Review ~ mobile phone sports arm band from the Caro_e_ range

Review Mobile Phone Sports Arm Band From The Caro_e_ Range Hunkemoller Mobile Phone Holder

Review ~ mobile phone sports arm band from the Caro_e_ range

I’ve recently started the Couch to 5k running app again.  I say ‘again’ because I completed it before, several years ago, and successfully ran the Race for Life off the back of it.  (for non-UK readers, Race for Life is an event where you can walk, run or even dance to raise money for research into beating cancer.)  So there I was, in a position to complete 5k in 45 minutes and then the school holidays came along and then I got bronchitis which stopped any running in its tracks… appropriate use of words there!
Review Mobile Phone Sports Arm Band From The Caro_e_ Range Hunkemoller Mobile Phone Holder

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5 great reasons to move your office space around

5 Great Reasons To Move Your Office Space Around To Benefit You And Your Colleagues By De-stressing And De-cluttering For Your Wellbeing

5 great reasons to move your office space around

Have you ever considered how a good office tidy up could benefit you and your colleagues (or just you if you work from home)?

How it could literally ‘mix things up’?

5 Great Reasons To Move Your Office Space Around To Benefit You And Your Colleagues By De-stressing And De-cluttering For Your Wellbeing

Here are 5 ways that tidying up and moving things around in your office space can benefit you:

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Review ~ ‘Feel Stress Free’ app from Thrive

 Feel Stress Free App From Thrive For Your Wellbeing Balance And Zen

Review ~ ‘Feel Stress Free’ app from Thrive (with free code!)

What do you think of when you come across the words ‘stress-free’ and ‘thrive’?
For me, it’s being relaxed yet energetic, being given the space to grow and reach my potential.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Thrive Feel Stress Free app, I thought it was a great name and a great concept, partly because it focuses on mindfulness and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).  The experts at Thrive claim to be able to manage your mental health and relax you in just 5 minutes.  An impressive claim!
Feel Stress Free App From Thrive For Your Wellbeing Balance And Zen

So what did I think?

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5 Tips for your Wellbeing ~ vlog

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Here’s my vlog, giving your my 5 tips for your wellbeing!

5 Tips For Your Wellbeing Zen And Balance Vlog

You can visit my YouTube channel here. Thanks…

So, if you’re not a vlogger, how about sharing YOUR top tip on finding your zen, balance and wellbeing?  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  Thanks 🙂  

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Review ~ hand made furnishings to make you feel good from Bespoke Binny

Review ~ Hand Made Furnishings To Make You Feel Good From Bespoke Binny

Review ~ hand made furnishings to make you feel good from Bespoke Binny

The Bespoke Binny brand promises to “brighten up your home” with their colourful feel-good furnishings and it’s a British based business too.
The creator, Natalie Manima firmly believes that your home should show who you are and therefore be ‘bespoke’.  Because bespoke means something is tailored to you, something you’ve made your own, something made for you, to make you feel good.
 Therefore, ‘bespoke’ is vital to your personal wellbeing of alleviating stress and anxiety.  I’m in!
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Home and gift with a story with House of Juniper

Home And Gift With A Story With House Of Juniper

 Home and gift with a story with House of Juniper (with discount code)

When you persuse the Home of Juniper website, you come away with a cosy, fuzzy feeling.  With an easy to navigate website, the products just lure you in.

And the philosophy behind Home of Juniper is one that adds value to the products as you browse and here is what it’s all about:

At Home of Juniper we sell a distinctive collection of products; including well-being ranges, kitchenware, stationery, home decor, textiles and gifts. Products are carefully chosen not only for their usefulness and beauty, but also for their provenance.

Home And Gift With A Story With House Of Juniper

The ethics and values

The people at Home of Juniper research the products, support British designers and look at the stories behind the products.  They have values and are also very reasonably priced.

You get an ethical feel from scrolling through their shop and I love the wellbeing section.  So many candles!  The people at Home of Juniper have been kind enough to give me a discount code to use and I’m deciding between:

The moon phase clock (I’m currently reading about the lunar cycles and astrology).  That aside, this is so eye-catching!

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Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

PositiveThinking Surround Yourself With Positive People Wellbeing Mental Health Gratitude Happiness Happy Blog Linky Virtually All Sorts

Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

PositiveThinking Surround Yourself With Positive People Wellbeing Mental Health Gratitude Happiness Happy Blog Linky Virtually All Sorts

This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month:

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5 reasons to get caught up in the lego cards craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

 We’ve been well and truly caught up with the lego cards craze!

It all started when one of our daughter’s friends gave her a duplicate.  And that duplicate was a sparkly koala card.  “Aw it’s so cute!” were the words that animatedly came out of our 7 year old’s mouth.  Had she been given a duplicate of the odd-looking and sounding ‘alien villainess’, I’m not sure the craze would have taken off in quite the same way!…

But it did.

And we happen to shop at Sainsburys for our convenience.  So do other family members!

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

Just in case you’ve no idea what I’m talking about (which is quite possible if you’re not UK-based and/or don’t shop at Sainsburys and/or don’t have children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews to educate you on lego cards…) here are 5 reasons to get caught up in the craze:

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Pocket money – an alternative approach ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

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Pocket money – an alternative approach

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about pocket money.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

How To Teach Your Child The Value Of Money Pocket Money Spending Saving Earning Jobs Parenting Kids Virtually All Sorts

Our approach to pocket money is probably not the most common one.  But perhaps it’s more common than I think.  Maybe you can tell me!…

Whichever way you look at it, money is something that our children will have to get to grips with in some form.  Be it physical money or by bank transfers or ‘plastic’.

Money makes the world go round…

Money is said to make the world go round and even if she has modest amounts of it when she’s older, hubby and I both agreed that our daughter needs to be empowered by it and not see it as a ‘problem’ or even worse, ‘dirty’.

We both agree that our daughter should understand that generally you have to work for it.  Yes, it’s nice to have some given to you, but more rewarding to have earned it.

To that end, we introduced weekly jobs for her.  In the early days, she earned 1p for each box she ticked on her weekly ‘job sheet’, of which there were 5 boxes a day.

So that’s potentially 5p a day, if she chose to do the job.  We’ve never put any pressure on her to do a ‘job’, simply telling her that she wouldn’t get her money if she didn’t do the job.  Of course, there are days when she’s sick and on holiday from school.  In which case, she gets her money anyway, because most people get sick pay and holiday pay after all!

So, what are her jobs?

We started with tidying, putting clothes in the linen basket and helping to hoover her bedroom.  That takes us up to the present day when she also sets the table for tea (by that I meaning putting the cutlery out.)

It works really well and there have only been a few occasions when she has ‘opted-out’.  At the end of each week, she counts how much money she’s earned by counting the boxes on her job sheet.  Sometimes we purposefully over pay or short-change her to see if she’s really counting and notices – which she does!  She’s honest when overpaid too!

What’s the point?

The point is not the jobs she has to complete but that she’s empowered, just like we are (generally!) in the real, grown-up world of work.  She has free-will and has experienced the consequences of choosing not to do a job (or 2…).  But she’s also felt empowered from earning her money.

Just the other day, we were out shopping, she saw something, knew she didn’t have enough money and said she would pay me back.  I felt mean by saying ‘no’ but otherwise, there’s little point in doing this little exercise at all…  It’s about earning money, maybe saving and spending as you earn it.  Not about spending it before you’ve earned it.

Unwittingly, our 7 year old is already learning about the value and power of earning money and that fuzzy feeling you get when you’ve saved for something or simply ‘earned’ something.

And that’s good enough for me because…

#IfShesHappyImHappy

  How do you approach pocket money?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Mental Health ~ why we should keep talking about it

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

 Mental health is happening and is being talked about

Right now

And not just by ‘normal’ folk but by Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry.  And they show that mental health can happen to anyone.  Prince Harry has talked of how he was affected when his mother, Princess Diana died.

And Prince William has talked of how he and Kate will be encouraging their children to talk about their emotions as they grow up – not adopting a ‘stiff upper lip’ and bottling those feelings up.

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

The ups and downs

When we experienced a sudden family bereavement and began our rollercoaster of a journey, I remember clearly the ups and downs of emotions that I felt.  Once the shock subsided a little, I needed to talk about it, to get my feelings and thoughts out.  The tears came and went.  And came and went again and again, but the words that came expressed those tears and helped to make sense of a muddled situation.  And muddled it was.  Every single emotion was felt in quick succession, sometimes at the same time…

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