you are rambling as a family with children, though the same rules apply to any walking expedition.

I talk from the experience of past mistakes. There were times when M and I strayed from the beaten path, without a compass or a map and lost our bearings. We wandered for hours, climbing up rocks and sliding down muddy banks, before finally finding our way back home. This was before the era of smart phones and advanced GPS technology (I know, we are ancient relics, almost).

It doesn’t matter if you are a novice at rambling or an expert, whether you are planning a short trek or a long walk, there are certain essentials that should always be a part of your rambling gear.

We are older now, and dare I say, wiser. So here is a list of things that you will need on any family ramble. I recommend never leaving base without all of these.

2 May 2017

5 Family Walks in The Lake District

For parenting reasons that deny all logical explanation, both M and I led extremely sheltered lives as children. We were brought up in families where outdoor pursuits were actively discouraged in favour of academic excellence.

Unbeknown to us, both of us harboured a sense of adventure deep within our geeky bosoms. This innate, dormant personality trait manifested in the form of a love of rambling at the first available opportunity.
Thus began our love affair with The Lake District (Lakeland, The Lakes). Nestled in the north-west and often referred to as the most beautiful corner of England, The Lakes have served as a back-drop for many a memorable family ramble.

5 Family Walks in The Lake District

Despite our sometimes differing parenting styles, we concur on one important point.  As parents, we need to lead by example when it comes to leading a well-balanced life.

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